Hello, everyone. Tom DeLonge, the former Blink-182 frontman who has spent much of his post-musical career trying to prove the existence of UFOs, has been vindicated by the US Navy.
As others have pointed out, this is somehow not the craziest thing to make the news lately. It's also maybe not getting the attention it deserves because, as we've previously covered, it's just the latest in a long saga of the world gradually learning that yeah, there's some UFO shit out there that the government probably knows more about than they'll let on.
DeLonge actually released these videos a few years ago, and it's just now that the Navy is releasing the videos "officially." DeLonge's pet project, To The Stars Academy, was easy to dunk on right up until they started getting things like this right. Here, take a look for yourself at some of the footage that TTSA released and helpfully annotated.
In that video, it correlates with the "Nimitz Incident," where those involved feel there's more to the story. Where this gets weird is that now, above and beyond the Navy, former Senator Harry Reid of Nevada is weighing in.
Reid is the guy who pushed for a program called the "Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program," or AATIP, and during his time in the Senate, earmarked about $22 million for AATIP. Reid is on record as not regretting putting it together with that kind of money, especially because he knows China and Russia have similar operations running.
The very existence of a secret organization like AATIP means that when organizations like it come to light, it has the unintended effect of actually bringing about more transparency than otherwise thought. For example, the Navy now also has procedures in place for reporting UFOs. This is going to have its consequences, both good and bad. On a practical level, it'll likely mean improved technology that better identifies the unidentified in the air, and that's a national security benefit. On the other hand, it's entirely plausible that a bunch of goofy and bored guys in the Navy falsely report stuff on occasion and send DeLonge and company into a frenzy.
It's important to remember that these are simply, by definition, unidentified flying objects. A UFO doesn't necessarily mean we've got Independence Day on our hands, and Reid is careful to make that distinction as well. DeLonge, for his part, just seems interested in learning and exploring (on top of the money he's probably raking in from this). Reid would also theoretically have a vested interest in alien stories, given what a hotspot his state of Nevada is for conspiracy tourism. And when big names like that are out there calling for more transparency, it's only a matter of time before we get more tantalizing, grainy footage to dissect.
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