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Federal agents raid Nevada homes of Area 51 website founder

Someone name Mulder and Scully.

Agents from the U.S. Air Force and the FBI raided two Nevada homes owned by a person who operates a website about Area 51, which runs articles positing theories about what goes on on the high secret base, officers mentioned.

The Air Force Office of Special Investigations and the FBI entered properties linked to webmaster Joerg Arnu in Las Vegas and Rachel on Nov. 3 and confiscated potential proof, spokesman Lt. Col. Bryon McGarry confirmed in an announcement.

While McGarry didn’t elaborate on the investigation, Arnu runs Dreamland Resort, a well-liked website devoted to the top-secret Air Force base situated about 120 miles northwest of Las Vegas within the Nevada desert.

The base is usually the supply of hypothesis by authorities fanatics and conspiracy theorists. Arnu’s 23-year-old web site options pictures and drone movies of Area 51 and experiences on the comings and goings on the base from individuals who journey to the sting and have a look.

He even writes about experiences of UFOs and aliens on the web site — experiences that he dismisses as false and nothing however a “distraction from the real purpose of the base, reseaech [sic] and development of all sorts of Black Projects.”

Joerg Arnu runs Dreamland Resort, a well-liked website devoted to the top-secret Air Force base Area 51.
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Speaking to George Knapp of KLAS this week, Arnu mentioned he was all the time cautious to display posts for content material that is likely to be legitimately labeled. He mentioned he discovered the onerous method that one thing on his website crossed the road when the agents searched his dwelling.

“I’m asking, ‘Okay, what is going on? What are you doing in my house?’” Arnu instructed the outlet. “I’m looking basically at this point at a riot shield and a gun that was drawn and pointed at me and an agent in a stern voice giving me commands.”

Arnu mentioned most of the warrant is sealed, and he nonetheless doesn’t know what the agents have been on the lookout for. 

George Arnu
Arnu based the website in 1999.
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Warning sign outside Area 51
The base is usually the supply of hypothesis by authorities fanatics and conspiracy theorists.
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“As it is right now, I have no clear understanding of what I’m being charged with or why my property was seized,” he lamented. “Cell phones, memory sticks, backup drives, my camera equipment that is worth almost $10,000, my drone, everything was taken.”

Agents additionally entered Arnu’s Las Vegas dwelling, the place he says they detained his girlfriend exterior in entrance of neighbors whereas the residence was searched, he mentioned.

In an e-mail to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Arnu mentioned he took down some panoramas from Dreamland Resort to “defuse the situation…although I believe that it was legally obtained and legal to publish.”

Damage from where agents broke down Arnu's doors on Nov. 3.
Damage from the place agents broke down Arnu’s doorways on Nov. 3.
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Dreamland Resort, a popular website dedicated to the top-secret Air Force base located about 120 miles northwest of Las Vegas in the Nevada desert.
Arnu runs Dreamland Resort, a well-liked website devoted to the top-secret Air Force base situated about 120 miles northwest of Las Vegas within the Nevada desert.
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“I’m not sharing anything on my website that cannot be found on dozens of other websites and news outlet publications,” he insisted.

Arnu is meeting together with his legal professional this week, and doesn’t but know if he’s going through prison fees. He instructed the Review-Journal that he’s contemplating authorized motion to retrieve his confiscated gear.

“I believe the search, executed with completely unnecessary force by overzealous government agents was meant as a message to silence the Area 51 research community,” he mentioned.

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