Friday, June 15, 2007

Pentagon Confirms It Sought To Build A 'Gay Bomb'

(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."
Well as a lesbian I suppose I should find this "brilliant" military idea offensive, but it's hard to work up much outrage when you're being overcome with waves of laughter. (I swear when I first saw this I almost peed myself!) The fact that our military establishment would give this serious consideration, is just so freaking hilarious in a very Maxwell Smart, "Get Smart" kind of way. It just goes to show you though, how little some "straight" people understand and know about homosexuality.


Anonymous Jenn said...

Holy Hell thats funny, I thought you were joking around, I got about a 1/3 of the way through and thought OMG this is for real!

6/15/2007 4:20 PM  
Blogger LET'S TALK said...

This is a waste of time and money for the military to even take the time for such a thing.

6/16/2007 12:44 AM  
Blogger Leo said...

Jenn, I'm glad someone else see the absurd humor in this. Let's Talk, yeah it is, which is the only part that isn't so funny. Thanks for the comments.

6/16/2007 2:32 AM  
Blogger Jane Doe said...

That is so insane!! At first it sounds like one of those articles you'd read in The Onion or something, but it is true. OMG what a freaking joke!

6/16/2007 8:34 AM  
Blogger Leo said...

My thoughts exactly Jane-lol. Thanks for sharing the laugh.

6/16/2007 2:40 PM  
Blogger People in the Sun said...

I feel so much safer knowing the people in the Pentagon have their thinking caps on. Hey, I have another suggestion: a bomb that makes people Jewish and that way they won't fight on the Sabbath! Or what about a bomb that makes people stupid and that way they will spend all their resources on creating stupid bombs! Wait a second...

6/16/2007 10:45 PM  
Anonymous Jenn said...

2md Comment

I found this museum in San Fran, OUT RANKS that pays tribute to gays in the military....I don't think that these people, even though they were already gay dropped their weapons and had a Hump-fest and were so distracted that they couldn't fight their enemy. So maybe this bomb wouldn't work so well anyways.Anyways you all should check out this website its very cool and I guess if your in the San Fran area you should go!

6/17/2007 6:14 AM  
Blogger Leo said...

People in the sun, great suggestions! I wouldn't doubt that our brilliant military minds are working on one or all of them as we speak-lmao. Jenn, the museum sounds like an interesting place, wish I lived close cause I'd go see it. Thanks for the comments everyone.

6/18/2007 2:26 PM  
Blogger Candace said...

Gawdamighty! Just when you think they couldn't POSSIBLY get any dumber...

As far as hilarity, this is right up there with Dr. Strangelove, isn't it?

Only ... it's real. wow.

6/20/2007 2:27 PM  
Blogger Leo said...

Candace, I'll have to take your word for the Dr. Strangelove comparison, as I've never seen it. However, I can say with certainty that it is truly retarded and strange! Thanks for stopping by.

6/20/2007 5:13 PM  

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