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The Pentagon 'homo bomb' project rises again

Several of you sent me the link to the CBS5 story by Hank Plante about the Pentagon confirming that it had plans to create a hormone-based bomb to turn enemy soldiers gay — and presumably so horny that they would spend their time humping instead of fighting. This week, Pentagon officials confirmed to Plante that it had considered Homo Bomb project, but subsequently rejected it.

The strange thing about this story is that it’s a couple of years old. Back in 2005, I blogged about the 1994 report Harassing, Annoying, and “Bad Guy” Identifying Chemicals. It was uncovered by The Sunshine Project, an organization that exposes research into chemical and biological weapons (and cited in the CBS5 report). It filed a Freedom of Information Act to make the document public.

In it, some of the outlandish proposals for non-lethal weapons to use against enemy forces included :
* a spray to inflict “severe and lasting halitosis”;
* a chemical that would cause bees to behave more aggressively and sting them;
* a weapon that would make the enemy very sensitive to sunlight;
* and the aphrodisiac chemical designed to make enemy soldiers sexually irresistible to each other and cause widespread homosexual behavior (a “distasteful but completely non-lethal blow” to affect troop “discipline and morale”).

These plans were part of a six-year project that would have cost $7.5 million of your tax dollars. Two years ago, Captain Dan McSweeney of the Joint Non-Lethal Weapons Directorate at the Pentagon saidnone of the systems described in that [1994] proposal have been developed“. Steve Ralls of Servicemembers Legal Defense Network (SLDN), said at the time, “It is a homophobic and delusional proposition for the Pentagon to assume a gay opponent is any less formidable than a straight one.”

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