I believe the MIB phenomenon has be co-opted to the point that it no longer means what it originally did. The movies haven't helped the issue either.
AND I think this confusion has manifested itself on this thread and fostered some of the dissent recorded here.
To any old-time UFO researcher who has actually studied the issue over the years the "Men in Black" were mysterious creatures who did, indeed, visit
people, but they were a little "off," i.e.: Their mannerisms were strange. It was almost as if they were an ill-fitting disguise with which they were
uncomfortable. The idea proffered here was that they weren't really human, and though they were scary, they didn't hurt or kill anyone. Some people
have made the case that the original "Men in Black" was simply a hoax made up by Gray Barker, a well-known UFO researcher and prankster who died in
I actually talked with Barker many years ago and purchased "The Varo Edition" of Morris K, Jessup's Book, "The case for the UFO." This was an
annotated edition taken from a paperback copy which two people had supposedly commented on the book from a position of authority and made fun of
Jessup's outlandish conclusions on such things as the Philadelphia Experiment. Barker sold it as "I found a few extra copies in the back room," which
in all likelihood, was just another one of his schemes.
However, the concept of the MIB has gained popularity so now you have people re-defining what the MIB are by making up their own definitions. one
fellow above insists the MIB are "anyone in authority." Well, OK, if you must, but you are transforming the original concept into any old government
agent that goes around intimidating people. You may as well say the MIB killed Kennedy, caused 9/11, and buried Jimmy Hoffa in concrete. The MIB now
include just about any Bad Guy(tm) you can make up.
In other words, by doing this you cheapen the brand and dilute the history of what the original MIB were about, slightly bungling, weird guys with
strange mannerisms that seemed to come out of the blue and weren't quite sure what they were doing, devoid of the social graces, and disappeared as
strangely as they arrived. Now the MIB don't even have to wear black.
I have no doubt there really are agents that intimidate you about UFOs. There are too many good stories related by reputable people to doubt that. But
they are not the "Men in Black."
edit on 3/17/2013 by schuyler because: (no reason given)