A wryly-named US organisation, the National Security Counselors, has begun firing Freedom of Information requests at military, government and intelligence agencies responsible for national security. Their aim is to:
acquire from the government material related to national security matters and distribute it to the public… and use this material in the creation of original publications discussing the respective subjects
And just look at one of the first questions asked by the NSC:
This is a request on behalf of National Security Counselors (“NSC”) under the Freedom of Information Act, 5 U.S.C. § 552, et seq., for copies of all Central Intelligence Agency (“CIA”) records discussing contingency plans for a “first contact” scenario with extraterrestrials. A “first contact” scenario is defined as any situation in which the U.S. government learns of the existence of extraterrestrial life (most likely because said extraterrestrials have announced their presence to the government) and has the capability to communicate with the extraterrestrials. This scenario would cover the situation of extraterrestrials attacking the United States, however unlikely that may be.
The text quoted here is from the CIA’s letter [PDF here], but the NSC have also approached NASA, the Air Force, the Army, The Navy, the DIA, the State Department, the Secretary of Defense and US Strategic Command.
This could be very interesting, especially given a passing comment in footnote 90 of Gerald Haines’ paper CIA’s Role in the Study of UFOs, 1947-90:A Die-Hard Issue published in 1997 in the CIA in-house journal Studies in Intelligence. The footnote reads:
The CIA reportedly is also a member of an Incident Response Team to investigate UFO landings, if one should occur. This team has never met.
So which other organisations are part of this Incident Response Team? Will NSC find out? Will the various agencies and departments co-ordinate their response? Might one of them slip up and tell us something we didn’t know?
For the record it’s a shame that NSC didn’t FOIA the Federal Emergency Management Agency. FEMA has approved the Fire Officer’s Guide to Disaster Control by William M. Kramer and Charles W. Bahme, which includes a whole chapter on what to do if a UFO crashes in your jurisdiction.
Near approaches of UFOs can be harmful to human beings. Do not stand under a UFO that is hovering at low altitude. Do not touch or attempt to touch a UFO that has landed. In either case the safe thing to do is to get away from there very quickly and let the military take over. There is a possibility of radiation danger and there are known cases where persons have been burned by rays emanating from UFOs. Don’t take chances with UFOs!
In view of the federal law (cited earlier) empowering NASA’s administrator to impound, without a hearing, anyone who touches a UFO or its occupants. it would be inadvisable to make personal contact unless you are willing to submit to NASA’s quarantine requirements, should the law be invoked.
Any documents received by the National Security Counselors will be made available in their Document Vault. I for one remain ever optimistic, but I won’t be holding my breath.