Thursday, June 02, 2005


Ancient pagans looked to the supernatural for answers. Today the Russian, Chinese and American militaries rely on “remote viewing” as well as psychics. A KGB defector from the 1950s confided that Russia was then experimenting with the occult. Washington not only feared a “missile gap”; they also feared a “spoon-bender” gap – which merely adds another dimension to the decades-old “credibility gap.”


Today we consider ourselves enlightened and laugh at “men who stare at chickens.” But modern Americans are much the same as ancient Romans. In an appeal to U.S. Special Forces over twenty years ago, Maj. Gen. Albert Stubblebine urged elite troops to study the art of psychically bursting the hearts of animals. According to testimony gathered by British writer and filmmaker Jon Ronson, Fort Bragg secretly amassed a herd of de-bleated goats for experimental purposes, including heart busting (along the lines of spoon-bending). Instead of “the men who stare at chickens” the Pentagon gives us The Men Who Stare At Goats. According to Ronson, when Maj. Gen. Stubblebine was chief of U.S. Army intelligence (1981-1984) he vainly attempted to levitate and walk through walls. “I failed totally,” Stubblebine admitted to Ronson. “But I still think they were great ideas.”