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Interesting speculation based on conspiracy theory
on 3 April 2014
Richard Dolan and Bryce Zabel contend that aliens have been visiting Earth or residing here for many years, and that a secretive group of people with extensive power and influence has conspired to cover this up. They refer to it, with capital letters, as the "Breakaway Group" or, more whimsically, and with lower case letters, as the "breakaway civilization"! However, they argue that the truth can't be kept from the public indefinitely, and that some sort of official admission (disclosure) is inevitable, and could come soon.
The book is largely taken up with speculations about the possible consequences of disclosure. For example, will it cause mass panic or affect people's religious convictions?
The authors refer to the presumed aliens as the "Others", which has some merit, because it's conceivable that - if they exist - these beings started visiting Earth, or were living here, before the human race appeared on the scene. If so, the Others could hardly be described as 'alien' to the planet. Indeed, it may be that they played a role in our creation and have tinkered with human evolution. However, the authors keep an open mind as to the nature of the Others (e.g. whether they're extraterrestrial or 'inter-dimensional').
In Dolan and Zabel's view, it's likely that the Breakaway Group answers not so much to US presidents as to private, internationally-based people and groups (p. 80). Indeed, the authors refer to the claim that even if presidents are briefed about the matter, which may not always be the case, they may have little authority in this area (pp. 277-279). However, if, as Dolan and Zabel believe, the Breakaway Group is syphoning off vast sums of US taxpayers' money for its secret projects, you'd think that any self-respecting president would insist on knowing the facts and exerting some control. Therefore, I'm somewhat sceptical about aspects of Dolan and Zabel's analysis, although I've no doubt that there have been officially instigated cover-ups and dirty tricks pertaining to the UFO phenomenon.
The authors suggest that part of the Breakaway Group's black budget finance comes from crime. They believe that its secret military and aerospace projects have incorporated advanced alien technology, and that it is keeping the rest of humanity in the dark about cheap energy and propulsion methods. They implicate "Big Oil" in this alleged conspiracy, noting that earnings from oil sales would plummet if much cheaper energy were widely available.
I noticed a few typos and grammatical errors; and, in places, I encountered expressions that I'm unfamiliar with (e.g. "injunctive relief", p. 184; "service of process", p. 185). Generally, though, I found the book quite readable.