Within the desolate Nevada desert lies a military base that is shrouded in official secrecy that the US government has refused to acknowledge its’ existence. Built in the 1950s by the CIA, this base is commonly known as Area 51. As a CIA installation, it functions completely independent of other government departments. Still to this day, signs at the entrance warn all visitors that they have no constitutional rights on the premises, and armed guards patrol the perimeter. It is considered to be the UFO community’s worst kept secret, and the area is now a crusade for alien seekers.
Area 51 was built around the Groom Lake Air Force base, and is adjacent to the Nevada atomic test range. This location was a perfect site to carry out classified aircraft tests. It was initially built for testing of the U2 spy plane, but the program was such a success that all the United States secret aircraft were experimentally flown there. Over the years of testing, the base slowly grew in size, establishing its own small community and the landing strip was increased to three miles along. The Lockheed SR-71 “Blackbird” was developed on the secretive site, and an unknown amount of technologies are housed in the base’s underground. It is believed by many that these technological advancements are from a different planet and that the base is a test zone and hiding place for extraterrestrial aircraft. Often at night, strange lights can be seen in the sky above the base, and many spectators believe the site hides levels of underground laboratories.
Extensive knowledge of operations which have taken place at Area 51 have came from one whistleblower, Bob Lazar. In 1989, Lazar was a scientist employed by a company called EG & G who said they were working on a propulsion project at the testing center within a secretive location called S4. Subsequent conversations from Lazar revealed that he and other scientists were instructed to reverse engineer an alien aircraft apart and construct one using human-made parts. As part of their work, the scientists were informed about the role of aliens in the history of planet Earth, and one occasion, Lazar even claims to have briefly witnessed a real, live, alien at the S4 site.
Over the course of time, Lazar says he possessed an innate desire to rebel against his employers. On March 22, 1989, Lazar and some friends traveled down Groom Lake road and observed a flying disc flight. The disc they witnessed glowed extremely bright and flew so close they had to move out of sight. On the following week, on the way back home from another UFO-spotting trip, the group were seen and stopped by security patrolling the area. The very next day Lazar was fired from EG & G. He eventually revealed that nine discs are said to be stored at the S4 site.
Some of the disturbing things that go on at and around the base are more obvious than others. The road to its entrance is known as ‘The Widow’s Highway’ because of the high rate of employees at the base who perish due to contact with hazardous materials. The area is believed by experts to be a secret dumping ground for toxic chemicals, rather than a UFO base. In either case, though, the workers took an oath of secrecy, and cannot reveal any details of what the have been dealing with to their physicians. This has instigated many of their wives to file court cases against the United States government, who has incessantly refuted the allegations on the grounds that Area 51 does not officially exist. However, in July 2013, following an FOIA request filed in 2005, the Central Intelligence Agency publicly acknowledged the existence of the base for the first time by declassifying documents detailing the history and purpose of Area 51. So are there aliens lying within the fences of the Area 51 site, or is it all a figment of our imaginations? All signs point to yes, but good luck trying to get the government to confirm these suspicions.