Who Are Those Guys?»
From the movie, ‘Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid’
Thanks to the hit movie starring Will Smith and Tommie Lee Jones everybody has heard of the Men in Black. The movie proposed that their job is to protect the earth from the «scum of the universe.» Well, that’s just movie talk. The truth is a lot harder to get a handle on. Nobody knows if these guys are government agents, aliens in disguise, or just a group of intelligence operatives trying to keep a secret.
Here’s what I do know: They’re real. They generally show up when ordinary citizens have an extraordinary sighting or encounter with a flying saucer or its occupants. They seem bent on intimidating those individuals into not talking about what they have seen. They even attempt to do this with law-enforcement officers and military personnel. There have been hundreds if not thousands of incidents reported about these men in black.
What «Black» Means
The word ‘black’ when used in this context means covert, undercover, not seen. When a person enters the intelligence community and becomes involved in operations and projects, all their government files basically disappear. They are no longer accessible through the normal channels. When this happens it is said the person has «gone black.»
Some people think the MIBs are Aliens
Complicating matters is the fact that many times it appears that the men in black are humanoid-type aliens masquerading as humans. Many people in the military are aware that this may the be case (in some instances).
Dr. Herbert Hopkins
Dr. Hopkins was actively investigating a UFO abduction case in 1976 when one evening during the summer a stranger called him on the phone and asked if he could come by and talk to him about the case. This was despite the fact that the case had not been publicized at all. Hopkins agreed, hung up the phone, and immediately walked to his door to turn on the porch light so the caller could see the steps when he arrived. Hopkins was surprised to see a man walking up the stairs of the porch as he was turning on the light. He was shocked when the man introduced himself as the person who had just called him. (There were no cellular phones in 1976.)
The Black Suit Routine
The man was dressed in black suit, black tie, black hat, and gray gloves. In the summertime! The man’s skin was a pale sickly color and he appeared to be wearing bright red lipstick, a fact which turned out to be true as Hopkins later watched some of the lipstick rub onto the man’s gray glove.
Vanished Into Thin Air
The man asked Hopkins to take out the two coins that were in Hopkins’ pocket. Stunned, Hopkins did it. He told Hopkins to watch the coins in his hand. The two coins simply vanished into thin air! Then the man told him, «Neither you nor anyone else on this planet will ever see those coins again.»
The man then said his «energy was running low» and left. Shortly after stepping off Hopkins’ porch, the man himself disappeared.
When the Scare Started
The first widely acknowledged case of Men In Black intimidating UFO witnesses occurred in 1953. A fellow by the name of Albert K. Bender was the editor of a magazine called Space Review. He was also the founder of an organization called the International Flying Saucer Bureau.
During the summer of 1953 Bender apparently discovered some vital information pointing to the cover-up of the existence of flying saucers by the U.S. government. He had written several articles scheduled to appear in the next issue of his magazine. The next thing he knew, three guys show up at his door all dressed in black: black suits, black hats, and sunglasses. They told him they had read his article, even though it had not yet been published. They told him his information was accurate, but that he better not publish the article. In fact, they told him that he’d better not publish anything more about flying saucers. They said, «We advise those engaged in saucer work to please be very cautious.» They basically scared him so badly that Bender officially retired from UFO investigations.
Other MIB Reports
* A teenager is threatened by MIBs and has photos of flying saucers seized from him.
* MIBs make a coin disappear from a UFO witness and tell him, «Your heart will do the same if you talk.»
* A former Air Force officer who learned about information on extraterrestrials from NASA was harassed, tranquilized, and interrogated.
Even the Military Doesn’t Know Who MIB’s Are
In 1967 the United States Air Force expressed concern about finding out more about these guys in black who were going around scaring people and saying they were from the U.S. armed services. Here’s a statement by Colonel George P. Freeman, the spokesperson for Project Blue Book at the Pentagon:
«Mysterious men dressed in Air Force uniforms or all in black and bearing impressive credentials from government agencies have been silencing UFO witnesses. We have checked a number of these cases, and these men are not connected to the Air Force in any way. We haven’t been able to find out anything about these men. By posing as Air Force officers and government agents, they are committing a Federal offense. We would sure like to catch one, unfortunately the trail is always too cold by the time we hear about these cases, but we are still trying.»
The Joint Chiefs of Staff are in the Dark Too!
Assistant Vice Chief of Staff of the United States Air Force Lt. General Hewitt T. Wheless sent a memo on March 1, 1967 to various agencies in the Department of Defense. Here’s what it said:
«Information, not verifiable, has reached Hq.USAF that persons claiming to represent the Air Force or other Defense establishments have contacted citizens who have sighted unidentified flying objects. In one reported case, an individual in civilian clothes, who represented himself as a member of NORAD, demanded and received photos belonging to a private citizen. In another, a person in an Air Force uniform approached local police and other citizens who had sighted a UFO, assembled them in a school room and told them that they did not see what they thought they saw and that they should not talk to anyone about the sighting. All military and civilian personnel and particularly information officers and UFO investigating officers who hear of such reports should immediately notify their local OSI offices.»
Three Real Cases
Here are three encounters with the Men in Black that were told to me personally. In each case the person told me about this event without my initiating the conversation on this topic. Each person asked that I not use his or her real name if I told anyone else. In honoring those requests I’m using a pseudonym for the individual. Understandably, there seems to be a need to tell someone about what happened. With the secrecy and intimidation still surrounding any event that has to do with flying saucers or alien beings, people who have these encounters generally don’t trust telling someone who doesn’t have a clue that these guys even exist.
Larry approached me following a meeting on UFOs. He was about twenty-five years old, casually but nicely dressed. He walked up to me and said, «You know, I had something very strange happen to me and my buddy. I don’t like to talk about it because it kind of scares me.» So I asked him what happened. He was clearly nervous and even stuttered a little. Here’s what he told me:
Late one night in a state of semi-sleep, he felt a presence in his bedroom. The «presence» communicated with him and let him know it was from another world. Larry asked why all the secrecy and if they were real why they didn’t just show up in the daytime. They told him that the next time he was with his best friend (whom they called by name) he would indeed see them and he would know it was them.
Larry said the entire conversation did not exactly take place using words. It was more like he understood what they were thinking and feeling without actual words. I know it sounds weird, but this is very common in human/alien interactions. For the most part, none of the aliens use verbal language, it is all telepathic, and sometimes it’s in the human’s own language. Many times it is a combination of feeling, «a knowingness», and understanding on a level we have not yet discovered how to describe.
When Larry woke in the morning he wasn’t sure if he had been dreaming or not, but the experience was so vivid and unlike any dream he had ever had before that he thought about it daily for months afterwards.
Larry’s best friend was now in the military and he didn’t see him for months. His friend returned home just in time for the Fourth of July, and they decided to go down to a local park where some of his family members were holding a big picnic. The two of them were just kind of standing around, when a black van pulled up about fifty yards away. The two front doors opened and two men dressed all in black suits with black hats and dark sunglasses got out. Larry was startled because he began to remember his «dream.» The two men opened the sliding door on the side of the van and two more guys got out. They too were head-to-toe in black, with shades.
Larry said, «First of all, it was hot. It was the middle of the afternoon and well over 80 degrees, and these guys were in black, with hats! Next, the two guys who got out of the side looked different. They didn’t look human. I can’t describe it, but their arms looked too long or something. Then they sat down at a picnic table and they all turned around and looked right at me and my buddy. After that he got real quiet. Then they just got back in the van and drove off. My buddy won’t talk about it. He pretends like nothing happened, but I know he saw them and he knows I know.»
Christine was a career military person. She is a pilot and flew in the Armed Forces of the United States. She is even a member of the now infamous «Tailhook Association.» For those who don’t know, Tailhook is an association for Navy Fighter pilots. The name Tailhook comes from the hook on the back of fighter jets that is used to catch the planes when they land on an aircraft carrier. Here is what Christine told me:
«One night a large UFO showed up and hovered over the base for about forty minutes. Everybody saw it. We were all pilots and we knew it wasn’t ours. We could also tell because the brass didn’t know what it was either. When it left, it took off at phenomenal speed. The next day a bunch of black sedans showed up on the base. Each one had four guys all dressed in black with hats. They got out and went to every building on the base and «encouraged» us not to talk about what we saw. I’m not easily intimidated. I know how to use a firearm and I’ve flown in combat conditions, but these guys meant business.»
Colonel Rogers had retired from the military and lived alone. Rogers had mentioned to some people he had seen UFOs and his work in the military had assured them that they were real. Several days later a man dressed in black showed up at his door. When Rogers opened it the man began to warn him about not talking about UFOs. Rogers told the man, «OK, just a minute.» He excused himself went into his bedroom and came back to the front door with a loaded .45 pistol. He cocked it, pointed it at the man’s head and said, «I don’t know if you are CIA, NSA, or an alien, but somebody will have a lot of explaining to do if I blow your head off. Now get out of here.»
The next day another man showed up wearing regular business attire (no black suit with shades). He hailed the colonel from the front yard with his arms raised, said he was unarmed, and asked if he could talk to him briefly. The colonel allowed the guy to approach. The guy said, «Look Colonel, we’re sorry, no more guys will show up at your house. Some of this UFO information is still classified and we would appreciate it if you just didn’t talk too much about it. OK? Thanks.» And, then the guy left.
These are similar to the Men in Black. Abductees, contactees, and people who have UFO encounters often report being followed by black helicopters. Once again, no one is sure if these are government aircraft or alien craft disguised as helicopters. There are cases which point to both.
One contactee, author Kim Carlsberg, has recorded being followed by black helicopters on the days following a nighttime abduction experience.
It’s Probably the Army
Unconfirmed sources say these black helicopters belong to the U.S. Army, 160th SOAR Division. The helicopters are black, or in some cases a very dark green, because they are «stealth aircraft» technology and cannot be detected by radar, just like the stealth bombers and fighters. Apparently these craft are also made available to other government agencies, including but not limited to the CIA, FEMA, and NSA.
I mention this again. FEMA stands for the Federal Emergency Management Agency. This is the organization you hear about on your local news whenever there has been a hurricane, tornado, earthquake, flood, or any other major catastrophe. FEMA manages the funds that are doled out by the government to states and individuals to help them recover from these events.
In looking into covert or «black» operations, FEMA comes up again and again. It appears that FEMA is used as a cover to direct funds into these covert operations. Can I prove it? No. However, FEMA turns up again and again from all kinds of different sources whenever government secrecy and funding is the topic. No other «civilian» agency does. Not the FDA, FAA, or USDA! Not only that, but after any major disaster people seem to have a hard time getting relief from this agency, as if there were not enough money there. Let’s get a budget review done of FEMA funds and check it out!
A Personal Note on FEMA
Shortly after the printed version of my book was published, a close friend of mine named Kevin read it and then told me the following:
Kevin said that his dad had worked for FEMA for years. However, he didn’t know exactly what his dad did. Unlike other dads, his father never spoke about his work and he would often take short unexplained business trips out of town. Kevin always felt that there was much more to his fathers job at FEMA than just helping out with civilian emergencies.
One day Kevin was watching the news on TV with his dad and he asked him, «Dad, what is it exactly, that you do?» At the time, the televsion was giving a news broadcast showing then President Richard Nixon and Secretary of State Henry Kissinger. Kevin’s father pointed at the screen and said:
«You see those two fellas there? I was in the same room with them yesterday.» That was the end of the conversation. Kevin’s dad never said another word about his job or his duties at FEMA.