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There are those, however, who believe that certain NICAP investigators significantly overstepped the mark on a number of occasions when interviewing UFO witnesses. The result: they may very well have come across like genuine Men in Black, when, in actuality, they were nothing of the sort at all. Jim Moseley, for example, is absolutely sure that just such a scenario occurred at the height of the NICAP days:
“Doesn’t a name like that – the National Investigations Committee on Aerial Phenomena – sound like an official government group, to you? They weren’t official, of course; they were just UFO researchers, like me and you, really. But, if you’re some yokel out in the sticks who has seen a UFO, and maybe it gets mentioned in the press, and someone comes to your door and flashes a NICAP ID card and says ‘I don’t want you to talk about this,’ you might think it’s the government, or those Men in Black that people talk about. And some of the NICAP people would say that because what every Saucer group wants is the exclusive on the story.”
Jim Moseley’s perspective on this specific aspect of Men in Black lore is very much echoed by legendary author Brad Steiger: “I’m quite certain that in some cases – and I actually accused some of the officials of this organization face-to-face – NICAP were responsible for some of the Men in Black tales. I know that some of their pimple-faced teenagers were coming up to people’s houses, ringing doorbells, and saying: ‘I’m from NICAP, the National Investigations Committee on Aerial Phenomena from Washington, D.C.’”
Expanding on his own thoughts on this specific matter, Steiger notes with keen logic the following: “You wouldn’t have to push it too far when people heard the words ‘from Washington’ and the person flashes a little identity card, to think you have been visited by the Men in Black. And there’s no field of paranormal research that is more jealous than the UFO field. So, if these pimpled teenagers are thinking: ‘This is my case; this one belongs to me,’ then they might have taken – or confiscated – photos and evidence from the witnesses and warned people: ‘Don’t talk to anyone else.’ So, I think that definitely accounted for some of the three Men in Black stories”