Maureen Dowd: Aliens, show yourself. Beam down! Time to serve man

With an intelligence report imminent, not since the 1950s has the capital been so riveted by the possibility of aliens hovering

A poster for Robert Wise’s 1951 science fiction film The Day the Earth Stood Still starring Patricia Neal and Michael Rennie. Photograph:  Movie Poster Image Art/Getty Images

A poster for Robert Wise’s 1951 science fiction film The Day the Earth Stood Still starring Patricia Neal and Michael Rennie. Photograph: Movie Poster Image Art/Getty Images

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There are plenty of unexplained phenomena here on earth.

What kind of mentality does it take for Mike Pence to dip his toe in the 2024 presidential waters while abasing himself before the president who seemed content to have him hanged?

Why are Donald Trump and Republicans so desperate to turn Anthony Fauci, one of the good guys of the pandemic, into one of the bad guys?

Does Barack Obama not hear how condescending he sounds when he goes on a media tour and portrays the Biden administration, which is off to a bigger and leftier start, as “finishing the job”?

Who on earth wanted a Friends reunion? And why in heaven’s name doesn’t anyone from the Biden White House return my calls?

We must consider the terrestrials in our midst who seem very extraterrestrial. Mitch McConnell and Marjorie Taylor Greene are in no strict sense earthlings.

And yet, not since Michael Rennie’s Klaatu and his all-powerful robot, Gort, landed their flying saucer on the Mall in the 1951 movie The Day the Earth Stood Still has the capital been so riveted by the possibility of aliens hovering.

Carbon-based life-forms are eagerly awaiting a report by intelligence officials about aerial phenomena lighting up the skies in recent years, mysterious objects witnessed and recorded by navy pilots.

After reading the New York Times story on what the report will say, Luis Elizondo, who once ran the Pentagon’s secret programme on UFOs, tweeted, “If The New York Times reporting is accurate, the objects being witnessed by pilots around the world are far more advanced than any earthly technologies known to our intelligence services”.

Maybe we shouldn’t be surprised that a government that couldn’t get it together to prevent a primitive mob from attacking the seat of government on January 6th can’t figure out a series of close encounters.

Could it be that we are not the centre of the universe? The truth, if it’s out there, certainly isn’t in the report.

As Julian Barnes and Helene Cooper wrote in the New York Times, intelligence officials said they have found no evidence that the mysterious sightings are alien spacecraft. But they have also found no evidence that they’re not.

Unexplained aircraft

“The report determines that a vast majority of more than 120 incidents over the past two decades did not originate from any American military or other advanced US government technology, the officials said,” according to the Times.

“That determination would appear to eliminate the possibility that navy pilots who reported seeing unexplained aircraft might have encountered programs the government meant to keep secret.”

Intelligence and military officials were worried that China or Russia could be engaging in hypersonic chicanery. And since the US has lied about stealth technology in the past, we can’t exclude the possibility that our government is messing with us.

The navy pilots who saw the aerial vehicles were spooked, the Times said, reporting that “the objects had no visible engine or infrared exhaust plumes, but that they could reach 30,000 feet and hypersonic speeds”.

Lt Ryan Graves, an F/A-18 Super Hornet pilot, told the Times: “These things would be out there all day” at such high speeds that “12 hours in the air is 11 hours longer than we’d expect”.

What has it come to that the only thing we can all agree on in Washington is something that used to be the definition of loony? Unlike Jimmy Carter, who claimed to have seen a UFO in Georgia in 1969, former presidents Obama and Trump have no first-hand experience. However, they are open to the possibility.

“My entire politics is premised on the fact that we are these tiny organisms on this little speck floating in the middle of space,” the man christened Spock told Ezra Klein.

Trump recently told Dan Bongino: “I’m not such a believer, but some people are. So I don’t want to hurt their dreams or their fears”.

Earth to Donald: After five years of stoking fear and hurting dreams, it’s a little late. Some argue that if it were aliens, they would have the technology to buzz our planes without being detected.

One Redditor, SentientHotdogWater, disagrees: “If we flew drones over a wildlife sanctuary to observe monkeys, we wouldn’t identify ourselves to the monkeys, but at the same time, we wouldn’t really be too concerned if the monkeys saw one of the drones.”

Sci-fi movies

In sci-fi movies, aliens are often concerned with three things: they want to mate with us, eat us or warn us. In Species and Dude, Where’s My Car?, the aliens take the form of femme fatales. In the Twilight Zone classic To Serve Man, aliens professing peace present officials with a big book titled To Serve Man. But then it turns out, after they set up a flight to their planet, that To Serve Man is actually a cookbook.

In The Day the Earth Stood Still, the alien gives earthlings an ultimatum: Give up your bellicose ways or “Earth will be reduced to a burned-out cinder”. We can only speculate what aliens want from us, if they’re getting closer and closer to landing.

They may want to learn why Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema seem to have so much power they don’t deserve. Or maybe they’re alarmed to hear that Trump is heading back to the Oval in August.

I checked with one of our true living experts, David Duchovny of The X-Files, to see how it will play out.

“I know nothing ,” he emailed back with a wink.

If the aliens are watching and haven’t exterminated us yet, perhaps they are willing to step in and lend a hand. I say, aliens, show yourself. Beam down! Time to serve man! – New York Times

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