In the interview, DeLonge said that while he believes that such information exists, he conceded that after years of work with To the Stars Academy he has no evidence at all to back up his beliefs: “I don’t have any evidence of that myself,” he told Unilad, “and I can’t prove that to the world. But I have my reasons, and I hope that one day that does happen, in a constructive way that doesn’t scare people.” He added that he supports government secrecy to protect the public from “their emotions.” So, after three years of To the Stars, countless claimed revelations from high-ranking government insiders, and wild claims that DeLonge is the vessel for disclosure, it all amounts to absolutely no evidence at all. That’s perfect.
Then, of course, DeLonge teased his own supposedly special knowledge of UFOs that he absolutely can’t share out of … well, wait for it. He says the revelations will come “when the time is right – when it makes sense and when [they] can do it respectfully and in a way where it’s not adversarial with [their] partners in the US government.” Yes, he claims to have UFO secrets but won’t share them out of respect for the government—the same government he thinks is forever hiding world-changing revelations. This isn’t the claim of a disclosure advocate as much as it is the claim of a con artist trying to keep the con going, or a power-worshiping social climber.
DeLonge added that he now believes—following Hal Puthoff and Jacques Vallée—that our reality involves “multiple frequencies”—i.e., other dimensions—that this is the grand revelation of reality.
UFO writers naturally picked up on DeLonge’s claims to Unilad about his almost certainly fictitious UFO evidence, but I was more interested in DeLonge’s continued insistence that his interest in UFOs has less to do with science and more to do with spirituality and religion:
DeLonge told UNILAD that learning about different belief systems really ‘opened his eyes’ and incited an ‘obsession’ with finding out ‘what is this all about? Why are we here? Is it really an accident?’
The Unilad article contains some errors. It misidentifies former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Nathan Twining, and DeLonge attributes to him a government admission that aliens are real. Twining wrote a September 1947 memo summarizing reports of flying disc sightings that year in which he claimed that the discs were not hallucinations, but he did not claim that they were alien spacecraft. (For what it’s worth for Roswell fans, he also stated that no crashed disc had ever been recovered.) Other elements of the government reported at the very same time that the whole UFO phenomenon was basically a hysterical delusion created by science fiction writers. It’s interesting, however, that DeLonge not only misremembers the content of the memo, which he says he read 20 years ago, but builds a mythology around his own faulty memory of it that in turn reinforces his conviction that secret evidence exists and that he is its vessel.
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