April 27, 2011
Lately there has been a lot of news about alleged Extraterrestrials and documents (released under the Freedom of Information Act) from intelligence services. To be honest I'm not sure what to make of them. Above is a picture from a NSA document titled 'Key To The Extraterrestrial Messages' by H. Campaigne. This story also broke on a Dutch newspaper website. The document apparently acknowledges the existence of extraterrestrial communication, originating with the Sputnik satellite! Some 29 messages were recorded, encoded mind you. You can read the NSA document here. Note, it is the official NSA website.
Not all the messages were decoded but it seems that dr. Howard Campaign is an actual cryptologist who has worked with various U.S. intelligence services. While this news is stunning of course, one must always remain vigilant. I've read people comment that government officials release documents as "declassified" and not as "unclassified," the latter being visible in the NSA document. Some people have also suggested that the 'Key To The Extraterrestrial Messages' is some sort of training operation, a fictional setting for young cryptologists to wrap their heads around. And there is also the realization, at least with me, that some secrets will never see the light of day even though intelligence services are required by law to release documents (under certain conditions). Papers can always accidentally fall into the shredder.
People have also commented that the document was already released in 2004 (as is visible in the NSA pdf), and therefore is old news, untrustworthy and probably debunked already. Eh, that's not entirely accurate. While the document was cleared for release in 2004, the NSA apparently stonewalled it and managed to delay the release (in court) until April 21, 2011. Kevin W. Smith wrote a detailed blog about it here.
So, what to make of it? To be honest; I don't know. Like blogger Smith I would love to see some government officials commenting on this matter on camera and explain it in greater detail. That should be fun and entertaining.