The Public Has A Right To Know............
" The controversial release of suicide mosquitoes.
A British biotech lab has released huge numbers of genetically modified
mosquitoes in an effort to combat dengue fever. But locals, some say,
were not adequately informed of the experiment -- and now a debate has
erupted over the potential dangers to humans....
The key question is about what scientists may and may not do. Can they
simply release flying, human-biting laboratory-made creatures into the
air? And who controls such activity if this is undertaken for a firm
that seeks to profit from it?..."
...................is about the exact same issue I have frequently brought up on the Orgonomic Ecology list. It deals with the moral and legal obligation of anyone doing anything that will affect the environment to inform the public and obtain the consent of the people whose lives are going to be affected.
Cloudbusting falls into the same catagory as this experiment with genetic manipulation of insects. The individuals doing it may think they know best and may think they have good intentions, but that does not excuse them from the obligation to make their work public and accept the possibility the public might not agree that it should be done.
There is no automatic "Right To Cloudbust". Regardless of how much an individual might think he knows best, he simply does not have the right to force his judgement on others. He has no more right to make people endure the weather conditions he creates without informing them than to secretly inject them with drugs that he thinks will help them.
The comparison is obvious.
To force anyone to be a test subject in an experiment is a violation of their fundamental rights. That is still true even if the scientist forcing them to participate has good intentions or thinks it is for their own good. There is simply no excuse for subjecting unwilling or unsuspecting members of the public to any scientific experiment.
The arguments against the genetic manipulators releasing altered insects that could be a potential hazard to the public are arguments that also apply to covert cloudbuster operators who violate the rights of other people to determine their own destiny and subject the public to potential risks.
Anyone who wants to conduct cloudbusting operations must make those operations public beforehand, such as on a publicly accessable website, and have a means in place for concerned members of the public to comment and raise their concerns. Anyone attempting cloudbusting without doing that is a Human Rights violator.
Regardless of their intentions.
As the international Environmental Movement and the International Human Rights Movement join forces in this area of mutual concern, I hope to interest Human Rights organizations in taking up the issue of covert cloudbusting as a Human Rights violation.