Ethics, Pain and War

  1. 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."

    http://www.newscientist.com/article.ns?id=dn7077

    a pain weapon designed only to give pain. is this worse or better than one designed to kill an maim?
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  2. 5 Comments

  3. by   SmilingBluEyes
    Am I alone in finding this very disturbing?
  4. by   Mkue
    A pain weapon designed only to give pain. Is this worse or better than one designed to kill an maim?
    It guess it would depend on if the Rioters were so out of control i.e. throwing rocks..etc..inflicting pain on the Rioter before he/she causes a head injury or worse. Just my
  5. by   Roy Fokker
    Quote from Fluesy
    [font=Comic Sans MS]A pain weapon designed only to give pain. Is this worse or better than one designed to kill an maim?
    We already have water cannons, rubber bullets and pellets.

    How will this be any different ?
  6. by   SmilingBluEyes
    Thank you roy. (you forgot tear gas). Seems to me we are spending some money here on totally the WRONG THING!!!
  7. by   Fluesy
    [font=Comic Sans MS]I am torn about this. On the one hand it might BE better to have a weapon that causes the pain without the permanent physical damage on the other should we, as a species go there at all?? Reading through the article it goes on to talk about maximal pain. Now that really disturbs me but again when I think of the sheer physical damage and lifetime cost of things like roadside bombs I can't say that this is worse.

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