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“The problem is the myths of Area 51 are hard to dispute if no one can speak on the record about what actually happened there.”

-Annie Jacobsen

What is so special about the things and places that are forbidden to us? Everything. The old good saying was that forbidden fruits were  the sweetest. We want to see and experience even more what is not allowed to us, what is beyond our limitations. The myths and mysteries live for so long because people give them additional importance, passing the curiosity and retelling  imagination from one to another generations. The stories are alive within people and their feelings for unexplained, unseen and unspoken.

The Atomic Energy Commission (AEC) is not so known  unless you say its designation:Area 51. Then, the whole world is merged into one spirit, hungry for more information about the most famous  secret military base on the planet. American installation of military experiments, scientific tests and hidden agenda for cosmic researches. The supporters of conspiracy theories and UFO maniacs will hurry up to conclude that the Area 51 is not only about the advanced weapons technology but also about the captured exterrestrial life forms (e.g.Aliens), which is the main reason why the zone is so protected and restricted for anyone who is not in the first cycle of American National Security.


It is totally logical that every military base has its own technical and safety procedures and that the entrance is controlled and limited on the personal that is included in the projects. That is not the tourist facility, opened for every tourist into the mood for making selfies and posting on social media. This is the military platform and as such, it has standards to follow and rules to keep respecting. The mentioned apply also on the Area 51, the most famous military object on the whole world, located 83 miles north-northwest of Las Vegas, southern Nevada ( 37°14′06″N, 115°48′40″W) in the ownership of the United States goverment and used by the operative department of the United States Air Force. Actually, the base was built on the isolated place with the purpose to be the part of the weapons testing operations and perforation for the weapons industry capacities. The Area 51 is surrounded by Nevada Test Site or  Nevada National Security Site.The  1,360 square mile section of Nevada taken for the experiments of Energy section of the US government  ended up with the number of 928 nuclear test performed in total up to now. This is also the first protection level in the case of anyone’s attempt to reach the deep zone of Area 51.

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There are no many sites that have so attractive name for the worldwide public like the Area 51. It seems that even the name collects urban legends but nowadays, the  official name is Air Force Flight Test Center, Detachment 3, or AFFTC Det. 3 for short, but the inspiration for making up stories is not lost. The object is known among people also as Paradise Ranch, Dreamland, Home Base or Homey Airport but the working staff has one term for it “the box” or  “the container” under the code R-4808N.


But, what is about our Dreamland that is so interesting to the people to create the variety of myths and deadly urban explorations to get into the forbidden field and try to discover the biggest secret of the US goverment? The idea about UFO existence. Just to remind, according to latest statistics, about  57% of Americans believe that UFOs are real and that the proof is hidden behind the walls of the Area 51.

The security aspects of every military base are the same, more or less. This is something what professional people know and what amateurs try to overview in their loud commenting about the mysterious veil over the base. People do not give up with stories and gossip, even when it comes to the serious government matters:“For those who believe that there is something peculiar happening over at Area 51, rumors of extraterrestrial activity abound. The government enforces these rumors by refusing to address any matters concerning the military base; however, as a matter of national security one could expect no different from them. It isn’t so much the denials of government officials or the avoidance of addressing the area directly or even the armed guards who patrol the perimeter of the military base, but it is the mysterious lights that often appear in the sky over Area 51 that attract the most conspiracy theorists. For those who do not buy in to conspiracy theories there is little question that these strange lights are related to the fact that Area 51 is a testing ground for weapons technology as well as aircraft development. As new technologies are created they are bound to differ from anything we have ever seen before and as these things are tested they are going to attract attention from anyone within viewing distance. Lights cast in the sky could easily be the result of a new stealth aircraft – ask the conspiracy theorists though and they will tell you that those lights are no aircraft of human creation, that they are instead, extraterrestrial beings.”

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It doesn’t matter if you have strong professional mind or you are reliable on conspiratorial web, you must admit that the goverment has a perfect method to keep the mystery unveiled and untouched. First of all, there is no information on the map regarding our Area 51. How anyone will find it?Those who need to be there, know the route, others aren’t welcome anyway, especially not journalists with appetite for  having cover pages. The military base with the aspirations for severe weapons testing and advanced killing technology doesn’t need the media attention but only the money of taxpayers. The best of the best is when taxpayers don’t try to find what is the final journey of their money, for land weapons of for cosmic colonization. The myth about the Roswell and possibility of alien life is the greatest drive about the Area 51 existence. Like everything else is not so important or significant for the population but the confirmation that the US government knows something we don’t.


The closest town is Rachel in Nevada, only 25 miles north of the famous base. Somewhere around it is the small bar “the Little A’Le’Inn” where people gather to drink, eat and talk about their own experiences regarding the mystical Area 51. They share their impressions and new conspiracy imagination about the special zone for the New World Order,  chameleon weapon  technology,advanced energy weapons, time travel portals and alien weapons arsenal.


According to them, the US goverment must hold on the secrets because they don’t want to risk that anyone, especially enemies, detect their current military success or weapons development stage. The majority of UFO believers accuse the American Administration for covering the Roswell incident and does not explain the background, so that initiated that during the November of 2011, the White House gave the first official statement, since 1947,  regarding the Aliens and possible cosmic life:“The U.S. government has no evidence that any life exists outside our planet, or that an extraterrestrial presence has contacted or engaged any member of the human race. In addition, there is no credible information to suggest that any evidence is being hidden from the public’s eye.


The base itself is probably one of the most secured but that has a lot to do with the status of the US in the global political power distribution and in the many new occuring security risks and challenges. There were claims that the base has a big underground railway system that connects the military facility with the other in Los Alamos, White Sands and Los Angeles and that there are up to 40 levels highly secured. That wouldn’t surprise me at all because we are talking about the nuclear experiments and the first condition for them to be performed is the good and deep isolation. The second, if they try to develop any stealth or black aircraft technology, it must be kept secret due to the high level of military espionage and sabotage. This is the world of big profit and big risks and if government doesn’t want to lose the race with the domestic opponents and  foreign enemies, it must control the local small free riders who would want to profit on the hot stories and sensational discoveries on the cover pages.

I was reading that the classified protocols are the obligatory for anyone who has ever been involved in the work within the Area 51. What does it actually mean? If anyone is hired as a third person to do his job, no matter what kind of job, he will be limited only on his area of work without being able to know what is happening in other zones. This prevent the interchange and intercommunication among personal because they are forbidden to share information about the each other field of work within the base. There are a vertical series of security classification and that is made as a prevention measure from “dropping” the secrets outside the container. People who come there and cooperate usually come from the the McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas, using unmarked Boeing 737s and 727s and being processed and brought by the defence contractor firm EG&G or Wackenhut.  The same that hire its own people to work for the base as outside guardians, known as”cammo (sic) dudes,”, because of their desert camouflage dress. They keep observers, hikers, tourists and all urban explorers on the distance and inform the base about the problems.


I believe this is just the safety procedure of the base known as the military advanced research center. The capacity of the Area 51 to work on the progressed weapons technology brings also the necessity to organize the probes and tests of the designed weapons. The whole platform must be secured and protected not only from the potential outside harm but also from the stealing of achievements and trade with them with the enemy of the United States of America. Regarding the UFO stories, I simply do not find myself impressed with them because if that was the case, and the US goverment kept Alien, the Alien civilization would have sent revenge ligions very fast on the Earth and we would have had the conflict with them. I do not deny the existence of exterritorial life but I do believe that the US goverment is more paranoid about the domestic terrorists than about the cosmic visitors. The Area 51 is definitely a mystery but isn’t that every military base of the powerful state? If they want to keep the global power, they must work constantly on the weapon industry. That is the destiny of global powers and the Dreamland is just a victim of the glorified weapons ability of the United States, the magical base of hidden projects and dark science.

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  1. Thank you, Sarah, for shedding light on this mysterious topic which has been a controversial topic for many years!

    There is more than one side to Area 51 from my point of view. This is not something I read, rather, an analysis on my part.

    Area 51 in and of itself may be nothing more than a “diversion technique ” which is a military term or expression for an operation used as a camouflage for another more important operation. This technique is often used in wars to distract the enemy from the real battle!

    In other words, Area 51 may be nothing more than a “ghost ” military area just used to distract people and enemies alike from the real military area. This makes perfect sense in that an area where nuclear tests are run is of utmost importance, and should be of utmost secrecy!

    As to the presence of UFO’s and extraterrestrial life in Area 51, I do not find, at this point in time, that it’s either plausible or tenable! In fact, there is no evidence to substantiate such claims !

    I, therefore, agree with you, Sarah, and I invoke your closing argument in your article “Regarding the UFO stories, I simply do not find myself impressed with them because if that was the case, and the US goverment kept Alien, the Alien civilization would have sent revenge ligions very fast on the Earth and we would have had the conflict with them. I do not deny the existence of exterritorial life but I do believe that the US goverment is more paranoid about the domestic terrorists than about the cosmic visitors. The Area 51 is definitely a mystery but isn’t that every military base of the powerful state? If they want to keep the global power, they must work constantly on the weapon industry. That is the destiny of global powers and the Dreamland is just a victim of the glorified weapons ability of the United States, the magical base of hidden projects and dark science.”

    I definitely enjoyed your sense of humor in your statement above “. I do not deny the existence of exterritorial life but I do believe that the US goverment is more paranoid about the domestic terrorists than about the cosmic visitors.”

    Thank you again, Sarah, for summarizing this story for us to read, learn, and enjoy!


  2. Sarah’s article alludes to various issues associated with Area 51. For example, the impact of US-government projects/research on the natural and human environments within and around Area 51. In 1994, there was a notorious case of prosecution involving Area 51: five unnamed civilian contractors and the widows of contractors Walter Kasza and Robert Frost prosecuted the US-Air Force and The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Their law suit, in which they were represented by George Washington University law professor Jonathan Turley, alleged they had been present when large quantities of unknown chemicals had been burned in open pits and trenches at Groom (Area 51 location). Biopsies taken from the complainants were analyzed by Rutgers University biochemists, who found high levels of dioxin, dibenzofuran, and trichloroethylene in their body fat. The complainants alleged they had sustained skin, liver and respiratory injuries due to their work at Groom, and that this had contributed to the deaths of Frost and Kasza. The prosecution sought compensation for the injuries they had sustained; claiming the USAF had illegally handled toxic materials, and that the EPA had failed in its duty to enforce the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (which governs handling of dangerous materials).

    In addition, they sought detailed information about the chemicals to which they were allegedly exposed; hoping this would facilitate the medical treatment of survivors. US-Congressman Lee H. Hamilton (former chairman of The House Intelligence Committee) told 60 Minutes reporter Lesley Stahl ‘The Air Force is classifying all information about Area 51, in order to protect themselves from a lawsuit’.

    Citing the State Secrets Privilege, the US-government petitioned US-District Judge Philip Pro (of the United States District Court for the District of Nevada in Las Vegas) to disallow disclosure of classified documents or examination of secret witnesses; alleging this would expose classified information and threaten national security. When Judge Pro rejected the US-government’s argument, President Bill Clinton issued a Presidential Determination, exempting what it called ‘The Air Force’s Operating Location Near Groom Lake, Nevada’ from environmental disclosure laws.

    Consequently, Judge Pro dismissed the law suit due to lack of evidence. Turley appealed to the US-Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, on the grounds that the US-government was abusing its power to classify material. Secretary of the Air Force Sheila E. Widnall filed a brief that stated that disclosures of the materials present in the air and water near Groom ‘can reveal military operational capabilities or the nature and scope of classified operations’. The Ninth Circuit rejected Turley’s appeal, and the US-Supreme Court refused to hear it; putting an end to the complainants’ case.

    An unclassified memo on the safe handling of F-117 Nighthawk material was posted on a US-Air Force web site in 2005. This discussed the same materials for which the complainants had requested information (i.e. information the US-government had claimed was classified). The memo was removed shortly after journalists became aware of it.

    Sarah’s article brings to the attention of the general public one example of how a powerful government can deny environmental experts and biodiversity loss research teams access to essential and imperative information that could benefit ecological systems that might be affected by such a clandestine site as Area 51. In the context of logic, it makes no sense to destroy the natural environment that military research, etc., depends upon for its continuance.


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About Sarahowlgirl1982

I am a master of Political Sciences, with special focus on Security Studies, Islamic Counter Terrorism and Weapons of Mass Destruction. I enjoy discovering and commenting things which are " in the air" but still not spoken.I also do like science writing and planing to move myself into the pure science journalism !