I was listening to Coast to Coast AM Radio last night and once again the conversation was focused on disclosure. And, to tell you the truth, I was actually pretty disappointed. Not so much that the topic had turned to disclosure. I was more disappointed in the way it was handled.
Whitley Strieber was hosting the show and his guest was Richard Dolan. Both of these gentlemen are highly respected among UFOlogists. Yet this interview sounded like a discussion between two schoolboys on the playground. Let me start at the beginning.
First of all, all I can figure is it must be part of the arrangement that Coast to Coast makes with the guest hosts because it seemed like Strieber spent an inordinate amount of time promoting his own Web site and radio program and dropping names. Don’t get me wrong. I like Strieber and I’ve been following him since I was in high school. But at one point he even interrupted the guest so he could finish telling a personal story. Not cool, Whitley. Not cool at all.
I shrugged it off though and chalked the self-promoting clap-trap up to Strieber’s unfamiliarity with being on the other side of the microphone. However, as the night wore on, he seemed to be digressing mentally. As he and Dolan discussed the need for full government disclosure, Strieber actually asked how we could be expected to believe the government because they’re all evil and all they do is lie to us. While I agree that some members of the government may have pulled the wool over our eyes more than once, how credible does anyone sound making sweeping generalizations like that? They’re all evil and all they do is lie to us? Sounds like a spoiled six year old, stomping his foot on the playground because his team lost the baseball game. Paranoid much?
When I tune in to listen to someone like Whitely Strieber, I expect a mature, level-headed discussion. A discussion based on facts and research. Coast to Coast has been disappointing in that department lately but I didn’t expect it out of Whitley Strieber.
But Strieber wasn’t the only one acting like he was speaking to an audience of teenage boys. Dolan seems to think that the government will be forced to disclose whatever information they have on aliens and UFOs because “time is running out.” What time is running out? What does that mean? The way I see it, the government can keep everything under wraps forever if they want to. If there are aliens out there, and if they do make contact with us, it will be on their terms and in their own time. Whether we know about it in advance or not will have nothing to do with it.
Honestly, I got the impression that these two were on the show last night strictly to stir the conspiracy pot and give Coast to Coast a ratings boost.
At one point, early in the conversation, Dolan admitted that the government has released a lot of interesting information but what they haven’t released is any evidence of an internal investigation of the UFOs themselves. But my question is this – if they did release said evidence, assuming they have any, would he even believe it?
Look, governments all around the world are releasing information and have been for years. Private individuals all around the world have been conducting their own research for years. People who were supposedly warned to ‘keep quiet or else’ have been speaking out for years. Yes, I know Roswell and Rendelsham files were ‘lost.’ But those are just two instances out of thousands of events. What more do Dolan and Strieber – and all the others demanding disclosure – want?
Here’s what I think they want. They want someone to collate all the evidence, in such a way that it supports their theories, hand it to them on a silver platter, pat them on the back and say, “Yes. You were right all along.” Everyone who is demanding disclosure really wants confirmation – of their own theories. Everyone who’s demanding disclosure just wants to be able to stand up and say, “I told ya so!” and they all want to be the first one to say it.
Think about it. If you already distrust the government and the president enough to believe that they’ve been lying all these years, will you really believe what they have to say if it completely differs from what you already have in mind? Seriously? For example, let’s take a look at Roswell.
There isn’t a soul on this planet who doesn’t think the government is covering something up at Roswell. So, what happens if the United States government turns over all their files and those files prove, undeniably, without a shadow of a doubt, that the object that crashed at Roswell was not extraterrestrial? Don’t pooh-pooh the idea. This is what everyone is demanding, remember? They want full, complete disclosure. But only if it confirms their beliefs.
Now, there are those who will say that we do have proof that something extraterrestrial in nature happened at Roswell but they’re still not happy. That proof doesn’t fit with eyewitness reports, or that proof doesn’t fit with the known evidence. The government must be covering something up! The real problem is – that proof doesn’t fit with their preconceived idea of what really happened, therefore they choose not to accept it.
Do I think we should all blindly accept whatever it is the government wants us to believe? Not in the least. This is America and we have the right to believe whatever we want to believe.
But I do think that, before everyone starts demanding disclosure, they should admit to themselves that what they really want is confirmation of their individual beliefs and they should prepare themselves for the off-chance that their beliefs are going to be shot down. I also think it’s going to take a lot more than “They’re all evil and all they ever do is lie to us” to get me to change my mind.