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Roswell & Area 51: Will We Ever Know The Truth?

Although truth is often even stranger than fiction, some topics are so enmeshed in both that discovering the truth is like panning for gold.

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The military installation in the Nevada desert known as Area 51 has been the matrix for conspiracy theories and UFO sightings for decades and tops the list of controversial and very heated topics. Some new light may now shine through as some of the workers from mysterious base finally speak out.

New York’s Intrepid Sea-Air-Space Museum tells part of the Area 51 story. On display is An A-12 Oxcart, which was a spy plane tested at the notorious secret military base in Nevada.

Oxcart was the moniker applied to the CIA A-12 program that was originally intended to succeed the U-2 in conducting over flights to the Soviet Union. After the U-2 incident of 1960, Eisenhower suspended Soviet airspace violations, but the flight trials continued.

The Los Angeles Times Magazine interviewed five men who worked at the military facility known as Area 51 in an attempt to get to the truth. They are more willing to talk now because in 2007 the CIA declassified certain information concerning the A-12 Oxcart.

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All of the men interviewed related fascinating stories about life at the mysterious base, including how the military responded to security breaches involving secret projects. Their responses to the legends arising from the military base were also quite interesting.

One of the legends surrounding Area 51 concerns the belief that the base is connected to other “secret sites” via underground tunnels and remote railroad networks. There is some truth to this as verified by Thornton “T.D.” Barnes, aged 72, who was an engineer at Area 51. He told The Los Angeles Times that he conducted much of his work in underground chambers.

In his own words:

“Three test-cell facilities were connected by railroad, but everything else was underground.”

Air Force Col. Hugh “Slip” Slater, the base’s commander in the 1960s, suggested that many of the UFO sightings around Area 51 were among the 2,850 Oxcart test flights. It had a disk-like fuselage and flew at speeds of over 2,000 mph. The plane’s titanium body was highly reflective, which also may have thrown anyone off who caught a glimpse of it. Slater said:

“When commercial pilots would report a UFO around Area 51, they’d be met by FBI agents who’d make them sign nondisclosure forms.”

Project Blue Book was an Air Force operation whose sole function was to log such incidents from all around the country. By the time the Oxcart program was terminated in December 1969, it had received 12,618 reported sightings, 701 of which remained classified as “unidentified.” Currently, the CIA maintains a searchable database of declassified Oxcart information.

Majestic 12 (also known as Majic 12, Majestic Trust, M12, MJ 12, MJ XII or Majority 12) is the purported code name of a secret committee of scientists, military leaders, and government officials, supposedly formed in 1947 by an executive order of U.S. President Harry S. Truman.

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The purpose of the committee was to investigate UFO activity in the aftermath of the Roswell incident. This infamous incident concerns the alleged crash of an alien spaceship near Roswell, New Mexico, in July of 1947. The existence of this committee forms the bulwark of the theory of an ongoing government cover-up of UFO information.

Is there evidence to support the existence of this committee?

There indeed seems to be something at least debatable in the form of a collection of documents discovered back in 1984. The original MJ-12 documents state that:

“The Majestic 12 group… was established by order of President Truman on 24 September, …1947, upon recommendation by Dr. Vannevar Bush and Secretary of Defense James Forrestal.”

Some agencies insist that documents suggesting the existence of this committee are hoaxes. The FBI investigated the documents, and concluded they were forgeries, based primarily on an opinion rendered by AFOSI, the U.S. Air Force Office of Special Investigations.

Opinions among UFO researchers are divided. Some argue the documents may be genuine while others contend they are phony, primarily due to errors in formatting and chronology. Still others argue that the documents (as well as UFOs) do not exist.

So what is the truth about Area 51? Why can’t we know it? Will it ever really be known? The answers to all of these questions may well be blowing in the wind as Bob Dylan used to say, but if they are, do we really want to know?

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  1. dts-01 says:

    the truth has been known for soooooooooo loooong. but but many prefer the the mythology of the extraterrestrials.

  2. matrix 12 says:

    In the millions of galaxies and universes if you think for one moment that we as the human race are the only life intelligent or not that is to be obsurde if not just arrigant and ignorant, you know what the funny thing is,, we are just primative society outcast by the GOD that we want to be like, Other wise known as the E.T. the research done on the Incas and the myans and the other TRIBEs that had basic fundamentalist as leaders DISAPPEARED when Don't Know But miraciously all about the same period. Theory Dinosuars rome the Earth man comes by says " Habitable planet!!" We kill of the dinos and make mind kind basic knowledge and instruments and here we go MAKE YOUR OWN EARTH!! We develope "GOD" says ok lets go get them, ONLY 12,000 from 12 tribes go to heaven. "HOME" the rest inherit the earth, and hell come when the Earth is no longer useful and burns up, GAME OVER. NO MORE HEAVEN NO MORE HELL,, JUST DEATH! ON TO THE NEXT PLANET EARTH

  3. brad says:

    stanton friedman wrote an amazing book on the majestic 12 conspiracy. he explained many of the formatting and chronology discrepancies, and had great evidence to back it all up.

  4. SoZo says:

    brad – It's appropriate you mentioned Stan Friedman since the article mentions the railway network linked to Stan's work on a nuclear powered engines in the nearby area with project NERVA.

  5. dollpartsTM says:

    Why is everyone preoccupied with spelling? Why doesn’t anyone comment on the subject matter?

    • basha says:

      thats a very good point

    • KalHell says:

      Because its bunk, no physical evidence to support the claim.

      "Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence."
      CARL SAGAN

    • Jon says:

      Absurde, arrigant, how about the double comma… run on sentence. How about the subject matter, sure… Lets go with that for a second. Matrix 12 comments, saying "when don't know"…. what is that? I mean I think I can type without using correct punctuation and without proper sentence structure and still continue to make my point a little more clear than that. If they meant "we don't know" which I came up with all on my own… Well then it makes what he is saying defunct ANYWAYS. Obviously I don't know, they don't know, you don't know… why even continue to comment after that. WHY? What kind of point can you make beyond that.
      And that would lead me to my point. Which is a very weak argument(I can admit that, unlike a certain someone) WE DON'T KNOW. And done… thank you

      btw the article was simply asking that. When will we know? will we ever know? And the article finished with basically saying "well shucks guys an dollparts, were probably looking in the wrong places" again thank you

    • bobak says:

      Spelling is a subject that matters.

  6. Nonstra says:

    fuk u retards … god will rule us all!

  7. hugo says:

    Don't tease alliens bro

  8. Websters says:

    God has us mystery intact feirce bitch man 12 incas missin m12.

  9. blahblahblah says:

    So all the mexicans came from Area 51?

  10. Enrico says:

    Don't tase alliens bro

  11. heat pump says:

    It is unthinkable with the number of stars (and hence planets) out in space that we are alone in being "intelligent". Life does exist out there, however I wouldn't be surprised if other "intelligent" species have come across the same technological barriers as we have. What is the furthest into space we have been thus far? No further than the edge of the solar system itself with the Voyager probes.

    If there is life out there and it is visiting us, we probably won't know a thing. If they have technology advanced enough to travel those vast distances and search out the proverbial needle in a haystack then they will also have the technology to hide themselves.

    I say they're on the dark side of the moon!

  12. FBI says:

    spectral analysis of the supposed 'Alien' photos has revealed that they were shopped!

  13. TheWho says:

    I agree with some of the others. The human race, basically cannot be the only life form. Ok, Einstein's theory of E=Mc2 states that the universe is expanding at a rate of 30 billion cubic light years per second. That's, well that's more than a google of miles per second… How many seconds has it been since the big band,( 12.7 mil years ago) yea, exactly. The universe is so vast, that we can't comprehend it. It's basically physically impossible that were the only life. By the way, it would be very, very likely that Extra Jovians and or Terrestrials have been around a lot longer than the Human race has. O.K, Homo-Sapien as a race has been around for what; less than 75,000 years I believe. Also, the 6th man on the moon ever, has confirmed that the U.S government has been hiding secrets of Extra Terrestrials. Here's the link: http://washingtontimes.com/news/2009/apr/21/astro… As for the subject of Roswell, well, we will never know.

  14. kellys the name says:

    this is so scary i was going to screm when i sow that alien

  15. TheWho says:

    Well, my last comment Failed. Spelling and Grammer Corrections:

    *Big Bang
    *12.7 Billion Years Ago

  16. Discover says:

    i know about area 51
    i see a UFO in my area
    plzz believe

  17. Thank you all for your comments.
    I appreciate them.

  18. JOEBIDEN says:

    i do believe that there is "another" life form out there..that they have so much more technology but they dont know how to comprehend with the earth….but thats an opinion….area 51 needs to let the US people know..it is our country…it is our life..and i dont want them to hold things from us….it will be a secret for the rest of everyones lives..unless someone that works there releases A LOT OF INFO AND PICTURES!

  19. logan says:

    THINK ABOUT THIS…there's trillions of planets out there,and I dont think that this is the only living planet.It is 100% possible that there is life out there and it is also possible that we can or we are meeting with the life out there.BUT THE QUESTION IS WHEN WILL THEY TELL US WHAT THE HECK IS GOING ON WITH AREA 51…AND THE TRUTH!!!

  20. LOGAN says:

    PLEASE REPLY

  21. kayla says:

    the man named george gayheart pretty much this man was related to my friend and he was in the governments . he knew everything there was to know about what there hiding and once he quite he told about the crash of area 51 IT IS REAL i dont care what any christian has to say its real i believe in it cause theres so much proof its just sad since theres still ppl who are close minded are effecting a myth to the truth this man george he was killed by the gov after they figured out he was telling ppl the truth .. im telling u there hiding everything.

  22. trey says:

    I was a scientific researcher at the underground base you people refer to as area 51. There was a alien aircraft crash, no alien life form was found. But an unusual aircraft was, it had an unidentified element that powered the aircraft, after much research we found that the element calculations were a¾× b‰÷ cµ ¥> xĘ, which is an unknown element that has not been discovered. It is a certain calculation of a specific origin of anti-matter with artificial intelligence. So far the aircraft propulsion system contained the same equation. We research and concluded that the “UFO” was a intelligence gathering probe that had propulsion malfunction. The probe is similar to those of our probes.

    thank you.

  23. danny says:

    man what is with all these conspiracys and wat all u cranks smokin xsfe

  24. konnor says:

    I just don't see how hard it is to fucking take a video of something in area 51. why doesn't obama fucking get his army and go ape shit if he walked in area 51 they wouldn't shoot him n if they did the whole country would cause mayhem so i think millions of people should just march down to area 51 and demand answers! what are they going to do kill millions of people? no way in hell they could get away with that so to me thats the best way to find out whats going on in area 51 and like they have an army of millions, don't think so they probs have a few hundred armed guards at the most even if they were to open fire they wouldn't have enough bullets the fucking low-life fucks whats the point in nasa and astronomers looking for possible planets for intelligent life? when we all know they have got hwat were looking for well hope you all agree cuz one day i think we should band together and get the answers we are looking for!!!!!!

  25. MrMr says:

    will we ever know, it's already out there for you to study. ufo's are old now. we're talking about the guys using them spacecrafts . damn evil aliens and humans that work for the bad guys in exchange for their life I guess, they offer them safety in return. but that would mean that all those ppl are complete pussies that cant stand up for themselfs so, how did they get in control at first? why do ppl still let them stand there. dont they realize it yet, that whatever u vote for wont change anything. it's already been decided b4 it happened. that's why all free masons for an example are controlling the world. if u dont know that then re-search it, it all clears up after awhile.

  26. indt317 says:

    yeah there is a law where they have got to give the truth about anything after so long

  27. nazis are invading! says:

    THIS IS SPARTAAAAAA!!!!!!!!!!, BTW DUDE THAT THINKS THEY WOULDNT BE ABLE TO KILL MILLIONS, THEYDE PROBS JUST GET A WHOLE LOAD OF WONDERWAFFS OR SOMETHGIN AND RAYGUN AL UR ASSES OR IDN JUST GRAB A MINI NUKE, WELL IT IS A TEST RANGE ISNT IT OR AM I GOIN INSANE???