February 13, 2017
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Area 51 is a popular name for the secret military base located in southern Nevada at 37°14′06″N, 115°48′40″W. It is owned by the United States government and operated by the United States Air Force. Its existence was for a long time denied by the US government until the 2013 disclosure of documents relating to it under the Freedom of Information Act.
The base is also referred to under different names, such as Groom Lake (the dry Groom Lake is northeast of the site), Homey Airport, Dreamland, Paradise Ranch, Watertown and Home Base. For most pilots familiar with the area, it is known as Restricted Area 4808 North (R-4808N), because the airspace above the base is off limits for any airplane without clearance.
Situated in Lincoln County in the state of Nevada, 83 miles north-northwest of Las Vegas, Area 51 is officially a detachment of Edwards Air Force Base located in California in the Antelope Valley, perched at the elevation of 4,462 feet. The integral and perhaps most important part of Area 51 is a large airfield and the alleged purpose for the base is to test and develop experimental weapons and aircraft for use by the United States military.
It is also located within the Nevada Test and Training Range where atomic bomb tests and training for some of the most advanced airplanes operated by the US Air Force have taken place.
The Nevada Test and Training Range is now called the Nevada National Security Site and covers 1,360 square miles that are reserved by the United States Department of Energy for testing. The site began operation in 1951 and was acquired by the government for the testing of nuclear weapons. In total, 928 nuclear tests have been performed by the United States Department of Energy and of those, 739 were conducted at the Nevada site.
Although sharing its borders with the Nevada Test Site, Area 51 itself started to be used by the US Air Force in 1955, primarily for the flight testing of the Lockheed U-2 aircraft. Originally, it was a rectangular base of 6 by 10 miles (9.7 by 16.1 km) but over time it was expanded to become the “Groom Box” as it is currently named, a rectangular area measuring 23 by 25 miles (37 by 40 km).
However, Area 51 cannot be found on most maps, at least not those accessible to the public simply because officially, at least before 2013, its existence was denied by the US government. Aviation charts mark the territory of Area 51 as being restricted airspace in order to notify pilots not to fly overhead. Other maps list the area as Groom Lake, the Groom Mine or simply “federal land” but none of these maps depict the base or the existence of specific buildings on the site.
The secrecy surrounding the existence and purpose of Area 51 has been the main reason why it has become associated with many conspiracy theories and the claim that it is where the US government develops new technology by cannibalizing extraterrestrial spaceships kept at the base. Some sources have even maintained that there are aliens living in compounds there working with the US government in adapting alien technology for military purposes.
It does not help quell rumors that security is extra tight in Area 51. Its perimeter is patrolled by subcontracted security guards, armed with M16s. They conduct regular patrols in a variety of vehicles including SUVs, Humvees and pickup trucks. Security guards for the Area 51 perimeter have not been recorded to use excessive force with civilians but they are authorized to do so in the event of a civilian attempting to breach a protected area despite repeated warnings. Notices put around the perimeter warn that the use of deadly force to protect the security of the base is not ruled out.
In a typical scenario, any civilian approaching the perimeter will find themselves followed by a security guard who then notifies the Lincoln County Sherriff to take action. The most common penalty for breaching or attempting to breach Area 51 is a fine of around $600. Those carrying cameras or those who appear to be reporters sometimes receive visits from agents of the FBI following payment of their fine. Cameras are also confiscated to prevent sharing of any protected information about the area. With such security measures, it is no wonder that life within Area 51 can only be glimpsed now and then through testimonies from those who have worked there.
Among other things, Area 51 is claimed to be the center for the one world government movement, the storage site of and reverse engineering of alien UFOs and the examination of living and dead extraterrestrials recovered from crashed UFOs. The predominance of extraterrestrial theories is no coincidence. Apart from the secrecy surrounding the base and the almost blanket ban on its publicity by the government, it is also the strange and wonderful lights that appear around and above it at night that continue to encourage people to speculate on what takes place in Area 51.
Many believe the strange lights emanate from aircrafts built by aliens, often because the lights are said to move in a fashion that defies today’s known aerodynamic laws, such as zigzagging at high velocity or vertical take offs.
In November 1989, Area 51 was catapulted to international fame when Robert Scott “Bob” Lazar claimed on the Las Vegas KLAS TV that he had worked on aircrafts of extraterrestrial origin at S4, a facility located within Area 51. Lazar told KLAS investigative reporter George Knapp that he had worked as a scientist inside the secret base charged with a mission by the US government to reverse engineer the alien flying discs for military purposes.
When examining the interior of one of the flying saucers, he noted that the chairs seemed to have been designed for persons of smaller stature than human beings, about one-fourth or one-third of the average human size, and that there were no sharp corners anywhere. The saucer’s propulsion system was, Lazar claimed, based on the atomic element 115 which served as the fuel. The mass of the element aboard each craft was said to be approximately two kilograms and was enough to last for several years before requiring replenishment.
On a separate occasion in a testimony to the former CIA pilot John Lear, Lazar spoke of having seen through a window opening two laboratory scientists talking to a short extraterrestrial with a bulbous head and almond-shaped eyes. These aliens, he said, were the grays who originate from the first and second planets within the Zeta Reticuli star system, some 40 light years away from earth.
John Lear was also an eye witness in a recorded video tape of Lazar being able to tell when the test flights at Area 51 were scheduled. In the recording, we can see strange lights making maneuvers impossible for known conventional human aircrafts to perform. Being a former pilot, Lear was able to verify this.
With his extraordinary claims, it is no wonder that Lazar made headlines. Yet he was not without his detractors. Physicist Dr. David L. Morgan claimed that he was able to scientifically refute most of the ideas that Lazar had put forth in his description of the alien spacecraft, particularly its propulsion system and the “Element 115”.
Morgan said, “After reading an account by Bob Lazar of the ‘physics’ of his Area 51 UFO propulsion system, my conclusion is this: Mr. Lazar presents a scenario which, if it is correct, violates a whole handful of currently accepted physical theories. The presentation of the scenario by Lazar is troubling from a scientific standpoint. Mr. Lazar on many occasions demonstrates an obvious lack of understanding of current physical theories.”
There was and still is some mystery surrounding Lazar’s background. The investigative reporter George Knapp, for example, when doing his story on Lazar, had attempted to carry out a background check on his subject. While it was impossible to verify Lazar’s employment status at a secret base such as Area 51, Knapp decided to investigate his other claims.
Lazar claimed he had worked for a time at the Los Alamos National Laboratory facility “in the Meson Physics facility” and to have been “involved with experiments using the 1/2 mile long Linear Particle Accelerator.” To Knapp’s astonishment, there was no official record kept at Los Alamos about an employee named Robert Lazar. Nor was he able to verify Lazar’s academic history. It was as if the man had never existed. Knapp, however, was able to find Lazar’s former colleagues at Los Alamos who remembered having worked with him.
The renowned Ufologist Stanton Friedman also attempted to suss out Lazar’s background. Friedman concluded that Lazar had lied about attending MIT and “cannot even remember the year he obtained his masters.” No professors at MIT remember Bob Lazar or have any photos of him, nor are there records of him attending the prestigious university. However, Lazar’s stint at Los Alamos may have had some truth as Friedman found that Lazar had at least worked for Kirk Meyer, a sub-contractor of Los Alamos.
Despite the doubts about his background and competency, Lazar’s story became the catalyst for the growth of the legend of Area 51 and the continuing interest in the site by the general public. The publicity also kicked off the beginning of “extraterrestrial” tourism in the area, particularly in the nearby tiny town of Rachel.
Nevertheless, in a 2014 interview, Bob Lazar sounded less sure about what he had experienced back in the 1980s. Whimsically, he even suggested that he could have been duped by the US government into becoming an agent of propaganda. He reasoned that he could have been deliberately shown all these things so that information could get out in the bid to gradually prepare human beings for the eventual disclosure of facts about our contact with alien races.
Another notable “whistleblower” on Area 51 is known by the pseudonym of Victor, who first made his appearance in the documentary “Area 51: The Alien Interview” (1997). While the real identity of Victor remains shrouded in mystery, he presented us with a “leaked” video recording of a gray alien being interviewed allegedly at Area 51.
Many skeptics have expressed doubts on the authenticity of the video but many others also believe it is genuine. The interview supposedly took place in 1989, coinciding with a reported downing of a UFO in the Kalahari Desert by South African military personnel.
Another thing which Victor interestingly revealed is that he had no idea where the being had come from or whether it was extraterrestrial, even hinting that it could have come from “another dimension” of reality. When shown to survivors of alien abductions, many confirmed the authenticity of the alien’s gestures and peculiarities.
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Even after decades of revelations and investigative reporting, Area 51 remains a mystery. A recent documentary using state-of-the-art cameras and surveillance equipment provided more glimpses into the secret base but nothing more. It was revealed that a new titanic hangar is operational and that the base is as active as ever with employees being flown in everyday from Las Vagas on the JANET flights.
Nighttime cameras also captured strange lights travelling at great speeds over the area. Security around the base remains as vigilant and stringent as ever. If anyone ever questions the shroud of secrecy surrounding Area 51, a perusal of a letter from President Bill Clinton to the Senate may disabuse them of any doubt.
“Presidential Determination No. 98-36 exempted the United States Air Force’s operating location near Groom Lake, Nevada, from any Federal, State, interstate, or local hazardous or solid waste laws that might require the disclosure of classified information concerning that operating location to unauthorized persons. Information concerning activities at the operating location near Groom Lake has been properly determined to be classified, and its disclosure would be harmful to national security. Continued protection of this information is, therefore, in the paramount interest of the United States.”
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