Jackson Barnes set up a Facebook meet for those wanting to storm Area 51, a secretive military base in Nevada, that has housed conspiracy theories about aliens and alien technology.
NOTE: Barnes has since backed off from being the leader of this movement and wants to let everyone know if they plan on storming Area 51, it won’t be because of his initial idea.
The plan is set for September 20th at 3 AM. The attendees are supposed to meet at the Alien 51 Alien Center. They’ve even given this operation a name, titled, ‘Storm Area 51, They Can’t Stop All Of Us.’ The plan has attracted thousands of people claiming they will attend.
For those of you that don’t know, the Nevada base and area has a 25-mile no-fly zone for civilian aircraft – so aerial views of the base are rarely seen.
“We will all meet up at the Area 51 Alien Center tourist attraction and coordinate our entry,” the post reads. Making a reference to a style of running used in a Japanese anime series, it continues: “If we naruto run, we can move faster than their bullets. Lets see them aliens.” USA Today and Fast Company note Area 51 proper, a highly classified section of Edwards Air Force Base, has long been the subject of conspiracy theories about secret experiments by the US government on everything from ETs to time travel.
Although the site has been acknowledged as a military site since 2013, details are sparse on exactly what goes on there; Britannica notes “the only confirmed use of the installation is as a flight testing facility.”
A pinned post on the so-called raid’s Facebook page by someone named Jackson Barnes, ostensibly the organizer, lays out a “game plan” that includes hurling pebbles, though he ends the post with what seems to confirm CNN’s assessment: “Hello US government, this is a joke, and I do not actually intend to go ahead with this plan. I just thought it would be funny and get me some thumbsy uppies on the internet. I’m not responsible if people decide to actually storm area 51.” (There’ve been top-secret job opportunitiesin and around Area 51.) [Newser]
300,000 people (and counting) say they want to storm Area 51 to "see them aliens." What could possibly go wrong? https://t.co/B2wYB1hVbr
— Twitter Moments (@TwitterMoments) July 12, 2019
Me fighting against the CIA, FBI and the army trying to free aliens from area 51 pic.twitter.com/tutT7aOsHR
— palkesh (@PalkeshMishra) July 12, 2019
The aliens at Area 51 when they hear the raid outside pic.twitter.com/tW8UTnTout
— MS. PRINCESS (@ChaiChi24) July 12, 2019
me on my way to Area 52 while the guards are focusing on Area 51 pic.twitter.com/7A9DvrZ17m
— alli 🥰 (@vSweet_Tae) July 12, 2019
Me getting on Twitter trying to find out why Area 51 is trending pic.twitter.com/ei3PEJcYFM
— The Social Fever (@Goon_Squaddddd) July 12, 2019
Everyone Naruto Running into Area 51 pic.twitter.com/ETZKAdpEFa
— Alex (@Alex_Taylor0) July 12, 2019