- Anywhere from 250 to 300 concerned citizens are expected
to attend this year's People's Rally at Area 51 in Nevada. The three-hour
rally will take place on Tuesday morning, June 6, 2000, beginning at 6
a.m. right at the restricted boundary line on Groom Lake Rd. in Lincoln
County, Nevada, almost right next to the world's most "famous"
and controversial "secret base".
- The Area 51 People's Rally was started by Norio Hayakawa,
resident of Torrance, California (and formerly with the Citizens' Watchdog
Group on Government Oversight) in 1998 to protest the secrecy around Area
51 and the violation of environmental and other laws, which may have led
to the death of several former workers at the "notorious" base.
- Hayakawa has recently retired from his pursuit of Area
51 research and has passed on his mission to Joerg Arnu, part-time resident
of Rachel, Nevada, the closest community to the base, 22 miles north of
Area 51. Joerg is also the webmaster of "Dreamland Resort", official
homepage of Rachel's well-known establishment and gathering spot, the Little
A-Le-Inn: <A HREF="http://www.dreamlandresort.com/"Dreamland
- A press conference will be scheduled in Rachel at noon
on Monday, June 5 at the Little A-Le-Inn (Tel. 775-729-2515) and, according
to Joerg, that evening there will be a camp-out at the border of the restricted
area by Groom Lake Rd. for those who will be attending the Rally on Tuesday
- Anthony J. Hilder, former talk-radio host and co-organizer
of this year's rally emphasizes that the People's Rally is a legal, public
gathering and will take place on public land. The event will be a peaceful
get-together of concerned citizens, and there will be speakers at the rally
to address several key issues.
- One of the issues is the continuing plight of former
Groom Lake (Area 51) workers who are still suffering from illnesses caused
by long-term exposure to toxic chemicals without their knowledge while
working at Area 51, the base that still doesn't officially "exist".
- At the rally, the following proposals will be made:
- 1) that the government, through an appropriate agency
and through the public media, give a statement of assurance that all former
workers were or are being medically treated for their illness and were
or are fully compensated.
- 2) that the government construct a clearly marked fence
along the boundary line by Groom Lake Rd., instead of vague, thin orange
posts posted wide apart.
- 3) that the government construct a new Guard Shack at
the restricted boundary line by Groom Lake Rd., instead of the present
Guard Shack which is hidden more than a third of a mile inside the restricted
area. The current hidden Guard Shack causes confusion, and bears the potential
of unintentional violations of the border.
- 4) that the government admit and name this multi-faceted
military base in more concrete terms and not just a vague designation like
an "operating base near Groom Lake" which is still being used.
The lack of an official name for the base could bring about more problems
in the future when dealing with lawsuits should they arise from any future
- Although Norio Hayakawa has recently abandoned his conspiratorial
beliefs in regards to the aura of "mystery" surrounding the base,
he still tends to believe that the Air Force had in the past taken advantage
of popular misconceptions concerning Area 51 which were propagated by a
segment of the public who had linked Area 51 with "alien" conspiracies
as well as "one-world government" conspiracies.
- According to Hayakawa, these misconceptions definitely
helped to discredit any serious scrutiny of this multi-billion dollar military
research and development complex and its programs, some of which may still
be in gross violation of environmental statutes.
- Area 51 recently regained national attention when new
satellite photos (both the 2-meter and 1-meter resolution photos), taken
by private satellite firms in 1998 and 1999, were released on the Internet
by a Washington-based national watchdog organization called the Federation
of American Scientists: http://www.fas.org/irp/overhead/groom.htm New satellite
images of Area 51 http://www.fas.org/overhead/groom.htm
- The photos seem to clearly indicate that the base is
still quite active, even judging from the large number of employees' cars
parked around the Operations Building (around 260 cars, even on a Sunday
afternoon when the photos were taken), dispersing any rumors that the base
had been "relocated" elsewhere.
- For further information on the People's Rally, please
go to: http://www.dreamlandresort.com/
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