The U.S. is developing a new generation of weapons that will violate international treaties on biological and chemical warfare. Scientists who are specialists in bio-warfare and chemical weapons say the U.S., with the help of the British, is working on weapons similar to the gas used by Russian forces to end the rebel siege in Moscow. This was called a ?non-lethal? weapon, despite the fact that it killed one in 6 people in the theater, most of them hostages. Last July, the U.S. blocked a resolution that would have allowed member countries to investigate whether other countries who are part of the 1972 Biological Weapons Convention are keeping the agreement, the same way we want UN inspectors to go into Iraq now.
Human rights group Amnesty International wants to know the contents of the gas used to end the Moscow theatre siege. Dr. Andrei Seltsovsky describes it as a general anaesthetic. He hasn’t named it, and referred to it in a press conference only as "the substance." Vil Mirzayanov, a former Soviet chemical weapons expert, says the gas is a derivative of BZ, a chemical weapon manufactured by both the Russians and U.S. during the Cold War. It causes disorientation and hallucinations and was tested by on U.S. soldiers in the 1960s.
The U.S. Marines have a new nonlethal weapon: spray-on slime. The Mobility Denial System consists of a milky-white, non-hazardous anti-traction gel that is sprayed out over the desired area in a 1/8-inch thickness to form an impenetrable barrier.
The military is always looking for new ways to handle situations without deadly force, Marine Corps Major Guillermo Canedo says, and this can help with crowd control, riots, protesters, and guarding buildings and sensitive areas, such as embassies.
Scientists at San Antonio?s Southwest Research Institute were hired by the Marines to develop the anti-gravity goo. ?The idea is to put it on surfaces like walkways, stairs, banisters, buildings…there?s no limit,? says Ronald Mathis, principal engineer on the project.