Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Air Force chief: Test weapons on testy U.S. mobs

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Non-lethal 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.

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 non-lethal 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 non-lethal weapons, but he said the service is unlikely to spend more money on development until injury problems are reviewed by medical experts and resolved.

Non-lethal 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.

LSB: Where do I even start with this asshole? He wants to test these weapons on American citizens to verify they are non-lethal and safe to use. This is apparently preferable to testing them on enemy combatants because, heaven forbid, should they turn out to be lethal or unsafe in any way he would be vilified in the world press. I know I, for one, always appreciate a military officer who is worried about his image in the world press when it comes to weapons testings on humans – all you have to do is remember how Josef Mengele was treated by the world press. Yes, it is much better to test on your own people.

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