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Decency vs. Knowledge Essay

  • Submitted by: kaneo1414
  • on December 8, 2008
  • Category: Social Issues
  • Length: 998 words

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On July 8th, 1947, in Roswell, New Mexico, the U.S. Air Force announced that they had recovered a crashed flying saucer.   Initially, the news article explained that the unknown craft was discovered by a local rancher.   Although it was not mentioned in the article, there was heavy speculation that alien bodies were recovered at the site.   Shortly after, the debris, and possibly bodies, was transported to Fort Worth Army Air Field.   At this point, the news release was revised at the will of top-ranking military officials.   The investigation was now classified, and the public was informed that it was simply a weather balloon malfunction.  
I feel that when dealing with such a potentially important discovery, the entire international community deserves full disclosure of the facts.   The main argument to be made for release of photographic proof of extraterrestrial existence is that the human race deserves to have knowledge of such a prolific discovery.   Since the beginning of time, humans have wondered if we are alone.   Aside from individual people, I feel that no individual country has the right to keep such knowledge to themselves.   Other countries may have had similar experiences, and the U.S. could possibly build on their own experiences by sharing information with other governments.   On the other hand, without knowing exactly what happened during, or after, this incident, it is impossible to know how this specific information would affect the public.   It is possible that, after disclosing the information uncovered, there could be a widespread negative impact, such as mass panic.   However, I doubt that this information could be so shocking that a cover-up is necessary for so many years.
By the mid nineties, a strong majority of Americans believed that the government was hiding the existence of aliens, specifically from the Roswell incident.   The pressure became so intense, that the Secretary of the Air Force ordered an internal audit of the original documents, in...

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