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Mystery Of The Men In Black - The UFO Silencers Paperback – Jan 24 2012
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About the Author
Timothy Green Beckley is the author of MJ-12 and the Riddle of Hangar 18; Secret Prophecy of Fatima Revealed; Angels of the Lord; UFOs Among the Stars; Prophecies of the President. He has won many awards -- including UFOlogist of the Year -- for his investigations into the unknown; and has appeared on more than 500 radio and TV talk shows including Coast To Coast Am, The Kevin Smith Show and UFO Hunters. Timothy Green Beckley has been studying the phenomena since he was ten-years-old when he had his first sighting of two strange objects in the sky. Tim Beckley is one of a few select Americans invited to speak before the House of Lords UFO Group.
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If you can actually believe stories about rays shooting out of men's eyes and there eyes turning different colors etc. then go ahead and buy it.
It is a piece of junk, from the ridiculous cover art to the absurd stories inside it.
Too bad such a piece of garbage was written on a truly fascinating subject ... I'd recommend John Keel over this idiot.
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The subject of the men in black has been treated in certain circles as comic book subject matter to be dismissed from serious discussion. A prominent film was made that dealt with the men in black phenomenon in that manner.
What many investigative types will find refreshing is that "Mystery of the Men in Black: The UFO Silencers" by Timothy Beckley consists of numerous case histories with added commentary from either the researchers presenting the cases, or from the investigators themselves in those instances where they discuss a case study or studies.
The common thread is that the men in black, as the name implies, dress in black suits and wear black hats. They often wear dark glasses and are frequently seen traveling in black Cadillacs that often bear strange license plates, while some reveal none at all.
The men in black sometimes appear to be deeply tanned and are frequently described as possessing an Oriental look, bearing slant-like eyes. Their manner of speech also has been cited as strange to the point where they have difficulty pronouncing words. It is also said that many have trouble walking, and move in a strange, awkward manner.
While these have been commonly expressed characteristics, once one moves beyond appearance a variety of opinions exist of who they are and what they might represent. This disparity is fascinating to read about as the case histories unfold.
Early in the book we learn about the doppeldanger, or double, effect in which men in black seek to impersonate individuals who have claimed to experience UFO sightings, or, additionally, have claimed to have had contact with extraterrestrials arising from those encounters.
What we repeatedly learn from these revelations is that the men in black, as the title of "The UFO Silencers" indicates, seek to serve as "silencers" to prevent details of such purported accounts from being communicated. All kinds of trick tactics are employed to accomplish this purpose.
One of the most interesting encounters occurs when Brad Steiger, one of the most prominent names in the field, believes that a friend is attempting to pull a prank on him. The friend stated that Steiger and Keel were seeking to debunk a UFO sighting claim, which was not the case.
Since Steiger was then busy completing a book he refused to go, believing the friend was kidding him. Eventually the man turned up at Steiger's door in a rattled, frightened condition.
Another account involves a Maine doctor who had consulted with someone claiming to have had a UFO experience. This was followed by a strange man appearing at his door, anxious to talk about the UFO claim.
The doctor was astonished when the man left and appeared to vanish in thin air. He looked carefully and was unable to see the man at all after he stepped outside the house. The doctor became so shaken that he eventually purchased a gun.
While there is a common thread of men in black practicing intimidation and trickery in various ways, there are varying schools of thought on whether they are from another planet or, as Keel believes, could be from planet earth.
Some UFO researchers who hold devout religious beliefs contend that the men in black represent an evil Satan in a continuing battle with God and the forces of good. Dr. Frank Stranges, a Van Nuys, California minister, falls into this category and relates an encounter he and his wife had on a highway when a black Cadillac ran them off the road.
Dr. Stranges believe that he and his wife's lives were spared through a divine healing. He provides a regular candlelight prayer service as a means of fending off the dark forces and protecting oneself by allying with God.
In one New Jersey case investigators attempting to gain information into a man in black following a local resident involved with UFO studies snapped a picture of the man in black they were following. It appears in the book.
What is good about this book is that it provides accounts and presents varying viewpoints dealing with the men in black phenomenon.
The book is a slightly expanded version of his 1971 booklet MIB: Aliens Among Us. I prefer that earlier publication to this. The new material concerning Carroll Wayne Watts and Herbert Hopkins was covered in Gray Barker's MIB: The Secret Terror Among Us. The Hopkins case is discussed in extensive detail in Berthold Schwarz's UFO Dynamics, which I would recommend over Beckley's and Barker's books. The "Mystery on the Mohawk" case is quite chilling. Jennifer Stevens's article was printed in an issue of Ray Palmer's Flying Saucers magazine and also in Flying Saucer Review: Beyond Condon special issue. Rather than paraphrase Stevens, it would have been better if Beckley had printed her actual words. Beckley doesn't provide any references, nor a bibliography, which I found disappointing.
Some of the pages are taken up by drivel such as Rev. Frank Stranges and his buddy Valiant Thor and their "Ring of Fire" blessing, or the thoughts of someone who "channels the essence of Count Saint Germain and other advanced souls, including members of Ashtar Command."
Brad Steiger's anecdote about his friend Warren Smith being scared by MIB types is included twice: on page 20 and page 151. This encounter was described by Smith in more detail in his book UFO Trek, which I would recommend over Beckley's book.
I enjoyed reading Beckley's occasional On the Trail of the Flying Saucers column for Ray Palmer's Flying Saucers magazine. If he reprinted those, which addressed the subject of Men in Black occasionally, then that would be a book of more value to understand the flying saucer scene of the late 60s and early 70s.