If you are still active on Facebook, then chances are pretty high you’ve seen the viral event to "Storm Area 51,” the top-secret U.S. military site in Nevada. However, if you aren’t particularly well versed in alien conspiracies and UFO sightings, then you may have no idea what everyone is talking about.
Here’s a crash course on everything you need to know about Area 51 and the movement to raid the site.
Located about 88 miles north of Las Vegas and within the Edwards Air Force Base is a remote facility known as Area 51. The classified testing and training range is used by the U.S. Air Force to develop new aircrafts and weapons. The secret nature of the facility and the government’s apprehension to acknowledge its presence has fueled a countless number of conspiracy theories about the site.
Due to the number of unidentified aircrafts tested over the site and the secret nature of the facility, Area 51 famously became the place where many people think any information or evidence regarding extraterrestrial life can be found.
“If we naruto run, we can move faster than their bullets,” the event description said in reference to a Japanese anime character.
“Let's see them aliens.”
Although many people assume the raid will not actually happen, the Facebook page has become a breeding ground for new theories about Area 51 and alien-themed memes.
The viral campaign to storm Area 51 has gained so much national attention officials with the Air Force were forced to warn people not to travel to the area.
"[Area 51] is an open training range for the U.S. Air Force, and we would discourage anyone from trying to come into the area where we train American armed forces. ... The U.S. Air Force always stands ready to protect America and its assets," spokeswoman Laura McAndrews told The Washington Post.
Annie Jacobsen, author of Area 51: An Uncensored History of America's Top Secret Military Base, told “Fox and Friends” she doubts any civilian will even come close to the heavily guarded facility.
"That base is so jealously guarded, both in terms of media and in terms of actual physicality. I don't think the Air Force or any of the other military partners or intelligence community partners that are all working out there at Area 51 are gonna let anybody anywhere near the entrance to Area 51," Jacobsen said.
Based on the opinions of professionals and the types of posts seen in the event page, it’s safe to assume no actual raid of Area 51 will go down. A few months from now, the Facebook event will probably just be known as the birthplace of these hilarious memes.
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