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In November 2000, the US Marines’ Joint Non-Lethal Weapons Directorate (JNLWD) conducted joint war games exercises with the British Amy in which they agreed that they needed to put civilians to sleep, and that the Chemical Weapons Convention stands in the way. One can read the entire document on the Sunshine Project’s website, along with many other interesting papers. The US Army’s Edgewood chemical facility was researching sedative drug weapons as early as 1994.
The Commander of the Joint Non-Lethal Weapons Directorate was quoted in the New Scientist as stating. “I would like a magic dust that would put everyone in a building to sleep, combatants and non-combatants.” That commander, Col. George Fenton was present for the London war gaming exercise where these new chemicals were discussed – and where the Chemical Weapons Convention was described as a challenge to their development.