Area 51 is a tourist attraction. We all know it's there. Maybe the reason that the US Government pretends it isn't is because it has darker secrets to hide.
The US Government keeps up the charade of pretending that the Groom Lake base - or Area 51, or Dreamland, or whatever else you want to call it - doesn't exist. But that's not because it thinks it will convince us. I think they are manipulating an open conspiracy to stop us looking elsewhere. They're playing the same game we are, but with a different agenda.
On the face of it, the Government has other good reasons not to talk about Area 51. Yes, we all know it's there, but if it becomes official then it has to start appearing on budgets, becomes subject to congressional oversight, it moves to the public side of the military-industrial complex.
So we download high-resolution images from Russian or European satellites, and hike along public paths where you can just catch a glimpse, and flee from the camo-dudes like kids running from a farmer's orchard. And all this time they're really protecting something that isn't there.
So where are the real secrets to be found? Well, if we knew that...
Nevada and Utah are empty states. There's so much hostile territory out there. And great swathes of it are military reserves - radar test ranges, bombing ranges, all kinds of special-purpose land where the military can claim good reasons for keeping people out - for their own good, of course.
And a facility housing alien artefacts, maybe even alien craft, wouldn't have to be big. There wouldn't necessarily be much to see from satellites.
Maybe it's time to stop playing the Government's game. If we focus on what we can see, we may be a part in their conspiracy. There are other ways of looking.