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Rockstar Tom DeLonge’s important role in recent UFO revelations

The U.S. government has not acknowledged that it has investigated a UFO case and have been unable to identify it since 1969 when they closed Project Blue Book, the U.S. Air Force’s last official UFO research project. However, this weekend it was revealed that the Department of Defense (DoD) has had a secret UFO investigation project since 2007, and this revelation might not of come had it not have been for the efforts of rock star Tom DeLonge.

DeLonge has had a long time interest in UFOs, and OpenMinds.tv has been along for some of the ride. DeLonge sponsored a website dedicated to fringe topics where they reposted, with permission, many of our stories. We have interviewed him and have kept in contact.

Tom DeLonge during an OpenMinds.tv interview. (Credit: OpenMinds.tv)

However, despite DeLonge telling us he was up to some big things, we had no idea how big. In fact, DeLonge sharing his beliefs in some of the more fringe ideas in Ufology made it even more difficultly to fathom that he had high-level contacts confiding in him. We finally got insight into just how important his contacts were from WikiLeaks of all places.

During the election, WikiLeaks famously posted hacked emails they received that belonged to Hillary Clinton’s campaign for the presidency. Many of them were communications with John Podesta, Clinton’s campaign manager, who was also known to be a UFO enthusiast. In these emails it was discovered he was in communication with DeLonge regarding the UFO matter (one of my OpenMinds.tv articles was among them), and that they had meetings with highly placed U.S. Air Force officials, engineers and people in the entertainment industry. Many of these individuals did not want to publicly be associated with the topic, which is why DeLonge had kept their identities hidden.

It was clear DeLonge was working with these individuals on projects he said were in the works. Reaching people at that level, even if you are a famous rock star, takes a lot of effort, and so he was awarded the OpenMinds.tv UFO Researcher of the Year award at the 2017 International UFO Congress. Many did not like that. However, I have felt it was justified. I do not believe any civilian UFO researcher has obtained the level of cooperation with high-level officials he had.

DeLonge could not be present to receive his award, but he did make an acceptance video that we played at the conference, and he allowed us to post it online. We did so with a video outlining his achievements. The video went viral and was covered by many music industry news outlets and several mainstream outlets as well.

In the video, Tom promised big news would be announced soon after the conference in February. However, days turned into weeks which turned into months with no announcement. DeLonge emailed me apologizing for the delay, but letting me know it was coming. In the meantime, he did interviews about his belief that the government was actually protecting us from aggressive extraterrestrial civilizations, and that insiders were working with him to reveal their secrets.

Honestly, this caused credibility issues. Careful, serious researchers were frustrated that he would make these unsubstantiated claims. Those who felt as he did grew impatient waiting for proof. Others felt he was defaming extraterrestrial civilizations who were here to help us. Everyone else waited patiently.

Finally, in October of this year, DeLonge announced the creation of the To the Stars Academy (TTSA). It was a corporation comprised of scientists, former intelligence officials, engineers, and other credible individuals. To me, this was shocking. It was an impressive group of individuals. One individual in particular stood out; a name I had not heard before.

His name was Luis Elizondo. He said he had worked in intelligence for the Department of Defense (DoD) on a program to look into UFO reports. I had no reason to doubt him. I also had no doubt the others in the group, who I was familiar with and admired, would have vetted him. However, it was unclear if his department only looked into UFOs on occasion, or if this was something they looked into more thoroughly. Elizondo said he was frustrated that the DoD did not take the issue more seriously, and that he and some of his colleagues were convinced they were witnessing objects demonstrating technology the U.S. or any other country in the world could posses.

The creation of the TTSA, and especially Elizondo’s claims, were huge, I felt. However, the news was met with a resounding “meh” among many UFO researchers. Some felt it was a scam to get money, and others felt it was some kind of coverup. I had the opportunity to talk to DeLonge, and another member of the group who had retired from a career in the CIA, Jim Semivan. I also had acquaintances I spoke with who were close with the other individuals in the group. I got the sense that none of them needed the money, they all had a very strong interest in the UFO topic and an equally strong desire to research more about the nature of the phenomenon. I also felt as though they did not feel they were part of a coverup or being manipulated by mysterious dark forces.

However, there was something else that was apparent. These individuals also did not hold the same views as DeLonge. Although some had personal experiences, their interest was to “follow the data” as Chris Mellon, another member put it. Some are even hesitant to conclude these mysterious aerial vehicles are a result of an extraterrestrial civilization.

I think this is where some confusion has stemmed from. Since October DeLonge had been a spokesperson for the forthcoming news, which turned out to be a ground breaking effort to investigate UFOs. However, DeLonge also mixed in his ideas about a space war going on between the U.S. government and aliens. The later was not what was revealed, and what many felt DeLonge had promised. DeLonge feels he may still be able to prove his other more shocking claims. Who knows, with everything he has accomplished thus far, maybe he will. We seem to be living in a time of the impossible being possible, for better or worse.

This brings us to the news making headlines today. It appears I, and a few of my colleagues, were not the only ones who noticed the importance of what Elizondo had claimed. Apparently, The New York Times, Politico and The Washington Post also saw its importance and began investigating Elizondo’s claims.

This past Saturday, The New York Times posted their findings, soon after Politico did the same and right after that, The Washington Post published their story. They all took different angles, but the gist is that since 2007 the DoD has been running a secret UFO project called the Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program (AATIP) ran by Elizondo. Furthermore, Bigelow Aerospace was contracted to do the work. This last piece of news was of particular interest because I was the PR person for the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON) around 2008 when Bigelow funded a joint project with us.

Bigelow Moon base
Robert Bigelow (left) and guest with a model of their plans for a lunar base. (Credit: Bigelow Aerospace)

The other details in the project were equally as shocking. Apparently, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, democrat from Nevada, was influenced by astronaut John Glenn and Bigelow, who was a friend and donor, to initiate an investigation into UFOs. Reid sought the cooperation fellow senators and along with Ted Stevens, a republican from Alaska, and Daniel K. Inouye, a democrat from Hawaii, procured funding for the program. $22 million was earmarked for the project over the next 5 years.

The Pentagon told The New York Times they canceled funding in 2012 due to a lack of results, but Elizondo says the program was not canceled. He and others continued their work along with other DoD duties. Even after Elizondo left the project in October to join TTSA, he says he had a successor to continue running the project.

So what did AATIP find? That information is being held back, but Elizondo has given us a few things to chew on. A Pentagon briefing on the program in 2009 claimed “what was considered science fiction is now science fact,” and, according to The New York Times, “that the United States was incapable of defending itself against some of the technologies discovered.” Whoa.

To add to the shock and awe, according to The New York Times, Elizondo claimed, “Under Mr. Bigelow’s direction, the company modified buildings in Las Vegas for the storage of metal alloys and other materials that Mr. Elizondo and program contractors said had been recovered from unidentified aerial phenomena.”

Bigelow Aerospace HQ in North Las Vegas, Nevada. (Credit: Bigelow Aeropsace)

On this last issue, Ralph Blumenthal, one of the co-writers of The New York Times article, told MSNBC in an interview that indeed they had recovered material that was a technology they cold not identify. Mellon, another member of TTSA who formerly worked as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Intelligence in the Clinton and Bush Administrations, among other high-level positions, confirmed to investigative reporter George Knapp, the man who put Area 51 on the map, and I, on Coast to Coast AM last night, that they did have material, but there is no information as to where that material came from.

Elizondo was also able to get three videos of unknown aerial objects released. Two of those videos are posted on the TTSA website, the third has not been released yet. One of these videos we have seen, but now it has been confirmed it is real. It is a video from an incident of a UFO being observed by personnel from the Nimitz aircraft carrier group and captured on infrared video from a jet fighter. Researcher Robert Powell has written on his investigation on this case on OpenMinds.tv.

The second video is similar, but information as to the date, time or location the video was captured has not been released.

I may be leaving out details, but I have peppered links to the big stories and videos throughout this article for you to get caught up.

To sum it all up, what we have here is truly extraordinary. The U.S. government has not admitted to a UFO investigation and determination of an object being an unknown since 1969 when they closed Project Blue Book, the USAF’s official investigation into UFOs. To further state that these objects demonstrate a technology beyond our own that we can not defend against and they have recovered unknown material is – sorry, but I can not help myself – amazeballs. It is the stuff of science-fiction.

This would be a MAJOR mic drop for DeLonge, but in his mind, this is just the tip of the iceberg. Further disclosures are certainly forthcoming. Now that the cat is out of the bag, people will be clamoring for information such as where the second video came from, where the material came from and what other cases has the AATIP looked into. It has also been suggested that this has all been cronyism by Reid to funnel money to his buddy Bigelow. There are a million avenues to go down, and I am sure there will be people going down them all.

In the end, this has been an extraordinary revelation, and whether or not it is ever revealed there has been a galactic battle going on between humans and space invaders — I would not count anything out given what DeLonge has accomplished thus far — we still need to give credit where credit is due. None of this would have been revealed if it wasn’t for DeLonge’s efforts.

Stay tuned for more! We will have a special report from Leslie Kean, one of the co-authors of The New York Times article on the next Open Minds UFO Radio podcast.

Alejandro Rojas

Alejandro Rojas is a radio host for Open Minds Radio, editor and contributing writer for Open Minds magazine as well as OpenMinds.tv. For several years Alejandro was the official spokesperson for the Mutual UFO Network as the Director of Public Education. As a UFO/Paranormal researcher and journalist, Alejandro has spent many hours in the field investigating phenomena up close and personal. Alejandro has been interviewed by media organizations around the world, including the largest cable and network news agencies with several appearances on Coast to Coast AM.

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  1. I would defer to Grant Cameron’s reaction to this statement: “None of this would have been revealed if it wasn’t for DeLonge’s efforts.” IMHO, DeLonge was being used, chosen as a charismatic, yet disposable front man for a project which might not have reached liftoff, much less to the stars. This summary includes breadcrumbs for conspiracists who believe that DeLonge’s ideas about “evil aliens” could offer a pretext for a false flag operation, or just an excuse for a new wave of military proliferation.

  2. Amazeballs. That’s the perfect descriptor for this news – dictionary words are insufficient. I’ve been following this site for years, waiting and hoping for a story (stories) like this to break. My jaw is still on the floor.

    The mainstream news cycle has been so full of banal, petty, hate-mongering politics and gossip for so long that seeing this new UFO info is profoundly shocking. I think a lot of us who follow the subject expected it, but in the back of our minds wondered if we might die of old age before it happened.

    We’ve been living in Strange Times. The times are now stranger, and much more interesting. Thank you OpenMinds – keep on keepin’ on.

  3. Great news for sure Alejandro. But Tom Delonge still doesn’t inspire me to believe much of what he says. That Radio interview he gave not long ago was just jaw dropping in his ignorance of some of the issues at hand. And then exclaiming that Roswell was actually a German technology? C’mon….

  4. god bless him, and thank you …and thank you, god bless and congradulatons too us all …we deserves at least thisl!!!??????.

  5. CBS new had a story on is in the national broadcast. Disclosure is coming very soon. I can feel it.

  6. Hello Alejandro, aka JANDRO the Magnificent

    So, what will be divulged from the 5 year study?

    Seems Mr. Bigelow has some building(s) in Nevada with metal pieces from UAP, there is no other way to read the Times articles and not come away with that. Will UFO investigators go after Mr. Bigelow? As for the “metal”, is is either not remarkable in its composition or alloys, or is remarkable. Mr. Bigelow will and should be challenged about this metal. My guess is Mr. Bigelow will have the matter diffused or muddled by some government functionary or some damn guitar player. Mr. Bigelow will have no truck with his peace or empire being disturbed.


  7. In Response to Space.com Pentagon’s UFOs are Real Story

    Elizabeth, why do you and Space.com insist on continuing to ignore all the millions of eyewitness accounts from around the globe that have reported UFO (Extraterrestrial vehicles (ETVs)) and ETI encounters and yet you focus your attention on supposed official expert announcements and on dumbass science fiction movies like Star Wars and Star Trek Discovery?

    Is it possible these movies promote violence which is in keeping with military agenda for the future, namely continuing to have wars but this time in outer space with other interstellar civilizations while negating the reports of real UFO/ETI encounters by the general public which are peaceful and benign, even mutually beneficial for both ETs and humans?

    If you have done your homework carefully and more in depth as I have, you’d realize that the US Air Force sponsored the University of Colorado to study unidentified flying objects (the UFO Project) from 1966 to 1968 under the direction of physicist Edward Condon, (aka, The Condon Committee).

    Before the study even began Condon had preemptively concluded that:

    ‘”The study of UFOs was unlikely to yield major scientific discoveries, the report also suggested that “persons with good ideas for specific studies in this field should be supported by Federal government agencies on a case by case basis. In particular, the Committee noted that there were gaps in scientific knowledge in the fields of “atmospheric optics, including radio wave propagation, and of atmospheric electricity” that might benefit from further research in the UFO field.”‘

    His biased back-handed comments set off a firestorm of controversy declaring among the scientific community as well as the public that no fair assessment of this study would be honest, truthful or scientifically accurate.

    The final report, a document of 1,485 page titled “Scientific Study of Unidentified Flying Objects” (aka, the Condon Report) concluded a number of things. The following are a few of the more important conclusions reached by that Committee:

    “Our general conclusion is that nothing has come from the study of UFOs in the past 21 years that has added to scientific knowledge. Careful consideration of the record as it is available to us leads us to conclude that further extensive study of UFOs probably cannot be justified in the expectation that science will be advanced thereby.” (Condon, 1)

    “This question remains as to what, if anything, the federal government should do about the UFO reports it receives from the general public. We are inclined to think that nothing should be done with them in the expectations that they are going to contribute to the advance of science.”

    “This question is inseparable from the question of the national defense interest of these reports. The history of the past 21 years has repeatedly led the Air Force officers to the conclusion that none of the things seen, or thought to have been seen, which pass by the name of UFO reports, contributed any hazard or threat to national security.”(Condon, 4)

    We know of no reason to question the finding of the Air Force that the whole class of UFO reports so far considered does not pose a defense problem.” (Condon 5)

    “It has been concluded that the subject has been shrouded in official secrecy. We conclude otherwise. we have no evidence of secrecy concerning UFO reports. What has been miscalled secrecy has been no more than an intelligent policy of delay in releasing data so that the public does not become confused by the premature publication of incomplete studies of reports.” (Condon 5)

    Historically the Condon Report conclusions bring up some pertinent questions in light of the Pentagon’s recent disclosure that “UFOs are real!” even if the Pentagon hasn’t officially stated as such, they seem to have acknowledged Luis Elizondo, a person who formerly managed the Pentagon’s “Advanced Aviation Threat Identification Program.”

    Since the Condon Report says that the Air Force does not consider UFOs a hazard or threat to National Security, then why does the Pentagon which comprises the various arms of the US Military Services including the Air Force, still find the need to chase UFOs around over the skies of America and other nations? Are they a threat or are they something else?

    Why, if UFOs are not a hazard or threat to national security was there a former secret program called Advanced Aviation Threat Identification Program which seems to validate the precept of a “potential advanced aviation threat”?

    Why is this former Pentagon program from 2007 to 2012 (and probably earlier) considered a “secret” when the Condon Report concluded that there was no official secrecy and if such a secrecy existed it was only for intelligent reasons and policy?

    Ergo, why then, was there 21 years of secrecy or denial that such a program existed in the Pentagon when the Air Force allegedly showed no further interest in the subject after the late ’60s and early ’70s?

    Why is this Pentagon official, Elizondo using an incorrect nomenclature to describe a potentially advanced aviation threat when the correct terminology is either False or Deceptive Indications and Warnings (DIW)? This announcement seems to become more and more suspicious of disinformation. It’s bogus! It is FAKE NEWS to any informed individual!

    Why does the military of many nations, especially the US military frequently track (including NASA), chase, target and shoot down these alien spacecraft, if there is nothing to them or that they are not a threat? According to the Condon Report further extensive study of UFOs probably cannot be justified in the expectation that science will be advanced thereby.” Or could science thereby, be advanced?

    Obviously, knowing how these alien spacecraft are getting here to Earth from their own very distant homeworlds and star systems means that they have and are using a technology that we don’t yet possess at the time period, or do we?

    Condon was either naive or deliberately disinforming the general public with lies and half-truths that science couldn’t benefit from alien technology. When in reality, since the early 1950s there has been deep black projects and programs of the military industrial intelligence complex known as USAPs (Unacknowledged Special Access Projects). In such programs, the military has been utilizing alien technology from captured alien saucer crashes and reverse engineering that technology to play catch up with Extraterrestrial Intelligences visiting our planet! This is obvious aggression and hostility from humans toward visiting Extraterrestrial Intelligences.

    All of this recent hype that the Pentagon has acknowledged that UFOs are real is highly suspicious and specious particularly at this time in our history. It is just another part of an ongoing propaganda campaign of disinformation, misinformation, lies, denials and obfuscations to deceive the public and keep the status quo the same which benefits only those who are already in control!!!

    Below is a small list of Investigations and study programs by the governments and public sectors of the world:

    Did a Cloud Shape UFO Cause the Disappearance of the 5th Norfolk Regiment
    During WWI in Gallipoli, Turkey?
    Feu Fighters – (“Foo Fighters”)
    Unidentified Flying Objects (UFOs)
    1946: “Ghost Rockets” Over Scandinavia
    Green Fireballs
    Flying Saucers
    Government and Military Investigations of UFOs in Australia
    Government and Military Investigations of UFOs in Greece
    Government and Military Investigations of UFOs in Sweden
    Government and Military Investigations of UFOs in the United Kingdom
    Government and Military Investigations of UFOs in Canada
    Government and Military Investigations of UFOs in Uruguay
    USAF Current Official Statement on UFOs

    Project Sign
    The Estimate of the Situation
    Project Grudge
    Robertson Panel Report
    Joint-Army-Navy-Air Force Publication 147 (JANAP 147) and Air Force Regulation 200-2 (AFR 200-2)
    Project Blue Book
    Post-Blue Book U.S.A.F. UFO Activities
    Project Blue Book Special Report No. 14

    The Trick Memo
    The Study Begins
    Internal Tensions Begin
    Cracks in the Dam
    The Trick Memo Exposed
    The Condon Report
    Positive responses
    Negative Responses
    J. Allen Hynek’s criticism
    Peter A. Sturrock’s Criticism

    The Sturrock Panel and Report
    RAND Corporation Paper (USA, 1968)
    Project Identification (USA, 1973-1980)
    Studies by GEPAN, SERPA & GEIPAN (France, 1977-present)
    United Nations (1977-1979)
    COMETA Report (France, 1999)
    COMETA Report Membership
    Project Condign (UK, 1996-2000)
    Project Hessdalen / Project EMBLA (Norway, 1983–present / Italy 1999-2004)
    Disclosure Project Press Conference (USA, 2001)
    Fife Symington Press Conference (USA, 2007)
    Citizens Hearing on UFO Disclosure (USA, 2014)
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    Terry Tibando

  8. In reading the Popular Mechanics 12/18/17 article by Kyle Mizokami about the Nimitz incident, two objects are mentioned. One is said to be in the water and another above it. In other recent, related postings, I recall only one object described other than a reference to a grouping at first thought to be drones. Also, I believe the transcript in the Popular Mechanics article is different from one I saw at the To the Stars Academy site. Is there somewhere a thorough analysis and chronilogical description of the event as has so far been reported?

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