|But it must be true - I saw it on the Internet!|
The White House - yes, the one where President Barack Obama lives in Washington, D.C. - has officially announced, in effect, that Area 51, the X-Files, Roswell and other stories about aliens interacting with humans are, well, made up.
As quoted by the Associated Press:
“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,” the Obama administration said in a statement. “In addition, there is no credible information to suggest that any evidence is being hidden from the public’s eye.”
“The fact is we have no credible evidence of extraterrestrial presence here on Earth,” according to the statement posted to the White House website and attributed to Phil Larson, a research assistant at the Office of Science and Technology Policy.
The question, of course, is obvious to anyone who wants to believe: Do you trust the government to tell the truth when it comes to little green men?
“Of course not,” Stephen Bassett, a physicist, researcher and Washington lobbyist who contends the government has been engaged in a long cover-up about the existence of UFOs, told the AP.
The seemingly unusual White House announcement was a response to public petitions. Obama had promised to address petitions gaining at least 5,000 signatures within 30 days. Bassett told the AP that it took him four days to reach the goal.
The threshold for an official petition response has since been bumped up to 25,000 signatures. Hmmmm ... do we sense a conspiracy?