White House: no evidence of ETs yet

 2008 09 Alienendorsesobama

"We The People" is a White House initiative where the US government will respond to any petition that can land 25,000 signatures (a recently increased threshold) in a month. Today, the White House Office of Science & Technology Policy's Phil Larson responded to petitions for the President to "Immediately disclose the government's knowledge of and communications with extraterrestrial beings" and "formally acknowledge and extraterrestrial presence engaging the human race - Disclosure." Guess what -- the White House says there's nothing to disclose. Sure there isn't. Phil must not read the Weekly World News or he'd know The Truth. From the White House:

The U.S. government has no evidence that any life exists outside our planet, or that an extraterrestrial presence has contacted or engaged any member of the human race. In addition, there is no credible information to suggest that any evidence is being hidden from the public's eye.

However, that doesn't mean the subject of life outside our planet isn't being discussed or explored. In fact, there are a number of projects working toward the goal of understanding if life can or does exist off Earth.

"Searching for ET, But No Evidence Yet"


  1. I’m trying to fathom the scenario envisioned by the petition-writers.


    G-MAN #1: “We CAN’T tell the public the truth- they wouldn’t be able to handle it! There would be mass panic in the streets, every religion overturned overnight! Why do you think we’ve spent the last 60 years engaging in the most elaborate coverup in the history of humankind?!”

    G-MAN #2: “It’s no good, sir… they’ve got 5000 signatures.”

    G-MAN #1: “Drat. Well, we tried our best.”

  2. “They would say that, wouldn’t they?”

    I don’t really believe that any little green men have come calling, but I could sooner believe that than I can believe that the government – any government – would say “Five thousand signatures? Aw, shucks, OK. You got us. I guess we better come clean …” There’s unlikely, and there’s just flat-out impossible.

  3. Sure, maybe none of them have engaged a member of the human race, but what about just shacking up together?

  4. A correction for your blurb about the “We the People” site:

    5,000 signatures in 30 days was the original threshold used when it was launched in September. However, as that turned out to be a rather low threshold to meet, less than 2 weeks after launching it was raised to the current threshold of 25,000 signatures in 30 days.

    1. “We thought we were making an empty gesture!  We didn’t expect people to actually CARE about their government!”

  5. Exposing or admitting to knowledge of the other known life that exists outside of our tiny speck of dust, well that wouldn’t seriously undermine the authority of all Governments and religious groups? 

    Quite honestly, I look around and I agree with our government on this one. Many of us just aren’t ready for *all that* just yet. But I have no doubt that authoritative or leader “types” have been in contact with many different groups of what are referred to as “extra terrestrials” since at least the time of the Sumerians.

    1. Religious groups would depend on what they’ve been saying, but why would finding aliens undermine the authority of goverments? Denmark did not stop existing when Brazil was discovered.

      1. …why would finding aliens undermine the authority of governments?

        Because the conspirati have been claiming that the aliens are actually running the governments from behind their nefarious nictitating membranes.

  6. Anyone who doesn’t believe aliens walk among us has yet to watch the current GOP “presidential” candidates debate.

  7. I see this as nothing more than an attention grab: The UFO phenomenon is not explained. The extraterrestrial hypothesis is an old, tired notion that doesn’t fit the problem (although it’s one that has to remain on the table) and is continually propped up by those desiring a nuts and bolts answer, and sometimes by those using the whole ball of wax for some kind of profit.

    So let’s go from the standpoint of the believers in the ETH shall we? They think the govt. knows all about the ET visitors in their flying saucers, and have lied to us repeatedly for 60+ years about it. 

    Why the FUCK would anyone in that mindset take the petition seriously. “Oh we know you’ve lied to us for 60+ years, but we trust you’ll give us the straight dope now.”

    This is a joke, and taking into account their standpoint, it’s an absurd and backwards undertaking. This is precisely to me, the kind of nonsense that makes a mockery of a truly interesting mystery. It’s a grab for attention and nothing more as far as I’m concerned. And, it’s not the kind of attention needed in an already messy, and stagnant study.

  8. The “We the People” petition is a joke to begin with.  When you run the vast arms of government in secret, does one think they’re going to get a straight answer.  Furthermore, if there is any kind of “contact” with something/someone, I’m almost certain that The Whitehouse will be the last place to know.

  9. Actually Obama was all set to reveal The Truth.  Unfortunately, a couple of guys dressed in black flashed a shiny thing in his face before he had the chance. 

  10. The amount of USAF eyewitness reports, as well as redacted-all-to-heck official reports being excluded as “there is no credible information” would lead a person to believe that The System either has no respect for The People or has no respect for American pilots and government reports.

    1. Why would the USAF have a monopoly on that information in the first place? If aliens were visiting us they could go wherever they wanted. The U.S. government could no more cover up the existence of UFOs than they could cover up the existence of the planet mars. All it would take to blow the whole conspiracy out of the water would be for someone on the planet to look up once in a while.

    2. So do you also believe that things like Bigfoot and the Loch Ness Monster and ghosts and fairies are all real as well (since there are thousands of eyewitness sightings of them as well), or do you think that sightings of weird things by people in the USAF are for some reason vastly more credible than sightings by civilians? Does “respect for American pilots” mean we should believe they are magically immune to the natural human tendency to jump to outlandish interpretations of mundane phenomena? 

      Also, you don’t find it at all odd that in this era of ubiquitous cellphone cameras everywhere, we haven’t seen any credible videos or stills of UFOs anywhere? Or do you think UFOs only reveal themselves to airplane pilots? I’m not sure about the US, but according to this article “cameras are used on military aircraft in the United Kingdom”, I also don’t recall any good UFO footage coming from those (I suppose you could say the government covered it up, but if there are so many sightings by pilots then apparently they don’t stop pilots from blabbing, and if any UK pilot claimed to have had a great sighting in recent times, people could make noise about it and sign a petition to get the UK government to release the footage).

      1. I see your point, and it’s true that technology has evolved a lot over the last 50 years, but that is true for both sides of the argument. All I’m suggesting is that it seems like more of a “dodge and avoid” response to the petition. I saw the words there, but all I could think was “these aren’t the droids you’re looking for”

        1. Seems like a pretty straight forward and respectfulr response to me. For the sake of argument, assume they are telling the truth: what should they have said?

  11. not to suggest that the US has a monopoly on Alien Contact, (as redelivered as the idea is in shows like Doctor Who) I was merely narrowing the topic of discussion to include events in relation to the administration charged to We The People. (Ironically, we Canadians aren’t even “The People”, but here I am wondering nonetheless.) It’s just that the US is being asked in a polite and respectful way to provide the information that everyone believes they have been actively covering up.

    1. Then what makes you so sure there ARE secret U.S. government reports which provide evidence of alien contact? Nobody else seems to have any.

      (Yeah, yeah… “lights in the sky” etc. big whoop. Occam’s razor and all that.)

  12. well, um, you mean like other than Wikipedia? en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:1948_Top_Secret_USAF_UFO_extraterrestrial_document.png
    I guess about a million people. but you know what they say sarcastically – “it must be true because it’s on the internet”

  13. The White House response was an insult to those of us who signed the petition. They did not even bother to do an investigation before sending out the response that there were no known extraterrestrials. All they had to do was to talk to some CIA or Pentagon people. It is the US military/intelligence community that has kept this secret for so long. They think the disclosure will jeopardize US dominance of the world. See ufocoverup.org for more info

  14. I’m pretty sure there are “aliens” who are aware of us, but this doesn’t necessarily mean the US (or any) government is in contact with them, or even firmly aware of them.  But all it takes is for one civilization, one, in our, say, galaxy, to have cracked some major mysteries of physics, to essentially have the power to have all of the galaxy mapped out in complete detail.  Look at us, we mere humans — We’re already identifying extra-solar planets, and with the JWST will probably be able to pick out those that likely support life.  Imagine a civilization, say, even 1000 years more advanced than ours, and say, maybe slightly less prone to war, and a bit more prone to science.  Something tells me, they have us in their version of Wikipedia already.

  15. It’s very sad to read these comments from the boingboing community. Many, many people have reported strange experiences that cannot be easily explained. To belittle the few people who are willing to talk about their experience is shameful. From what I’ve read none of the posters here could hold a candle to Dr. Jacques Vallee btw.

  16. Darn. I sure hope I’m not being charged for this hand-job. The White House sure has improved. Not too long ago, all you got to do was read about sex with cigars. Now, though, we actually have the president jacking us off on a wide range of topics.

    The entire We the People petition process is just something to let the masses blow off steam thinking they’re accomplishing something. When in reality, all they’re doing is lubing themselves up for the prez to have his way with them.


  17. The bureaucrats, politicians and other government employees are too incompetent to be able to cover up such a thing for such a long time. Also, much worse conspiracies have been oficially uncovered and most people didn’t give a #@*%.

  18. I have a strange idea that the government may just comment (in a more interesting way) on this subject next year, mark my words (just in case).  

    There sure has been a lot of  (desensitization) of the public at large in regards to UFO and aliens in the past year. I have even noticed recently that celebs have been tweeting about UFOs and there has been some acknowledgement from China and UK. I just have this strange idea that something will be exposed in 2012 I could be wrong.

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