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VIDEO: New Info Reveals Old Lies About #Area51

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.

By: Andre Francisco
Online Producer, POGO

andre francisco Andre Francisco is the Online Producer for the Project On Government Oversight.

Topics: National Security

Related Content: Government Secrecy

Authors: Andre Francisco

Submitted by Rolin at: August 31, 2013
I have to admit to feeling embarrassed myself because I'm almost certain that, like myself, 99.99% of those who click on this article are mostly only wanting to hear about Roswell, etc. I mean we all knew the base was there already, and most of what has been done there under Black Operations going back to the Blackbird and the Aurora (still not fully admitted to). So why is it that we cringe with muffled delight like an adolescent pre-teen watching the Rocky Horror Picture Show, nervous that we'll be caught by an "adult", even while we want to know so badly we take the risk of outing ourselves in our raw curiosity? And why do we have a tendency to publicly balk at the possible deeper truth while we boldly engage, nonetheless, in the question. Out loud and without shame? While being as skeptical as anyone who ultimately needs to see it, touch it, smell it, etc., in order to truly believe it. I am so puzzled by all the wondrous and mind-boggling things we know today about the universe, both large and small, that even 25, 50, 75, 100 years ago would have been seen as just as improbable, by both laymen and the scholarly, as an extraterrestrial incursion on Earth does today by the MSM? In the arena of sensible and analytical debate, it makes no sense, that we would discuss such a secret kept by our intelligence apparatus as Area 51, with all it's "human" goings-on, and then just tip-toe around, embarrassed and grinning, the uncomfortable aspects of those goings-on that might not be so "human"? We do ourselves an intellectual injustice by such behavior. And in the process we perhaps are allowing our government to do, once again, what it does so very well by misinforming and under-informing us about the possible deeper truths that they conceal from us. I mean why is it easier to believe in black holes and dark energy, than life existing somewhere else in a 4+ billion year old universe (one possibly of many multi-verses?)? And further that in those 4 billion years and/or likewise in some parallel reality, that the Earth has been visited by beings from another world, another reality, and/or another time? I don't believe in "faith" as "proof". But as has been famously said by others before me, "The absence of proof is not proof of absence." In under 2 weeks will be the 10th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 attacks on the Twin Towers in New York, the Pentagon and an empty field in Pennsylvania(?). In these ensuing 10 years the US and NATO have been militarily destroying the Middle East based on evidence no more "real" than that which George Tenent's CIA had when he told GWB Jr that the existance of WMD in Iraq was a "Slam Dunk". And today we are on the precipice of invading Syria on nothing more than the words "We know that we know", a reminiscent tribute to Donald Rumsfeld who so eloquently also claimed that there are things "we know that we know". I just don't get it. What are we so afraid of in knowing such a truth?

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