Late last year, it was revealed that the United States Department of Defense has been secretly allocating millions of dollars toward investigating claimed sightings of unidentified flying objects made by members of the U.S. military. The endeavor lost direct funding in 2012, but continued in a support capacity to other investigative arms of the Pentagon (and likely still does) without a line of accounting on the books.
In October of last year, Luis Elizondo, a former military intelligence officer that was tasked with leading this black budget program, dubbed “The Advanced Aviation Threat Identification Program,” resigned in protest, eluding to what he claimed were legitimate security concerns identified by his group that were not receiving the appropriate attention from senior defense officials. Soon thereafter, Elizondo accepted a position with To the Stars Academy — a for-profit media company that trades on its collection of former senior intelligence and defense officials that seek what those in the UFO community often refer to as “disclosure:” or a full release of everything the government may or may not know about UFO phenomena – though To the Stars, like many in the internet’s UFO-oriented sites and forums, refers to these mysterious craft as Unidentified Aerial Phenomena or UAPs, rather than the traditional (and perhaps too sci-fi sounding) term of UFO.
To the Stars has since released declassified footage of these so-called UAPs, including footage captured from a pair of Navy F/A-18 Super Hornets tasked with an intercept, offering further credibility to Elizondo’s claims that these strange sightings warrant further investigation, if not the claims of To the Stars President, Tom Delong, who has a history of making some rather grandiose claims about the presence of advanced alien life here on Earth.
Objectively, everything about To the Stars, including the CEO being the former bassist for pop-punk band Blink 182, smells a bit fishy — but the stable of credentialed officials in his board room combined with actual DoD footage adds an almost uncomfortable element of credibility that, while perhaps not sufficient to take at face value, seems to warrant a second look.