Are 51 was a site known for making aircrafts and testing warfare technologies in Nevada. Most of the people also believed that Area 51 is not just testing and building aircraft but it also involves in extraterrestrial communication, UFO cloning and the worst thing is that it hides alien bodies. Area 51 remains mysterious even the US government says they have nothing.
In 1996, the most convincing display in Nevada was the extended highway dedication ceremony and not the Mirage Casino’s exploding pina colada-fragranced volcano nor the Siegfried and Roy show inside. The State Route 375 was approved by Nevada’s Transportation Board to name a harmonious roadway that passed through the small town of Rachel and subsequent towns in February of the same year. In Los Angeles Times magazine, it was featured that the Board heard a supportive testimony from a local resident name Merlin who claimed he was born on a flying saucer.
In April, the Governor’s office was invited to participate on 20th Century Fox Independence day movie that was about to release on summer. The film was first previewed at a megaplex of Las Vegas housing. After the preview, while the audience started to avert, Merlin showed and move towards to Jeff Goldblum who was present on the event and one the Independence Day cast. Merlin then handed a piece of paper to the actor that contains a message that saying “tourists from Alpha Centauri would land on the newly renamed highway in three years”. On the next day, a monument was revealed in Rachel according to a writer David Darlington – Elvics Presley impersonator, state legislator who dressed like Darth Vader and other Independence Day representative were there to witness the monument. A time capsule was laid underneath the monument that was planned to open by 2050. “By which time interplanetary visitors shall be regular guests of our planet Earth.”
The new name of the Route 375 was known as Extraterrestrial Highways and whereas it attracts tourists from distant places. After X-files passed from an article zeitgeist to one of nostalgia, a Japanese couple were visiting the blustery road hoping for an alien souvenir and caught by a New York Times correspondent. They have never seen Merlin, or Merlin did not showed up. Merlin died in 2011, her body was found on the side of Carson River near the state capital of Carson City. Her 1976 Chevrolet Monte Carlo was never recovered – she uses her car to wander highways of Nevada and also her home.
Merlin was also a member of American Southwest subcultures (which are now decreasing) which were involved on an Unidentified Flying Object sightings in Roswell, Mexico last 1947. The issue started when the Berlin Wall came down with UFO enthusiast roaming the Extraterrestrial Highway in Nevada. In November 1998, a man was interviewed on a Las Vegas television station named Bob Lazar and was aired throughout US that claims of UFO sightings on a military base located somewhere in the dessert. The allegations portrayed the identity of the sites which caused it to reveal the existence of various places such as Dreamland, Paradise Ranch, Groom Lake, Watertown, and Area 51 – they have broke the secrecy oath after confirming such places.
The Independence Day movie portrayed the Area 51 as a building and testing site including research laboratory for extraterrestrial technologies. Their activity that engages extraterrestrial researches was the most popular secret of Area 51 even though the government denies the accusations. Considering some factors, Area 51 conserves the secrecy of the site as it conducts dangerous activities, exposed to hazardous chemicals and linked to other secret arteries. Both Annie Jacobsen and Trevor Paglen suggest us to consume the site’s constant and propagating secrecy as well as its consequences to rid us from a shocking and expedient distractions created by our own thoughts.
A US Air Force representative wrote a letter in 1998 stating that, “there is an operating location near Groom Dry Lake.” Groom Dry Lake was located within the Government’s vast land in Southern Nevada – it was also an extent of geographical information that source out the government to unveil about the Area 51. To be exact, Groom Dry Lake is salty area that was surrounded by a ledge of mountains located near the north east corner of the Nevada National Security Site. The Nevada National Security Site is a former Nevada Test Site that was responsible of over 1, 000 nuclear explosions for testing purposes since 1951 to 1992. The Nevada Test and Training Range are managed by the Air Force while toxics and crater-riddled realms are managed by the Department of Energy. The range contains ‘box’ of restricted airspace, lake at the centre, runways and other facilities from Area 51 compound.
Paglen depicts Groom Lake as a bump of dissemination and was linked worldwide archipelago of clandestine American sites while Jacobsen treats Area 51 as a vital factor of the extended functions of global military and aerial intelligence operations in the Cold war and the War on Terror. According to Paglen that Area 51 was a kind of Global City and it is like a world’s financial capital that is difficult to understand or incomprehensible. Paglen and Jacobsen shares the same idea of historical ground zero like the Manhattan Project & its creation of what Richard Rhodes and The Making of the Atomic Bomb (1986) – Separate, Secret State with Separate Sovereignty. The AEC or Atomic Energy Commission was generated by the Manhattan project and in 1950’s, a poisonous burgeon clouds were released by the AEC which was bordering the Area 51 – the Restricted Data continues to cover up Nevada.
The Nuclear program was said to be liable for the conjecture of the “born classified” – certain technologies and forms of information. An anthropologist Joseph Masco argues the government consideration of conserving the secrecy of Area 51 ever since the World War II and giving exemption on any environmental violation, “to manage the public/secret divide through the mobilization of threat.” Logically speaking, any state secret is like a typical atomic secret – exposing the secret needs a national cooperation.
The broad “uncensored history” by Jacobsen arrived earlier this year concerning the nonstop controversy. The most continuous declaration was the evidences of an experimental Soviet flying craft including genetically modified humans recovered in 1947 by the Military from Roswell. The aviators including their space craft were relocated to Area 51 and undergone experimentation and research for almost decades according to one of Jacobsen’s informants. Though Jacobsen has prioritized a form of sourced reportage that throngs out crucial indication, still her research including her interviews with former Area 51 employees deserves recommendation. She also appends clarity to the story of a place that has a terribly emaciated public history. Jacobsen’s book is frequently appealing and occasionally jaw-dropping, even as it features hyperbolic and recurring prose, frustratingly insufficient references and editorial falls.
Thought Area 51 was involved in any accusations, the government still conserves the reputation of the site as it continues to create and test modern warfare technologies. We cannot deny the fact that even employees from Area 51 testify that there are unusual or something that are secret happened within the area and claims of injuries, none of them succeed and Area 51 still operates.