The internet is abuzz with the news (and memes) of the upcoming alleged storming of Area 51, the highly classified United States Air Force facility inside the Nevada Test and Training Range. What started as a half-joke has turned into a worldwide Facebook event with 1.5 million people responding that they will be “Going”, so that’s kind of official, as far as social media commitments go. The event claims proudly, “They can’t stop us all”! While the fact that the heavily secret Area 51 lies within Nevada’s long-time nuclear testing range would indicate they can, indeed, stop everyone…very quickly and efficiently…all at once… in the meantime enthusiastic alien-hunters are busy plotting how to storm the facility and anticipating what they’ll uncover when (if) they succeed. The military, on the other hand, is making their stern discouragement known. Check out their vaguely ominous warning to all stormers, as shared on Yahoo! News:
Storm Area 51: US military ‘ready’ to confront 600,000 alien-hunters threatening to raid top-secret base
Over 600,000 people have signed up to an event called “Storm Area 51, they can’t stop all of us” which invites attendees to gather en masse before going into the air force base, which has long obsessed alien conspiracy theorists.
The satirical event, which is organised on Facebook and is scheduled to take place on 20 September, appears to be a joke given the high security and heavily guarded nature of the base.
The organisers said: “We can move faster than their bullets. Let’s see them aliens.”
But Air Force spokesperson Laura McAndrews has released a warning to potential trespassers.
“[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,” she said.
Ms McAndrews added: “The US Air Force always stands ready to protect America and its assets”.
But she failed to elaborate on specific details around how officials would react to potential intruders.
“We will all meet up at the Area 51 Alien Center tourist attraction and coordinate our entry,” the event description reads. “If we naruto run, we can move faster than their bullets. Lets see them aliens.”
The “Naruto run” is a reference to a Japanese manga-inspired running style featuring arms outstretched backwards and heads forward. It is inspired by the running style of Naruto Ozumaki – title character in the Japanese anime series Naruto.
Conspiracy theorists have long believed the US government holds secret information about aliens and UFOs at Area 51 and believe it is used to stow captured UFOs or alien remains and technology. But the US government categorically denies the existence of such objects.
While it featured in the 1996 alien invasion film Independence Day as an alien testing laboratory, the base’s actual main function continues to be unknown.
The base, which has been the focus of conspiracy theories for decades, was only formally recognised as a military base in 2013 after a 2005 Freedom of Information Act request.
The perimeter of the base is constantly patrolled by armed security guards and CCTV and motion-sensor cameras are also in use – with signs around the base warning intruders could face “deadly force”.
Conspiracy theorists allege the area has been the site of frequent UFO sightings.
While I think we’ll be heeding the military on this one and not running naruto into an active armed forces base-slash-extraterrestrial detention camp, if anyone out there does happen to be “Going,” I’d really love a commemorative souvenir tee shirt.
Will you be storming Area 51 in September? What do you think of these plans for the public to raid a classified military base? Discuss in the comments!