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Article by Chris Ciaccia, James Rogers                       December 18, 2019                           (foxnews.com)

• 2019 was a big year for UFO coverage, ranging from the U.S. Navy acknowledging for the first time that leaked videos were real to a wave of people attempting to “Storm Area 51.” Public interest in UFOs has never been higher. Here is some of what we saw.

• FIRST QUARTER – In January, declassified DIA documents of ‘38 research titles’, procured through a FOIA request, revealed that the Department of Defense’s ‘Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program’ had funded projects that investigated UFOs, wormholes, alternate dimensions and a host of other subjects. (see ExoNews article) A Pentagon spokesman said the UFO program ended in 2012, though The New York Times says that the DoD still investigates UFOs.

• SECOND QUARTER – The U.S. Navy announced it was drafting new guidelines to allow pilots and other personnel to report encounters with “unidentified aircraft.” (see ExoNews article) Said a Navy spokesperson, “[T]he Navy and the [U.S. Air Force] takes these reports very seriously and investigates each and every report.” The Navy also said it will take a more proactive approach in briefing lawmakers. And the Pentagon admitted that it was still investigating UFOs as part of the AATIP.

• Former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Intelligence, Christopher Mellon, told Fox & Friends in May the Navy has a right to be concerned about the unexplained sightings. “We know that UFOs exist. This is no longer an issue,” said Mellon. “The issue is why are they here? Where are they coming from and what is the technology behind these devices that we are observing?” (see ExoNews article)

• According to Mellon, the objects seen by Navy pilots were doing things that aren’t possible in this physical realm. While military aircraft are sustainable for about an hour in the air, these objects would be flying around all day long. “Pilots observing these craft are absolutely mystified…” said Mellon.

• In June, former Senator Harry Reid urged lawmakers to hold public hearings into what the military knows. “They would be surprised how the American public would accept it,” Reid said in a radio interview. “People from their individual states would accept it.” (see ExoNews article)

• THIRD QUARTER – More than 2 million people signed up on Facebook pledging to “Storm Area 51” in Nevada. But on September 20th, only about 100 “alien-chasers” converged on the back gate of the secret government site. “We figure Mars needs women, so we’re here if they want to beam us up,” one woman told Fox News.

• FOURTH QUARTER – A September Gallup poll revealed that more Americans think that the government knows more about UFOs than it is letting on. ‘To the Stars Academy of Arts & Sciences’, co-founded by former Blink-182 singer Tom DeLonge, revealed in September that it had obtained “exotic material samples from UFOs”. In October, To the Stars Academy signed a deal with the U.S. Army to study these exotic materials. (see ExoNews articles here and here)

• In September, the U.S. Navy acknowledged that the three UFO videos taken by Navy jets, obtained by ‘To the Stars Academy’, and published by The New York Times, known as “FLIR1” (taken on Nov. 14, 2004); “Gimbal” (taken on Jan. 21, 2015); and “GoFast” (also taken on Jan. 21, 2015) are of authentic “unidentified” objects. It was reported in November that two “unknown individuals” told several Naval officers who witnessed the 2004 Nimitz UFO incident, to delete the evidence. (see ExoArticles here and here)

 

2019 was a big year for UFO coverage, ranging from the U.S. Navy acknowledging for the first time that leaked videos were real to former and current politicians weighing in on what the military knows, and a wave of people attempting to “storm Area 51.”

No one can say for certain whether life exists outside of this planet, but the public’s interest levels in the subject have likely never been higher.

FIRST QUARTER

January saw the release of newly declassified documents from the Pentagon that revealed the Department of Defense funded projects that investigated UFOs, wormholes, alternate dimensions and a host of other subjects that are often the topics of conspiracy theorists.

The Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) released 38 research titles on Jan. 18, following a Freedom of Information Act request from Steven Aftergood, director of the Federation of American Scientists’ Project on Government Secrecy. The research was funded by the Department of Defense under its Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program (AATIP).

The existence of AATIP was initially described by The New York Times and Politico in 2017. It was subsequently reported by Fox News and a number of other news outlets that the Pentagon had secretly set up a program to investigate UFOs at the request of former Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev.

A Pentagon spokesman said the UFO program ended in 2012, though The New York Times said the Defense Department still investigates potential episodes of unidentified flying objects.

SECOND QUARTER

Several months later, the U.S. Navy announced it was drafting new guidelines for pilots and other employees to report encounters with “unidentified aircraft.”

“There have been a number of reports of unauthorized and/or unidentified aircraft entering various military-controlled ranges and designated air space in recent years,” the Navy said in an April statement to Politico, which first reported the move.

“For safety and security concerns, the Navy and the [U.S. Air Force] takes these reports very seriously and investigates each and every report.”
“As part of this effort,” it told Politico, “the Navy is updating and formalizing the process by which reports of any such suspected incursions can be made to the cognizant authorities. A new message to the fleet that will detail the steps for reporting is in draft.”

The Navy also said it’s taking a more proactive approach in briefing lawmakers, including several senators who were briefed in June.
One month later, the Pentagon admitted that it was still investigating UFOs as part of the AATIP.

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Hundreds of UFO Enthusiasts Sign Up to Storm Top-Secret American Base Dubbed ‘Australia’s Area 51’

 

Article by Charlie Coe                           November 26, 2019                            (dailymail.co.uk)

• Pine Gap (seen above) is an American military intelligence base near Alice Springs, Australia. The mysterious satellite surveillance base has been dubbed the ‘Australian Area 51’. Now, a Facebook event reminiscent of last summer’s “Storm Area 51” in Nevada, several hundred people have signed up to storm the top-secret base in the middle of the Australian outback.

• The Facebook administrator writes: ‘Don’t worry my fellow Australians, you don’t need to travel to Nevada because we have our own Area 51! It’s the same as in America, the government is hiding shit from us. We need to rescue the aliens! Who’s with me? I say fuck the government and let’s storm that shit. They can’t arrest all of us.’

• Northern Territory agricultural official Gerry Wood warned that the base is a ‘secured site’, and people can get in trouble for storming it. Wood says that the alien-hunters would be disappointed to find there is no extraterrestrial life at Pine Gap. “I don’t think the Americans are worried about (people) finding aliens,” said Wood. “I think they’d be more worried about China and the Middle East.” “Besides, Alice Spring would be an uncomfortable place for aliens…it’s too hot.”

• More than two million people said on Facebook that they were ‘going’ to the event in the Nevada desert on September 20, and on the day just 75 people turned up at the facility.

 

UFO enthusiasts have signed up in their hundreds to storm a top-secret American base in the middle of the Australian outback.

Two Facebook events promising to invade the mysterious satellite surveillance base dubbed the ‘Australian Area 51’ have been set up – and so far more than 300 people are down as ‘going’.

Pine Gap, near Alice Springs, is used by the USA to gather military information and perform intelligence tasks.

One of the events entitled ‘Storm Pine Gap AKA Australian Area 51’ tells followers they had the opportunity to perform their own version of America’s viral craze from two months ago.

‘Don’t worry my fellow Australians, you don’t need to travel to Nevada because we have our own Area 51!’ the event administrator wrote.

‘It’s the same as in America, the government is hiding s**t from us.

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Area 51 Festival Wraps Up in Nevada; Earthlings Head Home

Article by Associated Press                   September 22, 2019                    (latimes.com)

• Although more than 2 million Facebook users clicked their interest, and local officials anticipated a crowd of at least 30,000, only about 3,000 people made the trip to the small desert city Rachel, Nevada to “Storm Area 51”. Authorities said no more than 1,000 people visited Area 51 gates near Rachel on Thursday and Friday. No one was arrested there.

• Visitors hailed from France, Russia, Germany, Peru, Sweden, Australia and many U.S. states. A few hundred more camped and attended one night of an abbreviated music festival about 40 miles away in Hiko, Nevada. “It seems like a lot of good people chilling and having a good time,” observed Dave Wells, a 56-year-old stonemason from Cincinnati wearing a Day-Glo green festival T-shirt and taking in the scene Saturday in Rachel.

• Connie West, proprietor of the Little A’Le’Inn at the epicenter of the Alienstock event, said “[W]e found peace and friendship” as campers packed up to leave and volunteers began cleaning up. West wants to do it again next year. “As well as it turned out? Why the heck not?” she said. At a festival clinic in Rachel, one man was treated for dehydration, and one woman was treated for a drug-related issue.

• The “Area 51 Basecamp” at the Alien Research Center souvenir shop in Hiko, didn’t fare as well. Organizers pulled the plug Saturday on a second concert after drawing only about 500 ticket-buyers for a Friday show. Preparations had been made for up to 5,000.

• Sheriff Kerry Lee said he watched about 20 people feign a rush before dawn Saturday toward a base gate outside Rachel, before stopping short. In Lincoln County, six people were arrested for misdemeanors, mostly trespassing beneath the floodlights and cameras of two military base gates and the watchful eyes of sheriff’s deputies.

• Officials had feared unruly crowds would overwhelm water, electricity, food, fuel, internet and telephone service in a county with just 5,200 people covering an area the size of Massachusetts. “I’m going to call it a success from our end. It’s because we got out in front of it,” said Varlin Higbee, a Lincoln County commissioner who signed an emergency declaration to allocate $250,000 in emergency funds. Higbee said they might sue to recoup costs.

• Matty Roberts, a 20-year-old from Bakersfield, Calif., made the Facebook post to Storm Area 51 as a hoax, then promoted it, then broke away from the event just weeks before. Roberts hosted a Thursday evening event at an outdoor venue in downtown Las Vegas, also using the “Alienstock” name. He said he wants to trademark the name and take it on tour to reach people who couldn’t travel to Nevada. “That’s pretty much the plan for me,” Roberts said. “It’s been a ton of fun.”

 

HIKO, Nev. — The festivals are over and Earthlings from around the globe headed home Sunday after a weekend camping and partying in the dusty Nevada desert and trekking to remote gates of Area 51, a formerly top-secret U.S. military base long the focus of UFO and space alien lore.

They left in peace, officials and the host of a free “Alienstock” festival said Sunday.

Visitors hailed from France, Russia, Germany, Peru, Sweden, Australia and many U.S. states — many toting cameras — in answer to an internet post in June suggesting that if enough people rushed a military base to “see them aliens” at 3 a.m. Sept. 20, authorities couldn’t stop everyone.

More than 2 million Facebook users clicked their interest, but in the end only a few thousand made the trip to the tiny Nevada desert city of Rachel, population about 50, more than two hours north of Las Vegas by car.

Campers and festival-goers in Rachel peaked at about 3,000 on Friday, said Eric Holt, the Lincoln County official who headed planning for a feared influx of at least 30,000.

A few hundred more camped and attended one night of an abbreviated festival about 40 miles away in Hiko, population 120.

“It seems like a lot of good people chilling and having a good time,” observed Dave Wells, a 56-year-old stonemason and festivals-seeker from Cincinnati wearing a Day-Glo green festival T-shirt and taking in the scene Saturday in Rachel.

Did anyone find actual extraterrestrials or UFOs? (As if anyone could really tell among the masked and costumed beings posing for photos and cavorting in the desert.)

“We didn’t,” said Little A’Le’Inn owner-turned-“Alienstock” festival host Connie West, proprietor of the 10-room motel and cafe that became the center of the extraterrestrial-seeking universe.

“But we found peace. And friendship,” she said Sunday as campers packed up to leave and volunteers began cleaning up.

4:45 minute video of people interviewed at Storm Area 51 event (Fox News YouTube)


10:16 minute video of the Storm Area 51 event (‘Explore With Us’ YouTube)

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