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Why the storm on Area 51 did not take place and what happened to those who still decided to try

Area 51. Photo: AP / John Locher

In Lincoln County (USA, Nevada, 140 kilometers from Las Vegas), near the towns of Heiko and Rachel (their total population is only 173 people) is one of the most secret places on Earth – the so-called “Area 51”. Until 2013, this area was classified, no data could even be found on the Internet. In fact, the US military base is located there, where, according to many journalists, the study of alien life forms is being conducted.

At the end of 2019, more than 2 million Americans planned to launch an “storm on Area 51” to finally understand what the U.S. military had been hiding for so long. How did it all end?

How did it all start?

There are no detailed data on Area 51 in the public domain. According to analysts, previously there was a military base where experimental tests were carried out using aircraft. Repeatedly in these parts, eyewitnesses noticed unidentified flying objects. And so it was until 2013, when satellite images of the base did not appear in the public domain (they were subsequently deleted, but some of the images were preserved).

It was then that the base became “open”, it was retrained into a training one. But many Americans do not believe this and claim that the main complex of “Area 51” is located underground. And the military base itself is just a cover from prying eyes.

These images appeared in the public domain. US authorities blamed the intelligence of the warring countries

You know that: it was in the area of ​​Area 51 that the top-secret SR-91 Aurora invisible aircraft was tested. According to eyewitnesses, visually it did not look like a familiar plane or a helicopter. It is possible that it was during the tests that they perceived it as a UFO, but the authorities did not provide any official comments on this subject. Since testing the SR-91 Aurora, the base has regularly increased in size.

Matty Roberts is an ordinary American who once jokingly posted a Facebook post to a humorous group, calling for an “Area 51 storm” to finally get evidence of aliens. This appeal, unexpectedly for everyone, was supported by more than 2 million Americans. And the date of the event was set on September 20, 2019. By the way, both Matty and the administration of the group where the post was originally posted, subsequently disowned this undertaking (and even deleted the post).

Subsequently, a new group was created dedicated to the storming of the closed territory, where it was already seriously proposed to “free the aliens.” Information about the event took on a viral distribution, which was even a concern for US Air Force leaders.

Preparing for the storm and the reaction of the authorities

“Preparation” for the storming began on September 16th. At the same time, Heiko and Rachel became a refuge for all those who planned to visit Site 51. Almost a week earlier, the desert villages turned into a kind of center for the “alien festival”. Already on September 17, more than 70 people came there as tourists.

The published plan for the storm on Area 51. This is a comic scheme, but it was repeatedly shown on TV

Authorities were worried about the intention to conduct a “storm”, arguing that the military had the right to use weapons against those who attempted to enter the restricted area under the Air Force’s security. And a week before September 20, an additional perimeter with barbed wire and additional spotlights appeared around the base. The entire military base was transferred to enhanced security.

As early as September 17, some eyewitnesses attempted to break into the fence of Area 51. Govert Sweep and Tees Granzier were caught by the US military for trying to dig under the perimeter of the guarded facility. As a result, they were sent to court with the confiscation of all available equipment (worth about 10 thousand dollars).

Starting on September 18, the so-called “meme festival” began in Heiko. About 2 thousand people visited him. For the most part, they just listened to music, drank alcohol, danced. The media claimed that none of those present was preparing for a real storm on Area 51, and everything that happened was more like a huge open-air disco.

Storm Area 51

On September 20, at 16:45 local time, a storming was planned. About 80 people came close to the gates of Site 51. They were not aggressive, mainly took pictures against the backdrop of a military facility or talked with officers standing at the checkpoint.

This event could not go without radical activists

All this was more like festivities. They even brought a huge flying saucer mockup, not to mention hundreds of “alien” inflatable dolls.

Eyewitnesses say that all this was prepared by those who planned to carry out the “storm”. But the participants claim that many of the decorations were installed by the military themselves. Allegedly, in this way they tried to translate the whole event as a joke, to weaken the aggressive mood of the “attack aircraft”. Who is right – now it’s not possible to find out.

But as a result of the storming was recognized as one that did not take place. Of the majority of those present, no one came close to the checkpoint, since a fine of $ 1,000 was imposed for this with confiscation of property. The military did not use weapons, but they did not even allow anyone to approach the checkpoint. It is not known exactly how many military personnel were in Area 51 at that moment, but obviously ten times more than the “attack aircraft”.

But several incidents nevertheless happened (according to the news bulletins):

  • One of the women present tried to climb under a barbed wire fence. In addition to the many scratches she received, she was subsequently fined 1 thousand dollars.
  • One of the men urinated on a barbed wire fence. He was also handed over to the local sheriff to draw up an offense report.
  • To all the rest, the military were as loyal as possible. Theoretically, almost everyone could have been arrested for being in a public place while intoxicated. But the officers preferred simply to “talk” with the “stormtroopers”, without using either force or weapons.

What happened to those who decided to storm?

The most “affected” by the Govert Sweep event. According to a court decision, he was arrested for 10 days, adding to the penalty of a fine of 2 thousand dollars (for attempting to illegally enter a closed facility and for parking in the wrong place for this). Everyone else who tried to get into the base received fines of up to $ 1,000. There were no injuries after September 20, 2019. In total, the storming, which was originally considered a joke, was supported by more than 2 million Americans. The event has become so widespread that in 2020 the “festival” is planned to be held again. Heiko and Rachel hope so: villages can soon turn into a popular tourist destination

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Havana Syndrome again? CIA officers are mowed down by a mysterious disease

A CIA officer in Moscow experienced symptoms of the so-called “Havana syndrome” in 2017. This became known to The New York Times with reference to sources in diplomatic circles.

CIA officer Mark Polimepulos, who helped lead covert operations in Russia and Europe, complained about the manifestation of mysterious symptoms. According to the newspaper, in December 2017, he felt severe dizziness, which later developed into a prolonged migraine, forcing him to retire. At that time, Polymerpoulos was 48 years old.

It is noted that such a case was not the only one. Similar symptoms were experienced by the staff of the American ambassadors in Cuba and China in 2016-2018. However, the exact number of cases and the place where this happened is not named. It is alleged that the US diplomats have tried to influence in a similar way around the world.

At the same time, the US State Department was unable to establish an unambiguous reason that caused the “Havana syndrome.” Among other things, it was assumed that the diplomats may have been exposed to an unidentified sound effect.

In 2017, it was reported that, beginning in late 2016, American diplomatic officials and their relatives in Cuba began to complain of symptoms such as hearing loss, nausea, headaches and balance disorder. 

The Associated Press received audio footage of the attack and described the harassing sounds as “the high-pitched sound of crickets combined with fingernails scratching on a board.” Then the American government suggested that Russia or China could be the culprit.

Many victims are still undergoing rehabilitation. Specialists from the University of Pennsylvania performed magnetic resonance imaging and revealed visible changes in the structure of the brain in the diplomatic missions.

Differences were found in 23 men and 17 women who complained of health problems while on diplomatic duties in Havana. Scientists have yet to figure out what causes the unusual symptoms.

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How Russia and the United States nearly started a nuclear war in 1995

The Norwegian meteorological rocket incident remains the only time in history that the Russian president has activated his nuclear briefcase.

On January 25, 1995, Doomsday could have come in the world: the Russian Federation was preparing to launch a nuclear strike on the United States. How did it come about that the states that left the confrontation of the Cold War in the past and had just normalized relations with each other found themselves on the verge of mutual destruction?

The beginning of the war?

The cause of the crisis was an ordinary Norwegian meteorological rocket. Its launch from the small island of Anneia at 7 am local time (10 am Moscow time) towards Spitsbergen caused a stir in Russia. 

Black Brant XII.

Black Brant XII. Legion Media / ZUMA Press

Equipped with scientific equipment to study the aurora borealis, the Black Brant XII was similar in size to the nuclear-powered American Trident D-5 ballistic missile, intended for launch from submarines. In addition, it flew along a trajectory along which, as the Russian Defense Ministry believed, American missiles would fly in the event of a nuclear war. 

In December 1994, Norway informed 28 states, including Russia, about the planned launch, but did not give a specific date, limiting itself to specifying the period: from January 15 to February 10 of the next year. Due to bureaucratic delays, this information did not reach the Russian Missile Warning System, which sounded the alarm.

Decisive minutes

An emergency meeting with the country’s top political and military leadership was convened in the Kremlin. Defense Minister Pavel Grachev, Chief of the General Staff Mikhail Kolesnikov and President of the Russian Federation (as Supreme Commander-in-Chief) Boris Yeltsin had three strategic missile forces control terminals activated – the so-called nuclear suitcases.

Vladimir Sayapin / TASS

The military believed the lone missile could have been fired to create an electromagnetic pulse that knocked out Russian radars and communications systems. Following it, a massive blow could be expected.

For several tense minutes, as leaders watched it flight, it was decided whether Russia would launch a nuclear strike against the United States. 

“Little is known today about what Yeltsin said at the time, given that it could have been some of the most dangerous moments in the entire history of the nuclear era,” The Washington Post journalist, David Hoffman wrote three years after the incident : “They make it clear that the Cold War nuclear readiness system continues to operate, and how catastrophic its consequences could be, despite the fact that the feud between the great powers is already over.”   

The situation was discharged only when it became clear that the rocket had gone towards Spitsbergen (not far from which it fell into the ocean). The nuclear cases have been deactivated. Russian President Boris Yeltsin (center) and Russian Defense Minister Pavel Grachev (right).

Russian President Boris Yeltsin (center) and Russian Defense Minister Pavel Grachev (right). Igor Mikhalev / Sputnik

The incident with bringing Russia’s Strategic Nuclear Forces to combat readiness, soon became the property of the world community. When, four years later, the Norwegians were about to repeat their launch of Black Brant XII and reported this to the Russian Foreign Ministry, the US additionally warned all key Russian military departments about it through their channels. As a result, this time there were no unpleasant surprises. 

Source: rbth.com

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Germany conducted exercises in case of nuclear war

Bundeswehr / Birthe Brechters

The Bundeswehr with partners in the North Atlantic Alliance ( NATO) trained in operations in a nuclear war.

The German army, together with Italian, Belgian and Dutch colleagues, conducted exercises in the event of a conflict with the use of nuclear weapons.

The location of the exercise “Steadfest Noon” was chosen airbase “Nörfenich”, where the tactical squadron of the Luftwaffe 31 “Boelcke” is located. Together with the Luftwaffe of the Bundeswehr, the air forces of other NATO countries, in particular, Italy, the Netherlands and Belgium, took part in the exercises.

According to a report by Bild, the exercise scenario involved training procedures for safely removing nuclear weapons from storage, delivering ammunition and installing them on aircraft. The training flights took place without nuclear weapons, and in parallel with the aviation exercises at the Büchel airbase, where the tactical squadron of the Luftwaffe 51 Immelman is located, the Resilient Guard air defense systems were trained to protect the airfield from air attacks.

The training sites for the Luftwaffe of the Bundeswehr were not chosen by chance, since the Nörfenich airbase is a reserve storage site for the B61, a hydrogen bomb that forms the basis of nuclear weapons of the US strategic nuclear forces. 

Some of this ammunition is stationed at NATO bases in Europe. The exact number of hydrogen bombs that are stored at European sites and which ones are not reported. In Europe, the B61 is carried by Panavia Tornado fighter-bombers (pictured) and General Dynamics F-16 Fighting Falcon fighters.

Recall that the B61 thermonuclear bomb is the main weapon of the US strategic nuclear forces, although it entered service in 1968. Since 2012, a new guided version of the B61-12 has been under development, which will replace all B61 and B83 bombs that have been in service since 1983. It can be used both on strategic bombers and tactical aircraft. About two billion dollars were spent on the development of the 12th modification of the aerial bomb.

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