Talk:Area 51

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Redundancy is redunant[edit]

By that, I mean this line, "Publicly available satellite imagery, however, reveals clearly visible landing strips at Groom Dry Lake, but not at Papoose Lake." under UFO and other conspiracy theories. The line right before that states how the "Cheshire Strip" is supposedly camouflaged, and can only be revealed when wet. Might I suggest the removal of this line? 2602:304:CDC0:C2A0:44CF:6F91:C31A:71AD (talk) 23:28, 1 July 2016 (UTC)

Why? What is redundant? Moriori (talk) 00:17, 2 July 2016 (UTC)
Moriori It's obvious the airstrip wouldn't be visible as is the airstrips at Area 51, or any other air strip. Saying "However, the Chesire Airstrip is not visible in public satellites imagery at Area 51, but not Papoose Lake" is the same as saying it doesn't exist. Well of course it's not going to appear to satellites if it is supposedly "camoflauged". The odds of a satellite that is taking photographs being over the Nevada desert when the Chesire Strip would be supposedly visible is very, very slim. 2602:304:CDC0:C2A0:3579:A016:666E:C69 (talk) 06:34, 11 July 2016 (UTC)
The section in question is UFO and other conspiracy theories and the text reads: "Many of the hypotheses concern underground facilities at Groom or at Papoose Lake (also known as "S-4 location"), 8.5 miles (13.7 km) south, and include claims of a transcontinental underground railroad system, a disappearing airstrip (nicknamed the "Cheshire Airstrip", after Lewis Carroll's Cheshire cat) which briefly appears when water is sprayed onto its camouflaged asphalt,[61] and engineering based on alien technology. Publicly available satellite imagery, however, reveals clearly visible landing strips at Groom Dry Lake, but not at Papoose Lake." All of this is cited to an archive of something called "www.serve.com" that appears to be someone's private musings about UFOs - and not a WP:RS so it should probably be pruned. - LuckyLouie (talk) 13:38, 11 July 2016 (UTC)

Illegal photos[edit]

US law is hardly my "lay opinion". You cannot photograph defense installations, or any part thereof without permission from the relevant authorities. --Jakob (talk) aka Jakec 01:18, 5 September 2016 (UTC)

That is the text of the cited law, not an opinion. It's your opinion that these pictures run afoul of it. Cite reliable interpretations of that law that show that displaying these pictures is illegal. You can see these kinds of pictures on a number of American sites (news sites, stock photo collections, etc.), so I'm disinclined to agree with your interpretation. --Xanzzibar (talk) 01:54, 5 September 2016 (UTC)
Really? Really? Your defense is "Well, I don't think it's illegal! *sticks out tongue*". I'd rather we simply made an effort to comply with US law instead of finding out the hard way one day. Perhaps the stock photo sites and news sites are also violating the law. I'll use an example with copyright violations, since it's the only form of illegal content that people here can be bothered to care about: when we see a copyright violation, do we just leave it there until someone files a DCMA notice because it's only our "opinion" that it's a copyright violation—or do we do the decent thing and take it down? Regardless, I decided last year that I will not participate in any website that flagrantly hosts illegal content. I left Commons for that reason, I would not want to leave Wikipedia for that reason too. --Jakob (talk) aka Jakec 02:37, 5 September 2016 (UTC)
Whenever, in the interests of national defense, the President defines certain vital military and naval installations or equipment as requiring protection against the general dissemination of information relative thereto does not sound like "everything" to me. This is a question where Wikilegal's input is necessary, IMO. Jo-Jo Eumerus (talk, contributions) 16:24, 5 September 2016 (UTC)
There's no valid reason for removing a photograph of a sign saying "photography is prohibited" immediately after the words "beyond this point". Such images have been broadcast on television programs and exist all over the internet. Although it is illegal to photograph some US military facilities ("certain vital military and naval installations") without permission, Wikipedia didn't take this photograph, so our concern should be limited to copyright status, as others have said. - MrX 16:37, 5 September 2016 (UTC)
Somebody else breaking the law is not an excuse for us to do it. There are thousands of murderers, but that does not make it okay for me to go out and kill someone. And it certainly does not say "beyond this point", just that photography is prohibited, period. But whatever, I am done with this illegal website. --Jakob (talk) aka Jakec 18:15, 5 September 2016 (UTC)
You have not made a convincing argument that displaying the image is breaking in law. It would be shame if you quit editing Wikipedia because of this.- MrX 18:21, 5 September 2016 (UTC)
(Cross posting this from VPP as it is relevant enough to do so.) The US Government knows that they can't stop people from taking images with a telephoto lens or just outside the perimeter. And they don't try. However, photos from inside the perimeter would be considered classified information and uploading them on here would cause an enormous amount of trouble for Wikimedia as they are based in the US. Seeing as the photo is question was taking outside the perimeter (and therefore outside the classified zone) it shouldn't be a problem. --Majora (talk) 18:51, 5 September 2016 (UTC)