For decades now, the reporting of an unidentified flying object or alien encounter has often lead to a visit from a couple of mysterious visitors, dressed all in black, which threaten dire consequences if the person persists in talking about their experience.
Several features seem to be synonymous with these unwelcome visits. The men all dress alike, have very similar, often oriental features, use stilted language reminiscent of old gangster films, wear dark sunglasses regardless of weather conditions, supposedly to hide the “glowing eyes” they are reported to have, and disappear quickly in a huge black limousine.
The first recorded visit by the MIB, men in black, as they are more popularly referred to was in 1953 by the founder of the “International Flying Saucer Bureau (IFSB). To the shock and suprise of his fellow members and readers of the organization’s subscribers to the “Space Review” magazine he edited, Albert K. Bender suspended the organization and magazine after a visit from what he described as three men, all in dark suits, who revealed reasons to discontinue studying the UFO phenomena amid threats toward anyone in his group that persisted. His final issue of “Space Review” ended with the enigmatic warning, “We advise those engaged in saucer work to please be very cautious.”
While Mr. Bender’s story was at first an attempt to cover up the fact that the organization was loosing money and could not continue financially, by 1963 there had been enough other sightings and visits by the MIB that they began to take on their own mythos in the “conspiracy theory” cult of ufology. Often these strange visitors will produce what, at a glance, appear to be credentials from such diverse branches of government as the CIA, FBI and NORAD. Some have described the identification cards as having “strange symbols” on them. The huge black cars they have been seen driving also have been reported to harbor a variety of designs and logos, none of which seem to be positively identified later.
Many people who report being visited by the MIB have described being subsequently inflicted with headaches, nausea, memory lapses and strange, unidentifiable odors following them around.
There is speculation that the MIB’s are not even human. The possibility of mental manipulation by alien psychic power has long been a controversial but potentially possible reality. While the descriptions of these visitors are usually general and hard to pinpoint, several times when people have been interviewed about the men in black, children present have given a conflicting description.
One case in particular, when the father had reported the “man” as being of average height, red headed and wearing sunglasses, his preteen daughter described the entity as over seven foot tall, stick thin with greenish skin and huge black eyes. Other accounts have had people describe humans recognizable to them that have visited as one of the men in black, but subsequent research has placed the person recognized as being in a distant, known location at the time of the “visit”.
Since the threats the men in black make seldom seem to come to any further effect than the disquiet they present at the encounter, it is not likely that a sinister government agency bent on secrecy is behind this phenomena. That some alien agency, not wholly understanding the psychology of threats and intimidation, is trying to confuse the issue and decrease the credibility of witnesses can be equally argued.
Whether these mysterious visitors are human or alien remains unproven but a visit from them has never been described as pleasant.
Written by Wm. Douglas Mefford