Blink-182's Tom DeLonge Thinks the Government Has Already Made Extraterrestrial Contact
Tom DeLonge is arguably best-known for being the former guitarist and vocalist for the 90's band Blink-182, but as it turns out, he's also a UFO aficionado. He began a website, called Strange Times, dedicated to exposing the truth about UFOs and extraterrestrial life, and he really, really doesn't like the government.
In an interview with Papermag, DeLonge claimed that governments have not only known about aliens for many years, but have been in contact with them. When asked if he believed that we would make extraterrestrial contact in his lifetime, he replied:
"I think we already have. Whether or not that will be published or not, I have no idea. I think absolutely it's been happening forever. It's been happening with individuals all over the world, it's been happening with governments to some degree."
Although he claims that he doesn't spend his time "talking to little green men" or searching for lights in the sky, he is a staunch believer in government conspiracies. He claims that he has "sources from the government" and that his phone has been tapped as a result of his work with UFOs. He describes an incident in which he was hosting a person who was gathering "top-secret testimony for Congressional hearings on government projects and the US secret space program":
"The person I was dealing with was being awoken in the middle of the night with clicking and buzzing noises and falling on the ground vomiting, every morning at 4 a.m. I know now that those are artifacts from mind-control experiments, where the same technology that we use to find oil underground, we can zap somebody at the same frequency that the brain operates on, and it can cause some really horrific things to happen."
He further explained why UFOs are actually a government conspiracy to cover up UFOs, or something like that:
"In order to hide what the governments are building in secret, they blame it on spaceships and aliens that eat your brains and all this weird stuff, but it's all in an effort to hide what we're really building, something that is real but is exotic and esoteric, and it's all part of a plan... The CIA was very interested in the UFO civilian research groups, with the intention of being in control over all the research and the public awareness. It was a psychological operation. They were very scared of Americans being gullible and having Russia come in and repeat a War of the Worlds scenario. So the CIA said, 'We better get in there and make everyone go crazy, but at least it's controlled, and when we're in charge we can slowly let people know the phenomenon is real, but, 'Don't worry — we've been building something secret to help protect us.'"
Similarly, he was very insistent that the moon landing was not a conspiracy, in the sense that it actually happened, but believes that the common conspiracy theory is covering up the "real" conspiracy:
"I think [the moon landing is] real, absolutely... When we landed on the moon, they're gonna go and give you something to chew on. They're gonna go out and find a conspiracy. They're gonna plan out the conspiracy. They made everybody think that we never went there. That way, when you ask questions, you're asking questions they want you to ask. They didn't want the conspiracy to be the real fucking question, which is, 'What was there when we got there?'"
"People will be like "Oh, you believe in UFOs" [laughs], but I'm reading books on physics, I'm reading books on the secret space program, I'm talking to people that work underground for six months at a time, that are confiding in me about the national security initiatives. I've literally read 200 books on the subject, and I don't spend my time looking at UFO reports or talking to little green men. I'm way past that. If anybody tells you there's no life in universe, you should be turned off. That's just such a dumb thing to say. It's totally, universally accepted amongst the country's elite scientific establishments that there's life everywhere. The question is what kind, where, how'd they get here, what are they doing when they get here, and how do we communicate with them?"
And finally, he described his own otherworldly experience when he visited Area 51, the site of the infamous Roswell UFO landing:
"I woke up right around three a.m. My whole body felt like it had static electricity, and I open my eyes and the fire is still going, and there's a conversation going on outside the tent. It sounded like there were about 20 people there, talking. And instantly my mind goes, OK, they're at our campsite, they're not here to hurt us, they're talking about shit, but I can't make out what they're saying. But they're working on something. Then I close my eyes and wake up, and the fire is out and I have about three hours of lost time."
To be fair, he also makes some solid points about the notion of extraterrestrial intelligence becoming more mainstream in the scientific community:
"Two decades ago when I got into this, it was such a "the world is flat" scenario, and here's Tom running around about UFOs and they'd just laugh it off. But now, NASA is holding symposiums on the inevitability of finding life in the universe... If anybody tells you there's no life in universe, you should be turned off. That's just such a dumb thing to say. It's totally, universally accepted amongst the country's elite scientific establishments that there's life everywhere. The question is what kind, where, how'd they get here, what are they doing when they get here, and how do we communicate with them?"
Although the characterization "totally, universally accepted amongst the country's elite scientific establishments" is pushing it a little (read: a lot), his point is well-taken. Most of the scientific community is now in agreement that there is, in all likelihood, intelligent life in the universe other than humans, and many even believe that we will make contact in the next two decades or so.