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Storm Area 51 - Around 2 million people sign up to launch an invasion of the famous military base...

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  1. AGXStarseed

    AGXStarseed Well-Known Member

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    Storming Area 51 started as a joke. But it’s a mystery as to how many will show up

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    Terris Williams visits an entrance to the Nevada Test and Training Range near Area 51 in Nevada in July. The Air Force has warned people against storming the top-secret Cold War test site.
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    LAS VEGAS — It was supposed to be a fun joke. Create an event on Facebook that was so absurd, everyone would have a laugh, share a meme and then move on with their lives.

    Instead, Matty Roberts got a visit from the FBI, the Air Force has warned it is ready for anything, and rural Lincoln County, Nev., is preparing to declare a state of emergency.

    In late June, Roberts, a 20-year-old from Bakersfield, posted his Facebook event: “Storm Area 51, They Can’t Stop All of Us.”

    The idea was simple. Overwhelm the top-secret Nevada military site with people — a mass of humanity that would storm the gates in pursuit of long-hidden truths that have long fueled conspiracy theories and television shows including “The X-Files.”

    It would all happen on Sept. 20 (between 3am and 6am). Finally, alien autopsies, UFOs in hangars and other off-the-books government research would be exposed. Vindication, Mulder and Scully!

    The post got little attention at first, but a few days later it started to go viral, and by mid-July more than 1 million people said on Facebook they were planning to attend.

    “We will all meet up at the Area 51 Alien Center tourist attraction and coordinate our entry,” wrote a video game streamer with the handle SmyleeKun. “If we naruto run, we can move faster than their bullets.”

    Naruto run is a reference to anime ninja Naruto Uzumaki, who runs with body and head leaning forward while keeping his arms straight behind his back.

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    Good luck with that.

    The authorities soon heard about the plan and, unsurprising, weren’t amused. It wasn’t long before Roberts began backpedaling.

    Interviewed by ABC News, he had a simple message for those who planned to carry out a raid on Area 51: “Please don’t.”

    But it was too late. As of Wednesday, more than 2 million people were signed up to attend.

    Air Force spokeswoman Laura McAndrews issued a statement to the Los Angeles Times on Tuesday suggesting any attempt to rush Area 51 would be an ill-fated endeavor.

    “The United States Air Force is aware of the Facebook post. The Nevada Test and Training Range is an area where the Air Force tests and trains combat aircraft,” she said. “As a matter of practice, we do not discuss specific security measures, but any attempt to illegally access military installations or military training areas is dangerous.”

    Not to worry. Roberts told the “Today” show this month that the event was no longer a wholesale raid on Area 51 but instead a gathering dubbed “Alienstock.”

    A website for the event describes it as a festival “aiming to establish something unique here, a meeting place for all the believers ... a place to freely discuss Aliens & the Unknown!”

    It would take place in the 50-person town of Rachel, pending a formal permit approval by the Lincoln County Commission on Sept. 3. The application came from a local inn owner, who estimated the crowd would number between 5,000 and 30,000. Humans, that is.

    Lincoln County has a population of about 5,000 and covers 10,000 square miles of high-desert mountain landscape.

    Commissioner Bevan Lister says the county gets its biggest crowds for the Pioche Labor Day Weekend Celebration, when about 1,400 people come for food, games and festivities.

    He said for that event, they staff up on volunteers to help coordinate the heavy traffic that comes via two-lane state highways.

    The county, he believed, could deal with 30,000 visitors. But 50,000? Or 100,000? Or more?

    “There will be some serious challenges,” Lister said.

    The governor’s office is aware of the situation and has been monitoring it, according to a spokesman. If the county follows through with its plan to declare an emergency, the state would help with the costs of resources used to maintain order during the event.

    The National Guard could be deployed, if needed, but Lincoln County Sheriff Kerry Lee said his department had already contacted law enforcement in Reno to assist with large crowds.

    The town of Rachel is already gearing up for large numbers to arrive.

    The city’s only lodging — the Little A’Le’Inn — is booked, according to its website. There is no gas station in town. No grocery stores either.

    The town of Rachel put on its website a caution to those planning to arrive anyway.

    “If you plan on attending the event you must be experienced in camping, hiking and surviving in a harsh desert environment and have a vehicle in good shape,” the website reads. “You must be prepared to be completely on your own for food, water, gas, etc. We expect cell service and the internet in Rachel to be offline. Credit card processing will not work, so bring enough cash.”

    Then came this ominous warning: “Law enforcement will be overwhelmed and local residents will step up to protect their property. It will get ugly.”

    The town website also urged people to attend a different event scheduled for the same day a few hours away in Nye County: Peacestock 51.

    Tickets are advertised for $51, with 18 bands scheduled to perform in the town of Amargosa.

    Or at least they were. The country commissioners voted Tuesday to deny a permit. An organizer said in an email that he was “still trying to save the event in one form or another.”

    Area 51 is a military base in use since the 1940s that is primarily used for testing military aircraft and has been cloaked in secrecy for decades. One of the more notable aircraft to be tested there was the U-2 spy plane in the 1950s.

    It has been the subject of many conspiracy theories. In 2017, the New York Times and Politico revealed the existence of the Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program, which the Pentagon ran to study unidentified flying objects and unexplained phenomena.

    It was also revealed that Nevada Sen. Harry Reid had helped push through $22 million in funding for studying UFOs. In 2017, after the publication of the stories about the Pentagon’s studies, he tweeted: “The truth is out there.”

    This year, responding to a Freedom of Information Act request by the Federation of American Scientists’ Project on Government Secrecy, the Pentagon declassified documents showing it funded projects that examined wormholes and alternate dimensions.

    The big questions now are how many people will show up in the Nevada desert and what will they do.

    The Facebook event page has remained active, with a steady stream of posts that remain mostly sarcastic.

    “Has anyone consulted Will Smith and Jeff Goldblum about this?” said one post, referencing the 1996 blockbuster film “Independence Day.” “I feel they are the Leading experts for Area 51.”

    Art Frasik, who signed up to attend, said in a Facebook message that he had been interested in aliens since he was a kid and saw “Independence Day.”

    Frasik, a 33-year-old real estate investor from Ohio, said he was looking for transportation to get to Area 51 for the storming event and that he believed the site contained “extraterrestrial related stuff.”

    “There’s more people who are serious about it than what you think,” he wrote. “We understand that there is more power in numbers and the only way this is going to work is to show up.”

    Grant Fielder, a delivery truck driver in Arkansas who posted that he wanted to storm the mysterious site, said in an interview that he believed Americans had a right to know what was going on at the base.

    “There is something out there,” he said.

    But the 24-year-old said he wouldn’t be able to make it for a more terrestrial reason.

    “I have to work,” he said.


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    Related: 1.5 million people have signed up to storm Area 51. What could go wrong?

    The following is a video, saying why trying to storm Area 51 will be a bad idea:
     
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  2. Wolf Prince

    Wolf Prince My future job title.

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    If they try they try this. There will find only disappointment. Assuming they aren't killed first.
     
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    As a person who served in the military and did guard duty in restricted areas trust me when I say this is a very stupid idea and only an idiot would try it. All i can say about it is we carried live ammunition and were authorized to use deadly force as a last resort.
     
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    Wolf Prince My future job title.

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    Thank you for your service.
     
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    I know that region, I worked nearby. It is a looooong way from the front gate to the actual facility. An hour after the sun comes up they will start dropping. If any of them make it to the actual facility, they will not be demanding entry, they will be demanding water and be in no shape to do much of anything.
     
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    Dumb people will do dumb stuff.
     
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  9. AGXStarseed

    AGXStarseed Well-Known Member

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    I'm just going to throw in some memes:
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    Now for the positive, for if the Storm Area 51 raid succeeds and they find aliens/alien tech:

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    AGXStarseed Well-Known Member

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    Finally, some general memes:

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    Such hubris. Even in the event of a protest outside a military installation carries a great deal of risk.

    The very notion of the public storming most any military installation, let alone those once highly classified could result in the use of lethal force. This is stupidity cubed.

    Reminds me of years ago in 1987 when I foolishly chose to photograph such an event. Where protesters were gathering outside a Naval Weapons Station. Even actor Martin Sheen showed up. Where one of them lost both their legs because they got too close to rail traffic that routinely entered and exited the base.

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    Note the guy on the right. Poised to either "thump" or kill someone. No joke.
    These people don't fool around over such security matters. Luckily no one challenged them.


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    I wish them success in their competing for the Darwin Awards.
     
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    AGXStarseed Well-Known Member

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    How would you react (hypothetically speaking) if they actually succeeded?
     
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    I know it's not gonna work regardless, but why don't the raiders bring guns of their own? I find it odd to assume that they will go empty handed.
     
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    People with military and weapons experience would know better. That's why.

    Imagine thousands of people caught on open, flat ground by military helicopters that suddenly show up in seconds or minutes. Mowed down as if they were blades of grass.

    U.S. helicopter armament subsystems - Wikipedia

    Most of these people would likely just be yahoos looking for some excitement. A few might even be zealots for a cause. But how many of them could also be unregistered agents of foreign powers? There to accrue intelligence on the Lockheed Skunkworks. Not search for extraterrestrials. And then of course you have to wonder how many in the crowd might actually be federal agents themselves. When it comes to national security concerns, we aren't talking about slow-moving, inept bureaucrats.

    Very risky business when it comes to our most secure military installations.
     
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    Succeed... by dying? I... wouldn't really care? I might roll my eyes a bit and think "what a bunch of idiots." Possibly spare a sympathetic thought for the guards who killed them. People die in horrific, unjust circumstances all the time, I'm certainly not going to waste energy feeling sorry for people who basically kill themselves by doing something monumentally stupid.
     
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    I meant succeeded in actually getting into the base, but never mind.

    On a more light-hearted note, I would find it funny if all 2 million who signed up did show up and you just got that one guard witness the entire group charging towards him. I think it'd be funny if he reacted the same way Simba does here with the Wilderbeast stampede:

     
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    ooooh :tearsofjoy: sorry I thought you meant succeed in getting the Darwin Award :tearsofjoy:

    But anyway my response to them succeeding in getting into the base would probably also involve not caring at all. I don't buy into the whole alien conspiracy theory thing and there not much else about the US military that would surprise me. I might be somewhat amused by a bunch of idiots actually managing to out fox the military I suppose.
     
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    Fair enough. If they actually succeeded in getting in then starting bring out alien bodies/technology, I would actually be impressed.

    Until/If that happens, I'll post a few more memes:
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