Pentagon Spurned Plam for Enemy Aphrodisiac

Pentagon spurned plan for enemy aphrodisiac Bad breath, stinging bugs also considered as weapons Monday, January 17, 2005 Posted: 10:50 AM EST (1550 GMT) ¬† The Sunshine Project posted the document listing potential less-than-lethal weapons. ¬†¬†¬†¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†MyCashNow – $100 – $1,000 Overnight Payday Loan Cash goes in your account overnight. Very low fees. Fast decisions…. Mortgage Rates Hit Record Lows Get $150,000 loan for $690 per month. Refinance while rates are low. – Official Site Lendingtree – Find a mortgage, refinance, home equity or auto loan now. Receive… eDiets – Jump Start Your Diet Today Let eDiets create a diet and fitness plan customized just for you. Get started…¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†RELATED ‚ÄĘ The Sunshine Project YOUR E-MAIL ALERTS ¬†¬† Air Force Research Laboratory ¬† ¬† ¬†Chemicals ¬† ¬† ¬†or Create your own ¬† ¬† Manage alerts | What is this? ¬† ¬† ¬† WASHINGTON (Reuters) — The U.S. military rejected a 1994 proposal to develop an “aphrodisiac” to spur homosexual activity among enemy troops but is hard at work on other less-than-lethal weapons, defense officials said Sunday. The idea of fostering homosexuality among the enemy figured in a declassified six-year, $7.5 million request from a laboratory at Wright Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio for funding of non-lethal chemical weapon research. The proposal, disclosed in response to a Freedom of Information request, called for developing chemicals affecting human behavior “so that discipline and morale in enemy units is adversely affected.” “One distasteful but completely non-lethal example would be strong aphrodisiacs, especially if the chemical also caused homosexual behavior,” said the document, obtained by the Sunshine Project. The watchdog group posted the partly blacked-out, three-page document on its Web site. Lt. Col. Barry Venable of the Army, a Defense Department spokesman, said: “This suggestion arose essentially from a brainstorming session, and it was rejected out of hand.” The Air Force Research Laboratory also suggested using chemicals that could be sprayed on enemy positions to attract stinging and biting bugs, rodents and larger animals. Another idea involved creating “severe and lasting halitosis” to help sniff out fighters trying to blend with civilians. The U.S. military remains committed to developing less-than-lethal weapons that pass stringent legal reviews and are consistent with international treaties, said Captain Dan McSweeny of the Marine Corps, a spokesman for the Pentagon unit spearheading their introduction. “We feel it’s very important to offer our deployed service members and their commanders a greater range of options in dealing with increasingly complex operational environments,” said McSweeny, of the Joint Non-Lethal Weapons Directorate.

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