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While in US civil defense, the category is now Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, and Explosive (CBRNE), which defines WMD as:
(1) Any explosive, incendiary, poison gas, bomb, grenade, or rocket having a propellant charge of more than four ounces [113 g], missile having an explosive or incendiary charge of more than one-quarter ounce [7 g], or mine or device similar to the above. (2) Poison gas. (3) Any weapon involving a disease organism. (4) Any weapon that is designed to release radiation at a level dangerous to human life. (18 U.S.C. Section 2332a)
"We believe that that phrase [WMD] confuses officials, befuddles the public, and justifies policies that more precise language and more accurate assessments could not support," Joseph Cirincione, one of the nation's leading experts on weapons proliferation.
He says that talk of WMD by public officials and others should be replaced by more-specific references to nuclear, biological, or chemical weapons in order to better reflect the unique aspects of each of those threats. "That phrase 'weapons of mass destruction' conflates threats from very, very different weapons, weapons that have differences in lethality, consequence of use, ease of acquisition, and the availability of measures that can protect against them," says Cirincione, senior associate and director for nonproliferation at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington.
Originally posted by NumberCruncher
Can propaganda be a WMD ?
I mean enough lies are spread on a mass scale can lead to all sorts of mischeif ?