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The Pentagon Listens To Your Great — And Not-So-Great Ideas

by David Gura
Mar 15, 2010

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Every now and then, I read Wired magazine's Danger Room, which focuses on "what's next in national security."

This post, by the blog's editor, Nathan Hodge, led me to a great story, published in Stars and Stripes, "Airborne bears to catch bin Laden, and other letters to the Pentagon."

Everyone has a general inbox, it seems. Even The Pentagon.

The Defense Department provided Stars and Stripes a sampling of some of the more bizarre feedback it gets through its Web site, The authors' names were withheld, but all spelling, grammar and paranoia are authentic.

And there is plenty of paranoia. Case in point:

"Would there be time to construct a Noah's Ark Biosphere in North America if there is an emerging Global War starting in the Middle East?" asked one concerned citizen. "I don't know ... I only know that I have worked on such a project for many years now."

The specifications for the recommended ark are outlined in the Bible, the writer noted, adding that it could preserve a specimen of the human population for up to 300 years.

"Then after the period of 'Hibernation' people and materials would emerge to repopulate the Earth," the person wrote.

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