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Bob Lazar The Man Behind Area 51

From: UFO UpDates - Toronto <ufoupdates.nul>
Date: Fri, 20 May 2005 11:55:49 -0400
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Subject: Bob Lazar The Man Behind Area 51

Source: KLAS-TV 8- Las Vegas, Nevada


May 20, 2005

Bob Lazar: The Man Behind Area 51

George Knapp
Investigative Reporter

As the Area 51 military base prepares to celebrate its 50th
birthday next week, the man who put the base on the public's
radar screen says he wants nothing to do with the place.

Former government scientist Bob Lazar is the man who claimed to
have worked on alien technology at a facility near Groom Lake,
but Lazar left town years ago and has kept a low profile ever

Millions of people have heard Bob Lazar's story, and a lot of
them believe it. The poohbahs of ufology think Lazar is a
government disinformation agent assigned to spread lies and
muddy the waters about what really goes on at Area 51. Still
others think he's a profiteer who made it all up because he
wanted to cash in.

Lazar decided years ago to leave the sniping behind. He left the
state, dropped out of sight and started a new life. So where is
he and what's he doing?

Bob Lazar says, "... given the same information, I'm not sure
I'd believe the story either. There's a lot I can't prove. It's
what I observed and what happened to me."

If Bob Lazar sounds a bit more philosophical these days, maybe
it's because of his mellow surroundings. Basically, he moved to
the sticks -- an idyllic spot in rural New Mexico with a few
dogs, a rescued horse, and his wife Joy. The house at the end of
the dirt road is comfortable, but tough to find, which means
strangers aren't likely to show up to ask questions about flying

Bob Lazar says, "I really had to cut that loose. I don't answer
UFO emails anymore, so if anyone is thinking of emailing me, I
don't care if you were abducted. I'm sorry to hear about it. Nor
do I believe most of the UFO stories."

There was a time, though, when Lazar was at the center of the
UFO universe. In 1989, his allegations about ET craft being
tested in the Nevada desert exploded into the public
consciousness. He said he worked for the Navy at S-4, a hidden
hangar complex south of Groom Lake, where nine flying discs of
various shapes were stored and tested.

Lazar said an anti-matter reactor powered the craft. His drawing
of what he called the sport model became the basis for a popular
model kit still sold in stores. Many other products were
launched too. Tourists arrived outside Groom Lake by the bus
full, news teams flew in from all over the world, and the state
created the Extraterrestrial Highway to cash in on the furor.

Lazar's story was rich with detail. Not only did he see the
craft fly, he said, but also he got to peek inside, and that's
when it hit him. "They had really small chairs. Why did they
need small furniture?"

While the public ate it up, the military said nothing, and the
UFO hierarchy dismissed it all as a fabrication since Lazar
could not verify parts of his background. Lazar was widely
ridiculed, especially after he got into trouble for helping a
career prostitute. Some of the stories that surfaced about him
were downright bizarre.

Lazar, in a 1993 interview, said, "The latest one is that you
and I and John Lear are all Shriners or 32nd degree Masons, and
the saucer story is all a cover. It's really the Shriners who
are flying these things."

Lazar doesn't miss the UFO craziness at all. Out here, he's
almost anonymous. He minces no words about whether he sticks by
his story. "I felt privileged to be part of the project and it
was fascinating to be in it in any way, shape, or form, but life
moves on."

And it's a busy life at that. Lazar started United Nuclear, a
scientific supply company that sells a long list of stuff online
to schools, universities, even to government agencies and labs,
things like cloud chambers, radiation detectors, and uranium

Lazar says, "We're consultants for a lot of companies. You get
the strangest phone calls, even from the Navy Seals, who say, we
need a device like this to go overboard and activate. They give
specifications and ask can you build it? We fabricate a
prototype, get it to them, do a short production run. By that
time we get another call from another company to make some
bizarre equipment and really have a blast."

Speaking of blasts, his online ads selling pieces of uranium ore
understandably caught the attention of several government
agencies, especially since he also built a 30-foot long particle
accelerator behind his house.

"Every government agency you could possibly think of has been
here and hassled us, and that includes the SWAT team that woke
my wife and I up at 6 in the morning and handcuffed us out on
the front lawn.

After various agencies were assured that Lazar wasn't building
atomic weapons out behind the barn, agents calmed down. A few
pop by from time to time to see what he's up to. There's one
thing they don't talk about.

Laser concludes, "To be taken seriously, you can't be known as
Bob the UFO guy."

We did talk UFOs a bit. Viewers who remember the Lazar story may
recall that he claimed the space ships were fueled by something
called element 115, which did not exist back in 1989.

Recently, however, scientists created 115 in a lab. What does
this mean to the Lazar story, and is there a way to prove it?
The I-Team will have more on that Friday at 11 p.m.

The KLAS-TV online team has created a special webpage about Area
51 with interview clips, maps and photos, and links to other
viewpoints about the base.

[UFO UpDates thanks Frank Warren http://frankwarren.blogspot.com
 for the lead]

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