Add UFO enthusiasts to the ever-expanding list of Americans who have had their homes and businesses raided by the FBI.
This time, the FBI was joined by the US Air Force.
Joerg Arnu, the operator of Dreamland Resort, a website dedicated to Area 51, said his homes were subject to a “humiliating raid” by the Air Force and FBI, who seized all his computers, The Sun reports.
Anru said a “combined team” of the FBI and Air Force Office of Special Investigations searched his Las Vegas and Rachel, Nevada, homes and that “each location saw at least 15-20 agents rummaging through our homes and about eight vehicles.”
“I will spare you the details,” he wrote, “but it got quite tense and humiliating for me in Rachel and for my girlfriend in Vegas.
“All my laptops, phones, memory sticks, cameras, drone and other items were seized.”
German-born Arnu is a naturalized U.S. citizen who has devoted much of his life to understanding Area 51. His website, dreamlandresort.com, is loaded with photos and videos of the base and anything flying above it.
Arnu owns a home in Las Vegas but bought a place in tiny Rachel, Nevada so he could be close to the action.
…Since the mid-1950s, Groom Lake has been the location of choice for the testing and development of America’s most advanced military technology, including spy planes, drones and cutting-edge sensor systems. Dreamland, one of its many nicknames, is a magnet for civilian watchdogs, aerospace enthusiasts, the UFO-curious and most likely spies.
Arnu is not anti-government, nor is he anti-secrecy.
“I came to this country because I love this country and I became a citizen to support this country,” said Arnu. ”I would never do anything to hurt this country, but I don’t understand what is going on right now.”
He said he has always been careful to screen out content that might cross the line and expose something that is legitimately classified. But, he learned the hard way that something on his site had apparently gone too far.
The agents were not exactly gentle in their quest for Area 51 items.
“When it was all over I was left in Rachel with two broken doors, broken furniture inside the house and zero means to communicate.
“Our Vegas home fared a little better, with only a broken front door and torn down blinds.”
Arnu said that in the process, he has lost “ALL my data, medical files, financial and tax records, passwords, everything”.
“To the best of my knowledge I have not broken the law,” he said.
Arnu indicated that the search warrants were not very specific, but aerial photos of Area 51 and other installations were cited. He expects to pay thousands of dollars to repair his home.DONATE
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