Tuesday, 28 July 2015

Mac's UFO News Is Currently Closed


By Mac

Due to the lack of views on the Season 4 Trailer video I have decided to put season 4 on the back burner and take a break from the UFO Field in general untill 2016.  (I may also look at the formatt).

The site will remain on line for the next four months and will then probably go private just prior to Christmas.
The reason for this is to make private all inclusions into the 2016 Season 4 webcast.  Plus time is always an issue these days. This way I can dedicate myself to a much more comprehensive webcast without the destraction of  a weekly news distribution..

Should any of you need me you know how to cantact me, my sincere best to you all - now & always!

Friday, 19 June 2015

Six states report 257 April cases 2014


By Roger Marsh

The National UFO ALERT Rating System has been updated for May 2014, with California, Florida, Texas, Pennsylvania, Ohio and Michigan moving to a UFO Alert 3 as the highest reporting states with 25 or more cases during the month of April 2014, filed with the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON).
California was the leading high-reporting state in April with 80 cases, down from 103 March cases, 59 February cases, and 102 January cases. Those states in a UFO Alert 4 category with 13 or more reports include: New York, Missouri, Arizona, New Jersey, North Carolina, Washington, Nevada, Oregon, and Colorado.
All other states move to a UFO Alert 5 category with lower numbers of UFO activity. The Watch States – with 10 or more cases – are Georgia, Indiana, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Alabama, Tennessee and Illinois.
MUFON released April statistics May 1, where the total number of reported UFO sightings is listed by state. The UFO Examiner uses these statistics to rate states. The entire country was moved back to the lowest alert level – UFO Alert 5.
California takes the lead with 80 cases; Florida, 57; Texas, 37; Pennsylvania, 33; Ohio, 25; and Michigan, 25.
Those states with 13 or more reports, the next reporting tier level, are a UFO Alert 4 status: New York; 23; Missouri, 21; Arizona, 21; New Jersey, 19; North Carolina, 18; Washington, 17; Nevada, 16; Oregon, 15; and Colorado, 15.
Our Watch States this month are – with 10 reports or more: Georgia, 12; Indiana, 12; Massachusetts, 11; Minnesota, 11; Alabama, 10; Tennessee, 10; and Illinois, 10.
The sphere remains the most-reported UFO shape with 150 cases, up from 131 March cases, 91 February cases; and 240 January cases. Other shape reports include: Triangle, 83; Other, 65; Star-like, 65; Circle, 57; Disc, 56; Oval, 39; Unknown, 39; Cigar, 29; Boomerang, 28; Fireball, 24; N/A, 23; Cylinder, 15; Diamond, 12; Egg, 7; Chevron, 6; Teardrop, 6; Saturn-like, 6; Cone, 4; Flash, 4; Blimp, 3; Cross, 2; and Bullet/Missile, 1.
The object’s distance from the witness includes: Less than 100 feet, 137 cases; 101 to 500 feet, 115 cases; 501 feet to one mile, 165 cases; over one mile, 184 cases; unknown, 219; and no value stated, 22.
In addition, there were “21 landings, hovering, or takeoffs reported and 1 entity observed.”
The most interesting UFO reports do not necessarily come from high reporting states – but those states with higher numbers do account for some of the most interesting evidence to study. While UFO sightings seem to pop up randomly around the country, this list is meant to offer a small insight into where Americans are filing reports.

Kecksburg Volunteer Fire Department UFO Festival to mark 50th anniversary of UFO incident


By  Marcus Schneck

Kecksburg, a tiny village 30 miles southeast of Pittsburgh, will celebrate the 50th anniversary of a UFO incident there with the 10th annual Kecksburg Volunteer Fire Departtment UFO Festival Friday through Sunday, July 24-26.

The festival, some of which is unrelated to UFOs and could be transplanted to any small community in Pennsylvania, nevertheless has been named one of the top 40 festivals in the region by Pittsburgh Magazine.

Friday evening will see the fire company social hall, where the UFO Store is maintained in a small room off the bar room, will see exhibits by UFO and Bigfoot investigators mixed with a craft, woodworking and jewelry show. Outside the social hall will be additional food vendors, exhibitors and carnival games.

Among the UFO-centric events will be a parade at 2 p.m. Saturday. Participants are invited to enter with the best UFO costumes or UFO floats.

A UFO hot dog eating contest is scheduled for 1 p.m. Sunday, followed at 1:30 p.m. by a mini-paranormal conference featuring UFO and Bigfoot investigators from southwestern Pennsylvania.

Non-UFO events will include a bed race at 4 p.m. Saturday, the annual "Smoke in the Valley" burn-out competition at 6 p.m. Saturday, fireworks at 10 p.m. Saturday, a hay bale toss at 2 p.m. Sunday, and a kids' Pedal Power Tractor Pull at 3 p.m. Sunday.

For more information call 724-423-9540 or visit the Kecksburg Volunteer Fire Department website.

Key player in Rendlesham UFO saga, Colonel Charles Halt, returns to Suffolk to tell story

Colonel Charles Halt will address a conference on the Rendlesham incident

By Tom Potter

A former US airforce commander, described as an “unimpeachable” witness to events known worldwide as the ‘Rendlesham UFO incident’, is returning to Suffolk 35 years on.

Retired Colonel Charles Halt was at the centre of a mystery that unfolded outside RAF Woodbridge over two nights in late December 1980.

Next month he will fly back to Suffolk and address the local public for the first time since it happened.

As deputy commander of the twin bases of Bentwaters and Woodbridge, he prepared a memo to the Ministry of Defence describing “unexplained lights”, and recorded what became known as the Halt Tape – a documented investigation in the forest, during which Halt saw mysterious lights like those witnessed by airmen Jim Penniston and John Burroughs two nights earlier.

In 2010, Halt signed an affidavit claiming the encounter was extraterrestrial and had been covered up by the government.

A conference on Saturday, July 11, at Woodbridge Community Hall, has been organised by John Hanson and Dawn Holloway, authors of a series of UFO books entitled Haunted Skies, and by Brenda Butler, a local resident who became embroiled in the Rendlesham incident and will speak on behalf of the British witnesses on the night.

Mr Hanson said: “The Rendlesham incident is undoubtedly one of the most controversial of its kind in history. Everyone involved has their own version of events.

“Charles Halt has never been back to speak locally. He is looking forward to being granted an audience.

“There are some things about the incident we may never know but we hope Colonel Halt will reveal more.”

Nick Pope, who was formerly in charge of the Ministry of Defence’s UFO project, said: “I’ve met Colonel Halt several times. He’s a man of the utmost integrity and is an unimpeachable witness.

“The Rendlesham Forest incident is one of the world’s most compelling UFO sightings and even us sceptics at the MoD failed to come up with any conventional explanation.”

The conference will be preceded by a book fair from 5pm-7pm, including a ‘meet and greet’ with Mr Hanson, Mrs Butler and another guest speaker, David Bryant.

Lionel Beer, of the British UFO Research Association, will complete the line-up, headed by Colonel Halt himself and followed by a question and answer session. Tickets are £20 from Mr Hanson on 0121 445 0340 or at johndawn1@sky.com.

UFO TV - The Day after UFO Disclosure


By UFOTV® The Disclosure Movie Network

Full disclosure concerning UFOs and Extraterrestrial visitation remains a Top Secret issue among world governments. However, an un-official soft-sell, media campaign of governmental disclosure is actively conditioning the public to the reality of an Extraterrestrial presence engaging the Human Race. Get the facts in this feature length presentation.

Two new Crop Circles (Pictagrams) Newton Barrow, Stoford, Wiltshire and Stanton St Bernard Wiltshire.


By MrGyro FPV

A beautiful Wiltshire crop circle filmed from an aerial perspective. 

This circle was reported on the 16th of June 2015 in Newton Barrow, near Stoford, Wiltshire. A fantastic design quite unlike anything we have seen so far this season.




This circle was reported on the 16th of June 2015 in Stanton St Bernard in Wiltshire.

UFO follows train in Colombia


Published on 17 Jun 2015 By jmhz71
Saucer UFO follows a train in Medellin Colombia

Dark Side of the Moon: A Review of Oren Peli’s new movie, “Area 51”


By  Theron Moore

Written and Directed by Oren Peli
Currently available on most Video on Demand platforms
I don’t think I’m going too far when I boldly assert that the new sci-fi thriller, “Area 51,” has been the most talked about, anticipated UFO genre film since Spielberg made “Close Encounters of the Third Kind” in 1977.  And when I heard the film was made found footage style with Oren Peli of “Paranormal Activity” fame writing and directing it, I was honestly over the moon, I couldn’t wait.  So the $64,000 question is, did I like it, was it good?  The answer:  An overwhelming YES, I recommend this movie.
area-51-posterHere’s the long and short of it.  A group of young adults, led by the intrepid Reid, hatch a plan to break into Area 51.  Along for the ride is a girl whose father worked at the facility and died under mysterious circumstances.  Among the assortment of important papers he left behind is a map that’ll guide our heroes in their quest to discover what secrets are kept at the base. The kids have figured out a way to breach the perimeter and enter the facility.  And if you’re saying to yourself “why haven’t the Russians or Chinese figured this out yet?” that’s called a plot complication.  Leave it alone.  Just go with it.  Remember, it’s only a movie, it’s not meant to be real.
Inside Area 51 we finally see what it looks like.  The first floor is office space.   Everything else beyond that is industrial & scientific.  Lots of concrete, metal piping, gauges, air ducts and vault like rooms.  Nothing fancy.  It’s sparse, even bleak not to mention huge.  It’s located a mile underground with 40+ floors.
Eventually we see a lab chock full of creepy strangeness, a captured UFO and become privy to things we should never be witness to.  And that’s where I stop.  I won’t go any further because I don’t want to give the movie away.  Even if you hate found footage movies give “Area 51” an honest shot.  It has some real, genuine tense moments plus Peli’s vision of Area 51 is quite intriguing in and of itself.
The obvious criticism, though, is that it plays out like a video game, like a “first shooter,” but that’s the downside of making a found footage movie — it’s going to have this look and feel since it’s primarily first person perspective that’s driving the flick.
And like most Oren Peli projects “Area 51” takes its time building the plot before we really get into the “meat” of the movie somewhere around the 35-40 minute mark slowly building suspense and tension in the viewer, priming us for whatever horrors might reside inside the non-existent base later on.
I would also expect the UFO crowd to notice that Peli might’ve taken a little artistic leeway combining bits and pieces of possible Dulce myth with Area 51.  Not enough to sway the movie one way or another but enough nuance to cue in to it if you know what you’re looking for.  To his credit, though, the scene where the kids touch the UFO might be loosely based on David Adair’s experience at Area 51 back in the early 70’s, so kudos to Peli for that great inclusion if indeed he intended to do that.
And we briefly see the aliens, quick shots, that’s it; Peli’s signature technique he developed with his “Paranormal Activity” franchise, showing us only what we need to see and nothing more.   I know this bothered many people who were expecting some kind of big CGI reveal but it’s the fleeting glimpse of whatever these creatures are that get inside your head and play mind games with you.  It’s not necessarily what you see that frightens you but rather what you don’t see that may be hiding or watching you from afar, that truly terrifies you.  Peli has effectively used the power of mystery as a weapon to attack the viewer with.
Reid and Janna
Reid and Janna
The movie was shot in three distinct acts – Act I:  Introduction to the characters.   Act II:  The build up to Area 51.  Act III:  Inside Area 51.  He also did a fantastic job blending genres with this film effectively making “Area 51” both a horror movie and sci-fi thriller, treading that fine line without going too far in either direction. I use the term “horror movie” in the sense that the actual facility in the film can be thought of as a gigantic haunted house — there’s “something” evil in there, maybe many evil “things;” lurking, waiting.  And our protagonists have to enter Area 51, the “haunted house,” complete their mission, confront the evil and live to tell the tale.
The sci-fi thriller aspect of “Area 51” is what drives the movie and triggers the horror component creating suspense, allowing it to build slowly, methodically, upping the scare factor so when we do see the aliens, what little we do see, we’re taken aback, and when we see the UFO or the mad scientist lab we’re properly shocked and amazed.
I’ve read negative reviews of “Area 51” and I think it may have to do with the fact that a lot of moviegoers have been brainwashed by Hollywood and their overuse of CGI special FX.  Nowadays movie plots seem secondary to the special effects which more often than not are tasked with telling a story and in some cases, become characters within the film itself.   It’s almost like we’ve become so used to the big Hollywood FX that when it comes to this style of film making we instantly go ADHD and hate the film.
Peli makes movies the old fashioned way.  He tells stories and he takes time telling you these stories.  He builds suspense, hits you with a kidney punch then ends the movie abruptly, not allowing you to process what you’ve seen.  He makes you feel uncomfortable and he’s good at it.
From what I was told, there was no script per se, just a treatment.  The actors were basically told to improvise their parts with the majority of the movie being shot in one take giving the film that “real time,” quick feel to it, as if it’s happening right here, right now. Peli also included appearances by Glenn Campbell, Norio Hayakawa and George Knapp, well-respected individuals in the UFO community to give the film that extra boost of authenticity, which they did, and very well I might add.  Peli did his homework with this film and I commend him for that.  It’s always the details that we take notice of.
If you’re looking for fast food movie making with lots of big, loud, flashy CGI and need a UFO fix, watch “Independence Day.”  Show Will Smith a little love.  If you’re interested in something more, something with teeth and edge, watch “Area 51.”  Appreciate it for what it is.  It won’t win academy awards but it damn well entertains.

Looking for answers on UFO sightings and alien abductions? Come to Brantford


By  Lindsay Fitzgerald

Did you know that in Hamilton alone, there have been more than a dozen reported UFO sightings in the last two years? Did you know that in Canada, there have been 15,000 reported UFO sighting in the last two decades? Did you also know that you can get alien abduction insurance for up to $10 million?

The level of public interest in extraterrestrial existences is growing. Why? Google it: UFO sightings, alien abductions, government conspiracies attempting to hide extraterrestrial life. Is there something out there? Can they save us? Are we alone?

These are all questions that Rob McConnell has been dealing with for 23 years on his radio and television show, the "'X' Zone," a terrestrial radio and satellite programming.

"The interest is getting wider and wider," said McConnell, of Hamilton. "And whenever there is a story, no matter how far out it is, when you keep on peeling the layers of the onion, you're going to get to the truth eventually."

This year, however, McConnell is helping to merge extraterrestrial interest worldwide with the first-everAlien Cosmic Expo 2015,at the Best Western Plus Brant Park Inn and Conference Centre in Brantford.

Leading UFO researchers, authors, and ancient alien experts will be grappling with extraordinary questions June 26 to 28. But people interested in these elements do not have to physically attend the conference.

McConnell, as executive producer of the broadcast for Alien Cosmic Expo 2015, is offering an online pay-per-view live-stream of the entire expo. "I'm looking at a success because this is a worldwide interest, and it's going to bring Brantford and Hamilton to people who have never had the pleasure of bringing people into the community," he said.

One of the speakers at Alien Cosmic Expo 2015 will be former Canadian defence minister Paul Hellyer, who has alleged the government is hiding UFO data.

Other speakers who have appeared on McConnell's show, Stanton Friedman and Michael Horn, will be discussing flying saucers, science and spiritual teaching.

Tickets for the conference are being sold online.
lfitzgerald@thespec.com
905-526-3261

Laser-armed 'cryobots' may soon be hunting alien life


By Daniel Culpan

A new fleet of robots designed to withstand extreme cold and tunnel through ice may soon be heading to Jupiter's moon Europa, all in an effort to look for extraterrestrial life.

According to Astrobiology Magazine, Texas-based smart mechanics company Stone Aerospace has developed and been testing the Valkyrie (Very deep Autonomous Laser-powered Kilowatt-class Yo-yoing Robotic Ice Explorer): a "cryobot" that could one day be heading to Jupiter's frozen moon.

Valkyrie -- which, despite the name, is no relation to Nasa's very own Valkyrie robot -- uses lasers to tunnel through thick layers of ice. The nifty cryobot successfully completed tests at Alaska's Matanuska glacier last summer, where it's heading again in the next few months. On its latest test run, the Valkyrie will be trialling an instrument that can search for microbes under the glacier surface -- a technology that could be crucial for probing Europa, and other moons in the outer solar system, for signs of life.

Europa has a saltwater ocean buried deep under a crust of ice, which scientists believe could be home to life beyond Earth. The first mission to Europa is set for around 2025, when the Europa Clipper will attempt to venture into the moon's notoriously thin atmosphere. Nasa has already earmarked around $30 million dollars for the development of the project in 2016. However, the Clipper won't actually be able to land on the surface; it will simply be looking for suitable places to land.

How we'll find extraterrestrial life in 20 to 30 years


By Belfast Telegraph

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Legal implications of an encounter with extraterrestrial intelligence

Should the Allen Telescope Array or another telescope detect an alien signal—or if aliens themselves come to Earth—is the legal system prepared to respond? (credit: SETI Institute)

By Babak Shakouri Hassanabadi

For decades, scientists and filmmakers alike have dedicated tremendous efforts to speculate about two main issues concerning extraterrestrial intelligent life forms. One, do they exist? Two, what would happen if they come to visit us on Earth?

This article scrutinizes the legal issues that may arise after a close contact of human civilization with intelligent extraterrestrials. This includes both legal principles upon which humans can trade and conclude contracts and treaties with friendly extraterrestrials, and also more sophisticated issues such as business and law of war with hostile extraterrestrial invaders have been put on the legal perspective.

Are intelligent extraterrestrials equal to humans in legal rights?
For centuries, humankind has considered itself as the superior form of life, and all other animals and plants as inferior ones subjected to serve their human masters. However, this black-and-white view over the supremacy of humans is changing even before any contact with extraterrestrial, technologically advanced, life forms.

Advances in social psychology and behaviorology studies of a wide range of animals have convinced many scientists that features once thought to be unique to human beings are common among other mammals, birds, and even social insects as well.

Tool-making, logical problem solving, empathy toward others, sense of time and planning, and even sophisticated structured audio communication (language) are recognized by biologists in the behavior of apes, dolphins, elephants, crows, and ants. The legal community has responded to these new scientific understandings proportionally.

In a world first, a court in Argentina issued a historic and unprecedented ruling that favors the rights of an orangutan held in captivity. Sandra the orangutan was granted legal action so she may be transferred to a habitat in keeping with her development. Argentina’s Association of Professional Lawyers for Animal Rights filed a writ of habeas corpus, a resource to avoid arbitrary arrests, on Sandra’s behalf.

In a similar occasion, the legal rights of elephants as sentient animals are being recognized by the entertainment industry. Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus recently announced that it plan to stop using the animals by 2018. Growing public concern about how the animals are treated led to the decision. The company’s 43 elephants will live at an animal conservation center in Florida.

These developments with regard to assigning human-like rights for terrestrial nonhuman animals leaves no doubt for inferring that extraterrestrial intelligent life forms, at least in terrestrial legal systems’ point of view, will enjoy rights equal to their human counterparts.

It might be possible that extraterrestrials’ point of view towards us—humans—is very much like that of us concerning “inferior” creatures that either have no rights or, at best, a very slim spectrum of basic rights. However, for the sake of our legal discussion, it is better to limit speculation about aliens’ ideology before actually meeting them.

Friend or foe?
For the moment, let’s disregard the Fermi Paradox and assume that, one way or another, extraterrestrial intelligent life forms are able to to visit us here on Earth and, among other disciplines of human knowledge and civilization, the legal community has been assigned the task of concluding any kind of treaty or agreement with extraterrestrials.

That said, the very first question of law would be to assess whether aliens are friendly or hostile toward human civilization and earthly life form. Are they here to help us or ask for our help? Worse, are they here to conquer our planet and annex it to their intergalactic empire whose existence we were previously completely unaware?

For each of these questions, human legal systems in general— not just space law—have distinct answers and implications.

Which legal system to apply?
For selecting the most convenient legal system to deal with the aliens on Earth, a distinction should be made concerning the choice of law. Are humans randomly encountering extraterrestrials, or we are dealing with accredited political representatives of an alien civilization?

Although it seems very unlikely that technologically advanced aliens would recognize the political boundaries of our nation-states, if a spacecraft with aliens onboard landed anywhere on Earth, and they do not carry any political mission to make contact with humans, legally speaking they would be subject to the territorial jurisdiction in which they have entered unless otherwise collectively agreed upon by the international legal community.

For example, if an extraterrestrial spacecraft enters the territory of the Republic of Ireland, the aliens on board shall be treated with the applicable laws of Ireland, including with regard to safeguarding the asylum rights that Irish law has granted for human beings from other nations. By the same analogy, if aliens land in Russia, the laws of the Russian Federation during their stay within the territory of that country in subject matters such as seeking asylum, making contracts, or any other societal or personal legal issue will be applicable.

The best approach would be to assign the aliens the same legal rights that foreign diplomats enjoy while they are on mission in foreign countries. That is, if extraterrestrials come to Earth in small or large numbers and reside temporarily or permanently, their laws and traditions among themselves should remain out of human legal intervention and judgment. An exception would exclude exercise of certain conducts or behavior that is deemed acceptable among aliens but is gravely unacceptable, harmful, or in contradiction with principle of peaceful coexistence with humans. In order to avoid any cultural misconception among alien newcomers and human host societies, awareness about the concerns and likes of both communities ought to be actively pursued. It might be very fruitful that all legal measures are communicated in advance to avoid misunderstandings that would lead to disastrous outcomes on both sides.

On the other hand, if aliens travel to Earth to conclude any kind of pact, treaty, or agreement on behalf of their civilization with human civilization in general or—very unlikely but not impossible—with single nation-states on Earth, then existing international law shall prevail. In other words, the provisions of Vienna Convention about the law of treaties along with the principles of the charter of United Nations ought to be observed by human signatories of such interplanetary legal document. Here again, the diplomatic rights of the alien negotiating team should be upheld by their human political counterparts.

Who on Earth signs interplanetary pact with extraterrestrials?
The issue of identifying the authority who can represent the human civilization as a whole in running the would-be bilateral negotiations and finalizing a binding legal document on behalf of our civilization with aliens is unclear as of yet, and nothing in international law or space law directly addresses it.

Among nongovernmental institutions, the SETI Institute has carried out a number of activities regarding the search for intelligent extraterrestrial life and, along with their search activities, they have prepared “Protocols for an ETI Signal Detection” concerning activities following the detection of extraterrestrial intelligence.

Although this protocol is not binding for governments, it urges them to join and adopt its provisions. Meanwhile, this protocol contains very insightful clues on how to react to extraterrestrial intelligent life forms, either when we discover unmistakable evidence of their existence through radio signals or if they visit us on Earth.

As with the probable duties of the governments or private entities after detection of extraterrestrial intelligent life forms, paragraph 3 of the protocol reads:

After concluding that the discovery appears to be credible evidence of extraterrestrial intelligence, and after informing other parties to this declaration, the discoverer should inform observers throughout the world through the Central Bureau for Astronomical Telegrams of the International Astronomical Union, and should inform the Secretary General of the United Nations in accordance with Article XI of the Treaty on Principles Governing the Activities of States in the Exploration and Use of Outer Space, Including the Moon and Other Bodies. Because of their demonstrated interest in and expertise concerning the question of the existence of extraterrestrial intelligence, the discoverer should simultaneously inform the following international institutions of the discovery and should provide them with all pertinent data and recorded information concerning the evidence: the International Telecommunication Union, the Committee on Space Research, of the International Council of Scientific Unions, the International Astronautical Federation, the International Academy of Astronautics, the International Institute of Space Law, Commission 51 of the International Astronomical Union and Commission J of the International Radio Science Union.

Referring to the role of Secretary General of the United Nations in accordance with Article XI of the Treaty on Principles Governing the Activities of States in the Exploration and Use of Outer Space, Including the Moon and Other Bodies (better known as the Outer Space Treaty of 1967) is of immense importance for two reasons.

First, the United Nations is the sole international organization that virtually all countries are members of and expressly have recognized its central role in global governance through adopting the principles enshrined in the UN charter and additional legal documents.

For example, in its resolution 65/94 on “The United Nations in global governance,” the General Assembly recognized the need for inclusive, transparent, and effective multilateral systems to better address the urgent global challenges of today and reaffirmed the central role of the United Nations in ongoing efforts to find common solutions to such challenges.

To be certain, any negotiation with extraterrestrial intelligent life forms will be the most urgent global challenge of human history and no institution other than the United Nations (including its specialized organs) is more legitimate and accepted by consensus to take the lead in representing the human civilization.

In any would-be interplanetary legal or political negotiations, involvement of the UN as the leader on humanity’s side may entail the least opposition from member states, although the possibility of opposition cannot be completely ruled out based on the history of the UN in tackling global issues and crises.

Second, the Outer Space Treaty, which is regarded as the backbone of the space law, implicitly recognizes the role of the UN Secretary General as the representative of human civilization in running the talks or concluding legal documents with aliens. Article XI of the Outer Space Treaty reads:

In order to promote international co-operation in the peaceful exploration and use of outer space, States Parties to the Treaty conducting activities in outer space, including the Moon and other celestial bodies, agree to inform the Secretary-General of the United Nations as well as the public and the international scientific community, to the greatest extent feasible and practicable, of the nature, conduct, locations and results of such activities. On receiving the said information, the Secretary-General of the United Nations should be prepared to disseminate it immediately and effectively.

If we consider contact with extraterrestrials as an activity committed by nations who are signatories to the Outer Space Treaty, then the obligation of informing the UN Secretary General for disseminating the data and adopting immediate and effective measures becomes obvious.

SETI’s post-detection protocol does contain an additional noteworthy provision that sheds more light on how a collective legal action should be taken as to contact (or deal) with extraterrestrials. Paragraph 8 of the said protocol states:

No response to a signal or other evidence of extraterrestrial intelligence should be sent until appropriate international consultations have taken place. The procedures for such consultations will be the subject of a separate agreement, declaration or arrangement.

This provision expressly prohibits countries from contacting aliens unilaterally or secretly without international consultations, which is an implicit reaffirmation of the leading role of United Nations in general and the secretary general in particular in handling the contacts.

Of these, we can conclude that from the point of view of international law that the UN Secretary General is the best candidate to sit at the negotiation table with extraterrestrial intelligent life forms if we meet them here on our planet. However, along with legal issues, there might be a tremendous amount of scientific and technical issues that require the assistance of either UN specialized organs like Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (COPUOS) or non-UN institutions such as the SETI Institute or universities. In either case, outsourcing any part of the negotiation will be within the discretion of the secretary general of the United Nations.

Law of war with extraterrestrials
In the event that technologically advanced aliens are hostile and come to Earth as invaders, the incurred devastation and causalities in clash of the civilizations would be unimaginable.

During any armed conflict with aliens, there is no ethical justification on humanity’s part to disregard the rights of vulnerable aliens, including prisoners of war, wounded fighters, or civilians. That is to say, the principles of the Geneva Convention and its additional protocols on the treatment of civilians, prisoners of war, and soldiers who are otherwise rendered hors de combat, or incapable of fighting, should apply for aliens equally and without discrimination as well.

What is more, conducting life threatening or physically disabling experiments to examine the biology of extraterrestrial captives ought to be banned via consecutive legislation soon after alien invasion is launched. Such attitudes discussed here conform to Kantian ethics, which argues that for an action to be permissible, it must be possible to apply it to all people without a contradiction occurring. The reason for observing moral law amidst the war with superior alien invaders could be to persuade them to act similarly with human prisoners and civilians based on the reciprocity of social behavior.

Business law
The advancement of technology is the result of societal exchanges for overcoming problems and satisfying needs. Hence the notion of exchange of commodities won’t be unfamiliar for aliens who are so ahead of humans in technology that that they may have traveled faster the speed of light to visit us.

In concluding business contracts with extraterrestrials, the scope of good faith in making a binding and enforceable promise to commit or omit any action, or provide any commodity or raw material in exchange of mutually accepted consideration, is the most important legal issue.

As discussed above, reaching some kind of mutual agreement between us and carbon-based extraterrestrial intelligent life forms shouldn’t be a hurdle. However, finding a common legal and comprehendible, and at the same time feasible, conceptual ground with silicon- or ammonia-based alien life forms would be a harder task to tackle. What may be vital for us is lethal to them and vice versa. Perhaps it become clear that what is non-hazardous for both sides is of no commercial value for either party, and doing business will thus have to become more sophisticated.

Therefore, finding a common commercial base for doing business with intelligent aliens seems to be more important than insisting on simple and possibly primitive legal doctrines and concepts of our civilization, all of which might be replaced by better and more practical alien legal doctrines once we hear about them. In any case, doing business and making commercial partnerships with extraterrestrial lifeforms is the best way to avoid animosity and its unwanted consequences, and this crucial task would be on insightful legal scholars first and foremost to fulfill.

Conclusion
The function of laws is defined to be the means by which proper function of social order within the course of time for any give nation or society is ensured and preserved. In the history of humankind, whenever laws became irrelevant or impractical, a wide range of changes occurred that dramatically altered the social structure of the related societies, either for sake of good or evil. Revolutions, riots, downfall of empires and civil wars all in all are direct outcomes of situations in which laws cease to be relevant to the actual lives of the citizens.

Any encounter with an extraterrestrial intelligence certainly will be a turning point for human civilization. No matter what the results of such encounter would be, the legal community, as well as scientists of various disciplines, may have a lot to learn from our cosmic neighbors for the betterment of our lives here on Earth. Learning from aliens regarding how to form a more integrated and fair society, or to avoid their destructive mistakes or misconducts, would be the most precious takeaway that legal scholars could use to tune human laws accordingly in the future.
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 “Protocols for an ETI Signal Detection”
http://www.seti.org/post-detection.html

UFOs Being Spotted More Often at Sporting Events


By Paul Seaburn

It happened again. Spectators at a soccer match in Chile last week saw a UFO flying over the stadium during the opening fireworks display. This comes just weeks after a UFO was seen hovering over a professional golf tournament in the U.S. and continues a pattern of UFOs visiting sporting events with the frequency once reserved for volcanoes and nuclear plants. What could be the reason?
Fans of Chile’s national soccer team La Roja (The Red One) were at the National Stadium watching the opening ceremonies of the 2015 Copa America (South American Football Championship) when the UFO appeared and positioned itself for three minutes to watch the fireworks. It’s unclear who the UFO was rooting for since it left before La Roja defeated Ecuador. There was no official comment on what the UFO was and no one left their seats.



This sports sighting occurred just a month after a UFO was spotted over The Players Championship golf tournament held in Florida on May 9. A TV viewer spotted the UFO during the tracking of a player’s shot. The shiny UFO left quickly, possibly to find which hole Rory McIlroy was on. No one, including the crew of the ubiquitous golf tournament blimp, had any explanation for the UFO.



Do the UFOs and their crews prefer soccer over other sports? Here’s one at a soccer match in China in 2011.



Perhaps they just like the pageantry of opening ceremonies. This UFO was spotted at the opening of the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.

UFO seen over 2012 Summer Olympics opening ceremonies

Of course, when you bring up UFOs at sporting events, skeptics point to the one seen at a Vancouver Canadians baseball game in 2013.


That one turned out to be a tricked-out drone. They should have known better – not even Canadians watch Canadian baseball games.
Why are UFOs being seen at sporting events? They can’t all be drones or blimps. Are aliens into sports too? Gambling on the games? Too cheap to purchase tickets? Planning to enter a team in the World Cup? Or Mr. Universe?

Monday, 15 June 2015

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