Men In Black
The men in black (MIB) are popular in most UFO conspiracy theories. The name itself portrays men adorned in black suits; they work for the government and threaten or intimidate anyone who claims to have witnessed a UFO or an extraterrestrial event. Their main objective of harassing the witnesses is to make them remain quiet in the event of any unusual happenings they have encountered. At times, most support the idea that these men might be aliens. In other instances, the word is commonly used to depict baffling men who work for anonymous or top-secret government organizations including quite a number of branches backing up the government to protect any classified information and secrets; sometimes they are employed to carry out bizarre activities. UFO analysts have disclosed numerous encounters with the men in black. In addition, such described stories led to the inspiration of comic books, and films about this name, for instance, the famous comic science fiction movie ‘men in black’.
Dating back to the 1950s and 1960s, researchers specializing in UFOs feared that they would be taken in and exposed to coordinated intimidation in retribution for uncovering the truth concerning UFOs. Harold Dahl received several warnings especially in 1947 not to dare talk about any of his encounters with a man in a dark suit in Maury Island. From the early to the mid-1950s, another UFO researcher Albert Bender ascertained that he was also visited by some weird men in black who indeed threatened and cautioned him against any attempts to further his investigations with the UFOs; he was warned not to tell anyone as well. Later on, Bender was clear as he said that the men were actually secret government agents given the responsibility of silencing and suppressing any evidence touching on UFOs. Two other UFO researchers namely John Keel and Jerome Clark were also involved. Keel talked about the men in black and called them demonic supernaturals that featured extraordinary facial features and dark skin; Clark said the men represent occurrences, which do not normally happen in real life, in the domain of consensus reality. In later years in the 1970s, 1980s, to the 1990s, many UFO researchers encountered men in black.
As mentioned in the outset, in all the experiences encountered by the researchers, the men in black serve one purpose and that is to silence any efforts of witnesses as regards to various mystical and paranormal phenomena.
Their origin is traced to June 27, 1947, and it all began with a boy, a man, and a dog on a boat. This is how it goes; when Harold Dahl was on his conservancy assignment, he saw some six round shaped obstacles circling around and above his boat at a height of approximately half a mile; the location of the eerie incident was at the Puget Sound on Washington’s Maury Island close to the eastern shore. For a short time, one of the donut-shaped body fell almost 1,500 feet and afterward, there was a shower of metallic objects and some of them struck the family dog and Charles, Dahl’s son on the arm; it was unfortunate that the dog did not survive the horrible accident. Despite all that, Dahl was capable of taking some pictures of the unknown flying saucer with his camera and later took the pictures to Fred Crisman who was his supervisor then.
Therefore, Crisman followed Dahl to the scene to find out for himself if all of it were really true and surprisingly, he saw the remarkable aircraft with his own two eyes. The morning after, Dahl received a strange visitor; a man at his house wearing a black suit. The two went to a local diner and the man proceeded to explain everything Dahl had experienced in detail saying he was well aware of everything that happened. He also said that what he Dahl was sufficient evidence that he knew more about what happened than what Dahl would want to believe. In 1956, Gary Barker published his book and in it, he said the men in black knew a lot concerning flying saucers. As if not enough, the visitor threatened to make bad things happen for Dahl if at all he would make up his mind to tell about the incident. On June 24, 1947, just three days before the incident on Maury Island, another UFO spot was in Washington near Mt. Rainier. The witness was a pilot by the name Kenneth Arnold. This incident was notably the most widely reported and it sparked off talks about saucers and two years later in 1949, the government report named the bodies ‘flying saucers’.
The United States government dismissed the events that happened at Maury Island; they later said it was simply a hoax even after Crimson and Dahl later decided to speak out. Dahl and Crimson made frantic efforts to contact a Chicago magazine with the aim of selling their story and soon thereafter, the magazine editor decided to first call arnould so that he would corroborate their story. When Arnould was notified, he involved two officers Ralph E. Stevens and J Smith from Army A-2 intelligence to assist him to look into Crimson and Dahl’s claims. The investigations kicked off in July 1947 but something horrible happened to the two intelligence officers from Army A-2. As soon as they left their B-25 the following day, the airplane suddenly caught fire and shattered to bits killing the two officers; this was definitely meant to cover up the truth.
After the terrible accident, the Maury Island also gained less notice until 1956 when Barker published his book ‘file on the Maury Island case’, which mainly talked about the findings of Ray Palmer, the same Chicago magazine editor who was contacted by Crimson and Dahl.
Apart from the black suits, men in black also wear black hats and dark sunglasses; they are mostly seen in groups sometimes of two or three and they drive black cars. Some descriptions about the MIB are similar to others who would describe an FBI agent. Others remember them having strange facial expressions and supernatural features like weird complexions and glowing eyes.