To The Stars Acad­emy of Arts and Sci­ence Launches, With Big Ques­tions

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On Oc­to­ber 11, the To The Stars Acad­emy of Arts & Sci­ence (TTSAAS) con­sor­tium of sci­en­tists, aerospace engi­neers and cre­atives was launched in Los An­ge­les. It claims to be about ex­plor­ing re­search at the outer edges of sci­ence for all, but when one digs deeper, con­cerns are raised.

The press re­lease that an­nounced the new en­ter­prise was full of prom­ise – and prom­ises. As com­pany Pres­i­dent and CEO Tom De­longe stated, “The pub­lic in­ter­est in the outer edges of sci­ence and the un­der­stand­ing of phe­nom­ena has al­ways been suf­fo­cated by main­stream ide­ol­ogy and bu­reau­cratic con­straint.” He added, “We be­lieve there are dis­cov­er­ies within our reach that will rev­o­lu­tion­ize the hu­man ex­pe­ri­ence, but they can only be ac­com­plished through the un­re­stricted support of break­through re­search and in­no­va­tion.”

The new or­ga­ni­za­tion, struc­tured as a pub­lic-ben­e­fit cor­po­ra­tion, seeks “to col­lab­o­rate with global cit­i­zens in all ef­forts to ad­vance sci­ence and build a pow­er­ful com­mu­nity of in­ter­est.” It is also work­ing to raise cap­i­tal both from ac­cred­ited and – sur­pris­ing – un­ac­cred­ited in­vestors as op­posed to go­ing to ven­ture cap­i­tal. Pre­sum­ably that’s so that peo­ple just like “the rest of us” can get a piece of all this ex­cit­ing ac­tion.

To whet in­vestors’ ap­petites, the press re­lease came with the above ren­der­ing of its Ad­vance Elec­tro­mag­netic Ve­hi­cle, de­scribed as “a con­cept for an in­ter­na­tional point-to-point trans­porta­tion craft that could dra­mat­i­cally re­duce the cur­rent travel lim­its of dis­tance and time.” The graphic shows the ve­hi­cle, but the text pro­vides a bet­ter un­der­stand­ing of what is currently real and what is not yet even un­der­stood. It says, “We have glimpses of how the physics of this works, but we need to har­vest tech­nolo­gies from the Sci­ence Di­vi­sion to ‘re­al­ize’ the ca­pa­bil­ity.”

That Sci­ence Di­vi­sion is the first of three groups struc­tured within TTSAAS. The press re­lease de­scribes it as “a the­o­ret­i­cal and ex­per­i­men­tal lab­o­ra­tory to chal­lenge con­ven­tional think­ing with the dis­cov­ery of new world physics and con­scious­ness-re­lated pos­si­bil­i­ties .” The web­site for the group,dpo.tothes­, goes on to say that it in­tends to cul­ti­vate a “global team of re­search sci­en­tists with ad­vanced knowl­edge to pur­sue projects that in­clude Hu­man Ul­tra-ex­pe­ri­ence Data­base, En­gi­neer­ing Space-time Met­rics, Brain-com­puter In­ter­face and Telepa­thy.”

The Hu­man Ul­tra-ex­pe­ri­ence Data­base will in­clude in­for­ma­tion on dif­fer­ent kinds of supra­nor­mal (para­nor­mal) ex­pe­ri­ences around the globe.

The En­gi­neer­ing Space-time Met­rics group will be fo­cused on next-gen­er­a­tion propul­sion tech­nolo­gies. The Brain-com­puter In­ter­face tech­nol­ogy will pro­mote “di­rect brain to com­puter in­ter­faces.”

The sec­ond of the new or­ga­ni­za­tion’s groups is the Aerospace Di­vi­sion. Its ob­jec­tive is “find­ing rev­o­lu­tion­ary break­throughs in propul­sion, en­ergy and com­mu­ni­ca­tion.” It will in­clude “beamed-en­ergy propul­sion,” us­ing re­mote lasers to pro­pel space-based ve­hi­cles, and claims to be in­ves­ti­gat­ing the old faster-than-light drive con­cept pop­u­lar­ized on Star Trek as “warp drive.”

The En­ter­tain­ment Di­vi­sion is the third of the three groups within the busi­ness struc­ture of TTSAAS. It will fo­cus on “real life” sci­ence, lever­ag­ing two dif­fer­ent ex­ist­ing me­dia providers: Sekret Ma­chines, a “TTS fran­chise that ex­plores the real and well-doc­u­mented events be­hind Uniden­ti­fied Aerial Phe­nom­ena,” and Poet An­der­son, a “dystopian young adult fran­chise based on a Stan­ford Univer­sity study of how our dreams can pre­pare us for real life events.” In all cases, it ap­pears that the En­ter­tain­ment Di­vi­sion may be a me­dia means of get­ting the world pre­pared for what the other di­vi­sions are de­vel­op­ing more qui­etly, be­hind the scenes.

That all sounds in­ter­est­ing enough, but be­sides the ob­vi­ous of ex­actly what the in­vest­ments in this en­ter­prise would be used for, there are two other parts of the new or­ga­ni­za­tion’s an­nounce­ment that raise con­cerns.

The first is that this is (ac­cord­ing to the group’s web­site) work to be done by a broad range of for­mer gov­ern­ment agency and mil­i­tary con­trac­tor in­di­vid­u­als “with­out the re­stric­tions of gov­ern­ment pri­or­i­ties.”

The sec­ond is about the makeup of the se­nior team guid­ing the group. It in­cludes the fol­low­ing:

Thomas De­longe (Co-founder, Pres­i­dent and In­terim CEO): He is from the mu­sic in­dus­try. His back­ground in­cludes hav­ing sold more than 25 mil­lion records while he was with the bands Blink 182 and An­gels & Air­waves. While that back­ground is in­trigu­ing, none of it makes a strong state­ment for why he would be in charge of this lead­ing-edge sci­ence and tech­nol­ogy en­ter­prise.

James Semi­van (Vice-pres­i­dent, Op­er­a­tions): Ac­cord­ing to the press re­lease, he “is a cur­rent con­sul­tant to the U.S. gov­ern­ment on national se­cu­rity mat­ters and re­cently re­tired from the Se­nior In­tel­li­gence Ser­vice from the Clan­des­tine Direc­torate of Op­er­a­tions, U.S. Cen­tral In­tel­li­gence Agency.” This at least points to where some of the un­usual ideas of the or­ga­ni­za­tion may be com­ing from: the CIA. His po­si­tion begs the ques­tion of how, if there are in­deed such im­por­tant and highly se­cret ideas to be un­veiled from within the CIA, the gov­ern­ment would al­low some­one like Semi­van to bring them for­ward – un­less, of course, this whole en­ter­prise is, in re­al­ity, con­nected to the U.S. gov­ern­ment in some way not yet dis­closed.

Harold Puthoff (Vice-pres­i­dent, Sci­ence and Tech­nol­ogy): He is, ac­cord­ing to the web­site, “a cur­rent con­sul­tant to USG on national se­cu­rity mat­ters and is an ex­per­i­men­tal physi­cist with back­grounds in CIA and Dia-funded re­search pro­grams.” Once again, there is a men­tion of the CIA, and now the De­fense In­tel­li­gence Agency has been added. Puthoff led the gov­ern­ment’s early re­search and de­vel­op­ment into re­mote view­ing and cer­tainly has ex­ten­sive knowl­edge of highly ad­vanced tech­nol­ogy and Hu­man Ul­tra-ex­pe­ri­ence and telepa­thy. Some claim that he has helped re­verse-en­gi­neer alien tech­nol­ogy.

Steve Jus­tice (Aerospace Di­vi­sion Di­rec­tor): He comes from Lock­heed Martin’s Ad­vanced De­vel­op­ment Pro­grams group, also known as the com­pany’s “Skunk Works” op­er­a­tions. The web­site de­scribes him as hav­ing been “Pro­gram Di­rec­tor for Ad­vanced Sys­tems after a 31year ca­reer de­vel­op­ing ad­vanced air­craft that con­trib­uted to the se­cu­rity of the United States.” Gov­ern­ment and top-se­cret projects are part of his back­ground too, then.

Luis Elizondo (Di­rec­tor of Global Se­cu­rity & Special Pro­grams): His ex­pe­ri­ence is deep gov­ern­ment mil­i­tary, with ex­ten­sive ex­pe­ri­ence with the U.S. Army, the Depart­ment of De­fense, the National Coun­ter­in­tel­li­gence Ex­ec­u­tive and the Di­rec­tor of National In­tel­li­gence. He also pre­vi­ously held the po­si­tion of Di­rec­tor of Pro­grams to In­ves­ti­gate Uniden­ti­fied Aerial Threats for the Of­fice of the Sec­re­tary of De­fense. Again, here is some­one with the back­ground to know about many po­ten­tial high­tech war­fare se­crets and likely sub­ject to strict con­straints on any work he may do with­out the ap­proval of the U.S. gov­ern­ment.

Chris Mel­lon (National Se­cu­rity Af­fairs Ad­vi­sor): He is currently Chair of the Sci­ence Com­mit­tee at the Carnegie Mu­seum of Nat­u­ral His­tory. He also hap­pens to be For­mer Deputy As­sis­tant Sec­re­tary of De­fense for In­tel­li­gence and Mi­nor­ity Staff Di­rec­tor of the Se­nate In­tel­li­gence Com­mit­tee.

Ex­cept for CEO Thomas De­longe, ev­ery other per­son in a se­nior po­si­tion at this or­ga­ni­za­tion comes from high places in mil­i­tary and de­fense strat­egy within the

U.S. gov­ern­ment or U.S. in­tel­li­gence or is a key mil­i­tary con­trac­tor in the fa­mous Lock­heed-martin Skunk Works group. That such a group might form out­side the halls of gov­ern­ment is not the only thing that raises eye­brows here. What is more cu­ri­ous is what the real ob­jec­tives – and who the real back­ers – are.

If the com­pany re­ally does in­tend to bring ad­vanced tech­nol­ogy into the main­stream, it should be sup­ported. Amer­i­can tax dol­lars have al­ready paid for the de­vel­op­ment of tech­nol­ogy that could not just save the coun­try but save the planet from de­struc­tion at hu­man hands.

The re­al­ity is that deep black Amer­i­can mil­i­tary tech is 50 to 100 years be­yond cur­rent pub­lic tech­nol­ogy and if al­lowed to be used for the ben­e­fit of hu­man­ity could solve many of our prob­lems. The team at TTSAAS know this, and if they are not evil and/or stupid, then they are deeply dis­turbed at our cur­rent fu­ture and would want to change it for the bet­ter.

But most of the team are bound by se­cu­rity oaths and would not be al­lowed to con­trib­ute their knowl­edge of ad­vanced tech­nol­ogy to the pub­lic. Are they plan­ning to break their oaths and put them­selves at grave risk? Most of them surely know what hap­pens to peo­ple who pose a sig­nif­i­cant risk to the pow­ers that be.

The oli­garchy does not want the pub­lic to know about the ad­vanced tech­nol­ogy that has been kept from us, and the only way TTSAAS would be al­lowed to do as it prom­ises is if it’s hid­den away in an­other coun­try with a small army with ad­vanced tech to pro­tect it – or if it is de­vel­op­ing tech­nol­ogy for oli­garchs com­pet­ing for power, with their own means of pro­tec­tion.

Could the newly minted bil­lion­aires be­hind Trump be at­tempt­ing to de­velop their own tech­nol­ogy to take on the old oli­garchy? If so, why make it pub­lic? Per­haps it is be­cause they are greedy by nature and want other peo­ple to pay for their grand project and ac­tu­ally think that the or­ga­ni­za­tion could raise sig­nif­i­cant funds.

Could this be a project of Elon Musk, in­tended as a buf­fer against po­ten­tial con­tro­versy? He cer­tainly has the means and mo­ti­va­tion to launch some­thing like this and doesn’t mind us­ing other peo­ple’s money to fur­ther his own progress. Mak­ing it pub­lic makes it plau­si­ble. Seek­ing pub­lic fund­ing could help con­ceal his own fund­ing of the or­ga­ni­za­tion.

Our ef­forts to in­ter­view some­one within the TTSAAS or­ga­ni­za­tion have not yet been suc­cess­ful, but we will keep ask­ing ques­tions and try­ing to get an­swers about this im­por­tant new or­ga­ni­za­tion and its true in­ten­tions.

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