The United States government has finally acknowledged the existence of Area 51, the ground zero for alien hunters and purveyors of conspiracy theories. Located in the Mojave Desert around 100 miles north of Las Vegas, the base has long been referred to officially as a landing strip near the Groom Lake salt flat. According to an August 16 article on the Washington Post, Richard Leiby writes that Area 51 was confirmed in a declassified document related to the U-2 spy plane.
The question that piques the curiosity of those who enjoy a good conspiracy theory is why it was acknowledged now. There was a lawsuit pending from former employees of Area 51 who have developed odd ailments such as respiratory issues and rashes; some have died.
These Area 51 workers, who had signed national security oaths, were represented by Jonathan Turley, a law professor from George Washington University. Due to the interference by the Clinton Administration, the pollution records of Area 51 were not disclosed. They were, however, forced to clean up the facility due to these efforts, but the employees did not get help with their medical issues as they had hoped, according to Turley.
It is not yet known what prompted the release of these previously classified documents or the reasoning behind finally acknowledging the existence of Area 51. One thing you can bet: there will soon be some new, very credible conspiracy theories about Area 51.
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