Over a Million Alien Seekers Vow to ‘Storm Area 51’ Sept. 20
It started off as a joke. An innocent, yet amusing joke. But the United States Air Force is not laughing.
An unidentified individual posted an anonymous meme to Facebook a while back. It encouraged people to storm Area 51 on September 20, 2019.
It was coined as “Storm Area 51 – They Can’t Stop All of Us.” The purpose of the event would be to “see them aliens.”
The meme’s creator said it was satirical and meant as a joke. But it became a major buzz. So far, more than 1.7 million people have responded to it. And over 1.3 million say they are interested in attending this event
USAF ‘Ready to Protect America’
Now, it’s one thing to click on an event to indicate you’re interested in attending it. It’s another to actually travel somewhere for it.
But if even a portion of those who have expressed interest decide to try to storm Area 51, things could get rather dicey.
Here’s how Air Force spokesperson Laura McAndrews responded to the idea.
“(Area 51) is an open training range for the U.S. Air Force. We would discourage anyone from trying to come into the area where we train American armed forces.
“The U.S. Air Force always stands ready to protect America and its assets.”
Acquired in 1955, Acknowledged in 2013
Area 51 is located in Lincoln County, Nevada. And is about 83 miles north-northwest of Las Vegas.
Officially, this highly classified Air Force facility is called Homey Airport or Groom Lake. It forms part of Nellis Air Force Complex. The Air Force acquired the area in 1955 for the purpose of flight testing the Lockheed U-2 aircraft.
The CIA did not publicly acknowledge the existence of this base until 2013. Research done within Area 51 is considered “Top Secret/Sensitive Compartmented Information.”
Due to the intense secrecy attached to this base, many conspiracy theories have developed around it. Several of them are associated with UFOs.
Conspiracy Theories Abound
Among those conspiracy theories regarding what is really going on at Area 51 are the following:
- The storage and examination of crashed alien spacecraft. Including materials found at Roswell, New Mexico, the site of alleged UFO activity in 1947.
- The study of aliens found at Roswell and perhaps elsewhere. And the manufacture of aircraft based on alien technology.
- Meetings with extraterrestrials.
- The development of weapons for the Strategic Defense Initiative program.
- The development of teleportation and time travel technology.
How Will It Go Down?
The logical response is to assume this is all in good fun. And that very few people if any will actually show up to try to storm the area.
But what if a significant number of people do arrive in the Nevada desert on September 20? How will the Air Force handle it?
Here’s something that may have added a little fuel to the fire. The Pentagon recently announced a program involving the military’s obligation to report encounters with UFOs.
The program also includes government-funded investigations into unidentified aircraft.
Deadly Force Authorized
The more attention the “Storm Area 51” event gets, the more reactions are coming from the Air Force.
A spokesperson said, “The U.S. Air Force is aware of the Facebook event encouraging people to storm Area 51.
“The Nevada Test and Training Range provides flexible, realistic and multidimensional battle space to test and develop tactics. As well as conduct advanced training in support of U.S. national interests.
“Any attempt to illegally access the area is highly discouraged.”
Signage around the perimeter of the base advises that deadly force is authorized against trespassers.
Little A’Le’Inn Is Booked
People who live and work outside Area 51 are wondering what kind of turnout there might be.
Connie West is the co-owner of a small inn about 26 miles from the site. It’s the closest lodging site to Area 51 and has an interesting name. It’s “Little A’Le’Inn” (pronounced “Little Alien”).
She said, “Yes, (the event) sounds like a joke. But there apparently are some people who want to see the joke.”
West’s 10-room inn is fully booked for the day of the event. She said another 60 people have committed to pitching a tent on her 30-acre campground.
One of the roads that visitors will take to get near the site has officially been named “Extraterrestrial Highway” by the state of Nevada.