Friday, January 14, 2005
Not long ago we reported on a 1994 Air Force proposal to develop a literal sex bomb -- a chemical weapon that would "demoralize" enemy troops by filling them with uncontrollable lust for (ahem) each other. New Scientist has since examined the same secret document, unearthed through an FOIA request by the Sunshine Project, and we are here to tell you that the ingenuity of the USAF boffins did not stop at queerifying gas:
Other ideas included chemical weapons that attract swarms of enraged wasps or angry rats to troop positions, making them uninhabitable. Another was to develop a chemical that caused "severe and lasting halitosis," making it easy to identify guerrillas trying to blend in with civilians. There was also the idea of making troops' skin unbearably sensitive to sunlight . . . .A couple of questions come immediately to mind: 1.) Wouldn't the halitosis bomb reduce the effectiveness of the gay-sex bomb? And 2.) Did someone slip one or both of these exotic chemicals into the punchbowl at the annual Corner Christmas party, hosted by the National Review?
Spokesman Edward Hammond says it was not known if the proposed $7.5 million, six-year research plan was ever pursued.