Thursday, October 08, 2009

Clooney and Co. again

"In his first book on the weirdness around us, "Them: Adventures with Extremists," the British documentary filmmaker Jon Ronson explored the world of conspiracy theorists, hobnobbing with neo-Nazis, Islamic fundamentalists, Ku Klux Klansmen and the survivors of Ruby Ridge. He found they all shared a belief that a shadowy cabal of powerful men rules the world from inside a secret room.
In his funny, frightening non-fiction follow-up, The Men Who Stare at Goats" (Simon & Schuster, $24), Ronson tracks an equally bizarre group of individuals within U.S. military intelligence whose experiments in psychic warfare and paranormal abilities stretch from LSD experiments in the Fifties to the current strategic use of the Barney "I Love You" song on Iraqi prisoners of war.


Ronson got wind of a unit at Fort Bragg that had subsequently experimented with a more offensive psychic technique: killing a goat by staring at it. He interviewed one former member of "Goat Lab" who reportedly managed to achieve this goal, and another who reportedly stared a hamster to death.

In the '90s, the mind corps moved heavily into white noise and subliminal messages. Ronson describes how PsyOps flew a Moscow scientist to Waco to implant the voice of God (Charlton Heston was tabbed for the role) into the music being leveled at the Branch Davidian compound. A similar mind-numbing technique is still being unleashed on Iraqi POWs through repeated ear-shattering doses of Metallica's "Enter Sandman" and the Barney song, Ronson says.

Since the World Trade Center attacks, Ronson says PsyOps and Homeland Security have re-enlisted old First Earth Battalion operatives, including spoon-bender Uri Geller, to lend their psychic abilities to the war on terror.

"I'm sure that all the remote viewers (psychic spies) from the old days were called up right after 9/11. I'm sure they're back in business. The one thing I would love to have found out that I didn't is a 'nonspecific threat' warning coming out of John Ashcroft's mouth that could be traced back to a psychic divination from one of these guys. I spent months following that line of inquiry."LINK

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