As The X-Files was so fond of telling us, “the truth is out there” when it comes to extra-terrestrial life forms visiting Earth. And now, the government has shared their version of that truth, telling petitioners who demanded that President Obama’s administration clear the record on the topic once and for all that there’s no UFO cover-up or conspiracy.
Despite what films like Fire in the Sky, Independence Day, and The Fourth Kind would have you believe, extra-terrestrials are apparently not regularly visiting the Earth – or if they are, they aren’t talking to the Government while they’re here doling out anal probes and killing cattle. Phil Larson from the White House Office of Science & Technology Policy states “The U.S. government has no evidence that any life exists outside our planet, or that an extraterrestrial presence has contacted or engaged any member of the human race.”
This came in response to two petitions, which earned 17,000 signatures in all, that called for the White House to reveal that extra-terrestrials have been communicating with government officials and that it’s been kept secret for decades. Larson and the White House claim this is simply not the case – despite what appears to be thousands of eye-witness accounts of strange activity involving alien spacecraft and non-human lifeforms.
Larson does say that science believes the odds of other life existing in the vastness of space seems very high, but given the vast distances, contact might never occur. That being said, we continue to monitor the galaxy for signs of life through SETI and the Kepler spacecraft – it’s just that according to official channels, we’ve not found anything.
Naturally, the petitioners see this as just another layer in a vast cover-up designed to hide the truth. They’re unhappy with the answer and the messenger – stating that Larson is a “low-level staffer” with the department and not someone high enough to know the truth in the first place.
What will this mean for Hollywood’s seemingly endless fascination with making films about visitors from other worlds? Probably not much. Roland Emmerich is already hard at work prepping Independence Day 2 and 3 – we’re guessing aliens will still cause havoc on Earth in those films, regardless of what the government has to say about the plausibility of it really happening.
[via Universe Today]