In 1979 a secret unit was established by the most gifted minds within the US Army. Defying all known accepted military practice - and indeed, the laws of physics - they believed that a soldier could adopt the cloak of invisibility, pass cleanly through walls and, perhaps most chillingly, kill goats just by staring at them. Entrusted with defending America from all known adversaries, they were the First Earth Battalion. And they really weren't joking. What's more, they're back and fighting the War on Terror. Ronson's highly acclaimed bestseller, THEM: ADVENTURES WITH EXTREMISTS, examined the paranoia at the fringes of Bill Clinton's America. THE MEN WHO STARE AT GOATS reveals extraordinary - and very nutty - national secrets at the core of George W Bush's War on Terror. With first-hand access to the leading players in the story, Ronson traces the evolution of these bizarre activities over the past three decades, and sees how it is alive today within US Homeland Security and post-war Iraq. Why are they blasting Iraqi prisoners-of-war with the theme tune to Barney the Purple Dinosaur? Why have 100 de-bleated goats been secretly placed inside the Special Forces command centre?
A US Army officer gets sent on a fact-finding mission in the 1970s among the Californian hippie community to look at "new age" warfare - what a detachment that must have been! He comes up with the concept of the "First (Earth) Battalion" in which the idea is to enter combat zones carrying lambs, playing soothing indigenous music and to develop the concept of the "warrior-monk" with the ultimate ability to walk through walls and think people dead!
Apparently there is a "goat lab" at Bragg where soldiers attempt to stare goats to death. And Rummy has recalled a "hamster killer" to stare Guantanamo detainees into spilling secrets!