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Pentagon's new lethal weapon

Press TV
January 20, 2008

The US Department of Defense's wide-ranging 'warfighter enhancement program' is preparing grounds for the most lethal weapon ever.

Pentagon's 'the Psychological Kevlar Act of 2007' puts forward the idea of using different drugs to insulate combat soldiers from the stressful psychological element of killing.

The move not only desensitizes them to the horrendous aspect of war, but also maximizes soldiers' lethality by bypassing their moral autonomy.

Analyst Penny Coleman criticizes Pentagon's attempt to peddle magic pills to chase away the horrors of war, saying: "The neurological and genetic re-engineering of soldiers' minds and bodies is aimed at creating what the Pentagon calls 'iron bodied and iron willed personnel… tireless, relentless, remorseless, and unstoppable."

Barry Romo a national coordinator for Vietnam Veterans Against the War, also denounces the plan: "That's the devil pill, that's the monster pill, the anti-morality pill. That's the pill that can make men and women do anything and think they can get away with it. Even if it doesn't work, what's scary is that a young soldier could believe it will."


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