posted on Oct, 20 2012 @ 01:02 AM
Although Paglen is mindful of the law, he says that he sometimes faces harassment. Late one night last fall, he and a friend drove down an unmarked
road that leads west from Route 375 toward Area 51. He got out just short of the restricted zone’s eastern boundary; suddenly, his eardrums began
pulsating and a shrill tone filled his skull. “At first, I thought I was imagining it,” he said, but his friend felt it, too. When they
returned to the car, the sound and the pulsing stopped. When Paglen stepped out again, they resumed. Security forces were
zapping him, he surmised, with a high-frequency weapon, like gardeners using sonic repellents to drive off a squirrel.
(The Pentagon says that Paglen’s account is “not plausible.”)
I know Trevor. He isn't the type to make this kind of story up. This event was at the front gate per my conversation with him.
Note that the camo dudes have a daytime and nighttime routine. In the day, they watch you. Period, end of story, well at least at the front gate and
provided you don't do something stupid like cross the border. The camo dudes night routine is a bit different, at least based on the three times I
paid them nocturnal visits. As you drive down Groom Lake road at night, you will eventually see a dim light on a hill just beyond the border. Usually
this is the hill just north of the "tourist" campsite by the border, not Hawkeye Hill. What you see is the dude turning on a dome light to aid in
logging your arrival. [You guys need a camo-pad.] Either this event is triggered by your vehicle setting off a ground sensor, or they just see your
lights. [While you could drive Groom Lake Road blacked out, this increases your odds of an encounter of the bovine kind.] When you are very close to
the border but before the dip that leads to the edge of the forbidden zone, the dude will turn on the red and blue flashers behind the grill of the
dude-mobile. This is to send a signal, namely "law enforcement ahead, you silly asshat."
For more fun and games, park at the tourist camp and get out of the car. You are now a smaller target, i.e much harder to spot. I have had the dudes
track me with a spotlight, much like an unsavory hunter performs deer jacking, except without the lead projectiles.
I believe the dudes are making their presence known a bit more conspicuously at night. Ultimately, they don't want to have to arrest you. It just
makes work for them, and perhaps having to arrest a trespasser reflects badly on them since the whole point of their presence is to deter border
crossings in the first place. Thus some annoying sound wouldn't be out of character.
I regret not making my first trek down Groom Lake Road at night. Your anxiety level is cranked up to 11 at night. It makes the trip far less ho hum
than the daylight drive because you really really want to make sure you don't cross the border. There is no gate, so if you screw up, the dudes will