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Tom DeLonge from Blink 182 has a new gig – UFO hunter!

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In the late 90s and early 00s Blink 182 was everywhere on the radio with “All the Small Things” and “What’s My Age Again?” Now, lead singer Tom DeLonge is channeling his energy into hunting UFOs!

“No one should take themselves so seriously.” – Blink 182

Aliens Exist

In 1999, Tom DeLonge was part of the hit alternative rock band, Blink 182. It seems that every time I turned a radio on I heard “All the Small Things” constantly being played on heavy rotation. Enema of the State was at the top of the album charts.

One of the deep tracks off it was Aliens Exist. Oddly enough, this song seems to have been a harbinger of things to come for DeLonge. Instead of making music, this former rockstar is looking up at the stars and searching for UFOs.

What was once a hobby has now become his full-time vocation. DeLonge isn’t dabbling either. He is so serious about the hunt for extraterrestrial life that he has created the company, To the Stars Academy of Arts and Sciences.

According to Hot Air, the musician was responsible for bringing forward “news of a secret government program which had been studying possible extraterrestrial phenomenon and led to the release of military videos showing flying craft which nobody could quite explain.”

As we reported last year at 1428 Elm in our article on the creator of the X-Files Chris Carter and his thoughts on the secret UFO program, DeLonge and his group were the ones that helped to bring Harry Reid and Robert Bigelow’s activities into the light.

The week that the news broke several videos were released featuring unexplained aerial phenomenon or UAPs.

Looking to the Stars

Luis Elizondo who used to run the clandestine UFO program is now one of the key members in DeLonge’s organization. Another high-profile personality that is joining forces with To the Stars is Christopher Mellon, the former deputy assistant secretary of defense under Bill Clinton and George W. Bush.

According to the Washington Post, Mellon is thankful that someone is taking their concerns seriously. “There have been numerous other incidents along the East Coast in which unidentified flying objects have apparently penetrated U.S. defenses. There are more videos yet to be shared.”

How exactly did DeLonge get the government to cooperate with him? Why is he special? Because he was tenacious and persistent. He didn’t take no for an answer.

In his words, he used his fame to meet with people who knew about the existence of UFOs in “clandestine encounters” in “desert airports” and “vacant buildings deep within Washington, D.C.” At least the conversation has started and the CIA did release documents to the public.

Granted some of those are redacted but the mere fact that we have access to them is a step in the right direction.

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Susan Leighton can be found on Twitter and Facebook @SusanontheLedge as well as Instagram @convirgin. She is also featured on Friday Night Tights, the ultimate pop culture wrap up show at Nerdrotic Podcast every Friday night at 11 p.m. ET/8 p.m. PT. You can catch her weekly coverage on IFC’s Brockmire at TV Series Hub.

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Mysterious UFO described as 'a ball of pure white light' filmed flying over Leeds

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Intriguing footage has emerged of a bright, circular UFO moving over Leeds last weekend.

The object had no wings, made no sound and appeared roughly 300 meters above the ground. It was described as being a pure “ball of white light” and moving with “absolute purpose” across a clear sky.

Evidence of the strange object was captured on a smartphone camera by Leeds resident James Goldman, 30, who was at a loss to explain what he was witnessing.

“It definitely wasn’t a plane and it was too low to be a satellite. I know what drones look like and it just wasn’t a drone either. I doubt it was a military craft because they wouldn’t be flying something like that over a populated area,” he told Mirror Tech.

A zoomed in image of the UFO that was spotted over Leeds last weekend (Image: James Goldman)

As the footage above shows, the UFO appears smaller and dimmer than the nearly full moon that was also present in the sky.

Gary Heseltine, a retired Detective Constable and UFO expert, verified the footage and was also unable to come to a conclusion over what it might be.

“It was an interesting piece of footage and based on the information supplied by the witness it appears to be anomalous,” said Gary, who also runs the Prufos Police Database which documents unexplained sightings.

This particular UFO was spotted at 10.30pm on Sunday night and moved at a speed Mr Goldman estimates to be around 200kph (124mph) – putting it beyond the speeds of any commercially-available drone.

“It was just a round bright white lit ball slightly metallic in nature,” Mr Goldman said, likening it to the kind of light you see when metal is being welded.

It also bore a striking similarity to the Death Star space station from the Star Wars film series.

“I couldn’t believe such an object would fly so low,” Mr Goldman said.

Leeds City Square

The UFO was spotted flying fast and low over Leeds

The question naturally arises whether or not the object was extra-terrestrial in nature and Mr. Goldman confirmed that he had nothing against that idea.

He told Mirror Tech that he had never seen a UFO before and had always been sceptical of mainstream media reports of alien visitors.

But witnessing the object in the sky at the weekend has made him more uncertain.

“It was much clearer with the eye than what the camera has captured,” he said. “After I stopped recording it continued to move at a 45-degree angle upwards and disappeared into the distance. It didn’t blink out suddenly or anything like that, it just petered out into the distance.”

UFO (Image: Photographer’s Choice)

They may often be sidelined as the hobby of conspiracy theorists, but the British government has actually been taking UFOs seriously for many years.

In 2008, the government started to release its UFO files to the public in the hopes of being as transparent as possible.

But while the release process was expected to take three years at most, three files still haven’t been made public, according to Nick Pope, a former employee at the Ministry of Defence (MoD).

Mr Pope said: “Having worked on the Ministry of Defence’s UFO project and having written many of the documents that have already been released, I’m extremely disappointed that ten years after the release of the first files, the project is still incomplete.”

Nick Pope, a former employee at the MoD

Why the Government is withholding the files remains unclear, but Mr Pope explained that the files have been sent backwards and forwards between the MoD and The National Archives at least twice, adding to people’s suspicions.

Mr Pope said: “A lot of people think the government is covering up the truth about UFOs and this unfortunate situation is only adding fuel to the fire with regard to these conspiracy theories.”

Mr Pope added that while he and his colleagues took the issue of UFOs seriously, they were often forced to ‘spin’ the subject for the media, ‘disingenuously stating that the subject was of “no defence significance”‘.

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How the Blink 182 guy brought UFO news into the mainstream

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If you know about Tom DeLonge, you probably recognize the name first from his work as the frontman for Blink-182 and classic albums such as Enema of the State. But as the popularity of the band decreased, DeLonge began using his good fortune to pursue another interest of his. That was the paranormal, including everything from Bigfoot to the Loch Ness Monster was on the table. But what the singer was really interested in was UFOs and extraterrestrials. The odd thing is, people began taking him seriously… and that includes people in the United States government.

As I wrote about just before Christmas last year, DeLonge was part of the To the Stars Academy of Arts and Science which brought forward news of a secret government program which had been studying possible extraterrestrial phenomenon and led to the release of military videos showing flying craft which nobody could quite explain. But a number of military pilots thought they had an explanation: aliens. Still, given all of the politicians, military personnel and scientists who were involved, the question still remains… how did a rock star wind up playing such an integral role in making this happen? The Washington Post dug into that curious arrangement this week and came up with at least a few answers.

At a launch event for To the Stars Academy in Seattle last fall, he explained that he was expanding his small entertainment venture — which has mostly published his graphic novels and books about UFOs and the paranormal — into a far more ambitious scientific operation, to explore “the most controversial secret on Earth.”

DeLonge, who was unavailable for comment, explained at the launch that he had used his fame to meet with the keepers of that secret, in “clandestine encounters” in “desert airports” and “vacant buildings deep within Washington, D.C.”

Some of those people sat behind DeLonge onstage, including former intelligence officer Luis Elizondo, the former director of a hush-hush UFO program at the Pentagon.

“The phenomenon is indeed real,” Elizondo said when it was his turn to speak. Just days before, the 22-year Defense Department veteran had submitted a resignation letter to the Pentagon, citing its disregard of “overwhelming evidence” that unexplained phenomena have been interfering with the U.S. military.

Reading this story it becomes clear that there was nothing particularly magical or mysterious as to how DeLonge managed to pull this off. It was just tenaciousness. He had made a fair amount of money (and plenty of contacts) through his work in music and publishing and once he launched into the UFO question he just didn’t give up. He was willing to talk to anyone – really anyone – who claimed to have information and he gained a foothold through some people with both government and military contacts. And then he kept on digging.

The biggest barrier DeLonge faced was the fact that there’s an unspoken rule about possible UFO phenomenon. Whether you’re in the government, the military or the media, you don’t talk about it. At least not seriously. To do so is a career death sentence and you’ll be mocked for it relentlessly. But Brad DeLonge had nothing to lose on that score and he kept digging, eventually finding some people willing to share information from inside the government and also some fighter pilots who had questions they knew they weren’t supposed to be asking. What were these things that they had been seeing?

DeLonge’s group has promised that there are more videos and reports being reviewed which will be released. None of it is conclusive… at least not yet. There could still be some perfectly acceptable terrestrial explanations for what they’ve found, though it would likely mean there is technology out there which most of us can’t even imagine and aren’t being told about. Perhaps it’s all U.S. black ops work. Or worse, something from the Russians or the Chinese. Or, just maybe… from somewhere further away.

Good for Brad Delonge. We don’t know what, if anything, he’s actually found yet. But these are questions worth answering and a very improbable agent was the guy who brought the conversation out into the daylight for examination.

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Ufologists have published a video of a UFO: “plate” parked in the mountains of Italy

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Уфологи опубликовали видео НЛО: «тарелка» припарковалась в горах Италии

27 may 2018 bystanders took a flight and the possible landing of a UFO near the town of Bolzano in the mountains of Italy.

Video published thematic resource UFO Today.

They have no doubt that it was a real UFO.

Flying object, resembling a cylinder, slowly flew to the mountains, while in the back of the machine were seen pulsing light.

Perfectly clear that at one point the object just hovered in the air above the mountain.

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UFO 'stalked' US aircraft carrier for days

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A SUPERSONIC UFO shaped like a Tic-Tac stalked a U.S. aircraft carrier for days before vanishing into thin air, according to a bombshell Pentagon report.

The object, which could reportedly hover in midair and make itself invisible, bamboozled U.S. Navy fighter pilots during a training exercise in the Pacific Ocean, reports The Sun.

The leaked report, obtained by Las Vegas’s KLAS TV station, tells how the USS Princeton, a Ticonderoga-class guided missile cruiser, had multiple radar contacts with what it dubbed a Anomalous Aerial Vehicle (AAV).

In November 2004, the ship’s ultra-advanced AN/SPY-1 multifunctional phased-array radar caught the object hovering at 60,000 feet before nosediving to the ocean surface in a matter of seconds.

It then sped off so rapidly that crew members thought it was a ballistic missile.

It appeared again two days later, and a pair of hi-tech F-18 jets were scrambled to intercept it, but pilots reported that the object had turned itself invisible.

It was first spotted by the fearsome USS Princeton warship.

It was first spotted by the fearsome USS Princeton warship.

It could still be detected as it was triggering a circular disturbance in the water “about 50 to 100 meters in diameter.”

The craft was described as “solid white, smooth, with no edges … uniformly coloured with no nacelles, pylons or wings”, and looked like “an elongate egg or Tic Tac,” according to one of the pilots.

Days later, a second jet spotted the same disturbance – and this time saw the UFO hovering above it “like a Harrier [jump jet]”.

When the two pilots returned to the ship, crewmates put on tinfoil hats to greet them and asked eager questions about their “UFO flight.”

The report adds that the USS Louisville nuclear attack submarine was operating in the area but reported no disturbance.

An E-2C Hawkeye surveillance plane managed to detect the object, but was unable to lock on, suggesting that it was able to dodge radar.

It adds that the craft matches “no known aircraft or air vehicle currently in the inventory of the United States or any foreign nation.”

It was first spotted by the fearsome USS Princeton warship.

It was first spotted by the fearsome USS Princeton warship.

This story originally appeared in The Sun .

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Western Mass. Debates a UFO Monument — and How to Commemorate the Inexplicable

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Some of us have trouble remembering what we were doing a week ago, or even last night. But Tom Warner, of Great Barrington, Mass., can say exactly where he was on the evening of September 1, 1969.

“I was laying right where we’re standing right here,” Warner said recently, standing in a yard with a stunning view of the Berkshires. “I was laying on the ground, like this, and there was a beam on me.”

As Warner tells it, that beam was emanating from an object that resembled nothing he’d ever seen.

“Twenty feet or more in height, probably about 30 to 40 feet around, and it had — as I’m looking now, I can see it — it had lights,” Warner recalled. “The lights were colors I’d never seen in my life.”

To skeptics, this tale of a close encounter half a century ago might sound implausible. But Warner isn’t the only one convinced he witnessed something remarkable that night.

“Back in 1969, we had listeners call the radio station that evening,” says David Isy, the general manager of Great Barrington-based WSBS. “They didn’t know it was a UFO at the time. They just called the station and said, ‘Something bizarre is happening.’

“We talked about it on the air just last week, and one of our listeners, Jane Brown, who’s now 84, she called in to the radio station and told us she was one of the first people to report it.”

These distant memories are back in the news thanks to a monument near a covered bridge in the neighboring town of Sheffield, where a man named Thom Reed says he and his family had their own close encounter that evening.

“This light, it rose up maybe two, three stories —and it went, actually, further away from our vehicle, over what’s now a large cornfield,” Reed told WGBH.

The monument in question didn’t arrive until much later, in 2015, after the Great Barrington Historical Society took the unusual step of calling Reed’s account “historically significant and true.” But now, its future is in jeopardy.

The town of Sheffield said recently the monument might be on public property, which could lead to its removal. The citation from Governor Charlie Baker praising Reed’s family that adorns the monument’s face has lost some luster, too: recently, a spokesperson for Baker told the Boston Globe it was issued in error.

The Great Barrington Historical Society seems to have some buyer’s remorse as well.

“I think the historical society regrets that our words, or our decision, has been taken out of context,” said Robert Krol, the society’s executive director.

Not that the events of that night weren’t significant, Krol hastens to add. But Krol — who wasn’t there when the historical society first weighed in — believes that, in retrospect, it was a mistake to focus so much attention on one man, instead of everyone else who witnessed something inexplicable that night.

“Children coming into school, talking about the event,” Krol said. “An old student of mine! One is a local shop owner whose father was the…police chief in town. So these are reliable people. These are not self-promoters.”

That seems like a jibe at Thom Reed, who’s detailed his story in multiple media venues, and gone further than many of his former neighbors. In 2015, for example, Reed told UFO Hub he’d seen a creature resembling “an ant, with some human features. It had a head that looked almost like a football shape.” (He’s also reported additional encounters with UFOs.)

In comparison, Tom Warner has kept a relatively low profile. But like Reed, he’s convinced that the Sheffield monument commemorates something significant — and that forgetting that evening would be a mistake.

“When you see something, it’s like — I see you. I see that rock. I see that building.” Warner said. “I saw that UFO.”

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'Supersonic Tic Tac' UFO stalked US aircraft carrier for days and stunned fighter pilots, Pentagon report reveals

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A SUPERSONIC UFO shaped like a Tic-Tac stalked a U.S. aircraft carrier for days before vanishing into thin air, according to a bombshell Pentagon report.

The object, which could reportedly hover in midair and make itself invisible, bamboozled U.S. Navy fighter pilots during a training exercise in the Pacific Ocean, reports The Sun.

The leaked report, obtained by Las Vegas’s KLAS TV station, tells how the USS Princeton, a Ticonderoga-class guided missile cruiser, had multiple radar contacts with what it dubbed a Anomalous Aerial Vehicle (AAV).

In November 2004, the ship’s ultra-advanced AN/SPY-1 multifunctional phased-array radar caught the object hovering at 60,000 feet before nosediving to the ocean surface in a matter of seconds.

It then sped off so rapidly that crew members thought it was a ballistic missile.

It appeared again two days later, and a pair of hi-tech F-18 jets were scrambled to intercept it, but pilots reported that the object had turned itself invisible.

It could still be detected as it was triggering a circular disturbance in the water “about 50 to 100 meters in diameter.”

The craft was described as “solid white, smooth, with no edges … uniformly coloured with no nacelles, pylons or wings”, and looked like “an elongate egg or Tic Tac,” according to one of the pilots.

Days later, a second jet spotted the same disturbance — and this time saw the UFO hovering above it “like a Harrier [jump jet]”.

When the two pilots returned to the ship, crewmates put on tinfoil hats to greet them and asked eager questions about their “UFO flight.”

The report adds that the USS Louisville nuclear attack submarine was operating in the area but reported no disturbance.

An E-2C Hawkeye surveillance plane managed to detect the object, but was unable to lock on, suggesting that it was able to dodge radar.

It adds that the craft matches “no known aircraft or air vehicle currently in the inventory of the United States or any foreign nation.”

This story originally appeared in The Sun .

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UFO 'stalked' US aircraft carrier for days

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A SUPERSONIC UFO shaped like a Tic-Tac stalked a U.S. aircraft carrier for days before vanishing into thin air, according to a bombshell Pentagon report.

The object, which could reportedly hover in midair and make itself invisible, bamboozled U.S. Navy fighter pilots during a training exercise in the Pacific Ocean, reports The Sun.

The leaked report, obtained by Las Vegas’s KLAS TV station, tells how the USS Princeton, a Ticonderoga-class guided missile cruiser, had multiple radar contacts with what it dubbed a Anomalous Aerial Vehicle (AAV).

In November 2004, the ship’s ultra-advanced AN/SPY-1 multifunctional phased-array radar caught the object hovering at 60,000 feet before nosediving to the ocean surface in a matter of seconds.

It then sped off so rapidly that crew members thought it was a ballistic missile.

It appeared again two days later, and a pair of hi-tech F-18 jets were scrambled to intercept it, but pilots reported that the object had turned itself invisible.

It was first spotted by the fearsome USS Princeton warship.

It was first spotted by the fearsome USS Princeton warship.

It could still be detected as it was triggering a circular disturbance in the water “about 50 to 100 meters in diameter.”

The craft was described as “solid white, smooth, with no edges … uniformly coloured with no nacelles, pylons or wings”, and looked like “an elongate egg or Tic Tac,” according to one of the pilots.

Days later, a second jet spotted the same disturbance – and this time saw the UFO hovering above it “like a Harrier [jump jet]”.

When the two pilots returned to the ship, crewmates put on tinfoil hats to greet them and asked eager questions about their “UFO flight.”

The report adds that the USS Louisville nuclear attack submarine was operating in the area but reported no disturbance.

An E-2C Hawkeye surveillance plane managed to detect the object, but was unable to lock on, suggesting that it was able to dodge radar.

It adds that the craft matches “no known aircraft or air vehicle currently in the inventory of the United States or any foreign nation.”

It was first spotted by the fearsome USS Princeton warship.

It was first spotted by the fearsome USS Princeton warship.

This story originally appeared in The Sun .

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'Supersonic Tic Tac' UFO stalked US aircraft carrier for days, Pentagon report reveals

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A supersonic UFO shaped like a tic-tac stalked a US Aircraft carrier for days before vanishing into thin air, according to a bombshell Pentagon report.

The object – which could reportedly hover in mid air and make itself invisible – bamboozled US Navy fighter pilots during a training exercise in the Pacific Ocean.

The leaked report – obtained by Las Vegas’s KLAS tv station – tells how the USS Princeton, a Ticonderoga-class guided missile cruiser, had multiple radar contacts with what it dubbed a Anomalous Aerial Vehicle (AAV)

In November 2004, the ship’s ultra-advanced AN/SPY-1 multifunctional phased-array radar caught the object hovering at 60,000ft before nosediving to the ocean surface in a matter of seconds.

It then sped off so rapidly that crew members thought it was a ballistic missile.

It appeared again two days later, and a pair of high-tech F-18 jets were scrambled to intercept it – but pilots reported that the object had turned itself invisible.

It could still be detected as it was triggering a a circular disturbance in the water “about 50 to 100 meters in diameter”.

The craft was described as “solid white, smooth, with no edges… uniformly colored with no nacelles, pylons or wings”, and looked like “an elongated egg or Tic Tac” according to one of the pilots.

Days later a second jet spotted the same disturbance – and this time saw the UFO hovering above it “like a Harrier [jump jet]”.

When the two pilots returned to the ship, crewmates put on tin-foil hats to greet them and asked eager questions about their “UFO flight.”

The report adds that the USS Louisville nuclear attack submarine was operating in the area – but reported no disturbance.

An E-2C Hawkeye surveillance plane managed to detect the object, but was unable to lock on – suggesting that it was able to dodge radar.

It adds that the craft matches “no known aircraft or air vehicle currently in the inventory of the United States or any foreign nation.”

This story originally appeared in The Sun

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UFOs Are Suddenly News Because Of A Guy From A Famous Punk Rock Band

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At the turn of the millennium, Blink-182 was everywhere. On the cover of the pop-punk band’s smash album, “Enema of the State,” a busty nurse with a lustful grin snapped on a latex glove. At MTV beach concerts, sunburned masses moshed to the No. 1 hit “All the Small Things.” But frontman Tom DeLonge – the one with the angsty, adolescent singing voice – had been nurturing an offstage hobby that was decidedly out of the mainstream.

With his first record-deal payout as a fledgling teenage rock star, DeLonge had bought a computer to research the prospect of intelligent life beyond Earth. And after Blink-182 made him a fortune, he further indulged his fascination with the paranormal.

He co-wrote a 700-page novel about UFOs.

He brainstormed a film about skateboarders who become paranormal detectives.

He produced websites buzzing with stories about Bigfoot and disintegrating mummies.

Now in his early 40s, with his music career cooled but his financial resources apparently intact, DeLonge has channeled those bizarre passions into his next act.

You’ve seen it without knowing it. Remember that wild news in December about a secret Pentagon UFO program? And those grainy military videos showing radar images of unexplained phenomena – white, Tic-Tac-shaped objects that appear to fly at remarkable speeds, at impossible angles, without wings or exhaust?

Tom DeLonge helped ring the alarm about those things, as part of his new business venture: To The Stars Academy of Arts and Science. For his advisory board, DeLonge recruited physicists, aerospace experts and former Department of Defense officials, who have been talking publicly about UFOs and arguing that the government has failed to fully investigate them.

In the past six months, DeLonge’s associates have appeared on CNN and Fox News, written for The Washington Post and been cited in the New York Times – usually in the context of those eerie videos.

“What the f— is that thing?” a Navy pilot says in a video released by To The Stars in March, but perhaps the more pertinent question is: How the f— did the guy from Blink-182 get wrapped up in it?

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Rich men have the luxury of looking to the stars for investment and wish fulfillment. SpaceX founder Elon Musk wants to colonize Mars. Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen wants to make interplanetary travel cheap and routine. Amazon chief executive Jeffrey Bezos, who owns The Washington Post, envisions moving industry off Earth and shipping products down from space.

Tom DeLonge says he wants to build “a perpetual funding machine” to investigate UFOs and thereby advance our own species.

At a launch event for To The Stars Academy in Seattle last fall, he explained that he was expanding his small entertainment venture – which has mostly published his graphic novels and books about UFOs and the paranormal – into a far more ambitious scientific operation, to explore “the most controversial secret on Earth.”

DeLonge, who declined to comment for this article, explained at the launch that he had used his fame to meet with the keepers of that secret, in “clandestine encounters” in “desert airports” and “vacant buildings deep within Washington D.C.”

Some of those people sat behind DeLonge onstage, including former intelligence officer Luis Elizondo, the former director of a hush-hush UFO program at the Pentagon.

“The phenomenon is indeed real,” Elizondo said when it was his turn to speak. Just days before, the 22-year Defense Department veteran had submitted a resignation letter to the Pentagon, citing its disregard of “overwhelming evidence” that unexplained phenomena have been interfering with the U.S. military.

Elizondo had overseen the Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program, quietly created in 2007 by then-Senate Majority Leader Harry M. Reid, D-Nev., with the encouragement of a reclusive Nevada billionaire named Robert Bigelow. Like DeLonge, Bigelow made his fortune through earthly pursuits (real estate) but was fascinated by the otherworldly; he had funded research into crop and cattle mutilations. After he got Reid’s attention, Bigelow’s aerospace company then won the $22 million contract to run the Pentagon’s secret program, as first reported by the New York Times late last year. (Reid and Bigelow did not respond to requests for comment.)

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Despite its peculiar mandate, Bigelow Aerospace’s output was typical of federal bureaucracy: It produced paper. There was a 490-page report on alleged UFO sightings, and a series of studies on experimental physics. One study written for the Defense Intelligence Agency (“Traversable Wormholes, Stargates, and Negative Energy”) urged federal research into interstellar travel and was illustrated with a childish drawing of a dinosaur greeting Albert Einstein through a hole in the space-time continuum.

But the secret program’s collection of weird military videos was what made headlines, starting with the December New York Times article. Whatever is in the videos “isn’t human, it’s not natural, it’s under artificial control,” says Eric W. Davis, the astrophysicist who wrote the study on wormholes and stargates. “We don’t know where it comes from. But it’s here, and has been here for some time.”

Davis, who works for a Bigelow subcontractor called Earthtech International, is but one player in the web of UFO enthusiasts who are interconnected by the secret Pentagon program and To The Stars Academy. There is also Earthtech’s chief executive, Stanford-trained physicist Harold Puthoff, who once devoted serious study to the work of self-described “mystifier” Uri Geller, the 1970s “Tonight Show” guest who claimed he could bend spoons with his mind.

When Puthoff heard about DeLonge’s interest in extraterrestrial phenomena, he reached out – and, like Elizondo, ended up with a new job after Pentagon funding for UFO research dried up. He’s now To The Stars’ vice president for science and technology. Elizondo is its director of global security and special programs.

Elizondo and Puthoff were among the key voices quoted in the blockbuster front-page Times article that revealed the covert existence of the Pentagon’s UFO program. The story drew millions of readers online, with the videos of flying shapes and incredulous pilots murmuring “My gosh!” and “Look at that thing!”

Though DeLonge’s new venture got a nod in the article, the rock star himself was not mentioned. Nonetheless, To The Stars was ready for its moment.

“STUNNING NEW YORK TIMES FRONT PAGE EXPOSE” the company declared in a press release, which included a link for how to “INVEST NOW.”

“What if people knew that these were real?” DeLonge sang on the 1999 track “Aliens Exist.” In fact, most Americans believe in extraterrestrial life. Still, the subject carries the odor of crazy, so the recent news coverage of the videos was “huge,” says Jan Harzan, director of the Mutual UFO Network, a group that investigates sightings.

“Basically, it made UFOs go mainstream,” Harzan says. “UFOs are real. And it represents advanced technology in our skies. If we want to advance as a civilization, this is something we have to focus on.”

The 2004 video highlighted by the Times is a touchstone for To The Stars, which put out its own report that, with its blacked-out passages, resembled a declassified government document. The report described how the unidentified object off the coast of California moved “in a manner that seemed to defy the laws of flight physics” and how the F/A-18 pilots, greeted upon their return by TVs playing “Men in Black” and “The X-Files,” felt their observations were not taken seriously. One pilot, furious at the ridicule, sent detailed notes to an aunt. “Keep this because this is important stuff,” the pilot wrote.

Yet the report from To the Stars is not a government document, according to a Pentagon spokesperson. Dated Sept. 7, 2017, it was created 13 years after that UFO incident, as To The Stars geared up to court investors.

When the Times article appeared in December, astronomer Jill Tarter thought to herself: “Here we go again.” Co-founder of the SETI Institute, Tarter has spent her career searching for signs of life beyond Earth, and over the years she has repeatedly encountered the same names – people who believe we’ve been visited by aliens. Tarter is not so convinced.

The Times article cited both Bigelow and Puthoff, whose interest in the paranormal is no secret. Tarter says Bigelow once pitched SETI on a project to investigate alien sightings and offered to fund it.

“It’s hard to walk away from money,” Tarter says, but Bigelow “was so very convinced that we have been visited, and I couldn’t find it credible, and he didn’t offer any evidence.”

And the article, co-written by two Times veterans, also gave a byline to freelancer Leslie Kean. The author of books on UFOs and the afterlife (which received blurbs of praise from Puthoff), Kean had previously been given an exclusive on the To The Stars launch for a laudatory HuffPost article about DeLonge’s start-up: “Inside Knowledge About Unidentified Aerial Phenomena Could Lead To World-Changing Technology.”

“I just hope they have success,” Kean later told Open Minds UFO Radio. “I think what Tom (DeLonge) has done is extraordinary.” (Kean and the Times declined to comment.)

On its website, To The Stars bills the UFO videos as “the first official evidence” of “unidentified aerial phenomena” (while promising “THIS IS ONLY THE BEGINNING”). But an online community of skeptics has swarmed the videos, noting that the “glowing aura” in one video resembles a common infrared effect caused when a hot object, such as a jet engine, is seen against a cold background, such as high-altitude clouds.

“DeLonge had been promising so much for such a long time” and “people were either becoming very cynical or gathering a sense of real expectation,” says Robert Sheaffer, a former Silicon Valley engineer and former chairman of the Bay Area Skeptics. Now, he says, To The Stars has simply put forward a “a couple more blurry videos that are similar to the blurry videos we’ve had before this.”

The latest blurry video, released by To The Stars in March, features a blip zooming at low altitude off the East Coast in 2015. Some debunkers reasoned that it was a big, slow-moving bird that looked fast only because of the angle and movement of the observing jet.

An official with the Defense Intelligence Agency maintains that the hype over the secret Pentagon UFO program is misleading.

“Some out there seem to be making this into more than it really is,” said the official, who was granted anonymity because he was not authorized to speak publicly. The program, he said, was not created to investigate unearthly technology but simply to prepare for aerospace advances by foreign adversaries – and was shuttered in 2012 because “there was limited value in what was produced.”

But that, argues Christopher Mellon, is exactly the problem.

Mellon, a former deputy assistant secretary of defense under Bill Clinton and George W. Bush, is another adviser to DeLonge’s team. Mellon says there have been numerous other incidents along the East Coast in which unidentified flying objects have apparently penetrated U.S. defenses. There are more videos yet to be shared, he says, and “hard technical data corroborated by no-nonsense military personnel.”

Are these things Russian? Chinese? Or from some alien civilization? Whatever they are, the government has not been taking it seriously enough, Mellon argues. (The Pentagon declined to comment.) The situation reminds him of the muddled period before the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

“Instead of being intrigued or even electrified by worrisome data,” he says, “various agencies and departments are failing to share information or take action.”

This is why Mellon, Elizondo and other credentialed individuals with advanced degrees and decades of high-clearance government service have attached their reputations to a semiretired rock star with a sideline in paranormal fiction. At least someone, they argue, is taking their concerns seriously.

“I think people look at him as a rock-‘n’-roller turned pseudo-scientist,” says Elizondo, “but once you get to know who he is, Tom is more of a scientist who happens to be a talented musician.” His endeavor “is about telling the American people the truth.”

For Elizondo, transparency on this issue is paramount. “We trust the American people to know that Kim Jong Un has thermonuclear weapons pointed at L.A.,” he says. “We trust the American people to know there’s a potential Ebola pandemic that could come out of Africa. And yet we don’t trust the American people with information that there is unidentified phenomena in our airspace, and that we don’t know how it works?”

DeLonge’s goals, though, reach beyond national security. To The Stars promises to develop “next-generation” concepts for propulsion in space, according to its prospectus, and harness “warp drive metrics” and telepathic powers.

There is also a somewhat mystical mission: “to present a positive and unifying message to all generations, in every country, in every belief system, that the growth of consciousness that we all desire can start here, right now,” DeLonge said at his October launch.

It seems to be getting off to a slow start. As of mid-March, To The Stars had raised $2.5 million from a few thousand investors – not quite enough to achieve faster-than-light travel, or to solve whatever mystery is unfolding in the skies. DeLonge lent To the Stars $600,000 to get off the ground, and the company is required to pay him $100,000 in yearly royalty fees.

For now, To The Stars’ only deliverables are DeLonge’s novels, some branded coffee mugs and clothing, and swag from his current rock band, Angels and Airwaves. The latest news from the company was an April 3 news release touting the upcoming sequel to DeLonge’s novel “Sekret Machines.” The release hyped Elizondo and Mellon’s involvement in the company, lending a dash of national-security authority to a niche-market entertainment product. The novel is about explorers who “locate an ancient tablet that may hold the answers to humanity’s greatest question”: Are we alone in the universe?

The novel – “based on actual events” – is available in September, starting at $24.95.

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