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Veterans left struggling after work at secretive Area 52 made them sick

By T.K. Randall
June 2, 2024 · Comment icon 5 comments
Dark secretive hangar at Area 51.
Nuclear testing at the site produced a lot of radiation. Image Credit: Bing AI / Dall-E 3
Air Force technicians who studied captured technology at Area 52 are now suffering from health complications.
You have most likely heard of Area 51, but what about Area 52 ? This is the name assigned to a highly secretive US military installation situated around 70 miles to the north-west of Groom Lake in Nevada.

Also known as the Tonopah Test Range, the base is generally believed to be in use today as a nuclear weapon delivery systems research, storage and testing facility, but back in the 1970s, it was also believed to house captured Soviet fighter jets.

Mark Ely, a former Air Force technician who once worked on these jets at the site, has since revealed that, in later years, he has suffered from a miriad of health problems as a result of exposure to radiation from various types of nuclear tests that had been going on there.

"Upholding the national interest was more important than my own life," he told CBS News.

"It scarred my lungs. I got cysts on my liver.... I started having lipomas, tumors inside my body I had to remove. My lining in my bladder was shed."

The problem is made much worse by the fact that he is unable to request healthcare assistance from the government because, as far as they are concerned, none if it ever happened.
He even signed a non-disclosure agreement to this effect at the time he was working there.

Ely isn't the only former Area 52 worker to be suffering from radiation exposure.

Dave Crete, who worked as a military police officer at the site, was also exposed to the same radiation and now has multiple health issues ranging from breathing problems to tumors.

While billions of dollars in federal assistance has been made available to other government employees who worked at the base, this particular group of men is simply ineligible due to the secretive nature of their work.

"It makes me incredibly mad and it hurts me too because they're supposed to have my back," said Ely.

"I had theirs and I want them to have mine."

Source: CBS News | Comments (5)

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Comment icon #1 Posted by GlitterRose 10 days ago
They ought to just give up on this. EVERYONE knows these places exist.  There have been movies about them. Give these folks some friggin' healthcare. This looks bad.
Comment icon #2 Posted by Cho Jinn 10 days ago
That Moscovium will do a number on you!
Comment icon #3 Posted by Hawken 10 days ago
I remember seeing a man interviewed on tv where he had COPD from working at Area 51. And he claims he never smoked. He said they would burn chemicals in a pit, and he thinks that's how he got the disease from the smoke.
Comment icon #4 Posted by the13bats 10 days ago
The most noted case ( area 51 ) I believe was the one for Robert frost he had lots of symptoms but kidney cancer killed him the widow sued through attorney Jonathan Turley, the gobmint sealed his office and refused to admit 51 existed , Clinton signed that under the national security act I guess they figured out doucing the trash etc with jet fuel and burning it ( a crime ) caused all these worker illnesses but I don't think they ever got anywhere I lost interest when the case went stagnant.
Comment icon #5 Posted by Montello 9 days ago
secret base that area 51 is mystery army secret

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