reply to post by chemical_chameleon
The proof needs to be in the pudding, for me.
Before I joined the military, I bought into the whole idea that the government was some big homogeneous cache of secrets, agents, and people with a
relatively single organized objective.
Oh Dear God... Was I ever under the wrong impression.
If there are people legitimately in contact with aliens - they are doing an exceptionally damned good job of keeping it quiet.
Now, I would believe we have programs aimed at recovering and analyzing alien technology (there are some contingencies on the books for how to handle
and respond to discovering such oddities in place, simply because that is the point of a contingency - to have a plan for the extraordinary events),
and there are probably some that have been active. However, as entertaining as the idea is that we owe much of our modern society to
reverse-engineered alien technology from the shadow government; there's simply no real evidence to suggest it.
Predictability is pretty key. Quite a few whistle-blowers who try to claim to have knowledge that our technology is the result of research on alien
tech, and have inside information about what 'technology our government currently has functional' have consistently failed to either identify what
those technologies are, or successfully predict the civilian-equivalent.
Of course, going by that criteria, Star Wars, Star Trek, Star Gate, have a better understanding of alien technology than the people who supposedly are
coming forward with inside information.
To that end, I believe that - if we have contact, and have alien artifacts - the people involved with it are well above par in their ability to keep
That said - it is hard to hear a dog fart in Time's Square. With so much fodder that ranges from genuine tales of interest and concern to deliberate
and fraudulent... the little bits of true information out there are swept up in the storm, and we're looking for needles in a haystack.
In the end - I don't see how it is at all possible or productive for us to try and apply a motive or personality to aliens. With so many stories out
there talking about how aliens are telepathic due to larger brains (and the false notion we only use 10% of ours) - or citing some other common urban
myth; it elevates much of the 'research' that can be done on aliens to the status of an urban myth.
That's not to say their existence and visitation is an urban myth - but, I've simply not seen enough to justify trying to label aliens.