The Pentagon’s UFOs – – how a Multimedia Entertainment Company created a UFO news story

by Robert Sheaffer, June 6, 2019, The SKEPTIC Magazine:


On December 16, 2017, the New York Times published “Glowing Auras and Black Money—The Pentagon’s Mysterious U.F.O. Program,” a now-famous article about the previously unknown Pentagon UFO study program, as reported by TO THE STARS ACADEMY  (TTSA).  It was founded by a rock musician named Tom DeLonge, formerly of the band Blink-182, who describes TTSA as an “independent multimedia entertainment company.”  This set off a media UFO frenzy that still continues.

(ABOVE, Tom DeLonge, establisher of TTSA and Luis Elizondo, who works for TTSA)

To show how little TTSA’s people understand about what they are doing, the so-called “glowing auras” surrounding the objects in the widely circulated video shot by a military jet represent nothing more than a processing artifact of the infrared image.  But TTSA’s “experts,” as well as those who look up to them, don’t realize that obvious fact and think instead that it represents something deeply mysterious.

Most people didn’t notice that Leslie Kean, one of the authors of this piece, is a dedicated UFO promoter who has written a popular UFO book.  She is also very gullible, at one point promoting a video of a fly buzzing around as if it were some great proof of high-performance UFOs.  (And she still has not admitted that she was fooled by the fly.)

(CLICK ABOVE FOR ENLARGEMENT – – Leslie Kean and Christopher Mellon, both ardent supporters of TTSA)

Another author of the article, Ralph Blumenthal, has also been a UFO believer for years.  So this was not the customary news article written by New York Times journalists assigned to investigate a mystery and write an objective story.      Instead, it was crafted by UFO believers to appear neutral and objective when it is anything but.

Now the other shoe has dropped.  On May 26, 2019 the New York Times carried another article by Helene Cooper, Ralph Blumenthal and Leslie Kean – – the same three authors as the earlier piece – – headlined “Wow, what is that?’  Navy Pilots Report Unexplained Flying Objects.” They write:

The strange objects, one of them like a spinning top moving against the wind, appeared almost daily from the summer of 2014 to March 2015, high in the skies over the East Coast. Navy pilots reported to their superiors that the objects had no visible engine or infrared exhaust plumes, but that they could reach 30,000 feet and hypersonic speeds. “These things would be out there all day,” said Lt. Ryan Graves, an F/A-18 Super Hornet pilot who has been with the Navy for 10 years.

One seriously wonders why, if unknown objects were supposedly seen “almost daily” for nearly a year, and hung around “all day,” we don’t have overwhelming video, photographic, and instrumental evidence of them, removing all doubt about their appearance and behavior?  In reality, all we see are the same three blurry infrared videos promoted by TTSA, over and over again.  This makes no sense at all.  Doesn’t the Navy have any cameras, radar and other surveillance equipment?

As for the so-called “Tic Tac” video of 2004, serious fault lines are starting to appear in the differing accounts of various persons involved.  David Fravor is the pilot who was vectored to the supposed location of the Tic Tac UFO but didn’t see anything in the air at that location.  Looking down, he saw a disturbance in the water, which he presumed was caused by the object that apparently had just been airborne.  Of course, it is a big assumption that the two must necessarily be the same.

Fravor spoke at the recent UFO Fest in McMinnville, Oregon  (held annually to honor the famous Trent UFO Photos, taken just outside that town).  Reporter George Knapp and documentary filmmaker Jeremy Corbell were also on the panel.

(New York Times Magazine writer Mark Jacobson once aptly described George Knapp, above, as a “debonair raconteur“)*

Fravor sharply criticized the accounts of certain other people who were involved and have been speaking about the incident.  He seemed to be singling out the account of the radar operator, Kevin Day, as being non-factual.  He dismissed claims of Air Force personnel coming on board the Nimitz and confiscating evidence as being untrue.  Fravor also referred to Dave Beaty’s “Nimitz UFO Encounters” documentary as a “cartoon.”  This prompted Knapp to say to Fravor, “I guess you’re being diplomatic, but some of the stories and claims that have been made by people, who may have been on those ships, are just bullshit.”  When people began commenting about these remarkable disagreements, Corbell pulled the video off YouTube.

There was little that was new or unexpected in the long-anticipated May 31 premiere of the series “Unidentified” on the History Channel.  Produced by Tom DeLonge, whose efforts have more or less dominated UFO news for the past two years, it repeated the same claims that I and others have have already written about many times.  Sandwiched between episodes of “Ancient Aliens,” the first of six episodes of “Unidentified” concentrated on the “Tic Tac” UFO.  Here are a few things about that episode that I found to be misleading or incorrect:

Much is made of the fact that reports were generated by highly trained military pilots, some with combat experience.  The implication is that their observations are far more credible than those of just ordinary folks. But longtime UFO researchers recall that Dr. J. Allen Hynek, the former U. S. Air Force Project Blue Book scientific consultant, wrote “Surprisingly, commercial and military pilots appear to make relatively poor witnesses” (The Hynek UFO Report, 1977, p. 271).  The pilot is, and must be, focused on keeping the aircraft safely aloft, and not on watching some strange-looking object.

The Pentagon did not “disclose” or “release” anything about UFOs.  This whole “disclosure” line came about from statements by TTSA’s Luis Elizondo and others, and not from any internal Pentagon activity.  The Defense Department’s Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program (AATIP) came about because multimillionaire investor  (and longtime UFO believer)  Robert Bigelow, a frequent campaign contributor to Sen. Harry Reid, prevailed upon Reid, then the Democratic leader in the Senate, to set up the AATIP program. AATIP then funneled $22 million in contracts to Bigelow’s company (because that’s how things are done in Washington).  The only thing that AATIP is known to have produced are 38 papers in weird physics, like anti-gravity, wormholes, and negative mass propulsion.

TTSA has claimed from its inception that the Pentagon released the three blurry infrared videos that they ceaselessly show us.  They claim to have “chain of custody” documentation for the videos, but nobody has ever seen this documentation.  Elizondo recently released to George Knapp, a reporter friendly to TTSA (and it seems to anybody else making UFO claims) a copy of a document purporting to show the videos’ release.  But a careful analysis by John Greenewald of The Black Vault shows beyond any doubt that the document does not prove what Elizondo claims it does.  Greenewald notes,

We have no proof of any [official Pentagon] release, let alone what is being touted [the videos] is even the same evidence connected to this DD Form 1910.  If we see a blatant disregard for the truth by Mr. Elizondo on display with this DD Form 1910, and we see the same disregard for the truth by TO THE STARS ACADEMY as they have touted documents proving a public release—how can we believe everything or anything else from the same sources?

In the first episode, Luis Elizondo spoke again about his “five observables”, which I wrote about September of 2018. One of them was “Instantaneous acceleration,” supposedly shown by the Tic Tac UFO’s rapid disappearance from the IR video.  In a preview segment from “Unidentified” shown on Fox News, TTSA’s Chris Cooke attributes this movement to the object itself.  Elizondo has made this claim in his lectures many times. In reality, back in December, 2017 Mick West of the excellent site Metabunk showed that the “sudden acceleration” of the object was, in fact, due to a change in the zoom factor of the camera at that point. Surprisingly, Cooke’s comment about “acceleration” was cut from the final show; instead, Cooke is heard to say “Somebody changed the zoom.”  But Elizondo repeated the ‘instantaneous acceleration’ claim on Tucker Carlson’s show on Fox news just a few hours before the series premiere.  As for the other four “observables,” they are more accurately called “assumables” than “observables”.

One recent development that is significant, and is not mentioned on the program or by TTSA:  According to an article in The Drive by Joseph Trevithick and Tyler Rogoway:

the Times’ story doesn’t mention that between 2014 and 2015, Graves and Accoin, and all the other personnel assigned to Carrier Air Wing One (CVW-1) and the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt, as well as everyone else in the associated carrier strike group, or CSG, were taking part in series of particularly significant exercises.  The carrier had only returned to the fleet after major four-year-long overhaul, also known as a Refueling and Complex Overhaul (RCOH), in August 2013.  This process included installing various upgrades, such as systems associated with the latest operational iteration of the Navy’s Cooperative Engagement Capability (CEC) and its embedded Naval Integrated Fire Control-Counter Air (NIFC-CA) architecture.  This is a critical detail. When the Nimitz Carrier Strike Group encountered the Tic Tac in 2004, it was in the midst of the first ever CSG-level operations of the initial iteration of the CEC.

In other words, in 2004 the Nimitz Carrier Strike Group got its radar upgrade, and soon was reporting “unidentified objects”, including the Tic Tac.  In 2014-15, Carrier Air Wing One got its radar upgrade, and soon they, too, were reporting UFOs galore.  One could interpret this to mean that the radars had finally gotten powerful enough to detect the UFOs that had long been knocking about.  But a more prudent interpretation is that the radars had gotten powerful enough to begin detecting birds, small balloons, insect clouds, ice crystals, windborne debris, and various other things found in the atmosphere.  Arguing in favor of the latter interpretation is that these radars are apparently no longer detecting anomalous objects, which itself is extremely significant.  It suggests that, in all likelihood, after being puzzled by anomalous objects appearing on the new radar, the operators finally figured out what was happening, and no longer are troubled by anomalies.

And in a last-minute bombshell, reporter Keith Kloor finally did what reporters are supposed to do, and ask tough questions about persons in the news making claims.  Writing in The Intercept on June 1, Kloor’s piece is headlined “The Media loves the UFO expert who says he worked for an obscure Pentagon program.  Did he?


The Pentagon’s UFOs How a Multimedia Entertainment Company created a UFO news story

Here is a comment from Jim Oberg:

June 5, 2019 at 7:21 am

The ‘5 observables’ allegedly demonstrated by the bizarre events reported by Navy pilots are NOT ‘observations’, they are INTERPRETATIONS of what the raw observations might mean.  What IS ‘observable’ is that the author of the list knows less than zero about the proper function of a military intelligence officer or any investigator of unknown causes of eyewitness perceptions, which is to observe and record, NOT to interpret or explain.  To jump to such interpretations preemptively is a notorious intellectual fallacy that REAL investigators have learned must be avoided because once formulated, an explanatory theory can subconsciously flavor the interpretation of new evidence, and even skew the direction of follow-on research, and through lines of questioning, even skew the memories of direct witnesses.  As NTSB accident investigators know, pilots are among the MOST susceptible witnesses to memory editing, probably because of their entirely proper professional instinct to reach fast assessments of unusual observations in terms of potential hazard to themselves.  This is a very valuable bias in terms of flight safety, at the cost of dispassionate intellectual curiosity.



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A UFO opportunist? – – Luis Elizondo, a UFO “expert” who says he worked for an obscure Pentagon program – – did he?

by Keith Kloor, June 1, 2019 – – THE INTERCEPT


One of the first images in the opening episode of the new 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 premiered on Friday and is 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.  It’s as if Agent Mulder had handed off his X-Files to another paranoid government agent, this one with a pug face and billy-goat beard.  In the screener I saw for “Unidentified,” the narrator says that Elizondo quit the Pentagon because he was “frustrated by what he says was a cover-up.”

Whatever the truth about otherworldly UFOs  (cue a collective eye-roll from scientists),  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.

There is no discernible evidence that Luis Elizondo ever worked for a government UFO program, much less led one.

The email was sent over a year ago by Kari DeLonge  (rock musician Tom DeLonge’s sister), a public relations representative for TO THE STARS, to John Greenewald, a UFO researcher who runs an online archive of Freedom of Information Act-obtained government documents on a website called the Black Vault.  At the time, Greenewald had become frustrated at the lack of tangible information about AATIP and Elizondo’s role; additionally, Elizondo had spurned Greenewald’s interview requests.

Greenewald told me that he had asked DeLonge specifically where Elizondo worked within the Department of Defense when he ran AATIP.

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“Hi John – Thanks for reaching out,” DeLonge wrote.  “The program was initially run out of (the Defense Intelligence Agency) but when Luis took it over in 2010 as Director, he ran it out of the Office for the Secretary of Defense (OSD) under the Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence (USDI).  Hope that clarifies.”

I tried contacting Elizondo multiple times via email and his cellphone.  He has not responded.  It’s not as if he is on retreat somewhere; I noticed that in the run-up to his star turn on the new HISTORY CHANNEL show, he has been speaking to everyone from the New York Times to UFO media personalities and military bloggers.

Indeed, judging by all the UFO stories lighting up the internet this week, the self-described “career spy” is having another big moment in the media spotlight.  The timing is either an auspicious coincidence or the “flying saucers are here” brigade’s well-oiled PR machine is working overtime.

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Luis Elizondo, former DIA employee and another “supposed” government authority on UFOs

Another important detail being glossed over or entirely left out of the breathless coverage surrounding the release of “Unidentified” is the relationship between its executive producer, Tom DeLonge, Elizondo, and other former Pentagon officials and members of the intelligence community who appear in the show.

(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.

This week is a prime example.  Another former Pentagon official with a prominent role in “Unidentified” appeared several days ago on “Fox & Friends.”

“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.

I’m not surprised.  By now, Elizondo and Mellon have come to rely on a largely passive and credulous press to generate sensational UFO headlines.

Amid the mountain of media coverage of Elizondo in the last two years, I have found only one story that provides official confirmation that he headed the government UFO program known as AATIP.

“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.

“If you were trying to come up with the A-team of former, high-level government officials who would come forward on this issue, you can’t really think of a better team,” Bender says in the screener.  “Luis Elizondo, Chris Mellon — these guys still have security clearances, still have networks in Washington, still are in the business, if you will.”

“We know that UFOs exist.  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?”

That last part sounds like a cryptic reference to contract work they might be doing for a U.S. intelligence agency or some other government entity.  Elizondo confirmed to me earlier this year that he is, in fact, working as a government contractor, “but it’s not what you think it is,” he said.  Mellon did not respond to my request for comment.

In the feverish UFO community, in which conspiracy theories have long thrived like a mutating virus (sometimes with good reason), some suspect that DeLonge is being played like a useful idiot — and that his TO THE STARS ACADEMY is a front for some kind of black ops project.

If he is not a stooge, he is certainly an odd figure for Mellon and Elizondo to hitch their wagons to.

In fact, the whole origin story of TO THE STARS, which DeLonge recapped in a bizarre public rollout in October 2017 and in an even more bizarre interview with podcast host Joe Rogan, is pretty bananas.  In sum, DeLonge claims that he is the military’s chosen vessel for UFO disclosure.

“Why you?” Rogan asked on his podcast. “What could you do?”

“Communication,” DeLonge responded.  “They don’t have a way to make a movie, a book.  They don’t have a way to go on a show like this.”

It’s worth noting that, several years before DeLonge took on this momentous communications assignment, he created a website called STRANGE TIMES that was essentially a clearinghouse for UFO news and conspiracies.  “Think of it as a Huffington Post for the tin-foil-helmet wearing crowd,” wrote one music blogger.

Somehow, we are to believe that this is the mindset with which staid former members of the military and intelligence community sought to join forces.  But perhaps there’s a more innocent answer.  TO THE STARS, which raised more than $2 million from investors, was originally hyped as a UFO research company that would explore the “outer edges of science,” but its Security and Exchange Commission filing identifies it as a “Motion Picture & Video Tape Production” concern.

That designation seems appropriate now with the making of “Unidentified,” which lists DeLonge as executive producer. (He is also prominently featured in the show.)  He appears to be having the last laugh at everyone who called him looney tunes for having chased after Bigfoot and flying saucers in the Nevada desert.

The Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program received widespread press coverage after Elizondo disclosed its existence almost two years ago.  “You can laugh if you want, but a lot of people are taking this revelation seriously,” Brett Baer said on Fox News days after the New York Times broke the story with its lavish front-page Sunday spread on December 17, 2017.

Virtually overnight, Elizondo went from living “in the shadows,” in his words, to hopscotching between cable news studios, where he talked gravely about  hypersonic, gravity-defying “unidentified aerial vehicles” that, in recent years, had encroached on military training areas in restricted airspace.  Many of these reports were conveniently illustrated with videos taken from cockpit cameras of F-18 fighter jets that Elizondo had arranged for the Pentagon to release just before he quit.   (Sherwood, the Pentagon spokesperson, said the videos were released “for research purposes … and not for general public release,” which seems a meaningless distinction given their widespread use by news organizations.)

Months later, after the attention from the mainstream media died down, Elizondo hit the UFO banquet circuit, where he stroked the egos of believers.  “People may have associated you with being fringe or out there,” he told one rapt audience of hundreds at a UFO conference last July.  “All along, you were right.”  It was the first public forum in which Elizondo laid out the history and objectives of the AATIP; soundbites from his talk were sprinkled throughout the first episode of “Unidentified.”

By then, though, longtime UFO researchers were having trouble finding out what the program exactly did, as well as the scope of Elizondo’s role.  FOIA requests were turning up dry.

The grainy footage of tiny, darting objects, combined with Elizondo’s earnest claims of “compelling evidence” for “phenomena” he couldn’t identify, made for great television.

Elizondo was ready for them.  “In the Department of Defense, there’s always a paper trail,” he told the audience at the UFO conference.  “When you establish an organization, there’s a paper trail.  When you dis-establish an organization, there’s a paper trail. You won’t find one for this program.”

Some dubious, unofficial documents leaked out to George Knapp, a 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“)*

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.

Another fixture in the UFO orbit is John Greenewald, the FOIA researcher and a sort of antithesis to Knapp. Initially enthusiastic about To the Stars, Greenewald became increasingly skeptical when he was unable to verify many of Elizondo’s claims about the government’s UFO program through FOIA requests and conversations with Pentagon representatives.  So last year, Greenewald reached out to TO THE STARS spokesperson Kari DeLonge  (Tom’s sister)  for more information about Elizondo’s involvement in AATIP.

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.”

I then asked Sherwood how he knew that Elizondo hadn’t worked for AATIP during his time with the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence, where he was based from 2008 until his retirement in 2017.  Sherwood said he’d spoken with OUSDI leadership, including individuals who are “still there” from the time when Elizondo started working in the office.

Maybe Elizondo was running AATIP under the purview of another office or agency within the Department of Defense?  Sherwood acknowledged that Elizondo “worked for other organizations in DoD.”  But that, too, would have contradicted Kari DeLonge’s statement to Greenewald.

Kari DeLonge did not respond to multiple requests for comment.

It bears noting that, although Elizondo has made a point of providing various documents to reporters (including me) to establish his bona fides, he does not appear to have supplied any materials that validate his connection to the government UFO program he insists he led.  No memorandums, no emails discussing deliverables or findings, and no paperwork addressed to or from him that connects him to AATIP.

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.

IN “Unidentified,” POLITICO’S Bender describes Elizondo as “in many ways, an enigma.  Here is a guy who spent decades in the intelligence community.”

That much appears to be true.  Elizondo retired as an official at the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence.  A public records search also reveals a series of home addresses for Elizondo over the last two decades that are close to intelligence facilities in Toa Baja, Puerto Rico (the site of an unacknowledged government surveillance program called “Echelon”) and in Grovetown, Georgia.

“Being from Georgia, I can assure you, there is no reason anyone in their right mind would live in Grovetown unless they were working at Fort Gordon, home of the Army’s principle signals intelligence units and school,” Tim McMillan, who, like Greenewald, has a longtime interest in UFOs but has  come to doubt Elizondo’s involvement with any government UFO program.

In 2017, when Elizondo outed himself to the Times, he was portrayed as a reluctant whistleblower and a little paranoid.  The three reporters who shared bylines on the story, including freelancer Leslie Kean (who wrote in 2016 that she was “privileged to welcome” Chris Mellon into the UFO organization to which she belonged) met Elizondo in a “nondescript Washington hotel where he sat with his back to the wall, keeping an eye on the door.”


On the Times’s podcast, “The Daily,” Helene Cooper, the newspaper’s Pentagon correspondent, described Elizondo as a “spooky, secretive guy” but added that he was “completely credible.”  He showed her documents, pictures, and military videos of potential UFOs, which appeared fantastic to her, but also persuasive.  “I did believe him,” Cooper said on the podcast. “It seemed completely credible to me in the moment.”

Later on, after she left the hotel room, Cooper acknowledged that doubts crept in.  In the end, though, she decided that what mattered most was whether the Pentagon’s UFO program was real.  That, she said, was the focus of the story.


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This Japanese-American Army Unit is the reason we celebrate the national “Go For Broke” Day

(CLICK ABOVE FOR ENLARGEMENT – – The Color Guard of the Army’s 442nd Regimental Combat Team stands at attention while citations are read following the fierce fighting in the Vosges area of France, November 12, 1944 – – Department of Defense)

An estimated 33,000 Japanese-Americans served in the military during and immediately after World War II, about 18,000 in the 442nd and 6,000 as part of the MIS (Military Intelligence Service).

by Joshua Axelrod, The ARMY TIMES, April 5, 2019:

National “Go For Broke Day!”

That phrase was allegedly coined by Hawaiian Pidgin craps players to mean “bet everything on a single roll.”  But it was popularized as the motto of the Army’s famed 442nd Regimental Combat Team during World War II.

In fact, National “Go For Broke” Day is celebrated on April 5 every year likely because it was on April 5, 1945, that Pfc. Sadao Munemori — the 442nd RCT’s first Medal of Honor recipient — was killed in action near Seravezza, Italy, according to a Department of Defense history of that highly decorated unit.

The 442nd RCT was made up entirely of Japanese-American soldiers and was formed during a time when that ethnic group was banned from military service after the attack on the naval base at Pearl Harbor.

The Army eventually allowed Japanese-Americans  (known as “Nisei”)  to serve through the 100th Infantry Battalion, the 1399th Engineer Construction Battalion, the Military Intelligence Service and the 442nd RCT, which was officially activated on Feb. 1, 1943.

After finishing their training at Camp Shelby, Mississippi, the soldiers of the 442nd RCT deployed to Italy in June 1944 to fight alongside the 100th IB.  By mid-August, the 100th was absorbed into the 442nd and the “go for broke” motto became an ingrained part of the unit’s identity.

In September 1944, the 442nd was reassigned to southern France where they helped liberate a few cities from German control.  They were reassigned again in March 1945 and helped — along with the 92nd Infantry Division, an all-black unit — drive German forces out of northern Italy.

Their accomplishments in battle inspired the U.S. to reinstate the draft in Japanese-American internment camps back home to allow them to fight as well:



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My personal best shots of beautiful New Mexico, USA

(CLICK ABOVE FOR ENLARGEMENT – – My favorite walking trail in Rio Rancho, with the Village of Corrales and Sandia Mountains in the distance – – June 6, 2019, 5 p.m. – – even though the temperature was 93 F, 34 C, it felt only like 70 F because of the dryness – – I love it!!)

(CLICK ABOVE FOR ENLARGEMENT – – My favorite walking trail in Rio Rancho, with the Sandia Mountains, the Village of Corrales to the left and Albuquerque in the distance to the right, June 6, 2019, 8 p.m., temperature 86 F, 30 C – – with the dryness it only felt like about 68 F)

(CLICK ABOVE FOR ENLARGEMENT – – from my favorite spot in Rio Rancho, looking at the Sandia Mountains, February 17, 2019, 5:30 p.m., temperature 40 F  (4 C)

(CLICK ABOVE FOR ENLARGEMENT – – Amazing clouds, taken on October 9, 2016, 6:30 p.m., from Rio Rancho’s public walking trail, looking at the Sandia Mountains)

(CLICK ABOVE FOR ENLARGEMENT – – The peaceful Rio Grande, as viewed from the Coronado Monument in Bernalillo, September 21, 2018)

(CLICK ABOVE FOR ENLARGEMENT – – A partial rainbow over the northern portion of the Sandia Mountains, taken on June 14, 2015, 7:45 p.m., in Rio Rancho, looking at the Sandia Mountains and the Village of Corrales in the distance)

(CLICK ABOVE FOR ENLARGEMENT – – Amazing clouds as seen from across our street in Rio Rancho, taken on June 16, 2015, 8:15 p.m.)

(CLICK ABOVE FOR ENLARGEMENT – – Looking at the Sandia Mountains from the Westside Blvd. in Rio Rancho, near Golf Course Rd., 4:45 p.m., rush hour – – folks coming back from work from Albuquerque, back to Rio Rancho)

(CLICK ABOVE FOR ENLARGEMENT – – My favorite spot in the city of Rio Rancho, the North Beach area of the Bosque Preserve, with the Sandia Mountains in the background, March 16, 2019, 6:45 p.m. – – across the Rio Grande is the property of the Sandia Indian Reservation)

(CLICK ABOVE FOR ENLARGEMENT – – Snow, as seen on the east end of Rio Rancho, January 2, 2019)

(CLICK ABOVE FOR ENLARGEMENT – – Sundown in Rio Rancho, September 17, 2017, 7 p.m., taken at a public walkway trail)

(CLICK ABOVE FOR ENLARGEMENT – – Sandia Mountains at sundown, as seen from Rio Rancho, February 18, 2018)

(CLICK ABOVE FOR ENLARGEMENT – – The western portion of the Village of Corrales, with the Sandia Mountains in the background, taken on January 14, 2019, 5 p.m., from Rio Rancho)

(CLICK ABOVE FOR ENLARGEMENT – – The majestic white clouds over the Sandia Mountains, as seen from the east end of Rio Rancho, taken on October 17, 2018, 9:30 a.m.)

(CLICK ABOVE FOR ENLARGEMENT – – Sunset clouds overs Albuquerque, taken on August 22, 2017, 8 p.m., from Rio Rancho)

(CLICK ABOVE FOR ENLARGEMENT – – Plenty of water in the Rio Grande, taken on May 11, 2019, 3:45 p.m., right by the North Beach area of Rio Rancho’s Bosque Preserve)

(CLICK ABOVE FOR ENLARGEMENT – – Magnificent sunset, as seen from our backyard in Rio Rancho, taken on August 13, 2016, 7:45 p.m.)

(CLICK ABOVE FOR ENLARGEMENT – – The “Mothership” cloud, taken from the Cottonwood Mall in Albuquerque’s West Side, November 28, 2018, 5 p.m.)



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JT4 – – military pilots’ ultimate career opportunities, a doorway to Area 51

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JT4 provides engineering and technical support to multiple western test ranges for the U.S. Air Force and Navy under the Joint Range Technical Services Contract, better known as J-Tech II.

Ranges supported by JT4 include:

Nevada Test and Training Range (NTTR) – – Nevada

Space Test and Training Range (STTR) at Schriever Air Force Base – – Colorado

Utah Test and Training Range (UTTR) – – Utah

Air Force Test Center 412th Test Wing (412TW) at Edwards Air Force Base – – California

Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division (NAWCWD at China Lake) – – California




JT4 is supported by several teammate companies on the J-Tech II Contract.

Together we develop and maintain realistic integrated test and training environments.

We prepare our nation’s war-fighting aircraft, weapons systems, and air crews for today’s missions and tomorrow’s global challenges.




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Ghost Riders In The Sky – – music by Norio Hayakawa

Albuquerque, New Mexico’s inactive volcanic area – – photo taken a few years ago by yours truly.

I decided to use these photos in my cosmic instrumental version of this great traditional American folk song.

I hope you enjoyed this.



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Anthony J. Hilder, author, speaker, conspiracy video producer, talk show host and former actor, passed away on April 26, 2019

So sad to hear that Anthony J. Hilder, author, speaker, prolific conspiracy video producer, talk show host, broadcaster and former actor  (and a friend and former colleague of mine during the early 1990s)  passed away on April 26, 2019.

A Memorial Service will be held on Friday, May 10, 2019, from 2 p.m. at Woodlawn Cemetery – – Sunburst Chapel     1847 14th Street, Santa Monica, California.   Open to family and friends.


Click and read Anthony J. Hilder‘s amazing background history:




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