|Robert Scott Lazar|
January 26, 1959 |
Coral Gables, Florida
|Occupation||Former document photo processor
Owner of United Nuclear Scientific Equipment and Supplies
|Parents||Albert Lazar and Phyllis Berliner Lazar|
Robert "Bob" Lazar (born January 26, 1959) is a controversial individual who claims qualifications as a scientist and engineer and alleged that he worked with extraterrestrial technology at a site called S4 near the Area 51 test facility.
Lazar claimed to have worked in 1988 and 1989 as a physicist at S4 allegedly located at Papoose Lake southwest of top secret Area 51 near Groom Dry Lake, Nevada. According to Lazar, S4 serves as a hidden military location for the study and research of extraterrestrial spacecraft, or flying saucers using reverse engineering. Lazar says he saw nine different extraterrestrial vehicles there and has provided detailed information on the mode of propulsion and other technical details of a disc-shaped vehicle he called the sport model.
Lazar's credibility was challenged after it was discovered that "schools he was supposed to have attended had no record of him, while others in the scientific community had no memory of ever meeting him." Lazar's supporters counter that Lazar's credentials and history were sabotaged to create the very questions of credibility his critics have emphasized.
Lazar first appeared in the media in the late 1980s. He appeared on television on a local Las Vegas news program discussing his experience at S4 and Area 51. He was also featured in the Los Alamos Monitor in a story dealing with a jet car he claimed to have built with help from a NASA researcher. The car was built from a jet engine modified and placed on an existing car model. The article stated that Lazar was "a physicist at the Los Alamos Meson Physics Facility".
Education and qualifications 
Lazar claims to hold degrees from the California Institute of Technology and Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In 1993, the Los Angeles Times looked into his background and found there was no evidence to support those claims at either institution. Physicist and investigator Stanton Friedman was only able to substantially verify that Lazar took electronics courses in the late 1970s at Pierce Junior College in Los Angeles. His occupation was listed as a self-employed document photo processor. His educational and professional background cannot be either completely verified or refuted, a situation that Lazar and his supporters attribute to government manipulation of records and other deletions of history, specifically done to discredit him and his claims regarding Area 51, S4 and his other claims regarding alien technology and beings that he has encountered."
Legal problems 
A 1991 Los Angeles Times article reported that Lazar was "on probation in Clark County, Nevada on a pandering charge for having installed a computer system for an illegal brothel (while legal in some smaller counties of Nevada, prostitution is illegal in Clark County). Lazar also could have potentially been charged with serious federal charges, including treason, for having revealed classified information about S4 and Area 51. The fact that Lazar has not been charged with any federal crimes regarding the revelation of highly classified information, including data that could compromise United States national security, has been cited by Lazar's critics as evidence that Lazar's claimed information, and story, are neither true nor classified. However, Lazar's supporters argue that there have been other cases where scientists who revealed highly classified information, particularly recently at Los Alamos National Laboratory, have not been charged, and that this was allegedly done to undermine their credibility by questioning the value of the information those individuals claimed. Lazar's supporters argue that this lack of criminal charges or indictment does not indicate the information was not accurate.
Claims regarding Area 51 / Area S4 
In November 1989, Lazar appeared in a special interview with investigative reporter George Knapp on Las Vegas TV station KLAS to discuss his purported employment at "S4", a facility he claims exists near Area 51. In his interview with Knapp, Lazar said he encountered several flying saucers. He says he first thought the saucers were secret terrestrial aircraft whose test flights must have been responsible for many UFO reports. On closer examination and from having been shown multiple briefing documents, Lazar came to the conclusion that the discs were of extraterrestrial origin. In his filmed testimony Lazar explains how this impression first hit him after he boarded one craft being studied and examined its interior. Lazar claims to have "worked at Los Alamos National Laboratory (specifically in the Meson Physics facility ), involved with experiments using the 1/2 mile long Linear Particle Accelerator." Knapp claimed to find Lazar's name among that of other scientists in the 1982 Los Alamos phone book and have a 1982 Los Alamos Monitor news article mentioning "Lazar, [as] a physicist at the Los Alamos Meson Physics Facility."
For the propulsion of the studied vehicles, Bob Lazar claims that the atomic Element 115 served as a nuclear fuel. Element 115 (temporarily named "ununpentium" (symbol Uup)) reportedly provided an energy source which would produce anti-gravity effects under proton bombardment, along with antimatter for energy production. As the intense strong nuclear force field of Element 115's nucleus would be properly amplified, the resulting large-scale gravitational effect would be a distortion or warp of space-time that would, in effect, greatly shorten the distance and travel time to a destination.
Lazar also claims that he was given introductory briefings describing the historical involvement by extraterrestrial beings with this planet for the past 100,000 years. The beings allegedly originate from the Zeta Reticuli 1 & 2 star system and are therefore referred to as Zeta Reticulans, popularly called 'greys'. According to Lazar these beings were referred to as 'the kids' within the program, or as 'gourds' among the personnel.
Lazar's stories have garnered considerable media attention and controversy. Lazar's story has its supporters and skeptics, including Stanton Friedman, a ufologist who claimed to have looked into Lazar's background.
Another Lazar debunker is Dr. David L. Morgan. Morgan looked into all of Lazar's scientific claims and claims to have scientifically refuted most of the ideas that Lazar had elaborated on in his description of the alien spacecraft, particularly its propulsion systems and use of Ununpentium, or Element 115. Morgan stated that "After reading an account by Bob Lazar of the "physics" of his Area 51 UFO propulsion system, my conclusion is" this: Mr. Lazar presents a scenario which, if it is correct, violates a whole handful of currently accepted physical theories. That in and of itself does not necessarily mean that his scenario is impossible." Morgan went on to argue that "the presentation of the scenario by Lazar is troubling from a scientific standpoint. Mr. Lazar on many occasions demonstrates an obvious lack of understanding of current physical theories."[better source needed]
S4 facility 
Lazar alleges that the S4 facility is located near the Papoose Range within Nevada's Nellis Air Force Test Range, and is accessed via a dirt road. The details that Lazar provided regarding S4 are very non-specific, with Lazar having stated that he was transported in a blacked-out bus to the site which did not allow him to see the landscape.
Lazar claims that the S4 base proper contains nine aircraft hangars built into the side of the mountain range, with hangar doors constructed on an angle matching the slope of a mountain. The doors to the hangars are camouflaged with natural material to blend in with the side of the mountain and the adjoining desert floor. He claims the site is protected from all view, being located within a valley. Inside these hangars are, according to Lazar, the laboratories and scientists studying extraterrestrial spacecraft.
The name "S4 Area 51" appears in the controversial Majestic 12 (MJ-12) documents but are marked, by the FBI's investigators, as "BOGUS". No reliable outside verification of Lazar's claims are known to exist, and access to the area by the public is highly restricted by the United States government. Ufologist Stanton Friedman has also investigated several of Lazar's claims regarding S4 and his claimed work at the site and found them all to be unfounded.
Desert Blast festival 
Lazar and long time friend Gene Huff run Desert Blast, an annual festival for "explodaholics" in the Nevada desert. Starting in 1987, but only formally named in 1991, the name was inspired by Desert Storm. The festival features home-made explosives, rockets, jet-powered vehicles, and other pyrotechnics, with the intention of emphasizing the fun aspect of physics.
United Nuclear Scientific Equipment and Supplies 
In 2000 Lazar started United Nuclear Scientific Equipment and Supplies, an amateur scientific supply company initially operated in Sandia Park, New Mexico, which then moved to Laingsburg, Michigan. United Nuclear sells a variety of materials including radioactive ores, powerful magnets, and other scientific curiosities like aerogel, as well as a variety of lab chemicals. United Nuclear claims "over 300,000 satisfied customers," and these customers include law-enforcement agencies, schools and amateur scientists as well as individual amateur scientists and students.
United Nuclear and legal issues 
United Nuclear has had several legal issues in its history. In 2006 Lazar and his wife Joy White were charged with violating the Federal Hazardous Substances Act for shipping restricted chemicals across state lines following a federal investigation that began in 2003. The charges stemmed from a 2003 raid on United Nuclear's business offices, where chemical sales records were examined. Lazar claimed that he mistakenly concluded that United Nuclear could legally sell the chemicals after finding incorrect information on the internet. Small amounts of Polonium, a radioactive element which was in the news at the time because of its role in fatally poisoning former Soviet intelligence agent and whistleblower Alexander Litvinenko had been sold by the company.
In 2007, United Nuclear was fined $7,500 for violating a law prohibiting the sale of chemicals and components that are used to make illegal fireworks. United Nuclear Scientific Equipment and Supplies was placed on probation for three years after entering a guilty plea to three criminal counts of introducing banned hazardous substances into interstate commerce and aiding and abetting the introduction of banned hazardous substances into interstate commerce. Lazar and United Nuclear "pled guilty to three criminal counts of introducing into interstate commerce and aiding and abetting the introduction into interstate commerce of banned hazardous substances." Lazar also "entered into a consent decree that permanently limits the amount of future sales of fireworks-related chemicals", and United Nuclear Scientific Equipment and Supplies was placed on probation for three years.
Documentary and media appearances 
- Dan Aykroyd Unplugged on UFO's (Video) - 2005
- Conspiracy?: Area 51 (TV Series) - 2004
- Weird Travels (TV Series) - 2003
- Encounters With The Unexplained (TV Series) - 2000
- Close Encounters: Proof of Alien Contact (video) - 2000
- Area 51: The Alien Interview (Video) - 1997
- Dreamland: Area 51 (TV Documentary) - 1996
- Future Fantastic (TV Series) - 1996
- Yaoi Jun'ichi UFO shuzai tokuhô dai 3 dan (TV Documentary) - 1990
- Rivenberg, Roy (May 6, 1993). "Unusually Fanatical Observers Ike Struck Deal With Aliens! Trip to...". Los Angeles Times.
- ""Tales of Vegas Past: The truth was out there". Las Vegas Mercury. June 12, 2003. Retrieved 2008-12-12.
- Article in the Los Alamos Monitor
- England, Terry (June 27, 1982). "LA Man Joins the Jet Set - At 200 Miles an hour". Los Alamos Monitor. pp. A1 & A8.
- The Bob Lazar Fraud December 1997 By Stanton Friedman
- Sands, Shannon (March 20, 1991). "Believers Are Not Alone Outer space: A Nevada military base lures the Faithful". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2009-02-02.
- "Gene Huff's Lazar Synopsis". 1995. Archived from the original on 2007-06-07. Retrieved 2011-01-24.
- Knapp, George (November 13, 1989). "Dreamland (aka Area 51)". KLAS-TV. Retrieved 2011-02-07.
- "Bob Lazar: The Man Behind Element 115 - 8 News NOW". Klas-tv.com. 2013-04-17. Retrieved 2013-04-30.
- George Knapp. "Lazar's Disappearing Background" (Windows Media Video). KLAS-TV. Retrieved 2013-04-30.
- "Maximum Distortion". www.boblazar.com. 2009. Archived from the original on 2008-08-21. Retrieved 2009-02-02.
- "The Beings". www.boblazar.com. 2009. Archived from the original on 2009-12-17. Retrieved 2009-02-02.
- Stanton Friedman, The Bob Lazar Fraud http://www.stantonfriedman.com/index.php?ptp=articles&fdt=2011.01.07
- Morgan, Dr. David L. (August 26, 1996). "Lazar Critique". Archived from the original on 2006-12-20. Retrieved 2011-02-07.
- "The S4 description by Bob Lazar". boblazar.com. Archived from the original on 2008-10-05. Retrieved 2008-10-05.
- "Majestic 12". FBI Records: The Vault. U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation. Retrieved 30 September 2011.
- "Bob Lazar: The Man Behind Area 51".
- "Bob Lazar, UFO Hoaxster".
- "THE BOB LAZAR FRAUD".
- Brown, Stuart F. (April 1996). Desert Blast (Vol. 248 ed.). Popular Science Magazine. pp. 76–79.
- A.J.S. Rayl (December 1994). "Ka-Booom!!". Wired.
- "United Nuclear's Official Website". United Nuclear. Retrieved 2011-02-07.
- Steve Silberman (June 2006). "Don't Try This at Home". Wired. Retrieved 2009-02-17.
- "Albuquerque firm feuds with feds over sale of fireworks parts". Albuquerque Tribune. July 24, 2007.
- "Peddling Poison - How Scary Are Online Polonium Sales?". Newsweek. November 30, 2006. Retrieved 2009-02-17.
- "NM: Company fined in fireworks case". ABC News. 20 Jul 2007. Retrieved 2009-02-17.
- "New Mexico Company Fined, Ordered To Stop Selling Illegal Fireworks Components". U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. 20 Jul 2007. Retrieved 2009-02-17.
- Dan Aykroyd Unplugged on UFOs (2005) at the Internet Movie Database
- Official website / Mirror website
- Bob Lazar at the Internet Movie Database
- United Nuclear (a company founded by Bob Lazar)
- The Bob Lazar Corner