Could Soldiers Be Prosecuted for Thought Crime?


Wired | Apr 21, 2008

By Sharon Weinberger

The Pentagon’s Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is funding a number of technologies that tap into the brain’s ability to detect threats before the conscious mind is able to process the information. Already, there is Pentagon-sponsored work on using the brain’s pattern detection capabilities for enhanced goggles and super-fast satellite imagery analysis. What happens, however, when the Pentagon ultimately uses this enhanced capability for targeting weapons?

This question has led Stephen White to write a fascinating article exploring the implications of a soldiers’ legal culpability for weapons that may someday tap into this “pre-conscious” brain activity. Like the Minority Report notion of “pre-crime,” where someone is convicted for contemplating a criminal act they haven’t yet acted upon, this article raises the intriguing question of whether a soldier could be convicted for the mistake made by a pre-conscious brain wave.

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6 responses to “Could Soldiers Be Prosecuted for Thought Crime?

  1. Bilderbergers and etc first! Lead by example!


  2. Does wordpress have comment limit? –I’ve tried to post more comments on the Ron Paul Mason? blog.

  3. I don’t know. Have to look into that.

  4. Guess I’m not allowed any more comments on the Ron Paul post–it keeps saying I’ve already duplicated! Haha

  5. It does that to me too sometimes. I think its a temporary glitch. Try a completely new message with totally different words so it doesn’t think it’s a re-post.

  6. I think it’s the wiki links at the moment.

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