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Post Reply The Pentagon wants Americans to plan home made bombs
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Posted 3/15/16 , edited 3/16/16
...and sell the plans to the Pentagon

http://www.ecnmag.com/blog/2016/03/pentagon-wants-buy-your-homemade-bomb


Last week, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) announced its plans to award money to people who can transform their common household items—electronics, chemicals, 3D-printed parts, etc.—into improvised weapons.

The agency is attempting to adopt the typical “inventor’s eye” (albeit, also a terrorist’s one) to assess how seemingly harmless technologies can be converted into serious national security threats—and, more importantly, to defend against them.

“For decades, U.S. national security was ensured in large part by a simple advantage: a near-monopoly on access to the most advanced technologies,” DARPA stated in its press release. “Increasingly, however, off-the-shelf equipment…features highly sophisticated components, which resourceful adversaries can modify or combine to create novel and unanticipated security threats.”

DARPA’s program, dubbed Improv, invites engineers, biologists, information technologists, and skilled hobbyists to present their “good” bad ideas, which DARPA will assess and (if selected) develop from concept to working prototype within about 90 days.


If there is actually a quadruple, a quintuple, or even a sextuple FACEPALM this would warrant it.


Edit: The news site had removed the article Here's the press release http://www.darpa.mil/news-events/2016-03-11
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Oh, no... I hope no one accidentally kills themselves and others. There's a reason why we have explosives experts .
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aeb0717 wrote:

Oh, no... I hope no one accidentally kills themselves and others. There's a reason why we have explosives experts .


We probably can't pay them anymore or the government is not thinking at all when it comes to using their knowledge and expertise first and foremost for anything like this.
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aeb0717 wrote:

Oh, no... I hope no one accidentally kills themselves and others. There's a reason why we have explosives experts .


We probably can't pay them anymore or the government is not thinking at all when it comes to using their knowledge and expertise first and foremost for anything like this.


(random room inside the Pentagon)

A: "We need some new ideas to stop domestic terrorism"

B: "Let's find out how people build bombs"

A: "How do we find out?"

B: "Crowd source! It's how anyone finds out about anything nowadays!"

A: "BRILLIANT!"
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This seems more like a plan to get a list of people who know how to build ummm...things that make loud noises.
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kamaitachi5587 wrote:

This seems more like a plan to get a list of people who know how to build ummm...things that make loud noises.


My thought was to create a data base of common items that could be used in such a way, and then make a program that would alert the FBI if anyone buys a combination of those items. The FBI would then visit your house to see if your building a bomb....

But, a data base of people who built the bomb and then turned it in for the reward money makes sense, too.
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Posted 3/15/16
Here's my submission:
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Maybe Obama will invite them into the white house.
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Here's an idea guys if you're going to crowdsource this at all, maybe do it only to qualified professionals who know how to work with high explosives without blowing their fucking hands off!
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I see a lot of Darwin Awards happening...
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Yeah right, I'll send in my designs right away along with my list of stalking vic......uhm, I mean future friends and then I'll send them all the info I have on Roswell. What could go wrong?

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vanguard1234523 wrote:

Here's an idea guys if you're going to crowdsource this at all, maybe do it only to qualified professionals who know how to work with high explosives without blowing their fucking hands off!



Nogara-san wrote:

I see a lot of Darwin Awards happening...


Do you smell a lawsuit coming?
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It always amuses me when the commoners start complaining that giving them ideas is dangerous because they might hurt themselves. I suppose it's true.
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Posted 3/15/16 , edited 3/15/16
In other news the price of pressure cookers and health insurance has risen to an all time high.
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This would be fine if we could trust people only to submit their plans to them and not to share with anyone else. And, of course, they don't get leaked.

But we know that isn't happening.
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