Blink-182 Guitarist Has a Strange Connection to the Government's Secret UFO Program

Well, it's not every day that Guitar World has an eye-opening political report, but here we are. In a normal year, it would be shocking enough to learn the Pentagon had a secret multimillion dollar program to investigate UFOs. But since it's still 2017, the least “normal year” in recent memory there is more: We find out that Tom DeLonge, the mega-platinum pop punker and founding member of Blink-182, has his fingerprints all over the story:

Politico and The New York Times simultaneously published extensive reports detailing the Advanced Aviation Threat Identification Program, a secret Pentagon project with the stated purpose of looking into the national security implications of reports of unidentified flying objects, known popularly as UFOs.

The program—which was begun by former Nevada Senator Harry Reid and given bi-partisan blessing by former Hawaii Senator Daniel Inouye and former Alaska Senator Ted Stevens—was confirmed by the Pentagon to have existed between 2007 and "in the 2012 time frame."

The initiative was run by a career intelligence officer by the name of Luis Elizondo, who raised a few eyebrows when he resigned from the government in October, claiming that the project was not being taken seriously. Upon his return to the private sector, Elizondo took up employment with a company called To The Stars Academy of Arts & Sciences. The co-founder of this company? Former Blink-182 frontman Tom DeLonge.

Guitar World goes on to note that DeLonge has an obsession with UFOs, and has long been hinting he was involved at high levels. "I have sources from the government. I've had my phone tapped. I've done a lot of weird stuff in this industry—people wouldn't believe me if I told them," DeLonge told Paper magazine in 2015. "But this is what happens when you start getting on an email chains with hundreds of scientists from the Jet Propulsion Laboratory and different universities around the country, and you start outing senior scientists from Lockheed Martin talking about the reality of this stuff, guys that hold 30 patents, guys that work underground out in the Nevada test sites in Area 51." Feel free to read the rest of that interview for DeLonge's dealings with Wernher von Braun's assistant and more general insanity. Heck, DeLonge wrote a typically catchy Blink-182 song called "Aliens Exist."

One could imagine reading this interview two years ago and laughing at DeLonge as just another delusional pop star—and maybe he is!— but to the extent that UFO investigation is a serious endeavor, DeLonge does in fact appear to be a major player. Both the New York Times and Politico cited the analysis of To the Stars regarding a Navy fighter plane's recent run-in with a UFO.

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