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Bob Lazar and Area 51: UFOs, Secrets and Conspiracies
The Odd Tale of Bob Lazar
The legend of Bob Lazar has resounded in the UFO community for decades. Unless you’ve been living under a rock over the past twenty years, you know the mystique that surrounds the legendary Area 51. Some say it’s a location where fantastical and sometimes dangerous government projects are created and tested. Some say it’s a site dedicated to storing and experimenting with actual alien spacecraft from other worlds. There are even those who say there is alien life at Area 51, amazing creatures either living or dead.
All the world could do was wonder. The clandestine facility remained shrouded in secrecy for years, until the day when a man came forward with an incredible tale to tell. Bob Lazar says he worked there saw it all, and his real-life account is the stuff of science fiction films.
It’s an amazing story which, if genuine, casts a stark light on a government conspiracy dating back over fifty years. But is it believable? Over time Lazar has gone from hero to fraud and back again, with some saying the very people he claimed to work for have done all in their power to silence and discredit him.
Others say Lazar is a key player in a U.S. government effort to mislead and distract those who had been showing a little too much interest in the activities at Area 51. From spying foreign nationals to the American people themselves, all who followed Lazar’s story would end up misinformed and misdirected.
Somewhere in the middle of all the controversy lies the truth. Crackpot, government agent or concerned citizen? You be the judge when it comes to Bob Lazar.
Lazar's Side of the Story
The saga began in 1989 when a Las Vegas television station ran an interview featuring a then-unknown man named Bob Lazar. Lazar claimed to have worked as a physicist at a location known as S-4, a top-secret U.S. Government location attached to the infamous Area 51 at Groom Lake, Nevada. There, Lazar says he had seen, worked on, and witnessed the operation of up to nine bizarre flying craft.
He first believed them to be super-secret military experiments, but soon realized they were something else. Bob Lazar says they were flying saucers, some authentic, and some versions of alien spacecraft built by the U.S. Military and reverse-engineered from captured UFOs.
Lazar went on to give a detailed account of the advanced science of the propulsion systems employed by these vehicles, and described the elements required to create the reaction which gives them their power and antigravity abilities. He even claimed to have undergone briefings where the alien origins of the crafts and their creators were explained in detail.
Curiously, according the Lazar, the aliens hailed from the Zeta Reticuli star system, the same alleged neighborhood as the aliens in groundbreaking Betty and Barney Hill UFO abduction case. He referred to them as Zeta Reticulans and claimed they had been visiting this planet since antiquity.
The interview would stun the world. It was an amazing story, and exactly what many UFO researchers had been waiting for. For years they had known that ordinary citizens and contractors had worked at Area 51 along with government personnel, flying in from Las Vegas on the infamous Janet Airlines. Could it be that after all of these years someone associated with Area 51 had to guts to go public about what was happening there?
Part of the Original Bob Lazar Interview from 1989
Bob Lazar Debunked
Understandably, the UFO community went wild following Lazar’s interview. After all, everyone knows something strange is going on at Area 51, and now finally someone who worked there is speaking out. It seemed the dominos were starting to fall on the government UFO cover-up. But others soon began to poke holes in Lazar’s story.
He claimed to have degrees from MIT and California Institute of Technology, but these schools apparently have no record of him. Lazar can provide no evidence that he ever attended, or that he holds an advanced degree in physics or science from any institution. Likewise, he can provide no credible proof of his employment at S-4.
Some point to the lack of criminal prosecution as the only evidence necessary to prove Lazar is telling a tall tale. He did not just wander into the wrong room and accidentally see strange things; he himself says he was employed there as a contractor. One would think if he were really employed at a top-secret government location where he was privy to secret projects he would have signed away the right to speak about anything he saw as a condition of his employment. Wouldn’t spilling the beans on secret government projects and potentially compromising national security be a prosecutable offense?
But Lazar has his supporters. One man, John Lear, stated publicly that he and Lazar had visited areas of Groom Lake together, and were allowed access because of his top-secret clearance. George Knapp, the reporter who broke the original story, has stated that he was impressed with how Lazar’s knowledge of life at the facility matched up with stories from others known to have worked at Area 51.
Many of Lazar supporters have alleged that the government has tampered with Lazar’s records in an effort to discredit him. The fact that he has no proof to back up his claims is not surprising, as in the true conspiratorial style government agents have painstakingly altered his background to make him appear to be a fraud. In this day and age, it seems like nobody really doubts the government could be capable of such a thing.
Another interesting theory says Bob Lazar is an agent of the U.S. Government, working in conjunction with them to spread misinformation about Area 51. The information presented by Lazar, and the efforts made to discredit him that followed, distract the public from what may really be going on at Area 51. This is conspiracy theory at its finest, but it does seem as plausible as any other aspect of the story.
What if Lazar was Telling the Truth?
Of course there is always the possibility that Lazar has been honest the whole time, at least in part. Unfortunately, through the years the facts have become so convoluted at few people take his account seriously anymore. Where two decades ago people sat on the edges of their seats to hear what he had to say, not his story is met with a chuckle and a shake of the head. Twenty years of debunking and debate have taken their toll, and a story that once seemed crisp and factual is now a cloud of myth and half-truths.
Perhaps Lazar really did work at the secret location known as S-4 near Area 51, and really did have top-secret clearance to some strange but very worldly projects. Maybe on a lark he made up a tall tale as a joke with his fellow science buddies, or as a strange way to get attention. And maybe he found out too late that the government does not have a great sense of humor, as they set about discrediting him and unraveling his professional career.
But this isn’t the truth we hope for. The truth we all want to be real is that Lazar had told it straight from the beginning, that there really are aliens and alien spacecraft at or near Area 51, and that our government knows things about this universe that we have only hoped. Maybe Lazar is a hero after all, squelched by a system that believes the general public isn’t yet ready for the truth.
Will We Ever Know What Happened at Area 51?
In the end, the story of Bob Lazar leaves most of us scratching our heads. Did Bob Lazar really work as a top-secret physicist and research scientist, reverse-engineering alien spacecraft at the most clandestine test facility in the world? If so, did he reveal his secrets out of some sense of moral responsibility to the public, or was he only looking for fame and fortune?
Is Bob Lazar a believable goofball who was just looking for attention? Maybe he made it all up. Sadly, much of the evidence seems to be stacked in this direction. Lazar hit on something that people desperately want to believe, that there really are aliens out there, they really have come to this planet, and we really do have contact with them. As a faker, his job was easy.
Is Bob Lazar a covert agent of the government, intentionally spreading misinformation to distract the public from the real work going on at Area 51? It is one of the great foundations of UFO conspiracy theory that the government perpetuates UFO stories in order to hide the true nature of their activities. A plant like Bob Lazar would serve to misdirect people from the real work at hand, work that is top-secret and equally amazing, yet with origins right here on our planet.
Whatever their perspective, most UFO researchers agree: Area 51 exists, and something is going on there. Whether it’s top-secret military experiments or the reverse engineering of other-worldly craft is another question, but Bob Lazar may be one guy who knows the truth.