Law Already Passed by Congress
Source: MUFONET Network, March 23, 1993
On 5 October 1982, Dr. Brian T. Clifford of the Pentagon announced
at a press conference (The Star, New York, 5 October 1982) that
contact between U.S. citizens and extra-terrestrials or their
vehicles is strictly illegal.
According to a law already on the books (Title 14, Section 1211 of
the Code of Federal Regulations, adopted on 16 July 1969, before the
Apollo moon shots), anyone guilty of such contact automatically
becomes a wanted criminal to be jailed for one year and fined U.S.
The NASA administrator is empowered to determine, with or without a
hearing, that a person or object has been "extra-terrestrially
exposed" and impose an indeterminate quarantine under armed guard,
which could not be broken even by court order.
There is no limit placed on the number of individuals who could thus
be arbitrarily quarantined.
The definition of "extra-terrestrial exposure" is left entirely up
to the NASA administrator, who is thus endowed with total
dictatorial powers to be exercised at his slightest caprice, which
is completely contrary to the Constitution.
According to Dr. Clifford, whose commanding officers have been
assuring the public for the last thirty-nine years that UFOs are
nothing more than hoaxes and delusions to be dismissed with a
"This is really no joke; it's a very serious
This legislation was buried in the 1211th subsection of the 14th
section of a batch of regulations very few members of government
probably bothered to read in its entirety—the proverbial needle in
the haystack—and was slipped onto the books without public debate.
Thus from one day to the next we learn that without having informed
the public, in its infinite wisdom, the government of the United
States has created a whole new criminal class: UFO contactees.
The lame excuse offered by NASA as a sugar coating for this bitter
pill is that extra-terrestrials might have a virus that could wipe
out the human race.
This is certainly one of the many possibilities
inherent in such contact, but just as certainly not the only one,
and in itself not a valid reason to make all contact illegal or to
declare contactees criminals to be jailed and fined immediately.
It appears the primary effect of such a law would not be to prevent
contact: it would be to silence witnesses.
According to NASA spokesman Fletcher Reel, the law as it stands is
not immediately applicable, but in case of need could quickly be
made applicable. What this means is that it is ambiguously worded,
so that it can be interpreted either one way or the other, as the
It is certainly not a coincidence that Dr. Clifford held his press
conference during the period when the popularity of the film E.T.
was at its peak. As E.T. portrayed a type of extra-terrestrial that
was benevolent and lovable, the inference is that the press
conference was intended to discourage attempts to communicate or
fraternize with UFO occupants. However, instead of having the
intended effect, it backfired, causing public furore.
There may be some relationship between this fiasco and the next
semi-officially endorsed attempt to deal with the subject of
extra-terrestrials, the TV series V which was featured with repeat
performances and maximum publicity by major networks worldwide.
The aliens portrayed in "V" are the most horrifying and
repulsive nightmares imaginable, but are defeated thanks largely to
a CIA hit man specializing in covert operations.
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