AREA 51 has “secrets that deserve to be protected”, a US general said after millions vowed to raid the highly classified base this weekend.
David Goldfein, a four-star general who serves as the Air Force Chief of Staff, has been monitoring the event to “storm” the Nevada base.
In an attempt to stop UFO hunters from raiding the military facility, General Goldfein said: "Our nation has secrets, and those secrets deserve to be protected.
"People deserve to have our nation's secrets protected."
He made the comments while appearing alongside Acting Air Force Secretary Matt Donovan during a discussion at the Air, Space and Cyber conference in Maryland.
Extra security measures have been put in place ahead of the event, which was due to take place on September 20, but was recently cancelled by the organiser.
Donovan, a US Air Force veteran, said: "There's a lot of media attention, so they're expecting some folks to show up there.
"We're prepared, and we've provided them additional security personnel, as well as additional barricades."
Millions has originally signed up for the event, which was called ‘Storm Area 51, They Can't Stop All of Us’.
Matty Roberts started the event as a joke on Facebook, but it built up an enormous head of steam.
The 20-year-old Californian student removed himself from the alien extravaganza last week over fears of a "humanitarian disaster".
A message appeared on the Alienstock 2019 website saying the event was off as they didn't want to be part of "Fyrefest 2.0".
The statement read: "Due to the lack of infrastructure, poor planning, risk management and blatant disregard for the safety of the expected 10,000+ Alienstock attendees, we decided to pull the plug on the festival.
"The permit holder (Connie West) was given multiple opportunities to provide us with the proof that things expected at this festival were in place.
"In fact, she refused to provide to us, as agreed upon, contracts, proof of deposits or any paper proof of anything."
An alternative event is now being set up to take place in Downtown Las Vegas, which has been described as a "safe, clean and secure area".
This event is scheduled to take place the day before, on September 19th, and will feature the EDM artists slated to play at Alienstock.
But the owner of the original venue The Little A'Le'Inn in Rachel, Nevada, Connie West, says that she still has 20 acts and two comedians booked.
However the town's website has countered saying: "If any event still happens it is going to be a pretty sad affair with no bands, very little infrastructure and a lot of unhappy campers."
The original post urged people to "Storm Area 51" arguing that "they can't stop" us all as goof on Facebook.
What is Area 51? The top secret US air base steeped in extra-terrestrial intrigue
AREA 51 is a highly classified US air base in the remote Nevada desert.
It is officially known as Homey Airport, but gained its now famous name from CIA documents that referred to it by the codename Area 51.
The exact purpose of the air base is not known publicly, and the area is heavily restricted.
Trespassers can face huge fines and lengthy prison sentences for setting foot in the zone.
Purchased by the US government in 1955, evidence suggests the site is used as a testing area for experimental aircraft and weapons.
But the secrecy surrounding it has led conspiracy theorists to suggest the area is holding extra-terrestrial secrets.
Theories suggest engineers examine crashed spacecrafts — and even hold meetings with aliens from across the galaxy.
The crash of a weather balloon at Roswell, New Mexico in 1947 sparked wild theories of an alien ship crash.
Some have suggested Area 51 is still storing parts of the crashed ship — or even its alien inhabitants.
The original Facebook event contained very little information saying simply: "We will all meet up in Rural Nevada and coordinate our parties.
"If we naruto run, we can move faster than their bullets. Lets see them aliens."
The word naruto is a reference to an anime cartoon about a ninja with a fast, distinctive run.
Eventually more than two million people digitally vowed to attend the event, which soon flashed up on the radar of the United States Air Force.
The USAF warned it "stood ready" to defend the military base and dissuaded potential raiders from attending.
Area 51 is a 5,000-square-mile detachment that has been operational for more than 60 years and is officially part of the Nevada Test and Training Range (NTTR).
It is famously secretive and heavily guarded.
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