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Former CIA employees talk about Area 51

Posted on Saturday, 17 October, 2015 | Comment icon 26 comments

Area 51 continues to remain a location shrouded in mystery. Image Credit: CC BY-SA 2.5 Cooper
A panel of former government officials spoke about the subject at the Atomic Testing Museum this month.
The panel, which was part of a series of similarly themed events being held during the run-up to the museum's closure of its "Area 51: Myth or Reality" exhibit later this year, was moderated by KLAS investigative journalist George Knapp and featured several experts in the field including CIA chief historian Dr. David Robarge and former CIA senior scientific intelligence officer S. Eugene Poteat.

The topic of secrecy, especially in relation to Area 51, was inevitably mentioned during the event with several panel members reiterating that there is no longer anything to hide regarding the base.

"What happens at that secret base called Area 51 is known by everybody, there’s nothing secret," Poteat stated, while Dr. Robarg said "I can neither confirm nor deny that secrets can be kept."

The CIA has long being associated with the topic of UFOs and UFO secrecy in the United States.
Back in 1952 for instance a nationwide wave of sightings prompted the creation of a special panel which took just 12 hours to conclude that UFOs were not a threat to national security.

The officials however did decide that the reporting of UFOs could represent a problem and decided to recommend that such sightings be debunked. Years later following the release of previously classified documents it was revealed that the agency's involvement in this area had actually continued well in to the 1970s - long after they had officially denounced any interest in it.

When Jeremy Corbell, a filmmaker who was attending the museum panel event, asked whether the CIA still maintained an interest in UFOs Dr. Robarge categorically stated that it didn't and that most of the UFO reports in the 1950s and 1960s could be put down to sightings of the U-2 spy plane.

Whether this was actually the case however continues to remain a topic of some debate.

Source: Las Vegas Now | Comments (26)

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Comment icon #17 Posted by psyche101 on 27 October, 2015, 23:59
I believe the government when they say UFOs do not represent a threat. However, how many ways can I interpret that? 1: UFOs are not a threat because they are unrevealed but known technology owned by the government or its allies. 2: UFOs are not a threat because they don't exist. 3: UFOs are not a threat because we have a peace treaty with the aliens. 4: UFOs are not a threat because we can outgun any spacemen who come knocking. I'm leaning mostly towards interpretation #1. The Hessdalen Project proves that UFO's exist, and are not a direct threat, some UFO;s like Ball Lightning have killed all... [More]
Comment icon #18 Posted by DONTEATUS on 28 October, 2015, 18:37
So ITs True ! E.T.`s = Death ?
Comment icon #19 Posted by Sir Wearer of Hats on 28 October, 2015, 21:02
So ITs True ! E.T.`s = Death ? No, doing stupid things like going near superheated balls of plasma = death.
Comment icon #20 Posted by theotherguy on 29 October, 2015, 18:04
The Hessdalen Project proves that UFO's exist, and are not a direct threat, some UFO;s like Ball Lightning have killed all that have gone near it, so that is a threat I would say. LINK - Hessdalen Project LINK - Ball Lightning Okay, fair enough. Plasma counts as unidentified when it's not identified.
Comment icon #21 Posted by eddword on 30 October, 2015, 3:29
Area 51 and all the phenomenon exists for a reason ...It's all a diversion
Comment icon #22 Posted by Sir Wearer of Hats on 30 October, 2015, 5:12
Area 51 and all the phenomenon exists for a reason ...It's all a diversion Ohh I agree, no one asks what happens at Area 50 or Area 52 for example.
Comment icon #23 Posted by coolguy on 5 November, 2015, 4:04
Area 51 is a real place,and they have UFO's there which is pretty cool
Comment icon #24 Posted by badeskov on 5 November, 2015, 4:19
Area 51 is a real place,and they have UFO's there which is pretty cool Yes, Area 51 is a real place, which is very well known. They also have UFOs there, as they test unknown aircraft.
Comment icon #25 Posted by TheGreatBeliever on 11 November, 2015, 18:56
I do believe some photos of aliens could be real, especially the ones in cylinders/tanks at area 51, but quickly brushed aside as hoax by authorities..
Comment icon #26 Posted by DONTEATUS on 14 November, 2015, 21:13
Show us the Aliens in Cyl`s in Tanks please. THe Ones that are in Area 51. THis ought to be Goood !

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