Area 51 photos reveal doublespeak

Media relations has never been the Pentagon's strong suit, but spokesperson Ken Bacon has taken the art of obfuscation to a new level.

Media relations has never been the Pentagon's strong suit, but spokesperson Ken Bacon has taken the art of obfuscation to a new level.

Last month, terraserver.com published Russian satellite photos of the super-secret Area 51 Air Force base. When reporters called for comment, Bacon did everything he could to fuel their paranoia and turn what he called a 'non-story' into an item for X Files fans.

Asked if the photos revealed any classified info, Bacon cryptically responded, 'We've learned to live in a world with satellite surveillance, and we will continue to take whatever measures we need to take to protect our dearest activities and secrets.' Uh, come again?

Reporters then asked about aliens being kept at Area 51, as UFO buffs and other dateless wonders have long claimed. 'I think I can say beyond a shadow of a doubt that we have no classified program that relies on aliens from outer space,' Bacon responded.

That's Pentagon media relations in a nutshell: why say 'no' when garbled government-speak will do the trick?

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