A petition on the White House website calling for the government to build a “Star Wars”-style “Death Star” by 2016 has garnered more than 17,000 signatures.
The authors of the strange appeal call on the Obama administration to recreate the giant planet-destroying spacecraft from George Lucas’s 1977 film, citing a strengthened national defense and job creation as some of the benefits.
“By focusing our defense resources into a space-superiority program and weapon system such as a Death Star,” the petition reads, “the government can spur job creation in the fields of construction, engineering, space exploration, and more, and strengthen our national defense.”
So far almost 18,000 have signed the online petition, hosted on the White House’s “We The People” site, which allows anyone to flag an issue they think the government needs to address. If the petition gets 25,000 signatures by Dec. 14, it will be reviewed by White House staff.