This is a great question - and it amazes me how many people have derailed this thread with talk of mass panic, religious riots, and the
belief that our puny primitive brains would basically freak OUT
when the OP clearly asked why NASA wouldn't simply admit to the presence of
in our solar system, nothing more - NOT greys and reptilians and klingons and the dark side of the force and whatever other
conclusions you all immediately jumped to...
To add to this question - why would NASA continue to waste billions of our dollars pretending to look for it when they already know something much
more amazing out there exists?
Basically I think it's because of two things:
1. First off - I don't think most
NASA personnel are aware they're lying about anything. In other words - the cover-up isn't nearly as
massive and elaborate as some people want you to believe. I figure the higher-ups and the frontline people like the astronauts are privy to the truth
(or "need-to-know" parts of it at least) but the rest of the staff are left to go about their daily business scanning boring parts of Mars or
building better rocket engines.
Now that doesn't mean they don't see things they shouldn't sometimes but I'm guessing it's treated the same way a lower-level military type or
commercial airline pilot sighting goes (i.e. somebody from higher up takes over and it's never heard about again). Anyone who asks too many questions
is ridiculed or sent on special assignment to North Alaska until they learn better.
2. But this still doesn't explain why the higher up's would continue to lie about smaller things like the existence of microbial life...? Well
personally I believe it's because they haven't actually found any yet but if we're gonna play along and assume NASA's lying about it then my best
guess is it's because it would have the potential to blow the WHOLE cover-up about UFO's to bits.
I think for the most part whatever information the government does know about UFO's that we don't is generally protected by the general public's
passive acceptance towards the status quo. Even though studies and polls show that most people do in fact privately believe in the existence of
extraterrestrial life, the "sheeple" tend not to think too critically
about it as long as it stays out of mainstream media and public
It's people like us here at ATS that do think about it more seriously and for the most part tend to uncover enough evidence to become serious
believers. But they'll never worry about us as long as we remain in the fringe. In fact I'm sure they actually love what we do because so many
people take certain questions to such crackpot extremes that in the end the whole field just gets pushed that much farther out into the void!
But anyway, what I'm getting at is that announcing something like the presence of microbial life on Mars would get the whole world buzzing (remember
when they announced the mere possibility 10 years ago, it was on the front page of every newspaper!). More people talking means more people asking
questions means more media covering it means more people talking and so on...
Perhaps it would never snowball as far as bringing Ufology into the mainstream but if I'm in charge of the cover-up that's a chance I'm not willing
So instead, keep SETI listening for radio waves when ET's probably communicate through much more advanced methods (quantum encryption, telepathy?).
Keep Astronomers busy looking for evidence of organics or extra-solar planets that won't really tell us anything definitive. Keep giving the public
just enough so they're ready to accept the truth whenever you're ready to give it to them.
But NEVER give them enough information to galvanize the whole lot into figuring it out on their own.