Back in my pre-skeptic days I used to believe all sorts of fantastical claims about this military base near Groom Lake, even as the myths grew more and more elaborate, and in the process, more and more implausible.
For example, would the government really continue to test top secret aircraft based on alien technology out in the open where nerdy civilians could so easily see them (while always managing to forget to bring video equipment)? For such well kept secrets, it seemed rather easy for people with no spy training to sneak a gander, don’t ya think?
And once Area 51 became a video game, I pretty much had to accept the truth, that there was probably nothing all that amazing happening there and claims to the contrary were primarily products of overactive imaginations. I mean after the area turned into a tourist attraction for wannabe Fox Mulders you’d think the Men In Black would move the operation to a less public locale, no?
But now some of the secret projects at Area 51 have been declassified and former contractors who worked on the infamous base have broken their silence, revealing that if there were space alien spacecraft or human spacecraft modeled on alien spacecraft, they never saw it. No Aurora Project. No little green men or big-eyed grays.
Of course they could all be lying to throw us off the real government conspiracy but that doesn’t really make much sense for various reasons:
A. Why now?
B. The true believers aren’t likely to take their accounts seriously anyway.
There hasn’t been any more clamor over declassifying Area 51 than usual so if anything, this only draws more media attention to Area 51. If you’re covering up a conspiracy at Area 51, wouldn’t you want to draw as little attention to it as possible, especially since nobody of any consequence is banging on the government’s door for answers. Of course, conspiracy theorists can easily fill in any plot hole with the ever popular game of, “because they know that we know that they know that we know,” ad infinatum and argue that they these are intentional plot holes to throw us off.
Ultimately, this meme has a life of its own now and nothing is likely to change most people’s minds about Area 51. It’s still an interesting news story none the less.
The CIA report CIA’s Role in the Study of UFOs, 1947-90 says it best:
Like the JFK assassination conspiracy theories, the UFO issue probably will not go away soon, no matter what the Agency does or says. The belief that we are not alone in the universe is too emotionally appealing and the distrust of our government is too pervasive to make the issue amenable to traditional scientific studies of rational explanation and evidence.