PUBLIC FORGIVENESS EXTENDED TO JAMES E. MANNER, AREA 51 EMPLOYEE
Forgiveness extended to James E. Manner, Area 51 employee, who almost endangered our lives in 2001
by Norio Hayakawa
September 1, 2008, Labor Day:
This is to extend my personal, as well as public full forgiveness to James Manor, resident of Panaca, Nevada, who was a former Lincoln County Commissioner and Area 51 employee who almost endangered our lives by seemingly attempting to run over us with his speeding truck as he was on his way to work at the facility on June 3, 2001. It has been over 7 years already after that incident which we will never forget. However, my forgiveness to his actions has long been overdue.
From my understanding and from public records, if I am not mistaken, James Manor is also the president of NEVADA TECHNICAL SERVICES
, a legitimate, seemingly respectable computer-related contractor in Panaca.
Because of this frightening experience in 2001, I am certain that there will never be another similar incident on Groom Lake Rd.
To set the record straight on this matter and to keep this subject as part of valuable historical reminder for future, here is the news article from LAS VEGAS REVIEW JOURNAL (Friday, June 22, 2001) regarding the 2001 incident:
MAN FINED FOR CREATING HAZARD AT RALLY
Ex-commissioner drove truck through crowd of protesters
by Keith Rogers
Federal authorities fined a former Lincoln County Commissioner for creating a hazard in connection with a citizens rally staged this month near an entrance to the top-secret facility known as Area 51.
James E. Manner, 59, of Panaca -- who served two years on the Lincoln County Commission before moving from Alamo in 1999 -- is also being investigated by Sheriff Dahl Bradfield. Bradfield is probing more serious allegations that Manner tried to run over some 20 demonstrators from a group that had gathered June 3 on Groom Lake Road, 90 miles north of Las Vegas.
"We're still looking into it", Bradfield said Thursday, about a criminal complaint filed by two of the demonstrators, Anthony Hilder, of Los Angeles and Ted Gunderson of Las Vegas.
In a telephone interview, Manner said he paid a $100 fine for a citation issued by a Bureau of Land Management law enforcement ranger for driving his truck through a crowd of demonstrators at the so-called "People's Rally", organized by Norio Hayakawa.
Hayakawa, of Los Angeles, said the rally was staged to protest the government's lack of openness about the classified facility the Air Force describes only as "an operating location near Groom dry lake".
Manner said the group was spread across the dusty road as he was heading toward the area where he works as a classified government contractor.
"I can't confirm what I do", he said.
"I was traveling the road like I've done thousands of times for many, many years. I come down this tight curve and there was all these curious people standing in the road", he said.
"I sped up a little bit when I saw them. They were upset that I didn't immediately brake", Manner said. "I deeply apologize. I didn't intend to create a hazard".
He said he paid the BLM fine by mail to the federal magistrate's violation bureau in Atlanta, because "I wanted to keep this low-key and didn't want to appear in court".
Manner said he has "no hard feelings against these people. They can use public lands as well as me".
A crowd of 55 participated in the rally in a remote area of Lincoln County. About 20 of them were actually in the road, Hayakawa said. No one was hurt, authorities said.
This story is located at:
By the way, this incident was captured on video while the rally was taking place. You can see it here: It was later shown in the news by a Las Vegas TV station.
Here are two additional articles on the incident:
AREA 51 WORKER CITED BY BLM FOR VEHICLE ENDANGERMENT
LINCOLN COUNTY COMMISSIONER ADMITS DRIVING AREA 51 TRUCK
From my understanding at that time, James Manner was also a computer specialist and was an instructor in the town of Alamo, besides being a County Commissioner and also being an employee at Area 51.
I am not certain if he is still an employee at Area 51, but from my understanding and from public records available today, if I am not mistaken, he is also the president, as I stated above, of NEVADA TECHNICAL SERVICES
, which I believe, is a legitimate and seemingly respectable contractor in Panaca, Nevada.
At that time, in 2001, I was quite immature and was simply basing and judging everything on emotionalism, not really realizing that Mr. Manner, just like everyone else, had a right to work and earn a decent living. On that day he was simply reporting to work at the base. He could have been undertaking an important work at the base, for our national defense. It was our fault for being in the middle of the Groom Lake Rd., although he should have slowed his vehicle down when he saw our presence on the road. I would also like to offer my apology at this time to Mr. Manner for making rash judgments concerning the incident.
September 1, 2008, Labor Day