Vol 1:4 (October 2006): 331-35. ISSN 1938-1719
Book Review - Exempt From Disclosure: The Disturbing Case About the UFO Coverup, 2nd Ed., by Robert M. Collins with Richard C. Doty and Timothy S. Cooper as contributing writers (Peregrine Communications, 2006) ISBN 0-9766426-3-8.
Exempt from Disclosure is a helpful attempt to describe the entire history of the UFO phenomenon from the mid 1940’s to the present based on the revelations of a number of individuals earlier associated with an informal study group known as the ‘Aviary’. The Aviary was a group of former and serving officials, scientists, military personnel and television producers from a number of military services and corporations that began meeting in 1986 to discuss the UFO phenomenon. The Aviary attempted to piece together the most credible available information on the UFO phenomenon into a coherent pattern. The main author and the two contributing writers of Exempt from Disclosure were all members of the Aviary, and draw upon their experiences and knowledge gained through their own direct experiences and hearing the stories of others involved in classified projects. The UFO history described by Collins et al., is intended to be a primer for all those wishing to piece together the highly classified activities of senior officials and military services associated with UFOs.
In reading Exempt from Disclosure, one embarks on the journey of understanding the UFO phenomenon from the perspective of an informal study group that had access to various levels of classified information in compartmented programs, and were willing to share this among themselves to piece together the larger UFO puzzle. In particular, Exempt from Disclosure represents the research efforts of the main author, Robert Collins, a retired Air Force Intelligence Officer with the Foreign Technology Division at Wright Patterson Air Force Base, to piece together the secret history of the UFO phenomenon in a coherent and systematic manner.
This second edition of Exempt from Disclosure improves upon the first edition which did not have an index and had a number of typographical errors. Furthermore, it has a number of additions and deletions that reflects the ongoing dialogue between the main author, Robert Collins and contributing writers such as Richard Doty. The first edition provided an astonishing amount of information on a number of key personnel and their relations to UFOs. Collins provided information on the roles played by Allen Dulles, James Jesus Angleton, Richard Helms, in controlling information on UFOs and their knowledge. Each is studied in successive chapters and an earlier review by Dr Robert Wood (see Exopolitics Journal 1:3 [156-59]) describes the importance of much of the information on these key intelligence officials that has never before been released to the general public.
A key feature of this release is the military intelligence backgrounds of the author/writers and the Aviary more generally. Of most significance is the chapter by Richard Doty who served as a Special Agent for the Air Force Office of Special Investigations responsible for UFO investigations (1978-1988). Doty describes his access to classified information during this period, and provides direct testimonial evidence of classified projects involving UFOs. While the first three chapters provide much factual and documentary information on Dulles, Angleton and Helms, it is Doty’s chapter and subsequent revelations that provides primary first hand information. This gives his chapter and subsequent contributions in Exempt from Disclosure most significance for the overall persuasiveness of the book.
Doty was the co-author of the first edition but appears in the second edition as a contributing writer. This appears to have occurred as a result of Doty aiming to distance himself somewhat with his revelations and the classified documents in the first edition, and his later public statements that raised some controversy. Most prominent among these was an extraordinary story in the first edition where he described being physically present at an interview with an EBE. Doty later backtracked and claimed to have seen the interview by videoconference in another room (pp. 143-44). Collins points out that Doty’s new position is incongruent with the story described in the book. According to Collins, Doty regreted having disclosed his experience thereby accounting for his later backtracking and the inconsistency.
Another area of controversy is where Doty
claims that he completed a law degree and passed the bar exam in
Doty’s began his service as a Special Agent for
the Air Force Office of Special Investigations in 1978 and played a role in
officially sanctioned deception programs. Most well known were his efforts to
mislead UFO researchers Paul Bennewitz and Linda Moulton Howe in their
respective efforts to research the UFO phenomenon. In such deception programs,
Doty attempted to befriend or beguile the researcher and sow misinformation.
The goal was to steer the researchers away from sensitive UFO information and
ultimately discredit them or render them ineffective. This respectively
happened in the cases of Bennewitz and Howe, and likely occurred with other
unnamed researchers. In Exempt from
Disclosure, Doty apparently comes clean and is disclosing his own direct
experiences starting in 1968 when he entered
As a contributing writer, Doty appears to be performing the inconsistent functions of disclosing personal experiences involving highly classified information concerning UFOs, while raising issues over his credibility as a witness with his subsequent public backtracking and dissembling.
The most significant change from the first
edition is Collins clear shift away from using material concerning (Dr) Dan
Burisch. In the first edition, Collins and Doty (as co-author) used information
from Burisch in terms of him being employed at a classified project at S-4
situated near Area 51 involving a captive EBE called J-Rod in a ‘clean sphere’.
Indeed, Burisch’s colleague Marcia McDowell provided information in the form of
detailed drawings of S-4 and the location of the ‘clean sphere’ that were used
in the first edition (pp. 188-89). McDowell also provided information on the
mysterious Men In Black that confronted her when she began disclosing
information concerning Dan Burisch (pp. 118-20). In the second edition, all
this information is removed. The reason becomes apparent in the testimony of
former Defense Intelligence Agency agents,
Significantly, both Lakes and McGovern first
emerged into the public realm as a result of disclosures by a number of
anonymous sources at the DIA claiming to have information an alien exchange
program. Known subsequently as Serpo Project or Project Crystal Knight these
former DIA employees described the details of a project involving up to 12
personnel that traveled to planet Serpo in the constellation of Zeta Reticulum
as guests of the EBEs. Collin’s includes information on Project Serpo in the
final section of his book. The Serpo information becomes significant because
Doty described the planet Sieu in Zeta Reticulum as the home world of the EBE
he witnessed in the interview (143-44). So Doty provides some confirmation for
the project Serpo material and in the process confirms that
In conclusion, Exempt from Disclosure represents the efforts of the main author to piece together and make sense of many strands of testimony offered to him by a number of individuals starting from the informal networking of the Aviary study group over nearly 20 years since 1986. The book’s detailed diagrams of the physiology of EBEs; reflections on Majestic 12 control group; the physical layout of S-4; and the intelligence backgrounds of Allen Dulles, James Jesus Angleton and Richard Helms are all very revealing in relation to UFO information. Collins is a competent researcher working systematically with material that has much validity and importance for the study of UFOs. Unfortunately, the prominence of Richard Doty in the first and second edition, and the inconsistencies raised over his experiences and educational background, introduces an element of uncertainty in the overall accuracy of the material in Exempt from Disclosure. While that detracts from the ultimate plausibility of the book, it does not diminish the book’s importance in terms of systematically presenting information gained over two decades of research by some of the key individuals associated with the intelligence community and the Aviary ‘study group’. There is much in Exempt from Disclosure that will help researchers understand some of the key intelligence players in the classified history of UFOs, and paints a coherent picture of UFO related activities and entities that still remain an enigma to most. This is a book that should be added to the library of any serious researcher of the UFO/exopolitical phenomenon.
Reviewer: Michael E. Salla, PhD. Chief Editor, Exopolitics Journal. Main website: www.exopolitics.org .