Luis Elizondo, former DIA employee and another “supposed” government authority on UFOs
May 20, 2021
A quote from commentator Luis Martinez:
I’ve been on this topic since I was a teenager, read every book on the topic.
Ever since Luis Elizondo‘s name popped up a couple of years ago I have been searching the web for his bio or resume, no luck. He’s introduced as an “military intelligence expert” on TV with his little green baseball cap. I want to know if he even was a commissioned officer. We are expected to believe that the person given access to the Nation’s most important secret (Alien life forms visiting Earth) was not a GS 15 level scientist with degrees up the wazoo??? Or a general officer?? I smell BS.
Until Elizondo comes forward and tells us who he is, frankly, I place him on the same category as Bob Lazar and Giorgio Tsoukalos….
Luis, please prove me wrong. I want to believe…
Another comment from TollSeven:
What Luis DOESN’T disclose is that he is a major shareholder in several new aerospace ventures. Luis has done all he can to publicly associate the names of these ventures with the US Gov AATIP program.
by Keith Kloor, June 1, 2019 – – THE INTERCEPT
One of the first images in the opening episode of HISTORY CHANNEL show “Unidentified – – Inside America’s UFO Investigation” is a 2017 headline from the New York Times projected on a flickering screen: “Glowing Auras and ‘Black Money’ – – The Pentagon’s Mysterious UFO Program.”
It’s the story that launched Luis Elizondo into the public eye, the article that “shocked the world,” the narrator of “Unidentified” declares, before continuing, “A clandestine U.S. government program had been investigating UFOs. For eight years, the secret program was run by this man, Luis Elizondo.” The camera then pans to a visual of the former military intelligence case officer in a darkened house peering out warily through half-drawn window shades.
It’s an odd scene. Is Elizondo on the lookout for aliens or a bad guy from his old spook life? Either way, the HISTORY CHANNEL show, which was being promoted as “groundbreaking nonfiction,” goes on to follow Elizondo as he re-investigates strange UFO incidents he says he learned of when he was at the Pentagon running the Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program, known as AATIP.
There is one crucial detail missing from “Unidentified,” as well as from all the many stories that have quoted Elizondo since he outed himself nearly two years ago to a wide-eyed news media:
There is no discernible evidence that he ever worked for a government UFO program, much less led one.
Yes, AATIP existed, and it “did pursue research and investigation into unidentified aerial phenomena,” Pentagon spokesperson Christopher Sherwood told me. However, he added: “Mr. Elizondo had no responsibilities with regard to the AATIP program while he worked in OUSDI (the Office of Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence), up until the time he resigned effective 10/4/2017.”
That directly contradicts an email sent by a spokesperson for TO THE STARS ACADEMY OF ARTS & SCIENCE, a UFO research and entertainment company that Elizondo joined after he left the Defense Department.
Once again, there is no discernible evidence that Luis Elizondo ever worked for a government UFO program, much less led one.
Moreover, a briefing document prepared by AATIP, the Pentagon’s now-defunct UFO investigation program set up by Senator Harry Reid, and apparently for the benefit of Robert Bigelow (and using our hard-earned tax dollars), may have been a total sham. It was allegedly led by Luis Elizondo.
By the way, click and read about:
AATIP – – AN OBSCURE PROGRAM FILLED WITH PSEUDOSCIENCE AND BS
(ABOVE – – Luis Elizondo and Rock musician Tom DeLonge, establisher of TO THE STARS ACADEMY OF ARTS AND SCIENCE, primarily an entertainment company, promoting belief in UFOs)
DeLonge, a musician of Blink-182 fame and longtime UFO enthusiast, is the co-founder and interim CEO of TO THE STARS, the company Elizondo joined in October 2017, several days after he resigned from the Department of Defense. Since the company’s inception, certain members of its “elite team,” including Elizondo, have appeared frequently in the news media.
“We know that UFOs exist,” Chris Mellon, a deputy assistant secretary of defense for intelligence in the Clinton and George W. Bush administrations, pronounced on the show. “This is no longer an issue. The issue is why are they here? Where are they coming from? And what is the technology behind these devices that we are observing?”
Mellon, like Elizondo, works for TO THE STARS (his title, according to the company’s website, is national security affairs adviser). “Fox & Friends” neglected to mention this connection, along with the fact that the HISTORY CHANNEL show was made by the company Elizondo and Mellon work for.
“Pentagon spokeswoman Dana White confirmed to POLITICO that the program existed and was run by Elizondo,” Bryan Bender wrote in December 2017. (Earlier this year, White, a Trump administration political appointee, resigned amid an internal probe into charges of misconduct.)
But Pentagon spokesperson Christopher Sherwood told me that he “cannot confirm” White’s statement.
As it happens, Bender, who is POLITICO’s defense editor, had a recurring role in the first episode of “Unidentified.” He appeared on camera numerous times as a kind of authoritative character witness for Elizondo, Mellon, and their UFO investigations.
Some dubious, unofficial documents leaked out to George Knapp, a credulous Las Vegas TV journalist who, for decades, has been a fixture in the UFO media orbit. Knapp has been a vocal defender of Elizondo and DeLonge for the past two years, pushing back on critics who have raised thorny questions about TO THE STARS. Knapp also purchased stock in the company, something he has not always revealed to readers and viewers in his reporting.
(New York Times Magazine writer Mark Jacobson once aptly described George Knapp as a “debonair raconteur“)*
“Knapp’s an ‘investigative reporter’ when it suits him, but a shill for frauds and charlatans like Lazar, Lear, and Elizondo when there is a buck to be made.” – – a quote from Duke in Dreamland Resort
In an email to The Intercept, Knapp acknowledged buying 400 shares of the academy’s stock in 2018, “not as an investment, but as a way to support their fledgling company and their work.” He wrote that he had “made that information public” and “informed” his employer” at KLAS-TV in Las Vegas. Knapp also said that he put the shares in a trust that “would be donated to a charity.” He believes that transaction has been completed and that he now owns “zero stock” in the company, he wrote.
As it happens, Knapp also appeared in the first episode of “Unidentified,” lauding DeLonge for his “unprecedented” efforts in advancing the UFO issue.
I mentioned Kari DeLonge’s response — about Elizondo having taken over AATIP and run it “out of the Office for the Secretary of Defense (OSD) under the Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence (USDI)” — to Sherwood, the Pentagon spokesperson who had told me unequivocally that Elizondo “had no responsibilities with regard to the AATIP program while he worked in OUSDI.”
The documents he has provided include recent annual Defense Department performance evaluations and his October 4, 2017 resignation letter to then-Defense Secretary James Mattis, which bears the apparent seal of the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense. In the letter, Elizondo alludes to internal opposition at the Pentagon to investigate UFOs that he wrote had menaced Navy Pilots and posed an “existential threat to our national security.” He was leaving, he strongly implied in his letter, because the Pentagon wasn’t taking that threat seriously.
The letter does not mention AATIP or Elizondo’s role as its director.
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