All high posts both un Iraq and Afgaqnistan were not elected they were selected by the US. Have you ever heard of people with other nationalities voting in a country, well there is always a first and it happened in Iraq. Why? because Bush wanted his man appointed.
In jan/feb of 03 Taser around $3.00 was not a penny stock ever.In fact it was never at 0.63 GOD or no GOD you must not lie.
There is no checklist of things which have to happen before we decide which weapon to use, we don't start with one and then use another if it doesn't work.
"Sometimes our own physical presence is enough to make someone stop what they are doing.
"We then use verbal commands and if this doesn't work we make moves toward using our less lethal options, which can be any one of them depending on the risk.
"It is an absolute last resort to use a firearm, if we have any other option we will take it. After all, who on earth would want to take a person's life? None of us would.
"But if someone is aiming a gun at a person, we need to stop them completely, not just disarm them.
"The Taser could give us another option of not having to use a firearm. I think people see them on the television being used in America and think they are really dramatic because they fire darts and give an electric shock.
"But the residual effects are nowhere near as painful as punctures and bites from a dog or bruising from a baton gun cartridge. I have watched footage of them being used here in the UK and they have stopped violence escalating lots of times. The questions are whether it is safe. If it is, I welcome it."
samantha.lawton @thesentinel .co.uk
STUNNING MOVE TO ADD SAFER MEANS OF HALTING CRIMINALS
12:00 - 23 May 2004
Armed police are rarely spotted on the streets of Staffordshire and, so far, nobody has ever been shot by an officer in the county.
It is largely because gun crime rates are steadily falling across the region and firearms teams now have a variety of 'less lethal' weapons to use against armed or dangerous offenders. CS Gas, extendable batons, police dogs and baton guns can all be used before the last resort of firing live bullets, although authorised firearms officers (AFOs) are assigned self-loading pistols and long range rifles.
But no officer wants to be the first to pull the trigger.
Now, a radical option is back in the spotlight which could make shooting and killing offenders even less likely.
For the past 12 months, the electronic Taser gun has been used by five police forces across England and Wales, prompting a wave of U.S.-style policing, and may soon spread to other forces.
Costing about �200 each, the stun-guns fire two needle-tipped darts at their target, sending a five second 50,000-volt charge.
A laser beam projects onto the target and a red dot appears to help officers hit the right spot - usually on a person's torso. It temporarily paralyses their muscles, causing them to fall to the floor.
Once the shock has been released, the person is left with just two small marks, similar to bee stings.
During the five seconds the offender is paralysed, officers have to disarm and restrain them.
The device appears relatively safe without lasting ill-effects or pain - unlike the bite marks of a police dog or bruises from a baton. It seems a preferable option for those on both sides of the law and Staffordshire's police chiefs are now looking to adopt it into their armoury.
However, Federation officials fear it could be the first step onto a slippery slope and prompt fresh debates about whether British police should patrol with guns.
Mark Judson, chairman of Staffordshire Police Federation, said: "We are reasonably happy with the equipment that we have got and the force has made a lot of progress with personal protective equipment.
"I'm sure the Tasers are effective but there is the potential of them causing a life-threatening injury - we could have a death on our hands.
"We know that if we fire a bullet the effects are going to be extremely serious, whereas it's reasonable to believe that we would be inclined to use the Tasers more often because it is a less lethal option.
"And we never know what sort of condition a person has that could affect their reaction to it. A target may have a heart condition or something which means the stun-gun isn't harmless to them.
"We have to bear in mind the potential of the force being sued for using a weapon unnecessarily and this could potentially increase the instances of that as well.
"I think the balance that we have at the moment is about right. If terrorism was to increase in the UK maybe we should look at it again."
Before firing the weapon, AFOs must first shout "Taser! Taser! Taser!" to give the offender a chance to give up.
Inspector Mick Boyle, of the force's Central Firearms Unit, said their primary aim is to make their targets stop.
The decision to fire a gun is a judgement for each officer and depends entirely on the level of risk. But less lethal options which are merely designed to disable an offender are favoured wherever possible.
It is accepted that the Taser may cause fatal injuries - these risks accompany any weapon - but experts say it is a question of taking a responsible approach to using it.
Insp Boyle said: "Like with all our weapons, it is about using reasonable force. We are taught to use a measured and proportionate response to the threat.
Stun gun extension May 24 2004
THE use of a controversial stun gun, which delivers a 50,000-volt charge, could be extended in North Wales.
The region's police force has been trialing the Taser gun as part of a UK pilot.
In the last year, officers have used the gun eight times and it has been fired twice at people.
On a third occasion, one was fired at a dog. Seventy-six officers are trained to use it.
North Wales police are now considering extending its use.
The �350 guns, which fire electric darts powered by compressed air leaving targets dazed, are also being tested by police in Lincolnshire, the Metropolitan, Northamptonshire and Thames Valley.
Home Secretary David Blunkett and the Association of Chief Police Officers are reviewing an extension for the Taser.
Assistant chief constable Stephen Curtis said: "North Wales Police have for the past year taken part in the national Taser trial.
"Taser has proved both an effective deterrent and ensures that potentially violent incidents have been brought to a successful conclusion without causing injury."
Human rights and civil liberties campaigners at Liberty urged North Wales Police and the Home Office to stop using Tasers on safety grounds.
Liberty's head of policy, Gareth Crossman, said several people had died when shot with a Taser in America and the gun is extremely dangerous for those with weak hearts.
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