A few days ago, I posted a link on Facebook to an article about the White House’s new “criminal aliens” hotline. Though the hotline was intended to be a place to report undocumented immigrants dashing across the border, it has been flooded with calls reporting space aliens. It is the latest in an increasingly long line of actions aimed at protesting the Trump administration’s draconian policies regarding immigration.
Then, reader Loren (thanks Loren!) directed my attention to these two articles, which go into the legalistic particulars that pertain to the arrival of extraterrestrials on Earth. I’m no legal expert, so while I find them interesting reading, I can make no claims as to the soundness of their logic. In the first article, the author explores the three possible types of first contact: Remote (contact via radio telescope, such as was depicted in the movie Contact), Direct (a craft landing at a site that is well-suited for the purpose, such as an Air Force base), or surprise (a ship landing in a park or in the middle of a major city, as in the film The Day the Earth Stood Still.)
There are only vague ideas of jurisdiction in these events, though the author does say that due to the state of emergency declared by Truman in 1950 and also by Nixon in the 70s, the President has broad authority to deal unilaterally in an alien contact scenario. It is likely that in the last example, a surprise contact, that the being or beings would be detained and whisked away to a safe space in order to protect national security (and, presumably, to extract advantages in technology that could be used over ones enemies).
These legal arguments make certain assumptions; namely that they are “alive, three-dimensional and physically detectable, intelligent and possessing a ‘will to live'”. Indeed, if Douglas Adams’s Hooloovoo, the “hyperintelligent shade of blue” were to show up, I feel there is little we could do about them.
However, there is precedent for just this sort of occurrence–a surprise contact by a being meeting all the above criteria–in Contactee lore.
In his book Stranger at the Pentagon, Dr. Frank Stranges tells the story of Valiant Thor, commander of the Victor-1, a ship from the planet Venus. According to the book, Victor-1 landed in the outskirts of Alexandria, Virginia in 1957. Immediately upon landing, he was detained by police. (Granted, this was at Thor’s request)
According to Stranges, Valiant Thor was then taken into custody at the Pentagon, where he lived for three years. While this was portrayed in the book as more of an asylum situation as opposed to detention, what was made very clear is that Thor was not detainable. He remained in a suite in the lower levels of the Pentagon for three years out of the goodness of his heart. He had arrived on Earth to spread a message of love, to give secrets both scientific and philosophical to the upper echelons of government in order to raise the evolutionary level of the planet. Specifically, Strange says, he met with President Eisenhower and Vice President Nixon. They were less than receptive, saying that such secrets would destroy the stability of governments on the planet.
And so, Val just left.
There was nothing to hold him down, nothing we could do. The only thing compelling Valiant Thor to abide by human laws was his willingness to do so. Once that willingness no longer served his purpose, he chose to end his incarceration and simply vanished.
This example is a clear demonstration of the distinction between what the Contactees tell us the Space People believe and what our own human tendencies are. On Earth, when faced with people of a slightly different cultural background or shade of skin, many people call for stronger laws and border walls and deportation squads. There is fear and a desire to keep full communion with our fellow humans at bay, leading to an ever-expanding cycle of distrust. The space people, from their “flying saucer’s eye view”, do not see such petty distinctions. Their philosophy is summed up, ironically, in the words of Richard Nixon, speaking to the astronauts of Apollo 11:
Because of what you have done the heavens have become a part of man’s world, and as you talk to us from the Sea of Tranquility, it inspires us to redouble our efforts to bring peace and tranquility to earth. For one priceless moment in the whole history of man all the people on this earth are truly one—one in their pride in what you have done and one in our prayers that you will return safely to earth.