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The men who stare at goats
Ronson, Jon
Adult Nonfiction UB276 .R66 2004

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From Publishers' Weekly:

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.? (Apr.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

From Library Journal:

Passing through walls. Killing goats with a cool gaze. Just some of the paranormal activities the U.S. Army's First Earth Battalion reputedly tried to accomplish. From the author of the equally weird but scary Them. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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