Tuesday, June 12, 2007
Here's a revelation that the Pentagon probably wants to file under Don't Ask/Don't Tell: The military spent $7.5 million to develop a bomb that would turn enemy troops gay.
KPIX of San Francisco reports that Edward Hammond of Berkeley's Sunshine Project used the Freedom of Information Act to nab the background documents:
"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," 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 soldiers 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.