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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 1947, 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.S. government and other nations. 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.

A.D. After Disclosure is the first project to focus on what might happen after an announcement that
UFOs are real.

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. Consider it a fascinating
“what if?”

What if UFO secrecy were to end? 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.

And yet, an acknowledgment that “UFOs are real and some of them are not us” will not end the debate,
but only lead to more questions. 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? Could it be that these beings are not “visitors” from another part of our universe, but full-time
residents of our world already? Are even stranger physics involved, such as dimensions or time travel?

Any such revelation will be a game-changer of monumental proportions. Unlike 9/11 when we said
everything changed, in this case it really will.

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.S.
Cold War strategy, Soviet history, and international diplomacy. He was writing a book about U.S.
national security policy in the early Cold War years, when he became fixated on the issue of UFOs. 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. He created the NBC TV series, Dark Skies, wrote the SyFy Channel’s first original film
Official Denial, and worked with Steven Spielberg on Taken.

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. Witnesses often described them as roundish or disk-shaped, giving rise to the term
“flying saucer.”
To read one or two such reports, we might well be inclined to dismiss them as mistakes: unknown
natural phenomena, equipment malfunctions, or some other error in perception. 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 1940s? 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. First, in “Day One,”
we paint a picture of the momentous Day of Disclosure itself, taking you along with us on one scenario
as the President of the United States joins with other leaders to make the announcement that changes
the world. As we predict, it will not be made willingly or free from duress. Rather, outside events will
probably force the issue. We ask the question, too, of “how much disclosure” a President will provide,
and indeed how much will even be possible.

Then a bit of history is in order. Chapters 2 and 3 – “Facts in the Air” and “Breakaway” – describe the
history of UFOs and the nature of the cover-up, respectively. How strong is the evidence for UFOs?
Why would secrecy about the subject even be necessary? How is it possible for the “powers-that-be” to
hide something so significant for so long? 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.

Once the reader is caught up with the background, it is time to study the possible “triggers” that will
prompt the end of secrecy. 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. This is the theme of Chapter 4,
“Endgame.”

Much of Disclosure will hinge on the nature of these other beings themselves. In Chapter 5, “Threat
Analysis,” we examine the questions: Who are they? 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.

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