We’ve seen it in movies a million times: a flying ship of unearthly design speeds through the Earth’s atmosphere and glides silently to a halt on the White House Lawn.
Or, just as likely, on College Green outside the Houses of Parliament.
But what if that happened in reality? How prepared are our governments for the most game-changing event in the history of humanity?
The UK government is, as it presently stands, not prepared at all. The Home Office, the Ministry of Defence, the Cabinet Office and the UK Space Agency told the Daily Star that there were no official plans in place in the event of a visit from ET.
One insider, speaking off the record, said: “There will be something, somewhere, under ‘unexpected events or national emergencies’ and that No10 would quickly convene a meeting of COBRA.
“ I can also say with certainty that we aren’t expecting a visit any time soon….”
Nick Pope ran the UK government’s “X Files”. From 1991 to 1994 he checked UFO sightings reports for the Ministry of Defence.
Now an independent researcher and journalist, he spoke exclusively to the Daily Star about what would happen if aliens showed up on our doorstep.
“To the best of my knowledge,” he said. “There’s no alien invasion war plan – and given the job that I did for the MoD, if such a plan existed, I would have written it, or at least inherited one from my predecessors.”
He adds that there isn’t even a plan for the more likely peaceful ‘First Contact’ scenario: “This is a huge mistake,” he says, “because it’s better to have a plan and not need it, than need it and not have it.
This government doesn’t seem to be especially interested in the possibility of extraterrestrial visitations.
In June this year, Lord Rogan asked in the House of Lords: “Do Her Majesty’s Government now have plans to produce a similar document summarising any recent UAP or UFO sightings within UK borders and overseas territories?”
In response Baroness Goldie, a Minister of State at the Ministry of Defence replied: “We have no opinion on the existence of extraterrestrial life and we no longer investigate reports of sightings of unidentified aerial phenomena.
“We have no plans to conduct our own report into UAP,” she added. “Because in over 50 years no such reporting has indicated the existence of any military threat to the UK.”
Nick Pope says that if we don’t find ourselves facing a real-life War of the Worlds, it would make sense to have some sort of contingency plan, because so many potentially massive issues would arise:
“How would we be able to find out what the aliens wanted?” he asks. “Would we be able to communicate with them? How could we acquire extraterrestrial technology – and stop Russia or China acquiring it first?”
He adds, echoing the ending of HG Wells’s original War of the Worlds, that there could be a danger of infection spreading between the two species.
“If you think Covid-19 caused panic and brought society to its knees, imagine what some unknown, alien microbes might do,” Nick points out. “We don’t want to have to deal with the Venus flu.”
With no clear plan being in place as Nick suggests, the PM would probably activate the COBRA Committee, and pull in MoD and Space Agency assets as needed.
But how long would it take the Prime Minister to inform the public?
“The question of when to inform the public and what to tell them would depend on the circumstances,” predicts Nick.
“If it was felt that the news couldn’t be kept secret, the PM might want to secure his place in history by quickly making an official announcement.”
“However,” he adds, “Given that governments all around the world have previously been very secretive about UFOs, if they thought they could get away with covering up the truth, perhaps they’d try to keep the lid on things.”
Regardless of when of how First Contact takes place, you can be assure that the Daily Star will bring you the news as quickly and as honestly as humanly possible.
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