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The Pentagon apparently rejected a "gay bomb" idea:
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - 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 on 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."
I'm too tired to think of a punchline. But, really, do I even need one?
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It would probably just make "enemy troops" more likely to rape. When you've already got millions of women being raped every year in areas at war, I'm sure it would only make it worse. Yeesh!
They also assume that homosexuality is just as negative everywhere else, like it is here among the homophobic. I remember reading a story about how American troops were disturbed because Afghani freedom fighters didn't have a taboo against have sex with men.
Cinnamon @ 01/17/2005 01:54 PM CST
They also considered a bomb that would create chronic halitosis. So that you could smell the breath of enemy combatants.
Which means that my third grade teacher, Mrs. Stiles, would be considered the very worst of enemy combatants.
eeyorena @ 01/18/2005 10:10 AM CST