Police across Nevada have reportedly have a plan to deal with anyone who follows through on an online plot to storm Area 51.
Over 1 million people and counting have signed up for a satirical event called “Storm Area 51, they can’t stop all of us.” Participants have agreed to meet up on Sept. 20 at the Area 51 Alien Center rest stop to plan their infiltration of the Air Force base, where some believe evidence of intelligent alien life is stored.
“If we naruto run, we can move faster than their bullets,” the organizers said, referring to to Japanese manga-inspired running style. “Lets see them aliens.”
However, police in Las Vegas and other nearby cities have been briefed on the threat and will coordinate to prevent anyone from even getting near the top secret military installation, according to TMZ. Officers are prepared to respond with non-lethal force in the form of tear gas and pepper spray.
Anyone who commits a crime around Area 51, including trespassing, will be prosecuted to the full extend of not just local, but also military law, sources told the tapped-in tabloid.
Natural barriers will further test the resolve of alien hunters. Area 51 sits in the middle of the Nevada desert, three hours northwest of Vegas, with only one narrow two-lane highway leading up to the installation. Rattlesnakes, scorpions and other dangerous animals abound.
The dangerous truth about Area 51
Were anyone to make it inside Area 51, they might wish they had been stopped by cops or critters. Last week, Air Force spokesperson Laura McAndrews warned unauthorized civilians that the base is a training area for “armed forces.”
“[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 told the Washington Post. “The US Air Force always stands ready to protect America and its assets”
Conspiracy theorists have for decades believed that Area 51 contains secret information about aliens, including their remains and captured UFOs. In “Independence Day,” a 1996 alien invasion movie, the base served as an alien testing laboratory.
The U.S. government has categorically denied the conspiracies. But activities at the base have remained highly classified, and its main function is unknown. The government only formally acknowledged that Area 51 is a military base in 2013 in response to a 2005 Freedom of Information Act request.
In 2017, The New York Times reported that the Navy has been investigating UFO sightings for years.
The hype around the “Storm Area 51” event comes amid growing concerns about the power of social media to mobilize once-marginal groups in American society. Last week, President Donald Trump held a summit at the White House for some 200 conservative social media influencers.
Trump told the assembled influencers, approvingly: “The crap you think of is unbelievable.”
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