The Best of Switchblade Steve
Saturday, September 23rd, 2017 at 9 pm EDT, Mack Maloney, Juan-Juan of Mack Maloney’s Military X-Files is fresh off his five-star speech at the recent Mothman Festival. MMMXFiles national correspondent Switchblade Steve Ward re-visits some of his greatest stories, including the first ever report of the Men-in-Black and the day UFOs were seen over Loch Ness.
Who are the Men in Black?
In popular culture and UFO conspiracy theories, men in black (MIB) are supposed men dressed in black suits who claim to be government agents who harass or threaten UFO witnesses to keep them quiet about what they have seen. It is sometimes implied that they may be aliens themselves. The term is also frequently used to describe mysterious men working for unknown organizations, as well as various branches of government allegedly designed to protect secrets or perform other strange activities. The term is generic, used for any unusual, threatening or strangely behaved individual whose appearance on the scene can be linked in some fashion with a UFO sighting. Several alleged encounters with the men in black have been reported by UFO researchers and enthusiasts.
Stories about allegedly real-life men in black inspired the semi-comic science fiction Men in Black franchise of comic books, films, and other media.
Men in black figure prominently in ufology and UFO folklore. In the 1950s and ’60s, UFOlogists adopted a conspiratorial mindset and began to fear they would be subject to organized intimidation in retaliation for discovering “the truth of the UFOs”.
In 1947, Harold Dahl claimed to have been warned not to talk about his alleged UFO sighting on Maury Island by a man in a dark suit. In the mid 1950s, the ufologist Albert K. Bender claimed he was visited by men in dark suits who threatened and warned him not to continue investigating UFOs. Bender believed the men in black were secret government agents tasked with suppressing evidence of UFOs. The ufologist John Keel claimed to have had encounters with men in black and referred to them as “demonic supernaturals” with “dark skin and/or “exotic” facial features”. According to the ufologist Jerome Clark, reports of men in black represent “experiences” that “don’t seem to have occurred in the world of consensus reality”.
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