In 1995, on this day US citizens officially learnt of the existence of a new federal facility when President Bill Clinton announced that it was in the paramount interest of open government for contested information about Area 51 to be revealed to the public.
Area 51The long-expected revelation had become increasingly inevitable since the opening of a private legal challenge from seven labourers who had been harmed by open-pit burning of toxic chemicals. Allegedly investigations by the Environmental Crimes Project (ECP) at George Washington University had determined that the Department of Defense had acted negligently. Also the Environmental Protection Agency had failed to enforce compliance with the Resource Conservation and Recovery (RC&R) Act.
The resistence of US District Judge Philip Pro had melted away when attorney Jonathan Turley of ECP threatened to subpoena a senior Russian embassy official and several former Soviet Intelligence officer who could confirm the identity of the base. On September 2nd, Judge Pro ruled that owing to the specific demands of the RC&R Act, the government must within one month either make the EPA report public or seek a presidential exemption.Turley hailed the ruling saying it showed that "national security claims do not trump domestic laws .. government can lo longer have nameless, faceless bases".
The farcical reality was shatteringly disappointing. The US Government did indeed have UFOs housed at nearby Groom Lake. Nine in fact. But because scientists had been ordered to operate in a condition of utmost secrecy, any prospect of a breakthrough had been stiffled and they had hopelessly failed to back-engineer the spacecraft. Worse, after an armed confrontation at the Lake in 1979, joint research with Extraterrestrial Biological Entities (EBEs) had ceased. Ten years later an obscure scientist named Bob Lazar had absconded with the remaining supply of Element 115 which was necessary to propel the vehicles. Lazar, a pyrotechnic freak, had exploded the material at one of his annual Desert Storm Parties before becoming the victim of a mysterious hit and run shooting on a Las Vegas Highway.