Since early last week I have heard at least four or five hand-wringing, nail-biting reports about a “homo bomb” our military was trying to develop. I heard two today. Apparentely, these latest reports are coming from the more enlightened, superior beings at Berkeley with whom I wouldn’t think it to be much of an issue. Much less, a problem.
This is so old. I heard about this almost two years ago. I even posted a short column from the AP about it on my old blog (same name – see blogroll). What you’re not hearing is that during that time they were supposedly experimenting with wasps, rats and severe halitosis. Read the details below in the post I made on my old blog back in 2005.
Thursday, January 20, 2005
If only this had come to fruition
I first heard about this on a radio show out of D.C. called “The Don & Mike Show”. True as it was, it sounded too funny to be real. When I heard it I was laughing (alone) in my truck at an intersection; Westheimer and loop 610 to be exact. Tonight, when I saw it in print, it seemed even funnier than before.
THE Pentagon considered developing a host of non-lethal chemical weapons that would disrupt discipline and morale among enemy troops, newly declassified documents reveal. Most bizarre among the plans was one for the development of an “aphrodisiac” chemical weapon that would make enemy soldiers sexually irresistible to each other. Provoking widespread homosexual behaviour among troops [which] would cause a “distasteful but completely non-lethal” blow to morale, the proposal says.
Other ideas included chemical weapons that attract swarms of enraged wasps or angry rats to troop positions, making them uninhabitable. Another was to develop a chemical that caused “severe and lasting halitosis”, making it easy to identify guerrillas trying to blend in with civilians. There was also the idea of making troops’ skin unbearably sensitive to sunlight.
The proposals, from the US Air Force Wright Laboratory in Dayton, Ohio, date from 1994. The lab sought Pentagon funding for research into what it called “harassing, annoying and ‘bad guy’-identifying chemicals”. The plans have been posted online by the Sunshine Project, an organisation that exposes research into chemical and biological weapons.
Spokesman Edward Hammond says it was not known if the proposed $7.5 million, six-year research plan was ever pursued.
From issue 2482 of New Scientist magazine, 15 January 2005, page 4
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