George Clooney and 'The Men who Stare at Goats'

by Joey Paur

George Clooney and his production company Smoke House have there hands on a pretty cool and interesting movie. It called 'The Men who Stare at Goats' and its based on a book by Jon Ronsons. The Movie will be directed by Grant Heslov and Clooney will star. George really needs a hit after 'Leatherheads' bombed. The reason it bombed was because it was just a terrible movie, I'm not sure what they were trying to do with it. But this movie could be gold. I wasn't quite sure what this was about Variety gave very little information on it so I looked up the book on Amazon and came up with the following descriptions. You have to read this stuff!

This exploration of the U.S. military's flirtation with the supernatural is at once funny and tragic. It reads like fiction, with plenty of dialogue and descriptive detail, but as Ronson's investigation into the government's peculiar past doings creeps into the present-and into Iraq-it will raise goose bumps. As Ronson reveals, a secret wing of the U.S. military called First Earth Battalion was created in 1979 with the purpose of creating "Warrior Monks," soldiers capable of walking through walls, becoming invisible, reading minds and even killing a goat simply by staring at it. Some of the characters involved seem well-meaning enough, such as the hapless General Stubblebine, who is "confounded by his continual failure to walk through his wall." But Ronson (Them: Adventures with Extremists) soon learns that the Battalion's bizarre ideas inspired some alarming torture techniques being used in the present-day War on Terror. One technique involves subjecting prisoners to 24 hours of Barney the Purple Dinosaur's song, "I Love You," and another makes use of the Predator, a small, toy-like object designed by military martial arts master Pete Brusso that can inflict a large amount of pain in many different ways ("You can take eyeballs right out... with this bit," Brusso tells Ronson). Ronson approaches the material with an open mind and a delightfully dry sense of humor, which makes this an entertaining, if unsettling, read. Indeed, as the events recounted here grow ever more curious-and the individuals Ronson meets more disturbing-it's necessary to remind oneself of Ronson's opening words: "This is a true story." Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.


In 1979 a secret unit was established by the most gifted minds within the U.S. Army. Defying all known accepted military practice -- and indeed, the laws of physics -- they believed that a soldier could adopt a cloak of invisibility, pass cleanly through walls, and, perhaps most chillingly, kill goats just by staring at them.

Entrusted with defending America from all known adversaries, they were the First Earth Battalion. And they really weren't joking. What's more, they're back and fighting the War on Terror.

With firsthand access to the leading players in the story, Ronson traces the evolution of these bizarre activities over the past three decades and shows how they are alive today within the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and in postwar Iraq. Why are they blasting Iraqi prisoners of war with the theme tune to Barney the Purple Dinosaur? Why have 100 debleated goats been secretly placed inside the Special Forces Command Center at Fort Bragg, North Carolina? How was the U.S. military associated with the mysterious mass suicide of a strange cult from San Diego? The Men Who Stare at Goats answers these and many more questions.



1. Goat/Hamster Thought-Death Experiments.

Description: Special Forces soldiers stare, heart of goat/hamster eventually explodes.

Success Rate: One dead goat, one dead hamster (experiments conducted inside 'Goat Lab' at Fort Bragg, North Carolina).

Operational Use: Military Intelligence currently considering staring at detainees at Abu Ghraib (not to kill them, just to freak them out).

2. Bee-Attracting Theremone.

Description: Special theremone to be sprayed on the enemy before bees are released to attack them.

Success Rate: Still in proposal stage.

Operational Use: Enemies will get stung.

3. Walking Through Walls.

Description: Soldier learns to walk through wall. Secret experiments conducted at US Army Intelligence headquarters, Arlington, Virginia.

Success Rate: None. Soldiers kept bumping their noses.

Operational Use: Who would want to screw with an army that could do that?

4. Blasting the enemy with the theme tune to Barney The Purple Dinosaur

Description: Detainee placed inside steel shipping container. Barney song is repeatedly blasted.

Success Rate: Hard to quantify.

Operational Use: This interrogation technique is designed to hit detainee on a "psycho-spiritual dimension". Currently being deployed in Iraq.

What gets me is this is supposed to be based on a actual events! Crazy! I imagine this will be a highly anticipated film once things really get rolling on it. I'M IN! What do you guys think?

- Dr. Venkman