The most important story you will read today

It's not that the use of animals (horses, dogs, and elephants being some of the most obvious examples) for military purposes is anything new. And apparently earlier uses of dolphins in Vietnam and the first Gulf War have come to light. Nevertheless, the story Ezra Klein found in the Guardian is unbelievable. Here's the best part of the article, but the whole thing is worth reading:
Armed dolphins, trained by the US military to shoot terrorists and pinpoint spies underwater, may be missing in the Gulf of Mexico.
Experts who have studied the US navy's cetacean training exercises claim the 36 mammals could be carrying 'toxic dart' guns. Divers and surfers risk attack, they claim, from a species considered to be among the planet's smartest. The US navy admits it has been training dolphins for military purposes, but has refused to confirm that any are missing.
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.
One intrepid blog reporter suggests that these dolphins have defected to join al-Qaeda, and has a photo to back it up.

More information on military use of dolphins can be found here, with many, many links at the bottom.