For the past couple of months, however, there had been rumblings that all was not allegedly well within the tight confines of TTSA’s walls. Richard Dolan, a fan of TTSA’s work, stated on Spaced Out Radio, he’d heard the same information, “There’s been frustration inside that organization for as long as they’ve probably existed because they feel like they’re just smashing their heads into a wall trying to get the attention of a dead political establishment. Trying to get the attention of a brain dead media that doesn’t seem to be moving on this.” Dolan went on to say, “I’ve believed for the last several years that this organization can just disappear at anytime.” But should that be surprising though? No, according to Dolan, “What is clearly the case, is that these guys are a faction. They have friends and they have enemies within that [Government] community. They have people who want to help them, and they have people who want to break and destroy them, and that’s just how it is.”
In a quote transcribed by Danny Silva of The Silva Record, On Coast to Coast AM with George Knapp, Luis Elizondo, the real face of ufology, was asked by Mr. Knapp, “What’s going on with TTSA? There’s these rumors floating around that an announcement is coming in January that’s going to shake things up a bit. What, if anything, can you say about it?” To which Elizondo replied, “Well, I can’t speak for TTSA. You’d have to go through TTSA channels to ask them about TTSA and I’ll tell you from my perspective I love my friends at TTSA. They are incredible human beings, but I also have to say my mission has always been very clear, George, and that was to push disclosure forward. That’s it. I think after three years, you know, I can look back and I think we’ve achieved much of what we’ve set out to do. TTSA, it’s no secret, also focuses on it’s entertainment division and, you know, let’s face it, guys like Chris Mellon and Steve Justice and myself, we’re not entertainers. We’re not. So, very much like the History Channel project, we have accomplished our mission. Mission success. We have done more in three years collectively than anybody I think really expected us to achieve. Now it’s time I think we shift from…you know it’s like a car, right? You know I speak in car talk, I’m kind of a gearhead, so I think the time has come from the proverbial first gear to now second gear. We have enough momentum, enough inertia where we can shift gears and continue moving forward, and to do that guys like me are looking at new and exciting ways to expand that conversation to an even larger audience, while still staying true to our core mission of disclosure.”
There are also candid rumblings behind the scenes that Chris Mellon, who has played a vital and key role in advising and educating members of Congress, most notably Senators Mark Warner and Marco Rubio, who heads the Senate Intelligence Committee, may be looking to advance the cause further by heading back to Washington, D.C. It’s alleged that Mellon’s knowledge and internal Top Secret ability helped lead Rubio, back in July of 2020 to state publicly to CBS reporter Jim DeFede that he was seeking public funding in the 2021 Intelligence Budget for a UAP Task Force, to learn more about the phenomenon military personnel were experiencing. “We have things flying over our military bases and places where we’re conducting military exercises and we don’t know what it is and it isn’t ours!” Rubio followed up with, “Frankly, if it’s something outside this planet that might actually be better than the fact that we’ve seen some sort of technological leap from the Chinese or Russians or some other adversary that allows them to conduct this sort of activity,” Rubio said. “That to me is a national security risk and one we should be looking into.” Sources have stated that Mellon could be up for a key position within President Elect Joe Biden’s staff, which could see an increase behind the scenes of his work to bring more elected officials up to speed on UAP studies and research.
Outsiders looking into the To The Stars Academy claim to have seen some shakiness within this ‘Dream Team’ of non-ufologists, who always denied it was about UFOs. In fact, at launch, the TTSA website, while crowdfunding for investors that raised over two-million dollars, never mentioned the acronyms ‘UFO’ or ‘UAP’. Their financials, according to MUFON Board Member and retired Financial Analyst, Tom Whitmore, “From the SEC filings, the business has been running accounting deficits since 2015 up to the present, cumulatively totaling over $5 million dollars (after stock compensation is backed out).” Costs of paying a full time staff along with any costs incurred from their two season television show ‘Unidentified’ may have something to do with this. ‘Unidentified: Inside America’s UFO Investigation’ also didn’t receive the popularity in ratings that many felt would come with Elizondo manning the front of the camera. Even though many television critics were highly complimentary of the program’s direction.
But from an intel perspective, the troubles from within were easy to spot, according to retired Chief Scientist of the Hume Center for National Security and Technology at Virginia Tech University, Bob McGwier. From an internal standpoint, within many alphabet agencies, some of DeLonge’s troubles may have started with Julian Assange’s WikiLeaks cables. The highly credentialed McGwier states, “I have believed the TTSA was going nowhere with Tom DeLonge since he revealed General McCasland’s name in an email to [John] Podesta, and Wikileaks got it and published it. The only part that might survive is the entertainment division.” When the leaked cables happened, DeLonge went on Instagram saying “I am still here. Wikileaks really messed some important stuff up!” The email McGwier discusses apparently sent ripples through the intellence community because Assange is a high valued target to them, especially when the email involved a high profiled former Chief of Staff to two Presidents. According to McGwier this would have stirred up the U.S. Air Force and the Pentagon, because McCasland was chair of the special access program committee!
So does this mean an end to the To The Stars Academy of Arts and Science? The simple answer is no it doesn’t. It’s not been announced as of yet, but if indications by Mr. Elizondo’s comments to Mr. Knapp are correct, it means they will have to regroup and move on without Elizondo, Mellon and Justice. DeLonge has maintained that through this journey he has met and become friendly with some very public and no so public resources and people who are pursuing this phenomenon. We don’t know the full extent or whether or not there is a mass exodus from the TTSA. What we can allege is the two most popular faces of To The Stars are looking towards future projects. Do those plans still include TTSA? Right now it seems a little too early to tell. It’s likely DeLonge and crew are looking into reformatting the future of the group, and if they will be able to accomplish their lofty goals with the millions they gained from sales of shares. The next move is DeLonge’s, as we wait for an official announcement from the TTSA regarding its future, which could come in January or early February