|Area 51 Conspiracy
Extraterrestrial Craft at Area 51
people have claimed knowledge of events supporting Area 51 conspiracy
These have included Bob Lazar, who claimed in 1989 that he had
worked at Area 51's S-4 (a facility at Papoose Lake), where he was
contracted to work with alien spacecraft that the U.S. government had in
Area 51 is a name used in official CIA
documents for a military base that is located in the southern portion of
Nevada in the western United States, 83 miles (133 km) north-northwest
of downtown Las Vegas.
Though the name Area 51 is used in official CIA documentation, other
names used for the facility include Dreamland, Paradise Ranch, Home
Base, Watertown Strip, Groom Lake, and most recently Homey Airport.
The area is part of the Nellis Military Operations Area, and the
restricted airspace around the field is referred to as (R-4808N), known
by the military pilots in the area as "The Box" or "the Container".
The intense secrecy surrounding the base, the very existence of which
the U.S. government barely acknowledges, has made it the frequent
subject of conspiracy theories and a central component to unidentified
flying object folklore.
Situated at its center, on the southern shore of Groom Lake, is a large
secretive military airfield. The base's primary purpose is to support
development and testing of experimental aircraft and weapons systems.
Groom Lake is not a conventional airbase, as frontline
units are not normally deployed there. It instead appears to be used
during the development, testing, and training phases for new aircraft.
Once these aircraft have been approved by the United States Air Force or
other agencies such as the CIA, operation of that aircraft is generally
conducted from a normal air force base.
Soviet spy satellites obtained photographs of the Groom Lake area during the height of the Cold War, and later civilian
satellites produced detailed images of the base and its surroundings.
These images support only modest conclusions about the base, depicting a nondescript base, long airstrip, hangars and the lake.
Similarly, the 1996 documentary Dreamland directed by Bruce Burgess
included an interview with a 71 year old mechanical engineer who claimed
to be a former employee at Area 51 during the 1950s.
included that he had worked on a "flying disc simulator" which had been
based on a disc originating from a crashed extraterrestrial craft and
was used to train US Pilots. He also claimed to have worked with an
extraterrestrial being named "J-Rod" and described as a "telepathic
In 2004, Dan Burisch (pseudonym of Dan Crain) claimed to have worked on
cloning alien viruses at Area 51, also alongside the alien named
"J-Rod". Burisch's scholarly credentials are the subject of much debate,
as he was apparently working as a Las Vegas parole officer in 1989
while also earning a PhD at SUNY.
|Inside Area 51
The mysterious place of secret aircraft, covert military bases that
don't exist on any maps and strange conspiracy theories. Follow the
accusations of closed-door alien autopsies and other covert operations.
The federal government explicitly concedes (in various court filings and
government directives) that the USAF has an "operating location" near
Groom Lake, but does not provide any further information.
Unlike much of the Nellis range, the area surrounding the lake is
permanently off-limits both to civilian and normal military air traffic.
Radar stations protect the area, and unauthorized personnel are quickly
expelled. Even military pilots training in the NAFR risk disciplinary
action if they stray into the exclusionary "box" surrounding Groom's
Perimeter security is provided by uniformed private security guards
working for EG&G's security subcontractor Wackenhut, who patrol in
desert camouflage Jeep Cherokees and Humvees, and more recently,
champagne-colored Ford F-150 pickups and gray Chevrolet 2500 4X4
Although the guards are armed with M16s, no violent encounters with Area
51 observers have been reported; instead, the guards generally follow
visitors near the perimeter and radio for the Lincoln County Sheriff.
Deadly force is authorized if violators who attempt to breach the
secured area fail to heed warnings to halt.
Fines of around $600 seem to be the normal course of action, although
some visitors and journalists report receiving follow-up visits from FBI
agents. Some observers have been detained on public land for pointing
camera equipment at the base. Surveillance is supplemented using buried
base does not appear on public U.S. government maps; the USGS
topographic map for the area only shows the long-disused Groom Mine.
civil aviation chart published by the Nevada Department of
Transportation shows a large restricted area, but defines it as part of
the Nellis restricted airspace.
The official aeronautical navigation charts for the area show Groom Lake
but omit the airport facilities. Similarly the National Atlas page
showing federal lands in Nevada does not distinguish between the Groom
block and other parts of the Nellis range.
declassified, the original film taken by U.S. Corona spy satellite in
the 1960s has been altered prior to declassification; in answer to
freedom of information queries, the government responds that these
exposures (which map to Groom and the entire NAFR) appear to have been
Terra satellite images (which were publicly available) were removed from
web servers (including Microsoft's "Terraserver") in 2004, and from the
monochrome 1 m resolution USGS data dump made publicly available. NASA
Landsat 7 images are still available (these are used in the NASA World
Higher resolution (and more recent) images from other satellite imagery
providers (including Russian providers and the IKONOS) are commercially
available. These show, in considerable detail, the runway marking, base
facilities, aircraft, and vehicles. Although federal property within the
base is exempt from state and local taxes, facilities owned by private
contractors are not.
Area 51 researcher Glenn Campbell claimed in 1994 that the base only
declares a taxable value of $2 million to the Lincoln County tax
assessor, who is unable to enter the area to perform an assessment.
Conspiracy Theory with Jesse Ventura
Questions surrounding the military's secret research base in the Nevada
desert have been swirling around for years.
Jesse faces off against
guards at Area 51, to find out why the Joint Terrorism Task Force raided
the homes of two Area 51 watchdogs and to review alleged evidence that
the government has been faking UFO sightings & alien abductions in
order to cover up darker secrets at the base.
Area 51 shares a border
with the Yucca Flat region of the Nevada Test Site (NTS), the location
of 739 of the 928 nuclear tests conducted by the United States
Department of Energy at NTS.
The Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository is 44 miles (71 km) southwest of Groom Lake.
The same "Area xx" naming scheme is used for other parts of the Nevada
Test Site. Nevada Test Range topographic chart centered on Groom LakeThe
original 6-by-10 mile (10 by 16 km) rectangular base is now part of the
so-called "Groom box", a 23-by-25.3 mile (37 by 40.7 km) rectangular
area of restricted airspace.
The area is connected to the internal NTS road network, with paved roads
leading south to Mercury and west to Yucca Flat. Leading northeast from
the lake, the wide and well-maintained Groom Lake Road runs through a
pass in the Jumbled Hills.
The road formerly led to mines in the Groom basin, but has been improved
since their closure. Its winding course runs past a security
checkpoint, but the restricted area around the base extends further
After leaving the restricted area, Groom Lake Road descends eastward to
the floor of the Tikaboo Valley, passing the dirt-road entrances to
several small ranches, before converging with State Route 375, the
"Extraterrestrial Highway", south of Rachel.