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Bruce Gagnon is coordinator of the Global Network Against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space. He offers his own reflections on organizing and the state of America's declining empire....

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I'm back to work for the Global Network. Will continue to help Lisa Savage for US Senate campaign on my free time. Trying to self-isolate as much as possible. Best wishes and good luck to you all.

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

MILITARY SAYS THEY SHOULD TEST CROWD CONTROL WEAPONS ON U.S. ACTIVISTS

  Posted by PicasaThe military is saying they should test new microwave-weapons against people in the U.S. in "real world situations" before they use them on people overseas.

Domestic use would make it easier to avoid questions in the international community over any possible safety concerns, says 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. "(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."

The new weapons, being developed at Kirtland AFB in Albuquerque, N.M., would fire a microwave beam, which is supposed to heat skin and to cause pain but no physical damage. The "Active Denial System" beam causes pain within 2-3 seconds and it becomes intolerable after less than 5 seconds. People’s reflex responses to the pain are expected to force them to move out of the beam before the skin can be burnt.

But in an interview in the New Scientist, Neil Davison, coordinator of the non-lethal weapons research project at the University of Bradford in the UK, said controlling the amount of radiation received may not be that simple. "How do you ensure that the dose doesn't cross the threshold for permanent damage?" he asks. "What happens if someone in a crowd is unable, for whatever reason, to move away from the beam? Does the weapon cut out to prevent overexposure?"

The answer is NO. The U.S. military has already been testing and using these systems in Iraq on civilians. Reports already indicate that these weapons basically fry people to death. The reason the Air Force is now saying they should be fair, and use them first in the U.S., is pure propaganda.

I am now convinced, more than ever, that the Bush pirate crew is going to pull another 9-11 before the November elections. I think they are going to declare martial law. Then when the public hits the streets in protest, they are going to trot out these "active denial" microwave weapons for crowd control. And if anyone stands around too long they will be killed, just like is happening today in Iraq.

They will use these weapons in order to "dissuade" the American people from thinking that we can non-violently protest to save our country from fascism. They are then hoping that activists will either give up and go home, or turn violent and then the military will be given the go-ahead to take people out - just like we see them doing in Iraq today.

The clamp down is coming. Folks had better come alive now before it is too late. The Bush team has decided that they do not intend to give up power. They are going to make a play for total control of the oil in the Middle East and Central Asia and will not be slowed down by elections.

There is too much money to be made by controlling the world's oil and by having endless war. Profits of the oil corporations and weapons industry have gone through the roof since 2001. They are not about to return to business as usual - back to the days prior to 9-11.

I hope my prediction on this is wrong. But from where I sit all the strands are coming together. Who would seriously doubt that at some point Bush/Cheney, who obviously do not believe in democracy, would not play their cards out all the way?

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