posted on Feb, 4 2005 @ 09:28 AM
mwm1331, I think you've hit pretty close to the mark. I've actually stated similar problems with disclosure before...
You've also got the political, as well as economic fallout to consider, with the revelation of a secret alien/US tech treaty.
That's why I think a more limited disclosure is likely...but has to be done VERY carefully, as the "deal" is really the most disruptive part of it.
Disclosure can successfully be done, IF they stick to it as chance encounters and crash retrievals, and not formal deals between organizations. As
for religion, they've had to get over the world being round and not the center of the Universe, so I think (unfortunately) it'll survive aliens as
well. There are a variety of ways to introduce the existence of aliens and not shake the pillars of faith...
The biggest hurdle will be explaining to the US citizens, as well as the world, as to WHY the secret was kept. This will require the fanciest
political footwork in history, and is likely one of the biggest stumbling blocks. Naturally, national security, and public's best interest will be
brought up, but selling it will not be an easy task.
The other thing to consider, is do the aliens WANT to be disclosed? If they don't, then what are the repercussions of doing so?
I think we all want to see full disclosure, but secretly, we know there are many variables to consider, and that sometimes on the social scale,
ignorance is bliss. Disclosure isn't something that should just "happen", it needs to be planned and implemented slowly, and I hope that's what
we're actually seeing. However, over 50 years is a little TOO slow, so I would like to see the ball start moving a bit faster.....