Area 51

Nobody is sure where this place is. In fact, most people think this place does not exist at all. Area 51 has long become one of those urban legends that scare the gullible and baffle the skeptic. Now, after decades of mystery, five former insiders declare the truth.

Area 51 is certainly a most famous military institution or installation, even if it doesn’t officially exist. If it is indeed for real then ‘it would be found about 100 miles outside Las Vegas in Nevada’s high desert, tucked between an Air Force base and an abandoned nuclear testing ground.’ There is no confirmation from the US government at all. That is why television series such as the X-Files went to town translating and concretizing it for our collective imagination. However, it still remains imaginary as the television show is fictional.

But Area 51 is not a figment of the conspiracy theorist’s imagination, not fodder for debates of UFOlogists, nor is it a piece of fiction. There are actual laws that govern the management of Area 51: ‘You can’t drive anywhere close to it, and until recently, the airspace overhead was restricted—all the way to outer space. Any mention of Area 51 gets redacted from official documents, even those that have been declassified for decades.’

One thing is sure, though Area 51 is covert, not all if its hype can be dismissed as such. Truth might just be stranger than fiction, if we go by the cliché.

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Via Los Angeles Times

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