In this lecture Richard Dolan provides a historical foundation for UFOs and government secrecy.

Drawing on official documents acquired through the Freedom of Information Act, he details the extreme levels of interest given to UFOs by the U.S. military and intelligence community, despite public statements to the contrary.

One of the reasons Dolan offers for such an interest is that unknown and extraordinary objects have repeatedly violated sensitive U.S. airspace. Frequently, these objects exhibited capabilities far beyond those of military aircraft even today. Dolan’s historical analysis includes the origins and development of a secrecy/cover-up posture during the cold war, as well as descriptions of several spectacular military encounters with UFOs.

The UFO problem has involved military personnel around the world for more than half a century, and is wrapped in secrecy. Over the years, enough pieces of the puzzle have become visible to give us a sense of what the picture looks like. Richard Dolan attempts to use these pieces to construct a clear historical narrative, focusing on the national security dimensions. Because this subject is so widely ridiculed, it is important to stress why it is worthy of serious attention.

Stories of strange objects in the sky go far back in time, but the problem received little attention until the start Second World War. At that time, military personnel from Allied and Axis countries reported unconventional objects in the sky, eventually known as foo fighters In retrospect, this development is not so surprising. First, human aviation had become widespread for the first time.

Above the clouds, thousands of pilots suddenly had a kind of visibility never before possessed. A second reason was the invention of radar, which extended the range of human vision through electronic means.

Dolan presents a thorough historical analysis of the national security aspects of the UFO reality. Getting past the official pronouncements on the one side, and unprovable assertions on the other, Dolan gathers together the facts that are known, providing a concise yet comprehensive narrative. Based on research of hundreds of official and fully documented sources, His study of the subject brings an astonishing level of detail, sophistication, and clarity to a topic which is often erroneously dismissed as an adjunct of pop culture.

Across the Earth’s skies and deep within the minds of humankind, UFOs are everywhere and yet nowhere. For years, decades, generations, and centuries, people have noticed unusual and occasionally impossible things in their skies. It will never be known how many sightings occurred in early times; today they are daily and worldwide. And yet, except for brief punctuations, the main instruments of power in our world continue to remain silent. The discrepancy between humanity’s collective eyes and its voice is striking and unsettling.

Dolan provides a detailed chronological narrative of the national security matters related to the UFO phenomenon from 1941 to the present. He centers his investigation around the American military and intelligence communities, showing definitively that they take UFOs very seriously indeed. In his work Dolan analyzes UFO sightings, politics and the research that occurred during the last two decades of the cold war. Dolan describes UFO encounters from all around the world, demonstrating that the phenomenon is global, and the result of highly advanced technology.

There is scarcely a person on Earth who has not heard of UFOs; Many believe in them. Few, however, can say much about them. Fewer still – even believers – can find much time to think about them. Life finds a way of keeping us occupied with other matters. Even for experienced researchers, UFOs can seem surreal, if only because they find so little support for the idea within “respectable” society.

The same applies to witnesses. Scratch below the surface a little, and you will find many people who have seen, or at least believe they have seen, a genuine UFO. Although seeing is believing, the passage of time can still engulf an extraordinary sighting within the mundane necessities of daily life. The experience then becomes no more than an interesting anomaly, often forgotten or pushed aside because there is just no place for it, and they certainly do not have the stomach for the ridicule.

It is a reality that is actively being covered up. It is a phenomenon that is so significant that certain elements of the human power structure have made it their priority to keep information about it strictly to themselves, apparently at all cost. As to the identity of these secret-keepers, many sources culled from several decades of leaks, as well as broad geopolitical trends, make a reasonable case that they are “beyond” nations. The U.S. power structure, while still integral to the system of secrecy, may not be the final word as it once was.

The implications of a UFO reality and cover-up are profound. It means that our society has lived in an “official” reality so incomplete, so inaccurate, that we might be justified in calling it fictitious. It means that the history we have been taught, the science we have learned, and the very core of who we think we are, needs to be re-examined.
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By Padraig Williams | Staff Writer