While living in Las Vegas Nevada, rather than partaking in the typical gambling options, I would travel to the nearby parks. And, living near Nellis Air Force Base was something of a pleasure, because everywhere I went I always met interesting people and witnessed and heard some of the most outrageous things.
So this brings me to Area 51. Upon approach, it truly looks just like any old field due to the mountain; there are signs everywhere, as well as the cameras and sensors that come with military installations. Folks, DOD security is no joke and should not be taken lightly. Do you think those large red letters stating Lethal Force will be used and is authorized if caught trespassing are not for real? Many people have been imprisoned and or killed because of ignorance and desire to test a theory. My advice, don’t test the theory! Access to the general public is not going to happen. There are levels of security in place for a reason and sometimes those reasons spark all sorts of stories. Some are quite an interesting read, while others are downright scary.
To be very simple we have certain levels of security for good reasons. There is Confidential Clearance, the bare bones of the steak; Secret Clearance which is the meat, and Top Secret which is the animal before all the trimmings. Anything after Top Secret we don’t even need to discuss. The receipt of either Secret or Top Secret clearance credentials cost thousands of dollars per person during the vetting process – which investigates potential issues to national security and the risks that are associated with having such clearances. Thousands upon thousands of dollars and investigation hours are involved to grant a single individual access for a given security clearance level. This brings me to another candidate running for the privilege of being the next president of the United States, Ms. Hillary Clinton.
To repeat a point from a previous blog post, I am neither political analyst nor political guru, but a recent article about a Clinton campaign strategy caught my eye. Ms. Clinton is hoping to make history, and depending on perspective, this particular strategy might just be brilliant. The strategy: Release information regarding Area 51 and open it to the public…. Is this a strategic move on her campaign’s part? After all, many in the United States believe in the existence of extraterrestrials and are fascinated by the secrecy which envelops Area 51. But…Do you honestly think a top secret installation such as Area 51 is just going to open its doors after decades (decades!) of secrecy? Think about that for a second.
Billions of dollars have been invested in just this one top secret military base and frankly, though this may be (or may have been) a brilliant strategy to gain more votes, it seems plausible that there is no way that information will ever be released to the American people. Hey, I love a good conspiracy theory to pass the time, but using the Freedom of Information Act to request information regarding UFO’s and one of the best kept secrets (Area 51) seems implausible. After all, the release of the Clinton emails is still up for the debate….
Several news outlets have shared this recent Clinton campaign effort, including Rolling Stone and CNN, and it seems to be a topic of interest on social media as well. All of this coverage relating to the release of top secret US information gave me a good chuckle. But, then, if Ms. Clinton becomes the next president, perhaps the world will uncover the mystery of Area 51. WOW. Politics has returned to the days of the Wild West….We should be going forward not backwards!
Rather than emphasizing the release of classified documents as a campaign strategy, perhaps candidates (Ms. Clinton included) should be advocating medical research and / or implementation of existing research into cures for terminal diseases, or as mentioned in previous blog posts, ways to curb excessive government spending – directing those funds into programs to benefit those in true need. Regardless, this current campaign is tiring, but nonetheless entertaining.
See you in the next post!