During the Air, Space, and Cyber Conference that took place over the Sept 16-18 weekend, the Air Force had yet another message for people who are planning to storm Area 51 this weekend.
An event called Storm Area 51, They Can’t Stop All Of Us went viral because of the over 2 million people who have said they are going. Another whopping 1.5 million people have said they are interested in storming Area 51.
For years and years, people have come up with theories that the government is housing aliens at the Amargosa Valley, Nevada site, and the people now want answers.
The idea that “they can’t stop us all” to “get them aliens” had lots of people intrigued, each giving their own ideas on how this plan could actually work. Some have joined the event just to leave snarky comments, including funny plans, like the one below.
The poster also ended his long “plan” with the following:
“To anyone actually thinking of storming area 51, there isnt any UFO’s or anything of extraterrestrial origin there its a research base, this has been confirmed by Bob Lazar (if you dont know who he is, google him).”
This Facebook event got so much traction that the United States Air Force has responded a few days after it was created in July.
Without actually mentioning the Facebook event, Air Force spokesperson Laura McAndrews told the Washington Post that they are prepared to stop any threat to the Area 51 facility.
“The U.S. Air Force always stands ready to protect its assets,” McAndrews told the publication, adding that the site is “an open training range for the U.S. Air Force, and we would discourage anyone from trying to come into the area where we train American armed forces.”
Basically, she is saying to enter at your own risk, but you really shouldn’t enter at all! Hopefully people will actually listen to McAndrews, but in the meantime, the Internet’s reaction to this raid is pretty hilarious!
At the conference, just a couple days before the September 20th event date, Chief of Staff General David Goldfein has insisted that the Air Force is still taking the event seriously.
“All joking aside, we’re taking it very seriously,” Goldfein told reporters. “Our nation has secrets, and those secrets deserve to be protected. The people deserve to have our nation’s secrets protected.”
Matt Donovan, acting secretary of the US Air Force, added, “[T]here’s still a lot of media attention out in Las Vegas, so they expect that some folks that are going to show up there. We’re prepared. We have provided them with additional security personnel as well as additional barricades and that sort of thing, because, as the chief said: We’re taking it very seriously.”