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Rudy Giuliani, US presidential hopeful and ex-hardline-Mayor of New York, says that under his command, the US will be prepared for anything, up to and including an alien attack. He made the rather unlikely claim at a public conference, when a young lad in the audience piped up with the following: "If (there's) something living …


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  1. Jaap Stoel

    Oh thats just sad...

    If you can't even awnser a childs question properly...

    What's the world coming to?

  2. Tawakalna
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    snorffle.. what if they're "Independence Day" aliens and have a huge primary weapon that levels NYC before Rudy can even climb into the F-18 that he hasn't got and doesn't know how to fly?

  3. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Damn... is blocked by company's filter. Anyhow, let's hope he's not gonna make for president - they don't need another such moron. Or let's hope for an alien attack...


    no, didn't tick the alien icon

  4. Dan Collett


    George W has a whole panel of advisors to answers these questions for him in pretty pictures why does he need to ask these questions in public? lol. (For those not in UK this joke may go over your heads and for that i am sorry) (but then if you arent in the UK and watch Family Guy you still might get it :) )

    Seriously though the kid does raise a good piont we are not at a piont in our technoclogy where we could effectively take on a rac who are capable of interstellar travel! The shielding requirements for such a voyage alone would mean that non of our conventional weapons would stand a chance. I hate to be the one to explain this too him that his government is probably most likely completely less than unprepared!

    N.B all the above is theoretical of course i am not some nut who sits at home worrying about alien invaders wearing Tinfoil hats! But i am up for discussing this kind of thing after about 10 pints!

  5. Joerg

    Anyone remembers Reagan comments on aliens ...?!

    Well, the Reagan speech at the UN regarding an alien threat is on YouTube as well:

    Is this just a coincidence, perhaps ? The majority of people surely will think so BUT do you really think that there is nothing hidden and there are no aliens and no threats of that kind ? Do you really think that is just some political way of speaking to get people attention and nothing more than that ?

    Well, yeah.. a coincidence, indeed.. sure.. anything else must be just fantasy and exaggeration.. sure, of coure.. yep... not..!

  6. Ash
    IT Angle

    Defend the nation against enemies, both foreign and alien.

    Surely US immigration will fingerprint, iris scan, slap them with anti-terrorism law as they're not white christian, and send them for an extended residential experience at the Guantanamo Bay Holiday Home complex.

    Is the horse dead yet?

  7. Chris
    Gates Horns


    If there was an Independance day attack it would be easy to defend against, all we'd need to do is implant some sort of virus into their spaceships' computer which will slow down and crash their spaceship systems, Microsoft has been developing this virus for years, it's codename is Windows, and they have been testing this virus for years on man-made pc's with great success.

  8. Anonymous Coward

    tin foil hats

    Tin foils hats are almost useless at protecting you from alien attacks. Lead lined panties, on the other hand... /VOE

  9. amanfromMars Silver badge

    Ready for anything? OK, Suck IT and See, Rudy..... NYSE expects and all that jazz

    "you will have noticed, still failed to answer the poor kid's question."

    Yes, he failed that spectacularly. Probably thought it was a joke. I wonder if the Plan Prepared is to buy them off or buy into them? Or would that really piss them off?

    Proper Planning and Preparation Prevents Piss Poor Performance Permitting AI a QuITe Alien Disregard of Haste.

  10. Craig Chambers

    Tinfoil hats?

    Thankfully, none of the aliens I've seen on TV wear tinfoil hats.

  11. Anonymous Coward
    Dead Vulture

    What he actually said was even more vapid than that

    Unfortunately, you misquoted Mr. Rudy. What he actually said was:

    "Well, if we're properly prepared for all the different things that can happen to us, then we'll be prepared for that as well. Right? I mean, so, we'll be prepared for anything that happens."

    Begging the question, circular logic, stating the it what you will, that's the biggest "non-answer" he could have come up with.

  12. John A Blackley


    The "usual political tactic" of first praising the question and then praising the kid who asked (or vice-versa) may have been to give Rudy's handlers the time to figure out what to do with the question and relay instructions via Rudy's earpiece.

    As if this weren't sad enough, the fact that Rudy Guliani is viewed as a viable candidate for anything above number-plate-maker would make a statue weep.

  13. amanfromMars Silver badge



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  14. Dave


    amanfrommars has made a post about alien invasion that actually made sense. Certainly the aliens will be attacking soon as the world is obviously coming to an end...

  15. Joerg

    @John A Blackley: Even more sad is to see Clinton, Obama, Al Gore...

    ... which are way worse than Giuliani, indeed.

    The main difference is that Clinton,Obama and Al Gore have 98-99% of the news and media networks promoting them, while Giuliani being with the Right Wing doesn't allow him to get the same level of propaganda.

    Simply because the majority of journalists and entertainment industry people are with the Left Wing

  16. Dale

    Alien Attack?

    Oh come on... so they're thinking that if 250,000 UFO's armed with big-feck-off nuclear weapons - they're ready?! I doubt that!!

  17. Anonymous Coward
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    jesus f**king christ on a boatload of bias!

    if this had been Clinton people would be fawning all over how "cute" the situation was. Guliani doesn't have a chance in hell, but for chrissakes, this propaganda hit piece is shameful. But the "non-biased" media's gonna run with this retarded bit for sure, working on the "hearts and minds" to convince people to vote for the woman who Gulianai allowed (by bowing out of the Senate race) to represent his state's Senate without a single bit of authentic residency or successful political experience.

    If it had been Al Gore he would have lied out his @ss about a plan, and you all would celebrate and demand another Nobel for him.

    But for you all to try to turn this non event into negative political commentary is a stretch that even Gebbels would be loathe to attempt.

  18. Sean Nevin


    Why are people speculating about how to defend against aliens? We *have* one right here! Just ask, IT's worth a ShoT iN tHE daRK.

    amanfromMars, how would you do it?

  19. Daniel

    Left wing liberal media

    Anyone who thinks the media in the US is titled towards the left wing is deluded. Very nearly all of the real left wing media died off years ago. What passes as "left wing liberal media" now is centrist media. Want proof? Just look at the media coverage over the last 4 years. With a few rare (and truly important) exceptions, all the media has really done is suck at the teat of the Whitehouse PR machine.

    I don't really think of myself as a left winger, but the constant cries about the "left wing media" drives me batty.


  20. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Thought Reg readers were smarter than Joerg and Anonymous Coward

    Media bias? The media basically put GW in office over here. There IS media bias in the US and it's pro right. Clinton was dragged through to coals over here for basically nothing, while GW is only just starting to get some negative press.

    I thought anyone who could read (and understand) El Reg would be smart enough to not pull the left wing media bias card.

    The Register is for educated people, not left or right wing, just educated.

  21. LaeMi Qian

    I, for one, welcome our new alien overlords

    I feel that any alien race capable of crossing interstellar distances would have...

    - vats to grow any needed foods.

    - robots to provide any needed labour.

    - ability to plunder all the other planets on our solar system un-harassed for any needed mineral resources.

    We would be ignored or, at most, laughed at as part of some sort of inter-stellar reality TV show.

    The might decide to kill us off to save the rest of life on the planet, though.

  22. Naiirita

    media biased

    there is bias in the media and it does slantleft... but it is a hugh conglomerate. the top layer with a few exceptions is BIG bussiness mostly republican, they set over all policy, and tend to be happy as long as they make money, once you go lower, the producers and editors who actully make day to day decisions on what story to run and how to run it thats where you hit the most liberal bias is, the joranlist themselves i think mostly just try to get attention getting stories, true ot not, no matter the bias, again there are many exception, but that tends to be the way it trends. and the media has been sharply critical of bush for many years, its just they are carefull, do to his strong republican support, meaning advertisers and money, and the fact if you snub bush, he snubs you, meaning you loose your white house press pass, so it was monetary more that right wing agenda that kept the stories...less critical, clinton was raked over the coles because sex sells, and sex, lies, cover up and politics sell REALLY REALLY well.

  23. Robert Ramsay

    We'll make great pets Porno for Pyros put it

  24. Anonymous Coward
    IT Angle

    politics aside

    Rudies a dickhead he treats his family like shit as for the whole I was there at 9/11 thing he trots out at the drop of a hat he didn't have any fucking choice in the matter it happened he was Mayor so what.As for not answering the kids question he doesn't have the ability to think on that broad a scale anyway which is why he'd make a piss poor president.What he would do if any country attacked us much less aliens is up to debate he doesn't have a clue.I get so sick of these cartoon people being foisted off as leaders rarely are they anything but a puppet for a guy like Dick Cheney for example.

  25. lglethal Silver badge

    @ americans

    Please take your political discussion elsewhere - the rest of us DONT CARE!!!

    As for reg being biased one way or the other, this is a UK website (even if youve come in through door) - we (the rest of the world) reserve the right to make fun of ANY political gaffs made by your incompetent, corrupt, moronic leaders. Just as we expect you to make fun of our leaders when ours do something equally stupid. Naturally we get to do this a whole lot more then you guys do, but them's the apples!

    As for the aliens - well i hope they hurry up and get here! Hopefully they'll have something better on their TV's then all the shite reality TV and Idol shows were stuck with!

  26. Charles Manning

    Media bias is fickle

    They try to back the bloke (or blokette) most likely to win.

    Why? Well if you piss off the White House you'll get those scoops and little bits of gossip a bit later and they'll be a bit slower returning your calls. In this age, media need to groom their news sources and you don't do that by being investigative.

    Same goes for grooming the military too. Who was that journalist that got fired for annoying the military by interviewing "the other side"? His bosses knew they'd get cut off from the nice chewey news if they let him stay around. Instead of sending beak news feeds from a reporter embedded in a fighting unit they'd be sending back footage watching grunts washing trucks down at the transport depot.

    No wonder mainstream investigative journalism is dead in USA.

  27. amanfromMars Silver badge

    @Media bias is fickle


    No wonder the White House and the military is dying in USA if that is how they play the Game.

    Holding the country and/or countries to ransom is NOT the way to win hearts and minds and will always lose you the battles and the wars.

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    Dumb schmucks make for bad Tele Vision and Zero ratings and inexorable, inevitable Collapse.

  28. amanfromMars Silver badge
    Gates Halo

    @Why. AI Challenge answered .........?

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    amanfromMars, how would you do it?"

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  29. Joerg

    @Anonymous Coward: "educated people" what ? Classical left wing babbling...

    .. to look smart and cool and elitist.

    The media is owned and controlled by the Democrats in the USA and by the Left Wing in general worldwide. This is a fact that anyone could clearly see every single day.

  30. Mark McGuire

    @"Left Controls Media"

    I am so tired of those that go shouting this because they feel the media isn't being nice enough to their side. It's the media's job to provide information, but the only information the common man/woman wants is juicy stories of corruption and wrong duing. Basically the media gets paid for making well know figures (Presidents, leaders, movie stars, etc) look bad. If we had a President who was a Democrat the media would be all over him and all the liberals would complain about the media being too conservative.


    Sorry, but you don't "have" to read our comments. Also you don't have to read the Reg's story on the US Gov. You wanted to come to this story and shout how Americans < Brits. And just because YOU don't care doesn't mean other people don't care. The Register reports for US, England, and technical people around the world. I tired of the f*ing elitism on both sides. WE ALL SUCK!!!!

    I'll get off my soapbox now...

  31. simon hayes
    Dead Vulture

    Aliens reckon we'll stuff ourselves first ... we've done it before !

    On the Eve of the Alien invasion I expect Guili Riuliani will stand down the national air defence as per 9/11, to allow an AA type 77 spaceship, looking suspiciously like a hairdryer to hit the Pentagon.

    BTW, has anyone noticed that all the honey bees seem to be dying, possibly due to electromagnetic pollution?

    Albert Einstein stated: " If the bee disappeared off the surface of the globe, then man would only have four years of life left.

    No more bees, no more pollination, no more plants, no more animals, no more man."

  32. Scott Swarthout

    We don't need to worry about aliens

    Because the Lizard Army will be the ones fighting them off. Our only hope of survival is that the alien invaders and the Lizard Army will weaken eachother so that mankind can stancd a chance at wiping them out for our own survival.

  33. obed

    So why not try something different like....tell the truth?

    If I were asked that question, I would have used the opportunity to bring to the forefront a fundamental belief most Americans have "We can do anything!" He had a perfect opportunity to just say, "You know what son, we've thought about things like this and have done all we can to prepare but honestly, there's really no way to know for sure. What I can tell you is that if such a thing were to occur, I have full faith in the determination, dedication and enginuity of the American (subsitute for Earthicans) people to meet such a challenge and rise to the occasion."


  34. Dave
    Black Helicopters


    Don't forget Skynet... being (possibly) carbon-based, both the Lizard Army and the Aliens will be prime targets for the roving armies of Terminators.

    Why no icon for our Robot Overlords? They will be offended...

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