White House addresses petition on building a Death Star

Back in 2011, the United States government opened a site that allows people to create petitions to present to the White House. The site was created as a way to help citizens and government communicate with each other and the White House promised to respond to any petition that receives at least 25,000 signatures. In November, someone started a petition requesting that the United States begin construction of a Death Star by 2016 and it received over 34,000 signatures.

By focusing our defense resources into a space-superiority platform and weapon system such as a Death Star, the government can spur job creation in the fields of construction, engineering, space exploration, and more, and strengthen our national defense.

Today the White House responded and showed that they have a sense of humor. The title of the response is “This Isn't the Petition Response You're Looking For,” and it outlines three reasons why the project won’t begin.

  • The construction of the Death Star has been estimated to cost more than $850,000,000,000,000,000. We're working hard to reduce the deficit, not expand it.
  • The Administration does not support blowing up planets.
  • 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 article isn’t all tongue-in-cheek though. It explains that while we don’t have a Death Star, we do have a space station orbiting the planet, have spacecraft that are leaving the Solar System as well as exploring the Sun and Mars, and are building a replacement for the Hubble Space Telescope. Finally, it encourages people to pursue careers in science-related fields.

Source: WhiteHouse.gov | Image courtesy of Lucasfilm

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It seemed to me from the wording of the petition that the 'Death Star' was an analogy for some kind of large space based weapons platform, not necessarily an exact copy of the Star Wars menace. Probably also a play on the SDI, or Reagan's Star Wars program.

Other than that there are treaties against space based weapon platforms for land targeted attacks, like from nukes, exploration and scientific research would be a much more fruitful investment if that money is to be spent in space. Newt's moon colony would be my vote.

I don't think that the idea is too crazy. Of course a moon-side Death Star is out of discussion. However, we will need a Space Port before any serious mission. Then later, expand the Space Port with a Shipyard. And for heaven's sake, don't send pus*****es, send real men (miners, marines, oil riggers, submarine crew), they are seasoned to work in poor condition and for a cheap.

I guess that somehow the raising of the issue has something to do with this UFO gigantic ship (maybe twice as bigger than our planet Earth!) "acting" on the Sun supposedly on the benefit of humankind. Watch videos here:

http://www.projetoportal.org.b...-outro-horario-confira.html (see also "Brazilian ET" teleporting phenomenon! There's a related video over at youtube!)


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So the American people dislike assault weapons but are ok with a planet destroying space station? Is it a new amendment, the right to blow stuff up

Athlonite said,
this isn't the president your looking for ........ move along this isn't the president we're looking for

If Americans wanted a trillion dollar spending warpresident they would have picked a republican.

And based on Obama's foreign policy in actual practice, that means he will build one and use it to pick off innocents in Pakistan and Afghanistan. Plus the occasional American dissident.

does the pres not realise that we'd do it for food and the ePenise rights alone.... I can see it now in the Pub, Hey Bob guess what I just invented??? nope what Gus!!!!!.... A light sabre and it can cut through any **** you can think of cool huh!!!!!! meh I just helped build a death star that can blow up an entire planet na na naaa na na

Obama's obviously anti-job with the killing of the death star. Think of all the job creators that'd be willing to hire people to build the thing.

"Why would we spend countless taxpayer dollars on a Death Star with a fundamental flaw that can be exploited by a one-man starship?"
Install grating on the exhaust shaft?

You are low balling that a bit are you not?
I mean, this is the American Government we are speaking of yes?
At the very least it would also include raising the debt ceiling, starting another war and banning cat hair......

Don't you know people? The moon has been converted for half the price since the first landings; this is why no one has ever gone back WAKE UP AMERICA!!!!!!

He won't build a deathstar and he's seen wielding a lightsaber. This furthers my support for the Sith - dirty Jedi scum.

Phouchg said,
The Moon isn't a moon. It's a space station. It *is* the Death Star.

I've been told they're looking at upgrading the thrusters though. It currently takes 28 days to get the thing in a position to fire at a place on the other side of the earth.