I have always been fascinated by the subject of UFOs and the unusual experiences that people have with them. Whether it is theyre different shapes, sizes, colors or the materials they are made of, they are always fun to day dream about. However, most books contemplate theyre actual existence. Are they from another galaxy, another dimension or another time?
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This book is not one of them. Over six decades into this quiet revolution, we can now see the outlines of a reality that has been sneaking up on us, one step at a time. The issue that was hushed up by one generation, then turned into an object of derision by another, now demands to be heard straight up in ours.
Since the first major wave of UFO sightings in , the number of people who believe that UFOs are of extraterrestrial origin has steadily risen. Today a majority of Americans, as well as other global citizens, believe that this is so, and at least five percent claim to have seen a UFO. The evidence that something strange has been happening is voluminous and convincing. All you have to do is look for it. Over the years, determined researchers have forced the release of once-classified reports prepared by the U.
These accounts tell a story of contact through the eyes of thousands of professional witnesses — law enforcement, military pilots, and even astronauts. Most of the public now rejects the theory that all sightings can be explained away as weather balloons, swamp gas flares, ball lighting, or mass hallucination.
Instead, people seem to have settled on one conclusion: At least some UFOs appear to be intelligently controlled physical craft of some kind from some place that is not here. Accepting that as our starting point is what makes our book different.
Even if you have been a skeptic on the subject of UFOs or, if you do believe in them but doubt that the secrecy is likely to end any time soon, this book should still engage you. How would that change our world? No secret can last forever. Our own society is changing so fast, so completely, that we are likely to be unrecognizable within a mere century from now.
In such a world, with intelligent computers, advanced quantum computing, and nearly unforeseeable developments in global communication, can we really believe that a secret such as the presence of an alien intelligence on Earth can continue to remain hidden and undisclosed? At what point between now and then do we cross the threshold of knowing the truth about UFOs, and having an open acknowledgment of them in our world? It might be as soon as next week, or as long as several more generations, but it will not be forever.
It will happen. The wall of official denial that has been in place for more than half a century now is showing cracks. It might also mark a new phase of the mystery. Will Disclosure lead to social panic? Undermine religion? Destroy the stock market? Or will it lead to revolutionary new technologies, extended life spans, and world peace? If alien civilizations have sent their own explorers across the universe to visit us, who are they?
What do they want? And why would some of our own people have kept the news of their arrival from the rest of us? What will unmasking a truth of this magnitude do to our reality, our way of life, our culture, our society?
Are even stranger physics involved, such as dimensions or time travel? Any such revelation will be a game-changer of monumental proportions. Full Disclosure could usher in an age of human unity, or it could lead to global despair. It could lead to a whole new age, or it could bring the world to its knees.
Those are the questions that have kept both of us up at nights. Because we wanted answers, we have written this book. Both of us feel that our previous research has led us inexorably to this project.
We may now be believers in UFO reality, but we did not start out that way. We followed the facts where they led. Richard Dolan has a graduate degree in history from the University of Rochester, where he studied U.
Cold War strategy, Soviet history, and international diplomacy. He was writing a book about U. His research evolved into UFOs and the National Security State, a multi-volume historical study of the attitudes and policies toward UFOs by the military and intelligence community, and the fascinating development of the citizen movements to end UFO secrecy.
Bryce Zabel grew up near McMinnville, Oregon, just a few miles from the spot where two of the most famous UFO photographs in history were taken. Even so, as a TV network correspondent and investigative reporter, he started as a skeptic. Yet, he found his mind opening when his research for several high-profile film and TV projects suggested to him that UFOs were not science fiction, but science fact.
Throughout both our careers, we have each sifted through the evidence, listened to the believers and deniers and, in truth, done the homework that investigative journalists and university scholars should have done, but which few have even tried. And while the work has been rewarding, it has never been easy, and has often been troubling. A detached review of the proven evidence, much of which is freely available via once-classified documents released through the Freedom of Information Act, tells us that militaries from around the world have been plagued by UFOs.
There is no other way to characterize this. Time after time, sensitive and restricted air space has been the scene of violations by objects tracked on radar and seen visually by base personnel. Attempts to intercept have often been made, all of which seem to have ended in failure.
The documents describe these unknown objects as performing maneuvers that would have destroyed our best fighter aircraft. UFOs could hover indefinitely, and then accelerate instantaneously.
But hundreds of such reports have come down to us. Their tone is serious. Higher level military and intelligence personnel discussed them and were left perplexed and sometimes distressed. The general scenario is clear. Advanced technology has been traversing the Earth. Whoever it belongs to, it is technology that is not supposed to exist — and yet it does. Moreover, those individuals in strategic positions of power were able to create and maintain a system of secrecy designed to keep the rest of the world in the dark.
Was it right to keep this secret from the people since the s? To laugh at people who saw what they saw, to make them feel small and ridiculous for speaking out? To transform the most important information of our time into fodder for stand-up comedians? No, it was not. Perhaps, after the truth is known, there will be efforts to bring some of these secret-keepers to justice. More likely, many people will shrug their shoulders and reflect that they might have done the same thing had they been confronted with the problem of UFOs.
They will also find, as we have in the course of our research, that the problem of UFOs has seldom been clear, and never simple. And yet, whatever the reasons for keeping us in the dark, we deserve to hear the full story now. We deserve to make our own plans. The truth may be wonderful, or it may be disturbing, but whatever it is, people have the capacity, and more importantly the right, to learn it and act upon it. In any case, we as a society will learn it. The structure of secrecy, when it falls apart in the months or years ahead, could disappear with astonishing speed.
One day it will be there and the next it will not. We have structured this book in what we believe is a logical ten chapter sequence. As we predict, it will not be made willingly or free from duress. Rather, outside events will probably force the issue. Then a bit of history is in order. How strong is the evidence for UFOs? Why would secrecy about the subject even be necessary? These and other relevant questions are asked and answered, providing a concise treatment of the modern UFO phenomenon in all its controversial glory.
One of our conclusions is that the appearance of unknown and highly advanced objects prompted the creation of a deeply secret infrastructure that over the years has moved farther and farther ahead of the rest of the world. So far ahead that, in many respects, we may consider them a fledgling civilization, one that has broken away from our own. Extreme challenges appear to have created extreme solutions. At this point we leave the solid ground of what is known and begin to speculate.
Yet, such speculation is of the feet-firmly-on-the-ground variety, based on analyzing the most probable immediate causes — both of the short-term and long-term. What might they want? Are we safe? In so doing, we review the best research about the possible nature of these strange visitors, discovering that there are more and more interesting possibilities than many people may have realized. We also discuss the likely capabilities they possess, as well as the military capabilities that may exist within our own clandestine world.
After this, we return our focus to our society and how Disclosure will play out. There will be hell to pay, and some will pay more than others. Here, we provide in-depth analyses of the effects of Disclosure on some of our major institutions: government, the economy, our legal system, and the media. The result is often not pretty. Disruptions of all kinds, public outrage, financial panics, and even martial law are all discussed. In this chapter, difficult questions are raised that we have not seen debated anywhere else: will there be Congressional investigations of the cover-up and how might they develop?
Will Presidential pardons be effective in stopping the political bloodletting? How will Disclosure affect the Fourth Estate, which for years assisted the cover-up by ridiculing and dismissing UFOs?
How will our legal system incorporate the reality of an alien presence that might not recognize our laws?
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