Tuesday, September 12, 2006Allegedly to forestall "bad press" in the international arena, Air Force Secretary Michael Wynne proposes testing experimental non-lethal weapons - such as focused microwave beams, and so on - on U.S. citizens first. To be specific, protesters:
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.Note, non-lethal does not equal non-harmful...and who's to say this hasn't been going on for some time, since history is peppered with documented accounts of the government experiments on civilians? Read the whole article on CNN; plus Hammer of Truth has a spicily-titled take on this developing story. More proposals from the chief? Close down some more Air Force bases.
The object is basically public relations. Domestic use would make it easier to avoid questions from others about possible safety considerations, said Secretary Michael Wynne.
"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."
So, what are these non-lethal weapons, exactly? Check out the Joint Non-Lethal Weapons program website, https://www.jnlwp.com/. You'll be asked to accept a website certificate to a secure page, so expect to have your visit logged - but it's fascinating nonetheless.