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Next-Gen Law Enforcement Handcuff System Revealed ... While researching tech patents from some of the top companies in the industry as we do every week, we happened to stumble upon a stray patent that just happened to reveal a next generation system of restraining devices such as handcuffs for law enforcement. While the new system focuses on handcuffs, the inventors clarified that the new system could equally apply to ankle cuffs, straightjackets, neck collars, helmets and even facial restraints such as the one used in the film Hannibal. The next generation handcuffs will be super high tech with built-in sensors such as accelerometers, potentiometer, inclinometer, biometric sensors, camera sensors and more. But the kicker to this invention is that these future handcuffs will be able to combine standard restraining mechanisms alongside those that could deliver a powerful electric shock to detainees and/or administer medications to sedate or irritate them. Whether you're in law enforcement or in an activist group, it's an interesting read that will keep your interest. Yes, the cuffs are designed to restrain "the bad guys," but it sure looks as though there's potential here for abuse in the form of mild torture. – PatentBolt
Dominant Social Theme: This is just an innovation, not a threat.
Free-Market Analysis: PatentBolt covers "innovation" via patents, as we can see from the above write-up. The dominant social theme has to do with the efficiency of law enforcement in the US and the advances that are being made in prisoner treatment.
But the reality, as we've pointed, out is perhaps more sinister. The subdominant social theme might be, "Here's something else we can use on you if you step out of line."
The group that applied for the patent is not well known and filed the claim in late 2010. We searched the Internet to find out more about the group – Scottsdale Inventions, LLC – but didn't come up with anything.
We figure they must be involved with law enforcement in one way or another. And from our point of view, such releases are making a significant statement.
The messaging of authoritarianism in a brutal country tends to be brutal. But in the US, and in the West in general, there is a large, informed and active population when it comes to human rights and democratic involvement.
Place something on a patent portal and sooner or later it may generate the requisite impact.
This is analogous to the video that went up not so long ago regarding Muammar Gadhaffi's death. We watched the BBC channel recently and noted that the announcer warned people against flashes going off in video clips from flash cameras.
This is the way Western media coverage is these days – hypersensitive. And yet when Gaddafi died, videos of his death and even his supposed buggery were splashed all over the Internet.
We noted then that from our viewpoint, this was no coincidence. It was a message ... sent. It was aimed at anyone who intended to stand in the way of whatever Western powers were doing in the Middle East. Or who disapproved.
It is a power elite that sends these graphic yet subtle messages, in our view. The mainstream media is controlled and so are parts of the Internet. If a power elite (one that apparently intends to formally take over the world) wants to send a strong message it can.
The intimidation doesn't have to be clumsy. It can be subtle.
There are many YouTube videos now showing police abuse with tasers. These videos are exposing police brutality but in a way they are also sending an intimidating message to viewers. The videos have a double message within this context.
The people behind PatentBolt don't focus directly on this message. But the commentary makes us aware that they understand quite clearly the possibilities of abuse.
This kind of invention will have to be carefully monitored and legislated to exacting standards so that the "good guys" walk the line on this one. The filing presents us with a picture of one prototype-like design that appears to be far beyond just the "drawing board," phase. Ready or not, new law enforcement tools are on the way.
The patent states that in various embodiments, safety mechanisms may be included in the control system of the restraining device and/or controller to prevent a detainee from receiving greater than a predetermined nonlethal amount of electric shock in a predetermined period of time.
In another embodiment, the detainee interface receives electrical impulses from the detainee's heart, and returns them via EKG/EGG sensors to the sensor components for analysis by the control system. If the detainee's measured EKG is not measured to be in a safe range for administration of a shock (for instance, if fibrillation or arrhythmia is detected), the shock from the electric shock component will be suppressed. In an alternate embodiment, if the measured EKG signal from the detainee interface indicates a health issue, the control system may send a message to an external entity through the communication interface, indicating that the particular detainee is experiencing a health issue. In this manner, an external entity may avoid or suppress sending an activation signal to the restraining device, and/or summon medical care for the detainee.
Such handcuffs could administer medication as well, PatentBolt notes. The possibilities of automated, electronic handcuffs are almost endless.
We can't help thinking such devices are useful to the elites as much for their threat value as for their reality. The technologies have been around for a while but only now do we see the possibilities of application.
Such developments fit into the larger scheme of elite intimidation as regards increasing authoritarianism and globalization. We've pointed out before that what we call the Internet Reformation has exposed the directed history of globalism and the result has been an elite that has seemingly used all the weapons at its disposal to continue on the track of internationalism.
Economic depression, war and, of course, regulatory authoritarianism are the tools that are being applied. Electronic handcuffs fall into the latter category.
It is dubious to us whether such intimidatory tactics, if that is what they are, will have much of an impact on those who have been awakened to the larger parameters of globalism. The violence is certainly in the subtext. But the illumination will not easily be dimmed.