My legality breakdown:
John Norseen passed away Sept. 27, 2007. He was a former Navy pilot and neuroengineer for Lockheed Martin who received research contracts from The National Aeronautics and Space Administration, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, and the Army’s National Ground Intelligence Center.
“If this research pans out, says Norseen, “you can begin to manipulate what someone is thinking even before they know it.” But Norseen says he is “agnostic” on the moral ramifications, that he’s not a mad scientist–just a dedicated one. “The ethics don’t concern me,” he says, “but they should concern someone else.””
~ U.S. News & World Report, January 3, 2000
“After answering a number of pragmatic questions about the state of Information Warfare today, Norseen was then questioned about the ethics of such research. In response to this question, he said:
“…the full impact of brain research on future military and civilian activities is not well understood in the current National Security domain.