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We got a nutcase on our hands, folks - an authentic piece of insanity lodged way, way up there in the Pentagon's rafters.  His name is Michael Wynne, and he's the secretary of the air force (title purposely lowercased for reasons of bottomless disrespect).

Here's his picture, and his sob story:

Mr. Wynne wants to use microwave weapons on American crowds, to send the world this message: Hey, we use it on our own people, so you see - we're fair and balanced!  Our to-the-dregs moral bankruptcy wallops Americans upside the head, so surely, world, you won't mind if we use it on your people, too!  To which even a slightly imbalanced (reasonably imbalanced?) cretin of the mongrel type would surely respond, "Um,'re fucking whacked, Mr. Wynne."  (Measure degrees of outrage from the cretin's level on up.)

Ah, but this is something like day 3 of the sound of crickets from the Democratic camp.  I don't expect a Republican to be pissed about this, but Democrats?  They should be shitting all over this super-Torquemada idea, stamping it out where it lives, demanding Wynne's resignation for the grossest of moral breaches.  Yeah, they should be doing that.  But...

...well, so far, just listen to the goddamn crickets, they loud, huh?

P.S.  Do you suppose those crowds would be antiwar, the ones on the microwaves' business end?

Originally posted to Nathan Hammersmith on Thu Sep 14, 2006 at 10:34 AM PDT.


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  •  Agreed, and recommended (1+ / 0-)
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    Why can't Dems come together on low-lying fruit like this? Do they think that Repubs will be coming out and saying that those who don't want to bake Americans are with the terrorists?

    "The waging of war, by its nature, is total - but the waging of peace, by our own cowardice, is partial." -- Daniel Berrigan

    by Rico on Thu Sep 14, 2006 at 10:31:08 AM PDT

  •  Guess I'll try this tip jar thing (11+ / 0-)

    Seems tacky, but whatever...

  •  Let me get this straight (3+ / 0-)
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    epcraig, Russgirl, Nathan Hammersmith

    The Republican politically-appointed Secretary of the Air Force wants to build microwave weapons for crowd control.  On Americans.

    First of all, how is crowd control within the juridiction of the Secretary of the Air Force?  Is he going to mount them on airplanes?  So the first issue to raise is whether he is overstepping his authority.

    If he is not overstepping his authority, he is stating a personal opinion not a policy proposal.  It might be a trial balloon for Rumsfeld, but it is still at the personal opinion stage.  Democrats should take the position that they don't think this is much going on yet but if this is the thinking at the Pentagon, then the answer is "Not no, but hell no."

    And Democrats should start talking about this.  Yes, all of us rank and file Democrats should start talking about this and making sure that our erstwhile leaders get the impression that this is as hot an issue as "The Path to 9/11" and its lies.

    •  asdf (0+ / 0-)

      He does not want to build it. It already exists. He want s to use it on American protestors for "crowd control" The idea is that it would be used from the air either from a plane or a helicopter. The Dems should be all over it but they are probably afraid the rethugs will say the Dems are soft on "those who are giving aid and comfort to the terrorists"

    •  Guess (0+ / 0-)

      who they will try it out on. Three guesses anyone?? First two don't count.


      by FrankieB on Thu Sep 14, 2006 at 12:50:27 PM PDT

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  •  Sci Fi Weapon comes to life (1+ / 0-)
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    Isaac Asimov and other golden age Sci-Fi writers used something similar as a 'Non-lethal' police weapon in their stories dating back into the 1930s, usually called a 'Neuro-whip.'  It was thought that such weapons would be considered more humane than rubber bullets.

    When he restarted into his Science Fiction writing in the 1980s, Asimov eventually accepted the weapons were probably MORE devastating than using real bullets, and they became a symbol of opression inn his stories.

    We have no desire to offend you -- unless you are a twit!

    by ScrewySquirrel on Thu Sep 14, 2006 at 11:00:58 AM PDT

  •  So much for the right to assemble peaceably. (0+ / 0-)

    As wars are no longer fought by armies facing each other on a battlefield.....
    This will be funded, if it is in fact funded, through the department of Homeland Security rather than the DoD, I'll bet.  Either way, there is a sort of sick irony in the fact that the targets will be forced to provide funds for the purchase of the weapon.  And when the realization comes to large numbers of the population, the overlords will have the means of ending protests.  They won't even have to clean up a bunch of messy bodies.  Feel safer?

    Vote Jerry McNerney for Congress CA11

    by Friend of the court on Thu Sep 14, 2006 at 01:49:29 PM PDT

  •  Totally disagree with your interpretation (0+ / 0-)

    "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. (cite)

    Translation: we shouldn't be using these weapons in Iraq.

    The AP's spin is designed to discredit a dissident Air Force secretary. Secretary Wynne knows that these weapons have been used in Iraq with horrifying consequences, and he wants to see it stopped.

    He knows that once images hit broadcast TV the world will be outraged and call it war crimes. The American public will only be outraged if the victims are Americans.

    •  Mr. Wynne should just fucking say that then (0+ / 0-)

      For Christ's sakes, this more than roundabout - it's completely obfuscatory.  I'm not doubting what you're saying, but hell, this is one hell of a way to state it.  Fucking say these weapons are being used in Iraq, Mr. Wynne!  Because right now, you just sound like shit-assed monster.  And what is accomplished by that?

  •  Well Jesus Christ, he should say that! (0+ / 0-)

    For Christ's sakes, this more than roundabout - it's completely obfuscatory.  I'm not doubting what you're saying, but hell, this is one hell of a way to state it.  Fucking say these weapons are being used in Iraq, Mr. Wynne!  Because right now, you just sound like shit-assed monster.  And what is accomplished by that?

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