are various types of MIB encounters, but they typically follow a pattern: after
a presumably credible witness reports or witnesses a UFO sighting, the witness
is visited by a man or men who are often dressed in black suits, lending the
reports their name. The men suggest—or the witnesses assume—that they are
government agents, and often flash convincing-looking badges and demand that the
witness recant their story or hand over photographs or physical evidence of a
UFO. If the witness refuses or questions their credentials, they often subtly or
overtly threaten the witness or their family with bodily harm or other hardship.
The men are
often reported driving large, late-model cars, typically Cadillacs; in rare
cases, they are reportedly seen in black helicopters. While it is not known if
these threats have ever been realized, there are largely unsubstantiated reports
of hardships and harassment leveled against those who resist. The number of
claimants of MIB encounters is unknown, and might be rather small. Chevon
Wallace writes that "Some of those who write about UFOs and other strange
phenomena rather casually mention 'countless' cases where people have been
visited by Men In Black. In reality these 'countless cases' are difficult to pin
down. In fact, there really seems to be a rather small number of MIB cases where
there are any details available at all. When the Condon Committee was sampling
public attitudes toward UFOs they gave this statement to a cross section of the
American Public: A government agency maintains a Top Secret file of UFO reports
that are deliberately withheld from the public." The respondents were supposed
to answer TRUE or FALSE. A substantial majority, sixty-one percent, thought that
the statement was true while only thirty-one percent said it was false. Among
teenagers, the credibility gap was even wider -- 73 percent believed the
statement to be true...
Rarely - if ever - do the threats of the
mysterious Men In Black, following a close encounter, come to anything. So what
could be the purpose behind their visits?
In September 1976, Dr Herbert Hopkins, a 58 year-old doctor and hypnotist, was
acting as consultant on an alleged UFO teleportation case in Maine, USA. One
evening, when his wife and children had gone out leaving him alone, the
telephone rang and a man identifying himself as vice-president of the New Jersey
UFO Research Organisation asked if he might visit Dr Hopkins that evening to
discuss certain details of the case. Dr Hopkins agreed; at the time, it seemed
the natural thing to do. He went to the back door to switch on the light so that
his visitor would be able to find his way from the parking lot, but while he was
there, he noticed the man already climbing the porch steps. "I saw no car, and
even if he did have a car, he could not have possibly gotten to my house that
quickly from any phone," Hopkins later commented in delayed astonishment.
From 'The Unexplained' No. 10. Orbis Publishing. 1991.
As UFO sightings increase, so allegedly does the
harassment of witnesses - by the sinister so-called Men In Black.
Albert Bender, director of the International Flying
Saucer Bureau, an amateur organisation based in Connecticut, USA, once claimed
to have discovered the secret behind UFOs. But unfortunately, the rest of the
world is still none the wiser - for Bender was prevented from passing on his
discovery to the world by three sinister visitors: three men dressed in black,
known as 'the silencers'. It had been Bender's intention to publish his findings
in his own journal, Space Review. But before committing himself finally, he felt
he ought to try his ideas out on a colleague. He therefore mailed his report. A
few days later, the men came.
Bender was lying down in his bedroom, overtaken by a
sudden spell of dizziness, when he noticed three shadowy figures in the room.
Gradually, they became clearer. All were dressed in black clothes. "They looked
like clergymen, but wore hats similar to Homburg style. The faces were not
clearly discernible, for the hats partly hid and shaded them. Feelings of fear
left me... The eyes of all three figures suddenly lit up like flashlight bulbs,
and all these were focussed upon me. They seemed to burn into my very soul as
the pains above my eyes became almost unbearable. It was then I sensed that they
were conveying a message to me by telelathy."
Bender's visitors confirmed that he had been right in his speculations as to the
true nature of the UFOs - one of them was actually carrying Bender's report, and
provided additional information. This so terrified him that he was only too
willing to go along with their demand that he close down his organisation, cease
publication of his journal at once, and refrain from telling the truth to anyone
'on his honour as an American citizen.'
But did Bender really expect anyone to believe his
story? His friends and colleagues were certainly baffled by it. One of them,
Gray Barker, even published a sensational book, 'They Knew Too Much About Flying
Saucers'; and Bender himself supplied an even stranger account in his 'Flying
Saucers and the Three Men' some years later, in response to persistent demands
for an explanation of what had occurred from former colleagues. He told an extraordinary story, involving
extraterrestrial spaceships with bases in Antarctica, that reads like the
far-fetched contactee dream-stuff; and it has even been suggested that the
implausibility of Bender's story was specifically designed in order to throw
serious UFO investigators off the track...
researchers and writers today are tantalized by the increasing reports of alien
abduction, photographs of alien beings, UFO crashes, possible debris, and
implant removals. In a way we have become spoiled; expecting the sensational.
This desire for ultimate proof has caused us to overlook the seemingly mundane,
everyday reports of night lights, which were at one time sensational in their
own right. With the ever growing technology of our era, pictures and video are
often times called into question because of the ease of manipulation and
creation afforded computer graphics experts.
into question, that is, by those who are waiting in the wings to debunk any and
all visible proof of UFOs as suspect of being hoaxed. This is especially true in
cases with one or two photos taken by one witness. This has always been a
pitfall to researchers who scratch and claw for authentication of a particular
photograph or video. There are, however, those cases which have multiple
photographs of the same object, taken by many witnesses. This type of case
carries the heaviest weight to those who remain on neutral ground. One of the
best of these is the Phoenix, Arizona lights case of 1997. Accompanied by many
photographs and videos, this fantastic event is still discussed and analyzed
points to March 13, 1997 as the onset of this extremely compelling account of
various and sundry phenomenal lights which moved over the state of Arizona.
These lights, though referred to as the "Phoenix Lights," were actually
witnessed in at least five other cities. Phoenix has the distinction as the
first Arizona city to report the unknown light sources, which were initially
spotted over Superstition Mountains, east of the city, at about 7:30 PM. The
first reports indicated an object of six points of light, immediately followed
by a report of eight connected lights, with a separate ninth, which moved in
unison with the eight. The formation was seen again over the Gila River just
before 10:00 PM. In a matter of minutes, the enormous, lighted structure had
made its way over the southern part of the city of Phoenix...