Apparently troops in Iraq have invented an off-label use for sonic pain guns that can project a focused beam of sound at someone's head. Because the Long Range Acoustic Device (LRAD), pictured here, can deliver any sound at a distance, soldiers are using it to beam words directly into the ears of enemies. The idea is to make scared soldiers believe they are hearing the voice of a god — or that they're just going crazy. More about how to use this spooky-ass weapon after the jump.
According to Strategy Page, a defense tech site:
LRAD is basically a focused beam of sound. Originally, it was designed to emit a very loud sound. Anyone whose head was touched by this beam, heard a painfully loud sound . . . LRAD can also broadcast speech for up to 300 meters. The navy planned to use LRAD to warn ships to get out of the way . . . This apparently gave the army guys some ideas, for there are now rumors in Iraq of a devilish American weapon that makes people believe they are hearing voices in their heads . . . Islamic terrorists tend to be superstitious and, of course, very religious. LRAD can put the "word of God" into their heads. If God, in the form of a voice that only you can hear, tells you to surrender, or run away, what are you gonna do?
No word on where Strategy Page got this information, but what they're describing is technically possible — as long as you're able to get within 300 meters of the enemy.