Stories surfaced on so-called 'conspiracy' websites in the late 1990s stating that the Pentagon was actively looking into the use of a hormonal chemical weapon that could turn an angry enemy into a virtually paralysed, submissive, and highly distracted non-threat.
The bizarre claims, back then, storied that the Pentagon was actively pursuing a stream of genuinely weird and highly unlikely ideas as they sought to expand the development of supposedly non-lethal weapons.
Back then, the 'gay bomb' idea was totally dismissed by the Pentagon and the mainstream media as an absurdity, and little more than a fantasy.
But it was, in fact, true. The Pentagon had spent millions in funding the development of such a weapon :
A Berkeley watchdog organization that tracks military spending said it uncovered a strange U.S. military proposal to create a hormone bomb that could purportedly turn enemy soldiers into homosexuals and make them more interested in sex than fighting.During the South African Truth And Reconciliation hearings in the late 1990s, it emerged that 'backyard chemists' from America and the United Kingdom had been recruited by South African apartheid-era regime to help develop drugs that could be sprayed on, or distributed through, rioting crowds to calm them down, make them submissive, or more inclined to turn to love instead of war.
Pentagon officials on Friday confirmed to CBS 5 that military leaders had considered, and then subsequently rejected, building the so-called "Gay Bomb."
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 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.
Powerful strains of cannabis and Ecstasy were developed and apparently tested on unknowing people in poor townships.
The Pentagon revelations prove that developing drugs to alter the behaviour of presumed or known enemies as part of non-lethal weapons development is neither a 'conspiracy theory' or all that far-fetched.
Such programs have existed since the 1980s, if not earlier.