Thursday, June 14, 2007

Sunshine Project Uncovers US Military "Gay Bomb".

You must read this story to believe it. This was initially reported by The Washington Post:

Pentagon Examined Sexual Warfare Proposal From Air Force's Wright Laboratory

The Washington Post
By: Emil Steiner

In my job I come across a lot of strange stories, but this is one is almost too wild to believe. In December 2004, The Sunshine Project, a watchdog group based in Austin, Tex., and Hamburg, Germany, that opposes biological weapons, uncovered a "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." The story got some press in early 2005, but quickly vanished into that great internet junkyard of forgotten URLs, the only memory being a lonely wikipedia entry.

There it lay, all but dead until one week ago when The Huffington Post resuscitated the tale with a tongue-in-cheek entry asking: "[i]sn't it always the best ideas which fall by the wayside?" A CBS news affiliate in California adopted it last Friday and since then this offbeat classic has experienced a viral rebirth across the blogosphere. Here are the broad-strokes:

The proposal came from the Air Force's Wright Laboratory in Dayton, Ohio, which requested $7.5 million to develop a so-called "gay-bomb." Using the Freedom of Information Act, Edward Hammond, director of the U.S. office of the Sunshine Project, obtained a copy which was "part of a military effort to develop non-lethal weapons." If completed, the bomb would release a chemical aphrodisiac "and by virtue of either breathing or having their skin exposed to this chemical... soldiers would become gay." This would cause their units to break down as the troops "became irresistibly attractive to one another." In addition to a "gay bomb" the proposal also mentions using chemicals which could make bees angry so that enemy forces would be attacked not only by our troops but also swarms of stinging insects.

Defense Department officials have acknowledged that such ideas were proposed by the Air Force in 1994.

So, much like the media's coverage of this story, the original "gay bomb" idea may have been proposed, dismissed and then resurrected by a different branch of the military (in media terms, think print to blog to TV). Now the gay and lesbian communities, which are already suspicious of the U.S. military, have yet another reason to shake their heads in disbelief. And they are not alone. Leave aside the "Kids In The Hall" absurdity of "attack bees" and "gay bombs." The fact that The United States Air Force asked for $7.5 million for a project that assumes a) sexual orientation can be altered through chemicals and b) homosexuals are more interested in sex than duty is certainly worthy of a second life in the blogosphere.


5 comments:

Adam said...

glad to see our tax dollars are hard at work.

this makes you think twice about other "conspiracy theories" does it not?

Anonymous said...

YOU FAGGETS WILL POST ANYTHING FOR SOME ATTENTION AND SUPPORT/ WHY DONT YOU STOP TAKING IT UP THE BUTT AND WORK OR SOMETHIN.

stupid4me said...

Was our military seriously at their last rope? They can't come up with something better than that? I think a few military planners just wanted to come out of the closet for real. I'm glad that they aren't using millions of TAX PAYER DOLLARS for something this stupid!

Anonymous said...

What a F**king joke...As if the gay community doesnt have enough to deal with..Our government is a joke itself..Love to meet the people who come up with this shit!!

bret said...

I would love to have some of this stuff to take to Washington, D.C. and make everyone gay.

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