A French businessman, one of the biggest Taser representatives outside the US has revealed that his company is working on putting TASER stun guns on a flying saucer that could zap protesters, and anyone else that authorities target.
Antoine di Zazzo, identified by AFP as "one of the biggest Taser representatives" is developing a small airborne drone version of a weapon that can administer electrical jolts of 50,000 volts. The mini-flying saucer like drone will fire Taser stun rounds on criminal suspects or rioting crowds. He expects it to be launched next year and to be sold internationally by Taser.
Taser stun guns are already in use world-wide, mainly in North America, Australia, Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Australia, Singapore and New Zealand. Additionally, and besides military use, we've also seen police departments around the world testing drone technology, such as the recent and controversial discovery that police in Houston had been secretly testing spy drones carrying high-powered cameras. It's not too hard to imagine the two technologies merged.
The AFP reports that TASER could soon be big in France. French President Nicolas Sarkozy's "no-nonsense law and order tactics are one reason why the engineer businessman is confident of huge demand for the gun, despite controversy over its use in North America and being declared a form of torture by a UN committee."
The UN committee delivered it's verdict last week after examining Portuguese police force's adoption of the TaserX26, described as a weapon with "proven risks of harm or death" by an expert. The committee's statement said: "The use of TaserX26 weapons, provoking extreme pain, constituted a form of torture, and that in certain cases it could also cause death, as shown by several reliable studies and by certain cases that had happened after practical use." Amnesty International even stated that there have been about 300 new deaths around the world after Taser use and has called for it to be suspended while a full investigation into the impact is conducted.
Despite this, di Zazzo says that no death has been attributed to the use of the tasers and that the controversy is caused by misunderstanding the technology. He's been 'tasered' himself, more than 50 times and states he's never felt the worse for the ordeal. Taser International says the device "saves lives" because it is an effective alternative to a real gun. It has also won more than 50 legal cases in the United States alleging the gun was linked to a death.
The idea does conjure up scenes of the flying saucer spy drones from the 1988 cult classic 'They Live,' but is the world ready for this type of control?
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