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originally posted by: -Blackout-
Dolan has been a respected pillar of the UFO community for a long time and all of this seems so weird to me. I honestly feel like they must have concealed something from him when presenting it. Like the plaque for instance. They must have held that information from him, not allowing him to analyze it or even see it. In other words, Mr Dolan wasn't given every piece of information and he was fooled I bet. I cannot see Richard Dolan taking this all in hook, line and sinker like this.
Anyway, I hope that this doesn't damage Dolan's credibility because I respect the man and I love his work and opinions on the UFO subject.
What are the general thoughts of ATS about this particular situation with Dolan?
Anyway, I'm the OP of this thread and my original statements are not damaging in any way. In fact, I'm one of the ones that are giving Mr Dolan the benefit of the doubt here.
I think that there is a bitter rivalry underneath the surface in Ufology from every Ufologist involved (or at least, most of them anyway) - They all think that the next guys ideologies on the subject are bogus.
There are a bunch of big names working in this field "professionally". Some more diligently than others. Yet none of them have ever really got any further than we did back in the 1950s beyond collecting a bunch of interesting stories and some circumstantial evidence.
originally posted by: TheChronus
.....However, regardless of what the mainstream media say (and their paid consultants with obvious ties to the military or NASA itself) and the sad state of the "ufology community", there are things out there that cannot be explained in terms of a "breakaway civilization", or ultra-dark-top-secret-talk-and-your-dead military projects. It may be 5%, or just 3, or even 1%, or a fraction of that, and still we have enough incidents that should demand a true investigation and at least people asking repeatedly the obvious questions.
Mainstream science will probably find the hard evidence for aliens before Richard Dolan or any of the other high priests of ufology.. Who will all then probably claim they were right all along when/if it does.
I guess he will take a hit in the eyes of some, but I don't think he deserves much grief. He wasn't part of the reserarch team. He was invited down to hear presentation and then shared his impressions afterward. Rich is an historian, not a forensics type investigator. He had no idea that there was a placard that would eventually be revealed to the world. I think his reputation is intact...my opinion anyway..and i said the same thing on the air a few nights ago.
Richard is a believer and does not demand evidence to support his views.
BUT, he is not an originator. He has simply taken other peoples' works, regardless of source and dressed them in new clothing.
Believers are easy to fool
Just because this was a UFO event does not sanctify it safe from moral scrutiny or deciding what is right or wrong.