Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Our Tax Dollars At Work: Pentagon Confirms It Sought To Build A 'Gay Bomb'

Isn't it great how our government spends our tax dollars? Yesterday they almost took a no-confidence vote - wasting time and money - for something that doesn't mean or do a friggin' thing. Well, the waste goes on. A Berkeley watchdog organization that tracks military spending said it uncovered a strange 1994 U.S. military proposal to create a hormone bomb that could purportedly turn enemy soldiers into homosexuals and make them more interested in sex than fighting. A gay bomb? Does that mean it will be huge and pink, with a big rainbow on the side, and instead of whistling as it drops, it makes a feminine sound like "heyyyyyyyyyy!" Pentagon officials on Friday confirmed to CBS station KPIX-TV in San Francisco that military leaders had considered, and then subsequently rejected, building the so-called gay bomb. Gay community leaders in California found the notion of a "gay bomb" both offensive and almost laughable at the same time. But at least they have a sense of humor!

Berkeley's Sunshine Project, had used the Freedom of Information Act to obtain a copy of the proposal from the Air Force's Wright Laboratory in Dayton, Ohio. As part of a military effort to develop non-lethal weapons, the proposal suggested, "One distasteful but completely non-lethal example would be strong aphrodisiacs, especially if the chemical also caused homosexual behavior." The documents show the Air Force lab asked for $7.5 million to develop such a chemical weapon. Okay, aren't their better things to spend tax money on? Now I'm wondering if the Army will declassified the existence of first Gaydar system. Where did that term come from anyway?

The Ohio Air Force lab proposed that a bomb be developed that contained a chemical that would cause enemy soldiers to become gay, and to have their units break down because all their soldiers became irresistibly attractive to one another. Government records obtained suggest the military gave the plan much stronger consideration than it has acknowledged. The plan for a so-called "love bomb" envisaged an aphrodisiac chemical that would provoke widespread homosexual behaviour among troops, causing what the military called a "distasteful but completely non-lethal" blow to morale. Scientists also reportedly considered a "sting me/attack me" chemical weapon to attract swarms of enraged wasps or angry rats towards enemy troops. A substance to make the skin unbearably sensitive to sunlight was also pondered. In a variation on that idea, researchers pondered a "Who? Me?" bomb, which would simulate flatulence in enemy ranks. Yep, that's right, a "Who? Me?" device had been under consideration since 1945, the government papers say. However, researchers concluded that the premise for such a device was fatally flawed because "people in many areas of the world do not find fecal odor offensive, since they smell it on a regular basis".

Once again, we have a fine example of government waste. I don't know if the bomb would cause militar units break down because all their soldiers became irresistably attractive to one another... but I bet the battlefield would be fabulously decorated!