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Postby vitalogist » Thu Jun 14, 2007 2:41 am

from the bbc...
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/4174519.stm


US military pondered love not war
US Air Force B-52 bomber
The unconventional proposals were made by the US Air Force
The US military investigated building a "gay bomb", which would make enemy soldiers "sexually irresistible" to each other, government papers say.

Other weapons that never saw the light of day include one to make soldiers obvious by their bad breath.

The US defence department considered various non-lethal chemicals meant to disrupt enemy discipline and morale.

The 1994 plans were for a six-year project costing $7.5m, but they were never pursued.

The US Air Force Wright Laboratory in Dayton, Ohio, sought Pentagon funding for research into what it called "harassing, annoying and 'bad guy'-identifying chemicals".

The plans were obtained under the US Freedom of Information by the Sunshine Project, a group which monitors research into chemical and biological weapons.

'Who? Me?'

The plan for a so-called "love bomb" envisaged an aphrodisiac chemical that would provoke widespread homosexual behaviour among troops, causing what the military called a "distasteful but completely non-lethal" blow to morale.

Scientists also reportedly considered a "sting me/attack me" chemical weapon to attract swarms of enraged wasps or angry rats towards enemy troops.

A substance to make the skin unbearably sensitive to sunlight was also pondered.

Another idea was to develop a chemical causing "severe and lasting halitosis", so that enemy forces would be obvious even when they tried to blend in with civilians.

In a variation on that idea, researchers pondered a "Who? Me?" bomb, which would simulate flatulence in enemy ranks.

Indeed, a "Who? Me?" device had been under consideration since 1945, the government papers say.

However, researchers concluded that the premise for such a device was fatally flawed because "people in many areas of the world do not find faecal odour offensive, since they smell it on a regular basis".

Captain Dan McSweeney of the Joint Non-Lethal Weapons Directorate at the Pentagon said the defence department receives "literally hundreds" of project ideas, but that "none of the systems described in that [1994] proposal have been developed".

He told the BBC: "It's important to point out that only those proposals which are deemed appropriate, based on stringent human effects, legal, and international treaty reviews are considered for development or acquisition."
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Re: this is despicable

Postby Snakes Gould » Thu Jun 14, 2007 3:00 am

onion, right ?
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Re: this is despicable

Postby GiantsFan14 » Thu Jun 14, 2007 4:20 am

haha thats hilarious... its better than killing them isnt it?
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Re: this is despicable

Postby wrveres » Thu Jun 14, 2007 6:16 am

whats despicable?
that they thought of it? That they sat down and brainstormed different options versus carpet bombing entire cities.
What is despicable here?
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Re: this is despicable

Postby Omaha Red Sox » Thu Jun 14, 2007 8:23 am

Bombs filled with ravenous weasels trained in the martial arts and armed with hand cannons. That would be effective and I'm surprised it wasn't proposed.
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Re: this is despicable

Postby josebach » Thu Jun 14, 2007 8:35 am

wrveres wrote:whats despicable?
that they thought of it? That they sat down and brainstormed different options versus carpet bombing entire cities.
What is despicable here?


I agree. It's despicable to see them actually trying to save lives? :?
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Re: this is despicable

Postby StlSluggers » Thu Jun 14, 2007 8:41 am

I love The Onion! ;D
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Re: this is despicable

Postby josebach » Thu Jun 14, 2007 8:51 am

StlSluggers wrote:I love The Onion! ;D


If when you say "The Onion", you mean BBC, than yeah... me too! ;D ;7
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Re: this is despicable

Postby StlSluggers » Thu Jun 14, 2007 8:59 am

josebach wrote:
StlSluggers wrote:I love The Onion! ;D

If when you say "The Onion", you mean BBC, than yeah... me too! ;D ;7

That's exactly what I meant! ;7 ;D
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Re: this is despicable

Postby Big Pimpin » Thu Jun 14, 2007 11:35 am

This isn't actually supposed to be a humorous article, is it? Looks real enough to me... :?

But I don't find anything here despicable. The gay bomb idea is awesome. :D
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