VIDEO: New Info Reveals Old Lies About #Area51Tweet
August 23, 2013
The existence of the secretive Air Force base known as Area 51 has finally been confirmed by newly declassified documents about the U-2 spy plane program.
POGO has an unusual history with Area 51. In the 1990s, POGO investigated Area 51 as part of a lawsuit that alleged the military base was ignoring environmental regulations, which had exposed workers to extremely dangerous chemicals that were burned in massive pits.
Scott Amey, POGO’s general counsel, was involved in the lawsuit, and he provides his reaction to the official confirmation of Area 51 in the video above.
Amey also wrote a longer blog post about POGO’s previous investigation and the serious health and environmental consequences of the government’s secrecy.
From the blog post:
Area 51 highlights the government’s use of secrecy to avoid environmental standards that protect workers and the environment. It’s certainly one thing to have the government stalk your phone and internet usage, but it is another thing for the Area 51 workers to serve their country and die protecting government secrets, and in return have the government turn its back on them and their families.
Read more here.
Andre Francisco is the Online Producer for the Project On Government Oversight.
Topics: National Security
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