Mission Statement - De-Spinning the Pro-Taser Propaganda

Yeah right, 'Excited Delirium' my ass...


The primary purpose of this blog is to provide an outlet for my observations and analysis about tasers, taser "associated" deaths, and the behaviour exhibited by the management, employees and minions of Taser International. In general, everything is linked back to external sources, often via previous posts on the same topic, so that readers can fact-check to their heart's content. This blog was started in late-2007 when Canadians were enraged by the taser death of Robert Dziekanski and four others in a short three month period. The cocky attitude exhibited by the Taser International spokespuppet, and his preposterous proposal that Mr. Dziekanski coincidentally died of "excited delirium" at the time of his taser-death, led me to choose the blog name I did and provides my motivation. I have zero financial ties to this issue.

Sunday, July 19, 2009

We introduce 'The Dazer'

The Dazer!

When the trigger is pulled, a dart is fired up to 35 feet. The dart is one of three types:

1) A dart with muscle-relaxant that instantly paralyzes the subject.
2) A dart made of soft sponge-rubber that has no effect whatsoever.
3) A dart that injects a lethal dose of an undetectable poison.

Which of these types of darts is fired is randomly selected. The odds of each outcome are still under debate, but all are sufficiently high to keep things... ...interesting.

The Dazer can also be used in 'Touch Torture' mode:

In this mode there are two metal probes that are heated up to 1200 degrees Fahrenheit. These hot probes can be pressed into the subject to cause excruciating pain which may convince the subject that he's got zero rights and had better play along like a nice puppy. The burning hot probes will obviously leave a pattern of double-scars that will serve to remind the subject and others of the new rules about torturing citizens.

We'd never get away with using a hot cigarette to torture subjects, but for some reason we seem to be able to get away with doing exactly the same thing - so long as we keep a straight face while doing it. This permission-by-silence is completely inexplicable, but let's ride it as long as we can.

I'll leave it as a philosophical exercise for the readers to strain their brains trying to find any moral, legal, ethical, practical, actual real-world difference between the hypothetical Dazer and the X26 taser.

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