posted on Mar, 22 2004 @ 03:23 PM
Originally posted by TJ11240...If they did manage to find something, what makes you think that they would go public with the finds?
Even if they wanted to do that, would the government let them?
There are protocols
in existance to cover this very possibility, extract below:
"Recognizing that any initial detection may be incomplete or ambiguous and thus require careful examination as well as confirmation, and that it is
essential to maintain the highest standards of scientific responsibility and credibility,
Agree to observe the following principles for disseminating information about the detection of extraterrestrial intelligence:
Any individual, public or private research institution, or governmental agency that believes it has detected a signal from or other evidence of
extraterrestrial intelligence (the discoverer) should seek to verify that the most plausible explanation for the evidence is the existence of
extraterrestrial intelligence rather than some other natural phenomenon or anthropogenic phenomenon before making any public announcement. If the
evidence cannot be confirmed as indicating the existence of extraterrestrial intelligence, the discoverer may disseminate the information as
appropriate to the discovery of any unknown phenomenon. ...."