the us military is funding development of a weapon that delivers a bout of excruciating pain from up to 2 kilometres away. intended for use against rioters, it is meant to leave victims unharmed. but pain researchers are furious that work aimed at controlling pain has been used to develop a weapon. and they fear that the technology will be used for torture.
"i am deeply concerned about the ethical aspects of this research," says andrew rice, a consultant in pain medicine at chelsea and westminster hospital in london, uk. "even if the use of temporary severe pain can be justified as a restraining measure, which i do not believe it can, the long-term physical and psychological effects are unknown."
a pain weapon designed only to give pain. is this worse or better than one designed to kill an maim?