Do you have any documentary evidence for that claim? I know there is a list of 
people who get called if a major discovery is made but the government aren't on 
it but I doubt the government could keep it quiet even if they wanted to. The 
biggest worry when announcing a discovery of alien life is if they get it wrong 
and it turns out to be a non-intelligent natural phenomena like pulsars or 
something strange like that.

 I suppose whoever the astronomer royal is will get a nod and inform the 
government but the church will have to just cope somehow, it isn't like the old 
days when people really believed them ahead of the scientists and to remain 
credible they've had to go back on so much of the dogma there isn't much left 
for their gods to do anyway. The Muslims seem unreformed enough that they might 
find it hard to cope that they aren't anything special in god's eyes.

If a message from the stars is received I'd be tempted to sit on it until it's 
decoded to see if it's a threat, "We'll be their in five of your Earth years. 
Be afraid." Is the sort of thing that you might want a contingency plan for. I 
can't see the government doing anything other than fuck it all up though. 
Unless we get the slick and sophisticated shadow government involved, if they 
can bring down the WTC without anyone noticing they might just be good enough 

---In, <noozguru@...> wrote :

 However NASA was advised at the beginning of our space age to be careful if 
they discover any evidence of intelligent life especially things like alien 
space craft or outposts.  So don't count on hearing from them any time soon 
about anything they find along that line or have already found.  The fear is it 
would cause upheaval from religious institutions who believe that some magic 
man in the sky invented things just 6000 years ago.
 On 10/13/2014 02:01 PM, anartaxius@... mailto:anartaxius@... [FairfieldLife] 

 Not a very good source of information here. NASA indeed thinks that life could 
have originated on Mars in the past, and possibly still exists today, but it 
would be micro-organisms, like bacteria. Temperatures on Mars range from  about 
20°C to below -100°C, averaging somewhere in the neighbourhood of -40°C most of 
the time. It is a frozen desert now. The life they expect they could find would 
be something like the micro-organisms found in the dry valleys in Antarctica, 
which live inside of rocks slightly beneath the rock's exterior surfaces. More 
likely, were signs of life to be found, it would be fossil evidence of life 
from the distant past when Mars had more atmosphere and surface water.
<jr_esq@...> mailto:jr_esq@... wrote :

 The NASA chief recently stated that there may be life forms that exist on Mars 
today.  Here's the link:



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