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UFOs and the National Security State, Vol. II

When I read Richard Dolan's new book, UFOs and the National Security State, Vol. II: The Cover-Up Exposed, 1973 - 1991, I was immediately struck by one question: What did Albert Speer know?

Now, to many people reading this review, that will seem like a complete non sequitur. Let me explain.

Albert Speer
was Hitler's Minister of Armaments from 1942 onwards, and for much of the 1930s and early 1940s was the closest thing that Hitler had to a friend. He was tried at Nuremberg in 1945 - 1946 for various war crimes and crimes against humanity. Speer was found guilty of war crimes and crimes against humanity, though he was acquitted on the other two counts (participating in a common plan or conspiracy for the accomplishment of crime against peace, and planning, initiating and waging wars of aggression and other crimes against peace), and sentenced to 20 years imprisonment at Spandau, which he served.

At his trial, Speer was the one Nazi leader who admitted at least a sense of general responsibility for the crimes of the Nazi regime. However, he was always very careful to deny direct knowledge (and therefore personal responsibility) for the greatest crime of all - the Holocaust. If it had been shown that he knew, he surely would have been hanged, like Fritz Sauckel, the man who rounded up the labour that Speer used to keep the factories running.

In the years that followed his release, Speer published Inside the Third Reich, which told his side of the story, and which was accepted by many historians as a reasonably accurate and candid version of events. But Speer always maintained that he did not know about the Holocaust. In Inside the Third Reich, he wrote that in mid-1944, he was told by Gauleiter Hanke of Lower Silesia that he should never accept an invitation to inspect a concentration camp in neighboring Upper Silesia, as "he had seen something there which he was not permitted to describe and moreover could not describe". Speer later concluded that Hanke had been speaking of Auschwitz, and blamed himself for not inquiring further of Hanke or seeking information from Himmler or Hitler:
These seconds were uppermost in my mind when I stated to the international court at the Nuremberg Trial that, as an important member of the leadership of the Reich, I had to share the total responsibility for all that had happened. For from that moment on I was inescapably contaminated morally; from fear of discovering something which might have made me turn from my course, I had closed my eyes ... Because I failed at that time, I still feel, to this day, responsible for Auschwitz in a wholly personal sense.
However, his claims to not have known became more controversial as the years went along, and new information surfaced, particularly about his presence at the Posen Conference on October 6, 1943, at which Reichsfuhrer Heinrich Himmler gave a speech in which he detailed the ongoing Holocaust to Nazi leaders. Himmler said, "The grave decision had to be taken to cause this people to vanish from the earth ... In the lands we occupy, the Jewish question will be dealt with by the end of the year." Speer was mentioned several times in the speech, and Himmler seemed to address him directly.

In Inside the Third Reich, Speer mentioned his own address to the officials (which took place earlier in the day), but did not mention Himmler's speech. He later claimed that he left before Himmler gave his speech. However, in Inside the Third Reich, Speer recalled that on the evening after the conference, many Nazi officials were so drunk that they needed help boarding the special train which was to take them to a meeting with Hitler. One of his biographers suggested this necessarily implied he must have still been present at Posen then, and must have heard Himmler's speech. In response, Speer claimed that in writing Inside the Third Reich, he erred in reporting an incident that happened at another conference at Posen a year later, as happening in 1943 - a claim which strains credulity on such an important point.

Speer died in 1981 whilst on a visit to London. To the end of his life, he maintained that he did not know about the Holocaust, and that he was not at Posen for Himmler's speech. Almost nobody accepts the former contention anymore. Historian Gitta Sereny, in her book
Albert Speer: His Battle With Truth, concluded that Speer must have known about the Final Solution at least by the time of the Posen conference, whether or not he was actually present at Himmler's speech. She based this judgment on extensive conversations with Speer, analysis of his published and unpublished writings, and interviews with Speer's family and colleagues. In Sereny's view, Speer's acknowledgment of his guilt as a Nazi and his complicity in crimes of which he claimed to be unaware was part of a complex process by which he evaded acknowledgment of the full truth.

I wrote my major paper in law school on a comparative study of Speer's case at Nuremberg versus that of Sauckel. My conclusion was that Speer should have been hanged with Sauckel. Speer's responsibility as the man who employed the slave labour was at least as great as that of Sauckel, who procured that labour. Also, Speer's position in the Nazi hierarchy was far more significant than Sauckel's. Finally, I was convinced beyond a reasonable doubt, as Sereny was, that Speer knew about the Holocaust, no matter how much he struggled with this knowledge in later years.

But that wasn't the verdict at Nuremberg, and it wasn't the verdict of many mainstream historians for many years. Further, we still can't say with absolute certainty that Speer was at Posen when Himmler delivered his speech that afternoon (although, as Sereny makes clear, Speer's presence was not determinative of his knowledge of the Holocaust).

The reality is that history is not always cut and dry. Even official records can leave questions. The unofficial records, and accounts from people who were "there," can often lead to more questions than they answer. Questions such as: "what did Albert Speer
know?" You could go one further, using Speer as an avatar, and ask, "what did the average German know?"

That reality is absolutely critical to understanding both the strengths and weaknesses of Dolan's
UFOs and the National Security State, Vol. II (and his other work). History isn't always about absolute rights and wrongs (although those things do exist) - often it's about making the best case that you can with respect to a subject where, for any one of a number of reasons, more than one case is possible. The question of the UFO phenomenon and the government is one of those subjects.

Take the 1957 RB47 case, for example. No sufficient explanation has ever been offered by those people who would have you believe that there is nothing to the UFO phenomenon. Not only that, but there were other RB47 encounters, including the one experienced by
Lieutenant Colonel Bruce Bailey and his crew during the Cuban Missile Crisis. Bailey, as so many other military witnesses before and after have done, described a de-briefing process that made it absolutely clear that they "didn't see anything."

That leaves one of two possible conclusions: either Bailey, a decorated veteran who flew on the most sensitive surveillance aircraft the USAF had at the time, is a liar - as are many others who tell similar stories - or there is more to the government's knowledge of and involvement with the UFO phenomenon than the official history would have you believe.

So, if what Bailey and others say is true - that they are sworn to secrecy - then how can we ever know the truth, when the official policy of the government is to hide the truth?

Richard Dolan believes more than I do. That much is obvious from reading his book. He is convinced that not only is the UFO phenomenon real, but that it represents an extraterrestrial intelligence that has interacted with humans for years, and that our governments have knowledge of this interaction, and have covered it up - indeed, they may well have facilitated it.

On the face of it, those conclusions seem absurd. Indeed, I suspect that if he offered them in most university history classrooms, Dolan would be politely shown the door. Many of his sources are anonymous, which raises all kinds of red flags for historians. Further, while he cites some official documents, he fails to offer a verifiable document in the record which he can point to as indisputable proof of his conclusions. Nor can he offer any witnesses,
on the record, who can prove what he says is true.

Accordingly, I cannot accept what he says to be true. But that doesn't mean that I've concluded that it's not.

As I said above, history is not always certain, particularly when the official record may not in fact be the actual record. While Dolan may be willing to travel further down the rabbit hole than I am, I'm convinced that there
is a rabbit hole worth looking into.

In a world where you have Kelly Johnson and his top engineers and test pilots saying in 1953 they saw something that could not have been made by us, and then you have the United States Air Force explaining it away as a "lenticular cloud," how can one
not accept that there are rabbit holes in our field of knowledge?

In a world where on the one hand you have the Condon Report concluding that there is no scientific merit to the study of the UFO phenomenon, and then government after government saying that there is no defence significance to UFOs, and on the other hand you have a case like the 1976 Tehran incident, where the US Defence Intelligence Agency concluded that the value of the information garnered from the case was of "high, timely and of major significance," how could you not at least
question the official history?

In other words, there is "the truth"... and then there is the "other side of truth." The important thing about Dolan's work lies not in his conclusions, which may or may not be correct (in my opinion, some are, and some are not, but readers of his book - and it is worth reading - should judge for themselves), but in his encouragement to us to ask questions about the official story, not just concerning the UFO phenomenon, but about the very way our society is ordered, and how our governments treat the truth.

As for Dolan's anonymous sources that I and many others have been so critical of over the years, let me just say that my view changed when I was contacted in 2007 by a retired high level intelligence source who insisted on remaining anonymous. I met this man while in Washington in September, 2007 (which explains why I insisted that my travel companion Kris McBride and I tour the government sector separately the first afternoon we were there), and I recorded our conversation, with the understanding that it would not be released while he and his wife were still alive.

What I can say is this - he didn't give me any answers.

It doesn't work that way.

Rather, he encouraged me to ask questions, not about UFOs in particular, but about the broader issue of how the intelligence agencies manipulate information to keep us from seeing what really happened. He gave me a few clues about where to look, and what questions to ask.

If you're familiar with what I've written since, or pay attention to what I may say in the future, you'll see some of what I've discovered, if you know where to look... and if you're willing to ask the right questions.

A final note of caution, however. At the end of my conversation in 2007 with my "source," I jokingly asked him why no-one had ever contacted me about becoming an intelligence asset.

His response?

"How do you know they haven't, and how do you know that you aren't?"

Which leads me back to Albert Speer.

Perhaps the correct question isn't to ask what he knew, or even what he wanted to know, but what he
didn't want to know.

Perhaps that's the question that, in our own way, we all need to ask, each and every day.

Paul Kimball

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How to Digitally Record/Video a UFO sighting:

Como registar digitalmente ou gravar um vídeo de um avistamento de um UFO:

Stabilize the camera on a tripod. If there is no tripod, then set it on top of a stable, flat surface. If that is not possible lean against a wall to stabilize your body and prevent the camera from filming in a shaky, unsteady manner.

Estabilize a camera com um tripé. Se não tiver um tripé, então coloque-a em cima de uma superfície estável. Se não for possível, então encoste-se a uma parede para estabilizar o corpo e evitar que a camera registe de maneira tremida e instável.

Provide visual reference points for comparison. This includes the horizon, treetops, lampposts, houses, and geographical landmarks (i.e., Horsetooth Reservoir, Mt. Adams, etc.) Provide this in the video whenever is appropriate and doesn’t detract from what your focus is, the UFO.

Forneça pontos visuais de referência para comparação. Isso inclui o horizonte, cimo das árvores, postes de iluminação, pontos de referência geográficos (como o Reservatório de Horsetooth, Mone Adams, etc) Forneça esses pontos no vídeo sempre que for apropriado e não se distraia do que é o seu foco, o UFO/a Nave.

Narrate your videotape. Provide details of the date, time, location, and direction (N,S,E,W) you are looking in. Provide your observations on the weather, including approximate temperature, windspeed, any visible cloud cover or noticeable weather anomalies or events. Narrate on the shape, size, color, movements, approximate altitude of the UFO, etc and what it appears to be doing. Also include any unusual physical, psychological or emotional sensations you might have. Narrate any visual reference points on camera so they correlate with what the viewer will see, and thereby will be better able to understand.

Faça a narração do vídeo. Forneça pormenores sobre a data, hora, local e direcção (Norte, Sul, Este, Oeste) que está a observar. Faça observações sobre as condições atmosféricas, incluindo a temperatura aproximada, velocidade do vento, quantidade de nuvens, anomalias ou acontecimentos meteorológicos evidentes. Descreva a forma, o tamanho, a cor, os movimentos, a altitude aproximada onde se encontra o UFO/nave, etc e o que aparenta estar a fazer. Inclua também quaisquer aspectos pouco habituais de sensações físicas, psicológicas ou emocionais que possa ter. Faça a narração de todos os pontos de referência visual que o espectador irá ver e que, deste modo, será capaz de compreender melhor.

Be persistent and consistent. Return to the scene to videotape and record at this same location. If you have been successful once, the UFO sightings may be occurring in this region regularly, perhaps for specific reasons unknown, and you may be successful again. You may also wish to return to the same location at a different time of day (daylight hours) for better orientation and reference. Film just a minute or two under “normal” circumstances for comparison. Write down what you remember immediately after. As soon as you are done recording the experience/event, immediately write down your impressions, memories, thoughts, emotions, etc. so it is on the record in writing. If there were other witnesses, have them independently record their own impressions, thoughts, etc. Include in this exercise any drawings, sketches, or diagrams. Make sure you date and sign your documentation.

Seja persistente e não contraditório. Volte ao local da cena e registe o mesmo local. Se foi bem sucedido uma vez, pode ser que nessa região ocorram avistamentos de UFOs/naves com regularidade, talvez por razões específicas desconhecidas, e talvez possa ser novamente bem sucedido. Pode também desejar voltar ao mesmo lugar a horas diferentes do dia (durante as horas de luz)para ter uma orientação e referência melhor. Filme apenas um ,inuto ou dois em circunstâncias “normais” para ter um termo de comparação. Escreva tudo o que viu imediatamente após o acontecimento. Logo após ter feito o registo da experiência/acontecimento, escreva imediatamente as impressões, memórias, pensamentos, emoções, etc para que fiquem registadas por escrito. Se houver outras testemunhas, peça-lhes para registar independentemente as suas próprias impressões, pensamentos, etc. Inclua quaisquer desenhos, esbolos, diagramas. Certifique-se que data e assina o seu documento/testemunho.

Always be prepared. Have a digital camera or better yet a video camera with you, charged and ready to go, at all times. Make sure you know how to use your camera (and your cell phone video/photo camera) quickly and properly. These events can occur suddenly, unexpectedly, and often quite randomly, so you will need to be prepared.

Esteja sempre preparado, Tenha sempre uma camera digital, melhor ainda, uma camera vídeo consigo, carregada e pronta a usar sempre que necessário. Certifique-se que sabe como lidar com a sua camera (ou com o seu celular/camera fotográfica) rápida e adequadamente. Esses acontecimentos podem acontecer súbita e inesperadamente e, por vezes, acidentalmente, por isso, necessita estar preparado.

Look up. Be prepared. Report. Share.

Olhe para cima, Esteja preparado, Relate, Partilhe.



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