On October 5, 1982, Dr. Brian T. Clifford of the Pentagon announced at a press conference ("The Star", New York, Oct. 5, 1982) that contact between U.S. citizens and extraterrestrials 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 July 16, 1969, before the Apollo moon shots), anyone found to have had such contact can be jailed for one year and fined $5,000. The NASA administrator is empowered to determine with or without a hearing that a person or object has been "extraterrestrially 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 "extraterrestrial exposure" is left entirely up to NASA administrator.
According to Dr. Clifford, whose commanding officers have been assuring the public for the last 40 years that UFOs are nothing more than hoaxes and delusions: "This is really no joke, it's a very serious matter."
This legislation was buried in a batch of regulations very few members of government probably bothered to read in its entirety, and was slipped onto the books without public debate. In effect, the government of the United States has created a whole new criminal class: UFO contactees.
The excuse offered by NASA is that extra-terrestrials might have a virus that could wipe out the human race.
It appears the primary effect of such a law would not be to prevent contact, but to silence witnesses. If enforced, the law would prevent publication of contactee reports except under cover of anonymity. However, it may well be unenforceable if applied to UFO experiencers.
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 narrowly (i.e. pertaining to NASA astronauts only) or broadly (i.e. pertaining to anyone who might have alien contact).
Section 1211.101 of the law reads: "The provisions of this part apply to all NASA manned and unmanned space missions..." The controversy over the law might be dismissed as a tempest in a teacup if this passage contained the word "only", so as to read: "The provisions of this part apply only to all NASA manned and unmanned space missions..." However, it does not contain that one word which would have made such a big difference. If the government was suddenly faced with the accomplished fact of an undeniable overt E.T. visitation, this regulation could therefore be construed as being applicable to all space missions, whether of terrestrial or extra-terrestrial origin. As it stands, this law is potentially applicable to UFO contact.
Section 1211.102 of the law [Definitions (b) (2)] defines exposure as: "Touched directly or been in close proximity to (or been exposed indirectly to)..." Thus, even without direct involvement in a close encounter, one could become eligible for indefinite quarantine. By including indirect exposure, the NASA administrator is empowered to make the definition mean just about anything he wants it to.
Relevant portions of the Extra-terrestrial Exposure Law read as follows:
1211.100 Title 14 - Aeronautics and Space
Part 1211 - Extra-terrestrial Exposure
1211.100 - Scope
This part establishes: (a) NASA policy, responsibility and authority to guard the Earth against any harmful contamination or adverse changes in its environment resulting from personnel, spacecraft and other property returning to the Earth after landing on or coming within the atmospheric envelope of a celestial body; and (b) security requirements, restrictions and safeguards that are necessary in the interest of national security.
1211.101 - Applicability
The provisions of this part apply to all NASA manned and unmanned space
missions which land or come within the atmospheric envelope of a celestial body and return to the Earth.
1211.102 - Definitions
(a) "NASA" and the "Administrator" mean, respectively the National Aeronautics and Space Administration and the administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration or his authorized representative.
(b) "Extra-terrestrially exposed" means the state of condition of any person, property, animal or other form of life or matter whatever, who or which has:
(1) Touched directly or come within the atmospheric envelope of any other celestial body; or
(2) Touched directly or been in close proximity to (or been exposed indirectly to) any person, property, animal or other form of life or matter who or which has been extra-terrestrially exposed by virtue of paragraph (b)(1) of this section.
For example, if person or thing "A" touches the surface of the Moon, and on "A's" return to Earth, "B" touches "A" and, subsequently, "C" touches "B", all of these - "A" through "C" inclusive - would be extra-terrestrially exposed ("A" and "B" directly; "C" indirectly).
(c) "Quarantine" means the detention, examination and decontamination of any persons, property, animal or other form of life or matter whatever that is extra-terrestrially exposed, and includes the apprehension or seizure of such person, property, animal or other form of life or matter whatever.
(d) "Quarantine period" means a period of consecutive calendar days as may be established in accordance with 1211.104 (a).
(a) The Administrator or his designee..shall in his discretion:
(1) Determine the beginning and duration of a quarantine period with respect to any space mission; the quarantine period as it applies to various life forms will be announced.
(2) Designate in writing quarantine officers to exercise quarantine authority.
(3) Determine that a particular person, property, animal, or other form of life or matter whatever is extra-terrestrially exposed and quarantine such person, property, animal, or other form of life or matter whatever. The quarantine may be based only on a determination, with or without the benefit of a hearing, that there is probable cause to believe that such person, property, animal or other form of life or matter whatever is extra-terrestrially exposed.
(4) Determine within the United States or within vessels or vehicles of the United States the place, boundaries, and rules of operation of necessary quarantine stations.
(5) Provide for guard services by contract or otherwise, as may be necessary, to maintain security and inviolability of quarantine stations and quarantined persons, property, animals or other form of life or matter whatever.
(6) Provide for the subsistence, health and welfare of persons quarantined under the provisions of this part.
(7) Hold such hearings at such times, in such manner and for such purposes as may be desirable or necessary under this part, including hearings for the purpose of creating a record for use in making any determination under this part for the purpose of reviewing any such determination.
(b) (3) During any period of announced quarantine, no person shall enter or depart from the limits of the quarantine station without permission of the cognizant NASA officer. During such period, the posted perimeter of a quarantine station shall be secured by armed guard.
(b) (4) Any person who enters the limits of any quarantine station during the quarantine period shall be deemed to have consented to the quarantine of his person if it is determined that he is or has become extra-terrestrially
(b) (5) At the earliest practicable time, each person who is quarantined by NASA shall be given a reasonable opportunity to communicate by telephone with legal counsel or other persons of his choice.
1211.107 - Court or other process
(a) NASA officers and employees are prohibited from discharging from
the limits of a quarantine station any quarantined person, property, animal or other form of life or matter whatever during order or other request, order or demand of an announced quarantine period in compliance with a subpoena, show cause or any court or other authority without the prior approval of the General Counsel and the Administrator.
(b) Where approval to discharge a quarantined person, property, animal
or other form of life or matter whatever in compliance with such a
request, order or demand of any court or other authority is not given, the person to whom it is directed shall, if possible, appear in court or before the other authority and respectfully state his inability to comply, relying for his action on this 1211.107.
1211.108 - Violations
Whoever willfully violates, attempts to violate, or conspires to violate any provision of this part or any regulation or order issued under this part or who enters or departs from the limits of a quarantine station in disregard of the quarantine rules or regulations or without permission of the NASA quarantine officer shall be fined not more that $5,000 or imprisoned not more than 1 year, or both.
This article was printed in The Open Line Newspaper (Environmental Stewards) August, 1992 in Spokane, WA 99223.
NASA'S E.T. EXPOSURE LAW REPEALED
The so-called "Extraterrestrial Exposure Law" passed by Congress in 1969 gave NASA the ability to indefinitely quarantine any person thought to have been exposed, even indirectly, to extraterrestrial artifacts, environments or life forms. Some UFO researchers have suggested that this law could be applied to alleged UFO abductees.
However, CNI News has learned that law was repealed in 1991. Thanks to Slavko Mattes (firstname.lastname@example.org) for sending us this excerpt from the Federal Register, Vol. 56, No. 81 of Friday, April 26, 1991:
RULES AND REGULATIONS
National Aeronautics and Sapce Administration
14 CFR Part 1211
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
Action: Final rule.
Summary: NASA is removing 14 CFR part 1211 since it has served its purpose and is no longer in keeping with current policy.
Effective Date: April 26, 1991.
Addresses: Office of Space Science and Applications, Code S, NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC 20546.
For further information contact: Kathryn S. Schmoll, 202-453-1410.
List of Subjects in 14 CR Part 1211
-- Extraterrestrial exposure, Environmental protection, Security measures, Space transportation and exploration.
14CFR part 1211 (Consisting of 1211.100 through 1211.108) is hereby removed and reserved.
Richard H. Truly,
[FR Doc. 91-9904 Filed 4-25-91; 8:45 am]
Billing Code 7510-01-M
Original file name: .CNI - ET Exposure Law
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