Men Who Stare At Goats – The True
Story Behind The Film
By Dick Allgire
It was some thirty years ago on the big screen that we watched Darth Vader kill a subordinate with sheer force of will. Displeased with the performance of Admiral Ozzel because he brought his ships out of hyperspace too soon, alerting the Rebels to their presence, Darth Vader held up his hand and pinched the air. Moviegoers will recall the hapless admiral choking for air and falling over dead. Darth Vader killed the admiral with a look, employing some unseen force of Mind.
It was pure science fiction. Or was it? At about this same time, a U.S. Army Special Forces soldier was felling goats in much the same manner. Now this story is coming to the big screen.
“The Men Who Stare At Goats” is a soon to be released major motion picture starring George Clooney, Jeff Bridges, and Ewan McGregor. It is a lighthearted look at how the U.S. Army explored paranormal powers, “new age” parapsychology and psychic functioning in the late 1970’s and early 80s. The film portrays all of this in a whimsical and comical tone, but the real story is deadly serious.
The character portrayed by George Clooney is based on retired Special Forces Intel First Sergeant Glenn Wheaton. In real life Wheaton is a character far too complex to portray in a two-hour movie. In his Army career Wheaton was a stone cold killer, a Green Beret door-knocker as well as a remote viewer, a type of psychic spy who could readily displace his awareness to remote locations across space and time to bring back actual intelligence grade data using only his mind. He’s also a boy from the Louisiana Bayou, a southern gentleman, a kind and caring teacher.
The title of the upcoming movie, “The Men Who Stare at Goats” is based on an incident in which a Green Beret instructor killed a goat by staring at it. Glenn Wheaton witnessed the event and recounted it to author Jon Ronson, who wrote about it in his book “The Crazy Rulers of the World.” Glenn Wheaton sat down and talked about the goat incident recently during an interview for a documentary planned for release in conjunction with the movie “The Men Who Stare at Goats.” His interview will also be included in the “Extras” in the home DVD version of the movie.
At the Special Warfare Center and School at Ft. Bragg, North Carolina they had what the Green Berets called “The Goat Lab.” …
“I was there the day the first goat died,” recalls Glenn Wheaton. …
Glenn Wheaton witnessed the incredible feat. The instructor never touched the goat. “Michael focused on the goat pretty intensely,” he says. “It started to….
Wheaton does not talk about whether this technique was ever employed against humans, but he says Green Berets did study so called “paranormal powers” as part of a program called Project Jedi.