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Is “Tron” really showing enough revealing scenes from a demolished fusion research facility that it needs to be pulled as containing too much sensitive security information? There is very scant backup on this article, and all the buzz seems to be using it as the source material. IT seems weird enough to be true, especially considering how superficial and slapdash our security efforts seem.

Reports are emerging from members of the movie industry that the Department of Homeland Security has designated the 1982 film TRON as “sensitive”, and ordered Walt Disney Studios to turn over all copies of the film in its possession. Retailers are also receiving notices to remove all copies of the film from stock shelves and turn them over to Federal officials. The reports have industry insiders bewildered and outraged.

However, I think I’ll call BS on this one as just deleting the offending scene or deliberately blurring it in the digital remaster would do the job as well. Besides, they’ll never be able to collect every copy of this movie. Are they going to call it a criminal act if they find one in someone’s possession later?

The bigger question: Is this an EARLY APRIL FOOL’S GAG?? If so, why?



  1. Rob says:

    Given the incompetent fools in charge right now, I have no trouble believing this to be true. How is it any dumber than banning water bottles from airlines?

  2. Improbus says:

    This has to be a gag. They can pry my copy from my cold dead fingers.

  3. Agent Lirpa Sloof says:

    We have recently detained an Iranian National from leaving the US with a bootleg copy of TRON. So this may be bigger than we original considered. If you are a true American Patriot you should turn in any and all copies of TRON to your nearest Federal Office. Support the troops, do it now.

  4. Tron says:

    So does this mean cause my name is “Tron” and I have several copies (all legit) of the movie, I have to turn myself in also.

    Oh what to do, what to do…….

  5. T-Rick says:

    “…said FBI agent Lirpa Sloof”

    and what is Lirpa Sloof spelled backwards?!?!?

  6. Lokam Turner says:

    so does this mean that since we cant buy it anymore that its legal to make backups / etc since you CANT BUY IT at any price ?

    or is this one of those – they look back at your credit card and see that you got it – then come to your house to take your copy and (if you are lucky) give you a coupon to buy another disney film dvd for free…

  7. Michael says:

    That makes no sense. How is making disney turn over the copies they have going to make any difference when there are plenty of copies owned by individuals, video stores, and libraries?

  8. Michael says:

    That makes no sense. How is making disney turn over the copies they have going to make any difference when there are plenty of copies owned by individuals, video stores, and libraries? I mean, the government is dumb, but it isn’t THAT dumb.

  9. Eric Bardes says:

    I read the sight with some regularity. It should be noted that this was in the Fiction section on Kuro5hin. What scary is how long we’re all sucked into believing this because it is so plausible that the current administration would do something like this.

  10. Gig says:

    To use this obvious April’s Fools prank (FBI Agent Lirpa Sloof) to forward your cause that the current administration are “Complete Fools” pretty much proves either you will use anything to attack the administration or you were stupid enough to believe the story in the first place.

  11. JoaoPT says:

    It seems that those tanks are currently being deployed in Iraq.

    Also the lightcycles were slated to be marketed but were recalled before reaching the shops by the same people that killed the electric car.

    But the funny costumes are IN next Fall…buy one now before stocks run out.

  12. jccalhoun says:

    Now I might be a bit naive, but I’m assuming that a story that is marked as “fiction” is probably fictional and not true. But that is just me.

  13. Rob says:

    #10 – This administration deserves all the attacking it gets. It is the most vile, evil, corrupt government in the history of the world.

  14. BubbaRay says:

    Well researched, nicely presented. Where, oh where is Orson Wells when we really need him? 🙂

  15. Smartalix says:

    5, 10,

    Yes, I knew it was a bullshit story, but note I even called it BS when I posted it. Why can’t I have a little fun with it too? The bigger question (as John added) is why the strange timing? Did they want to get ahead of the pack that quickly?

  16. James Hill says:

    Meanwhile, most of the ‘net can’t tell that JCD’s “Apple should drop the iPhone” column is 4/1 fodder.

  17. Matthew says:

    Sometimes I think this administration just floats every idea they can think of, let the people decide how believable it is before they act. Remember the weapons scare about CUBA, was it bolton who pushed that one? Maybe it was true and was stopped or maybe no one believed it and it disappeared. I’m sure I could find other occurances of this type of thing.

  18. JC says:

    Did anyone start reading the article from the TOP of the page?

    Homeland Security Classifies TRON as “Sensitive”
    By ewhac in Fiction
    Thu Mar 29, 2007 at 11:29:57 AM EST

    Gee…ya think it’s an April Fool’s if it’s in the FICTION category?
    (albeit, a dumb, and early, one that everyone’s called BS on.)

  19. TJGeezer says:

    They forgot to get them back from Netflix. Uh oh. Homeland Insecurity isn’t reading DU, is it?

  20. David says:

    TRON was supposed to be Al Gore’s favorite movie, yes? Maybe they’re just being mean to him.

  21. GigG says:

    #13 You need to study more history.

  22. U PEE POL says:

    It was a GREAT story, yet; it MAY or MAY NOT happen…

    and the masses respond!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!??!????????

    There is SO much BS here that it NEARLY astounds me ya’all have FALLEN FOR IT…

    POOP!

    POOP!

    [Remainder edited for brevity, but there was a lot of POOP! in this comment.]

  23. noname says:

    #22 U PEE POL very interesting, by my count you missed a POOP! Remember with low flow toilets, you all ways flush twice.

  24. nanny says:

    Someone needs a diaper change.

  25. Alex M says:

    Now I might be a bit naive, but I’m assuming that a story that is marked as “fiction” is probably fictional and not true. But that is just me.
    How is it any dumber than banning water bottles from airlines?


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