MORE than 600,000 people have now signed up to a Facebook group calling on ufologists to storm Area 51, the heavily guarded US Air Force base where conspiracy theorists claim the Government is hiding proof of alien civilisations.
However, critics have pointed out they could be in for a nasty surprise if they go through with their tongue-in-cheek threat. The event, scheduled for 3am on September 20, is entitled Storm Area 51, They Can’t Stop All of Us. The details section states: “We will all meet up at the Area 51 Alien Center tourist attraction and coordinate our entry.
“If we naruto run, we can move faster than their bullets. Lets see them aliens.”
Naruto is a reference to a popular Japanese anime character.
So far, 639,000 people have confirmed their attendance on Facebook – almost exactly the population of Las Vegas.
The idea also attracted significant interest from people posting on the #area51raid hashtag.
Nevertheless, one social media user pointed out a potential flaw, tweeting: “You do realise there are signs all around #area51 that state ‘Use of Deadly Force is AUTHORIZED’.
“‘FYI it’s not a joke or a suggestion. #idiots.’”
Area 51, located roughly 80 miles north-north-west of Las Vegas, is a remote detachment of Edwards Air Force Base, and the correct names for the facility are in fact Homey Airport and Groom Lake, with the popular name coming from a CIA document dating back to the Vietnam War.
Little is know about what its actual purpose is, though historical evidence suggests it is a development site for experimental aircraft and weaponry with the US Government only acknowledging its existence for the first time in 2005 as a result of a Freedom of Information Act request.
The site has been the subject of intense speculation for decades, particularly among UFO conspiracy theorists, and is a popular tourist destination, with State Route 376 (SR375) now officially designated the Extraterrestrial Superhighway by the State of Arizona.
The website visitarea51.com states: “This is a military base approximately 80 miles northwest of Las Vegas, Nevada.
“To the USA government, this is simply the Nevada Test and Training Range.
“For the majority who have been influenced by the theories revealed through Magazines, TV and website reference call it Area 51.
“Why is the base restricted to the public? Why do you find on the ground stern signs and armed guards patrolling the fenced perimeters?
“Why do you encounter threatening warnings from air traffic control tower? Maybe the area 51 secrets are too heavy for the public.
“It is believed that Area 51 is that place where scientists reverse-engineered alien technology.
“This is the same technology that was recovered from the Roswell crashed saucer in Mexico.
“However, no reports have come out to reveal whether the Pentagon has made use of the advanced technology.”
You do realise there are signs all around #area51 that state ‘Use of Deadly Force is AUTHORIZED’