Controlling those pesky protesters

July 22nd, 2002 – 8:12 pm
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“The U.S.’s nonlethal-weapons programs are drawing their own fire, mostly from human-rights activists who contend that the technologies being developed will be deployed to suppress dissent and that they defy international weapons treaties. Through public websites, interviews with defense researchers and data obtained in a series of Freedom of Information Act requests filed by watchdog groups, TIME has managed to peer into the Pentagon’s multimillion-dollar program and piece together this glimpse of the gentler, though not necessarily kinder, arsenal of tomorrow.”

Are those weapons are going to be used on enemy soldiers with guns? Terrorists with bombs? Of course not. They’ll be used on protesters, “rioters,” and other civilians. Is it better than being shot? Most likely. But that just means that the police (or military) will resort to using them more often.

Read the article here.

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