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In late September, a group of approximately 600,000 Facebook users are planning to storm a top-secret military base in the Nevada desert so they can finally “see them aliens” that are supposedly hidden at the mysterious Area 51.
According to The Independent:
“Over 600,000 people have signed up to an event called ‘Storm Area 51, they can’t stop all of us’ which invites attendees to gather en masse before going into the air force base, which has long obsessed alien conspiracy theorists.”
The whole event (like so many things on social media) may just be an elaborate joke, a hoax not meant to be taken seriously, but the American military isn’t the least bit amused, with Air Force spokesperson Laura McAndrews warning:
“[Area 51] is an open training range for the US Air Force, and we would discourage anyone from trying to come into the area where we train American armed forces.”
Area 51 has been a favorite topic for conspiracy theorists over the past half-century or so:
“Conspiracy theorists have long believed the US government holds secret information about aliens and UFOs at Area 51 and believe it is used to stow captured UFOs or alien remains and technology. But the US government categorically denies the existence of such objects.
“While it featured in the 1996 alien invasion film Independence Day as an alien testing laboratory, the base’s actual main function continues to be unknown.”
Just how secretive is the government about what takes place at Area 51? As The Cut notes, even up until 2018, Google Earth wasn’t allowed to get pictures of the place:
“The public cannot enter Area 51, and until 2018, censored satellite imagery of the site meant you couldn’t even stare longingly at an aerial view on Google Maps. Some have suggested the government uses Area 51 to study crashed extraterrestrial spaceships, and/or time travel. But we don’t know, we can’t know, due to the intensive lock-down.”
If the military is that paranoid about the spot, why would anyone even attempt to crash the scene? Again, there are now reports that it’s all just a joke some inebriated folks made up late one night, perhaps after binge watching reruns of “The X-Files” and getting that entire The truth is out there motto lodged into their brain pans. Whatever the case (not to mention the feasibility) of such a ludicrous plan, isn’t it ultimately more fun if Area 51 remains a subject of conjecture and wonder? After all, once we know the truth, we may be so crestfallen that we’ll wish we could build a spaceship and go explore the cosmos, which sounds like yet another social media stunt that’s likely to appear in the near future.
Here’s more on how Area 51 became the subject of alien conspiracy theories: