Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Non-Lethal Weapons?

Air Force secretary Michael Wynne says
non-lethal weapons should be tested on U.S. civilians
before being used on the battlefield

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WASHINGTON (AP) -- Nonlethal weapons such as high-power microwave devices should be used on American citizens in crowd-control situations before being used on the battlefield, the Air Force secretary said Tuesday.

"If we're not willing to use it here against our fellow citizens, then we should not be willing to use it in a wartime situation," said Wynne. "(Because) if I hit somebody with a nonlethal weapon and they claim that it injured them in a way that was not intended, I think that I would be vilified in the world press."

The Air Force has paid for research into nonlethal weapons, but he said the service is unlikely to spend more money on development until injury problems are reviewed by medical experts and resolved.

Nonlethal weapons generally can weaken people if they are hit with the beam. Some of the weapons can emit short, intense energy pulses that also can be effective in disabling some electronic devices.

Check out the article at CNN.

WTF?!? You mean, like when non-lethal weapons were used in Boston after the Red Sox beat the Yankees in the 2004 AL Championship Series?

I tend to trust the scientists' views on your so-called non-lethal weapons before they get tested on American citizens. Why don't you guys use these things on the terrorists and quit trying to turn this country into a police state?

For more information on non-lethal weapons, check out this article at TIME.

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