It looks like you're using an Ad Blocker.
Please white-list or disable AboveTopSecret.com in your ad-blocking tool.
Some features of ATS will be disabled while you continue to use an ad-blocker.
..We talk about the delicate succession of Truman to Eisenhower and how the UFO secret seemed to be handled within the corridors of power. The crisis of 1960's caused by a major UFO wave and how the government handled it and how it led to today's atmosphere of non-disclosure from the government.
Richard discusses the story in the book of a 1951 meeting attended by Edward Ruppelt that included someone from a shadowy "controller group". Project Blue Book and its degeneration as an investigative unit and some of the reasons for this. He details an infamous potential UFO crash from 1962 and how it is covered by Blue Book.
We talk about the battle within the government in the 1950's between the "UFO Party" and those who wanted to keep the UFO secret "in-house" and how this theme seems to come up again and again throughout Ufology, including an in-depth discussion of the impact of the Freedom of Information Act on Ufology and the evolution of the FOIA and Ufology.
We also discuss the infamous JNAP-146, one of the key directives coming from the Air Force that helped to shut down UFO reports from pilots, both military and commercial. The schizophrenic nature of the UFO enigma when it comes to the Air Force and society in general.
Richard M. Dolan was born in Brooklyn, New York, in 1962. He holds an MA in History from the University of Rochester and a BA in History from Alfred University. He earned a Certificate in Political Theory from Oxford University and was a Rhodes Scholar finalist. Prior to his interest in anomalous phenomena, Dolan studied US Cold War strategy, Soviet history, and international diplomacy.
As a result, the easiest thing to do with UFO evidence is to ignore it, which is what most people do. Much harder is to confront it honestly, whether this means accepting or debunking it. That is, accepting into one's worldview something as "far out" as extraterrestrials is not easy for many people, especially when one's official culture finds little more than ridicule in the subject.
But honest debunking is very, very difficult, considering the compelling nature of so many UFO cases. Personally, I am close to the position that it is impossible to do this honestly, but will leave the benefit of the doubt to some exceptional, as yet unfound, individual.
The problem with nearly all skeptical arguments against alien visitation is that, quite simply, they fail to look at the UFO evidence. They all sound great in theory, but fall apart when presented with a few good reports. In the end, skeptics are forced to fall back upon their most often-used weapon: claiming a UFO event was a hoax.
Originally posted by Atomic
Unfortunately this great book will slip through the cracks on this board, where sensationalism garners more interest than known facts...
Originally posted by karl 12
Great interview with Richard Dolan -author of the (very interesting) book,
"UFOs and the National Security State -Chronology of a cover-up"
Can They Really Cover This Up?
UFO skeptics often ask, "Do you really think the government could hide something like this for so long?" The question itself reflects ignorance of the reality that secrecy is a way of life in the national security state. Actually, though, the answer is yes and no. Yes in that cover-ups are standard operative procedures, frequently unknown to the public for decades, becoming public knowledge by a mere roll of the dice. But also no, in that UFO information has leaked out from the very beginning. It is impossible to shut the lid completely. The key lies in neuralizing and discrediting unwelcome information, sometimes through official denial, othertimes through proxies in the media.
The severity of military orders is certainly a major incentive to secrecy, least of which is penetration by the intelligence community. By the early 1950's, the CIA had cozy relationships with most major media executives in America. The most significant of these were with New york Times, Washington Post, Christian Science Monitor, New York Herald-Tribune, Saturday Evening Post, Miami Herald, Time-Life, CBS News, Scripps-Howard News Papers, hearst Newspapers, the Associated Press, United Press International, the Mutal Broadcasting System, and Reuters. In addition, the CIA had Asia, and the Americas. By the early 1970's, the agency admitted to having working relations with four hundred strategically placed people throughout the mainstream media. There is evidence that this relationship continues.
I have used the term national security state" to describe its structures of power. It is a convenient way to express the military and intelligence communities, as well as the worlds that feed upon them, such as defense contractors and other underground, nebulous entities. Its fundamental traits are secrecy, wealth, independence, power, and duplicity.
1. Secrecy. Nearly everything of significance undertaken by America's military and intelligence community in the past half-century has occurred in secrecy. The undertaking to build an atomic weapon, better known as the Manhattan Project, remains the great model for all subsequent activities. For four years not a single member of Congress even knew about it, although its final cost exceeded the then-incredible total of $2 billion. During and after the Second World War, other important projects, such as the development of biological weapons, the importation of Nazi scientists, terminal mind control experiments, nationwide interception of mail and cable transmissions of an unwitting populace, infiltration of the media and universities, secret coups, secret wars, and assassinations all took place far removed not only from the American public, but most members of Congress and a few Presidents. Indeed, several of the most powerful intelligence agencies were themselves established in secrecy, unknown by the public or Congress for many years.
2. Wealth. Since the 1940s, the U.S. Defense and Intelligence establishment has had more money at its disposal than most nations. In addition to official dollars, much of the money is undocumented. From its beginning, the CIA was engaged in a variety of off-the-record "business" activities that generated large sums of cash. The connections of the CIA with global organized crime (and thus de facto with the international narcotics trade) has been well-established and documented for many years.  In addition, the CIA maintained its own private airline fleet which generated a tidy sum of unvouchered funds primarily out of Asia. Finally, much of the original money to run the American intelligence community came from very wealthy and established American families, who have long maintained an interest in funding national security operations important to their interests.
3. Independence. In theory, civilian oversight exists over the U.S. national security establishment. The President is the military Commander-in-Chief. Congress has official oversight over the CIA. The FBI must answer to the Justice Department. In practice, little of this fond theory applied during the period under review. One reason has to do with the secrecy: the compartmentalization of information within military and intelligence circles. "Top Secret" clearance does not clear one for all Top Secret information. Sensitive information is available on a need to know basis. Two CIA officers in adjoining rooms at the Langley Headquarters can be involved in completely different top secret activities, each completely ignorant of the other's doings. Such compartmentalization not only increases secrecy, but independence from the wrong (e.g. official) kinds of oversight...
4. Power. Secrecy, wealth, and independence add up to power. Through the years, the national security state has gained access to the world's most sophisticated technology, sealed off millions of acres of land from public access or scrutiny, acquired unlimited snooping ability within U.S. borders and beyond, conducted overt or clandestine actions against other nations, and prosecuted wars without serious media scrutiny. Domestically, it maintains influence over elected officials and communities hoping for some of the billions of defense dollars.
5. Duplicity. Deception is a key element of warfare, and when winning is all that matters, the conventional morality held by ordinary people becomes an impediment. The examples of public deception by national security elements are too many to summarize here, but are provided in the ensuing chapters.
The UFO cover-up (precisely the right phrase) is one secret among many within the American national security state. Like other areas within its domain, the UFO problem has been handled secretly, with great deception, and significant resources. The secrecy stems from a pervasive and fundamental element of life in our world: that those who are at the top of the heap will always take whatever steps necessary to maintain the status quo.
Originally posted by ofhumandescent
Control the news media and you control public information/opinion