Controlled Disclosure in Light of Tom Delonge’s Rogan Podcast

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This is a low-effort post since I’m at work and can’t spend too much time writing this, but I wanted to elaborate on something that I saw Tom Delonge say in the Rogan podcast in the light of recent news and contextualized by this excellent high-effort post by u/StillChillThrill which I suggest everyone should check out. This is Disclosure. This is it Right Now.

So Delonge said, to a very skeptical Rogan, that generals disclosed important secrets to him because he offered them a “service” and had a “pitch.”

His pitch can be summarized as follows: An impasse confronts those who hold these secrets. Some want to disclose eventually(and realize that they must disclose eventually) but are afraid of the immediate consequences of disclosure. Namely that they don’t understand how the “others” will react. He compares this crucible to the US leaking secrets about Isis to the American public. This could have disastrous results because we are “showing our cards” to the adversary, which removes our advantage in this game. In other words, national security leaders see the “OTHERS” or NHI as an intelligence adversary and act according to the principles of dealing with adversaries of that ilk; that is, they must at all costs maintain the “fog of war.”

This means that national security table-men(those technocrats in charge, at the table) have been flip-flopping between “maybe we need to disclose cause the truth will come out” to “let us not disclose at all and risk losing our marginal advantage against these vastly superior adversaries.” Therefore Tom describes his service to the generals/technocrats/table-men as a communication service, where they can find a middle-ground between some uncontrolled disclosure initiated internally by the government and no disclosure at all. Tom’s service to these generals is as a public communicator, and his organization is a mechanism by which government can pretend that it is being strong-armed into disclosure rather than precipitating it itself.

All of you should check out that interview again, which was very cringe because of Rogan’s skepticism and pushback and Tom’s inability to provide details behind a few of his assertions. In the new context, most things that Tom says make sense. He explains that disinfo is not only important to disinform, but also to allow the legacy program to check how information is being disseminated and to understand what UFO researchers are communicating with who. He also touches on how the government is not a monolith, which casts certain suspicions on how and where there may be pushback on controlled disclosure and who manages and supports controlled disclosure internally.

The point I’m making is that certain actions of the government, not unlike actions by UFOs, may be purely performative. Their objective is to keep the flow of information at a certain rate and in-line with the plan and that’s exactly what DeLonge proposed to those people that disclosed information to him.

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