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Originally posted by sirnex
What I am most interested in is due to the form of discussions I've been having with a couple people in particular is that they seem to literally think that there is some major cover up to hide an advanced civilization.
Another issue might be identity and sovereignty. For instance, if say Atlantis was deemed authentic... you might have decedents claiming squatter's rights to whatever may still today exist of its national boundaries. Countries just don't like being forced to surrender territory.
Then there are those Sumerian stories that would basically make ET a fact and again, most religions out of point.
Today's world is already volatile with just the Muslims, Christians, Jews and Hindus but... we are still controllable enough in our own domains to make stirring this pot entirely unattractive, regardless of what the actual truth may be. .