1.6 – The Return (5.25.10)

FIRST CONTACT [7h]

What might be the reaction today if extraterrestrials were to actually arrive on Earth and make themselves known to us? Countless science fiction books and films tend to portray aliens coming either to warn us or destroy us.

“Since the 1960s, people have been thinking about: Well, what do we do? Do we have a Day the Earth Stood Still scenario, if aliens come? Do they warn us that our planet is facing disaster? Do they attack us, the way the Martians did in War of the Worlds? Well, the answer is more complicated that it seems. It’s not just somebody landing, and saying, ‘Take me to your leader.’ ”

– Bill Birnes, J.D., Ph.D.
(Author / Publisher, UFO Magazine)

“The general consensus today is that if extraterrestrials were to show up tomorrow, they’d be hostile, and they would want to enslave us and, and battle us and, destroy us and all this crazy stuff. In my opinion, that won’t be the case because any civilization that’s mastered to travel interstellar space would be benevolent to a lesser advanced society technologically speaking.”

– Giorgio A. Tsoukalos
(Publisher, Legendary Times Magazine)

“A simple statistic shows that if we make contact with extraterrestrial civilization, we are the new kids on the block. We’re the ones who are at the back of the queue when it comes to intelligence. So, they’ll be teaching us stuff. We won’t have a great deal to teach them.”

Paul Davies, Ph.D. (Theoretical Physicist/Astrobiologist, ASU)

“There are a wide range of benefits that can be derived from accepting that we have neighbors in the galaxy that are visiting us. There are reports of medical treatments that have been performed for the benefit of several people who have had contact. There are advanced energy technologies. Reports are that some of these have been reverse-engineered already and are used in military craft. There are communications technology. So, really, any area of life that we have could be beneficially impacted by acknowledging that there are these other people out there that they have information, knowledge that they can share with us that would benefit us.”

Jeff Peckman (Political Activist / UFO Journalist)

“It’s going to depend how the discovery comes about. If, in fact, it’s a distant radio broadcast, we might expect one thing. If in fact, there’s some type of visitations that fits in with beliefs about UFOs, that might be something else. But on the whole, I think people are much more prepared for, shall we say ‘contact’ ”

– Albert A. Harrison, Ph.D.
(Prof. Emeritus of Social Psychology, UC Davis)

Many who believe contact with extraterrestrials is inevitable suggest governments need to prepare themselves. It’s a field of study known as “exopolitics.”

“Exopolitics poses the question: ‘What should our response be to that situation at a societal level?’ Not necessarily at a governmental level, but actually individuals – how can we reach out with the hand of friendship?”

Nick Pope (British Ministry of Defense, 1985-2006),

(Author, Open Skies, Closed Minds)

“Exopolitics has really been a grassroots movement of people concerned about this issue and want disclosure on the UFO subject, and also want to help organize people locally to get the information out to their governments and make this big change happen.”

– Dr. Steven M. Greer, MD
(Dir., The Disclosure Project / Dir., SiriusDisclosure)

But if we reach out in friendship, what guarantee do we have that it will be returned in kind? Many scientists, including famed theoretical physicist, Stephen Hawking, believe alien beings could pose a threat and suggest we do everything possible to prevent contact.

“If extraterrestrials, or aliens, were aggressive, were warlike, and they came here, is it a case where resistance is futile? How do you wipe out life on planet Earth? That’s easy – a plague. Simple – no UFOs, no scorching beams from the sky, no explosions, no Empire State Building collapsing, none of that. We can do that. Why can’t aliens do that?”

– Bill Birnes, J.D., Ph.D.
(Author / Publisher, UFO Magazine)

“To think that we would be able to come up with some type of a defense mechanism or have defenses against interstellar traveling society is ludicrous.”

– Giorgio A. Tsoukalos
(Publisher, Legendary Times Magazine)

Whether they came as friend or foe, if extraterrestrials did land somewhere in the United States, it’s possible the aliens would be greeted by government or military personnel wearing Hazmat suits and testing for harmful pathogens and radiation. Many conspiracy theorists suspect the government’s next step would be to cover up the visitation. They cite as evidence a reputed sighting that took place over Washington D.C. in 1952.

“In full view of the entire world, a squadron, a formation of UFOs buzzed Washington and fought our own F-93 jet fighters. General Samford willingly and deliberately – maybe on instructions from Harry Truman, who was president – lied to the American people.”

– Bill Birnes, J.D., Ph.D.
(Author / Publisher, UFO Magazine)

(video footage) General Samford: “We have received and analyzed between one and two thousand reports. Of this great mass of reports, we have been able, adequately, to explain the great bulk of them.”

“His own Captain Ruppelt, in his own book on flying saucers, says Samford was lying. We have the letter from the Air Force to Dean Condon, saying ‘Deep-six UFOs.’ So, have UFOs come to planet Earth in full view, have manifested themselves, have shown themselves? Yes. Did we see it? Yes. Was there a protocol for handling it? Yes. That protocol was called ‘deny.’ ”

– Bill Birnes, J.D., Ph.D.
(Author / Publisher, UFO Magazine)

But if an alien visitation proved undeniable, who might be chosen to then speak to those inside the spacecraft? Who could best represent all the nations and interests of Earth?

“If aliens do land on Earth, I think we should send our best world leaders who are the most open-minded and reasonable, but who also have the ability to defend themselves against those aliens.”

Sara Seager, Ph.D. (Prof. of Planetary Sciences, MIT)

“In my opinion, that’s one of the reasons we have a United Nations. Yes, it prevents wars and delivers food, but on the other hand, just imagine the Security Council itself convening to deal with aliens – an image on a big screen at the United Nations. The answer is I think it all happened back in the 1940s, and that was one of the reasons that Roosevelt and Eleanor Roosevelt pushed so hard for the formation of a United Nations to replace the League of Nations. Somebody had to confront the aliens.”

– Bill Birnes, J.D., Ph.D.
(Author / Publisher, UFO Magazine)

“The notion that our leaders – elected or otherwise – should speak on our behalf, I don’t necessarily think that makes sense. There are a lot of people who might have better ideas than the people who are in government. I’d like to see a profoundly democratic – with a small ‘d’ – unauthoritarian interaction with aliens.”

– Paul Levinson, Ph.D.
(Prof. of Media Studies, Fordham Univ.)

Currently, there are no known official protocols in place for an alien visitation. But there are those who think that contact with extraterrestrials is imminent, and that our world leaders must plan for the event now.

“We are not alone in the Universe. We have friends and relatives out there in the galaxies. And we need to take on this task, one way or the other, of just getting the job done, and getting to the point where we’re considering the practical details of interacting with these friends and neighbors out there.”

Jeff Peckman (Political Activist / UFO Journalist)

“Who is responsible for that relationship? Well, the State Department isn’t. The United Nations isn’t. And I think this is a very big problem. So, where there needs to be a diplomatic effort to make contact with these interstellar civilizations in such a way that it puts wiser people in charge of that.”

– Dr. Steven M. Greer, MD
(Dir., The Disclosure Project / Dir., SiriusDisclosure)

“Even if you don’t corporately believe in extraterrestrials, if you think the possibility of alien visitation is vanishingly small, the consequences if it does happen are immense, and therefore, it’s prudent to have something in place to deal with it.”

Nick Pope (British Ministry of Defense, 1985-2006),

(Author, Open Skies, Closed Minds)

“Personally, I think it would be very, very exciting. I mean, it would be just like the first time, you know, the explorers came from Europe to the Americas and discovered a whole new culture, and they had to interact. Hopefully, it won’t work out as some of the bad things that occurred then, it would be a more positive experience, and maybe we’ve learned from that and we can go forward.”

Michael Dennin, Ph.D.
(Physicist/Prof. of Physics & Astronomy, UC Irvine)

What would happen after any potential extraterrestrial contact is open to much speculation. But most people concede one thing: The world as we know it would change dramatically.

“The result would be that the fundamentalist orthodox belief systems of every organized religion on Earth would collapse. Meaning that it would really bring into question the origins of the human race, the Genesis stories and a whole lot of other issues.”

– Dr. Steven M. Greer, MD
(Dir., The Disclosure Project / Dir., SiriusDisclosure)

“The very structures of government and the very structures of religion will crumble.”

– Bill Birnes, J.D., Ph.D.
(Author / Publisher, UFO Magazine)

But in 2008, a stunning announcement was made from a very surprising source. Proof to some that miracles, like aliens, do indeed exist.

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