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Month: July 2019

Area 51: By the Numbers

As reported earlier this month, the Storm Area 51, They Can’t Stop All of Us Facebook event has caused an incredible amount of interest. As of this writing, the number of Facebook users “Going” is close to 2 million and 1.45 million “Interested”. That’s up 180% and 130% respectively since July 13th! Of course, most of those that are “Going” aren’t really going… or are they?

Storm Area 51 Facebook Count as of (7/27/2019)

Well, if even 1% wound up going “for the lulz” that would be roughly 20,000 people.

If growth in interest continues its current trajectory (which it probably won’t), by Sept 20th there may be as many as 6.41 Million. This math comes from only using two data points. If Facebook data on growth (a chart) was available it would help guide our growth model. Of course it is unknown as to whether this trend will continue or if it will wane. One things for sure: if only 1% attend it will be a huge amount of people gathering in Las Vegas

There’s no better source on this event than that of Las Vegas Nevada’s own award-winning reporter George Knapp. His connections to the military and to local authority is bar none in the business. Here are the highlights from his recent reporting, which prompted my interest in writing this:

  • “The first rule of “storm Area 51” is “don’t storm Area 51”
  • In January a man was shot and killed an intruder in one of the areas.
  • Security will be “beefed up” for the event.
  • Little Alien cleared 30 acres of land for campers and events.
  • “The US military will put up with zero nonsense.”
  • Local business are look forward to this event. It provides an influx of income as it will become a greater
  • 2-day festival to put pressure on the government on what it knows about UFOs and Aliens.
  • No one expects a million people
  • #1 concern for everyone is safety and security
George Knapp reports on Area 51 Craze

Freedom Watch USA Sues DoD over UFO Secrecy

In what I believe to be a landmark case for ufology, Larry Klayman, director the nonprofit Freedom Watch USA (501(c)(3)) is suing the U.S. Department of Defense for illegally withholding relevant records as part of a UFO related cover-up.

In 2011, Freedom Watch requested “agency records relating to extraterrestrial visits, UFO encounters, Area 51, the Roswell incident and extraterrestrial life information regarding the United Nations, Great Britain and the United States.”

On March 26, eight years later, the docs received by DoD were not only in Russian, but they didn’t “address the original request”. So, naturally, Freedom Watch appealed in a timely manner on May 29. This time the response from DoD was more timely but apparently plaintiff sees enough to sue the government over it:

And in convenient timing, just yesterday Law & Crime and the Washington Post reported that the Ethics panel of D.C. seeks to suspend Larry Klayman’s license for 33 months. “A legal ethics panel for the District of Columbia bar has recommended suspending conservative attorney Larry Klayman from practicing law for 33 months for “egregious” misconduct in 2010 while representing a woman who refused his romantic advances.” Since this is unrelated to UFOs I will refrain from speculating or digging into it.

I will say it is convenient timing. Something is up. I will continue to look into this matter and post more.

The Area 51 Craze

Today there are 1.3 Million interested or “Going” to “Storm Area 51, They Can’t Stop All of Us”, created by a Facebook group that calls themselves “Shitposting cause im in shambles”.

And just two (2) days ago (7/11/2019) the Nation UFO Recording Center (NUFORC) tweeted 260k going and over 300,000 interested.

It’s safe to say this thing has gone viral.

The Facts

Area 51 is the most secretive base in the continental US (that we know about), sits in the largest government-controlled land parsel in the US, encompasses 4,687 square miles, big enough to be a state on it’s own. Pres. Harry Truman ordered 105 nuclear weapons tests (yes, nuclear bomb drops) above ground, and 828 underground over 50 years. The last nuke test ever performed there was Sept 23, 1992. It holds the largest amount of weapons-grade plutonium and uranium in the US.

The original purpose of the base was to explode and test nuclear weapons without the public catching wind. The Manhattan Project was the most expensive government project ever, employed something on the order of 180,000+, and it’s important to point out: The first time the public was made aware of the existence of the nuclear bomb was when they were dropped on Japan, August 6 and August 9, 1945. So if you can imagine the importance of secrecy with this project.

The base grew, as we find out later, to build secret aircraft – the U2 and A12 Oxcart spy planes for example during ongoing wars. Of course the entire base is meant to be kept secret so we don’t know what could be there. FOIA requests will get you so far before everything on the page is redacted.

There’s a lot more to this tale that I couldn’t possibly cover in a post, but that would required a book and from which most of the information herin was gathered:

Annie Jackobsen’s Area 51. (No affiliation or sponsorship) is the definitive book on this subject. It’s filled with primary sources, interviews, and deep analysis that no other book even comes close to. If you want to learn more, read this:

UFO Issue’s Take

Black, secretive operations take place on this facility. You will be immediately arrested, and possibly injured and even killed. Make no mistake, the United States is the most powerful force in the world. They have no interest in making this issue a debate.

As wikipedia points out (I think correctly, or partially), these are the conspiracy theories surrounding the base:

  • The storage, examination, and reverse engineering of crashed alien spacecraft (including material supposedly recovered at Roswell), the study of their occupants (living and dead; see grey alien), and the manufacture of aircraft based on alien technology.
  • Meetings or joint undertakings with extraterrestrials.
  • The development of exotic energy weapons for the Strategic Defense Initiative (SDI) or other weapons programs.
  • The development of means of weather control.
  • The development of time travel and teleportation technology.
  • The development of unusual and exotic propulsion systems related to the Aurora Program.
  • Activities related to a supposed shadowy one world government or the Majestic 12 organization.