Recently appointed U.S. Air Force Secretary Michael Wynne suggested this week that “active area denial” weapons be turned towards and used against U.S. Citizens. The military has, in the past, argued that using “active area denial” weapons for crowd control instead of bullets would reduce unwelcome fallout from too many dead and wounded and thus reduce or eliminate potentially damaging “PR” and, also perhaps, ill will from “local” populations. I found this story, reported this week by AP, to be disturbing and indicative of the all too frequent disregard some of our government officials have shown for the citizens they are supposed to be serving. AP reported:
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 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.”
Nationwide, newspaper editors seem to have ignored this story. A LexisNexis search revealed that only one paper, out of the papers that LexisNexis Academic tracks, listed the story.
I can’t help but wonder if Secretary Wynne knows of, or perhaps has heard, some inner sanctum gossip about some impending social upheaval or turmoil that would give the Air Force a chance to try out our new weapons on us? Unless, of course, the Army or the Navy hit us first since both have also developed “active area denial” weapons of their own.
Have a nice day