Fox Mulder Would've Been Happy. Air Force Responds To Popular Facebook Event 'Storm Area 51'
A joke event of planning "to storm Area 51" on Facebook is gaining popularity. And since already more than one million people expressed their wish to attend this event, the U.S. military has responded to the plans. As they say, - no matter how funny it sounds – just in case if they actually do.
The "storm" is scheduled for September 20, from 3 to 6 a.m.
According to Air Force spokesman Laura McAndrews, military officials are aware of the event that eventually suppose to expose what many people honestly believe are conspiratorial secrets of the military installation in Nevada.
McAndrews, however, didn't specify any security plans at the base, but she did issue a warning.
"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," she said. "The U.S. Air Force always stands ready to protect America and its assets."
Area 51, highly classified area, part of the larger Nevada Test and Training Range at Nellis Air Force Base, has been the subject of conspiracy theories that say the U.S. military is housing secrets about aliens and UFOs.
Nick Pope, who formerly investigated UFOs for Britain's Ministry of Defense, thinks that this Facebook movement is "somewhat out of hand."
"They won't go, of course. ... I think this just shows the huge level of interest in this subject," said Pope, explaining that visitors to Area 51 would be more likely to find drones and "next-generation aircraft" than UFOs or evidence of aliens.
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One Facebook user, who posted a humorous map of the area, hedged his plans with a message for the military:
"Hello US government, this is a joke, and I do not actually intend to go ahead with this plan. I just thought it would be funny and get me some thumbsy uppies on the internet."