Saturday, October 14, 2017

Tom DeLonge and UFOs

I must be doing something wrong.

For months I have been hearing about Tom DeLonge, he formerly of Blink-182, who has entered the UFO arena with, allegedly, some highly-place contacts who will assist him in bringing the truth about alien visitation to the public. This began around 2015.

According to Rolling Stone:

DeLonge contacted [John] Podesta [Hillary Clinton’s campaign manager] again this January [2016], sending an email with the subject, "General McCasland," apparently a reference to a former Air Force official with (according to DeLonge) information relating to the infamous Roswell crash. In the email, DeLonge insisted that McCasland was not a skeptic — despite the General's own previous insistence — and added, "When Roswell crashed, they shipped it to the laboratory at Wright Patterson Air Force Base. General McCasland was in charge of that exact laboratory up to a couple years ago. He not only knows what I'm trying to achieve, he helped assemble my advisory team. He's a very important man."
Of course, I suppose, we could look at this as so much hyperbole. It does sound impressive to say that he was in communication with an Air Force general who was
Tom DeLonge
in charge of the exact laboratory where the Roswell material was sent. The problem is that William McCasland didn’t take over the post until 2011, according to his official Air Force biography and the laboratory was created in October 1997. It was, however, a combination of four other labs, but there is no way of knowing if any of them were the ones to which Roswell material would have been sent in 1947 or if material had been sent there it would have remained until 2011.

Anyway, that just sort of shows that DeLonge had been talking about UFOs and mentioning Roswell for a number of years. He did have, and does have, the ear of some people with impressive sounding credentials, which, of course, doesn’t mean they have anything of interest to say about UFOs or Roswell, only that they have been around the government for a very long time and moved in some of the rarified atmosphere in Washington, D.C.

However, it does seem that DeLonge’s messages have been heard by the UFO community. In February, 2017, at the International UFO Congress, he was named UFO Researcher of the Year. This seemed a tad bit odd since he hadn’t done much in the way of original research or published much in the way of what he had learned that hadn’t been said before. He did say that in a couple of months that he would make an announcement about some “serious sh*t” he was into and that he was making some serious progress.

During the next several months, there had been hints about this announcement, some of them centering around Disclosure and some of them hinting about new information or new evidence concerning the Roswell crash. The speculation was that he had some incredible inside information that came about through his association with his former band. Somehow that had resulted in the contacts that provided the information.

After months of waiting, the announcement came on October 11. No, there wasn’t anything about new UFO evidence, it had nothing to do with Disclosure or government secrecy but everything to do with making money. Let’s look at that.

According to a story in the Huffington Post, by Leslie Kean, there had been “something extraordinary revealed today [October 11].” It told of high-level officials and scientists who had not been seen by many but who, apparently “have long-standing connections to government agencies which may have programs investigating unidentified aerial phenomena (UAP/UFOs). You can read the whole article here:


What strikes me in that very first paragraph is that we have been provided with a number of conditions. They have connections to agencies that may have been investigating UFOs… but then, may not. We eventually find out who these people are, but they are those in middle management or maybe in second tier bureaucrats but not the top people.

Then we learn that this is not about Disclosure, or about providing some stunning evidence of alien visitation, but about the “official launch of To The Stars Academy of Arts and Science,” or as they abbreviate it, TTS/AAS which they describe as a public benefit corporation. This organization will have three components, which are science, aerospace and entertainment. That last concerns me. Entertainment is not necessarily restricted to fact and we learn in other places that DeLonge has been planning the entertainment aspect since he left Blink-182. According to Rolling Stone:

But since DeLonge parted ways with Blink-182 in 2015, his interest in extraterrestrials has become more than a hobby. "The more I got into it, the more I realized it was all real," he tells Rolling Stone. "Then I was like, 'OK, what am I going to do about it?'" So he started spreading the word. He began creating a multi-part, multi-platform rollout of an entirely new philosophy, one based on the theory that aliens have been visiting Earth for most of our species' existence – and the only way for us to have a prosperous future on the planet is if we take that into account, and soon.
The newest addition to this project is the book Sekret Machines: Gods, the first in a non-fiction trilogy he's co-writing with occult historian Peter Levanda.
Already we see some promotion for the books that DeLonge is writing which would be incorporated under the umbrella of TTS/AAS and get a hint about the financial aspects of all of this. In fact, Jason Colavito, on his website, looked deeper into the financial arrangements of the organization. You can read his entire analysis here:


Colavito lays out, in detail, how money will be raised by selling stock in the company and how much DeLonge is guaranteed for his part in all this. Colavito wrote:

DeLonge is soliciting investment by registering TTS AAS as a public benefit corporation—notably not a nonprofit—and he is framing his sale of $5 per share stock in the company as a chance to democratize investment. Under the 2012 JOBS Act, companies may sell stock directly to the public through a crowd funding website without needing to file an IPO with the SEC. DeLonge is taking advantage of this to sell $200 stock packages. The 2015 Title IV Regulation A+ allows companies to raise up to $50 million without a formal IPO…
It's interesting to see the difference between TTS AAS’s public face and what they confess in their financial filings. Publicly, TTS AAS is an educational enterprise divided into a number of units focused on cutting-edge fringe research. The science division is pursuing consciousness research and psychic phenomena. The aerospace division is looking for exotic propulsion technologies. The entertainment division is producing the Sekret Machines books, and a dystopian young adult franchise. Note carefully that space aliens and “disclosure” don’t occur as a research subject or a purpose for the company. And yet, the public protestations about using the company to promote human knowledge are belied by what we see in the financial documents. That’s not to say that there won’t be “educational” material, only that the company’s primary purpose isn’t science and education, as it pretends…
DeLonge, though, is certainly a beneficiary. Documents laying out what he gets paid make pretty clear that this is intended to be a very lucrative investment for him. DeLonge has a constellation of corporate entities that control the intellectual property he creates as a musician and now filmmaker. TSA, which the company abbreviates as TTS AAS, is legally obligated to pay all of DeLonge’s expenses in using his existing intellectual property to develop new TTS AAS multimedia products.
But, those of us interested in all aspects of UFOs and not the inner workings of a corporation created to make some money and produce multi-media products wanted to hear something about UFO sightings. Eventually we treated to one UFO report provided by “TTS Academy member Chris Mellon” who was, at one time, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Intelligence for two administrations. “He gave a synopsis of an event from 2004 that involved the battleship [sic] USS Nimitz.” I’ll give Mellon the benefit of the doubt here by saying that in his position he should have known that the Nimitz was an aircraft carrier and not a battleship. I suspect the reporter got it wrong. According to the story:

“Two F-18s approach, the four aviators see that the object has no wings or exhaust — it is white, oblong, some 40 ft long and perhaps 12 ft thick”, he [Mellon] said. “One pilot pursues the craft while his wingman stays high. The pilots are astonished to see the object suddenly reorient itself toward the approaching F-18. In a series of discrete tumbling maneuvers that seem to defy the laws of physics, the object takes a position directly behind the approaching F-18.”
The lengthy event occurred in broad daylight off the California coast, and gun camera footage was taken. At one point the object went from hovering at 80,000 feet to dropping at supersonic speeds, and came to a complete stop at 50 feet above the ocean. “More F-18’s are dispatched but with similar results,” Mellon stated. “The secret machine easily evades the F-18s. Dozens of military personnel aboard the various planes and ships involved are privy to these interactions.”
Okay. Not an overly spectacular sighting but it does suggest some evidence in the form of gun camera footage. It mirrors other sightings that have been reported over
USS Nimitz complete with aircraft.
the years that include radar images, photographs of the radarscopes and many witnesses on the ships involved. Investigation into them have yet to provide the evidence to prove that there is alien visitation.

There was one other aspect of all this that bothered me as well. One of those now part of this was identified as Luis Elizondo. The Huffington Post reported:

Lue had resigned his position at the DOD literally the day before we met. I was able to verify who he was and what his tasks were at the Pentagon. He received the highest commendatons [sic] from his superiors. I was told that important unclassified [emphasis added] data and documentation are expected to be released through the Academy’s on-line Community of Interest (COI) in collaboration with the US government, which will be set up soon.
Unclassified data? The Internet is awash in unclassified data. The vast majority of the Project Blue Book files can be found at Fold3. John Greenewald’s Black Vault is loaded with all sorts of unclassified documents relating to UFOs. Even the FBI’s website provides information about UFOs. And now we are to be treated to another source that will provide us with unclassified documents. Wow.

In fact, this was underscored when Rolling Stone reported, “Subsequent books in the Sekret Machines trilogy will move away from ancient texts to focus on claims of interactions with aliens documented by government agencies since the 1940s, many of which are available by Freedom of Information Act requests and a recently digitized cache of CIA documents.” More unclassified documents that can be obtained by anyone who cares to do so.
Which, of course, moves us away from any meaningful research and puts us back in the entertainment camp. There are too many shows today that rely not on solid research but on the entertainment value of the show. Tell us a story, no matter how ridiculous and we’ll climb onboard even if it is so incredible that it can’t be true. Entertain us first and worry about the reality later. Ironically DeLonge and his co-author had something to say about that. According to Rolling Stone, “…they’re not claiming that everything you've seen on shows like Ancient Aliens is real. ‘Humans are responsible for building the pyramids, for instance,’ says [Peter] Levanda. ‘I think we can agree on that. But what was the impetus behind it? What we're saying is the initial contact is what prompted all this. Not that there were aliens out there telling us how to build pyramids. I think that just devalues the entire conversation, and we're trying to get beyond that.’"

That, of course, is something that many of us have said for years. I didn’t single out Ancient Aliens in the past but have pointed a finger at Hangar 1 and Unsealed: Alien Files which seemed to be based more on speculation and wild stories than on cases that added some real value to UFO research.

There is one other point that has been mentioned in the past that should be bothersome to all those interested in UFO research. According to Rolling Stone, “DeLonge's plan is bigger than just a few books. In addition to the nonfiction series, he is writing a historical-fiction trilogy with novelist A.J. Hartley, the first book of which was released last spring, as well as a documentary and a scripted film, all of which discuss the theory that we're not alone.”

And the additional irony here is that I point this out. Almost since I published my first book on UFOs, one of the criticisms is that I also write science fiction as well. I have kept the science fiction away from my UFO writings and I’m not the only one who has investigated UFOs and who has written science fiction. Bruce Maccabee, Whitley Strieber, Don Ecker and Nick Pope have all written fiction. The difference here, subtle though it might be, is that we have not put the science fiction under the same umbrella as our UFO research. And, of course, DeLong’s plan might not affect the rest of the organization’s goals, but it is just one more worrisome aspect of all this.

We learn, at the end of the news conference, that TTS/AAS “… intends to release game-changing information of the type interested people have been seeking for a long time.”


But the problem here is that this is the same claim that has been made for months about DeLonge’s research and activities and no matter who he has pulled in, he has yet to make any stunning revelations, other than he is forming a corporation to exploit the UFO field. This announcement ended, not so much with a bang, but with a whimper. We have learned nothing that we didn’t already know and it seems that we were promised much the same thing that has been promised by so many others over the last half century. The real point doesn’t seem to be research but entertainment, which, of course, is not always a bad thing… it’s just there has been too much entertainment in the UFO field and not enough research.

15 comments:

Mr. Sweepy! said...

Kevin, I have own my website going on 14 years. I am a publisher but also considered by many in entertainment as well. With that said, let's say they create a successful website that had 2 million followers. This might earn somewhere in the $20,000 to $30,000 in banner ad revenue. Then maybe another $1,000 to $3,000 a month in merchandise sales. So then to make the stockholder happy, he is going to need to sell TV shows and books. If they do have a website, this might be subscription and charging $10 to $20 a month or so. You might add seminars or live shows. Just what we need, more weird story specialist.

I don't see how else they can make money. Do you?

cda said...

Tom de Longe is merely a mixed-up guy. Someone who looks and sounds great, appeals to the younger generation but who will, in the end, get nowhere.

tom livesey said...

I don't know how to put this politely but the acronym for the project TTS/AAS is suspicious. How to put this? There is a good review of Sekret Machines: Gods, that points out several wordplays, I quote 'Levenda calls the moment of first contact the ur-punkt moment, German for “origin point,” but also a pun, reading phonetically in English “you’re punked,” which is to say, in vernacular, you have been played the fool. I can’t help but think that is no coincidence' and '[the spelling Sekret is to be] both punk and also to recall the German, where it means "secretion." They want to suggest that the truth is oozing out. Just for kicks, Urban Dictionary also lists the spelling as slang for a dumb or useless secret'. So TTS/AAS, isn't that suggestive of the pornographer's phrase "t*ts and *ss", i.e. this is just another limb of a low-class tease? I told you there was no polite way of putting this, and I may just be embarrassing myself, but given the other word plays, I do wonder. Are we just being played knowingly for fools awaiting a kiss and tell that will never arrive, or is this just clever-clever postmodern stuff from a musician and occultist writer? Once you have seen the pun in the acronym it is difficult to unsee it. Just try pronouncing it.

The full review from which I quote is here. It is worth reading in full: http://www.jasoncolavito.com/blog/review-of-sekret-machines-gods-by-tom-delonge-with-peter-levenda-part-1

KRandle said...

Mr. Sweeply!-

If you read all of Jason's analysis, you would have seen that Tom DeLonge is guaranteed a hundred grand a year plus expenses. That seems to be a good motive for for some of this. I really don't see anything that will be overly beneficial to UFO research. I seem to remember another musician letting us in on a big announcement... the alien autopsy. The big announcement here had little to do with research and everything to promotion of his upcoming ventures.

purrlgurrl said...

Interesting that this was a non-event for the mainstream media, as well as the entertainment media. It doesn't even seem to have made that big of a splash in all corners of the UFO community either.

I suspect when DeLonge fails to make a fortune and maintain his star status from the entertainment ventures, he will then go down the Greer road and announce the new concentrated focus of his venture will be research education. Then he'll start running hyper-expensive workshops and conferences for sycophants and true believers that purportedly train them to do UFO research. The content will be totally bogus, but DeLonge will get to continue strutting onstage in front of adoring fans, and the audience/trainees leave with a sense of superiority and insider knowledge to hold over their untrained, unwashed UFO brethren. Win-win.

Once you've been a cult god, it's probably really hard to let that go. You gotta keep trying to hold on however you can.

albert said...

@purrlgurrl,

"...Once you've been a cult god, it's probably really hard to let that go. You gotta keep trying to hold on however you can....".

Indeed, but it's even harder to let go of a hundred grand a year:)

At least, DeLonge is doing it the right way, not as, for example, Sean David Morton (remember his Area 51 'tours', where you could, for a fee, watch the UFOs* land).

One can be 'successful' in the UFO field without breaking the law, but not every wannabe knows how to do it.
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@Kevin,
I've got zero cred as a UFO researcher, but I was surprised at the number of factual errors I could find in the Hangar 1 and Unsealed: Alien Files series, with even casual viewing.
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At this point in time, DeLonge seems to be all hat and no cattle.
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*some folks claim the were Janet flights:)
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purrlgurrl said...

Alfred - The right way? I guess you mean being upfront about skimming crowd sourced funding for his annual $100K salary.

This is the last time I'll waste a brain cell's worth of energy on DeLonge. I've reached the end of my attention span for his "venture".

Andrew Matheny said...

LOL... "He's guaranteed $100,000 a year plus expenses." How can people think this venture is to get rich? Sure, I'll leave making $3+ million per tour + music royalties to make $100,000 per year... Come on. I am not endorsing Tom Delonge, but this notion that he is launching this specific venture to get rich is laughable. I assure you if money was the motivation, he would still be playing with blink182 and making plenty of money with half of the stress. This is a passion project so it seems. Frankly if it progresses the UFO community forward from it's current state then everyone that is interested in this topic should be ecstatic that someone is at least taking a fresh approach. I certainly am not investing in this venture nor am I a Delonge shill, but I at least have a glimmer of hope that this may provide even the smallest kick-start the community needs right now. Proceed to flame away.

Ben Moss said...

Delong will be known as 'the deluded'. This company is a self enrichment scheme, has absolutely zero mention of the word UFO or 'research, so basically this is an entertainment company ready to fleece the public with books of fiction, movies, and announcements about nothing. As with the 3 fingered aliens in Peru, the Roswell Slide, I knew from the beginning that this would be another false news event, created for $$$, based on no facts or real knowledge, inside or other. Ufology has not learned the lesson of many wolf's in sheep's clothing stalking the herd.

RedTornado2008 said...

I did look at Mr DeLonge's books available at Amazon and saw the first part was basically a rehash of the ancient astronaut theory. Nothing new to add there. It seems his next book will deal with modern cases. Just what we need: Another rehash of old cases adding nothing new to the table.

Purrlgurrl: I can see Mr DeLonge doing something like Greer does. He does have to make sure people sign a nondisclosure letter for a seminar on disclosure like Greer does. Gotta love the irony there.

TONY BREEDEN said...

In Sekret Machines: Gods, the authors didn't even promise that the book's facts could be trusted:

"Sekret Machines intends to demonstrate that by merging fictional and nonfictional approaches, including mass media and social media in a variety of strategies, something analogous to ‘truth’ may be discovered…”

couldbebetter said...

For anyone on this board who wants to make a buck on this venture, I would wait until it is a publicly traded company (if it ever gets that far) then "sell short" its stock. This looks more like a means to take peoples money up front,and then leave them holding the bag. One retired US Army Colonel who climbed on the banwagon always struck me as someone who continues to be involved in government work. He has always held that Roswell had nothing to do with Aliens. In civillian parlance he would be called a "company man." If I had to choose one person whom I believe does the best in representing UFOlogy it would be Robert Hastings. Robert has given numerous lectures,written documented books, and even produced a serious documentary. I find it sad when people like Robert are given little attention when so many hucksters seem to get so much (undeserved) attention.

albert said...

@purrlgurrl,

I probably should have said "the 'right way'" :)

There's nothing -illegal- about what he's doing. Ethics is a different issue entirely. That's a problem that will always exist with crowd funding. It's an issue of trust.
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@couldbebetter,
Regarding Hastings, I agree. I haven't seen his video yet, but I will soon.

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Bombastic Bill said...

Kevin I am glad you brought up Chris Mellon. I am not sure if people are aware but he did a podcast a while back where he sounded like he did not know a single thing about UFO's as in it was laughable and yet because of his DoD connections we are supposed to take him seriously? The funniest or saddest (depending on how you look at it) part of it is on the next podcast, the host commented that Chris in the preceding week emailed him all excited because he had recently discovered Third Phase of Moon and was wondering if the host could tell him if their videos were real or not. smdh!