This article originally appeared in Dazed and Confused.
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 (Keyhole Publishing). A trained historian and former Oxford student, he brings an academics 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 Peoples Guide to Life After Disclosure, a projected history of the near future. He is hosting the upcoming Evolver Intensive, Two Worlds in Collision: Extraterrestrials, the Secret Government, and You , featuring Jim Marrs, Linda Moulton Howe, and Daniel as guests, beginning May 12.
What inspired you to write UFOs and the National Security State?
I was writing a doctoral dissertation on Cold War strategy and national security policy in the Truman era when I found Timothy Goods 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 our democratic 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 governments 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 with extraterrestrial civilizations?
A couple of years ago, I began to explore the idea of a breakaway civilization I cant 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.
Richard Dolan will host a 4-week Evolver Intensives series focused on what appears to be an ever-growing police state that is hiding from the public the possibilities of human contact with other intelligences present on the Earth. This live, interactive video course, "Two Worlds in Collision: Extraterrestrials, The Secret Government, and You," starts on May 12. It will feature expert guests including Linda Moulton Howe, producer, reporter and editor of the award-winning science, environment and earth mysteries news website, Earthfiles.com; Jim Marrs, expert on a top-secret government program involving the psychic phenomenon known as remote viewing; EvolverIntensives.com and RealitySandwich.com co-founder, author Daniel Pinchbeck (Breaking Open the Head, 2012: The Return of Quetzalcoatl, and Notes from Edge Times) and Stephen Bassett, a leading advocate for ending the 65-year government imposed truth embargo regarding an extraterrestrial presence engaging the human race. To learn more, click here.