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KC Jones
09-26-2005, 08:39 AM
http://observer.guardian.co.uk/international/story/0,6903,1577753,00.html

Dolphins have been trained in attack-and-kill missions since the Cold War. The US Atlantic bottlenose dolphins have apparently been taught to shoot terrorists attacking military vessels. Their coastal compound was breached during the storm, sweeping them out to sea. But those who have studied the controversial use of dolphins in the US defence programme claim it is vital they are caught quickly.

Leo Sheridan, 72, a respected accident investigator who has worked for government and industry, said he had received intelligence from sources close to the US government's marine fisheries service confirming dolphins had escaped.

'My concern is that they have learnt to shoot at divers in wetsuits who have simulated terrorists in exercises. If divers or windsurfers are mistaken for a spy or suicide bomber and if equipped with special harnesses carrying toxic darts, they could fire,' he said. 'The darts are designed to put the target to sleep so they can be interrogated later, but what happens if the victim is not found for hours?'

Usually dolphins were controlled via signals transmitted through a neck harness. 'The question is, were these dolphins made secure before Katrina struck?' said Sheridan.

The mystery surfaced when a separate group of dolphins was washed from a commercial oceanarium on the Mississippi coast during Katrina. Eight were found with the navy's help, but the dolphins were not returned until US navy scientists had examined them.

Sheridan is convinced the scientists were keen to ensure the dolphins were not the navy's, understood to be kept in training ponds in a sound in Louisiana, close to Lake Pontchartrain, whose waters devastated New Orleans.

The navy launched the classified Cetacean Intelligence Mission in San Diego in 1989, where dolphins, fitted with harnesses and small electrodes planted under their skin, were taught to patrol and protect Trident submarines in harbour and stationary warships at sea.

Criticism from animal rights groups ensured the use of dolphins became more secretive. But the project gained impetus after the Yemen terror attack on the USS Cole in 2000. Dolphins have also been used to detect mines near an Iraqi port.

Simplex3
09-26-2005, 08:56 AM
Oh noes!!!11!1!! It's teh killer dolphins!!!111!

Ok, raise your hand if you believe the Navy left these guys alone, armed, with a storm coming.

Nobody?

chagrin
09-26-2005, 09:10 AM
http://observer.guardian.co.uk/international/story/0,6903,1577753,00.html

Dolphins have been trained in attack-and-kill missions since the Cold War. The US Atlantic bottlenose dolphins have apparently been taught to shoot terrorists attacking military vessels. Their coastal compound was breached during the storm, sweeping them out to sea. But those who have studied the controversial use of dolphins in the US defense programme claim it is vital they are caught quickly.

Leo Sheridan, 72, a respected accident investigator who has worked for government and industry, said he had received intelligence from sources close to the US government's marine fisheries service confirming dolphins had escaped.

'My concern is that they have learnt to shoot at divers in wetsuits who have simulated terrorists in exercises. If divers or windsurfers are mistaken for a spy or suicide bomber and if equipped with special harnesses carrying toxic darts, they could fire,' he said. 'The darts are designed to put the target to sleep so they can be interrogated later, but what happens if the victim is not found for hours?'

Usually dolphins were controlled via signals transmitted through a neck harness. 'The question is, were these dolphins made secure before Katrina struck?' said Sheridan.

The mystery surfaced when a separate group of dolphins was washed from a commercial oceanarium on the Mississippi coast during Katrina. Eight were found with the navy's help, but the dolphins were not returned until US navy scientists had examined them.

Sheridan is convinced the scientists were keen to ensure the dolphins were not the navy's, understood to be kept in training ponds in a sound in Louisiana, close to Lake Pontchartrain, whose waters devastated New Orleans.

The navy launched the classified Cetacean Intelligence Mission in San Diego in 1989, where dolphins, fitted with harnesses and small electrodes planted under their skin, were taught to patrol and protect Trident submarines in harbour and stationary warships at sea.

Criticism from animal rights groups ensured the use of dolphins became more secretive. But the project gained impetus after the Yemen terror attack on the USS Cole in 2000. Dolphins have also been used to detect mines near an Iraqi port.

:spock:

KC Jones
09-26-2005, 09:15 AM
Oh noes!!!11!1!! It's teh killer dolphins!!!111!

Ok, raise your hand if you believe the Navy left these guys alone, armed, with a storm coming.

Nobody?

uh - um... weeeeeell it could have happened?

Dolphin are teh real ulitmate power. They're whole job in life is to swim around and then freak out and kill people.

Dartgod
09-26-2005, 09:22 AM
Dolphins? Heh...

I have one simple request. And that is to have sharks with frickin' laser beams attached to their heads!

Ultra Peanut
09-26-2005, 10:00 AM
Loose seal! Watch out for loose seal!

http://www.boston.com/news/local/massachusetts/articles/2005/03/30/up_a_creek_without_a_clue/?rss_id=Boston%20Globe%20--%20City%2FRegion%20News

Simplex3
09-26-2005, 10:05 AM
Loose seal! Watch out for loose seal!

http://www.boston.com/news/local/massachusetts/articles/2005/03/30/up_a_creek_without_a_clue/?rss_id=Boston%20Globe%20--%20City%2FRegion%20News
Dude, the seal isn't armed and dangerous. What's he going to do, hit you in the head with a ball?

uh - um... weeeeeell it could have happened?

Dolphin are teh real ulitmate power. They're whole job in life is to swim around and then freak out and kill people.
Yes, but unlike ninjas dolphins have no thumbs. Might impede their ability to reload.

Ultra Peanut
09-26-2005, 10:24 AM
I don't care about Lucille! She lies!It's going to wear a yellow bowtie and bite off your ****ing hand, genius!

Simplex3
09-26-2005, 10:34 AM
I don't care about Lucille! She lies! It's going to wear a yellow bowtie and bite off your ****ing hand, genius!

Hmmm, I don't remember saying that.... :hmmm:

How is it going to bite my hand off? I belong to an exclusive group. Here's my bumper sticker:

http://pages.sbcglobal.net/bryanbaskin/cbspix/clubsticker2.png

patteeu
09-26-2005, 11:00 AM
So, recapping, there's a rumor that there might be some seals that might be trained to kill that might have escaped that might be armed and dangerous? Yikes, I might be scared!

Demonpenz
09-26-2005, 11:01 AM
sounds like a pourposeful idea

RedDread
09-26-2005, 11:04 AM
sounds like a pourposeful idea

BOOOOOOO!!!!

Dartgod
09-26-2005, 11:14 AM
So, recapping, there's a rumor that there might be some seals that might be trained to kill that might have escaped that might be armed and dangerous? Yikes, I might be scared!
NO! Not seals!!

Fricken' sharks with fricken' laser beams attached to their fricken' heads!

patteeu
09-26-2005, 11:42 AM
NO! Not seals!!

Fricken' sharks with fricken' laser beams attached to their fricken' heads!

LOL, I meant dolphins, ... I mean sharks.