Richard Dolan is a leading authority in UFO studies and the author of the extraordinarily well-researched two-volume work, UFOs and the National Security State: Chronology of a Coverup, 1941-1973. A trained historian and former Oxford student, he brings an academic’s rigor to the subject of extraterrestrial contact and secret government efforts to explore UFOs and alien technology. He recently released A.D. After Disclosure: The People’s Guide to Life After Contact, a projected history of the near future.
Dolan is hosting the upcoming Evolver Intensive, Two Worlds in Collision: Extraterrestrials, the Secret Government, and You, featuring Jim Marrs, Linda Moulton Howe, and me, Daniel Pinchbeck, as guests, beginning May 12.
In anticipation of the event, I asked Richard some questions about his work:
Daniel Pinchbeck: What inspired you to write UFOs and the National Security State?
Richard Dolan: I was writing a doctoral dissertation on Cold War strategy and national security policy in the Truman era when I found Timothy Good’s Above Top Secret, at a bookstore in Syracuse. He described a worldwide UFO cover-up that involved some of the same names I was writing about in my dissertation. I started to study this area. I found a great deal of evidence that proved the US government and military was very interested in UFOs, starting in the 1940s. I spent 5 years writing the first volume of UFOs and the National Security State, which was published in 2000.
How did your research affect your worldview?
I started out as a Noam Chomsky kind of kid. Once I realized this subject went much deeper, my worldview got turned inside out. I felt I was living in two different realities. I began with a very conservative question: ‘Was this even a part of our history?’ And then, if it was, did they ever resolve what they were? Ultimately, I had to ask myself, If this is true, what else must be true?
You make a very powerful statement in your work, that the secrecy over UFOs is a cancerous growth that has eaten away at the fabric of ourdemocratic institutions. What do you think is happening?
I believe the 1947 Roswell crash was a real event that involved acquisition of highly exotic technologies whose study has been classified, with research funded through the government’s black budget. From that time to today, a vast apparatus of secrecy has grown around this area. A lot of the research and development on exotic ET technology has moved to the private sphere.
What else does your research suggest? Has the government or private interests developed new technologies or made contact withextraterrestrial civilizations?
A couple of years ago, I began to explore the idea of a breakaway civilization – I can’t prove it exists, but I think it does. I have interviewed scientists from the NSA who say they had computers in the early 1960s that were more than thirty years ahead of their time. Imagine they discovered ways to replace petroleum as a source of energy, through electro-gravitics for instance. It is quite likely their bosses would have said, ‘No, these technologies are not going mainstream.” It is conceivable that in the classified world, the development of technology has leapfrogged. There is circumstantial evidence they have developed fleets of flying saucers able to go off planet. You could call this a separate civilization, with a different belief system and technology, which has broken away from the mainstream.
Some in the UFO community believe that we are seeing an effort to make a controlled disclosure of the ET presence over a number of years. Do you concur?
There is no upside for the powers-that-be in disclosing ET information. Recently, the Obama administration reiterated that there is no evidence of life elsewhere in the universe and no evidence of a UFO coverup. The response remains lame and predictable. If they had said that there was a genuine mystery here, it would have caused an explosion.
If these ETs are visiting the earth, what is their purpose and function here?
We may have a very large contingent of ETs that are here among us. Probably because we are about to jump into their world, we have drawn a ton of attention to ourselves. Some of these ET groups are benevolent, some are formidable, and some are not well-disposed to us. They are coming here right now because this is where the action is.
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