A satirical Facebook event rallying alien hunters to join forces and storm Area 51 en masse in order to "see them aliens" has seen more than 1 million people sign on, but the U.S. Air Force has issued a warning for any thrill-seekers who may be tempted to take the movement seriously.
What are the details?
The event, titled, "Storm Area 51, They Can't Stop All of Us," calls for followers to "meet up at the Area 51 Alien Center tourist attraction" at 3 a.m. on Sept. 20 and "coordinate" entry into the top secret government facility. The Area 51 Alien Center is a truck stop on Interstate 95, about an hour's drive from the Nevada Test and Training Range, which contains Area 51.
"If we Naruto run," the organizer reasons, "we can move faster than their bullets. Lets [sic] see them [sic] aliens."
The 'Naruto run' refers to anime character Naruto Uzumaki, who is known for a running style that has his body tilted forward and low to the ground while his arms are stretched out behind his back.
As of this writing, more than 1 million people have signed up to attend the raid, and another 900,000 are "interested."
Funny or not, the U.S. Air Force is warning that anyone who tries to breach security at the site will be taken seriously.
On Friday, Air Force spokeswoman Laura McAndrews told The Washington Post that officials are aware of the plot before warning that "[Area 51] is an open training range for the U.S. Air Force, and we would discourage anyone from trying to come into the area where we train American armed forces."
McAndrews added, "The U.S. Air Force always stands ready to protect America and its assets."
The Daily Mail reported that "'Area 51' is the code name for the highly-classified remote detachment of California's Edwards Air Base." Its secret operations have been a source of speculation and conspiracy theories for decades, due to numerous UFO sightings in the area along with the government's past denial of its existence.
CNN noted that "many people think [Area 51 is] where the U.S. government stores its secrets about aliens and UFOs."
As for the event planned for September, organizer Jackson Barnes has spelled out elaborate, satirical operations, but acknowledged in a pinned post to his Facebook feed: "Hello U.S. government, this a joke, and I do not actually intend to go ahead with this plan. I just thought it would be funny and get me some thumbsy uppies on the internet."