- Mar 12, 2002
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Just for the sake of discussion exactly how would 'aliens' know who to specifically contact within this ' very small number of unelected people with cosmic top secret clearance.' in each country? Maybe the various govts gave the aliens a list who to call..?Hypothetical Assumption 1: Nonhuman intelligences have made contact with most earthly countries of any size.
Hypothetical Assumption 2: The contact within each country is handled by a very small number of unelected people with cosmic top secret clearance.
Hypothetical Assumption 3: The nonhuman intelligences have told the negotiators from each country that they are also in contact with other earthly countries, or the earthly negotiators have concluded that this is likely.
In this scenario, all the earthly negotiators effectively constitute a cartel. If they were to collude with one another, they could sop up any benefits that the nonhuman intelligences choose to give, passing none onto the rest of the human population. The highly secret and compartmentalized nature of negotiations with nonhuman intelligences lends itself much more easily to corruption than say, public welfare programs, the budgets and behavior of which are usually public knowledge.
Of course, in most cartels the members compete with one another, each trying to increase his/her own slice of the pie. Revealing the existence of the arrangement to the world's public would be a bad move by any cartel member trying to increase his/her own slice, since billions of people would ask why they are not receiving any benefits. There might also be a few political repercussions, especially if, as has been alleged, the earthly negotiators sell licenses to abduct and probe.
Although people are usually screened for corruptibility when applying for high security clearances, there's no way to know what nonhuman intelligences might offer. Sufficiently high rewards might tempt even the most honest people to reserve them for themselves and their families.
If we assume that earthly negotiators remain interested only in themselves, their families, or the cartel as a whole, then the prospect for any revelations to the general public is low. Some degree of altruism, fair play, or patriotism would have to win out for someone to spill the beans.
Of course, it may well be that no humans are in contact with nonhuman intelligences, in which case the whole scenario falls apart.