Posted By Mr Wolf • [March 30, 2013]
The U.S. has tacitly admitted that it is using Weapons of Mass
Destruction, WMD, in Afghanistan, Yemen, and all other places that it
conducts kinetic activity. Iraq? Tons of the stuff was deployed - and
by definition, Saddam had far more of it than you could possibly
How? How could a nation so set on PREVENTING the use of WMD end up using it in such huge quantities itself?
Simple- the U.S. has basically indicted itself.
You see, this past week the FBI released the indictment of one Eric
Harroun, 30, known to Syrians as “the American.” According to a story
in the WaPo:
The complaint says Harroun conspired to use a weapon of mass
destruction, the RPG, which carries a maximum penalty of life in prison.
He made his initial appearance in federal court Thursday.
RPG? WMD? Well, yes, as journalist James Joyner has found out:
...unless RPG technology has improved vastly since I last fired
one, there’s no possible way that it should fall into the category.
Taking out a tank or a low-flying helicopter is destructive, no doubt,
but it ain’t massive.
Nor, according to 18 USC § 2332a, would an RPG seem to qualify as a WMD:
(2) the term “weapon of mass destruction” means—
(A) any destructive device as defined in section 921
of this title;
(B) any weapon that is designed or intended to
cause death or serious bodily injury through the release, dissemination,
or impact of toxic or poisonous chemicals, or their precursors;
(C) any weapon involving a biological agent, toxin, or vector (as those terms are defined in section 178
of this title); or
(D) any weapon that is designed to release radiation or radioactivity at a level dangerous to human life;
Alas, following the trail to section 921, we see that:
4) The term “destructive device” means—
(A) any explosive, incendiary, or poison gas—
(iii) rocket having a propellant charge of more than four ounces,
(iv) missile having an explosive or incendiary charge of more than one-quarter ounce,
(v) mine, or
(vi) device similar to any of the devices described in the preceding clauses;
(B) any type of weapon (other than a shotgun or
a shotgun shell which the Attorney General finds is generally
recognized as particularly suitable for sporting purposes) by whatever
name known which will, or which may be readily converted to, expel a
projectile by the action of an explosive or other propellant, and which
has any barrel with a bore of more than one-half inch in diameter; and
(C) any combination of parts either designed or
intended for use in converting any device into any destructive device
described in subparagraph (A) or (B) and from which a destructive device
may be readily assembled.
So, by the very definition that the U.S. uses to prosecute criminals,
we, the good 'ol U.S. of A., is conspiring to inflict WMD across the
But how is it possible that the lowly RPG, and by association, the
40mm grenade, the 155 artillery shell, and the 81mm mortar, could be
considered a WMD? Read the definition above- if it contains more than one-quarter ounce of explosive, its a WMD. How much do these explosives hold? You can check that here. For example, the M362 HE round contains 2.10 pounds of the stuff. Pretty massive WMD, if you ask me.
The asshat Harroun definitely needs prosecuted (see Jimbo's post
below)- and introduced to a few new virgins afterwards if he is so
inclined to assist (possibly) AQ-associated groups. But to do so under
the guise that RPG's and similar munitions are WMD is beyond the pale.
What next? Do you see 30-rd magazines being slipped into this
definition? Because well, a grenade can kill only 1 person; 30-rd mags
can kill up to what, 30?
Masses, I tell you. That's mass destruction right there.
U.S law has gone beyond the ridiculous here. And we've only done it
to ourselves. But want to know something? It gets worse- just ask our
good buddy Bob Owens:
prosecutes Army veteran that conspired with wrong rebel group to shoot
10 Syrian soldiers; refuses to prosecute Attorney General than ran guns
to narco-terrorists used in 302+ murders
So they're willing to prosecute someone who fires ''WMD'' in Syria,
but not go after someone who killed U.S. citizens right here in our own
What goes around comes around, and bites you right in the ass...