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A Viewers Guide to THE MEN WHO STARE AT GOATS

By • Nov 9th, 2009 •

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The movie, THE MEN WHO STARE AT GOATS, is based on a book of the same title. While listed as nonfiction, the facts were extrapolated almost beyond recognition. The people in the book were listed by their real names. I was named many times.

While some Special Forces units experimented with various techniques, the vast majority of the incidents came from one of two other sources. Formal psi research programs were conducted in the U.S. Army Intelligence and Security Command (INSCOM). There was also a unique think tank called Task Force Delta at Headquarters Department of the Army and later at the Army War College. Delta was arguably the most innovative organization in the world. With support of senior leadership, we were consciously pushing the envelope. It should be noted that all of the explorations undertaken were done based on solid rationale.

Facts and Fiction

– The First Earth Battalion (1EB) was created by Lt. Col. Jim Channon, a brilliant imaginer and artist. He literally owns the First Earth Battalion concept.
– The 1EB was never an authorized military unit of the U.S. Army
– The 1EB was a notional concept that encouraged/allowed people to think innovatively, yet within a military construct
– The New Earth Battalion is a movie version of 1EB
– Most of the movie characters are based on real people – though some are composites
– The Kevin Spacey character seems to be made up for movie purposes
– Senior officer with ponytail (Jeff Bridges) NOT REAL
– Remote Viewing – REAL- and was a 20 year official program
– Use of Remote Viewing in Gen Dozier kidnapping by Red Brigade – REAL
– Concern about Soviet psychic research – REAL
– JEDI projects – REAL – but ad hoc (I had one of them with multi-agencies)
– Spoon bending – REAL – was taught to hundreds
– Cloud busting –REAL – though never as fast as done by Clooney
– Computer crashing – REAL – incident did happen
– Fire walking -REAL
– New Age exploration – REAL
– Running into walls – NOT REAL (is the opening scene of the movie)
– Use of LSD – not only NO, BUT HELL NO
– Hamster staring –ATTEMPTED – by Guy Savelli (a civilian martial artist)
– Goat Lab – REAL – used to train medics
– Goats – Hit by martial artists – It did die hours later
– Goats – Staring – no credible evidence to support this allegation
– Dim mak – PROBABLY REAL – supported by physical evidence
– References to a hollow army –REAL – post Vietnam was a traumatic period

PUSHING THE ENVELOPE
“If everything you’re attempting is successful, you are nowhere close to the edge!”
John Alexander

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7 Responses »

  1. To quote Einstein; “If we knew what we were doing, it wouldn’t be called research.”

  2. Great to read your comments John. I had the opportunity to meet both Joe McMoneagle who successfully demonstrated remote viewing over 150 times in live TV broadcasts and Lyn Buchanan who was the psychic who crashed a lot of computers. When we filmed Lyn the electric system in the camera (big studio camera) went down even thought it was plugged into the electricity in the wall and also a PC laptop in a close range of Lyn experienced blue screen, a sign of a severe system error. It was fun. We also did a feature documentary on Joe. The Lyn interview is still in post production…

  3. Anybody know the name of the yellow plastic multi-tool that the G. Clooney character whips out during a scene in the desert — looks like a big version of a flat Swiss Army tool. Was it a made-for-movie beta version or does such a multi tool exist?

  4. RE: The non-lethal weapon used by Clooney.

    Like many of the things in the movie, it is not real. They just made that up for comic purposes. Facts were never a concern for Ronson.

  5. The CIA did many LSD experiments. One agent given the drug jumped out a window. I think the film makers were just combining a lot of controversial government projects together. I particularly liked all the new mind control programs done in Iraq.

    There was also a program that summoned “orbs” or ball lightening and (I think this was in the film) the dousing and/or divining experiments.

    I was born and raised in Las Vegas. My good friend’s dad was a doctor out at the Test Site. He said he would get blood samples back from men at the base that had chemical signatures he had never seen before.

    There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio,
    Than are dreamt of in your philosophy. – Hamlet

  6. I’m so very glad they approached this subject with an ample amount of humor. It would be hard for non-believers to take this film seriously and commit to the story from beginning to end. I’ve done work for several magazines under numerous pseudonyms that cover the gambit on these very topics and I’m very vocal on being a non-believer. The humor, the cast and situations the characters find themselves make this film unique and well-worth your time. It also helps that my writing associate’s husband– the honorable Col. John B. Alexander– has his hand involved in a matter that most civilians find to be complete bullshit.

    Kudos to to the cast, crew and Col. John B. Alexander!!

  7. Spoon bending- REAL

    Col. Alexander- LOL

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