Friday, April 26, 2013

U.S. Department of Lunacy

I. F. Stone

“Later in the decade, the [U.S.] Air Force devised even more grandiose schemes. ...Lieutenant General  Donal Putt disclosed plans for missile bases on the moon. He also said that the United States could erect missile bases on more distant planets.”

“...independent journalist I.F. Stone astutely noted that the Latin [and Spanish] word for “moon” is luna and suggsted that the military establish a fourth branch for space warfare and call it the Department of Lunacy.”

Keay Davidson and Carl Sagan, Carl Sagan, A Life (New York:John Wiley & Sons, 1999) page 86.

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