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Area 51 whistleblower Bob Lazar appearing at the 2015 International UFO Congress

In 1989, Bob Lazar came forward to assert that he had worked on reverse-engineering alien technology at a secret facility in Nevada called S-4 that was built into a mountainside just south of Area 51’s main site. The world was introduced to Area 51, and to Bob Lazar, by KLAS investigative reporter George Knapp who interviewed Lazar about his claims.


Now, twenty-five years later, both Knapp and Lazar will be reuniting for a special appearance at the world’s largest annual UFO conference–the International UFO Congress.

The assertions made by Lazar are well-known staples in UFO lore, and they served as a catalyst for Area 51’s rise to pop culture prominence. He alleges that he was expelled from working at Area 51 after it was discovered that he had told friends where they could watch test flights of the advanced extraterrestrial technology on which he was working.

Although many believe Lazar’s assertions, critics dismiss his claims, citing the lack of supporting evidence, including the absence of employment and education records. But Lazar, who asserts the government erased his records, stands by his claims.

Knapp and Lazar reunited in May 2014 on the twenty-fifth anniversary of their first interview. Lazar’s story remains the same now as it was when he told it twenty-five years ago. Although he has his critics, Lazar recently told Knapp that he really doesn’t care if anyone believes him or not. He is not trying to convince anyone, and he has tried to leave UFOs in his past.

In their recent interview, Lazar, who currently runs a scientific equipment and supply store in Michigan with his wife called United Nuclear, explains to Knapp, “This is not a business of mine. I am trying to run a scientific business, and if I’m the UFO guy, it makes it really difficult, it is to my benefit that people don’t believe the story.”

Although he has largely avoided speaking about his Area 51 experiences in public, both Lazar and Knapp will appear at the International UFO Congress in Fountain Hills, Arizona on Saturday February 21. Knapp will present a lecture, followed by an hour-long question-and-answer session with Lazar.

All of the event’s information is at UFOCongress.com.

Jason McClellan

Jason McClellan is a UFO journalist and the producer/co-host of the web series Spacing Out! He is also the web content manager and staff writer for OpenMinds.tv, and a co-organizer and technical producer of the International UFO Congress. As a founding member of Open Minds, Jason served as a writer and editor for the now defunct Open Minds magazine. He has appeared on Syfy, NatGeo, and, most recently, he co-starred on H2's Hangar 1: The UFO Files. ------ Follow Jason on Twitter @acecentric and subscribe to Jason's updates on Facebook.

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  1. George Knapp’s recent interview with Bob Lazar will be highlighted this coming Sunday night on Coast to Coast AM.

  2. But why did Bob withdraw from public exposure for two decades? Although he wasn’t being shot at, he knew for him to be top dollar mass media for too long might be some risk. Why? Crimes against humanity in the Rockefeller/DuPont black budget sections. I mean, how did Mengele get out of a noose? He was paid for years, millions of Rockefeller money funding the eugenics research of Gerard Verscheuer in the Netherlands PRIOR TO Hitler’s regime. Then, when David Rockefeller was contacted by parties who wanted him to know Mengele’s stink was going to be around his neck, Rockefeller had a choice: take Mengele to the US and use his research (child sex slavery and torture inflicted dissociative disorder) and use the research for “training” US children to work for the same CIA regime, as Cathy O’Brien makes so clear, or to die at age 42.

  3. Bob mentioning element 115 back then and now element 155 does exist now recently that is a huge step in credibility.

  4. Hello everyone. I hope most of you will take into consideration of what I am about to say here and think about it. Hopefully there will be some replies. I want to start off by telling everyone that I am big into UFOs and listen and watch things about UFOs on TV, internet, radio daily and nightly. I decided to gather all of the Bob Lazar footage that was avail. of him telling his ‘story’ and compare each one of his accounts. I figure this way it would tell me if he was changing his story etc. To my findings I found out that Bob Lazar made up his story and is inconsistent. Most of all I wanted to have everyone ask themselves ” If Bob Lazar was brought to reverse engineer a UFO then why did they not let him see certain parts of the UFO? You need to see all of what you are reverse engineering for you to actually be reverse engineering something. That is a major flaw in his story. Why would he not have full access?

    Another thing about Lazar… he always says he doesn’t want the attention etc. while he is doing another interview. THEN DONT DO THE INTERVIEWS. he says ” I don’t care if anyone believes me. ” Then quit trying to get people to believe you on radio stations or when you do a documentary interview. You supposedly don’t want attention and don’t care if people believe you or not. Hippocratic, liar, or both.

  5. Bob Lazar’s story has remained consistent and fascinating. His story unchanged, no new details–always consistent. Element 115 is a game changer, as is the physicist who came forward and admitted knowledge of Lazar’s employment there.

    Thank you Bob for giving us a peek behind the veil.

  6. I believe bob lazar’s story

    The world is a weird place, we can not be alone in this vast expance

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