January 13, 2005

Pentagon considered "aphrodisiac" and other chemical weapons

In the early-to-mid 90s, the Pentagon considered deploying a number of non-lethal chemical weapons, according to newly-declassified documents.

Most bizarre among the plans was one for the development of an "aphrodisiac" chemical weapon that would make enemy soldiers sexually irresistible to each other. Provoking widespread homosexual behaviour among troops would cause a "distasteful but completely non-lethal" blow to morale, the proposal says.

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.

What you bet Amnesty International and other groups who go out of their way to hate the US would have vilified us even further for something like this?

Posted by mhking at January 13, 2005 11:21 PM

They really don't need a new reason, do they?

Posted by: david at January 14, 2005 06:08 AM

That's hilarious! These all sound like Monty Python skits.

Posted by: oddbrian at January 14, 2005 09:45 AM

This is the sort of stuff that happens when you pay people to just brainstorm, and write down and consider everything they say at least somewhat seriously.

I mean, look at what we're studying in all seriousness. Using sound as a weapon. Shooting down artillery shells with lasers.

I'm sure that we have invasion plans for Canada and mexico in some filing cabinet in the pentagon.

PsyOps does all sorts of wierd stuff. Some of it works, some of it doesn't. Alot of it is one-shot.

Posted by: Firethorn at January 14, 2005 12:47 PM

What -- you mean the Canadian invasion plan isn't serious!?


Posted by: McGehee at January 16, 2005 10:36 AM

I didn't say that the planned invasion of Canada wasn't serious. I'm sure that the group that planned it was very serious. Though I bet it's on the low probability list. ;)

Posted by: Firethorn at January 17, 2005 02:42 AM
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