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Federal Officials Wanted ‘Heat Rays’ to Break Up D.C. Protestors

WASHINGTON — For the evening in early June when law enforcement forcibly dispersed a crowd of protesters from Lafayette Square, federal and military officials tried to obtain a sound cannon or devices that are known as heat rays, a whistleblower says.

In response to questions from the House Natural Resources Committee, Maj. Adam DeMarco, a reservist in the District of Columbia National Guard, said that on the morning of June 1, he was copied on an email from the Defense Department’s lead military officer for the National Capital Region. The provost marshal, DeMarco said, asked if the D.C. National Guard had a “long range acoustic device,” which is a sound cannon, or “active denial systems,” which are heat rays.

According to DeMarco, the email said that the heat ray devices provide troops with “the ability to reach out and engage potential adversaries at distances well beyond small arms range, and in a safe, effective, and non-lethal manner.”

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