17th July 2019 – (Washington) A Facebook event named Storm Area 51, They Can’t Stop All of Us which was initially planned as a hoax has become an internet sensation. Even though the US Air Force is strongly advising against it, more than 1.3 million people have signed up to attend the Sept. 20 event in the Nevada desert, and an additional 1 million are “interested” in attending.
Area 51 is a highly classified US Air Force base in the Nevada desert, the very existence of which was not publicly acknowledged by the CIA until 2013, when the agency declassified documents relating to the U-2 spy plane.The intense secrecy surrounding the base has made it the frequent subject of conspiracy theories and a central component to unidentified flying object(UFO) folklore. The base has never been declared a secret base, but all research and occurrences in Area 51 are Top Secret/Sensitive Compartmented Information (TS/SCI). The CIA publicly acknowledged the existence of the base for the first time on 25 June 2013, following a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request filed in 2005, and they declassified documents detailing the history and purpose of Area 51.
In a pinned post on the Facebook page, one of the event’s “organizers” took the precaution of issuing a disclaimer lest he attract the wrong kind of attention.
“P.S. Hello US government, this is a joke, and I do not actually intend to go ahead with this plan,” wrote Jackson Barnes. “I just thought it would be funny and get me some thumbsy uppies on the internet.”
The Air Force was apparently not amused, telling the Washington Post: “[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.