HOW CLOSE CAN YOU GET TO AREA 51 WITH­OUT BEING KILLED?

CASE# 2 Se­cu­rity breach

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The warn­ing couldn’t be any clearer. At the end of Groom Lake Road – a fea­ture­less dirt track lead­ing from High­way 375 – driv­ers are met by an omi­nous sign at the start of Area

51: Warn­ing – re­stricted area. Use of deadly force au­tho­rised.

Area 51’s mil­i­tary bases are ob­scured from the road by moun­tains. There’s no of­fi­cial ‘en­trance’ to the mil­i­tary in­stal­la­tions as such; there are no gates or fences. In­stead, a se­ries of dis­creet or­ange posts mark the be­gin­ning of Area 51. Mean­while, a pair of cam­ou­flaged armed guards watch from the ridge of the sur­round­ing desert hills; sur­veil­lance cam­eras scan from the hill­tops. If priers are spook­ing the au­thor­i­ties, they may be sand­blasted by a low-fly­ing Pave Hawk se­cu­rity heli­copter.

But even be­fore cu­ri­ous ex­plor­ers reach the Area 51 bound­ary, they’re closely mon­i­tored by the mil­i­tary. “Any ve­hi­cles driv­ing down the Groom Lake Road are de­tected by mag­netic sen­sors,” says Peter Mer­lin, an aero­nau­ti­cal his­to­rian who’s been re­search­ing Area 51 for 30 years. “Each one sends an elec­tronic sig­nal to the guard house, alert­ing them so they know where you’re com­ing from and how fast you’re mak­ing progress down the road.”

While Mer­lin warns that cross­ing the in­vis­i­ble line mark­ing Area 51’s bound­ary will re­sult in ar­rest, a for­mer se­cu­rity guard at the site, Fred Dun­ham, claims that breach­ing the bor­der could have more se­ri­ous con­se­quences. “If they [tres­passers] demon­strated they were go­ing to try to pen­e­trate, they [his bosses] gave me the okay to waste ’em.”

If that’s the case, then a BBC crew who de­lib­er­ately drove onto the re­stricted site in 2012 should count them­selves lucky. While film­ing the doc­u­men­tary UFO: Con­spir­acy Road Trip, the 12-per­son team were ar­rested and held at gun­point af­ter walk­ing for 30 min­utes down

“THE GUARDS RUSHED OUT WITH THEIR WEAPONS AND FORCED US ALL TO LAY FACE DOWN AT GUN­POINT IN THE TAR­MAC”

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