(A pulverizing sound-beam weapon has just been demonstrated)
Dr. Stadtler looked at the faces in the grandstands. They were sitting quietly now, they were listening, but their eyes had an ebbing look of twilight, a look of fear in the process of being accepted as permanent, the look of raw wounds being accepted as permanent. They knew, as he knew it, that they were the targets of the shapeless funnels protruding from the mushroom building's dome....
Now, in the real world, the proportion of people who are taking the threat of a bad government seriously is a lot higher than it is in the novel, but there are still plenty who seem to think that Bush is our good and trustworthy war leader even though that torture memo is talking about, well, everybody.
Sidetrack: I just realized that the soundbeam weapon is just about useless because its range is fairly limited and it isn't portable.... I won't say it's a typical government project because government are actually pretty good at developing weapons, but it might be a typical Atlas Shrugged sort of item--the proportion of stupid people is very high in that novel.