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Saturday, September 16, 2006
From the AP, 9/12:
Official Touts Nonlethal Weapons for UseAnd by "use", they mean on you:
Nonlethal weapons such as high-power microwave devices should be used on American citizens in crowd-control situations before they are used on the battlefield, the Air Force secretary said Tuesday.The chutzpahmeter just redlined. Maybe the next time there's an antiwar rally (what with those mullahs looking particularly mad recently) the arrestees will be waterboarded, as a show of our nation's good faith.
Domestic use would make it easier to avoid questions in the international community over any possible safety concerns, 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.''
UPDATE: I suppose it's possible that this is an anti-trial balloon, since I was wondering what the Secretary of the Air Force is doing talking about something like this.