LAS VEGAS - The UFO mystery has inspired so many movies, books and tabloid TV shows, it is difficult to discern whether there was ever evidence it might be real. That is no accident according to a rock star-turned UFO investigator.
This is a topic where it is very tough to separate wheat from chaff. A lot of information is simply concocted. A lot of disinformation can be traced directly to government agencies that cannot seem to make up their minds.
What if someone came along and offered them a way out of the corner in which they've painted themselves?
Tom Delonge has done that, and he says he's been told some pretty amazing things.
The atmosphere is laid back at the headquarters of Delonge's To the Stars transmedia company. The store sells all manner of merchandise related to the UFO theme. Delonge's sister Kari is the product manager and keeps the former Blink 182 front man somewhat in line.
“That's the seat where I sit and say, ‘I've got an idea.’ And, she goes, ‘Get out of my office,’” he said.
Flying saucer imagery is everywhere in the building. Delonge's office is packed with mementos from fans and spacy keepsakes. He lived the life of a rock star and admits he's said and done some crazy stuff, but is serious about efforts to pierce the veil of UFO secrecy.
“Why it's been kept secret? When we bring that out, people are going to step back and go, ‘Whoa. Holy cow. Now, we understand,’” he said.
Delonge has made his own pilgrimages to Nevada's UFO Mecca, Area 51 – camping out so he could record images of whatever is flying around out there.
The plot of his first book, Sekret Machines, culminates around the Groom Lake facility. But, he learned much more by introducing himself to a few music fans who happened to work for a defense contractor with a long history at Area 51. That conversation led to NASA, the military and a shadowy group of about a dozen “deep throat” insiders who now give Delonge information.
“Not only do I know for a fact that there are groups, high level groups, within the DOD and national security divisions of our country; not only do I know it is real, you know, I am starting to get a clear picture of why it is kept secret,” he said.
That reason is global security. The U.S. government has been all over the map on UFOs. In classified documents written before public records laws existed, the topic was a legitimate concern.
Since then, the military has officially ridiculed flying saucers and denies having any ongoing interest. The interest is very real, Delonge says, and ongoing. He offered his advisors a chance to tell their story through him, a bit at a time. So, what have they told him?
“He says, ‘We found a life form,’” Delonge said. “’We found a life form,’ and then that conversation changed my life.”
“I was told there were crashes. We took that, probably got pretty freaked out, pretty scared. We scurried it away; created what they call a pickup game of counterintelligence to keep people away from asking hard questions we didn’t know the answers to; and we created a crash program, much bigger than the Manhattan Project, to figure out how this stuff worked and how to build our own defense system against it should there be more,” he said.
Delonge says he was told there was a plan to release the information over time, but the trigger was never pulled. Decades passed. Disinformation was sewn to defuse public interest.
The Nevada desert really is a place where ultra-exotic technology has been tested, but he was told there are other locations like Area 51, places unknown to the public, some in Nevada.
So, why him? He has a platform with young people, and because the time seems right.
“One of the reasons why it works is, like you said, they have been backed into a corner and need a way for this to get out,” he said.
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