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Your tax dollars at work: Pentagon researched developing a "homo-bomb"

I am not sh*tting you. New Scientist News has an article up, Pentagon reveals rejected chemical weapons that makes you wonder whether we’ve underestimated the insane thinking that goes on Washington The gist of the article is that the Pentagon was trying to think up some creative, non-lethal ways to disarm enemy troops. One bright idea was for…

the development of an “aphrodisiac” chemical weapon that would make enemy soldiers sexually irresistible to each other. Provoking widespread homosexual behaviour among troops would cause a “distasteful but completely non-lethal” blow to morale, the proposal says.

A smart homo-bomb. A queer cocktail. Think up some other crazy name. This is just about the dumbest thing I’ve ever seen. But as numbskull as that idea is, there are some more gems…


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.



I went to the Sunshine Project web site, and I downloaded a copy the redacted Marine Corp report, Harassing, Annoying, and “Bad Guy” Identifying Chemicals.

I say drop a homo-bomb on Fred Phelps’s Westboro Baptist Church.

Thanks to House Blend reader Paul for the pointer.

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