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from the Office of Winston Smith

For Immediate Release
Wednesday, January 26, 2005

Winston Smith
Communications Director
Forward Based Technology
(206) 789-9091
(206) 420-7928 (cell)
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FBT Denies Geneva Violation Intent

Edward Ponderevo, the president and founder of Forward Based Technologies, announced today that GRIDS interface does not seek to circumvent Geneva Convention prohibitions on child soldiers. He angrily denied accusations by Democratic members of the Senate Armed Forces Committee that the interface was designed to reduce the risk that Americans could be prosecuted for war crimes.

"While the GRIDS interface allows remote control of robotic weapons, the security systems we have implemented will prevent anyone from determining who is operating the weapon system at any given time." According to Ponderevo, the weapon could be controlled by a battlefield soldier or a remote user, with control switching back and forth at any time.

The GRIDS interface (Game-based Remote Infantry Defense System) provides a seamless link between robotic weapons and the US Army's online recruiting tool, America's Army.

An anonymous Republican member of the Armed Forces Committee said that the President has the constitutional authority to declare this quaint provision of the Geneva Convention irrelevant. "As far as I am concerned, this weapon(s) system will encourage the spread of democracy in all parts of the world, and what could be more in line with the Geneva Convention?"

Forward Based Technology, Inc. is a small family-owned technology company located in the greater Seattle area. Founded in 2002 by Edward Ponderevo and his nephew George Ponderevo, FBT specializes in the creation and delivery of advanced human-machine interfaces and intelligent agents.

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Last Updated: 01/26/05