During a recent Eugene party to celebrate “The Big Lebowski” – the cult 1998 film written and directed by Joe and Ethan Coen, and staring Jeff Bridges as “The Dude,” Jeff Lebowski – it was revealed that “The Dude” also stars in a film that’s reminiscent of the Coen Brothers, called “The Men Who Star at Goats.” In this 2009 film – that’s recently been re-released in Europe and in a special edition DVD -- Bridges plays “Bill Django,” the founder of the U.S. Army’s psychic soldier program that is based on the U.S. government’s attempts to harness soldiers’ paranormal abilities in order to combat its enemies. Libraries in Eugene also have access to newly published reports about “psychic spying” by various governments.
Men Who Stare at Goats is art imitating real life, states author
"History's dustbin is littered with dictators and aggressors who underestimated America's resilience, will and underlying power," said U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates at the venue of the IISS Shangri-la Security Summit on June 3 in Singapore. In turn, USA Today reported June 4 that “this fits a theme Gates has stressed in a series of speeches over the past several weeks as he prepares to give way to a new Pentagon chief, Leon Panetta, who is scheduled for a Senate confirmation hearing June 9."
Gates, 67, recalled “the searing failure of U.S. military intervention in Vietnam in the early years of his career, which began in the CIA in 1966. What happened in the years that followed offer a lesson in U.S. staying power. Despite predictions to the contrary, America's setback in Vietnam did not spell the end of our engagement in Asia - in fact, as I mentioned earlier, we pursued a new relationship in China and have been expanding our defense partnerships in the region, including Vietnam, ever since," added Gates in a USA Today story reported June 4.
At the same time, “The Men Who Stare at Goats” author Jon Ronson said World War II, and then the Vietnam War -- during the psyhic age of the Sixties -- helped launch the age of psychic spying. In turn, his book is based on the Russian and U.S. governements seeking out those with psychic powers who then could turn into soldiers. Ronson's research into psychic syping is portrayed in the film “The Men Who Stare at Goats” -- with the film’s star and executive producer George Clooney, playing the role of U.S. Army Special Force operator “Lyn Cassady" -- who reveals that he was part of an American army until training psychic spies – or “Jedi Warriors” – to develop a range of parapsychological skills including invisibility, remote viewing and phasing.
George Clooney believed in the story and produced the film
Clooney said he read Ronson’s book and “believed it was real,” thus, why he spent millions to both produce and star in the film that also features Jeff Bridges as a new age “Dude” leader, and also staring “other believers,” such as Ewan McGregor, Kevin Spacey and Robert Patrick.
While the movie “The Men Who Stare at Goats” creates an experimental top-secret wing of the U.S. military called “The New Earth Army,” the film is based on British author Jon Ronson’s non-fiction bestseller of the same name.
At the same time, Ronson has published a new book this month titled “The Psychopath Test.” During interviews in London for both his new book -- and his ground-breaking research on how the U.S. Army actually experimented with psychic powers during World War II, and also during the Vietnam War (when the Army also experimented with LSD) – Ronson reveals secrets that only "The Dude" or others might believe.
Still, there are instances in Ronson’s story telling that reveal art as mirroring real life events that are just too strange to comprehend. And, Ronson notes that psychic powers are being used to hunt down terrorists during this present day.
The Men Who Stare at Goats: the power of psychic spying
“A film about psychic warfare is based on several events taking place along the coast Monday marking 67 years since Allied forces landed on a swath of beaches in Nazi-occupied France. The June, 6, 1944, invasion and ensuing battle for Normandy helped change the course of the war, and the use of psychic spying during the Cold War. Paranormal powers are still being harnessed for murder investigations today. Florence Waters meets one of Britain’s leading professional remote viewers to find out whether we all have untapped psychic powers in the book and film ‘The Men Who Stare at Goats,’” reports London’s “The Telegraph” on June 6.
“The sign on the door said ‘Remote Viewing workshop’, which didn’t give much away. It might as well have read, ‘Please abandon your logic here.’ Inside was an ordinary office meeting room, with a smiley, professional briefcase-carrying businessman preparing a training session. The contents of the workshop were less predictable. They were based on a training manual written by the U.S. military in the late 1970s, in order to train soldiers to be able to harness their paranormal powers so that they would be able to spy on the enemy, using telepathy,” states The Telegraph.
In turn, the Telegraph reporter said she came to this recent workshop “to get a better understanding of the historical events behind this comedy, The Men Who Stare at Goats, which is based on a true story about the U.S. military. The film is inspired by the events laid out in journalist Jon Ronson’s extensively researched book by the same name about a group of soldiers, who allegedly called themselves ‘The Jedi’, and who were trained to be able to fight wars in esoteric and 'non-violent' ways."
Remote Viewing allows modern warfare without killing
According to the book, their methods and objectives included learning to live off nuts, learning to be invisible, deterring the enemy with ‘sparkly eyes’, walking through walls and, ultimately, killing goats by staring at them. At least two veteran soldiers claim to have accomplished this sophisticated final stage of the training.”
Moreover, Freedom of Information reports confirm “research that went into a psychic training manual, and information about “Remote Viewing: the art of using psychic powers to spy on a remote location, such as an enemy base or a crime scene.”
In turn, the Telegraph reported June 6 that it’s “more than a possibility that government bodies still work with remote viewers, although he doesn’t know how or why. “In the Russian and American military RV (remote viewing) has been used to locate intelligence things, like secret sights and hidden missiles. I don’t get involved in military work.”
“I sometimes have people suggest to me that I remote view certain aspects of government and they very quickly realise that I’m not prepared to get involved.”
Ronson insists that everyone has psychic abilities; it’s just a matter of training people to understand how to use them."
And, the Telegraph reports that “Ronson's dead goat tales also include something called Remote Influencing – “the dodgier version of remote viewing” – which involves "entering somebody else's mind or subconscious.”
Image source of “The Men Who Stare at Goats” movie poster: Wikipedia