“We would discourage anyone from trying to come into the area where we train American armed forces” Laura McAndrews, USAF
Source: Big World Tale
Writing on Instagram, he said: “I have to comment on this ‘Storm Area 51’ thing. I do understand it was started as a joke by someone, but there are a number of people who are actually planning on showing up. This is a misguided idea. Area 51 is a classified research base.
“There are no aliens or alien technology located there.
“The only place there was ever any alien technology was at Site S4, south of Area 51 proper. That was 30 years ago.
“S4 may have moved decades ago or it’s possible it’s no longer being used for the project. I do not support this ‘movement’.
“The last time someone tried to get in to Area 51 he was shot. This is not the way to go about trying to get more information.
“What is good, is the interest in the subject – the science and technology. That is what would immediately change the world we live in.”
While much of the language around the original Facebook event suggested that it was intended as a joke, it does seem likely that quite a few people will be turning up on September 20.
The organisers are already backing away from any responsibility for what happens. One Facebook user, named as Jackson Barnes, wrote: “P.S. Hello US government, this is a joke, and I do not actually intend to go ahead with this plan.
“I just thought it would be funny and get me some thumbsy-uppies on the internet. I’m not responsible if people decide to actually storm Area 51.”
Speaking with The Washington Post on Friday, Air Force spokeswoman Laura McAndrews warned potential participants that the base “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”.
“The US Air Force always stands ready to protect America and its assets.”