Stealth bomber for Area 51 crowd? U.S. military unit apologizes for tweet

A U.S. military unit apologized on Saturday and deleted a tweet that used the specter of a stealth bomber being deployed against any young people who tried to break into the Area 51 base in Nevada. The tweet, posted on Friday on the Twitter account of the Defense Visual Information Distribution Service (DVIDS), took aim at UFO fans and curiosity seekers who poured into the Nevada desert this week, after an online campaign to “storm” the U.S. military base long rumored to house government secrets about extraterrestrial life and spaceships. Alongside a photo of military men and women standing at attention in uniform in front of a B-2 stealth bomber, it read, “The last thing #Millennials will see if they attempt the #area51raid today.” On Saturday, DVIDS said on Twitter that an employee of its DVIDSHub account posted a tweet that “in NO WAY supports the stance of the Department of Defense. It was inappropriate and we apologize for this mistake.” In Nevada, any fears about a serious attempt to raid Area 51 appeared to have been unfounded. About 150 people, some in alien garb, gathered near the base on Friday in a festive atmosphere with only a handful of arrests.

via reuters: Stealth bomber for Area 51 crowd? U.S. military unit apologizes for tweet

siehe auch: Area 51: Storming of secretive Nevada base to ‘see aliens’ fails to materialise. Fears that thousands of people could storm Area 51 on Friday were unfounded, with just several dozen arriving at the secretive US military base. Millions had responded to a Facebook post in June calling for people to raid the facility in Nevada on 20 September to “see them aliens”. But nobody attempted to enter the site and only one person was arrested – for urinating near the gate. Area 51 has long been rumoured to house secrets about extraterrestrial life. In June, Matty Roberts, a student from California, posted a tongue-in-cheek Facebook event inviting people to charge at the base in large enough numbers to bypass security. Within days of its launch, the event became a viral sensation, making headlines across the world. More than three million people expressed an interest in taking part. However, warning signs around Area 51 made it clear that no trespassers would be tolerated. The US Air Force warned that Area 51 was “an open training range for the US Air Force, and we would discourage anyone from trying to come into the area where we train American armed forces”. What happened on Friday? Not a lot. Despite much anticipation surrounding the event, only around 75 people turned up at the front gate and nobody attempted to enter. The only person to be arrested was a man caught urinating near the entrance and a woman was detained for an undisclosed reason,

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