Green Laser Used as a ‘Counter-Optical’ Weapon Against a Driver in Phelan, California

Green Laser Used as a ‘Counter-Optical’ Weapon Against a Driver in Phelan, California Causing a Traffic Accident C/O Futures Terrorism Research Note Series Robert J. Bunker 12 October 2022


Concerns over the use of lasers, ranging from weak laser pointers to more powerful related laser devices, for the counter-optical targeting of human eyes in domestic settings have existed since the mid-to-later 1990s. While lasers have been directed at aircraft pilots as well as in some instances the drivers of motor vehicles for many years, their actually causing the loss of motor vehicular control leading to a collusion is a rarity. Still, this current incident suggests such concerns are very real. It represents a recent Indications and Warning (I&W) event signifying the potentials of directed energy weapons when utilized for nefarious purposes such as petty criminal (road rage), riot/civil unrest, and even terrorist type activities.

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