It seems the folks at Turtle Bay may have found yet another way to waste U.S. taxpayer monies, the creation of an Ambassador and Plenipotentiary for Alien Affairs. According to an article published last month in the U.K.’s London Telegraph, a “space ambassador could be appointed by the United Nations to act as the first point of contact for aliens trying to communicate with Earth.”
Although the post has not been officially created, they seem to already have someone in mind: Malaysian astrophysicist Ms. Mazlan Othman. Since 1999, Othman (pictured on the far left of the photo standing next to the Iranian and the rocket) has been serving as the Director of the UN’s Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA). By the way UNOOSA is located in Vienna, not New York City so maybe they can keep the alien issue to themselves over there in Europe where they seem to have a lot of experience with oddities.
Fortunately, Othman has since issued a statement that while the idea of a Alien Ambassador may be “cool” there is no such plan under consideration. It is projects such as these that remind me of words uttered frequently on the original Star Trek, “Beam Me Up, Scottie.” Someone in the U.S. Congress, when reviewing the State Department budget, needs to rein these people in. Considering how they have dealt with earthbound alien lifeforms such as the Cuban and Iranian regimes, to name two of many, they do not inspire a lot of confidence they could handle ET on a bicycle or, if your prefer, the more manly alien species from the movie Independence Day, starring Will Smith.
Seriously though, as odd as this may sound, the UN Charter grants no such authority to the folks at Turtle Bay or Vienna or anywhere else. U.S. taxpayer dollars could be put to much better use say, at NASA, than with these folks who seem to have a great deal of spare time on their hands. Ideally, the Congress should cut funding to these programs and return the money to taxpayers. The UN has an abysmal terrestrial record, they should be kept out of outer space exploration and exploitation.