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Staring At Goats

Some claim the light hearted tone of new film “The Men who Stare at Goats” belies the steely complexity of the real-life figure the central character is based on.

” ‘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 light hearted look at how the U.S. Army explored paranormal powers, ‘new age’ parapsychology and psychic functioning in the late is 1970s 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…The movie’s title based on an incident in which a Green Beret instructor killed a goat by staring at it.”


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