Skip to comments.Air Force chief: Test weapons on testy U.S. mobs
Posted on 09/12/2006 6:36:50 PM PDT by xrp
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but test it on *him* first!
That's the us air farce for ya. Hey - they teach in their version of a war college that war is NOT to close in, engage, and destroy your enemy.
They actually teach in the USAF Academy that the purpose of war is to encourage the other side to the barganing table.
You can put lipstick and a silk dress on a sow, but you still have a female pig.
I infer from your post that you fear international public relations recriminations more than the effects of said weaponry on U.S. citizens.
The whole Jihadist ensemble which occupies many countries would be a nice testing ground, not the citizens of the United States of America.
We don't need the military to blast us peons into next week. SWAT teams work just fine/s
What part of NON-LETHAL is at issue on this thread???
The problem is it is never going to be used on the crowd attacking an embassy.
Come on "wepons of the future"? Do you really see US Marines jumping out of helicopters with "paralyzing flashlights" and "purple goop grenades"?
A lot of these future weapons will never see action by US personel overseas but they will be used against US citizens. Not necessarily or even probably lefties either.
Remember Dade County during the 2000 Florida recount? What if one of these weapons had been employed against the group trying to stop the recount.
Crowd control? What crowd? What reason?
It could just as easily be turned on those "danged second amendment nutters."
Be careful what you wish for.
I used to be able to take the "Air Farce" jokes in good humor, but this sumbitch is going to make them all too true!
downside is they'll make something up!
This entire thread is devoted to "non-lethal weapons."
Are you telling me that as a retired Army chaplain that you would agree to testing of said weapons on the citizens of this nation?
I'll grant you the benefit of the doubt, perhaps you are just tired.
ok so we can't put panties on a terrorists head but we can use these weapons systems against US civilians.
Did someone forget a heavy sarcasm tag?
"We don't need the military to blast us peons into next week. SWAT teams work just fine/s"
SWAT can only kills one at a time. They are looking for wholesale violence at a level only Stalin dreamed of.
I think the problem is the use of the word..."test".
This microwave thingy has been in testing for years. It is tested, but they want to get whiners and complainers familiar with it's effects, before taking it to the battlefield for use internationally.
They fear a backlash, as they are getting from some on this thread.
This thing is no more lethal than mace, and less problematic as far as occasional suffocation.
As far as I know, it just makes one uncomfortable and they get out of the area. No worse than loud music, or noise, but earmuffs will not protect against it.
But a tinfoil suit might!
The brown note?
So "brown note" technology has already been used?
LOL.....I have a suspicion that you are not kidding. It's kinda funny to me, and sorry if I sound trite, but this gizmo would see use as a replacement for a water cannon of something like it.
Last I checked, we don't have too many of these situations. No rational person would be standing in front of a water cannon, but some seem to fear the implementation of a device like this, and I wonder why?
The last big bash was in Seattle, during the anarchist riots. This little microwave hotfoot would have been ideal. Look at all the injuries and busted up store fronts you would have prevented.....LOL
This is Mr Wynne's exit strategy. He wanted early retirement so as to go to work as a lobbiest for some defense contractor. mission accomplished.
Testing such weapons on rioting mobs tests their effectiveness in dealing with crowds.
As long as the weapons have gone through rigorous testing to be safe for use on normal, reasonably healthy individuals, I don't see why they shouldn't be used for crowd control in riots.
As for those with strange heart problems or other preexisting conditions, I guess they should check with their doctor before rioting.
These war intended to be non-lethal crowd control weapons. You're comparing them to testing cluster bombs on a little league game is inane.
I could see such gadgets being used in extreme situations (L.A. riots, anyone?) I also wouldn't mind seeing them used at the border.
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