Tuesday, January 18, 2005

“Sir…it seems like the enemy is engaged in a mass orgy.”

– what could be heard in a combat zone if these brain farts of non-lethal chemical weapon research would be realized.

The U.S. military rejected a 1994 proposal to develop an "aphrodisiac" to spur homosexual activity among enemy troops but is hard at work on other less-than-lethal weapons, defense officials said Sunday.

The idea of fostering homosexuality among the enemy figured in a declassified six-year, $7.5 million request from a laboratory at Wright Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio for funding of non-lethal chemical weapon research.

The proposal, disclosed in response to a Freedom of Information request, called for developing chemicals affecting human behavior "so that discipline and morale in enemy units is adversely affected."

"One distasteful but completely non-lethal example would be strong aphrodisiacs, especially if the chemical also caused homosexual behavior," said the document, obtained by the Sunshine Project.

The watchdog group posted the partly blacked-out, three-page document on its Web site.
Lt. Col. Barry Venable of the Army, a Defense Department spokesman, said: "This suggestion arose essentially from a brainstorming session, and it was rejected out of hand."

The Air Force Research Laboratory also suggested using chemicals that could be sprayed on enemy positions to attract stinging and biting bugs, rodents and larger animals.

Another idea involved creating "severe and lasting halitosis" to help sniff out fighters trying to blend with civilians.

The U.S. military remains committed to developing less-than-lethal weapons that pass stringent legal reviews and are consistent with international treaties, said Captain Dan McSweeny of the Marine Corps, a spokesman for the Pentagon unit spearheading their introduction.

"We feel it's very important to offer our deployed service members and their commanders a greater range of options in dealing with increasingly complex operational environments," said McSweeny, of the Joint Non-Lethal Weapons Directorate.

Okay...well, it is creative, that's for sure.

I mean, just the thought of some poor US soldier mistakenly letting some of that aphrodisiac leak out on the base. All exposed soldiers would have to go into solitary confinement for a while. And you know a few guys would make sure they had their own private stash to take back home.

And the halitosis bomb or whatever it would be called is pretty culturally centric. I mean, sure, in America, the land of Crest smiles, where tooth brushing belongs to a daily regimen, it would be an effective weapon...however, how many other countries have such an obsession with clean teeth and fresh breath as we do? I mean, Europeans are just getting onto the whole daily showers, female armpit and leg shaving, and deoderant bandwagon as it is...


Blogger ac blue eagle said...

Certainly, some curious ideas! Crazy, but certainly creative, right?

10:07 PM  
Blogger Ariane said...

Well, it's better then killing people, in my opinion...

1:56 AM  

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