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What started as a joke on social media⏤has quickly grown out of control with millennial UFO enthusiasts. Over one million-plus people and growing have pledged on Facebook and Twitter to meet up and storm Area 51 on September 20th at 3:00 am.
How ridiculous you say this is? The United States government is taking it seriously enough to address this alarming and childish notion. Recently, the U.S. Military issued a strong warning to potential future invaders who entertain the idea of trespassing onto the unforgiving grounds, deep within the Nevada desert, known as Area 51.
They call their group “Storm Area 51, They Can’t Stop All Of Us” Check out their Facebook and Twitter pages for comments posted, and Twitter is filled with an abundance of creative Memes.
Surely this is no joking matter and taken very seriously at the Pentagon, so much so that Airforce spokesperson Laura McAndrews said in a statement to the Washington Post…
“Area 51 is an open training range for the U.S. Air Force, and we would discourage anyone from trying to come into the area where we train American armed forces,” a US “The U.S Airforce always stands ready to protect America and its assets.”
Curiosity and mystery embroiled in secrecy and conspiracy surround the energy of Area 51, with a history of folklores regarding UFO’s, all this intrigue combined with the magic of social media enhance this coast to coast trend currently building among the young and naïve millennials who are promising they will infiltrate the secret X-File military base of Area 51.
They claim in some of their comments; they will protest for the truth concerning extraterrestrial life and information regarding UFOs that the government is keeping from the American people.
One of the comments reads, “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, let’s see them, aliens,” “they can’t shoot all of us.”
According to Metro News Source, who interviewed Nick Pope, a former UFO investigator for the Ministry of Defense, issued advice to anyone contemplating this crazy plot to storm the area, he stated:
“I understand people’s curiosity about Area 51 and about government UFO secrets more generally, and I completely support people’s right to undertake a legal, peaceful protest, but that’s not how this event is being billed, “Storm Area 51 clearly implies illegal trespass onto a military installation, and that’s a recipe for disaster.
I utterly condemn such an action. It’s irresponsible, illegal, and potentially dangerous. “Trespass on a military base is a federal offense, and people run the risk of getting jail time, a fine, and a criminal record. Warning signs at Area 51 even state that the use of lethal force is authorized.
This is unlikely, and guards are only authorized to open fire in exceptional circumstances, such as if they believe they’re in imminent danger themselves, but who knows what might happen if things get out of hand? If a large crowd is rushing towards a guard and some idiot tries to grab his gun, it’s easy to envisage a situation where someone might open fire.
If anyone thinks this is impossible, they should remember that as recently as February, a man was shot and killed at a Navy base in Texas after he crashed his vehicle into a security barrier and charged towards the guards.
Pope added, “Area 51 is a desolate and remote area, and the terrain is rough, I could envisage cars running out of gas or overturning, people lost in the desert, all sorts of things, it might look easy on a computer screen, but in real life, it isn’t. I live in Tucson, Arizona, so I know what desert terrain is like.
It’s beautiful, but it can be unforgiving. Temperatures can be brutal even in mid-September; if people don’t take enough water, they can very quickly dehydrate dangerously, and then there are the rattlesnakes! However, it’s far from clear anyone will actually turn up to the event. Pope continued,
The only good news for the authorities is that any protest is likely to be much smaller than people think, it’s very easy to click “going” on a Facebook event, but it’s much harder to actually go, especially to somewhere as remote as Area 51. Even so, the authorities are concerned, and rightly so.
I find all this frustrating. As a result of the revelations concerning the Pentagon’s AATIP (Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program) program, the topic of UFOs has come out of the fringe and into the mainstream.”
What are these millennials thinking? Area 51 is one of the nations most highly classified United States Air Force facilities within the Nevada desert; it’s their Test and Training Range, which was acquired in 1955, primarily for the flight testing of the Lockheed U-2 aircraft. Located in southern Nevada, 83 miles northwest of Las Vegas, this surrounding area is a popular tourist destination, including the small town of Rachel, Nevada, on the Extraterrestrial Highway.
Officially, this Homey Airport (KXTA) or Groom Lake supports the development and testing of experimental aircraft and weapons systems based on historical evidence.
The folklore of UFOs and little green men live on in history, surrounded by the mystery of this Top Secret-Sensitive-Compartmentalized facility. Never declared a secret base, yet its activities are protected by top clearances and rightly so.
This 5,000 square miles top-secret base has long fascinated conspiracy believers who think area 51 is the resting place and experimental domain for aliens and their crafts that allegedly crashed in Roswell, New Mexico, in 1947.
Maybe the fact that the CIA publicly acknowledged the existence of the base for the first time on June 25, 2013 following a (FOIA) Freedom of Information Act request that was filed in 2005, and they declassified documents detailing the purpose and history of Area 51.
Where did this joke that became a national threat to our U.S. Military come from?
NPR reported they communicated with the creator of this lame brain event, who is non-other than a 20-year young Californian man identified as Val.
According to NPR, Val expressed to them via Facebook messenger, “I just thought it would be a funny idea for the meme page, and it just took off like wildfire.
It’s entirely satirical though, and most people seem to understand that.” Val went on to claim that there have been conversations with people about creating a different kind of shindig, perhaps something educational,” and that it’s doubtful anyone will be “sprinting through the desert at 3 am.”
Well, Val, the U.S. Military took it serious enough to go public with their spokesperson responding to social media with a warning.
It’s also noted that Nevada’s alien-themed Little A’Le’Inn hotel has been booked solid for September 20th, and many more guests are referencing the Facebook event while making reservations.
In a recent Facebook poll, it appears the majority of the UFO conspiracy theorist will be flocking from Area 51 from Texas, Arizona, Nevada, California, West Virginia, Utah, New Mexico, Hawaii, New Jersey, Michigan.
One thing is for certain, we know social media does catch the attention of the masses, and the military at Area 51 will be on guard for anyone who attempts to infiltrate on September 20th, 2019, or at any time.
Social media is on fire with this not so funny joke, as the attention of Americans will be watching to see how it all unfolds.
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