A UFO film crew was detained for several hours at gunpoint, after sneaking into Area 51 for a BBC documentary.
In fairness, these people would likely have received the same rough treatment, if they had trespassed onto a British or Russian top-secret military base. Luckily for them, they weren't arrested and thrown in jail during the May 14 incident.
If you believe the BBC's narrative, it does sound like the soldiers overreacted somewhat, unless of course, there is something very important they are guarding. The 12 filmmakers were forced to lie on the ground for three hours while being questioned. What's more, Washington contacted the UK government in London to notify them that they were holding 12 Britons at the Nevada installation. Sounds pretty scary, doesn't it?
What is going on at Area 51? Why does the Pentagon use such extreme measures to ensure secrecy? Is the military concealing a UFO at the site?
"One guard I quizzed let slip that there are sensors in the ground that can detect approaching vehicles and walkers up in the nearby mountains, so they know if people are getting too close as they cannot put fences up because the area is so big," said UFO expert Darren Perks.
In addition to each being fined $600, their personal items and film equipment were confiscated, and they were tailed the next day by government vehicles.