Monday, March 30, 2009

G.I.s Blinded, Hospitalized by Laser 'Friendly Fire' - BlackListed News

G.I.s Blinded, Hospitalized by Laser 'Friendly Fire' - BlackListed News
An American solider was blinded in one eye and three others required medical evacuation out of Iraq in a series of laser "friendly fire" incidents, the U.S. military has disclosed. These injuries to be the result of the misuse of green laser dazzlers — and because the lasers being used are dangerous.

Since November, 2008, a single unit in Iraq "has experienced 12 green laser incidents involving 14 Soldiers and varying degrees of injury. Three Soldiers required medical evacuation out of Iraq and one Soldier is now blind in one eye," writes Sgt. Crystal Reidy, from the 3rd Sustainment Command (Expeditionary), or ESC.

Captain Russell Harris, a Troop Commander with 3rd ESC reports that his troops have suffered "temporary blindness, headaches and blurred vision,” as a result of laser incidents. Others describe severe, 48-hour migraines after lasing...

(No mention of how many innocent Iraquis have been affected!)