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UFOs And Government: Proposing A New Way Forward

From: UFO UpDates - Toronto <post.nul>
Date: Tue, 15 Nov 2011 21:29:54 -0500
Archived: Tue, 15 Nov 2011 21:29:54 -0500
Subject: UFOs And Government: Proposing A New Way Forward

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UFOs And Government: Proposing A New Way Forward
Leslie Kean

In UFO circles, much fuss has been made about a recent response
by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy
(OSTP) to two petitions on extraterrestrial/human
communications, posted on a government website. Phil Larson, who
was tasked to respond, has been accused of everything from
lying, to cover-ups, to gross incompetence. But the real problem
lies with the inappropriate and fundamentally flawed content of
the petitions themselves - not with the government reply to
them. The critics seem to have lost sight of what the petitions
actually said and did not say, while insulting and lashing out
at Larson.

One petition asks the Obama administration to "immediately
disclose the government's knowledge of and communications with
extraterrestrial beings" and the other to "formally acknowledge
an extraterrestrial presence engaging the human race." The
former asks for congressional hearings about "this subject"
(communications with ET) while the latter requests the release
of documents about "this phenomenon" (an extraterrestrial
presence). Thousands of people signed on to the assumptions that
extraterrestrial beings have been secretly talking to our
government or somehow are involved with the whole human race.
Try thinking about these bizarre and murky statements from the
perspective of a scientifically-oriented government official.
How is he to make sense of such absurd requests?

Neither petition had anything to do with the subject of UFOs, as
properly defined; no request for data on UFOs was included. And,
chances are, Larson knows very little, if anything, about the
evidence for UFOs. Like most government scientists, he likely
dismissed the subject long ago as baseless and therefore
irrelevant to space policy, and has never looked into it.
Consequently, it's entirely logical that Larson would not make
the leap from the question of extraterrestrial communications to
the issue of physical unidentified flying objects. Did the
petitioners not expect that their requests would be taken at
face value?

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