Friday, August 16, 2013

Area 51 does exist, says government

Warning sign near Area 51, courtesy Wikipedia
Yup, it exists, admits the government. After denying it for more than six decades, the CIA has officially the existence of Area 51, the test site outside of Rachel, Nev., and 90 miles north of Las Vegas.

Through a public records request from George Washington University's National Security Archive, the location and purpose of Area 51 -- as a Cold War testing facility for the U-2 spy plane program -- was acknolwedged. National Security Archive senior fellow Jeffrey Richelson has previously requested info on the U-2 program, but mentions of Area 51 had been redacted. In the new 400-page report he has received, those mentions are restored.

However, the report does not speak to the existence of crashed UFOs or alien bodies, other than to discuss the relationship between U-2s and UFO sightings.

"There is a section on the relationship between the U-2 program being responsible for UFO sightings," Jeffrey Richelson told the Los Angeles Times on Friday. "But if people are looking for sections on dead aliens and inter-species contact, they’ll be disappointed. It’s just not there."

Still, Richelson tells the Times that the report proves the the CIA is becoming less secretive about Area 51's existence, which "bodes well for future information requests about the Cold War weapons."

OK, cue the conspiracy theorists. What do you think about the admission of Area 51's existence? Most UFO fanatics who have roadtripped out there already knew some sort of government facility existed in the Nevada desert (as did Will Smith's character in ID4). Do you think this new report proves there's no big deal to the test site out there or that that's exactly what "they" want us to think?

-Aaron Sagers

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