Area 51 officially acknowledged, mapped in newly released documents

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Area 51 officially acknowledged, mapped in newly released documents
By Laura Koran, CNN
updated 9:30 PM EDT, Thu August 15, 2013

This map was released due to a Freedom of Information Act request submitted by Jeffrey Richelson in 2005.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • The CIA officially acknowledges Area 51, long a fixation for conspiracy theorists, in documents
  • The area, 125 northwest of Las Vegas, was a testing ground for Cold War aerial surveillance
  • Document release could be just the beginning of Area 51 information, expert says

(CNN) -- Area 51 has long been a topic of fascination for conspiracy theorists and paranormal enthusiasts, but newly released CIA documents officially acknowledge the site and suggest that the area served a far less remarkable purpose than many had supposed.

According to these reports, which include a map of the base's location in Nevada, Area 51 was merely a testing site for the government's U-2 and OXCART aerial surveillance programs. The U-2 program conducted surveillance around the world, including over the Soviet Union during the Cold War.

Area 51, about 125 miles northwest of Las Vegas, is synonymous in popular culture with government secrecy, and many have theorized that it holds the answer to one of the greatest questions plaguing mankind: Are we really alone in the universe?

But the newly released documents make no mention of alien autopsy rooms or spaceship parking lots.

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This information will be disappointing to some, who have come to view the area has been a mecca of sorts for alien encounters.

For these true believers, the existence of alien spacecraft at Area 51, and the government's attempts to cover up their trace, is irrefutable and has been since reports of Unidentified Flying Objects -- or UFOs -- began to emerge from the Nevada desert in the middle part of the 20th century.

The map and other documents were released in response to a Freedom of Information Act request submitted by Jeffrey T. Richelson, a senior fellow at the National Security Archives, in 2005.

Richelson submitted the request as part of his continuing study of aerial surveillance programs and told CNN that he was not given an explanation of why the new documents were less redacted than previous versions declassified by the agency.

He points out, however, that the location of Area 51 was not a particularly well-kept secret. Its location appears in books on aerial surveillance and is widely referenced in popular culture.

In fact, the map that was released in the CIA documents mirrors the one that appears after a simple Google Maps search for "Area 51."

Area 51 has also been referenced in government documents in the past, though this newest release is the first that acknowledges its existence and location in a purposeful way.

Richelson told CNN he believes this could signal a dramatic change in the government's willingness to declassify information about the famed base, meaning even more information could come out about Area 51 in the future.

The release of these reports seem to put the theories about aliens and flying saucers to rest for the time being, although they may not be enough to silence the true believers.

At least they still have Roswell, right?
http://www.cnn.com/2013/08/15/us/area-51-documents/index.html?hpt=hp_t2

 

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That map looks like the penny profile of Abraham Lincoln
 

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In other words, they have a new "secret" site and don't give a fuck about anyone knowing about the old one.
 

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My money is on Wright Patterson as the new UFO / Alien holding and study location. It's always been suspected as being the place where it is all kept.
 

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In other words, they have a new "secret" site and don't give a fuck about anyone knowing about the old one.
No. In other words, they see less and less of a point in denying the existence of something that not only can found by anyone on Wikipedia and Google Earth, but also has been captures by Soviet and various friendly, non-military satellites for decades.

This is a non-story in more ways than you think. Area 51 has already been briefly acknowledged once before during the Clinton Administration. Before Bill re-upped it's top secret status, the base popped up on some non-classified military document where it was referred to as just "the Groom Lake military facility", or some similar wording.
 
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No. In other words, they see less and less of a point in denying the existence of something that not only can found by anyone on Wikipedia and Google Earth, but also has been captures by Soviet and various friendly, non-military satellites for decades.

This is a non-story in more ways than you think. Area-51 has already been briefly acknowledged once before during the Clinton Administration. Before Bill re-upped it's top secret status, the base popped up on some non-classified military document where it was referred to as just "the Groom Lake military facility", or some similar wording.

Bill had other secrets to keep.



Bill was a silly goose.
 

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Fuck that. When are they gonna start talking about Hangar 18?
 

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My money is on Wright Patterson as the new UFO / Alien holding and study location. It's always been suspected as being the place where it is all kept.
The UFO/Aliens are in Ohio? Just a boring ass 2-hour drive away from me?

Man... that's lame. They should be someplace way cooler... like in a hollowed-out volcano secret lair on an island surrounded by shark-infested waters off the coast of Zanzibar. Sharks with fricken laser beams on their fricken heads.
 
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I wonder if they still have that small squadron of MiGs there. I know that Area 51 has spent the past decade or so working on drones and other unmanned aircraft, so they may have retired them by now.
 

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They lost two DUMB (Deep Underground Military Bases) in the past few years. One east coast and one close to DIA, maaan.
 

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Everyone knows the aliens are in Denver now, the secret capitol of the New Federal Government.
 

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It's top secret because they test experimental aircraft and chemical weapons there. Kind of a no brainer. I do love some Ancient Aliens though.
 

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When is the government going to acknowledge the fact that Area 51 has its own baseball field.



 

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Trying to take attention away from the gigantic NSA spy facility in Utah?