posted on Feb, 12 2003 @ 12:10 PM
Ordered to Quit
by the Men in Black
One day in 1953, Albert Bender, a thirty-two year old saucer and occult enthusiast who ran the International Flying Saucer Bureau out of his home in
Bridgeport, Connecticut, received a surprise visit from "three men wearing dark suits" who "flashed credentials" from a "higher authority" and
told him "not roughly, but sternly and emphatically, to stop publishing flying saucer information." Bender told a reporter from the Bridgeport
Herald in November that the visitors took five copies of each issue of his newsletter.
He said that he was so frightened by the encounter that he could not eat for a "couple of days."
This incident would enter UFO lore as one of the original appearances of the "Men In Black."
The story would seem to be just another case of a rather self-dramatizing marginal individual making sensationalistic claims, and gives the impression
that the "visitors from a higher authority" - if they actually existed - were members of some secret government agency. But it is typical of the
weirdly convoluted world of UFOs in the 1950s that the CIA did get involved in this "MIB" case, if only in a peripheral way.
According to documents preserved in the CIA's online Electronic Documents Release Center, in the summer of 1959 a Mr. George Patrick Wyllie of
Cleveland, Tennessee sent CIA Director Allen Dulles a copy of Gray Barker's book "They Knew Too Much About Flying Saucers," which greatly
embroidered on the 1953 intimidation of Bender.
Dulles did not ignore the letter or return the book with a polite acknowledgment. Oddly, he forwarded it to the Agency's Office of Scientific
Intelligence, and on July 2nd, OSI director Herbert Scoville replied to Wyllie, returning the book. Did Dulles refer it to OSI because he detected
some indication that the book might refer to CIA activity in relation to the Bender case? The reply was drafted by C. W. Matthews of the OSI
Fundamental Sciences Division.
[Edited on 31-8-2003 by quaneeri]