“We’re gonna get to see them Aliens!”
That’s the rallying cry of over a million people who have pledged on Facebook to be part of a raid on that bastion of “Conspiracy Theories,” the mysterious Area 51.
From the autopsies of the bodies recovered from the Roswell crash, to supposedly reverse engineering UFO tech into the F117 stealth fighter jet, pick an alien conspiracy theory, and Area 51 figures into it.
Someone has created a Facebook event named Storm Area 51, They Can’t Stop All of Us, and since it has been posted it has become an internet sensation. Even though the US Air Force is strongly advising against it, as of this writing more than 1.6 million people have signed up to attend the Sept. 20 event in the Nevada desert, and an additional 1.2 million said they are “interested” in attending the “flash raid.”
According to the creator of the event, the plan is a simple one: “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.”
“Naruto run” refers to the speedy main character in the very popular Naruto anime series.
Despite the interest of millions who would apparently do such a thing, and millions more who might be interested if they could save up enough allowance and get permission from their moms to leave the basement, unfortunately, it’s not going to happen.
The event is fake, posted by internet pranksters. Their “plan” includes different battalions made up of “Kyles” (internet slang for aggressive guys), “People Armed To The Teeth” and “Undercover Aliens”, to mention a few. That is to say, none of this is real. One person who posted a map of the supposed attack added, “P.S. Hello US government, this is a joke, and I do not actually intend to go ahead with this plan.”
But that did not stop the U.S. Military from taking the threatened action seriously. If millions of people did show up at the gates of Area 51, they would not be welcome. Laura McAndrews, a spokesperson for the US Air Force, told the Washington Post that they were aware of the supposed event and said, “[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,” McAndrews said. “The U.S. Air Force always stands ready to protect America and its assets.” McAndrews’ statement concluded, “Any attempt to illegally access the area is highly discouraged.”
What Is Area 51?
While this raid is a fake, Area 51 is very real, and it is because of that, anyone who “storms” the base, would likely face arrest, and could possibly be shot. There are signs that explicitly say that trespassers will be fired upon, ringing the barbed wire base, that has become the mecca for UFO enthusiasts. While it may not be the home to E.T., Area 51 is a once-secret base, run by the US Air Force. It had long been used for flight testing stealth planes and other experimental military aircraft. The projects there have long been held secret, and confirmation of the base’s location about 80 miles northwest of Las Vegas and the first official mention of its existence came only in 2013, when the US Central Intelligence Agency declassified a report on the history of the Lockheed U-2 spy plane.
It is the testing of those planes that likely led to the numerous reports of Unidentified Flying Objects in the area, and gained Area 51 its legendary status among UFOlogists.
The name “Area 51” comes from a convention of naming the plots of land on the base. There are other numbered areas on the base, which were designated by the now-defunct Atomic Energy Commission.