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Wednesday, September 13, 2006

"Test Nonlethal Weapons On U.S. Citizens, Official Says"

So goes the headline from this Houston Chronicle story by Lolita C. Baldor of the AP. It's actually, I don't think anyway, that it's as bad as the headline makes it seem. But it's still...um...interesting, to say the least.

Here's an excerpt, the first three paragraphs actually.

WASHINGTON - 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.

Domestic use would make it easier to avoid questions in the international community over any possible safety concerns, said Air Force 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.



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