The federal government is taking the sheer size of the Facebook group seriously.
A FB event page called “Storm Area 51, They Can’t Stop All of Us” has nearly 750,000 people who have RSVPd to attend the event. An additional 662,000 others have indicated interest. The raid is set for Sept. 20 between 3 a.m. and 6 a.m., with the “details” section noting:
“If we Naruto run, we can move faster than their bullets.” The reference is to Naruto Uzumaki, a Japanese manga character who appeared to run at the speed of light while leaning forward and stretching his arms behind his back.
According to ComicBook.com, a social media user who goes by the name “SmyleeKun” and who devised the Facebook page is “best known for posting memes and streaming to fans on Twitch,” a live streaming platform used by gamers.
The sheer number of people on the page is on the government’s radar. Air Force spokeswoman Laura McAndrews, in the The Washington Post on Friday, warned anyone seriously intending to follow through with storming the site to think twice.
″[Area 51] is an open training range for the U.S. Air Force, and we would discourage anyone from trying to come into the area where we train American armed forces,” McAndrews said. “The U.S. Air Force always stands ready to protect America and its assets.”
Though the government had denied the existence of Area 51 for years, in 2013 the CIA acknowledged it as real.