posted on Feb, 2 2005 @ 01:32 PM
Someone once told me that the modern urban legend of the Men in Black had a simple yet mysterious beginning.
According to my friend (in the field), in the very early days of the US space program, the OSS/CIA was very interested, from a technical point of
view, in the capabilities of the early spacecraft and the pilots who would fly in them. The OSS/CIA had approached the President with the idea
(gained from captured german scientists) that low-earth orbit could be exploited for observation of our enemies and placement of first-strike orbital
nuclear weapons. Although Ike nixed the weapon systems idea, he liked the recce idea, and wanted it further explored with the help of a group that
would eventually become known as the DSB.
Supposedly, the MIB's were technical and security reps from the OSS/CIA who were granted blanket access to all US Space facilities and associated
contractors, who were there to observe and gather facts for the CIA. They asked alot of questions, took alot of data, and never said much in return.
You all know how the story turned out, with the implementation of the Corona satellite system many years later. However, starting with the original
group of test pilots, astronauts, and support crews, the MIB's were a "geez whiz" mystery the pilots never were able to figure out. And when those
same people starting showing up in places like Groom Lake and wherever there where myserious "crashes" of strange origin, its no wonder the urban
legend status grew.
If you ever watch the movie "The Right Stuff", if you look carefully you will occasionally see the MIB in the background of many shots. The
screenwriters, astronauts, and pilots were careful not to omit this important detail.