- Although the first People's Rally at
AREA 51 drew only about 150 citizens, the Rally was a success. Some drove
all the way from New York, Indiana, Kansas and Oregon. A few even flew
in from Canada.
- As was promised, the Rally was a peaceful
gathering of concerned citizens and the message was sent out loud and clear.
It did not turn out to be a confrontational, rabble-rousing rally as some
paranoid skeptics in some newsgroups had been anticipating.
- We were extremely pleased that the Federal
(BLM) security rangers were courteous and helpful to us. (They had to
be!!) They even helped us in parking all the numerous vehicles including
trucks, one semi-rig and a large bus. For the first time in history, they
allowed all the vehicles to be parked on Groom Lake Road.
- At the People's Rally, the following
proposals were made:
- 1) That the government, through its
most appropriate agency or channel (whichever one they may deem appropriate)
and through publicly recognized media, give a brief statement, once and
for all, of assurance that the former workers were or are being fully and
appropriately medically treated for their illnesses.
- 2) That the government construct a clearly
marked new fence at least several miles along the restricted boundary on
both sides of Groom Lake road, instead of vague thin orange signs posted
- 3) That the government construct a new
Guard Shack right at the restricted boundary line (where it should be,
to begin with) by Groom Lake Road, instead of the present Guard Shack
which is hidden more than a third of a mile inside the restricted area.
- 4) That there be a Public Affairs Office
built specifically regarding this base, separate from the Public Affairs
office at Nellis AFB, which at present is incompetent to give proper answers
regarding the base since it is not a Nellis asset.
- 5) that the government designate this
multi-faceted base in more concrete terms and not just offer a vague designation
like "an operating base by Groom Lake", which is still being
used. The lack of an official name of the base could bring about more
problems in the future when dealing with any rightful lawsuits that may
arise from any future accidents at the base.
- These are some of the proposals that
were made at the Rally.
- The Rally was covered by LAS VEGAS REVIEW
JOURNAL as the top story of Nevada, in its Sunday newspaper of June 7.
- We hope that the next year's Rally will
be even bigger. It will be held on June 6, 1999. We definitely hope that
you will participate in the event.
- From Norio Hayakawa http://www.eagle-net.org/groomwatch/
Home Page for Norio Hayakawa