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CIA Finally Admits Area 51 Is Actually A Thing In Declassified Report


Conspiracy theorists everywhere are having a party right now, shouting and throwing their tinfoil hats to the sky in celebration: a recently declassified CIA report acknowledges Area 51 is, in fact, an official thing.

Want to know more about one of the most mysterious locales in the United States? Head under the cut!

A recent NSA report (about tests of an experimental Cold War-era plane, the U-2), mentions the base by name and gives us some insight into how it was established, and why that tiny plot in the middle of the Nevada desert, of all places. From the report:

On 12 April 1955, Richard Bissell and Col. Osmund Ritland (the senior Air Force officer on the project staff) flew over Nevada with Kelly Johnson on a small Beechcraft plane piloted by Lockheed’s chief test pilot, Tony LeVier. They spotted what appeared to be an airstrip by a salt flat known as Groom Lake, near the northeast corner of the Atomic Energy Commission’s (AEC) Nevada Proving Ground.

“Area 51″ refers to the part of the map the land is located in, but apparently the base was also called by the unassuming name Desert Bluffs “Paradise Ranch”:

The outlines of Area 51 are shown on current unclassified maps as a small rectangular area adjoining the northeast corner of the much larger Nevada Test Site. To make the new facility in the middle of nowhere sound more attractive to his workers, Kelly Johnson called it the Paradise Ranch, which was soon shortened to the Ranch.

The “top-secret” government base can already be seen from Google Maps, but the government itself has never admitted to the base’s existence until now. Rumors of alien remains, UFOs, and other covert tests from a vague-yet-menacing government agency have flown since the base’s inception in 1955, but now that we have some more details there will most likely be a flood of government files declassified that relate to Area 51, and which couldn’t be released until the base itself was confirmed to exist.

For such an icon of American culture to only be admitted now, after fifty years, is pretty amazing. We can only wonder what we’ll find out about the inner machinations of the mysterious base next. The truth is out there.

(via Gizmodo and Blastr)

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  • Angi Dudas

    Somewhere Fox Mulder is smiling.

  • Sarah Parker

    Yes! Night Vale reference!

  • R.O.U.S.

    I both love and hate conspiracy theories… potential for fun AND batshit craziness. Let’s have it.

  • frodobatmanvader

    Yeah, I always cast a dim eye on conspiracy theories because in order for most of them to work you’d need a large body of people to be on the EXACT same page about a subject and, as Congress shows us, that’s just not possible.

  • Anonymous

    The idea of the government letting a legion of crackpots accuse them of experimenting on Martians and hiding the cadavers just to keep snoops away from surveillance aircraft that was vital to the Cold War makes for a hell of an interesting story, in my opinion.

  • http://jbsargent.wordpress.com/ TWOxACROSS

    I seem to remember this being known since like…sometime after 2006. They said, yes, the location does exist, and it was where experimental aircraft and stuff is tested, far away from civilization in case something went wrong.

  • CMFTW

    As soon as I read the last sentence, the X-Files theme automatically played in my head! :p

  • Emily Hill

    Oh they’re only admitting it because they moved the alien bodies to shut people up I mean they shoot you if you step one foot on Area 51

  • Dan Stewart

    For shame, Desert Bluffs. For shame.

  • Liz Leebens

    Gives a whole new meanin to “meanwhile back at the ranch…”