White House Tells Us No Alien Visits, No UFO Cover-Up

For some reason, the White House decided to issue a statement about extraterrestrials last week:

The White House has responded to two petitions asking the U.S. government to acknowledge formally that aliens have visited Earth and to disclose any intentional withholding of government interactions with extraterrestrial beings.

“The U.S. government has no evidence that any life exists outside our planet, or that an extraterrestrial presence has contacted or engaged any member of the human race,” Phil Larson from the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy reported on the WhiteHouse.gov website.”In addition, there is no credible information to suggest that any evidence is being hidden from the public’s eye.”

Of course, if there was a cover-up, that’s exactly what they’d say, isn’t it?

Paging Fox Mulder.

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Doug Mataconis
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Doug Mataconis held a B.A. in Political Science from Rutgers University and J.D. from George Mason University School of Law. He joined the staff of OTB in May 2010 and contributed a staggering 16,483 posts before his retirement in January 2020. He passed far too young in July 2021.


  1. Lomax says:

    To answer the petitions, they (the government) could simply release thousands of documents from the ’50’s to the 90’s (as long as they don’t compromise national security or someone’s life) and let a group of citizens/ufo scientists go through Hangar 18 and Area 51. This would satisfy anyone’s curiosity and should answer most ufo questions. I, for one, feel that much has been covered up and kept in secret, including the infamous “meteorite” from Kecksburg. If anyone sees a ufo incident, do not call the military or government: call the local news media first.

  2. Ernieyeball says:

    I will acknowledge evidence for Outer Space Aliens when somebody brings me one. Just one…alive!

  3. Ernieyeball says:

    The same degree of evidence applies to invisible angels.

  4. grumpy realist says:

    @Lomax: Yeah, we saw that with the whole Obama birth certificate fiasco. Just as soon as the long form got released, we’ll be satisfied, pleasepleaseplease. The birthers swore up down and sideways that They Would Be Satisfied just as they got one blink at that Great Goal, the Long Form. Obama releases the long form. Immediately: accusations of forgery, claims that Obama is the son of Malcolm X, the whole continuous basket of crispy birfer nitwittedness. Which those of us on the side of reality had predicted in the beginning.

    The release of data debunking a conspiracy never satisfies the believers in the conspiracy; it simply provides them with a larger set of people supposedly members of the conspiracy.

  5. Lomax says:

    @grumpy realist: Yeh – you are probably right about that, but it would be interesting reading material for the rest of us. Buried in that stuff might be something about Oswald or some other mysteries, including the infamous Bermuda Triangle. One thing can lead you somewhere else.

  6. Ernieyeball says:

    @Doug Mataconis: I’m pretty sure Mars is in Pennsylvania. I think this replicant is from Ohio.

  7. grumpy realist says:

    @Lomax: I don’t know you. You may fall in the small percentage of citizens who, after looking at tons of documentation indicating nothing and going through a series of empty hangers out at area 51, would have the class and the guts and the humility to say: “the government was right and I was wrong. There’s nothing here out of the ordinary.” But I guarantee that 99% of UFO devotees would refuse to accept any information showing that there really was nothing out of the ordinary and would continue to scream that there’s been a bloody cover-up. At this point it has nothing to do with proving reality; it’s a question of faith.

    (And as for me, I continue to believe that the hoo-rah that started this whole fuss was a bunch of high-altitude weather balloons that crashed. Remember, extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence. And the people least likely to report UFOs are astronomers.)

  8. grumpy realist says:

    @Lomax: Suggest you read Martin Gardner’s Fads and Fallacies–I think that’s where he debunks the whole Bermuda Triangle schtick. (First of all, most of the accidents labeled as having happened in the Bermuda Triangle didn’t.)

    I did read somewhere that one explanation was volcanic vents on the floor emitting a lot of gas. Ships aren’t very floatable when you get a large bubble of gas underneath them….

  9. Dave Schuler says:

    How do they explain Dennis Kucinich?

  10. matlivo says:

    nothing to see..??!

    you’ve got to be kidding.
    (if you are learned that is; otherwise you can be forgiven for your almost perfectly understandable skepticism due to the nonsense/guff tainting the subject)

    if you wish to be learned..
    read two of keyhoe’s books
    -“the flying saucers are real” 1950
    -“flying saucers from outer space”, 1953.

    -project “saucer”‘s april 1949 press release/admissions

    -general twining’s 1947 memorandum,

    and watch this (it is a 1956 documentary/recreation of events)

    and now you are learned, and like me have about half a chance of knowing what you are talking about.

    till then, you are misinformed, and disinformed.

  11. James H says:

    “White House Conceals Evidence of Illegal Aliens.”

  12. OzarkHillbilly says:

    @Dave Schuler:

    How do they explain Dennis Kucinich?

    Or my ex?

  13. Linton says:

    Did anyone catch that recent Area 51 book by the LA Times journalist? The surgically altered Mengele children crashing in Roswell in a Soviet saucer theory. The book intrigued me, but that was a little much for me.