By: Kyle Dempster
UFOs are here!!
Ok, not here exactly, but over the last couple of weeks, the mainstream media has been producing a ton of headlines relaying the Department of Defense’s creation of a task force mandated to detect, analyze and catalog unidentified aerial phenomena that could potentially pose a threat to U.S. national security.
Seeing as Pagan and I have been covering UFOs on the podcast, I thought it would be wise to collect some entry-level information for those that might be new to the field of UFOlogy. Let’s spend this article dipping our toes in and defining some recurring vocabulary words. I then hope to build on this series as time goes on!
I’m going to assume that everyone reading this article has loosely heard of UFOs or ‘Unidentified Flying Objects.’ But what are they really? Are they weather balloons? Maybe meteorites? Is our own government testing new crafts? Maybe foreign powers like China or Russia have something we can’t identify? Or, are they from somewhere else?
Right off the bat, we stumble onto one of the biggest conspiracies related to UFOs: assuming they are physical (and we don’t all believe even that), why hasn’t the government disclosed them to the public? Some people suspect the government has been covering it up from the start and that our intelligence state has worked hard to discredit scientists, politicians, and military personnel. In fact, some people say the puppeteering is so bad that our sitting presidents in the US have no idea what is really happening with these black projects.
This definitely reads like a conspiracy theory - because it is. But it isn’t an unfounded one. I was recently watching “Unacknowledged” on Netflix which dives into the subject though, like most UFO shows, they do distort facts on occasion. Whether or not we believe the idea that other beings are sending crafts into our airspace outright, presidents and influential figures in the military-industrial complex have said some concerning things.
“I must admit that any favorable mention of the flying saucers by a scientist amounts to extreme heresy and places the one making the statement in danger of excommunication by the scientific theocracy. Nevertheless, in recent years I have investigated the story of the unidentified flying object (UFO), and I am no longer able to dismiss the idea lightly.” - Frank B. Salisbury, Ph.D.
So what the heck does this mean? It means we have a really good reason to want to know more. As we stare our apocalyptic world in the eyes, we know that great leaps in technology could solve many of the food, energy, and geopolitical issues we face. If we have access to this technology and it isn’t being disclosed… well, that leaves people wanting more.
What if these UFOs are piloted by beings not from this Earth? What if these extraterrestrials are visiting our skies on the regular? Does our government actually know about it - maybe they are as confused as us? Some speculate our government works hand-in-hand with these aliens or beings. Others speculate the UFOs have tried to interfere with us putting missiles in space and other aggressive overtones. If these beings are really visiting Earth, we need your help more now than ever!
The term UAP or ‘Unidentified Aerial Phenomena’ started to appear publicly in 2017 when the New York Times along with Tom DeLonge’s company ‘To the Stars Academy… of Arts and Sciences’ broke news about the government’s on-going investigations into UAPs by releasing the tic tac videos.
In more recent weeks, the news has been talking about the UAPTF or ‘Unidentified Aerial Phenomena Task Force’
“The Department of Defense and the military departments take any incursions by unauthorized aircraft into our training ranges or designated airspace very seriously and examine each report. This includes examinations of incursions that are initially reported as UAP when the observer cannot immediately identify what he or she is observing.” - Establishment of Unidentified Aerial Phenomena Task Force > US DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE > Release
This is where things get really personal for me and my interest in the field really takes off.
I’ve been following Angels and Airwaves’ Tom DeLonge as he built a media empire over the past decade. What started as a Blink-182 rockstar saying he was interested in aliens, led him down a path of clandestine meetings with the US intelligence community. Beyond that, he now has many of them working at a company called ‘To The Stars Academy...of Arts and Sciences’ (TTSA). This group is a branch of his company ‘To The Stars’ (TTS) which produces his books, movies, music, merchandise, and more.
DeLonge invested his punk rock wealth and passion into a project that aims to not only disclose UAPs to the public but also hopes to replicate and reverse engineer this technology when possible. Many of his fans laugh at him for these pursuits, but he always seems to come out on top.
Ya ok, wait. Why is a rock star doing UFO stuff? Tom claims to have a very early interest in the subject saying that he took his first paycheck from Blink 182 to but a computer in the 1990s to learn more about UFOs. It was Tom’s company TTSA that pushed for the 2017 release in the New York Times for the tic tac videos from the Showing results for tic tac USS Nimitz. It should also be said that in addition to about four or more books on the subject, Tom’s company creates the Unidentified show on History Channel. Not the “uneducated” shmuck the field likes to paint him as after all. TTSA continues to be mentioned very closely with government disclosures. It appears to me, as a Tom fan, that he is trying to encourage people to chase the fantasy and “sci-fi” ideas of UAPs while working to untangle the media damage and manipulation.
What’s next for UFOlogy?
From my readings and viewings, it really does seem there is a genuine interest in the happenings in the sky by politicians and scientists, yet it also appears there is another element (intentional or otherwise) keeping people back from exploring it.
The media has worked hard either by their own ideas in their heads or by some sinister director to belittle anyone that has a solid, rational head on their shoulders that wants to talk about “lights in the sky”. Hollywood, not as one entity but as a whole, has done a lot of damage to the field of UFOlogy by giving platforms to uncredible witnesses, making movies with wildly violent interpretations of aliens, and more. As UFOs became sillier and more “out there” there was a need for a better clinical term. Something that our elected governments could discuss without laughing at themselves. (This isn’t to say I don’t enjoy a fun shoot em up alien movie too!)
If it is us the viewing public at large casting this shame and doubt, shame on us. If it is shadowy puppetmasters, shame on them. Ultimately, it will be a shame if we have this technology or even if we have this recurring phenomenon and we don’t fully investigate it and share its wealth with the world. Until then, we continue to search and we continue to learn.