The White House has said that there is “no evidence” that aliens exist, and has explicitly denied that the US government is keeping any such evidence from the world. The statement came in response to a petition that called for the government to reveal everything it knows about the possibility of extra-terrestrial life.
Phil Larson, of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, wrote in response to the petition that there is no credible evidence that aliens exist, or that any human has ever been contacted by an alien race. However, he did leave open the door to the possibility that aliens do exist somewhere in the universe, acknowledging that the vastness of the universe means the odds of humans being the only sentient life are fairly low.
The We the People petition system has been criticised by some in recent weeks for failing to truly listen to what ‘the people’ want. In cases where people have called for things like the legalisation of marijuana, for example, the White House has merely taken the opportunity to restate its opposition. There is no sign so far of any of the petitions actually leading to a change in policy within government, nor – many critics argue – is there much chance of that ever happening.