Area 51 Exists!

I love extraterrestrial conspiracy theories, and recently, there was a big news story that’s sorta’ related to the whole UFO mess.

According to several newspapers, the CIA has finally acknowledged that Area 51 exists. Yeah, the same Area 51 that has been the focus of the whole Roswell New Mexico conspiracy theory since the late 1940’s.

The bad news for UFO conspiracy buffs is that there are no mentions of UFO’s or alien life or any of that cool and crazy stuff. Instead, it seems that Area 51 was just a top secret aviation test site, where the military could try out new aircraft prototypes.

According to the news:

The government acknowledged the existence of the mysterious aviation test site known as Area 51, a remote installation about 80 miles northwest of Las Vegas, in a newly declassified CIA history of its U-2 spy plane program.

After decades of extreme secrecy surrounding the site, stoking conspiracy theories about UFOs and experiments on alien spacecraft, the CIA lifted its veil on Area 51 in response to a public records request from George Washington University scholars in Washington, D.C.

Publicly released online on Thursday by the university’s National Security Archive, the 400-page CIA history contains the first deliberate official references to Area 51, also known as Groom Lake, as a site developed by the intelligence agency in the 1950s to test fly the high-altitude U-2 reconnaissance plane.

Other top-secret aircraft were tested there later, including the supersonic reconnaissance A-12 aircraft, code-named OXCART, and the F-117 stealth ground-attack jet, said archive senior fellow Jeffrey Richelson, who asked for the CIA’s U-2 history in 2005.

A newly revised document restoring numerous references to Area 51 that had been redacted in earlier versions was furnished by the CIA a few weeks ago, he said.

“It’s the first time that there must have been a senior-level decision to acknowledge the term ‘Area 51’ and its specific location,” he told Reuters on Friday.

So no little green or gray men, no reverse engineering of alien spacecraft, no spacecraft to speak of or anything else related to extraterrestrials. Just your basic not-so-secret, secret base.

Makes me wonder why the military even bothers. The base hasn’t been secret for a very long time. They might as well have just admitted it existed and kept what went on there a secret, rather than pretend it doesn’t exist and allow years and years of conspiracy theories to pile up around it.

Then again, this probably won’t put a stop to those Area 51 conspiracy theories. The tinfoil hat people (of which I’m a part-time member) will just use this to show that the government does lie about stuff, and if they can lie about this, then what’s to stop them from lying about life from other planets?

The suspense…is…killing me.

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2 Comments

  1. What's interesting about conspiracy theorists is that they're always wrong about what's going on. The truth may be mundane, or it may be incredibly bizarre, or it may be exactly as evil as the conspiracy proposed but in an entirely different way, but it is never, ever, ever exactly what the conspiracy theorists propose.

    When it comes to the U.S. government, usually the truth is morally/ethically worse than the conspiracies claim, but disappointingly mundane in content. Just look at what's in the news as confirmed fact now: yes, the government is spying on everyone, all the time. Law enforcement is being fed secret evidence and then concocting alternate justifications for arrests to pretend they aren't. The military not only routinely tests things on civilians without warning them, but really does have a lot of chemical and biological weapons which, by both international treaty and U.S. law, they should not have. Despite all the rhetoric about democracy, for decades the U.S. government has been overthrowing democracies around the world and installing dictators. Our secret agencies really did experiment with mind control and drugs and “Manchurian candidate”-style assassination, and they really have been overwhelmingly targeting left-wing groups for clandestine suppression since the 1960s.

    Start doing a little reading about the stuff which is admitted and confirmed, and the conspiracy theories sound kind of childish because they aren't actually evil enough!

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