According to the most popular Facebook event of the moment, on September 20, 1.5 million people plan to storm Area 51.
What started off as a lighthearted joke has developed into a full-fledged lifeforce, with thousands of people joining the event every single day.
While many people find it rather funny, the government is not taking the event lightly. They’ve even released a statement warning against the raid.
“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. The US Air Force always stands ready to protect America and its assets,” Laura McAndrews, an Air Force spokeswomen told The Washington Post.
The organizer behind the group, Jackson Barns, responded saying: “Hello US government, this is a joke, and I do not actually intend to go ahead with this plan. I just thought it would be funny and get me some thumbsy uppies on the internet.”
The Facebook group has received more than a few “thumbsy uppies,” in fact, the Internet is running wild with the idea.
What is Area 51? Area 51 is a top-secret military base that has remained a topic of discussion for conspiracy theorists and alien-believers for decades. There are rumors that the facility is home to UFOs and other evidence of aliens.
Located in the middle of nowhere, about 120 miles north of Las Vegas, Area 51 is a United States Air Force facility that is remotely detached from Edwards Air Force Base.
For years, the government denied any connection between alien activity and Area 51. Then, in 2013, they released declassified Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) reports that proved Area 51 was a legit military hub.
There was no mention of “little green men” in the report, but the site was referenced by a few different nicknames – Nevada Test and Training Range, “Watertown” and “Dreamland”.
“This is a history of the U-2,” Dr. Jeffrey T. Richelson, a senior fellow at the George Washington University National Security Archive, told the New York Times about the CIA reports released to the public.
“The only overlap is the discussion of the U-2 flights and U.F.O. sightings, the fact that you had these high-flying aircraft in the air being the cause of some of the sightings.”
Dr. Richelson was the one who petitioned for the documents to be released to the public. He passed away in 2017.
Hell yes. Storm Area 51 to prove there are aliens. Then storm the edge of the world to prove Earth is flat. Stay busy. Don’t have kids.
— Mike Primavera (@primawesome) July 12, 2019
The CIA reported that the area was chosen in the 1950s to secretly test the Air Force’s U-2 aircraft and train pilots. Before that, it was used as an aerial gunnery range for Army pilots during WWII.
People have seen unidentified flying objects in the area – hence, why it’s been noted as a hot spot for alien activity.
The government claims these seemingly mysterious objects were related to spy planes, “natural phenomena” and “high-altitude weather research”.
For years, people have continued to believe that Area 51 is holding secrets of life on another planet. Although, if the government is smart they’ve likely relocated all alien artifacts elsewhere by now.
Still, guards patrol the perimeter 24/7 to prevent anyone from getting a peek inside.
And, back in 2015, the US Air Force condemned the Groom Mine property, which overlooked Area 51.
The property belonged to the Sheahan family since the 1860s and was the only privately-owned property in the area, surrounded by a sea of government buffer zone.
The Sheahan family denied a $5.2 million buyout, and that’s when the military came in and condemned the property.
That might sound like a lot of money to turn down, but according to Barbara Sheahan, a Groom Mine heir, the land is practically priceless.
“There is so much there, not only the ore which is in the ground that can be mined, but in all the intrinsic value of what’s on the land,” she said.
Jackson Barns created the joke event on Facebook – he must have been rather bored one day.
He said the storm involves drinking a lot of Monster energy drinks and getting together a gaggle of “Kyles” (the internet name for white guys with anger issues), as well as Naruto-running, which is inspired by a Japanese anime show.
Considering the great lengths the government has gone thus far to keep prying eyes away from the site, the reality of civilians getting anywhere near Area 51 on September 20 is somewhat laughable.
“That base is so jealously guarded, both in terms of media and in terms of actual physicality. I don’t think the Air Force or any of the other military partners or intelligence community partners that are all working out there at Area 51 are gonna let anybody anywhere near the entrance to Area 51,” Annie Jacobsen, the author of Area 51: An Uncensored History of America’s Top Secret Military Base, told “Fox & Friends”.
Who’s down to still try?!
h/t: Bored Panda