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Demeter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-02-11 07:21 AM
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8. Pepper Spray Developer: It Has Become Fashionable to Use Chemicals on People with Opinions
Edited on Fri Dec-02-11 07:27 AM by Demeter /

In what appears to be his first television interview on the subject, Kamran Loghman, the developer of weapons-grade pepper spray and the policy for its use by US police departments, appeared on Democracy Now! to condemn how police forces have been using pepper spray on peaceful protesters in the country. He said he was shocked and bewildered to see UC Davis police pepper spraying students and the first thing that came to his mind was how the students could be his children sitting down having an opinion and being shut down forcibly by chemical agents.

Democracy Now! host Amy Goodman opened the segment by noting how it was not unprecedented for an inventor to voice regrets when an invention turns out to have harmful uses. She highlighted Alfred Nobel, who is believed to have regretted inventing dynamite, and Alfred Einstein, who felt guilty that his work had helped spur the invention of the atomic bomb. She said Loghman is now someone who could be added to the list of inventors that have had problems with how their inventions were used.

Loghman worked with the FBI on the research & development of pepper spray, which was tested over the course of three years in the 1980s. He described the development during the segment along with the ingredients in pepper spray...


As Jon Stewart said on The Daily Show last night, Pepper spray has become Americas car horn. Or a prime example of how militarized police forces in America have become and how police will be used to intimidate and suppress people who engage in peaceful protesting.


"It is becoming more and more fashionable right now, this day and age, to use chemical on people who have a liberal opinion."

Sorry, I had to fix that one! The teabaggers waved loaded guns around at political rallies but none of them were ever pepper sprayed. Not once!

In response:

Ok, true. Guns would never be tolerated at Occupy protests. But, it is worth emphasizing the fact that the Tea Party protests posed no threat to the structures of power ever. The members may have complained about loss of liberty but never tried to push back against whatever they thought was costing them their liberty. There werent any sit-ins, no acts of civil disobedience. Their very nature was complacent and lethargic. They sat in lawn chairs on the National Mall during Glenn Becks rally.

In response:

"They sat in lawn chairs on the National Mall during Glenn Becks rally."

And waved guns Not to put too fine a point on it but I think that sort of trumps ideology.

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