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Pentagon Working on "Human Fear" Weapons

ScuttleMonkey posted more than 6 years ago | from the smells-like-... dept.

The Military 310

An anonymous reader writes "Animals use pheromones to attract each other for sex, and warn each other of danger. Now, Wired reports, military researchers are working to harness the 'human fear' pheromone to create a scent of terror. The pheromone could lead to smell-based terrorist sensors, and new weapons that rely on 'contagious' stress."

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What could happen (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22099264)

I fear it might not work.

Re:What could happen (5, Informative)

spun (1352) | more than 6 years ago | (#22099348)

I think you may be right. The vomeronasal [wikipedia.org] organ is vestigial or nonexistant in humans, and there don't appear to be any connections between even vestigial vomeronasal organs and the brain.

Re:What could happen (1)

FalconZero (607567) | more than 6 years ago | (#22099502)

I am not a biologist, so I'll just ask; "Is it reasonable to assume that there even is a fear scent in humans?". Is there any evidence of it's exsitence in closely related species?

Re:What could happen (4, Funny)

RDW (41497) | more than 6 years ago | (#22099636)

'I am not a biologist, so I'll just ask; "Is it reasonable to assume that there even is a fear scent in humans?". Is there any evidence of it's exsitence in closely related species?'

Well, with that kind of defeatist reality-based reasoning, how can we ever hope to complete the development of the Gay Bomb?:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gay_bomb [wikipedia.org]

Re:What could happen (2, Funny)

Jeremiah Cornelius (137) | more than 6 years ago | (#22099782)

The odour is produced bacteria found exclusively in Dick Cheney's asscrack.

Admit it! Even the thought of this incites fear and disgust!

Re:What could happen (2, Interesting)

fictionpuss (1136565) | more than 6 years ago | (#22099562)

I fear it might not work.

I fear it's too late..

Re:What could happen (1)

cayenne8 (626475) | more than 6 years ago | (#22099824)

Fear is the mind killer....

Re:What could happen (1)

Rude Turnip (49495) | more than 6 years ago | (#22099902)

It sounds like they may have already won!

Big fans eh? (2, Funny)

Sciros (986030) | more than 6 years ago | (#22099266)

Looks like *someone* has seen Naked Gun 2 1/2 way too many times.

Re:Big fans eh? (2, Informative)

Kuukai (865890) | more than 6 years ago | (#22099374)

Or Batman Begins.

Re:Big fans eh? (1)

Sciros (986030) | more than 6 years ago | (#22099430)

Hehe, yeah... Scarecrow has always been all about his "fear toxin" I guess. The Naked Gun reference is a bit more random because the movie's full title is "Naked Gun 2 1/2: The Smell of Fear"

Re:Big fans eh? (1)

4solarisinfo (941037) | more than 6 years ago | (#22099434)

So we're moveing from Sci-Tech to Comi-tech?

Fear THIS (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22099786)


war monger [whitehouse.org] .

P.S.: Would the software geniuses at Slashdot please post some info on how to see all comments at once instead of the current
FUCK-UP?

Thanks.

Re:Fear THIS (0, Offtopic)

creysoft (856713) | more than 6 years ago | (#22099834)

Register for an account and set your preference for viewing comments.

I hate the new system too.

Re:Fear THIS (0, Offtopic)

Alzheimers (467217) | more than 6 years ago | (#22099952)

Thirded.

women (5, Funny)

EZReady (677430) | more than 6 years ago | (#22099286)

female pheromones would work for most slashdotters

Re:women (1)

TheMadcapZ (868196) | more than 6 years ago | (#22099588)

Unfortunately the sound of a 16 sided dice rolling immediately overrides the lure of the female and forces the male to grab his character sheets and run towards the sound!!

The Pentagon (5, Insightful)

Smordnys s'regrepsA (1160895) | more than 6 years ago | (#22099288)

Turning your "War on Terror" into the "War of Terror," since 2008.

Re:The Pentagon (1)

njfuzzy (734116) | more than 6 years ago | (#22099750)

Where were you in October 2001? This is hardly the beginning.

DHS logic to follow (1)

Xelios (822510) | more than 6 years ago | (#22099918)

If you look like a terrorist, and smell like a terrorist, you must be a terrorist. It's foolproof, so there's really no need for a trial, really.

Irony (5, Funny)

traindirector (1001483) | more than 6 years ago | (#22099298)

You'd almost think that after declaring a war on terror an organization wouldn't use terror against enemies in the most literal way possible...

Re:Irony (1)

bigjarom (950328) | more than 6 years ago | (#22099422)

This reminds me of a quote about having nothing to fear. I'm not sure why.

That quote about fear (1)

traindirector (1001483) | more than 6 years ago | (#22099724)

"We have nothing to fear except Fear Itself®"

Re:Irony (1)

dmeranda (120061) | more than 6 years ago | (#22099490)

...in the most literal way possible...

Didn't you read the out-of-context article summary? Its not literal, its olfactic [wikipedia.org] .

SPOILERS (1)

UbuntuDupe (970646) | more than 6 years ago | (#22099612)

The cute part about the plot of the video game Deus Ex was how

SPOILERS

it involves the government trying to develop a human-like AI capable of analyzing trillions of intercepted communications and identifying subversive activity as well as a human analyst, but a problem arose: once successful, it started identifying the government as a terrorist organization.

What did you expect? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22099840)

I mean, it's not like they could declare a war on all wars that do not declare war on themselves.

Personally, I wonder if there was a small typo and the "Global War on Terror" was supposed to be the "Global War of Terror" ... it certainly seems to fit the facts better, unfortunately.

Amongst our weapons (5, Funny)

gardyloo (512791) | more than 6 years ago | (#22099306)

Our *three* weapons are fear, surprise, and pheromones...and an almost fanatical devotion to the Pope.... Our *four*...no... *Amongst* our weapons.... Amongst our weaponry...are such elements as fear, surprise....

The tinfoil hat was comfortable (3, Funny)

barakn (641218) | more than 6 years ago | (#22099312)

...but now a gas mask?

Re:The tinfoil hat was comfortable (3, Funny)

ppz003 (797487) | more than 6 years ago | (#22099418)

...but now a gas mask?
Because you are afraid of fear gas...

Re:The tinfoil hat was comfortable (1)

robinsonne (952701) | more than 6 years ago | (#22099426)

Cellophane gas mask obviously...

Re:The tinfoil hat was comfortable (1)

reverseengineer (580922) | more than 6 years ago | (#22099726)

My amygdala! The gas mask does nothing!

Bio warfare? (5, Insightful)

Fluffy_Kitten (911430) | more than 6 years ago | (#22099318)

Does that not count as biological warfare?

Re:Bio warfare? (4, Funny)

whopub (1100981) | more than 6 years ago | (#22099496)

Does that not count as biological warfare?
Who cares! The whole plan stinks.

Re:Bio warfare? (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22099504)

Not likely. Bio-warfare implies living organisms like bacteria or viruses. Since phermones are (far as I know) just complex molecules it would fall under the chemical warfare category. Still no day in the park...

Re:Bio warfare? (0)

LaskoVortex (1153471) | more than 6 years ago | (#22099864)

What fucking idiot modded the parent to 0? The AC is correct. Fucking mod-tards!

Re:Bio warfare? (5, Informative)

Conspiracy_Of_Doves (236787) | more than 6 years ago | (#22099646)

No, since the pheromones are not alive.

It does count as chemical warfare, though.

Re:Bio warfare? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22099794)

no. because they are inducing any physiological illness.

Re:Bio warfare? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22099814)

No, it's a chemical agent, not a biological one.

Re:Bio warfare? (1)

TrentTheThief (118302) | more than 6 years ago | (#22099820)

They could always claim that it was simply a fear reaction. You do know of course, that the sort of fear they want to engender smells like a combination of runny shit, vomit, and rotten meat....

Re:Bio warfare? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22099868)

Ahh the old story of schoolyard bully enforcing his overlording self on others by way of the fearful stink bomb.

Re:Bio warfare? (1)

PCM2 (4486) | more than 6 years ago | (#22099988)

Does that not count as biological warfare?

Not unless "water boarding" counts as torture.

Thanks, folks! I'll be here all week.

terra! (5, Insightful)

Lord Ender (156273) | more than 6 years ago | (#22099324)

The pheromone could lead to smell-based terrorist sensors, and new weapons that rely on 'contagious' stress."
Awesome. Now people who are afraid of flying will have the added benefit of getting cavity-searched as a result of their fear.

Re:terra! (2, Interesting)

sexybomber (740588) | more than 6 years ago | (#22099396)

Yep, and once again, the real terrorists (who are presumably fanatical enough that they're not afraid to do what they're planning to do) will slip through.

Re:terra! (1)

a whoabot (706122) | more than 6 years ago | (#22099486)

I think the key word there is "presumably": as in totally unfounded. I bet that Mohammed Jihad is still pissing his pants before he goes to kill himself even if he is pretty sure he's getting 72 virgins.

Re:terra! (1)

sexybomber (740588) | more than 6 years ago | (#22099680)

Well, it depends on how powerful of an indoctrination/programming he's been given. Theoretcially, wouldn't it be possible to fsck someone up enough that they don't display any fear response?

Re:terra! (1)

LaskoVortex (1153471) | more than 6 years ago | (#22099976)

Theoretcially, wouldn't it be possible to fsck someone up enough that they don't display any fear response?

Yes, its called "boot camp".

Re:terra! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22099910)

Seventy two???!!!
Where do I sign up?

Re:terra! (1)

Gat0r30y (957941) | more than 6 years ago | (#22099896)

I picture this scene:
Mom:"now little timmy, don't be afraid about your first flight. If you get afraid, the government will know, come and get you, and the TSA is going to have to put you on the probulator."
Timmy:"Ahhhhhhhhh....." - runs in fear
TSA Agent (big burly trick named 'Molly'):"Now just hold still, the probulator is designed to be minimally intrusive, oh and i hope you haven't eaten in the last 48 hours, cause if you have.... well i just hope you didn't"
Timmy:"Ahhhhhhh!!!!"
Mom:"Timmy, what did you eat beats and rotten baby food!?!?"

Too unreliable (5, Interesting)

Z00L00K (682162) | more than 6 years ago | (#22099330)

You must consider that there has to be many reasons for people to send out stress pheromones, late for work, fear of flying, claustrophobia etc.

And there is no reason that a suicide bomber actually is afraid - that phase may have passed over months ago and the person may have actually come to terms with his/her destiny.

So someone is barking up the wrong tree again...

Re:Too unreliable (1)

creysoft (856713) | more than 6 years ago | (#22099888)

Given how useful a tool fear has become in getting the American public to go along with virtually anything, do you really think this is being designed to use on terrorists?

Accuracy ... (1)

Bob-taro (996889) | more than 6 years ago | (#22099342)

...new weapons that rely on 'contagious' stress.

Hopefully they can separately trigger the "fight" and "flight" responses.

Fear Eh? (5, Insightful)

mixmatch (957776) | more than 6 years ago | (#22099344)

You mean a squad of guys busting into your house with sub-machine guns doesn't cause this effect?

Re:Fear Eh? (1)

huckamania (533052) | more than 6 years ago | (#22099676)

Only if you have something to hide.

Re:Fear Eh? (1)

rob1980 (941751) | more than 6 years ago | (#22099776)

Not if you're Jack Bauer it doesn't!

Yay for villans! (1)

iamdug (568944) | more than 6 years ago | (#22099350)

Now I can be Scarecrow!!! for real....

Re:Yay for villans! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22099510)

I want an island with a semi-dead volcano, hidden runways, underground bunkers (including a 2x10 mile underground beach with 24 hrs sun and 20 ft waves), particle accelerators existing at the atom level and not miles because speed is relative, blah blah blah...

Brings new meaning to (1)

biased_estimator (1222498) | more than 6 years ago | (#22099380)

the phrase "state of fear"

UN chemical weapons convention (2, Insightful)

gnalle (125916) | more than 6 years ago | (#22099880)

How is this consistent with the US supporting the UN chemical weapons convention? http://www.cwc.gov/ [cwc.gov] http://www.un.org/Depts/dda/WMD/cwc/ [un.org] "The Convention prohibits all development, production, acquisition, stockpiling, transfer, and use of chemical weapons. It requires each State Party to destroy chemical weapons and chemical weapons production facilities it possesses, as well as any chemical weapons it may have abandoned on the territory of another State Party"

Fear is not always a bad thing... (5, Interesting)

LiquidMind (150126) | more than 6 years ago | (#22099384)

A weapon that exploits fear 'scents' could backfire just as easily. Traditionally, fear will cause someone to flee or at the very least become nervous and therefore have his/her decision-making skills crippled. But for some, fear is a great motivator. If i'm gonna get into a fight and feel extra fearful because of this exploit, i might come back twice as hard to overcome whatever is in my way.

just a thought....

obligatory (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22099390)

obligatory oooooh im so afraid

They have researchers for this (0)

CaptainPatent (1087643) | more than 6 years ago | (#22099392)

Every now and again my apartment will emit an odor that induces absolute horror...

If they want I can search for the source and send it their way.

Re:They have researchers for this (1)

spun (1352) | more than 6 years ago | (#22099466)

Are you sure that's your apartment emitting that odor?

Re:They have researchers for this (1)

awdau (1108639) | more than 6 years ago | (#22099716)

Do you change your socks regularly?

I know one fear that would work! (0, Troll)

MrShaggy (683273) | more than 6 years ago | (#22099406)

Bush being re-elected!

At least it's not the Gay Bomb (1)

davidwr (791652) | more than 6 years ago | (#22099440)

See the top of page 2 [sunshine-project.org] .

I hab immudidy (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22099444)

My node id all stubbed ub duday.

Oblig. Simpsons (4, Funny)

TheSpoom (715771) | more than 6 years ago | (#22099446)

Marge: What happened? You didn't do anything!

Dr. Hibbert: Oh, didn't I? [laughs] Nothing dissolves glue better than human sweat. I knew Bart would panic and start perspiring at the sight of this button applicator!

Bart: Couldn't you have just turned the heat up a little?

Dr. Hibbert: [sinister] Oh, heavens no! It had to be terror sweat!

Why Fear? (4, Insightful)

TheLazySci-FiAuthor (1089561) | more than 6 years ago | (#22099448)

Why don't they make a "love" weapon instead.

After all, I thought the US was supposed to have a reputation for turning enemies into friends.

Re:Why Fear? (5, Informative)

antime (739998) | more than 6 years ago | (#22099638)

Why don't they make a "love" weapon instead.
Already tried [wikipedia.org] , didn't work out too good.

less than an ounce of air. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22099462)

Begin countdown to when earplugs and noseclips are considered terrorist weapons in 3 ... 2 ... 1 ...

OOPS... (1)

Vampyre_Dark (630787) | more than 6 years ago | (#22099468)

So how long until a guy carrying a brief case and scared gets popped by a sniper and it turns out he was headed to a job interview, or a make or break business deal?

Re:OOPS... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22099586)

Or an infant with a diaper that needs changing.

Going to go the way of the Gaybomb? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22099480)

If the weapon that makes men drop their pants and fornicate with each other isn't a viable option for the U.S. military, why is this viable?

now we have to ban aftershave from airports? (1)

petes_PoV (912422) | more than 6 years ago | (#22099484)

smell-based terrorist sensors

Which could be a problem considering how much profit the duty-free shops make from selling overpriced perfume and the like

Something doesn't add up... (1)

flaming error (1041742) | more than 6 years ago | (#22099494)

What possible anti-terrorist use is there for a sensor that can smell fear? Presumably this would detect people who are frightened, or those using DARPA's new perfume, "Terror #5."

Vapourware (1)

JTeutenberg (1222754) | more than 6 years ago | (#22099506)

It's nothing more than smoke and mirrors. Ok, maybe not mirrors.

It's not the terrorists... (1)

xannash (861526) | more than 6 years ago | (#22099522)

Seems like this fear sensor could be used other places and be, possibly, more effective. How about on the borders where people are smuggling illegal drugs and also illegal aliens into the country. Couldn't this also be used there.

Or maybe they don't want to use it there because the "War on Drugs" has existed longer than the "War On Terror" and is really a government conspiracy to warp the minds of the youth, so the government can eventually control their brains...blah, blah, blah.

fart bomb (1)

Chutulu (982382) | more than 6 years ago | (#22099530)

so they are building a fart bomb? Or a fart machine-gun?

The Smell of Fear (2, Insightful)

BadHaggis (1179673) | more than 6 years ago | (#22099536)

Forcing a detainee to inhale pheromones which induce a state of terror and has not been classified as torture, Therefor, it can be freely used during interrogations to obtain information. Why bother with water boarding someone when you can induce the same levels of terror through a little sniff of fear.

On the civilian side I guess my fear of flying will be detected every time I travel and I will constantly have to visit the little security office for questioning.

Bad trip! (1)

Babu 'God' Hoover (1213422) | more than 6 years ago | (#22099566)

Hit them with a hefty dose of LSD prior to the pheromone.
The 'organic' crowd might prefer ergot extract [wikipedia.org]
but LSD is much safer.

Stanislaw Lem is a futurologist after all! (1)

Xtense (1075847) | more than 6 years ago | (#22099620)

This reminds me of Stanislaw Lem's novel, The Chain of Chance [wikipedia.org] , or "Katar" (literally "Rhinitis", thus "runny nose") as it is titled in polish. In this novel, a former astronaut works with police detectives to determine weird cases of suicide, which seem to perfectly fit in to a certain scheme (the astronaut's experience and age fitted in there as well, thus he was a perfect candidate for a simulation), but do not have any proof of the existence of this scheme. After the climax of the book, it is revealed that the people killed were self-subjected to a fear-inducing chemical mixed from lots of different more-or-less everyday usage stuff, colognes, hair-stylers and the like, which in the end led all victims to their often gory deaths.

Once again to you, mr. Lem - you damn smart bastard, it seems everything you wrote will come true in the end! :)

Re:Stanislaw Lem is a futurologist after all! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22099720)

Combinations of make-up have been known create reactions (including fear, anxiety) for the user.

The way things are, it wouldn't be surprising at all. (me thinks most concerned can testify 'how things are')

The bettter alternative (1)

hackingbear (988354) | more than 6 years ago | (#22099662)

"Animals use pheromones to attract each other for sex, and warn each other of danger. Now, Wired reports, military researchers are working to harness the 'human fear' pheromone to create a scent of terror.

I dont' understand: if they could harness the 'human fear' pheromone, why don't they harness the 'human sexuality' pheromone and release it in the battle field. Think about the possibilities: your enemy soldiers, typically of the same gender, upon smelling the pheromone, would drop their weapon on hand and start mating with their other guns attaching to pelvis; and you can do whatever to them: join them, arrest them, or take video and post to YouTube. And if you still didn't capture them, they would feel so guilty afterward due to their religious belief, quit, and go pray in their temple for rest of their lives.

I'm absolutely sure that would be a lot more productive.

Re:The bettter alternative (1)

Harlequin (11000) | more than 6 years ago | (#22099698)

They're saving that feature for the Pentagon Christmas party.

paramilitary psychological warfare (1)

eyenot (102141) | more than 6 years ago | (#22099672)

These sorts of things are rarely a good idea (chuckle).

URL:http://citizenship.typepad.com/isebrandcom/2006/01/in_a_shocking_a.html :

According to the National Security Archive, the document says that the Pentagon shouldn't explicitly target Americans with psychological warfare messages, but beyond that, "any leakage of PSYOPS [(psychological operations)] to the American public does not matter."


This web site lists some interesting technology in the same category (whether you believe it exists is up to you):
http://www.bugsweeps.com/info/electronic_harassment.html [bugsweeps.com]

Oblig Python (No, not the programming language) (1)

billius (1188143) | more than 6 years ago | (#22099674)

NOBODY expects the Pentagon! Our chief weapon is surprise...surprise and fear...fear and surprise.... Our two weapons are fear and surprise...and ruthless efficiency.... Our *three* weapons are fear, surprise, and ruthless efficiency...and an almost fanatical devotion to W.... Our *four*...no... *Amongst* our weapons.... Amongst our weaponry...are such elements as fear, surprise.... I'll come in again.

We have nothing to fear except fear itself (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22099694)

OH SHI-

Already done? (1)

Midnight Thunder (17205) | more than 6 years ago | (#22099702)

It thought they had alrady established a weapon of fear? Between our media and homeland security, I am surprised anyone still feels safe. Propaganda is the best weapon of fear and you don't even need fancy technology for that ;)

Oblig Dune comment (1)

wizardguy (245100) | more than 6 years ago | (#22099708)

I must not fear.
Fear is the mind-killer.
Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration.
I will face my fear.
I will permit it to pass over me and through me.
And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path.
Where the fear has gone there will be nothing.
Only I will remain.

I love the smell of fear in the morning.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22099738)

it smells like... Victory. Sorry just had to do it.

Why? (1)

bigsexyjoe (581721) | more than 6 years ago | (#22099764)

Because the Pentagon has too much money, that's why. With the U.S. military budget, the burden of proof rests on people who are against spending on any particular project.

Is it just me... (0, Flamebait)

nagora (177841) | more than 6 years ago | (#22099774)

...or is the Pentagon staffed entirely with pathetic shits?

TWW

Larry Niven should be proud... (1)

_14k4 (5085) | more than 6 years ago | (#22099800)

Because maybe they'll get the clue and make a weapon much like the vampire scent in his Ringworld series and people will simply start screwing everywhere they can. ...I'd so have one of those weapons in my basement. :P

Scent of Aggression (1)

LaskoVortex (1153471) | more than 6 years ago | (#22099812)

I wonder if the military might get more than they bargained for if they try to use "fear pheromones":

Afterwards subjects were asked to try and distinguish between pads worn by people seeing each film. The results showed that they could -- though subjects thought the smell was aggression rather than fear.

Perhaps, as animals do, people respond to fear with aggression and so people are really describing what they experience when the smell the arm pads. Maybe Uncle Sam will drop a fear pheromone bomb on a pack of peaceful protestors and produce a violent mob...well, maybe that might actually be a good technique. Then the military would have a good reason to mow them down. Ok. I'm scared shitless now.

Useless, too much fear (1)

burni (930725) | more than 6 years ago | (#22099826)

The treatment for fear:
Beta-blockers are drugs to control blood preasure, they are also used in migrane treatment
but it also has a fear controlling secondary effect, it is also given to animals
before slaugther, so the stress hormones don't affect the taste of the flesh.

It is likely that todays terrorists use these on their "humanbombs" to prevent them from
acting suspecious and get identified too early, and the most likely cause,
that they don't fear death.

Too much fear:
So these detectors especially in airport areas would create many false alert
because of people experience stress while travelling or even flight panic,

within highly controlled security areas the sight of an armed officer
can cause much stress, even when the traveller has nothing to fear,
and a situation with unfriendly and harsh security officers,
would make it much harder to differ.

So all in all nice tought but there is too much fear to tell terroristic fear or not.

Scarecrow? (1)

smokejive (1136035) | more than 6 years ago | (#22099828)

Someone watching Batman movies too much?

Will save millions of Lives (1)

JamesRose (1062530) | more than 6 years ago | (#22099920)

Just think about it, rather than people like George Bush having to declare war on a region and kill millions of innocent people, they can just drug the nation in to voting for them. Although I suspect rigging the vote again will remain the prefered option- tried and tested, and most probably considerably cheaper.

Effectiveness against troops (1)

Pinckney (1098477) | more than 6 years ago | (#22099946)

If a chemical is developed to cause fear, you can bet that every other nation with the capability will quickly develop an antidote, either a substance to block the receptors keyed to this pheromone, a temporary chemical block to the olfactory epithelium, or something I've not considered. Regardless, a soldiers' ability to smell can be shut down without significantly impacting their ability to fight. Insurgents, while they may be forced to use cruder and more dangerous methods, will likely be able to do the same. This chemical is only likely to be effective at dispersing gatherings (much as tear-gas is currently used) or in the context of torture, as another poster noted.

Wait a minute (1)

Orig_Club_Soda (983823) | more than 6 years ago | (#22099968)

Isn't this biological warfare? Isn't BW illegal?
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