THE MISUSE OF MICROWAVE WEAPONS BY CRIMINALS AND TERRORISTS
Dr. Reinhard Munzert, Germany, Erlangen
Microwave (HPM) systems are among the most mature non-lethal weapons.
They can be used effectively against electronic devices (anti-electronics)
and/or persons (anti-personnel weapon). Microwave weapons (Directed energy
weapons/Radio frequency weapons) damage or destroy computers, disable
the electronics of cars, ignite airbags, and take down airplanes. They
Microwave devices are easily to obtain and can be built by terrorists or criminals with basic knowledge in electronics. To quote Jim Lewis, director of technology at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington DC.: "It is unfortunately true that people anywhere around the globe get access to technology almost as advanced as the Department of Defense [has it]."
Not only the good guys can apply non-lethal weapons: "...there is mounting evidence that home-brew HPM weapons are being used to attack people...The latest research and finding on this horrific trend in Europe is quite frightening" (News from Infowar, Volume I Number 6, August 28, 2002).
illegal usage of innovative high-tech weapons, people are not "shot",
rather their living quarters are bathed in (high frequency) electromagnetic
waves. A hightech-gang in Germany is using and testing HPM-weapons that
supply continous or pulsed waves over long periods of time. They have
magnetrons, microwave-generators, amplifiers and integrated systems. The
(pulsed) waves of two or more transmitters interfere in the target zone
and strengthen their effects. There are also parabolic antennas modified
to transmitters. Besides this, intelligent (adaptive) antenna systems
It would be an error to think that non-lethal weapons are not available for law-breakers. "Unless we are aware of the possibilities, and acknowledge them, there is no way we can begin to defend ourselves" (News from Infowar) - It is better to inform and to tackle than to wait and ignore.