Discussing possible intelligent extraterrestrial contact/visitation is no longer simply a fringe conversation, and it's something that's been discussed at the highest levels of government for decades.
Whether it's a 5 Star Admiral of the Royal Navy and Chairman of the NATO committee telling us that,
To compliment this
testimony, we also have thousands of previously classified files
showing bizarre craft performing extraordinary maneuvers, and
detailing discussions of the extraterrestrial hypothesis.
This topic is also chock full of physical and scientific evidence.
Dr. Jacques Vallee, for example, notable for co-developing the first computerized mapping of Mars for NASA, and for his work at SRI International on the network information center for ARPANET, a precursor to the modern Internet, published a paper in the Journal of Scientific Exploration titled "Estimates of Optical Power Output in Six Cases Of Unexplained Aerial Objects With Defined Luminosity Characteristics" that examines documented cases of UFOs.
It's a deep topic, full of more evidence than can be covered in a single article.
After Spielberg brings up the issue, he quickly changes the subject and it's not really spoken of again.
It's interesting to think about, especially given the fact that throughout history, presidents have always had a high interest in the UFO phenomenon, but are often kept in the dark about it, lacking a high enough security clearance to be filled in.
Ever since President Harry Truman went on national television and made the statement below, the entire subject got wrapped in total secrecy.
Dwight Eisenhower, who succeeded Truman, also had alleged physical contact with extraterrestrial beings.
The snippet below is from an interview with Aint It Cool News that took place approximately five years ago. Spielberg details the time he screened his classic film 'E.T.' at the White House for Reagan and distinguished guests: