At Last, CIA Admits Area 51 Is Real
But the back story doesn't include aliens
By John Johnson, Newser Staff | Suggested by T.A.R.D.I.S
Posted Aug 16, 2013 11:18 AM CDT
A map of Area 51.   (National Security Archive (thanks to a George Washingtion University researcher))

(Newser) – It's a milestone of sorts for conspiracy theorists: The CIA has for the first time declassified documents that detail the existence of Area 51 in Nevada, reports the Las Vegas Review-Journal. The documents, obtained in a Freedom of Information Act request by a national security institute at George Washington University, explain that Area 51 got its start in 1955 because the government needed a place to test U-2 spy planes. Aliens in crashed spaceships are nowhere to be found in the documents. But here's one weird detail that is: The government initially called it "Paradise Ranch" to make the "facility in the middle of nowhere" sound more alluring to workers.

The documents include a CIA map of the site, which is pretty much the same one that has long been available in a Google Maps search for "Area 51," notes CNN. So what's the big deal here? It's "clearly a conscious decision to acknowledge the name, the location rather than play pretend about the secrecy,” says the researcher who filed the FOIA request, Jeffrey Richelson. It should pave the way for the release of even more information about the site, he adds. You can dig into the 400 pages of documents here.

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Jan 6, 2015 10:41 AM CST
UFO's, aliens from outer space? Not likely. I mean, did creatures from a civilization far advanced of ours, capable of building and piloting a craft that successfully traversed the unimaginatively hostile climes of outer space, through distances measured against the speed of light, in the end screw the pooch by f*****g up and crashing in the NM desert? Was whoever or whatever driving the spaceship get distracted answering a text message from his or her mate back home in the Alpha Centauri system?
Tom Ace
Jan 6, 2015 9:41 AM CST
So the CIA has been lying to us for over 50 years by denying the existence of Area 51 and now we are just supposed to take them at their word?
Jan 2, 2015 2:04 AM CST
As a Christian I can say with no hesitation that UFO's do exist. There are spiritual beings (demonic) in, on, and above the Earth. Scripture teaches that people do see them and certainly hear them. And I couldn't say if they actually travel in physical 'space ships', etc. But scripture does tell us they have appeared to many people for millennia. I won't say more about them since it's likely many on this thread don't believe and I'm not trying to start controversy or an argument. :o) As far as believing ANYTHING our government says now or has said for decades back I put no stock in ANY of it whether it denies or confirms UFO's, etc. I used to have some faith (or a better word is 'trust') in my government. Those days are LONG gone! We have a corrupt government full of corrupt officials in every area OF government. They've pretty much lost any of my trust so it just doesn't matter what I hear from them.