Saturday August 06, 2011

Pentagon’s Lightning Gun Sold for Scraps on eBay

Behold your tax dollars at work. The Pentagon spent tens of millions on the JIN Project and now you can make a bid on eBay for the lightning guns for pennies on the thousand dollar cost. To add insult to injury, one buyer found that his low cost purchase of a once-multi-million-dollar project consisted of commercial components anyone could buy off the shelf. Where is the GAO when you need them? big grin

But the JINs never quite lived up to their overheated claims. In early 2006, the Washington Post recounts, two JINs were flown to Afghanistan. At one point, "the kill switch failed and the device continued to fire bolts of electricity