Super Soldiers

Thou shalt not kill.
Exodus 20:13

Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy. But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.
Matthew 5:43-45

Then said Jesus unto him, Put up again thy sword into his place: for all they that take the sword shall perish with the sword.
Matthew 26:52

Can you kill a goat by staring into its eyes? That's the plot of a Hollywood film (and a U.S. army experiment!)

By Dr Danny Penman
Last updated at 8:20 AM on 23rd October 2009

At first glance, the goat shed at Fort Bragg in North Carolina could be anywhere in the world. Thirty goats are happily munching away on their hay and staring at the blank concrete walls of their stable.Every few minutes, one stops chewing, looks around, and then nonchalantly continues eating as if nothing has happened.But that is where the normality ends. For in an equally nondescript room next door, a young sergeant in combat fatigues is staring at the goats through a window fitted with one-way glass.

Face-off: George Clooney becomes a killer soldier as he stares down a goat
Face-off: George Clooney becomes a killer soldier as he stares down a goat
Two soldiers and a general are anxiously watching him, and every so often, the general shakes his head, a slightly worried look crossing his face.And then the seemingly impossible happens. The sergeant takes another swig of coffee and focuses his mind on Goat Number 17 - which promptly lets out a silent bleat, keels over and dies.'My God,' says the general. 'It works!' The sergeant nods silently - and not a little proudly. For he has just managed to kill the goat using nothing more than the power of his mind. Finally, after years of research, the U.S. Army's Project Jedi seems to be on the verge of success.This was a top-secret military project to create a breed of 'super-soldier' who, if all went to plan, would revolutionise warfare.

They would be fantastically strong and possess superior intelligence, cunning and intuition. They would use psychic powers to spy on the enemy, disable nuclear bombs with telekinesis, and effortlessly kill with the power of thought alone.Not only that, they would also have the ability to become invisible at will and to walk through walls. You might think Project Jedi was the product of Hollywood scriptwriters eager to tempt audiences with a delightfully crazy plot. Indeed, the project does lie at the heart of the soon-to-be-released Hollywood blockbuster The Men Who Stare At Goats, starring George Clooney and Ewan McGregor.
What is less well-known, however, is that the U.S. military did try to create such a breed of 'supersoldier'. And that killing goats with psychic powers was just the tip of the iceberg.

Indeed, the fruits of Project Jedi, and several other clandestine paranormal projects, have been actively used in battle - and are almost certainly being employed in the war on terror and the hunt for Osama Bin Laden.
'You have to understand that these ideas were not considered wacky,' says Sergeant Glenn Wheaton, a Special Forces soldier seconded to Project Jedi.'They were seen as the next military frontier. We needed to know whether it was possible to use paranormal forces for military ends. We also needed to know how to protect ourselves should they be used against us.'

One of the great proponents of psychic warfare was Major General Albert Stubblebine III - and back in 1983, he was at the height of his powers.He was one of America's most distinguished soldiers and chief of U.S. Army Intelligence, with 16,000 soldiers under his command. He was instrumental in the invasions of Panama and Grenada. In fact, it is no exaggeration to say that Albert Stubblebine III was at the heart of America's military machine.He was also a man who tried to walk through walls.

Indian magician Yusultini and his wife Faeeza demonstrate their 'levitation' act on a beach in the 1950s: Levitation and walking through walls: Nothing was too extreme for the U.S. Army
Indian magician Yusultini and his wife Faeeza demonstrate their 'levitation' act on a beach in the 1950s: Levitation and walking through walls: Nothing was too extreme for the U.S. Army
Visitors to Stubblebine's offices at Arlington, Virginia, are told of him repeatedly walking at walls - only to bounce painfully off them.But in his mind, there was never any doubt that the ability to pass through solid objects would one day be a common tool in the intelligence-gathering arsenal.Nonetheless, he was continuously frustrated by his own, rather embarrassing, lack of success.'I still think it's a great idea,' says General Stubblebine. 'I simply kept bumping my nose. It's a disappointment - just like levitation.' Stubblebine has long been fascinated by the power of the mind, and in the late Seventies was convinced that America's next war would be fought with psychic powers as well as bombs and bullets.His reasoning lay in the numerous covert psychic projects - all with bizarre names - the military had been secretly funding for decades.

Very few had even heard of the Stargate Project, MK Ultra and Project Jedi. General Stubblebine, however, had been following them intently and funding some of them lavishly.The military initially focused on 'remote viewing', the scientific term for clairvoyance and extrasensory perception (or ESP).They reasoned that training soldiers to view distant locations using nothing more than the power of their minds could be immensely useful on the battlefield. And so they created the Stargate Project to explore such phenomena.The directors of Stargate began by funding scientists at the Stanford Research Institute in California, one of America's most prestigious science academies.

Very soon, Stanford played host to more than a dozen psychic spies and their skills were even demonstrated to President Jimmy Carter when they were used to search for a downed aircraft.The remote viewers used a deceptively simple method based on what is known as the Ganzfeld technique.The psychic spies induced an altered state of consciousness by seating themselves in a soundproof room and wearing earphones playing white noise. Ping-pong balls sliced in half were placed over their eyes to obscure vision. The room was then bathed in soft red light.The map coordinates or an image of the 'target' would then be placed in an envelope and handed to the viewers. They would be allowed to touch the envelope, but forbidden from opening it.
Locked in their meditative trance, the psychic spies would then experience pictures, feelings and impressions of the target, which might be located thousands of miles away.

To the uninitiated, this approach may sound little better than guesswork. But the scientists investigating remote viewing found it to be surprisingly accurate and the military took it on with enthusiasm.Joe McMoneagle was a Vietnam veteran and also Remote Viewer No1. His role was to use remote viewing to spy on Russian military bases and gather intelligence.He spent more than 20 years as a remote viewer working for U.S. intelligence at Fort Meade, Maryland, the HQ of the National Security Agency. His work eventually earned him the Legion of Merit, America's highest military non-combat medal.'My success rate was around 28 per cent,' says Joe McMoneagle. 'That may not sound very good, but we were brought in to deal with the hopeless cases.'Our information was then cross-checked with any other available intelligence to build up an overall picture. We proved to be quite useful "spies".' But the military was not content to use psychics merely to gather intelligence. They wanted to go further and use them for offensive purposes, too - an enthusiasm that turned to paranoia when the Americans learned of a huge Russian programme to develop their own psychic weapons.

Nation vs nation

More than 40 Russian institutes were involved and the Americans were terrified that the Soviets would use psychics to disable their nuclear missiles.To combat the threat, American psychics were tasked with manipulating the workings of Russian computers and erasing their hard discs. They were also asked to interfere with the detonators of nuclear weapons and interrupt the guidance systems of missiles. All of this work is still highly classified.

AND things soon turned even more sinister - for the military began investigating whether human thought could inflict damage on living creatures. This is known as DMILS (Direct Mental Interaction with Living Systems).
In the late Sixties, American scientists had discovered that focusing bitter, vindictive and negative thoughts on mould inhibited its growth. In one study, 151 of 194 samples given this treatment showed retarded growth.
Other scientists found that negative thoughts could also slow the growth of the food poisoning bug E.coli.
The military immediately saw the implications of this work. If DMILS could be harnessed by their psychic spies, they would become the perfect assassins.

It was only natural, then, for the military to turn to their most accomplished psychics for help. One of them, a youthful Uri Geller, was asked to kill a pig. There was just one problem, which hadn't occurred to his handlers - Uri was a vegetarian with an abiding respect for all life.'They asked me to kill the poor creature using thought alone,' Uri says. 'I cannot tell you how shocked I was. I love animals. My powers cannot be used to harm.
'In those days, I was young and na've, but in that moment I realised who I'd become associated with. I catapulted myself out of that room and left the programme.'

The military, of course, didn't abandon the project just because Uri had left. It merely morphed into Project Jedi at Fort Bragg, headquarters of U.S. Special Forces.Sergeant Glenn Wheaton, of Project Jedi, recently told me of the attempts to kill numerous animals. First they tried dogs, but the psychic soldiers couldn't bring themselves to kill them, especially when the creatures were looking at them with their big brown eyes.They finally chose goats, reasoning that no one could empathise with a creature as ugly as a goat. 'One of the Special Forces soldiers, Michael Echanis, could stop the heart of a goat just by thinking about it,' says Sergeant Wheaton. 'I watched him do it.'Blood began to drip from its nose. Froth then started to bubble from its mouth. The creature fell onto its side, had a fit and died. I can't have taken longer than 30 seconds. It was chilling to watch. 'We realised soon after that everything comes with a cost. Michael suffered a sympathetic injury to his heart. Maybe it was karma.'


News of the military's involvement with psychic spying and Project Jedi gradually leaked out. The psychic programmes had always been controversial within the military. Many opposed them on religious grounds, branding them Satanic; others saw them as deeply irrational and unbefitting of a modern military.It was hardly surprising then that General Stubblebine was quietly retired in 1984. The Stargate Project was then downsized and eventually transferred to the CIA before being closed down.

In 1995, the Pentagon finally confirmed that they had indeed investigated paranormal phenomena 'in the national interest'. They argued that because the Russians were using psychics, the U.S. must investigate such phenomena, too.They also appointed two external scientists to investigate the research. After more than a year of waiting, the results of this audit were released.Although the first researcher, Dr Ray Hyman, remained ambivalent, the second, Professor Jessica Utts from the University of California at Davis, concluded that psychic phenomena were indeed real. She believed the U.S. Army had genuinely discovered a way of harnessing the paranormal.

It's hardly surprising, then, that some are claiming the military has re-activated its psychic spying programme. I have spoken to four former psychic spies. All agree that the U.S. is actively hunting for Bin Laden using remote viewers - although only one, Sergeant Glenn Wheaton, would go on the record.'Sooner or later, Bin Laden will be found,' he says. 'His location will be narrowed down to four or five places - and they will all be hit simultaneously.'And if psychic powers do end the war on terror? Well, at least that poor goat won't have died in vain.

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Robert Duncan O'Finioan

16 Questions With Robert Duncan O'Finioan

Conducted by Winter Steel: May - June 2006

1- Q. What is Project Talent?

A. PROJECT TALENT, (a subproject of MK ULTRA) was/are the continuing experiments being done by the Nazi scientists during W.W.II in their quest for the 'perfect solider', a 'super soldier.'

Those scientists were brought here after the war via Project PAPERCLIP where they continue even today. Every few weeks there is a news item about the DoD having something "new" that can keep a solider on the battlefield longer, and make that person stronger and more deadly.

2- Q. When did you first realize you were part of a "Government Project?"

A. I knew something wasn't "right" from a young age. But in the late 1980s I was involved in a major car crash in which my head was nearly torn from my body.

When I was placed in the MRI machine and it was turned on, the world as I knew it faded away, very painfully. The only way I can describe it is like seeing hundreds of TV screens rushing at me at once, and each screen was a different memory. I suddenly realized the nightmares I had been having for years were in fact real.

During the few seconds I was in the MRI and the machine caught on fire, I began screaming, thinking I was losing my mind. Thus started my quest.

3- Q. Why do you think they choose you?

A. I believe I was chosen because of my blood lines. I'm half Irish and half Cherokee -- The two races (Celts and Indians) of people who have the highest number of children born with PSI or ESP abilities.

4- Q. Did your family know you were in this "Project?"

A. Yes. My mother and father did, most certainly. I also think my grandparents may have as well.

5- Q. Why do you think your family would send you to be in such experiments?

A. I found out only a couple of years ago that my father worked for the CIA and had heavy ties to the intelligence community. I doubt if my parents had little, if any, say in the matter.

6- Q. What exactly was your purpose within the "Project?"

A. I was one of their "super soldiers."

7- Q. When did you realize that you could do "more", or were "different" than other people?

A. From very early on. But I really saw that I was different when I started teaching martial arts.

8- Q. How did you cope with life in the meantime?

A. I stayed to myself. I trained in the martial arts. You could count the number of friends I had on one hand. Family members included.

9- Q. How many others do you think, (or can remember), were a part of Project Talent with you?

A. I was told by someone who worked closely with the project that when I was taken in 1966 there were 1000 of us. I was also told that as of five years ago there were fewer then 60 of us still alive.

10- Q. What were their jobs within?

A. Some were like me, super soldiers. Others were PSI spies, remote viewers, some acted as a living memory card, and the list goes on.

11- Q. Give us an example of what you would do.

A. My team would be briefed on an operation, and given a target. We would then take transport and eliminate the target. Not all missions were done with a team. There were many times I was sent out alone.

12- Q. Why do you think they removed your memories?

A. You can't tell what you don't know or remember. Our personalities were split by the use of pain. This is an answer that takes a few minutes to explain.

13- Q. When was your first memory of being a part of it all?

A. When I was chosen at the age of six. I was given a test along with several other children and then taken away for nearly four years.

14- Q. Why do you wish to tell the world your story?

A. I still have many blanks in my mind/memory. Terrible things were done to me and many others starting when we were children. Someone needs to answer for this. I'm not looking for money, or to be paid back, just answers.

15- Q. Are you concerned you may make someone angry, or vengeful towards you for speaking about this?

A. All the time. I have been warned more then once to stop.

16- Q. Are you concerned that people will not believe you?

A. I would say most don't. But I also know that if I keep asking questions, sooner or later, more from these PROJECTS will come forward.
If my doing what I am doing can help others, great. I have been called every thing you can think of. Sometimes it bothers me. But I know that most people will never see past what is in front of them.