“Area 51 has long been a topic of fascination for conspiracy theorists and paranormal enthusiasts, but newly released CIA documents officially acknowledge the site and suggest that the area served a far less remarkable purpose than many had supposed.
According to these reports, which include a map of the base’s location in Nevada, Area 51 was merely a testing site for the government’s U-2 and OXCART aerial surveillance programs. The U-2 program conducted surveillance around the world, including over the Soviet Union during the Cold War.”
It is often the nature of classified government documents for the truth to be much less interesting that its secrecy suggests. There is rampant overclassification in the name of state secrets and national security. Case in point, it took more than 90 years to declassify World War I era invisble ink recpies. I’m not an expert on 21st century espionage, but how vital can 90 year-old ink instructions be to the safety of our nation? Does spies still even use invisible ink?
So if Area 51 was just used for testing experimental aircraft, where did all these conspiracy theories about extraterrestrials come from? The unknown creates a vacuum for the gullible and the paranoid to inject their wild fantasies into. A mysterious facility out in the middle of the desert makes greater fodder for stories about aliens and abductions, even when in reality there’s nothing of the sort going on. But then again, it’s hard for people to believe the government has nothing to hide when they keep acting like they do.