Extraterrestrials in the news!

By Steve Hammons

Recent news and related accounts such as those described in the online article “Human-looking ETs secretly in U.S.?” (above report), seem to have resonated with many people.

Factors involved in the apparent large amount of interest probably include statements by astrophysicist Stephen Hawking on the potential hazards of contacting extraterrestrials.

His comments in a Discovery Channel documentary program have been covered by many journalists and media platforms.

Recent news articles about the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI) program have also probably provided synergy regarding interest in this topic.

And, NASA recently held an open teleconference on astrobiology, the science of the search for extraterrestrial life. NASA has several projects on the drawing board to expand the search for extraterrestrial life.

Additionally, other scientists, experts and interested people have weighed in on this fascinating topic.
PUBLIC SAFETY AND PREPAREDNESS

Is the apparent convergence of these and other current events some kind of “synchronicity” – seeming coincidences that actually have connections, meaning and intelligence? This possibility might be worth considering.

There might also be an education or preparedness plan of sorts in the works.

Many individuals and groups are interested in greater understanding and the availability of information about the possibility or probability that we have been visited by extraterrestrial and/or extra-dimensional intelligent beings, cultures and civilizations.

Bringing more appropriate information on these kinds of topics into the public media and public consciousness may have some benefits, and some drawbacks.

Anxiety or concerns about extraterrestrial visitors, famously evidenced in the 1930 “War of the Worlds” radio show that caused widespread panic in the U.S., are and should be a legitimate concern.

As noted in the 1992 firefighter training manual Fire Officer’s Guide to Disaster Control, psychological impacts of UFOs and related phenomena are a major hazard involved in public safety.

The authors of Fire Officer’s Guide to Disaster Control point out that “one of the reasons often cited for the tight secrecy on government UFO research findings is the need to prevent the possible panic that a revelation of the truth might arouse.”

Additionally, the Fire Officer’s Guide states that secrecy seems to cut both ways.

“One reason given is that military intelligence may view the UFOs as a tool of either a known or unknown potential enemy. If these vehicles prove evasive and surreptitious, all the more reason to suspect them… the probability looms large that the minds behind these vehicles may well be gathering intelligence of their own.”

“Another reason for secrecy may lie in the hope of obtaining knowledge relating to advanced propulsion methods and anti-gravity systems before other potential enemies on Earth may acquire it. Hence, though many nations are secretly investigating UFOs, they are reluctant to share their findings,” according to the Fire Officer’s Guide.

The authors also point out that,

“… if the apparent visits by alien beings and their space vehicles should pose any type of threat, it will, as always, be the fire service that is called upon to provide the first line of life-saving defense and disaster mitigation.”

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