A CIA report released last week "after eight years of prodding by a George Washington University archivist researching the history of the U-2" acknowledged the existence of a secret military testing base called Area 51. But the report "made no mention of colonies of alien life, suggesting that the secret base was dedicated to the relatively more mundane task of testing spy planes." And that has a lot of alien enthusiasts disappointed, writes Adam Nagourney in the New York Times.

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