Thursday, May 23 2013 7:36 PM EDT2013-05-23 23:36:46 GMT
LAS VEGAS -- Air Force pilot Scott Powell returned home three weeks early from a yearlong deployment to Afghanistan, surprising his children at school. Two hours after landing in Las Vegas, Maj. PowellMore>>
Air Force pilot Scott Powell returned home three weeks early from a yearlong deployment to Afghanistan, surprising his children at school.More>>
The Washington State Patrol says the Interstate 5 bridge over the Skagit River at Mount Vernon has collapsed, dumping vehicles and people into the water.More>>
An Interstate 5 bridge over a river collapsed north of Seattle Thursday evening, dumping two vehicles into the water and sparking a rescue effort by boats and divers as three injured people were pulled from the chilly...More>>
Friday, May 24 2013 1:28 AM EDT2013-05-24 05:28:07 GMT
LAS VEGAS -- The Department of Homeland Security has announced Las Vegas won't be getting federal money to fight terrorism, marking the first time since 2001. Las Vegas is home to 15 of the world's largestMore>>
The Department of Homeland Security has announced Las Vegas won't be getting federal money to fight terrorism, marking the first time since 2001.More>>
Thursday, May 23 2013 10:57 PM EDT2013-05-24 02:57:30 GMT
LAS VEGAS -- A pedestrian was critically injured Thursday after being hit by a car about 6 p.m. at Maryland Parkway and Sahara Avenue, Metro Police said. The pedestrian, who was taken to a hospital,More>>
A pedestrian was injured Thursday after being hit by a car about 6 p.m. at Maryland Parkway and Sahara Avenue, Metro Police said.More>>
Thursday, May 23 2013 9:17 PM EDT2013-05-24 01:17:16 GMT
LAS VEGAS -- A North Las Vegas aerospace company is preparing to boldly go where few have gone before -- a public-private partnership with NASA that could be the start of the next space race. Nevada'sMore>>
A North Las Vegas aerospace company is preparing to boldly go where few have gone before -- a public-private partnership with NASA that could be the start of the next space race.More>>
Thursday, May 23 2013 9:05 PM EDT2013-05-24 01:05:26 GMT
LAS VEGAS -- One of the biggest killers of children in the state isn't the heat, but pools. Drowning is the third leading cause of death among children and officials are urging parents to be on high-alertMore>>
Drowning is the third leading cause of death among children and officials are urging parents to be on high-alert this summer near swimming poolsMore>>
Thursday, May 23 2013 7:44 PM EDT2013-05-23 23:44:40 GMT
LAS VEGAS -- An independent review of a state-run mental health hospital gave high marks for patient satisfaction, but said options for people needing mental health care are limited. The review was orderedMore>>
An independent review of a state-run mental health hospital gave high marks for patient satisfaction, but said options for people needing mental health care are limited.More>>
Thursday, May 23 2013 7:06 PM EDT2013-05-23 23:06:34 GMT
CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) -- Nevada is one step closer to giving voters another chance to allow same-sex marriage in the Silver State. The Assembly voted 27-14 Thursday in favor of SJR13 which repeals languageMore>>
Nevada is one step closer to giving voters another chance to allow same-sex marriage in the Silver State.More>>
Thursday, May 23 2013 6:58 PM EDT2013-05-23 22:58:38 GMT
LAS VEGAS -- The woman found dead in her home earlier in the week has been identified as 75-year-old Jean Main, according to the Clark County Coroner's Office. Main died from a gunshot wound to the head,More>>
Metro Police have released a photo of the purse that belonged to a 75-year-old woman who was found shot to death in her northwest home.More>>
Psychics, seers and spoon benders don't sound like the troops of tomorrow, but for decades the U.S. military investigated all sorts of new age and paranormal disciplines in order to create super soldiers.
Some of that research is outlined in a film, "The Men Who Stare at Goats." And while the movie is a military satire, it's based on real people and real events, some of them with Las Vegas ties.
Could psychic super soldiers kill goats just by staring at them? Sort of.
"There were goats killed. In my experience, it was with dim mak. In other words, they hit the goat as opposed to just staring at it, but there was a goat lab and the rationale for it, that is true," said Las Vegan Col. John Alexander, retired Army intelligence. He knows more than most about the legitimacy of the new film, "The Men Who Stare at Goats."
Alexander was an Army intelligence colonel who worked on programs to create super soldiers and psychic spies. The impetus for the programs -- and now the movie -- came from two sources. First, the fact that the Soviets had their own psychic spy program. Second, the military needed something to shake off the bad vibes from Vietnam, where Alexander commanded a Special Forces unit.
"It was exactly like they say. The army was coming out of the doldrums, Vietnam made it hollow. They were willing to look at anything and that was part of what was going on at the time," Alexander said.
Another Vietnam vet who played a central role in the real programs is Jim Channon, today a strategic planner based in Hawaii, but back then a would-be super soldier who first had the idea of incorporating new age concepts into military training.
Channon created what was known as the first Earth Battalion. It was more of a think tank than an operational unit, and the concepts it explored were so far out of the box, there was no box. Not all of them worked, but some did. Remote viewing, for instance, the ability to project one's consciousness through space and time was real and was studied by both the Army and CIA for many years.
Paul Smith was one of the government's best psychic spies. He says remote viewers got the first glimpse of a new Russian warhead.
"It was pretty accurately described, maybe not down to the detail a nuclear physicist would want to know about what makes it work, but it was clearly a multi-targeted re-entry vehicle, which is a warhead," said Smith, remote viewer.
Another one was a Soviet phase array radar that was described and drawn. Col. Alexander says one group of remote viewers ran a counter-intelligence operation aimed at Nevada's impenetrable Area 51 classified base. The psychics not only detected the F-117 stealth fighter, which did not officially exist, but also the B-2 stealth bomber. It was a spooky moment for the CIA.
Reporter George Knapp: "The other guys must have been floored?"
Col. John Alexander: "Scared. Because the point was, we understand counterintelligence. We understand putting up programs to protect it, but how do you protect against something like this?"
Alexander says he is one of an amalgam of real people who are the basis for the George Clooney character in the film. Jim Channon is one of the principal inspirations for the Jeff Bridges flower child and, yes, they did delve into uses and effects of different drugs of the day.
Like most Hollywood offerings, the movie takes considerable liberties with truth. Goats died, but not from staring. Rather it was from dim mak, the death touch. As in the film, the real life programs were dismantled, though the research continues in the private sector, where remote viewing books and videos are hugely popular, and will likely grow more so if the movie is a hit.