'Scientific Method' Responsible for Wait in Results of 'Metamaterials' Study, Says TTSA Rep

This image of the reported metamaterial was shared to TTSA’s social media.  (TTSA / Facebook)

This image of the reported metamaterial was shared to TTSA’s social media. (TTSA / Facebook)

The results of any studies done on the “metamaterials” which To the Stars Academy of Arts & Science (TTSA) announced were in their possession last July are still pending, according to Luis Elizondo.

Elizondo is a former Department of Defense (DoD) intelligence officer and program head for the secret Pentagon UFO project named the Advanced Aviation Threat Identification Program (AATIP), who currently serves as the TTSA Director of Global Security and Special Programs.

"We’re going to do research employing the scientific method, first and foremost. What we have been doing is trying to find the most qualified individuals at the most respectable institutions to conduct scientific analysis. That scientific analysis includes physical analysis, it includes molecular and chemical analysis and ultimately it includes nuclear analysis," he said in an interview with the New York Times.

Elizondo confirmed in the interview that TTSA was in possession of said materials, but that he could not yet comment on any findings.

"We have to let the process take its course," he said. "And what we don’t want to do is be presumptive either way. The last thing we want to do is jump to any conclusions, prematurely. Ultimately, the data is going to decide what something is or what something isn’t."

He did, however, hint that some of the materials could have come from within our own government.

When asked if the materials could have come “from people finding them all the way to government," Elizondo responded "Sure. Fill in the blanks. TTSA does not limit itself as to where it obtains material or information. In that process we have to be very discerning. As I’ve said before, there’s a difference between something that’s truly exotic and something that fell from the alternator of a 1984 Cadillac."

News of TTSA’s possession of such materials first came in a July press release issued by the public benefit corporation.

The company claimed to have "acquired multiple pieces of metamaterials and an archive of initial analysis and research for their controversial ADAM Research Project. ADAM, an acronym for Acquisition and Data Analysis of Materials, is an academic research program focused on the exploitation of exotic materials for technological innovation."

The materials were reportedly owned and studied by investigative journalist Linda Moulton Howe prior to being transferred to TTSA, and "come from an advanced aerospace vehicle of unknown origin".

This news follows the chain of information slowly released through TTSA and government sources since 2017, when news broke of the Pentagon’s secretive UFO project—known as the Advanced Aviation Threat Identification Program (AATIP).

A few months prior to news of the reportedly acquired “metamaterials,” five Navy pilots told the New York Times that unidentified flying objects were an “almost daily” occurrence from the summer of 2014 through March 2015; two of the pilots, Lieutenant Ryan Graves and Lieutenant Danny Accoin agreed to go on record about their experiences with both the New York Times and for the History Channel UFO docuseries Unidentified: Inside America’s UFO Investigation—a project created in tandem with TTSA. The pilots’ testimony prompted several senators to request and receive private briefings on the encounters. In response to questions regarding the pilots’ reports, President Trump has gone on record as saying that he does “not particularly” believe that Navy pilots are seeing UFOs.

It is unclear at this time if the president’s statements reflect anything other than a general disinterest in the subject.

The narrative built from those accounts is not without controversy in the UFO community, having received some pushback from researchers. That argument stems mostly from the seemingly cyclical nature of the government’s public interest in UFOs, and the disinformation associated therewith.

John Greenewald, Jr. of The Black Vault has done significant fact checking on claims made by TTSA and its representatives, most recently publishing a series of statements that show the U.S. Navy never cleared for public release three UFO videos distributed by Elizondo and TTSA, although the Navy did acknowledge the objects within the videos—referred to respectively as “FLIR1,” “Gimbal,” and “GoFast”—were “unidentified aerial phenomena.”

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