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Department of Defense apologizes for tweet suggesting military would bomb Area 51 stormers

Area 51 Groom Road gate. (Tim1337/Wikimedia Commons)

The Department of Defense issued an apology Saturday after it posted a tweet that suggested that any “millennials” who raided Area 51 this weekend would be bombed.

The tweeted was posted by the Defense Visual Information Distribution Service (DVIDSHub), a DoD media service, the day of the viral Storm Area 51 event.

“The last thing #Millennials will see if they attempt the #area51 raid today,” the tweet read above a photo of military members and a B-2 Spirit bomber, which can be equipped to carry conventional and nuclear weapons.

The tweet generated a lot of response, with several people pointing out that it could be read as the U.S. military threatening U.S. citizens.

The tweet was deleted and an apology posted in its place.

“Last night a DVIDSHUB employee posted a tweet that in NO WAY supports the stance of the Department of Defense,” the military media division wrote. “It was inappropriate and we apologize for this mistake.”

“Storm Area 51, They Can’t Stop Us All” was a Facebook event that went viral. However, the overwhelming support the event received caused organizers to cancel it out of safety concerns.


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