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UN Selecting Ambassador for Alien Contact

Now here's a bit of news to would raise FBI agent Fox Mulder's "conspiracy" flags almost immediately: the United Nations is gearing up to elect an Earth ambassador that will communicate with aliens when they arrive from outer space. If approved, the role will initially be filled by 58-year-old astrophysicist Mazlan Othman, the current head of the UN's Office for Outer Space Affairs (Unoosa), and not the U.S. president as seen in many alien invasion movies.

"The continued search for extraterrestrial communication, by several entities, sustains the hope that some day human kind will receive signals from extraterrestrials," Othman said. "When we do, we should have in place a coordinated response that takes into account all the sensitivities related to the subject. The UN is a ready-made mechanism for such coordination."

But when aliens do arrive, would Othman be the first contact, or the first meal? A recent documentary by Professor Stephen Hawking suggests that alien visitors would arrive like nomads in massive ships, their intent not on peace and galactic harmony, but to colonize and plunder the planet's resources after depleting their own back at home.

"We only have to look at ourselves to see how intelligent life might develop into something we wouldn’t want to meet," he said. "It would be 'too risky' to attempt to make contact with alien races. If aliens ever visit us, I think the outcome would be much as when Christopher Columbus first landed in America, which didn’t turn out very well for the Native Americans."

But it may be too late. If the UN is considering the position for an Earth ambassador, an alien fleet may well be on its way, possibly ticked off over the noise generated by humans shooting radio transmissions into space.

  • blazeorangeman
    what a waste of time and money, considering that there is no intellectual life out "there."
  • Onus
    The UN is really grasping at straws in their search for relevance now.
  • godnodog
    I wouldn´t worry much about aliens.

    Most of us here at Tom are experts in wipping aliens, we had good traiining with AVP Halo or Crysis. But I´ll need to upgrade my rig to properly face them
  • ehanger
    If there were aliens advanced enough to reach earth by themselves we wouldn't have a choice whether or not they knew we were here
  • cmartin011
    wow like there is something there are not telling us!
  • danieth
    And in other news, the UN hires a first sighting meteor adviser, just in case we see a meteor, this official is on call any time, just because you never know when a world ending meteor will hit...
  • drwho1
    I want that job!
    "Training" by watching Sci-fi errr "documentaries"
  • bustapr
    I wonder if he speaks Klyngon...
  • goodguy713
    you guys will call me nuts if you want but they are coming. and it wont be long. a few more years at most. might want to find some tunnels.
  • wing2010
    The Ambassador's Office should be on the Moon. By the time the Alien arrived, he or she should be the first to ask whether they bring any food or plant before entering Earth's atmosphere...