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White House rejects 'Death Star' petition


Posted on Sunday, 13 January, 2013 | Comment icon 35 comments | News tip by: Simbi Laveau


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The US government has responded to a tongue-in-cheek petition asking them to build a Death Star.

The petition was started on November 14th and received 34,400 signatures in favour of having the US devote trillions of dollars to the construction of a Star Wars inspired space station capable of destroying planets. The humorous request ended up receiving a formal response because it met the minimum 25,000 signature requirement.

"The construction of the Death Star has been estimated to cost more than $850,000,000,000,000,000," said White House science and space chief Paul Shawcross. "We're working hard to reduce the deficit, not expand it." In a concluding statement and in further reference to Star Wars he added - "Why would we spend countless taxpayer dollars on a Death Star with a fundamental flaw that can be exploited by a one-man starship ?"

"The US government has rejected a petition urging it to build a "Death Star", claiming it was too expensive, conceptually flawed and did not fit in with the policy of not blowing up planets."

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Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #26 Posted by pallidin on 14 January, 2013, 18:45
Can't they just scale it down and blow the hell out of al-Qaeda? Oh wait, we have drones.
Comment icon #27 Posted by wolfknight on 14 January, 2013, 19:13
Are the people freakin' crazy. Please up you lightsaber down and slow walk away. Star Wars peeps think about getting a real life.
Comment icon #28 Posted by Hasina on 14 January, 2013, 19:22
Nah, Texas should get Tauros ;D
Comment icon #29 Posted by The Unseen on 15 January, 2013, 3:07
We'll spray them with water like they did in that movie " SIGNS" LOL
Comment icon #30 Posted by KainFall on 17 January, 2013, 19:56
Makes sense to me. Im in charge of a huge regime in that field. An I dont do anything but act like im insane an thaht everything in the world is good and that non of that exists.. What better what to get the general working.. Than a petitioned Death Star.
Comment icon #31 Posted by KainFall on 17 January, 2013, 19:59
Im sry I dont understand? Under what jurisdiction? I think "We The People" Might be blind if they think thats the case
Comment icon #32 Posted by -M7 on 21 January, 2013, 4:15
I mean really? Of course their not going to build a big *** "death star."
Comment icon #33 Posted by -M7 on 21 January, 2013, 4:19
Aw..... You know they could have just built a armed military space station... ...Not necessarily with a planet-destroying-laser, but you get the point.
Comment icon #34 Posted by pepper-steph on 21 January, 2013, 7:42
@crysiisx2 ..........they are trying to make strong regulations, not punish the innocent. Aslong as you clear a criminal history and mental health check you should be good to go with owning your own weapon right? What's wrong with regulations to help keep children safe? As for the death star..... "Obama, I am your father!"


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