Area 51 is expanding. The subject of a multitude of conspiracy theories and a central component to unidentified flying object folklore, the secretive air force base has been shrouded in mystery since its 1940s creation.
Now the U.S air force is giving an ultimatum to Nevada property owners nearby Area 51: Sell your land or we’re taking it. The true reasons for the dramatic expansion are yet unknown.
“What they really want to buy is our property, our access rights and our view,” said Joseph Sheahan, 54, who is currently fighting to retain his mines and land.
If Mr Sheahan does not accept the $5.2 million offer by Thursday, the government will be able to seize it for fair market value. The $5.2 million is far less than what Sheahan claims his property is worth, which he states to be closer to $13 million.
“The land has become an increasingly greater safety and security risk as demand for test and training opportunities have increased,” a government spokesman said in an Aug. 28 news release.
The expansion of Area 51, which is already almost double the size of Delaware, has caused many questions. Regardless of the mythology surrounding this desert land, the eqully scary concept of government seizure for “fair” market value should cause everyone to look deeper into this story.