The question I have deals with the use of the neuralizer, a piece of alien technology used in the “Men in Black” films to erase the memories of individuals who witness extraterrestial activity. Without the knowledge, or consent, of another individual, the MiB alter the subject’s state of mind in radical ways. Key parts of who that individual was, their name, their desires, their past, their family situation, are all overridden with a new set of memories and desires. This is all, of course, for the greater good. The secrecy of the alien presence on Earth is paramount to prevent panic(among other effects). The memories are generally benevolent and designed to disrupt the lives of the subjects as little as possible.
So, here’s the question. Is the use of the “flashie thingie” ethical? Is it significantly different than the old practice of “disappearing dissenters” or using oubliettes? Clearly the impact on the rest of the life is less, but the autonomy of the subject, their right to have their minds and self-awareness be inviolate has been, well, violated. Is this ethical under the circumstances? Is it ethical under any circumstances? Can a character who engages in use of the flashie thingie be considered a good character and a role model?