posted on Apr, 11 2009 @ 03:38 AM
reply to post by smack9
"Some newspapermen of the time asserted that there were suicides and murders because of the broadcast." The claims were never proven and I stand
corrected in this regard. However there was considerable fear and panic in some parts of the United States, and many people fled their homes. That
was 70 years ago and we have come a long way. But at the time: "It was concluded that, although nothing illegal had gone on, that networks should be
more careful with what they broadcast. The networks agreed."
Humanity is very diverse. An announcement of that magnitude would affect people of different cultures, religions, and levels of education very
differently. For example, here is someone's interpretation of Islamic scripture on the subject of extra-terrestrials:
“… Actually the Quran says that some of those extraterrestrial creatures will invade earth one day
: There is a wormhole right here on Earth
that connects Earth with another planet. One day the creatures on that planet will use this wormhole to invade Earth ..."
If a government or agency had information confirming that even in the past there had been a civilization on Mars, they would be well advised to look
carefully at how life on our own
planet could be expected to react to the news. They have to consider what the global, not just local
reactions might be. Personally I think the folks who put up the images we have been discussing are doing a fine job of releasing 'some'
information, and employing the 'trickle effect' to begin taking the edge off any future announcement. They could have covered up more than they
did. I think the approach taken is both realistic and prudent - though frustrating for some of us.
The ESA site has a 'gatekeeping' aspect it seems. If one's application is accepted, one can register as a "professional" and gain the privilege
of downloading higher resolution photos. Is there a qualified person on the thread who has succeeded in registering?