|By Frank Warren|
The UFO Chronicles
News of recent de-classified CIA documents obtained via FOIA by the National Security Archives has gone viral, both in social media and with mainstream news venues.
The common thesis of the MSM reports is that the documents, or more accurately a lengthy report entitled The Central Intelligence Agency and Overhead Reconnaissance: The U-2 and OXCART Programs, 1954-1974 has revealed something “new” i.e., official confirmation of the biggest OPEN secret in the world—the existence of the Top Secret Area 51; at the same time the MSM is highlighting the omission of UFOs, aliens etc., being mentioned in said report, thus pooh-poohing any possibility of such claims. Both proclamations are demonstrably false (see below).
Unofficially, the knowledge of the existence of Area 51 has been known for decades and has been the focus of mainstream media attention in the past and not just in passing I might add; for example, the training for the rescue of our American brethren held hostage in Iran back in the ‘70’s was practiced at Area 51 and later revealed by the MSM.
Then, President Jimmy Carter (by default) would have his name melded with Area 51 along with the unfortunate failure of the rescue mission; the latter of course would far over shadow the fact that the training took place at the (so-called) secret location.
Almost 15 years later, President Bill Clinton would sign a Presidential Determination, exempting “the Air Force’s operating location near Groom Lake, [Area 51] Nevada from any Federal, State, interstate or local provision respecting control and abatement of solid waste or hazardous waste disposal . . ..” This action was precipitated by a lawsuit of then current and or former civilian employees (or widows) who worked at Area 51 and were exposed to very harmful toxic fumes in performance of their duties, which later caused major health issues and in some instances—death!
The common consensus is President Clinton gets credit for the “official” confirmation re the existence of Top Secret Area 51 (September 29, 1995). Moreover, Clinton, during a speech at Hong Kong in ’05 stated:
". . . there was also a site in Nevada where people were convinced that the government had buried a UFO and perhaps an alien deep underground because we wouldn't allow anybody to go there. And uhm… I can say now, 'cause it's now been released into the public domain.... This place in Nevada was really serious, that there was an alien artifact there. So I actually sent somebody there to figure it out."In the final analysis the media’s attention to this latest episode is much ado about nothing, and only exemplifies their common desire to latch on to a known, attention-grabbing subject, but without giving it the due diligence that is normally a perquisite to investigative reporting.
The following is in chapter 2 of the a fore mentioned report (albeit in error re Project Blue Book).
|Credit: National Security Archive / www.nsarchive.org|
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