The US Air Force has made it very clear that no amount of internet sh*tposting will compromise the security of Area 51, even if crowds descend upon the secretive facility.
The announcement has come after the creation of the September 20 Facebook event, “Storm Area 51, They Can’t Stop All of Us.” The event has over 1 million people listed as “going.”
While it was clearly intended to be a joke, the internet has a weird way of bringing out the people crazy enough to actually do something as stupid as attempting to storm Area 51.
While the US Air Force controls the facility, which has historically been used as a design and testing ground for secret US military projects, the base is largely secured by private contractors, known by Area 51 watchers as “Camo Dudes.”
Well armed and equipped with white pickups and SUVs, the Camo Dudes have a lot of experience tracking down and confronting infiltrators, particularly due to the high number of conspiracy theorists and “alien hunters” who visit the facility on a daily basis.
It should be recognized that signs around the perimeter clearly state that “use of deadly force is authorized,” and the Camo Dudes have no problem drawing down on people who come too close.
“[Area 51] is an open training range for the US Air Force, and we would discourage anyone from trying to come into the area where we train American armed forces”, US Air Force Spokeswoman Laura McAndrews said in a statement obtained by the Independent. “Hoping to dissuade the satirical crowd with the threat of force, she added: “The US always stands ready to protect America and its assets”.
While it is unknown how many people will actually show up to the event, one thing is for certain: it will likely be newsworthy enough to justify hilarious (or tragic) updates on the matter.
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