<em>The Independent</em>, a British morning daily in print since ’86, splashed its headlines today with news about the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency’s willingness to finally come clean about the existence of the mythical Area 51 testing facility in the Nevada desert – but is it really news?
Military historians, conspiracy theorists and “tailspotters” – hobbyists who faithfully monitor U.S. military airstrips and note aircraft FAA registry numbers – have long known that Area 51 existed in geography if not in name. Groom Lake, officially a part of Edwards Air Force Base in Nevada, is located near the alleged coordinates of Area 51 and has been a testing site for some of America’s most top secret aircraft programs, including the development of the legendary U-2 “Dragon Lady” and SR-71 Blackbird spy planes.
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Up until recently, requests for information regarding the site through the Freedom of Information Act have had the name redacted, but now that name has been revealed in several documents as, you guessed it – Area 51. If anything, it stirs a sense of validation among so-called crackpots who can shout “I told you so!” out from underneath their tinfoil hats.
But, in an age of domestic NSA spying and growing questions about the emergence of a new Orwellian surveillance state, it could trigger even more speculation. More people will most likely be asking: <em>What else has been going on out there?</em> <em>What else aren’t they telling us?</em>
The answer to both of those questions is easy – plenty. But, the better question is whether there is anything truly mysterious locked underneath the sunbaked Nevada sand. That the government isn’t sharing secrets about terrestrial test programs is about as shocking as a bowl of soup, but it’s not beyond the realm of imagination that Americans could be unwittingly spending their tax dollars on <em>extra</em>terrestrial … stuff.
<a title="ATG Stores Homepage" href="http://www.atgstores.com/default.aspx" target="_blank">ATGStores.com</a> is curious to know what you think. Is Area 51 just the usual run-of-the-mill super-secret test site, or is it something more – and now hidden in plain sight?