How Project Jedi Worked - the rise of the warrior monk in the First Earth Battalion

by | Nov 9, 2009 06:31 AM ET

There is a new movie coming out starring George Clooney, Ewan McGregor, Jeff Bridges, Kevin Spacey, etc. Overture films describes the movie The Men Who Stare at Goats this way:

In this quirky dark comedy inspired by a real life story you will hardly believe is actually true, astonishing revelations about a top-secret wing of the U.S. military come to light when a reporter encounters an enigmatic Special Forces operator on a mind-boggling mission. Reporter Bob Wilton (Ewan McGregor) is in search of his next big story when he encounters Lyn Cassady (Academy Award®winner George Clooney), a shadowy figure who claims to be part of an experimental U.S. military unit. According to Cassady, the New Earth Army is changing the way wars are fought. A legion of Warrior Monks with unparalleled psychic powers can read the enemys thoughts, pass through solid walls, and even kill a goat simply by staring at it.

The trailer:

What's interesting is that the movie is based on a real-life event in the U.S. Army called Project Jedi and the First Earth Battalion.

Here is where the idea for Project Jedi came from, and a description of the report that was produced. It is a fascinating, unbelievable concept that turns soldiers into warrior monks. You have to see it to believe that a military organization would even consider it:

After you watch the video, your very first impulse will be to ask, "Where can I see a copy of Evolutionary Tactics?" You can find it here, and it is stunning:

Evolutionary Tactics - Field manual for the First Earth Battalion

The book by Jon Ronson explored the project. Here Ronson is interviewed on Coast-to-Coast talking about his book and the project:

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From the height of the cold war to the depths of the war on terror, a small and clandestine sub-culture within the American military and intelligence agencies has embraced the paranormal and the potential of psychic warfare as the best hope to defeat the enemy. Our military psychological operations soldiers have experimented with weapons right out of a pulp science fiction novel: Mind control, cloaks of invisibility and the ability to pass through walls.

See also: "FIRST EARTH BATTALION The Real Story By Jim Channon"

First Earth Battalion

According to the book The Men Who Stare at Goats (ISBN 0-330-37548-2) by journalist Jon Ronson, Channon spent time in the seventies with many of the people in California credited with starting the human potential movement and subsequently wrote an operations manual for a First Earth Battalion. This manual was a 125-page mixture of drawings, graphs, maps, polemical essays and point-by-point redesigns of every aspect of military life. In LTC Channon's First Earth Battalion, the new battlefield uniform would include pouches for ginseng regulators, divining tools, food stuffs to enhance night vision, and a loud speaker that would automatically emit "indigenous music and words of peace." Rather than using bullets and munitions, Channon envisaged how this new force would attempt to first win the hearts and minds of the enemy by: using positive vibrations, carrying "symbolic animals" of peace—such as baby lambs—into hostile countries, greeting them with "sparkly eyes," and then gently place the lambs on the ground and give the enemy "an automatic hug." If these measures were not enough to pacify the enemy, members would employ the use of unconventional but non-lethal weapons to subdue them. Lethal force was to be a last resort. Intuition would be consulted first and foremost by battalion members.

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