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Pentagon Sought "Gay Bomb" Says Watchdog Group

Pentagon officials confirmed that in 1994 the U.S. Military considered and then rejected a proposal to build a "hormone bomb" that would transform enemy soldiers into homosexuals and make them more interested in having sex with one another than fighting.

Bomb_2Said Edward Hammond, of Berkeley's Sunshine Project, a watchdog group tracking military spending:

"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 irresistibly attractive to one another. 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 soldiers would become gay."

The Air Force lab requested $7.5 million to research the gay bomb. And while the military says the notion was ruled out quickly, Hammond says there was more consideration involved: "The truth of the matter is it would have never come to my attention if it was dismissed at the time it was proposed. 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."

Of course the whole thing fits perfectly with the military's misguided philosophy that having gay soldiers within the ranks leads to loss of morale and unit cohesion.

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  1. You got to be kidding me, Andy. Is this some sort of late April Fools Joke?

    Posted by: juliana | Jun 11, 2007 4:42:44 PM

  2. I hope they make it into an eau-de-cologne, with a handy spritzer package for those nights out at with your straight friends. See a hottie on the street? Spritz, zip, and spray!

    Posted by: Tyler | Jun 11, 2007 4:44:29 PM

  3. I don't think the soldiers would become irresistibly drawn to each other. However, if there was someway of dropping a Barney's on the battlefield, .......

    Posted by: Mike in the Tundra | Jun 11, 2007 4:53:32 PM

  4. they used to drop hundreds of multicolored amyl nitrite ampules onto the dancefloor from the ceiling at Studio-54... seems like the same idea.

    Posted by: A.J. | Jun 11, 2007 5:00:45 PM

  5. And the uber-Right Wing thought WE had a homosexual agenda... The new motto will be 'Don't Ask, Don't Smell'. ;D

    Posted by: CTinSF | Jun 11, 2007 5:07:39 PM

  6. That would be an unusual "friendly fire" incident. Would they hand out Pink Hearts afterwards?

    Posted by: homer | Jun 11, 2007 5:09:42 PM

  7. Anyone remember the Maxwell Smart movie about a nude bomb? It instantly made everyone naked. In one scene they showed a pro football game and the bomb went off during a huddle. Funny how that scene is the only one that stuck in my head.

    Posted by: Rob | Jun 11, 2007 5:19:26 PM

  8. Can anyone believe these "retards" are charged with the defense and security of our nation? Actually, I apologize to retarded people for the association with these nuts!

    Posted by: MIKE | Jun 11, 2007 5:27:52 PM

  9. WTF?!!!! Wow, so some people still think you can "make" someone gay???? Please tell me this is a joke.

    A.J., loved the studio 54 reference. It is kind of the same thing. HA!

    Posted by: JR | Jun 11, 2007 5:29:09 PM

  10. This story was laughable at first read.Then if you think about the flip side of the military way of thinking,what if they had a "hormone" bomb that made enemy soldiers so intolerant of each other that they started to murder each other.I would think that bomb would have a better chance of production.Just a thought.

    Posted by: GregB | Jun 11, 2007 5:30:53 PM

  11. First at the Superbowl. Then at NASCAR. Then at the World Series. And last but not least at the 2008 GOP convention.

    Big fluffy clouds of palpitating poofyness. Then we'll have marriage equality, I bet. Why didn't we think of it before, Pinky?

    This is the dumbest thing I've ever heard, which sadly nowadays means that it's probably quite true. Jesus wept. Gay bombs. Could we live in a more embarrassing age?

    Posted by: FASTLAD | Jun 11, 2007 5:32:48 PM

  12. They were going to call it, "The Reichen."

    The history of CBW [Chemical and Biological Warfare, formerly CB and Atomic Warfare] in the US is as fascinating as it is appalling. Before hippies discovered it, "CBS Evening News with Walter Cronkite" showed military film of a cat on LSD acting afraid of the mouse in the same cage. The military gave up on LSD though because its results were too unpredictable. Sometimes military contracts went to unpredictable places such as the one to National Cash Register to microencapsulate germs into pellets that would dissolve after being dropped into "enemy" water supplies. The US produced enough doses of the kill-you-in-minutes, anti-cholinesterase VX [star of "The Rock"] at a plant in the Indiana countryside to kill 30-some times the world's population. Years after finally signing a ban, stockpiles began to be destroyed in 2005 in a complicated process that take years to effect. Still, the Bush Reich has created new programs through a "defensive study" loophole in the treaty, and have "weaponized" anthrax, plague, botulism, ebola, and on and on.

    Posted by: Leland | Jun 11, 2007 5:44:19 PM

  13. Gay bombs is quite a rational concept compared to some of the lunatic ideas Jon Ronson documents in his book, The Men Who Stare at Goats:

    As Ronson reveals, a secret wing of the U.S. military called First Earth Battalion was created in 1979 with the purpose of creating "Warrior Monks," soldiers capable of walking through walls, becoming invisible, reading minds and even killing a goat simply by staring at it. Some of the characters involved seem well-meaning enough, such as the hapless General Stubblebine, who is "confounded by his continual failure to walk through his wall."

    Posted by: John C | Jun 11, 2007 5:45:35 PM

  14. "the Reichen"
    absolutely priceless !!!
    Leland, you slay me :)

    Posted by: A.J. | Jun 11, 2007 5:48:55 PM

  15. Hmmmm, a substance that would cause soldiers to have sex with men.... Budweiser?

    Posted by: steven | Jun 11, 2007 6:10:04 PM

  16. HAHAHAHA !! funniest.. and truest.. comment goes to steven. (i've found that smoking a joint can help too.) and they had to spend 7.5 million to figure this out ?!

    Posted by: el polacko | Jun 11, 2007 6:28:47 PM

  17. Bravo Steven!

    Posted by: JR | Jun 11, 2007 6:40:08 PM

  18. Could you imagine the Snickers commercial?

    Posted by: soulbrotha | Jun 11, 2007 6:53:57 PM

  19. How little these military minds know about gay people! Probably, contrary to what they think would happen, is those enemy soldiers affected by the gay bomb would fight even harder to protect their fellow gay comrades.

    Posted by: Penpoint | Jun 11, 2007 6:56:10 PM

  20. my first image was - when the bomb explodes all that disco smoke machine crap is released and then the enemy troops become very horny for one another and it all turns into one big Titan Media video. shock & awe, indeed.

    Posted by: CHUX | Jun 11, 2007 7:34:55 PM

  21. They'll fund anything once to see if it works. I've met the Navy captain who in the 1960's was responsible for their LSD program. He is still alive and very shrewd. It's not like they were lunatics. Maybe they should interview English Rugby teams on what they use (hint: alcohol again??)

    Posted by: anon ( | Jun 11, 2007 9:22:01 PM

  22. I knew this sounded too familiar, so i searched my Amazon order history all the way back to 1998 and discovered the book. It's on the Idol imprint and the book is called the Pheramone Bomb. The story is exactly the same as the one proposed, but in the book they made it into a solder deliverable weapon. The sex was unbelievable hot and the idea only makes one thing apparent.

    There's a big closeted MO serving on the Joint Chiefs.

    Posted by: lexxicuss | Jun 11, 2007 9:35:46 PM

  23. This is one of the sickest stories I've ever heard. Now the Washington Post has found a source that confirms the US Marine Corps used the "gay bomb" in a marketing promotion CD-Rom as late as 2002. What's most disgusting is that they actually thought being gay would make the enemies worse soldiers. Shows what the Pentagon thinks about homosexuality.

    Posted by: Onemangang | Jun 11, 2007 9:53:15 PM


    Posted by: matt | Jun 11, 2007 9:53:52 PM

  25. THE ONE WHO MADE IT GAY ......THATS THAT?????????????????????????LOOK AT IT....KRZI....

    Posted by: GIOCHI | Jun 11, 2007 10:24:46 PM

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