Area 51 webmaster's home vandalized by FBI

I am Joerg Arnu, owner and webmaster of the Dreamland Resort website (, the largest Area 51 web site since 1999.

On Thursday (11/3/22), in the early morning, my homes in Rachel (just outside of Area 51) and in Las Vegas were raided by a joint force of FBI and AF OSI. This happened without any warning. The doors were busted open and the homes were ransacked by over a dozen FBI and AF OSI agents at each location. My girlfriend and I, two unarmed, innocent, cooperating senior citizens were manhandled like hardened criminals and we are still traumatized from the events. All my computer equipment, several laptops, backup drives, camera gear, a drone and many other items were seized. There was also significant damage to both homes.

I was never given a reason for the raid, nor have I been charged with a crime. I believe the reason for the raid was primarily to send a message to fellow Area 51 researchers and to discourage others from looking too deep into the secrets of Area 51.

I was told that there is virtually zero chance of being reimbursed for the damage and that it is highly unlikely that the seized items will be returned. I estimate my total cost at $20,000 to replace the seized equipment and $7,000 to repair the damage. I was left with no computer, no phone and all medical and financial records, passwords, contacts and all other digital records lost forever. Faced with the need to replace at least some of the equipment asap and to have the doors repaired to secure our homes I see no other option but to ask for your help. I also expect substantial legal expenses.

For more information on the raid please see my web site at:

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