Are We Stalinist yet?

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Charming gadabout and Secretary of the Air Force Michael Wynne has a great idea to make our country safe, obedient and more like a 1950's totalitarion regime: test new weapons on the citizenry!

Nonlethal weapons such as high-power microwave devices should be used on American citizens in crowd-control situations before being used on the battlefield, the Air Force secretary said Tuesday.

The object is basically public relations. Domestic use would make it easier to avoid questions from others about possible safety considerations, 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."

There's so much wrong with this I need a four dimensional graph just to begin to explain it. If you're thinking someone is going to be injured and you'll be vilified, is it that much better to injure U.S. citizens in peace time that foreign military personal in wartime? And remember when we had the right to assemble and petition the government? You don't? Good, stand over there while I blast you with microwaves.

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