CIA Fessed Up: Area 51 Does Exist!

After years of denial, the CIA finally 'fessed up: Area 51 really does exist! The mysterious airbase in Nevada was revealed in recently declassified documents:

According to these reports, which include a map of the base's location in Nevada, Area 51 was merely a testing site for the government's U-2 and OXCART aerial surveillance programs. The U-2 program conducted surveillance around the world, including over the Soviet Union during the Cold War. [...]

The map and other documents were released in response to a Freedom of Information Act request submitted by Jeffrey T. Richelson, a senior fellow at the National Security Archives, in 2005.

Richelson submitted the request as part of his continuing study of aerial surveillance programs and told CNN that he was not given an explanation of why the new documents were less redacted than previous versions declassified by the agency.

They still, however, won't let us see the aliens on the base.

Laura Koran of CNN has the post. (Photo: Phil McDonald/Shutterstock)

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"They got a ranch they call
Number fifty-one
Can't see it all
'Less your flying by
Just sitting there square
Baking in the sun
Beneath the sky
They're gonna put it down
Right on the strip
They're gonna put it down
On the Vegas strip
They're gonna put it down
And step outside
Into the lights
Right outta that ship
Saying Hi!"
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Hah! I found an official government document that mentioned Area 51 over a decade ago. Art Bell spent an hour talking about it. I should see if I still have a copy.
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I don't want to say too much, but I went to work over 20 years ago in the Contracts Billing department for a then-small-but-growing environmental engineering company (specializing in cleaning up after things), and there was one contract that was so top secret the only thing the Home Office got was a one-page one-item invoice signed by a company employee nobody ever saw and a USAF Colonel. Apparently they were doing all their accounting on-site, and everybody assumed that the site was Area 51. The contract ended my first year there, so either the site was fully shut down or they just stopped cleaning up the alien slime. :)
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