More than 1.6 million people have now joined a Facebook group encouraging people to descend on Area 51 to uncover any potential alien secrets. According to the description of the Facebook group called ‘Storm Area 51, They Can’t Stop All of Us’, attendees will meet nearby and storm the top secret base on September 20. The description reads: “We will all meet up at the Area 51 Alien Center tourist attraction and coordinate our entry. If we naruto run, we can move faster than their bullets. Let’s see them aliens.”
Although the event was made with humour, one former Area 51 employee believes some of the 1.6 million attendees are bound to take it seriously – and believes they will be met with hell and fury from the US military.
Thornton TD Barnes spent time protecting Area 51 in the late 60s and 70s, and believes the army would treat any potential invasion as a terrorist attack and shoot on sight.
Mr Barnes wrote in an opinion piece for Fox News: “First and foremost, what these people signed up for is not merely an act of trespass, it could well wind up being treated as terrorism.
“In fact, how do those participating know who is behind this plan? How do they even know that the organisers are not connected to ISIS or some other adversary or enemy using them to disrupt or penetrate the national security of the United States?”
“In the unlikely event that any of those storming the Area 51 restricted area survive the military activity and ground hazards and actually make it to Area 51, they can expect detection by all sorts of sensors and cameras.
“The Nevada National Security Site joining the Area 51 rectangle is the training ground for Counter-Terrorism Operations, training America’s first responders.
“Therefore, a massive number of Air Force and Homeland Security forces will be waiting to halt them before entering its restricted area.”
Mr Thornton does say also that during his time helping to protect Area 51, “not once did I ever think that I’d seen, nor did I ever hear a pilot say that he or she had seen an alien spacecraft”.
US Air Force personnel have also warned that necessary force will be taken if anyone shows up on September 20.
Air Force spokeswoman Laura McAndrews said: “Area 51 is an open training range for the US Air Force, and we would discourage anyone from trying to come into the area where we train American armed forces.
“The US Air Force always stands ready to protect America and its assets”.
However, organisers of the page have insisted the event is a joke, and have no plans on storming Area 51.
Facebook user Jackson Barnes wrote in the discussion page: “Hello US government, this is a joke, and I do not actually intend to go ahead with this plan.
“I just thought it would be funny and get me some thumbsy uppies on the Internet. I’m not responsible if people decide to actually storm area 51.”