A former CIA specialist has exposed secrets about Area 51 that had never been made public before.
He is the leader of a group of former Area 51 employees who have been speaking out about the work they did at the military base.
Thornton D. “T.D.” Barnes, a former Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) Radar Specialist who worked on special projects at Area 51, has been trying to blow the lid off the secretive military base for over a decade.
Barnes is a veteran of Army intelligence, was a member of the first Hawk missile battalion deployed during the Cold War and spent several years on a NASA High Range radar site in Nevada tracking the X-15, XB-70 Valkyrie, and experimental lifting body programs that eventually became the Space Shuttle.
In 1968, he joined the Special Projects Team for the Central Intelligence Agency’s projects at Area 51 and for about half a century his family and friends never knew he worked on special projects at Area 51 for the CIA.
So, he’s seen some things.
Barnes spoke to 8NewsNow.com in Las Vegas last year and revealed never-before-heard secrets about Area 51, including the secretive military base’s real name.
Barnes has probably done more than anyone to lift the veil of secrecy from Area 51. He’s the head of the Road Runners, a group of former Area 51 employees who came out into the open more than a decade ago to talk about the work they did in the Nevada desert.
Barnes took things further by nudging the CIA to declassify photos and documents about the base, things even the CIA didn’t seem to know, including the base’s real name— “Station D,” which was the CIA’s original name for Area 51. It is also in the title of Barnes’ new, definitive history of the place.
Area 51 is not the name the government and people that work there use for the base
“They had all kinds of documents in there that identified it as Station D,” Barnes said. “They’ve never seen it, but even when I went back to…