In the emails, Elizondo describes what would soon become To the Stars (to judge by the identical and unusual terminology used by both Elizondo and the future TTSA) as creating a database to study unmanned aerial vehicles and the potential threat they pose to national security and Defense Department assets. But in defining these vehicles, he identifies them as “balloons, commercial UAVs, private drones such as quadcopters, etc.” and does not mention unidentified or unidentifiable vehicles, nor spaceships from other dimensions. Granted, he concludes his description by saying that he hopes to learn about the “vulnerabilities” of certain undefined “systems” that the context implies are the UAVs, but his description rather pointedly makes no mention of the advanced otherworldly technologies that he allegedly believes are hovering in the skies. This is especially strange since (a) he allegedly headed the UFO program, (b) only portions of the program were classified, and (c) everyone involved should theoretically have been aware of these allegedly superhuman technologies. After all, they were talking about supposed UFO videos that everyone involved actually saw.
Ufologists argued that the “balloons, etc.” description is a cover story used because the UFO portion of Elizondo’s office at the Pentagon was classified; therefore, everyone lied to pretend that UFOs weren’t under discussion. This strikes me as decidedly odd since the emails were about alleged UFO videos.
Elizondo told Knapp this weekend that he purposely lied about the nature of unmanned vehicles because he couldn’t talk about them due to their classified nature. Funny how that doesn’t apply now that he’s on TV. In the same breath, he says that he was emailing with Pentagon officials who were looped in and knew about it, yet their emails contain no reference to UFOs or even redactions where such discussion might have occurred.
That wasn’t the only news from TTSA this past week.
Over the weekend, Tom DeLonge of To the Stars Academy of Arts and Science posted a speculative thread on Twitter in which he discussed his growing belief that a genetically “advanced” race of “ultra-terrestrials” have been on Earth since “Lemuria and Atlantis times” and were the inspiration for the angels and gods of early mythologies. He walked it back in part, suggesting that he was merely “thinking out loud,” but the specific argument he used should be familiar to most of you reading this blog.
I’m sure you recognize this as the core of Theosophy, in which Helena Blavatsky posited that human-like beings from other dimension versions of other planets—i.e. ultra-terrestrials—came to Earth in the distant past and taught the “root races” of Lemuria and Atlantis the arts of civilization. Later known as Ascended Masters, these beings had psychical powers such as telepathy and in later Theosophical views they traveled between planets in their fiery chariots, which presaged UFOs by several decades.
The specific claims that DeLonge discusses in his tweet are nearly identical to those made by Theosophists Annie Besant and C. W. Leadbeater in their 1913 book Man: Whence, How and Whither. In that book, they discussed Venusians traveling to Earth in their fiery chariots, how the ancient gods and heroes like Heracles and Buddha were beings from the Moon, Mars, and other planets, and how people alive at present embodied these ultra-terrestrial beings.
I sincerely doubt that DeLonge read Besant and Leadbeater. But Theosophical ideas were highly influential and appear in works like those of Erich von Däniken, who credulously accepted Theosophical ideas in his early books. For example, in Gods from Outer Space, he wrote that the Book of Dzyan, a text forged by Helena Blavatsky, predated humanity.
DeLonge is quite clearly showing his familiarity with 1970s paperback fringe history books, which he has said on several occasions formed the basis of his understanding of ufology. It’s also difficult not to think that there is a little bit of influence here from Peter Levenda, DeLonge’s writing partner who has been a longtime student of the occult and has long been suspected of being the true author of the Simon Necronomicon, whose sequels’ copyrights are registered under his name.
Theosophy’s Atlantis and Lemuria were associated with root races, a concept that involved Aryans and soon after Helena Blavatsky’s time merged seamlessly into the scientific racism of the nineteenth century, eventually finding a home in Heinrich Himmler’s ramshackle Aryan cosmology in Nazi Germany. Lemuria was a fictional lost continent born of a scientific error—the idea that a land bridge helped lemurs move from India to Madagascar—and was debunked with plate tectonics.
It’s great to know that the man behind the supposed effort to expose the truth about UFOs not only suckles at the teat of Hal Puthoff’s UFOs-are-poltergeists idea but also is flirting with racist theosophical garbage. So is this the big revelation of To the Stars Academy of Arts and Science? Theosophy?
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