posted on Jun, 20 2010 @ 12:32 PM
Every now and then someone posts a ridiculous thread claiming that "Area 51 is just a distraction" to draw people's attention from the "real"
No. It's not.
There is abundant evidence that the Groom Lake facility (Area 51) is more active than ever. It is one of the premier U.S. test and evaluation assets,
a fully instrumented test range comparable to Edwards Air Force Base but more remote.
Yes, more people know it exists now, with the Internet and lots of stupid television "documentaries," but it was never really secret either. Area 51
has been in the public eye since construction of the base was announced to news media in 1955. When the CIA Inspector General visited the base in
1961, he complained that Groom Lake was "extremely vulnerable...to unauthorized observation" and that it was also "demonstrably vulnerable to air
violation including landings" (as had been proven in 1958 and would be so again and again in the ensuing years). That didn't put an end to
classified flight test activities. In fact, the number of programs continued to increase.
When the Air Force took control of the base in the late 1970s, more than $200 million was spent on improvements. This seems to be a drop in the bucket
compared to the expenditures of the past two decades. A study of aerial and satellite imagery from 1988 through 2009 shows a startling amount of new
construction and infrastructure improvement (new buildings and hangars, radar sites, communications facilities, runways, etc.). The government
doesn't spend that kind of money on a "smoke screen."
Also, look at the number of personnel commuting to the base by ground and air transportation. Cars, buses, and planes can be observed and tracked.
That's too many people to simply be pretending to go to work. (I happen to know a number of these people. They are indeed hard at work on critical
national defense projects. Claiming that former workers who are now able to "break their silence" on certain projects are disinformation agents is
an unforgivable insult to our Cold War heroes.).
I'm also tired of people who say they "don't think anything interesting is kept there anymore." They usually follow with some comment like,
"Groom Lake is most likely just used for testing classified aircraft and weapons." YES! Yes, that's exactly right. That is the mission of Area 51
and always has been. Advanced reconnaissance platforms. Stealth aircraft. Unmanned vehicles. Foreign technology. Advanced missiles. Electronic warfare
systems. Nothing extraterrestrial. Just good old fashioned human tech.