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US Military tried to develop 'Gay Bomb'

By radiometer, Jun 17, 2007 | Updated: Sep 21, 2009 | | |
  1. radiometer
    I had a hard time believing this wasn't a spoof at first. Be sure to check out the video in the link:

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    (CBS 5) BERKELEY A Berkeley watchdog organization that tracks military spending said it uncovered a strange 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.

    Pentagon officials on Friday confirmed to CBS 5 that military leaders had considered, and then subsquently rejected, building the so-called "Gay Bomb."

    Edward Hammond, of 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.

    "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 irresistably attractive to one another," Hammond said after reviewing the documents.

    "The notion was that a chemical that would probably be pleasant in the human body in low quantities could be identified, and by virtue of either breathing or having their skin exposed to this chemical, the notion was that soliders would become gay," explained Hammond.

    The Pentagon told CBS 5 that the proposal was made by the Air Force in 1994.

    "The Department of Defense is committed to identifying, researching and developing non-lethal weapons that will support our men and women in uniform," said a DOD spokesperson, who indicated that the "gay bomb" idea was quickly dismissed.

    However, Hammond said the government records he obtained suggest the military gave the plan much stronger consideration than it has acknowledged.

    "The truth of the matter is it would have never come to my attention if it was dismissed at the time it was proposed," he said. "In fact, the Pentagon has used it repeatedly and subsequently in an effort to promote non-lethal weapons, and in fact they submitted it to the highest scientific review body in the country for them to consider."

    Military officials insisted Friday to CBS 5 that they are not currently working on any such idea and that the past plan was abandoned.

    Gay community leaders in California said Friday that they found the notion of a "gay bomb" both offensive and almost laughable at the same time.

    "Throughout history we have had so many brave men and women who are gay and lesbian serving the military with distinction," said Geoff Kors of Equality California. "So, it's just offensive that they think by turning people gay that the other military would be incapable of doing their job. And its absurd because there's so much medical data that shows that sexual orientation is immutable and cannot be changed."

Comments

  1. Mint boi
    thats loltastic. made my day! american military = geniuses
  2. Bajeda
    Why isn't this in funny shit? Damn, the military can be stupid as hell sometimes! I mean, they do stupid shit alot, but this is just ridiculous!
  3. allyourbase
    their prototype: the Bravo Network.
  4. Nagognog2
    This is insulting. Beyond insulting. And fuck you for posting it. I will close it it until a professional gay activist appears to tear it to ribbons.


    CLOSED.
  5. Nagognog2
    On his way! Fuck! MSN refused to allow a link from this forum. Wonder why?
  6. radiometer
    Honestly? Because this board has so damned many forums and sub-forums that it takes several minutes to decide where to put stuff like this. :) So I put it here and let the librarians move it to whichever shelf they prefer.
  7. Nagognog2
    Watch you step. I'm not kidding - he's a Top-notch Gay-Right's Activist. And he'd broil ya' alive. ...or....you coul'd find a good mark to send 'em after. You'll like 'em!
  8. fnord
    morons!!huh with ideas like this no wonder the us sucks at winning wars!they probly would still be researhcing this if someone didint stop to think about the public outcry it would cause!
  9. radiometer
    Tell him he can find me at the pride festival in SF next weekend. I'll be the one passing out Alice B Toklas brownies. :D
  10. Orchid_Suspiria
    Whats a proffessional gay activist?Thats an actual job?
  11. Donmeka
    the image of soldiers shooting naked dudes makin man luv is just trippy
  12. Bajeda
    I'm guessing its more of a way of life.


    BajEdit: To clarify, I'm talking about being an activist, not being gay. Being gay is obviously a way of life.
  13. fnord
    i dont know if youd call it a job,more of a lifelong comitment,many people dedicate there entire lives to fighting for social justice issues.
  14. stoneinfocus
    what cha mean with "shooting" :p
    Or something like "shoot him" - "I can´t, he´s so cute:" -" Argh, shut up, obey my order and gimme a a blow job." ^^
    :)
  15. fnord

    i dont see why this is offensive,well at least posting it isnt,i myself am bisexual and dont see a problem with this, besides the fact the gov. is toying with things they shouldent but whats new? could you explain your position on this nag?
  16. stoneinfocus
    Its´n in the same way unjustified and insulting as makinf opiate addicts criminal, jsut this one is so much more ridiculous, very hard to believe that any serious thought and money was spent on this making it real... except for the story, of course.
  17. radiometer
    I'ts hard to explain a joke fnord as I am sure you you know. ;) Either you get it, or...
  18. Kid A
    Hahahahahahahahaha
  19. grandbaby
    Gay Bomb would be the best band name ever.
  20. Orchid_Suspiria
    Hopefully we will get more and more proffessional drug legallization activists.
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