The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) of the federal government has publicly acknowledged there is an Area 51, a top-secret Cold War test site that has allegedly been the site of elaborate conspiracy theories that have included UFOs and aliens for decades. Recent declassified documents have set those believing in aliens and UFOs to talking, but the papers have absolutely no mention of UFO crashes or alien sightings.
Some of those groups who believe in extraterrestrials and UFOs think the release of the documents may be a sign that the CIA is moving steps closer toward acknowledging there are aliens from space living here on earth. For decades, government agencies declined to even acknowledge that Area 51 even exists. Last Thursday, documents detailing CIA history were released that refers to Area 51, not only by name but even goes into detail describing some of the aviation activities that took place at the site. The paperwork locates the site of Area 51 on a map, as an Air Force base on the dry Groom Lake bed.
While the documents refer to planes, none of them appear to resemble flying saucers, according to reports. George Washington University’s National Security Archive used a public records request to obtain the CIA history of one of Area 51’s most secret Cold War projects the U-2 spy plane program, according to reports.
National Security Archive senior fellow Jeffrey Richelson reviewed the history in 2002, but all mentions of the country’s most mysterious military base had been redacted. Three years later, in 2005, he requested the history again in hopes of receiving more information. Just a few weeks ago he received a version of the document that had the mentions of Area 51 included.
The 407-page document still contains numerous redactions, and some believe the missing parts may have references to aliens and UFOs. This is not the first time that the government has acknowledged the existence of the top-secret, 8,000-square-mile military installation. Reports point out that Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush referred to the “location near Groom Lake” in insisting on continued secrecy. Government references to the location date back to the 1960s.
The site is known as Area 51 because that was the base’s designation on old Nevada test site maps. The CIA history reveals that it was renamed “Paradise Ranch” by officials in an attempt to lure skilled workers to the area, who can still be seen over Las Vegas flying to and from the site on unmarked planes. Beginning with the U-2 in the 1950s, the base has been the testing ground for a host of top-secret aircraft, including the SR-71 Blackbird, F-117A Stealth fighter, and B-2 Stealth bomber. The CIA history mentions “an unexpected side effect” of the high-flying planes, which was “a tremendous increase in reports of unidentified flying objects.”
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