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Wednesday, October 05, 2005

Perfect Example of Misleading Moonbattery

Got this article from message board. There is a new landmine system in the works for the U.S. military, called the Spider:

The George W. Bush administration may soon resume production of antipersonnel land mines in a move that is at odds with both the international community and previous U.S. policy on the weapons, says a leading human rights organization.
In December of this year, the Pentagon will decide whether or not to begin producing a new type of antipersonnel land mine called a ”Spider”. The first of these mines would then be scheduled to roll out in early 2007.
According to Human Rights Watch (HRW), the funds for Spider's production are already earmarked, as the Pentagon has requested 1.3 billion dollars for the mine system, as well as for another mine called the Intelligent Munitions System, which is expected to be fully running by 2008.
Then the article goes into spin mide:
A new report by the HRW issued Wednesday notes these weapons that kill and maim an estimated 500 people, mostly civilians, each week. The group called on the Bush administration to halt all research and development on all types of these widely-banned weapons.

As if weapons of war shouldn't hurt people.

But seriously, what makes the Spider desireable above other land mines? A 5-second Google search reveals the facts:

Matrix is a portable, reusable, soldier-in-the-loop system that can be used in either a lethal, or a non-lethal mode. This new, smart barrier defense system called MATRIX enables both lethal and non-lethal area defense. Matrix is a portable, battery-operated munitions control system that allows soldiers to identify an appropriate target and select a proper defensive attack from a remote location. The Matrix system uses a laptop computer to remotely control both lethal M-18 claymore munitions and nonlethal M-5 modular crowd-control devices, which contain rubber pellets. Matrix is ideal for firebase security,landing-zone security, and both infrastructure and check-point protection.

Waitaminute, you mean this mine can be non-lethal?

Not only that, but the mine has another feature:

After the battle is over, Spider systems will deactivate so that they do not pose a threat or residual hazard. Not only is a soldier in complete control of the munition at all times, the soldier can select to engage the enemy with individual munitions rather than the entire system and can chose lethal or non-lethal options.

So what's the big deal? This mine is a compromise to human rights groups!

What should really send up a red flag is that these features of the new mine were not even mentioned in the moonbat article. Why?

Either these bone-headed Human Rights organizatons are putting out false information without checking for facts, or they are deliberately misleading the public for a political agenda.

I suspect the latter