Is Area 51 Real?

The warning sign outside Area 51 (Blackbird Gazette)

The warning sign outside Area 51 (Blackbird Gazette)

On July 7, 1947, what appeared to be an alien spacecraft crash landed on a ranch near Roswell, New Mexico. Oddly enough, this was more-or-less confirmed the following day when a public information officer from Roswell Army Air Field issued a press release that clearly indicated the recovery of a “flying disk.”

Of course, this information was contradicted the same day by Roger Ramey, Commanding General of the Eighth Air Force. According to him, the craft was nothing more than a weather balloon. Here’s how the event was described by Kevin Randle and Donald Schmitt after they interviewed hundreds of people who supposedly had connections to that fateful summer day—their findings were published in their 1991 study UFO Crash at Roswell:

A UFO crashed northwest of Roswell, New Mexico, in the summer of 1947. The military acted quickly and efficiently to recover the debris after its existence was reported by a ranch hand. The debris, unlike anything these highly trained men had ever seen, was flown without delay to at least three government installations. A cover story was concocted to explain away the debris and the flurry of activity. It was explained that a weather balloon, one with a new radiosonde target device, had been found and temporarily confused the personnel of the 509th Bomb Group. Government officials took reporters’ notes from their desks and warned a radio reporter not to play a recorded interview with the ranch hand. The men who took part in the recovery were told never to talk about the incident. And with a whimper, not a bang, the Roswell event faded quickly from public view and press scrutiny.

For decades, conspiracy theorists, alien aficionados and others felt the government was simply lying about Roswell… that an alien craft was recovered—along with the bodies of several dead aliens—but that the government and military covered it up. Following the “crash,” the debris and other evidence was immediately shipped to several government installations, the most notable of which came to be known as Area 51. Some refer to the site as Groom Lake or Homey Airport, as well.

This CIA map shows the location of Area 51 (National Security Archives)

This CIA map shows the location of Area 51 (National Security Archives)

The facility known as Area 51 lies roughly 120 miles northwest of Las Vegas, Nevada, and indeed exists. Whether or not it houses alien technology and extraterrestrial life forms is another story, though. The installation is highly secretive and the air space is restricted to all commercial and military flights. What’s more, a host of security measures have been placed for miles around the secret base to prevent any unauthorized personnel from approaching it or even getting a good look at it.

All of this fuels the conspiracy theory fire, of course. And no matter what excuses the government shares to try to negate all the alien rumors surrounding the site, many people simply don’t believe them. I guess that’s the risk you run when things you deny turn out to be true later—like all the top-secret government surveillance programs leaked by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden.

This week, however, things took a dramatic turn when recently declassified government documents not only acknowledged the existence of Area 51, but also indicated its true purpose… if you believe the government’s version of truth, that is.

The information was released when Jeffrey Richelson from the National Security Archives requested documents in 2005 under the Freedom of Information Act. He was studying aerial surveillance programs and was surprised to find that the CIA documents he received actually acknowledged the Area 51 site. However, they indicated that its purpose was not to conceal alien discoveries or conduct autopsies on extraterrestrials; it was merely a testing site for the government’s U-2 and OXCART aerial surveillance programs.

Likely story.

What’s strange about these CIA documents is that while most declassified information is heavily redacted—covered with black marks intended to hide sensitive data—these documents were not. Even previous versions of the same documents released years earlier were more redacted than these recent ones, which to me raises a huge red flag. Is it possible these documents are fakes? Could this simply be the government’s latest attempt to put all the alien conspiracy theories to rest once and for all?

Personally, my answer to both questions would have to be “yes.” And even though I am not a conspiracy theorist—at least not much of one—I would be lying if I said I believed this latest excuse. It smells like yet another government cover-up, but that is to be expected. After all, do you think the government would really come clean about recovering alien ships and alien beings? Think about it.

Did an alien autopsy really take place in the Nevada desert? (The Guardian)

Did an alien autopsy really take place in the Nevada desert? (The Guardian)

If the U.S. government did recover a UFO and its alien pilots at Roswell all those years ago, releasing this information to the public would likely have caused mass panic and hysteria. Some may even start doubting their religious beliefs, and we certainly can’t have that. Also, revealing this information would indicate to other world governments that the U.S. possessed alien technology… technology that could then be used for scientific—and perhaps even military—innovations for years or even decades to come.

That simply would not be prudent, to use the words of former President George H. Bush.

In my humble opinion, however, aliens do exist… or at least they could. I don’t know if our government has evidence to support this or not—although I suspect that they do (and that the tremendous technological revolution of the last twenty or thirty years likely resulted from alien technology)—but I am a firm believer in the law of probability. In other words, as much as there is a chance that no life exists outside of Earth, there is an equal chance that it does. And if we do know for sure one way or another, I for one would like to know.

Unfortunately, this may never happen since the only people who can confirm this seem to be keeping hush-hush about it. And since no hard evidence has surfaced in more than 60 years, I’m certainly not holding my breath… and neither should you. Just keep looking to the skies and maybe someday, we will not only see evidence of this ourselves—as flying disks or strange, unexplainable lights speed through our atmosphere—but have others believe that what we saw was indeed real.

I can hardly wait!

Posted on August 16, 2013, in Perspectives and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. 51 is an interesting place, they actually fly workers into and out of the site. They also actively investigate anyone just outside the boundaries of the area.

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