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ETs exist, and so does Area 51.

That statement, which would have made the headlines of every single newspaper in the world 25 years ago, nowadays barely manages to captivate the attention of a child –“Duh! we know about Area 51, mister. We’ve seen it in the movies!

During a Q&A with British school-children, NASA administrator Major Charles Bolden responded to the question of 10-year-old Carmen Dearing, who wanted to know whether he believed in aliens or not, with the customary answer every NASA representative gives: The Universe if ginormous, ergo they are out there… somewhere.

“Today we know that there are literally thousands, if not millions of other planets, many of which may be very similar to our own earth. So some of us, many of us believe that we’re going to find…evidence that there is life elsewhere in the universe.”

Mr. Bolden also mentioned Area 51, which until 2013 wasn’t still officially recognized by the United States government –making it arguably the worst-kept secret in military history, and a stubborn remnant from the old Cold War mentality. Not only does Area 51 exist, Bolden, admitted to the children, but he’s actually been there:

“There is an Area 51,” he said. “It’s not what many people think. I’ve been to a place called that but it’s a normal research and development place. I never saw any aliens or alien spacecraft or anything when I was there.

“It think because of the secrecy of the aeronautics research that goes on there it’s ripe for people to talk about aliens being there.”

Well now, Mr. Bolden: If it’s such a ‘normal’ place of research, then why all the secrecy?

Let’s all forget about Bob Lazar and his claims for a minute. What I would like to see is someone asking Bolden –or even president Obama– whether some of the secret prototypes which have been tested in the Nellis Range complex are based on technologies so radical and unconventional, that they could easily be confused as alien vessels even by trained observers.

I wonder what Mr. Bolden would care to say about the leaks given to aerospace journalist James Goodall by several Area 51 insiders during the 1980s and 1990s. One of those contacts told Goodall “we have things in the Nevada desert that would make George Lucas envious.” That same source, when asked by Goodall if he believed in UFOS, answered “absolutely, positively they exist” but wouldn’t expand on his statement.

I also wonder if Mr. Bolden ever met Ben Rich, the so-called ‘Father of Stealth’ who run the Lockheed Skunk Works division for many decades, and oversaw the development of the F-117 Nighthawk stealth fighter. Rich was never explicit of how much he knew, but the sentence with which he close his lecture at the UCLA Schoold of Engineering in March 23, 1993 —“we now have the technology to take ET home”— is suggestive that perhaps Mr. Bolden wasn’t shown everything that’s going on around the famous ‘secret’ base –perhaps so he wouldn’t worry how one day he might be out of a job…

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