Friday, November 4, 2011

White House Responds to Extraterrestrial Petition

At 6:55 PM EST, November 4, the White House released through its "We the People" program an official response to the Extraterrestrial Disclosure petition on the White House website. The "We the People" program was started by the Obama administration as a way for the average U.S. citizen to raise questions about current issues to the government to get answers. Anyone can login to the White House website and create a petition. If the petition receives enough signatures from other site visitors, the White House has promised to review it and release an official answer.

There have been two petitions on the White House website related to the presence of extraterrestrial life and the U.S. government's supposed knowledge of this presence. One was posted by Stephen Bassett of the Paradigm Research Group on September 22 asking the President to "formally acknowledge an extraterrestrial presence engaging the human race and immediately release into the public domain all files from all agencies and military services relevant to this phenomenon." (Source 1)

The second was posted by Craig C. on the same day asking the government to relinquish allegedly suppressed information from communication with extraterrestrials. (Source 2) While the latter only received 5,387--more than the original goal of 5,000 signatures, but less than the current goal of 25,000--the former received over 12,000 signatures; over 10,000 of these were prior to the goal being changed!

The response was issued by Phil Larson of the Office of Science and Technology Policy at the White House. While the contents are not particularly exciting for the extraterrestrial disclosure community, it is one of several in-depth replies the White House has finally released to petitions. Mr. Larson explains that the government currently has no knowledge of any extraterrestrial life, but he goes on to explain all the efforts that the U.S. is currently engaged in to find extraterrestrial life. He also discusses the likelihood of extraterrestrial life and the probability of contact. (Source 3) This response was posted on the White House website, and it was emailed to those who signed the petitions.

For many this response changes nothing; the disclosure community will largely interpret this as further avoidance of the issue--or as proof of the fact that the secret organizations responsible for hiding the evidence shield it from even the eyes of the White House. However, the fact that this and other detailed responses have finally been issued to "We the People" petitions is a big step for the program. The White House has shown that they are willing to keep their word and provide insightful responses to the issues that citizens care about.