Great moments in research and development

Yes, this actually happened.

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 soliders 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.

To their credit (yes, I’m being exceedingly generous), the Pentagon recognizes how inexpressibly stupid this sounds, and is claiming that the 1994 proposal was “quickly dismissed.” Apparently it wasn’t dismissed so quickly that it didn’t make appearances in Joint Non-Lethal Weapons Directorate documents as recently as 2000 and 2001. But at least they’re trying to deny it now, and that suggests progress.

Maybe the Ohio Air Force lab should team up with Dr. Dobson, PFOX, et al, and work on a “straight bomb.” The “Ex-gay” industry could use a boost about now.

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