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There is little doubt anyone in the UFO community does not know MUFON, or recent addition, TTSA. For those not familiar with these groups, MUFON, Mutual UFO Network, is the the world’s oldest and largest UFO phenomenon investigative body. TTSA, To The Stars Academy, is a group of former US intelligence agencies members, scientists, and entertainment professionals who, according to their literature, have come together “to bring transformative science and engineering out of the shadows and collaborate with global citizens to apply their knowledge in a way that benefits humanity”.
In an interview July 15, 2018, with George Knapp, on the Coast to Coast radio show, Luis Elizondo, Director of Global Security and Special Programs for TTSA and Jan Harzan, Executive Director of MUFON, announced, rather casually, the two groups were now collaborating. They did not say on what, or when they became partners.
This new alliance begs many questions that the UFO community, as well as the general public are entitled to have answered. First of all, bear in mind, until October 2017, when Tom DeLonge, cofounder and frontman for Blink 182 and Angels & Airwaves, plus co-founder, President and interim CEO of TTSA, held a news conference presenting TTSA to the public, no one except diehard UFOlogists, knew most of the members of his group. Added to the surprise announcement in October, was the even more surprising announcement in a New York Times Article on December 16, 2017, of the existence of the Advanced Aviation Threat Identification Program, run by Luis Elizondo, out of the Pentagon, for the Defense Department, to the tune of $22 million over a period of 5 years, from 2007-2012.
One name which must be included as these questions needing answers are posed, is Robert Bigelow. Billionaire Robert Bigelow of Bigelow Aerospace. According to information provided the New York Times by Luis Elizondo in their December article, Mr Bigelow was the recipient of AATIP’s $22 million dollars from the Defense Department. This money was used for management of the program, research, and assessments of threats posed by unidentified aerial objects. Bigelow Aerospace hired contractors, subcontractors, and actively solicited research for the AATIP.
Everything has come full circle and arrived back to MUFON, whose story relating to collaboration with TTSA, and possibly Robert Bigelow, is not complete unless it includes its past Bigelow experience, which occurred during the same time frame he was being funded by AATIP. In 2009, Bigelow agreed to provide MUFON the ability to fund rapid response teams of investigators who could be in the field within 24 hours on high value UFO cases. In return, Bigelow Aerospace would be given full access to the MUFON Case Management System, which included not only the witness reports, but all their personal information, which witnesses had been promised would be kept confidential.
Many people have questioned the veracity of MUFON for striking such a bargain with Robert Bigelow. They failed to protect the personal information of witnesses who had placed their trust in the organization. Additionally, MUFON failed to produce required and proper accounting of monies spent, when requested by Bigelow Aerospace; which caused, in less than a year, a contractural revocation and ceasing of any future payments to them.
With brief back stories having been laid, some questions everyone interested in UFOlogy wishes to have answered are:
What possible benefits of this collaboration are there to anyone outside TTSA, MUFON, and Bigelow Aerospace?
What exactly is the collaboration? On what will the two, possibly three, organizations be collaborating?
Will Bigelow or TTSA have access to any information in MUFON files beyond what’s available to the public?
Will Robert Bigelow be publicly involved in this collaboration on any level?
Will any money be paid, exchanged, or donated to either MUFON or TTSA by each other, or Robert Bigelow?
Will any information from MUFON witnesses be provided to the US government?
Why has TTSA ignored requests for interviews by alternative news sources, like Spaced Out Radio?
Will any information on any discoveries made from this collaboration be made immediately available to the public?
These questions, and undoubtedly more, require answering before support and confidence in either MUFON or TTSA will be forthcoming. The UFO community is a careful and dedicated group who do not take lightly the responsibility and integrity of valid research and investigation. They will cooperate and assist whenever possible with those sincerely invested in the work. Anyone or any organization outside this commitment, frankly, needs to move on, and peddle their snake oil somewhere else.