Phil Larson from the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy responded as follows on the WhiteHouse.gov website: "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. In addition, there is no credible information to suggest that any evidence is being hidden from the public’s eye."
This hasn't been a good week for those submitting petitions to the We The People project, which is where these petitions were logged. Earlier in the week, the White House issued a negative response to a number of petitions asking for the legalization of marijuana.
The We The People project allows anyone to submit a petition. A petition must meet certain criteria to be responded to, or even found. "To cross the first threshold and be searchable within WhiteHouse.gov, a petition must reach 150 signatures within 30 days. To cross the second threshold and require a response, a petition must reach 25,000 signatures within 30 days." Originally, the second threshold had been set at 5,000.
There were two petitions logged. One, which was signed by 5,387 people, asked for the government to disclose any knowledge of or communication with extraterrestrial beings. The second, logged by Paradigm Research Group (PRG) and signed by 12,078 requested a formal acknowledgement from the White House that extraterrestrials have been interacting with the human race.
PRG said that the response by a "low-level staffer" (Larson was reportedly a research assistant) was unacceptable and that the organization will address the White House response on Monday, November 7 with an international press release and op-ed submissions to various newspapers. It also said that it would begin a new petition campaign.
The White House has responded to the Disclosure Petition. The final signature count was 12,078. As expected it was written by a low level staffer from the Office of Science and Technology Policy - research assistant Phil Larson. The response was unacceptable. The response page (link) includes a Feedback option. Much feedback is likely.
In a short while PRG will begin to pre-promote a new petition relevant to the Disclosure process. This petition will then be submitted to We the People and an effort will be made to garnish the 25,000 signatures in 30 days (the new threshold) required for another formal response. Those who have signed previously will not have to register again to sign the next petition.
Naturally, the White House said it would respond to these petitions. It never said it would respond in what the petitioner might find a "satisfactory manner." It certainly never said it would respond in a manner Fox Mulder or Dana Scully would agree with.
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