Retired Colonel John B. Alexander, in addition to being a key figure portrayed in the new film The Men Who Stare At Goats has been a leading advocate for the development of non-lethal weapons for decades. His views and research into the subject of New Age ideas influencing the military has made him noteworthy among fringe science and Ufological communities, as well as the fact that he was head of Las Vegas billionaire Robert Bigelow’s NIDS organization investigating paranormal sites (similar to Tom Slick’s funding of Bigfoot expeditions to Nepal in the late 1950s, hoping to find the Yeti). Alexander was also a member of the Aviary group involved in UFO cover-up matters as orchestrated by the global power group, The Cabal, according to Wikipedia.

With a vast and involved history having to do with research of the unexplained, we are fortunate to also receive some clarification from the retired Colonel regarding allegations made in The Men Who Stare At Goats, many of which he says were outright fabricated to fit a Hollywood screenplay.

Referring to the book the film was based on, Alexander states “While listed as nonfiction, the facts were extrapolated almost beyond recognition.” He tells in a review of the film appearing at the Films in Review website that, “With support of senior leadership, we were consciously pushing the envelope. It should be noted that all of the explorations undertaken were done based on solid rationale.” There were, however, a few allegations made in the film which don’t appear to have met this “solid rationale” that Alexander mandates, to which he emphatically states there was no participation, or even basis of reality to confirm these activities. Chief among these, regarding the use of LSD in government mind-science programs that involved remote-viewing and the like, he says “not only NO, BUT HELL NO.”

Among the projects for which he says there is a fact basis are hamster and goat-staring, “Jedi” projects, spoon bending (Alexander says this was taught to hundreds), cloud busting, computer crashing, fire walking, and many other activities. Strangely (or not), the practice of running into walls–perhaps one of the more mundane activities portrayed in the film–was never attempted.

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Author: Micah Hanks

Micah Hanks is a writer, researcher, and podcaster. His interests include areas of history, science, archaeology, philosophy, and the study of anomalous phenomena in nature. He can be reached at