After my editor MaryAnn informed me nobody would know what S1 was without defining them, I chose to write their biography instead of an appositive phrase or noun clause.
I'm like that.
Bart Doherty looked at Colin Jameson. The two men had known each other almost every one of Colin’s twenty-eight years. From his family’s early visits to see Bart to Colin’s first trip to Minnesota in 1999, there was a mythology, which reflected the life of his great uncle. After that, there was a hidden reality with what he never said when Colin was there. Since then, to include Colin’s time in S1, there was only the secrets that the two men shared about their combined realities of being a part of the secret unit S1 and all they had been through together.
In the years since Colin joined the group, he learned quite a bit about their history, though he wasn’t informed of everything since some of it was need to know or unspoken secrets and failures that Bart kept hidden.
Nevertheless, what he did know was amazing.
Harry Truman’s handlers, who advised him to legislate decisively on threats foreign and domestic in order to bring about the National Security Agency, Central Intelligence Agency, and the Defense Intelligence Agency, created the group who would go by the name S1. These behind the scenes men were the original top dogs of the American spy world, a tight-knit group who acted with the same stroke of genius decision-making that worked to realize that there was a need to have a completely off the books military unit operating at home and abroad. Unlike other overt military units, this covert unit could still be trained by the military and listed as being in jobs within the armed forces, but they would operate completely apart from the standard rules of engagement as listed by the Geneva Convention since their engagements would be so important that they had to be completed in ways that could never be exposed to the everyday world. Whether these enemies appeared on their own or in tandem with recognized enemies of the state, it was imperative that all people looking to possess or join with these beings be annihilated as an enemy to world peace and general order. Truman particularly liked feeling that he was responsible for saving the world with this decision. Truman’s handlers felt contented knowing that they had convinced the President of the United States to do the right thing despite the possible ramifications that it might cause if the groups were ever exposed to the light of day. Though he was not briefed on all of the potential issues, Truman was aware of the need for such utter secrecy that he eventually turned all controlling authority of this group over to the infamous group known as Majestic Twelve.
At a time when multiple clandestine groups were starting to appear in this country, S1, Truman created S1, the first of these groups, to deal with many things Beyond Top “Secret” and all things “supernatural.” Whether the S was for the former or the latter, the history is uncertain since nobody ever acknowledged this group in the light of day at that time, and in the end, it doesn’t really matter since the group performed both of these duties exceptionally. In fact, they did them so well in working to close loopholes and issues of concern that related to cryptids and ghosts that they became a model for other countries who had these concerns.
A second group, S2 was also set up at this time in order to deal with issues of the alien problem, which was rearing its head with the events of Roswell that occurred in 1947. As these events have continued incessantly ever since, the group is also still active within various capacities in the United States and abroad, though they now operate under different protocols since the changes implemented in the Eisenhower and Kennedy Administration. After Kennedy, Lyndon Johnson wasn’t given a chance to get upset because he was never briefed on the organization, and they were kept to the handlers instead.
For a short time, things between the groups went swimmingly when they needed to work together, but this tranquility and camaraderie did not last long when the infighting between S1 and S2 began to spill over after the latter group started to adopt more violent and oppressive tactics to conceal the extra-terrestrial problem from the population as a whole. There were numerous events, which caused tussles and screaming matches. Mostly these went on behind closed doors, but some of them threatened to spill over into the mainstream. In particular, there was an event at an archaeological dig referred to as Mormon Creek. This event, which occurred in Utah in 1995 right after the Timothy McVeigh bombing at the Alfred P. Murrah Building, landed a pair of Native Americans named Solomon Owens and Donny White Feather, in jail, after S2 members infiltrated their group, the Pueblo Defense Fund.
The S2 brass considered this an ingenious plan designed to create fake ancestral heritage claims in order to convince a group of problematic Native Americans to destroy an archaeology site that would steal and desecrate their ancestors’ remains. What the Native Americans did not know was that the excavation would have exposed ancient alien relics and bodies. S2 could not allow this to happen, so they armed the Pueblo Defense Fund to the teeth for battle. If the Native Americans won, S2 would rat them out to police or execute them as soon as they were out of eyesight. However, if they were to die, it would be all the better since their actions would create hostility toward the claims that tribes were making about ancestral remains and lands. Besides, so much had been going on in the country at the time with Ruby Ridge, Waco, and Oklahoma City, that when the courtroom decided the punishment, it was short, sweet, and to the point.
Nobody wanted angry militants exacting “revenge” on anyone, so the authorities quickly removed Owens and White Feather from public knowledge as quickly as they appeared on its radar.
It was almost hard to believe how quickly something so violent could vanish, but since most people who know about eastern Utah only know about its National Parks, the proximity to Mormon Cross and the Middle of Nowhere helped put it out of people’s sight and out of their minds. Nevertheless, when this event transpired, the Native Americans battled with archaeologists and members of the Bureau of Land Management for two days in an incident that resulted in the destruction of the site, the death of many men and women on both sides, sexual assault, and kidnapping. Prior to the arrival of the Feds, the incident had been quietly going on for a week, but then the proverbial shit hit the fan with a murder charge, and this signaled authority intervention.
While the men in question were guilty on many accounts, the authorities framed them for other incidents that they had nothing to do with. Now they are currently sitting in prison at Uinta 1, where they sit in solitude to conceal an action that needed to transpire by any means necessary.
S1 tended to look at people they encountered as potential resources to utilize in their war against this parallel world. When word got out about this, things reached a boiling point. The divisions exploded, and soon, S2 negotiated a division from the original program when they refused to back down from operating under this type of rule of law.
Under their new authority, they became known as “Team Black” for their standard uniform, which was black suits, white shirts, black ties, dark glasses, a silenced pistol, and a black hat on top. For ages, they created a mystique for themselves when they emerged in public in places like Point Pleasant, West Virginia, during the Mothman days. As a result of these situations, they gained the name Men in Black in popular culture. This name originally created a level of respect for the men and women in the organization, but soon, they felt it was just too comic book and humorous for its own good, so they called themselves Team Black instead.
It should be noted that after the Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones movie of the same name, they even became something of a joke to S1, but that’s a totally different story.
S1 chose to stay more clandestine, even when their taunts and jokes were traveling back to S2. Having never been truly named except by one letter and one number, they stuck with their original moniker, if and when they mentioned their name at all. Most times, it was “my team” or “my unit,” which is how their officers referred to them. If you were in the team, you were important and special, and this was something you knew, so you didn’t blow it.
Colin knew this right from the moment he found out at the post Hell Week meeting that his great uncle wanted him to be a part of the team. This was clear, but what wasn’t clear was exactly how intense and secretive his work would be in saving the world from the doom that could otherwise be inflicted by these savage beasts that they were set to fight.