Well, I made notes of comments from 18 people, but rather than quoting or paraphrasing all that, . . .
Okay, first, to avoid contamination, I should rip out one of my trouser front pockets if I don't have a plastic bag so I can bag the item without
contaminating it with my clammy paws, and not yell, "Hey, bugman! You dropped something!" Then I would hear a helicopter approaching, because the
NORAD radar operator tracking the craft noticed that it made a brief field stop. So I hide again and watch the MIBs do their metal-detector and poking
thing. Then I hide the device somewhere other than my home or workplace and return with camera equipment and document the physical traces, all the
while watching the skies for them to come back looking for the missing item. If they do, I hide and film them, risky as that may be.
I started a thread several weeks ago titled Whom do you trust?
looking for opinions
about who among those famous in the field of ufology might be trustworthy. ATSers apparently don't trust anyone but at least agreed that Dr. Richard
Haines was a good guy. So he would be at the top of my list of folks to ask for advice if I found an item in the scenario of this thread. And I would
want to proceed very carefully and cautiously, as outlined by Outrageo and others in this thread.
I would also be interested in whether or not any alien DNA or equivalent could be found on the object.
As to the comments of nerbot, alfa1, and others as to the type of object, be it a tricorder or an ice-cream spoon, well, astrophysicist Neil deGrasse
Tyson, director of Hayden Planetarium, likes to wax sarcastic and say, "Next time you're abducted, steal an ashtray," essentially, besides
insulting people, claiming that it doesn't matter what the item is--it will speak for itself to scientists. Yeah, yeah, get real. It's not that easy
when TPTB fight against such efforts.
And yes, as several mentioned, it should be well publicized on the Web once it has been through sufficient scientific scrutiny. And no, I wouldn't
just hand it over to the government, DkNs39.
Ophluchus13 mentioned Chapter 13 of the FEMA Firefighters' Manual. Cool. It reminds me of the point made by Black Vault creator John Greenwald, Jr.
about the section on reporting UFOs that appears in the manual of very type of aircraft used by the U.S. military, which he discovered and verified
through his massive campaign of FOIA requests. Fun facts.
And fockewulf90 asked if this thread was inspired by something called Laserblast. Sorry. Never heard of it. But I did have a reason for bringing this
up. There are many details to my camera-control skywatch system that are not just technical issues about the software or cameras but rather how to
handle what I call the political end of things, like what advice to give a user that is able to catch a real UFO in zoomed 3D video with my system. I
am putting in hoaxproofing code to prevent users from using my system to fake sightings, as well on insisting on MUFON supervision locally plus filing
of FOIA requests for radar data if something is captured, but it helps to shake the tree and see what falls out that I hadn't thought of myself. I
keep coming up with new details, but I can't think of everything, and there are a lot of minor but vital details that make up the system as a whole.
And part of the question I asked in this thread related to whether or not proof, if obtained, should even be revealed. Some on ATS say TPTB are right
to conceal what they know about this from the public, but no one expressed that view in this thread--only that such proof might not be believed or
that the government would make life difficult for someone who found an alien artifact and didn't turn it over to them. But since I'm making software
that has the potential to make a difference (even though zoomed 3D video is no match for an alien scanning instrument as proof), I do have to address
the issue of whether or not it's the right thing to do, even though ufologists are at least openly pretty much unanimous in saying, "The public has
a right to know."
Thanks for the replies.