Some fear soldiers fighting future wars will be genetically enhanced to have some characteristics of animals in their DNA. (Image: Trans-Humanism DVD)
Horn says the real purpose has to do with immortalism.
"DARPA has an interest in figuring out how to get around the decaying process of cellular life, and they use the term creating an immortal organism," he explains. "But it's more than just an organism. They consider it to be potentially a lethal force that can be used in military application.
"Wired Magazine actually referred to it as a living, breathing creature. And DARPA admits that the force of this living creature, this immortal organism, could be so potent that it ought to also have what they call a 'kill switch' introduced into its organism so that in case it gets out of hand, we could throw the switch and stop it, or if it became available to our enemies, we could throw the switch and stop it."
Horn says top minds at the Pentagon are marching humanity in this direction, even if it's meant for self-defense.
"They were talking about this kind of technology in the hands of our enemies, and what they were saying was, 'We have to get at the forefront of this technology,'" he explains. "See, this is how we're going to be forced into this. It's not a matter of whether we should or whether it's ethical. We have to do it, because if we don't, our enemies will, and then they're going to subjugate us to their will."
In the summer of 2008, Rep. Brad Sherman, D-Calif., chaired a House Foreign Affairs subcommittee focusing on the diplomatic and security implications of the spread of "genetics and other human-modification technologies."
Journalist Mark Stencel covered the hearing for Congressional Quarterly (now known as Roll Call), and seemed surprised at the topics discussed, as he reported: