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Pentagon explores 'human fear' chemicals

Posted on Monday, 21 January, 2008 | Comment icon 13 comments


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"American military researchers are working to uncover and harness the most terrifying chemical imaginable: that most primal odor, the scent of fear."

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Comment icon #4 Posted by :PsYKoTiC:BeHAvIoR: on 21 January, 2008, 17:22
It's less worrying than the "Gay Bomb" they were considering as a weapon. Haha, I was thinking the very same thing when I read the title of the article on UM's main page. Human fear however can be more chaotic. If it triggers hallucinations, for example, well, a person who's scared stiff with a gun in their hands can make pretty interesting results.
Comment icon #5 Posted by Eric Raven The Skeptic on 21 January, 2008, 18:12
Of course they're working on fear. Fear is the only way the American people will succumb to the government so that they can eventually rule over you all with martial law. Think it's a lie? What about the so called "war on terror"? How about the Patriot Act? That document single handedly removed your civil rights. That gives the government the ability to break in your house without a warrant and detain you with little to no evidence except for the allegations that you 'may' be a terrorist. If the government can keep people scared then they'll be able to take you over and eventually have the pol... [More]
Comment icon #6 Posted by Magnatude on 21 January, 2008, 19:42
I concur on behalf of Spark. The Military has no use for weapons like this, this is more for crowd control or perhaps a new way to torture people. Its time for you people to get your heads out of the clouds. Your country is now on your closest allies(Canada's) "Torture list", a list of countries known to torture which also includes Iran, Syria.... Watch this Olbermann clip! Wake UP!
Comment icon #7 Posted by dgatlin on 21 January, 2008, 21:53
I concur on behalf of Spark. The Military has no use for weapons like this, this is more for crowd control or perhaps a new way to torture people. Its time for you people to get your heads out of the clouds. Your country is now on your closest allies(Canada's) "Torture list", a list of countries known to torture which also includes Iran, Syria.... Watch this Olbermann clip! Wake UP! That actually looks more like a list of countries that Canada admires.
Comment icon #8 Posted by InHuman on 21 January, 2008, 23:09
Huh, American's at it again. For them every emotion, lifestyle, or adjective can be harnassed as a weapon.
Comment icon #9 Posted by Eric Raven The Skeptic on 21 January, 2008, 23:12
Huh, American's at it again. For them every emotion, lifestyle, or adjective can be harnassed as a weapon. Yes we are wonderful.
Comment icon #10 Posted by brothers on 22 January, 2008, 0:43
I don't understand why no one on this subject didn't mention that perhaps the USA might just want to use it on other countries like Iran??
Comment icon #11 Posted by doesnt_matter on 22 January, 2008, 8:53
Just more wasted money by our government. War is to be afraid. Besides, that would invoke the flight or fight response. Some would become aggressive. That would be counterproductive to their purposes...one would think. Unless it is used as a means to covertly harm a particular culture and insight them to hysteria, therebye destroying themselves. But such a thing couldn't be done to nuclear capable countries, and all the rest are in the fearful grips of poverty. So really its just a waste of money. Probably take them a few billion dollars to figure that out.
Comment icon #12 Posted by REBEL on 22 January, 2008, 10:12
Ahh yes FEAR; mankind's oldest and most powerful emotion, it's also the mind's most destructive.That would make it ultimate weapon in keep'n the masses in check & in control. No wonder they wanna experiment, locate, control and exploit it's secrets. (((( ))))
Comment icon #13 Posted by GreytMuse on 22 January, 2008, 12:51
For most of the observed compounds, men showed an increase in the compound emission during acute emotional stress, while women showed either no change or a decrease in emission of the compound. I wonder why the difference...? Pheromones are used quite a bit for controlling dog and cat behavior -- mostly to relieve anxiety and compulsive behaviors. This report doesn't surprise me at all.


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