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by David Cassel        December 10, 2017        (thenewstack.io)

• China is building the world’s most powerful radio telescope, with the hopes that it could find evidence for life on other planets. The five-hundred-meter (five football fields wide) Aperture Spherical Radio Telescope (or FAST) will also be able to hear aircraft-radar waves. This is but one of a growing number of radio observatories in Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa that will cooperate on space research.
• What happens if the Chinese actually do hear something? International protocols require the disclosure of first contact, but this is a non-binding protocol. China could make such an alien signal a state secret.
• If we do get an alien signal, how should we reply? Stephen Hawking says that we should be wary of answering back at all. NASA has already been broadcasting signals out into space. The most recent was on September 5, 2017 which stated: “We offer friendship across the stars. You are not alone.”
• Quoting from the original article from The Atlantic, “No civilization could last tens of millions of years without learning to live in peace internally.” “Anyone we make contact with will almost certainly be older, and perhaps wiser.” “We may be humbled to one day find ourselves joined, across the distance of stars, to a more ancient web of minds, fellow travelers in the long journey of time.”


China is well underway on building the world’s most powerful radio telescope, with the hopes that it could find evidence for life on other planets, noted a new article in the Atlantic, “What Happens If China Makes First Contact?”

The facility’s chief scientist has pointed out proudly that “We look for not only television signals but also atomic bomb signals. We’ll give full play to our imaginations when processing the signals… as we don’t know what an alien is like.”

China’s Five-hundred-meter Aperture Spherical radio Telescope (or FAST) will also be able to hear aircraft-radar waves, according to the Atlantic, or another “fading artifact of a civilization’s first blush with radio technology” in its ongoing search of “tens of thousands” of star systems.

The Atlantic describes the telescope, nestled in the Karst mountains, as “a radical expansion of the human search for the cosmic other.” The site’s senior science and technology editor ponders the massive human construct that would listen for aliens: “Five football fields wide, and deep enough to hold two bowls of rice for every human being on the planet, it was a genuine instance of the technological sublime.”

Of course, China isn’t the only country involved in the hunt for alien life. The article cites a growing number of radio observatories that will cooperate on research, including new space observatories in Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa. Russian billionaire Yuri Milner also invested $100 million in a new program in 2015. The article suggests that through this ongoing effort, “we may come to know a new metaphysics,” as it reaches its grand conclusion. “We may be humbled to one day find ourselves joined, across the distance of stars, to a more ancient web of minds, fellow travelers in the long journey of time.”

The Atlantic piece argues that researchers from SETI Institute, an organization entirely dedicated to searching for life elsewhere in the universe, have taken the search to the next level, becoming “philosophers of the future.”

They have tried to imagine what technologies an advanced civilization might use, and what imprints those technologies would make on the observable universe. They have figured out how to spot the chemical traces of artificial pollutants from afar. They know how to scan dense star fields for giant structures designed to shield planets from a supernova’s shock waves.

Although not everyone is so optimistic we will find anyone out there…

The Fermi Paradox

The SETI Institute also has a whole page dedicated to “the Fermi Paradox,” named after the nuclear physicist “best remembered for building a working atomic reactor in a squash court.” Given the age of the universe — ample time for leaving some sign of existence — Fermi had asked the question: where is everybody? Why are there no signs, anywhere, of alien lifeforms, given this vast universe, and a vast scale of time?

Counter-arguments have been proposed — for example, that “early extinction could be the cosmic default for life in the universe” because the earliest habitable conditions for any planet also tend to be unstable. Another theory says we’re just too early in the dawn of the universe to see other advanced civilizations. Others argue we’re too late — that advanced civilizations invariably extinguish themselves. Or maybe the relics that aliens left behind are the laws of physics embedded in our reality.

There’s even been some discussion of a “postbiological artificial intelligence that had taken control of its planet.” (The Atlantic argues that “Maybe the self-replicating machinery required to spread rapidly across 100 billion stars would be doomed by runaway coding errors.”) And this is where theories become indistinguishable from science fiction.

It might have transformed its entire planet into a supercomputer, and, according to a trio of Oxford researchers, it might find the current cosmos too warm for truly long-term, energy-efficient computing. It might cloak itself from observation, and power down into a dreamless sleep lasting hundreds of millions of years, until such time when the universe has expanded and cooled to a temperature that allows for many more epochs of computing.

Famed Chinese science fiction writer Liu Cixin shares a similar theory with The Atlantic: that the absence of signals just means extraterrestrial civilizations are really good at hiding. An older civilization would, after all these years, surely know by now the risks of making contact. Cixin believes that no alien civilization would ever send a beacon — unless it was a “death monument” announcing their civilization’s impending extinction.

Can we even be sure we’d recognize signals from a civilization that’s had billions of more years to evolve?

And yet, we search…

Beyond Contact

So what happens if these researchers actually do hear something? First, there’s the prosaic answer. “International protocols require the disclosure of first contact,” reports The Atlantic. But then there’s an important caveat: these protocols “are nonbinding.”

Maybe China would go public with the signal but withhold its star of origin, lest a fringe group send Earth’s first response. Maybe China would make the signal a state secret. Even then, one of its international partners could go rogue. Or maybe one of China’s own scientists would convert the signal into light pulses and send it out beyond the great firewall, to fly freely around the messy snarl of fiber-optic cables that spans our planet.

But beyond that, there’s already a surprising amount of serious consideration being given to the inevitable follow-up question: if aliens do contact us, how should we reply? Science fiction writer Cixin advises humankind not to detail our own history to the aliens, because “It’s very dark. It might make us appear more threatening.” The Atlantic editor counters that aliens may already have spotted the flash of our atomic weapons, adding “The decision about whether to reveal our history might not be ours to make.”



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On October 31, an alleged communication was released from an extraterrestrial group calling itself the Intergalactic Board of Council regarding the Puu Oo lava flow in the Puna region of the Big Island of Hawaii and its connection with First Contact. Major national news outlets have covered the lava flow which is poised to cut through the town of Pahoa, and flow soon after over Route 130, the major roadway connecting lower Puna to the rest of the Big Island. If the lava flow continues on to the ocean, which is a distinct possibility, the only access to the lower Puna region will eventually be through Chain of Craters road which is currently being rebuilt in case Puna is cut off. Chain of Craters road runs through the Volcano National Park which puts it under U.S. Federal jurisdiction in terms of who will have access into and out of lower Puna. This is a significant fact when it comes to the possibility that lower Puna will be a location where extraterrestrial First Contact will allegedly occur, making possible the creation of a model society for the rest of Hawaii, and the planet.

First it will be useful to explain a little about the Intergalactic Board of Council which has previously issued what it calls “communiques” through Gesanna, an individual chosen by the Council as their “oracle.” The October 31 communication is the 20th in series that began in early 2013, and is available for free on the website, Contact2Ascension.com. The messages have been psychically received by Gesanna, either through automatic writing or telepathic means. In a previous article I have commented on the importance and relevance of Gesanna’s communications which are worth considering, especially given what is happening with the Puu Oo lava flow and the changes it is bringing to the lower Puna region.

The October 31 Communique begins with Gesanna receiving information regarding the flow and how it will impact on her own home which is in the projected lava path. The communique claims that while a secret government cabal has been trying to influence the lava flow through technological means, the flow is essentially being directed by natural Earth changes, which for native Hawaiians is represented by Pele, goddess of volcanoes. The end result has been foreseen by the Intergalactic Board of Council as lower Puna being eventually cut off, and becoming an island within an island. This is where things become interesting since the Council claims that it will play a role in First Contact happening, and lower Puna becoming a model society for the rest of the planet to emulate as it sees fit.

It is worth pointing out that by “First Contact,” what is meant is that contact with extraterrestrial visitors occurs for a whole community, that is then able to transmit this information through modern communication technologies to the rest of the planet. While contact with extraterrestrials has been occurring since the Second World War era, this has always happened with select individuals that have been deliberately discredited, and/or secret government organizations that have kept such information highly classified. The planet’s population has been kept largely ignorant of these previous extraterrestrial contact events which are described in the book, Galactic Diplomacy: Getting to Yes with ET. Consequently, events predicted to occur in lower Puna represent a First Contact event that potentially impacts the whole planet.

The October 31 Communique also mentions other significant recent developments such as the creation of a Hawaii Star Visitor Sanctuary in the lower Puna area called Kalapana. The Intergalactic Board of Council says that the Sanctuary will be the primary location for First Contact to occur. What makes the Council’s message especially significant here is that the dedication and opening ceremony for the Hawaii Star Visitor Sanctuary occurred on June 27, 2014. That very evening, some of the more than 200 people who attended the ceremony saw major flashes of light at the Puu Oo crater, which is a major vent of Kilauea Volcano. Those flashes of light were the start of the new lava flow currently affecting Puna which was named by the U.S. Geological Survey, the June 27 lava flow.  This is a remarkable fact. It is more than coincidental that a major lava flow affecting the entire Puna region occurred the same day that a Sanctuary aiming to facilitate First Contact was dedicated and opened.

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Significantly, the only access road into the lower Puna region, if and when it is cut off, Chain of Craters road, will be controlled by U.S. Federal Government authorities through the National Parks Service. This prediction really impressed me when reading the latest Intergalactic Board of Council communication. The National Park Service had indeed already announced that it will limit access to Chain of Crater’s road, once it is open, to lower Puna residents only. If First Contact was to occur in Kalapana, lower Puna, then it would be predictable that elements of the U.S. Government would want a means of exerting influence over what they would probably regard as an “experiment.”

If the Intergalactic Board of Council is correct in its predictions that lower Puna is destined to be cut off, and First Contact will occur there, then that will certainly create the conditions for a model society to be created. Such a society could indeed transform the rest of the Hawaiian Islands, and eventually the planet. Many of the predicted events in this latest Council communication are yet to happen, but it is worth keeping these in minds as the June 27 lava flow slowly winds its way to whatever its final destination. If the lava flow does indeed cut off lower Puna, and it becomes an island within an island, with remote access, then it would be feasible for extraterrestrials to make open contact for the first time with an entire community. First Contact would not only transform the people and area of lower Puna, but the rest of the planet.

About Time: First Contact Planning Revealed in FOI Request
“As mankind continues to advance and head out into the stars we are undoubtedly going to attract the attention of whatever lifeforms are out there. I’m curious to know what provisions have been put in place for our inevitable encounter.”

A recent F.O.I.A. request may have given us a glimmer of hope that some regional authorities are actually examining one of the truly pressing issues of our current era. Now if I was writing this as one of the many news outlets that  covered the discovery of the request, you’d assume there was a hint of disbelief or sarcasm in that last statement but there isn’t.

Why? – Because assuming life doesn’t exist elsewhere is these days along the lines of assuming we still live on the flat earth.

Put the doubts and the odd snigger [you’re not alone in feeling some discomfort about this issue!]  aside for one moment and let’s consider why the staff at Glasgow’s regional government may well be ahead of everyone else in the  civil authority system.

Firstly, the debate is now more or less done on the issue of life outside our planetary boundary. In the media and with friends meeting at a local bar, you struggle to find anyone holding a firm position that we’re a sole, unique [and thus rather arrogant] species. Secondly, the spread of networked media and youtube has allowed people to see over-whelming evidence of craft making  constant visits, akin to ‘ET anthropological tourism‘, over every region of the earth. Both standard and night vision high definition cameras provide almost real time exposure to the phenomenon – especially via sites like Google, where this area rates second only to you-know-what in search popularity.

So Glasgow Council, having been wise enough to consider the possibility of these visiting intelligences appearing in the next 5 years, far from being kooky – I’d suggest have instead been eminently pragmatic. One could suggest of course it’s a little late, along with the rest of our representative structures who fail to grasp the urgency of such formal preparation. Additionally globally agreed policy in the form of the 1967 Outer Space Treaty suggests that civil structures are aware of and conform to issues of this nature.

Who Speaks for Planet Earth?  Comments on the discussions of a recent committee at the Royal Society

At national and global level the issue of ET contact and what to do about it gets pretty complex to decipher. We have a bizarre quagmire of full-on disinformation, covert agencies obsessed with the whole process and most bog-standard politicians being either oblivious or too afraid for their career prospects to mention it. All this in the face of a recent disclosure that several US Presidents were deeply engaged with the extraterrestrial process, something that’s been discussed for decades outside the lime-light of the dominant media.

This issue refuses to go away of course – and most of us who’ve been watching things for a few years know it’s the biggest issue yet to be formally acknowledged. Part of that process of formal acknowledgement was forced onto the agenda in 2001 by the now multi-million viewed Disclosure Project and a current similar approach is under-way via the PRG’s Citizen Hearing.

In Britain –  the last few years have seen the case of Gary McKinnon reach both front page news regularly and even a WhiteHouse discussion between Obama and the UK Prime Minister. A little more below the radar we’ve also seen meetings held at the Royal Society  and in recent years several large scale global “preparedness” type events.

The tone of the submitted FOIA application itself summed up the significant interest in this area, which also led to the UK MoD having to stage-release its library of UFO files via the National Archives in the last few years:

“As mankind continues to advance and head out into the stars we are undoubtedly going to attract the attention of whatever lifeforms are out there. I’m curious to know what provisions have been put in place for our inevitable encounter.”

US Pilot ordered to shoot down huge UFO over UK: Military groups are repeatedly documented as stating these objects have ‘no defence significance’ ?

Glasgow City Council has released a highly detailed response as to how it would deal with an extra-terrestrial encounter and although the authority does not expect to contend with the issue during “the next five years”, a “warm and peaceful welcome” was said to await any non-hostile aliens.

Responding to a request under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act, the council told a curious member of the public that information on the authority’s provisions for an “inevitable encounter” was in fact not held.

But staff actually went to the trouble of reconsidering “the likelihood of the council making contact with aliens”.

In his near 1,000 word response, Dr Kenneth Meechan, the authority’s head of information governance, said that the legal framework regarding making contact with extraterrestrial life forms was “not entirely clear”.

The council considered itself “morally bound” by the principles set out in Outer Space Treaty of 1967. But this agreement was “silent on the question of making contact with extraterrestrials” and so the council would “in the unlikely event that it first detects signals from intelligent extraterrestrial life” seek to comply with protocols issued by the SETI Committee of the International Academy of Astronautics.

The UK government had however not included alien contact in its list of mandatory risks to be assessed under the Civil Contingencies Act and so the council had “not identified this as likely to happen within the next five years”.

Reassessing the likelihood of an encounter in direct response to the FoI request, the council said it continued to be of the view that it was unlikely to be the agency to make the breakthrough for several reasons.

Contact was most likely to be made through radio communication and the council did not own or control any radio telescopes. One of the authority’s secondary schools did however have a “large aerial of unknown providence”. “But if this is capable of acting as a radio telescope, we are not presently using it,” the council insisted.

If first contact was made through a landing on earth the council said on a statistical basis aliens were unlikely to “initially land in Glasgow”. “The council… covers around 0.008 per cent of the world’s population and 0.00003 per cent of the total surface of the earth/ 0.00012 per cent of the land area,” it said.

Nevertheless Meechan did say that Glasgow was a “vibrant and exciting city for visitors and has been awarded any number of accolades by national and international travel guides”.

“We are sure that any (non-hostile) alien visitors would want to include Glasgow in their list of places to visit, and we can assure them of a warm and peaceful welcome.”

Article: David Griffin MSc, UK Exopolitics Initiative – davID@exopolitics.org.uk


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Sources: UK FOIA archive: http://www.foiman.com/archives/751 and http://www.publicservice.co.uk/news_story.asp?id=22132 

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