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Homeland Security Goes Sci-Fi

If there's one thing U.S. government institutions lack, it's imagination. So, we're happy to hear that the Department of Homeland Security is actively pursuing the talents of some extremely creative thinkers -- namely, science-fiction writers. The Department admitted it needed "people to think of crazy ideas" and turned to a group called Sigma.

Created 15 years ago by science fiction author Arlan Andrews , Sigma provides consulting services to clients looking to up their fantasy factor. Its members are all authors who hold doctoral degrees, including heavy hitters like Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle.

The group gets together to dream up scenarios based on a potential threat -- it's then the Department's job to figure out what to do with these scenarios. Whether or not we'll have anti-UFO defense satellites spinning in orbit a few years from now remains to be seen, but with any luck, the next time we see items banned from flights will be before someone tries to blow up a plane with them.

From 'USA Today'

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Tags: politics, scifi, security

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