posted on Jun, 4 2003 @ 04:41 PM
There are no 'facts' about what the government may be thinking, but the speculation out there is based on some historical events... In 1964, I
believe, the Brookings Institution published a paper that said the government should hide knowldege of ETs, should they be discovered... also, the
closest thing the government had to a 'public opinion poll' concerning ETs in 1947 was the public's reaction to the 1938 radio broadcast of 'War
of the Worlds'. Yes, that show was about an invasion but, if your picturing Marshall, Truman, and co. sitting around a table trying to figure out
what to base their ideas on, all they had to work with was that and Flash Gordon serials. I mean, really, there was very little serious 'back
literature' on ETs when the Roswell crash occured (though some argue that there were a few earlier crashes, and that they thought, by then, that the
foo fighters from WW2 were of ET origin).
Basically, what I'm saying is that all we 'know' about UFOs and ETs is a product of 50+ years of UFO encounters. Back in 1947, or even 1953, the
image the public would have of ETs would only be that of green-skinned octopus men who ate people, so, in a way, the gov could honestly assume that
people would panic, then, if they learned more about Roswell, the Washington flyovers, and the various UFo/jet fighter interceptions that occured.