Last week the CIA officially announced that Area 51 exists. Wow! Where is the surprise? Pictures of the area have existed for a long time. It has been rumored to be the home of everything from advanced avionics research include spy plane and stealth technology to the home of alien spaceships and even captured or voluntarily visiting aliens. So what did they really tell us that was new? Nothing. Of course they hope that everyone believes them just we all believe that the government would never spy on citizens or that universal health care will be cheaper or that they target political groups or that they allow US citizens abroad to die without at least attempting to save them or even the biggest lie, “I’m from the government and I’m here to help you.”
Of course the press made it sound like such a great revelation that Area 51 really exists. One thing you can believe, if anything ever was beyond top secret at Area 51 it has long been moved to another location and there is nothing left to see in Area 51. Of course they will still keep up appearances and run off anyone that comes near the area just to keep up appearances. In all likelihood, any top secret projects (including any alien spacecraft or even aliens themselves) have been relocated to a more secure area that is not under surveillance by UFO hunters or the curiosity seekers.
Of course Nevada, Arizona, and New Mexico are pretty big states with lots of open area with nothing around for miles. Large military bases are scattered across all of these states and a ‘new’ secret area could be anywhere, maybe even those large bunkers in part of Nevada near where nuclear weapons were tested. Or maybe those were just bunkers for the testers. In any case, it might not even be in those three states. It might be in Colorado, Montana, Idaho or deep in the abandoned mines of Appalachia.
Just because there is nothing to see in Area 51 now does not mean that there never was. The only real question is whether anything that was ever there came from somewhere other than this planet. The problem is that the government has lost so much credibility that even if they came out and said they had aliens, people would think that they were just making it up to feed the egos of the UFO hunters and believers.
All this clouds the real issue as to whether there is other life in the universe. Growing up, anyone who believed that there was life on other planets was considered a little crazy. One scientist even postulated that even if there was only one other advanced life form in our galaxy and if it had developed a mere million years ahead of us (which is nothing on a cosmological scale) that they would have by now spread throughout the galaxy and would have contacted us or conquered us or eaten us.
Others believe in the Star Trek based Prime Directive which prohibits the Federation from contacting civilizations that have not at least developed warp travel under the theory that until they develop warp travel, they will never get to another star system anyway much less one with life. But more recently the real world of astronomy has been rocked by the ‘discovery’ of planets revolving around dozens of local stars. Some of these planets are theorized to be within the star’s habitable zone. Our abilities to determine the chemical signature of these planets is still not refined enough to tell us whether any of these newly discovered worlds have gases in their atmosphere that would indicate some type of life on them. Still, the ability to detect those chemical signatures is not too far off.
So what happens if (or when) we discover other life in our galaxy? What will that do to society? Will religion collapse as we know it or will religion adapt to the fact that “my father has many rooms in his house” (John 14:2) meaning that there are many habitable planets in the universe. In fact, the Vatican has stated that aliens do exist on other planets and they are all part of God’s greater plan. HHhmmm, wonder how they know that?
So if aliens exist, the next big question is where are they which is quickly followed by what will they do? Again science fiction has given us a lot of different possibilities which we do not have time to go into here. Check out the Internet on this topic for the various possibilities. Maybe we are not interesting enough. Maybe we have nothing to offer the galactic confederacy. Maybe they are waiting to see if we can get past our violent stage. Maybe compared to them, we are as unintelligent as we think animals are compared to us. So why aren’t we their pets? Or is that what the alien abductions are?
As you can see, it is too easy to come up with conspiracy theories about what the government isn’t telling us when they wait years to tell us a secret that we already all know about. So, to the CIA, thanks for nothing. When lies are built on top of lies surrounded by lies and filled with deception, where do we go from here? And maybe that is the real reason the aliens will not welcome us into their little group.
C’ya next time.