scientists, ICRC warn of dangers of "nonlethal" weapons
Allen L. Barker
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Wed Dec 11 04:35:48 EST 2002
In this new age, there's no such thing as a 'nonlethal' weapon
By Barbara Hatch Rosenberg and Mark L. Wheelis
Posted on Mon, Dec. 09, 2002
The same technological revolution that is accelerating the development
of new medical products is also making it possible for coercive
regimes to manipulate human beings by altering their psychological
processes, controlling their behavior, interfering with reproduction
or tampering with inheritance - and even to do so without the
knowledge of the victims.
The International Committee of the Red Cross, not usually alarmist,
has taken the unusual step of issuing an appeal to prevent the use of
this technology as a weapon through hostile manipulation of
fundamental life processes.
The technology to develop sometimes-lethal and potentially
manipulative weapons is not just a future possibility; it is here
now. In many ways, "nonlethals" are more frightening than nuclear
weapons. Once they proliferate, it will be too late to stop them.
We need to insist on immediate action by our government, with other
countries, to prevent the exploitation of biotechnology in ways that
could threaten not just life but human autonomy and human rights.
Barbara Hatch Rosenberg, a research professor of molecular biology at
State University of New York at Purchase, is chairwoman of the
Federation of American Scientists Working Group on Biological Weapons;
Mark L. Wheelis, a member of the working group, is a professor of
microbiology at the University of California, Davis. This piece
originally appeared in the Los Angeles Times.
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