The infamous Area 51 has probably been the source of more conspiracy theories than any other place on earth, including the Bermuda Triangle.
Area 51 is the military base located some 80 miles outside Las Vegas, Nevada, and every year this place attracts a huge number of visitors who come as close as they can to the base, hoping to find some evidence of the aliens who supposedly visited our planet.
The mystery of Area 51
Area 51 is not just an ordinary military base. It is, in fact, a testing ground for the development of experimental weapons and aircraft. Because of this fact alone, it is covered in a veil of mystery and secrecy, as no one is allowed to come close to the base and those who manage to get closer than permitted are quickly removed by the guards watching the perimeter.
The exact location of Area 51 remains undisclosed, and cannot be found on most maps that are accessible to the public. Aviation maps and charts mark Area 51 as restricted airspace, and warn pilots that flying in the area is strictly prohibited. Some maps mark the area as “federal land”, but exclude details of the existence of the base or any buildings located inside of it.
Despite most people knowing that this type of base must be closely watched and guarded at all times for obvious reasons, conspiracy theorists, as they are known to do, have come up with a number of alternate reasons for this secrecy, the majority of which revolve around extraterrestrial presence.
Alleged alien presence
Since the U.S. government hasn’t been very forthcoming in regards to Area 51, on occasion even denying its existence completely, this added even more fuel to the fire and lit up the imaginations of those already open to the idea of an alien presence in our world.
On top of all the mystery and heavy military presence surrounding the area, there are also reports of mysterious lights appearing in the sky above Area 51. Of course, for those not buying into these conspiracy theories, it is not strange for these lights to appear over the military base known for testing new aircraft. But for the others, aliens are the only possible conclusion.
The number of people interested in what is going on behind the perimeter of the base is truly impressive. Guards on the outside rim usually have their hands full, dealing with the civilians who don’t respect the boundaries and try to enter the protected zone. Although the guards are allowed to even use deadly force to protect the integrity of Area 51, this almost never happens. In most instances, intruders are escorted out and receive a fine around $600. After paying their fine, trespassers have a follow-up visit from the FBI, and anyone caught with photography or film cameras will have their equipment confiscated. I guess some would say that this is a small price to pay for the truth, so to each their own.
Recording videos or taking pictures inside the secure area is strictly forbidden though, and those found to doing so always have their recording equipment seized, and it is not unusual for the FBI agents to pay them a visit afterward. Some will take this as yet another clear indication that there is evidence of extraterrestrial life hidden inside Area 51, but the truth might be much more straightforward. This is a highly classified military operation, and the last thing they need are people running around with cameras, filming without any restrictions.
Main conspiracy theories
There are several conspiracy theories connected to Area 51. Most of them revolve around extraterrestrial presence, but there are some other quite interesting ideas. Some of the things that have been said about this base include the ideas that Area 51 is used to store and examine UFOs, to develop advanced weapons and technologies for weather control, time travel, teleportation, as well as stealth technologies. Some also believe that human – alien hybrids are being created inside of the base using the extraterrestrial samples from the area. It has even been speculated that Area 51 is used as a base for collaboration between humans and extraterrestrials. What they would be collaborating on can only be imagined. Other conspiracy theorists link Area 51 to the New World Order, saying the base is being used to create and organize a one-world government. Other, more plausible theories suggest the development of advanced camouflage technologies, or plans for an underground railroad that will run across the continent.
It is very likely that Area 51 is utilized to build and test aircrafts. One of the most highly regarded stealth aircrafts in existence, the Aurora Project, is said to fly around Area 51. The Aurora Project is thought to be fastest aircraft ever built, and can allegedly achieve speeds up to Mach 6.
Official statements on Area 51
Though very little information is available on Area 51, the government has made a handful of official statements regarding the base over the years. Presidential Determination No. 98-36, written by President Bill Clinton, exempts the “location Near Groom Lake, Nevada”, or Area 51, from “any Federal, State, interstate, or local hazardous or solid waste laws that might require the disclosure of classified information concerning that operating location to unauthorized persons”. The letter states that the disclosure of any information from Area 51 would be harmful to the nation’s security.
An official response to questions about Area 51 from Mayor Jeffrey A. Rammes denied the existence of a base named “Area 51” but did confirm the operation of a base near Groom Dry Lake, Nevada. Rammes, response states that past and present activities being conducted at this base were to remain classified.
In November of 2011, the Obama administration released a statement meant to put extraterrestrial rumors to rest, but instead, sparked even more interest from conspiracy theorists. The statement read, “The U.S. government has no evidence that any life exists outside our planet, or that an extraterrestrial presence has contacted or engaged any member of the human race. In addition, there is no credible information to suggest that any evidence is being hidden from the public’s eye”. This was the first time in United States history that an executive branch took a formal stance on the existence of extraterrestrial life.
What to believe?
The majority of the world’s population sees Area 51 for what it is: a highly classified, heavily guarded military base used to develop new technologies and weapons. One would not have to extend his imagination very far to come to a conclusion that there are probably some things happening inside that the government and the military would prefer to keep secret. But is this evidence or even an indication of the alien presence in the area?
It is only natural for human beings to create myths and legends around the places where access is restricted. This is even more so when such a place is known to deal with highly advanced technologies and is protected by armed guards with a license to kill if anyone tries to go beyond the limits.
All this indicates the existence of some dark, horrible secrets inside, but this isn’t necessarily true. Every military secret is treated with special attention, and you wouldn’t be allowed to roam freely through any military base on the planet. In the case of Area 51, it just happens that there are probably a large number of important secrets kept at the same base, requiring heavy supervision.
Whether you choose to believe in aliens or not is a matter of opinion. The universe is truly vast and trying to flat out deny the possibility of the existence of another intelligent life form is a bit short-sighted and quite close-minded. That said, it is very unlikely that the U.S. military keeps alien prisoners or remains of their starships hidden behind the fences of Area 51.