Now, in partnership with the History Channel, DeLonge, 43, has become the executive producer of an upcoming six-part non-fiction series entitled Unidentified: Inside America’s UFO Investigation.
The show is inspired by the Pentagon’s top-secret, enigmatic UFO program formed in 2007, the Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program (AATIP).
The hidden research organization was exposed by Luis Elizondo, former leader of AATIP. On Dec. 16, 2017, the New York Times published a controversial piece that featured an interview with the former military intelligence official and special agent-in-charge. It quickly went viral.
Unidentified: Inside America’s UFO Investigation debuts this May. It aims to raise awareness about the work of AATIP work in the public eye. It was dissolved in 2012.
Together, Elizondo and DeLonge devote the show to understanding AATIP, which they call possibly one of the American government’s best-kept secrets. They are also joined on the show by Chris Mellon, former U.S. deputy assistant secretary of defence and intelligence.
Both Elizondo and DeLonge are of the mindset that the U.S. government’s supposed discoveries are so well hidden because it is often seen as taboo in modern society to believe in life outside of Earth.
According to the History Channel, Elizondo resigned from his post in October 2017 after he felt the government wasn’t doing enough to prevent “vulnerabilities” to “Unidentified Aerial Phenomena” (UAP).
Elizondo believes the UAPs discovered through AATIP’s research could be a “major threat to our national security.”
Following his Blink-182 departure, DeLonge, the band’s former frontman, founded To the Stars Academy of Arts & Science.
WATCH: Tom DeLonge explains his organization, To the Stars Academy of Arts & Science
The “understanding of phenomena has always been suffocated by mainstream ideology and bureaucratic constraint,” wrote DeLonge in a statement on the foundation’s website.
The organization’s mission is to gather some of the “most experienced, connected and passionately curious minds” in the U.S. to research the “outer edges of science.”
Unfortunately for DeLonge and his peers, the company faced a major financial loss in June 2018.
As confirmed by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, To the Stars Academy of Arts & Science “incurred losses from operations and has an accumulated deficit of US$37,432,000.”
DeLonge faced a media backlash following this financial loss. Many began to question the authenticity and work of his organization, including some of his Blink-182 fans.
The company fell silent until the History Channel announced its new show on Monday morning.
Now, with Elizondo and Mellon by his side, the former Blink-182 frontman is hoping to make his comeback. The show is in line with his organization’s efforts to potentially reveal “transformative discoveries” that could “revolutionize the human experience,” as described by To the Stars’ website.
Through the new show, DeLonge and the History Channel aim to “expose new evidence” about “top-secret” government operations and ultimately raise concern about UFOs and UAPs in the court of public opinion.
“With this show, the real conversation can finally begin,” DeLonge said in a statement provided by Rolling Stone.
“I’m thankful to History for giving the To The Stars Academy team of world-class scientists, engineers and intelligence experts the opportunity to tell the story in a comprehensive and compelling way.”
DeLonge added: “I think everyone that watches the show will walk away with questions answered and a feeling of ‘wow, I get it now.'”
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