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One of the most controversial aspects of the 5G system proposed for New Zealand (which is similar to those proposed for other parts of the world) is that millimetre wave frequencies are proposed to be used as part of the 5G system.  As the article below explains, millimetre waves have been used in a weapons system developed by the US army.

NB: Most of the text for what you will read below has been excerpted from a supplementary submission written in response to the 5G Discussion Document that Radio Spectrum Management of the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) recently posted on its website.

The full supplementary submission may be read at this link

If you would like to read other submissions on the 5G issue they may be accessed via this link: and most health-related submissions may be found at this link: 

Use of millimetre wave frequencies in weapons systems

As you may possibly be already aware, millimetre wave frequencies have been exploited by the United States military as part of a “non lethal” weapons system known as “Active Denial”.

Colloquially known as the “pain ray” because of the intense burning pain experienced by people within range of the beam, this weapon uses millimetre waves (95 GHz).

The system has been tested on volunteers under controlled conditions in which there was a 15 second non exposure period between blasts of the weapon.

One reporter who volunteered to experience what it was like to be hit by the weapon noted that his skin continued to tingle for “several minutes” after he had quickly “scurried” out of the way of the beam.

Another report by a journalist who volunteered to be exposed to this weapon may be read at the link below:

Another reporter who volunteered for a test later wrote an article about an attempted cover-up by the US military of a test which in which one of the volunteers required hospital treatment for burns.

A report from 2008 warned that a millimetre wave weapons system “Shows ‘Potential for Death’”.

Quoting from the article:

“Dr. Altmann describes the Active Denial beam in some detail, noting that it will not be completely uniform; anyone unlucky enough to be caught in the center will experience more heating than someone at the edge. And perhaps more significant is his thorough analysis of the heating it produces – and the cumulative effect if the target does not have the chance to cool down between exposures. In U.S. military tests, a fifteen-second delay between exposures was strictly observed; this may not happen when the ADS is used for real.

“’As a consequence, the ADS provides the technical possibility to produce burns of second and third degree. Because the beam of diameter 2 m and above is wider than human size, such burns would occur over considerable parts of the body, up to 50% of its surface. Second- and third-degree burns covering more than 20% of the body surface are potentially life-threatening – due to toxic tissue decay products and increased sensitivity to infection – and require intensive care in a specialized unit. Without a technical device that reliably prevents re-triggering on the same target subject, the ADS has a potential to produce permanent injury or death.’”

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