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Skeptic. 1 If we are being visited by other-worldly beings in flying saucers, then the government, who surely would know about it, has been covering it up. 2 If they're covering it up, they must have a reason to do so. 3 But there's no conceivable reason why they would cover it up--to the contrary, since it would be the greatest discovery in the history of science, NASA would be elated--they'd go to congress and get more funding. 4 So, the government isn't covering up any visitation by any exotic, otherworldly beings. [2, 3 MT]   5 And therefore, we are not being visited by other-worldly beings in flying saucers [1, 5 MT] [from an argument advanced by Michael Shermer]

Believer.   6 People have suggested possible reasons for the cover-up. Here's a list:

A.  7 The government would want to figure out how the saucers work so that they might duplicate them. But since they don't want enemy nations duplicating them, they keep what they learn secret.

B.   8 The government would want to figure out how the saucers work so that they might protect the U.S. against enemy nations that are duplicating the alien technology--again, the U.S. would want to keep what it learns secret, so as not to assist enemy efforts.

C.  9 If the government made an announcement, if there was disclosure, some people might "lose it," they would be psychologically damaged by the knowledge. Or, there could be panic.

D.  10 The stock market, reacting to the public mood of uncertainty that would result from disclosure, would plunge.

E.  11 People would begin to see themselves as citizens of the Earth, rather than as Americans. But the American government wants to foster nationalism.

F.  12 Some religious fundamentalists have proclaimed that humans are the universe's only sentient race, and that flying saucers can only be the work of the devil. Their ministries, it is said, would suffer from disclosure--many of these leaders are politically powerful, and might influence the government's decision to cover up the facts.

G.  13 Any government announcement would entail an admission that the government has been lying for decades--they would not want to admit that.

H.  14 Disclosure might lead to alien technologies inspiring new methods in the areas of transportation, energy, communication, etc.--new developments that could give rise to overly rapid economic changes and thus economic chaos.

I.  15 If the U.S. military had over the years made efforts to shoot those craft down, but had lost aircraft and pilots in the attempts, the government might not want the public to know how useless our weapons are against alien technology.

I find most interesting the following possibility:

J.  16 It seems clear that if the aliens are here, then they want to do their work in secret (or, perhaps more accurately, they want to have control over who knows about them). It seems reasonable to suppose, then, that the aliens themselves have coerced the government, in one way or another, to impose a coverup.


[Much of this list is taken from Stanton Friedman's "The UFO Why Questions."]





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