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The Little Guy Loses Again: Area 51 Meets the Kelo Decision

If you’re a conspiracy-minded, tinfoil-hat-wearing, Infowars-reading, Coast-to-Coast listening sort of fellow, this story will give you the willies:

Private land overlooking the secret base at Area 51 has officially been taken from the owners and transferred to the United States Air Force. Last month, the U.S. Air Force condemned the Groom Mine property when the family who owns it rejected a government buyout they felt was unjust.

The Sheahan family, which until now owned the mine, knew they faced an uphill fight. They also expected the government would probably take the land through eminent domain even though the Sheahan’s owned it since Abe Lincoln was in the White House. Now — literally with the stroke of a pen — a federal judge has turned the land over to the U.S. Air Force. The only part of the fight left for the Sheahan family now is compensation and what will happen to the equipment, buildings, even human remains, still at the site.


So let’s see… the Supes issue their insanely un-American decision to dispossess some poor woman in Connecticut for absolutely nothing; meanwhile, the feds are aggrandizing almost all of the “state” of Nevada to do who knows what.

The family who owns the mine overlooking Area 51 has been at odds with the air force, which condemned the property last month, after the family declined a $5.2 million buyout. “I have a geologist friend who I took out there, who’s just a buff, and he said it is literally almost priceless,” said Barbara Sheahan, Groom Mine heir. “There is so much there, not only the ore which is in the ground that can be mined, but in all the intrinsic value of what’s on the land.” What’s on the land includes buildings, mining equipment and the remains of kin who worked the mine since the family acquired it in the 1870s.

There’s also the question of indignities suffered by the family from nearby government testing including buildings strafed by military planes and radiation drifting downwind from above ground nuclear shots in 50s and 60s. “This has been like I said a 60-plus year nothing short of criminal activity on the part of the federal government, the AEC, Black Ops, CIA and you can go on and on,” said Joe Sheahan, Groom Mine heir.

Seriously, though, the fact that more than half of the western United States is simply a gigantic colony of the feds in tiny Washington, D.C., should be a national disgrace. (Please clink on this link to have your eyes opened.) Aliens, indeed; maybe there’s something in those tinfoil hats after all. As we used to say in the ’60s: you’re not paranoid if they really are out to get you.


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