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One up from the 'General Noriega' approach

When the US captured Manuel Noriega during the invasion of Panama in 1989, they famously employed psy ops by playing music at him until he could take it no longer.

The authorities in Georgia (Caucasus, not the Deep South) have been employing a related tactic, apparently, playing "special panic-inducing acoustic systems to disperse an opposition rally in central Tbilisi on November 7...the system is produced by a U.S. company. The operation principle is based on a strong acoustic impulse exceeding by almost a thousand times the acoustic threshold for humans. "When it is used, the system causes a severe ear ache, and a feeling of unexplainable and uncontrolled fear and panic. The sound is so strong that people cannot physically get away or hide from it. In the estimate of some experts, the use of such systems can cause psychic disorders"...."the system does not fall under any international conventions as it was developed after their adoption".

Sounds remarkably unpleasant, and insert bad joke about 'Georgia on my Mind' here.

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Anonymous grumpy granny said... 2:46 pm

Wasn't/Isn't something similar employed in Britain's high streets and shopping malls to get loitering kids to move on? I seem vaguely to recall seeing an iktem on the telly about it several months ago. Sounds like a better idea to me than playing a bit of Shostakovitch to get rid of them.  



Blogger Croydonian said... 3:05 pm

Yes, there's some sort of high pitched noise only audible to the yoof which was being tried out somewhere or other.

As I may have mentioned before, one of my favourite hostelries used to play nursery rhyme tapes (yes, tapes, it was that long ago) at chucking out time, which sped up the laggards no end.  



Blogger Nick Drew said... 5:05 pm

We tried a device of this sort on a family of squirrels that had taken up residence under the eaves. Worked a treat on the squirrelings, which promptly fled.

The parents were made of sterner stuff however and, donning their ear-defenders, gnawed through the power cable of the offending emitter. Quite impressed, I was  



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