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I recently spoke with one of the Pentagon’s most senior medical officers. Official DOD attitudes towards homosexuality, he said, had followed a strange trajectory over the last decade. From a grudging recognition of the inevitable–an acceptance that policies such as those of our ally Britain, where homosexuality is accepted as a fact, will eventually be the rule for the U.S. armed forces–they have shifted towards an “essentially sociopathic and anti-scientific bigotry strongly tinged with fundamentalist Christianity.” The medical officer said this was one of the principal manifestations of the Bush Administration’s conscious decisions to empower fundamentalist Christians in the uniformed services. He cited General Peter Pace as a symbol of the phenomenon and welcomed his departure. “This will be a good thing for the uniformed services, because aside from ‘Perfect Peter’s’ notoriously loose grip on the truth in his Congressional testimony, he bordered on the clinical in his attitude towards gays.”
More evidence of the “sociopathic” attitudes towards gays that are commonplace in the U.S. military can be found in a current report by a CBS affiliate in California.
Pentagon officials on Friday confirmed to CBS 5 that military leaders had considered, and then subsquently rejected, building the so-called “Gay Bomb” . . . 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 soliders to become gay, and to have their units break down because all their soldiers became irresistably attractive to one another,” Hammond said after reviwing the documents.
Sometimes facts are stranger than fiction.
More from Scott Horton:
Six Questions — October 18, 2014, 8:00 pm
Nathaniel Raymond on CIA interrogation techniques.
Mark Denbeaux on the NCIS cover-up of three “suicides” at Guantánamo Bay Detention Camp
From the June 2014 issue
Acres of hemp grown by “patriotic‚” U.S. farmers in 1942 at the behest of the U.S. government:
A study suggested that the health effects of exposure to nuclear radiation at Chernobyl were no worse than ill health resulting from smoking and normal urban air pollution.
Greenpeace apologized after activists accidentally defaced the site of Peru’s 2,000-year-old Nazca Lines when they unfurled cloth letters reading “time for change” near the ancient sand drawings. “We fully understand,” the group wrote in a statement, “that this looks bad.”
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