Is there room in the Para/Crypto/Fortean world for a gun-toting, paranoid, bipolar, opinionated bastard? A lonely romantic in search of his lost soul? A knight, Samurai, gunslinger, born in the wrong century? A self-destructive, doom-driven survivor seeking redemption? A heavy drinking gonzo outlaw cryptozoologist whose ego is exceeded only by his libido?
No, there isn't. That's why I'm here...

15 May 2011

MIB MIA?


You don't hear about the Men In Black much anymore. Why is that I wonder? In the 50's and 60's, they kept pretty busy. Harassing UFO witnesses, putting researchers out of business, confiscating photos and evidence, even making pests of themselves during the Mothman sightings. And they didn't really go after "big game". Most of their targets were ordinary people who witnessed something strange and were urged or pursuaded to keep quiet. Even the researchers they targeted only had a small following. But some of the big names in the field of ufology and Forteana were left alone. John Keel, while reporting some indirect results of MIB activity, never had the typical MIB encounter familiar to students of the history. Same goes for Frank Edwards, Brad Steiger, and Art Bell and Bill Birnes. None of these celebs in the field ever had a brand-new looking vintage Cadillac pull up to their drive. The MIB seemed to concentrate mostly on witnesses.
Today, with the internet, there are numerous sites, blogs, and forums devoted to discussion of UFOs, conspiracies, underground bases, alien abductions, and other topics that we assume would interest them. But, the sites are still up, the researchers are still researching, the books (and ebooks) continue to be published. MUFON and other organizations are still collecting data. So, why no mass deployment of Asian appearing, black clad "Silencers"?
Maybe it's because UFOs have become so mainstream now. Maybe the agencies behind the MIB have decided that it doesn't matter what is said or published now. Maybe none of today's researchers or groups "know too much" or have gotten "too close to the truth".Maybe their department has suffered a massive funding cut?
Are the sinister agents of the MIB really gone? Have they curtailed their activities? Can we all relax now? Or, are the MIB, like the truth they hope to spress, are still "out there"?

5 comments:

Courtney Mroch said...

Huh. That's a very interesting question. Maybe they all got abducted??? Hazard of their job...

Gummerfan said...

Lo! Hadn't thought about that. I always figured they really worked for the abductors. :)
Maybe they decided that the "truth" is just lost in all the other theories out there?

Autumnforest said...

Perhaps they caught on to us making fun of their outdated 1960s work place fashion style and are now disguising themselves as middle-aged men with van dykes, baseball caps, cargo shorts and polo shirts?? Whether it's the govt or some other "faction" that sends out these MIBs, there is so much publicity and popular culture built around them, it'd be kind of like Elvis stepping out for a stroll--they'd be quite obviously out of place. If there's any intelligence behind it, they quit looking like Secret Service and started looking like regular citizens. Now, there's a frightening (enemy amongst us) feeling. Great post! You should have countered "men in black" with "ladies in white" and talked about the ghost phenomena that is most popularly seen. Wonder if they know each other??

Gummerfan said...

Not sure if the MIB have ever held a mixer with the LIW! :)
In his great book "Our Haunted Planet", Jogn Keel discusses that with society's changes since the 60's, it's much easier for aliens/ultraterrestrials to blend in without notice. Look around and compare today to the 60's. Long hair (of various hues and colors), Goths in black with stark white faces, not to mention the more extreme "body modifications" some individuals sport. Do you think a reptoid Alien could walk the streets of Manhattan without anyone raising an eyebrow?

Autumnforest said...

Well, I know one town they should hide out in-Bisbee, AZ. There are guys with body modifications with horns and all kinds of shit. You're right. No one would bat an eye.