There has never been an organization quite like TTSA in the history of UFO/UAP studies, considering they don’t even identify themselves as such. So much analysis of this company feels like trying to fit a round peg in a square hole. The comparisons are understandable to previous efforts of groups from different backgrounds working cooperatively that didn’t pan out, but that shouldn’t define every effort in the future that has similarities, including this group.
“Our mission is to be a vehicle for change by inspiring a newfound appreciation of the profound, yet unresolved, mysteries of the universe that can unify people around the world. We are working to achieve our mission via an aerospace, science and entertainment consortium that collaborates with global citizens to investigate the outer edges of science and unconventional thinking and provide access to information through exotic engineering, entertainment media, and education that ignites the imagination.”– TTS AAS Mission from SEC Annual Report FY 2017
Clearly some of the problems the community had with this organization were legitimate. Dave Scott of Spaced Out Radio listed 14 bullet points that red flagged TTSA . Anyone reading this should go check out Dave’s article. Some of those criticisms listed had traction and were legitimate. It’s no secret about the controversy TTSA’s efforts and presence precipitated.
How objective are the criticisms levied at Tom and his organization? They vary , but some deserve further elaboration.
-Tom Delong’s dislike of President Trump(and republicans in general) did not win over many in the predominant right/center right leaning UFO community. Others are just turned off when someone starts talking politics. That doesn’t change the fact that the topic is attached to all sorts of political and religious dogma. The community needs to learn how to navigate partisan rhetoric involving UAP, including Tom. If the intention is for this topic to become a serious talking point, there needs to be recognition it might become even more politicized than it is now. How can the discussion remain objective then?
-TTSA did not focus on witnesses/events from well known cases in the past was another criticism. I’m not sure this is entirely true. The scope of a project can define what you attack. Obviously their scope was not to rehash all of UFO history. Issues with this are more expectation management and less of TTSA not delivering. But it’s worth noting that they have cited other previous, well known cases in some of their work like Rendlesham Forest.
-It’s hasty to assume the TTSA former “spooks” are the same as the ones that help kept this story underground. To paint all DOD/DIA employees with the same brush isn’t a fair shake.
The TTSA saga is not over…yet. Most of the community is unsure of their future, but some people close to the situation say that “…this is one of the best things that could of happened.”
At the end of 2020, I’m reflecting on the last couple of years. When we look up at the disclosure scoreboard, no one was putting up points like TTSA.
Love it or hate it.