US Army photo of Stubblebine as a major general, circa 1981
|Birth name||Albert Newton Stubblebine III|
|Born||February 6, 1930|
Fort Sill, Oklahoma
|Died||February 6, 2017 (aged 87)|
New Brunswick, New Jersey
|Service/||United States Army|
|Years of service||1952–1984 (32 years)|
|Commands held||U.S. Army Intelligence and Security Command|
Invasion of Grenada
|Awards||Distinguished Service Medal|
Legion of Merit (2)
Air Medal (2)
Albert "Bert" Newton Stubblebine III (February 6, 1930 – February 6, 2017) was a United States Army major general whose active duty career spanned 32 years. Beginning as an armor officer, he later transferred to intelligence. He is credited with redesigning the U.S. Army intelligence architecture during his time as commanding general of the U.S. Army Intelligence and Security Command (INSCOM) from 1981 to 1984, after which he retired from active service.
Over the course of his retirement, it became widely known that Stubblebine maintained a keen interest in psychic warfare throughout his service. He sought to develop an army of soldiers with special powers, such as the ability to walk through walls.
Stubblebine graduated from the United States Military Academy in 1952 and subsequently received an M.S. in chemical engineering from Columbia University in 1961. He married his wife, Geraldine, in 1952; they would ultimately adopt two children. Beginning his military career as an armor officer, he later transferred to military intelligence.
In 1968, Stubblebine was transferred to the staff of the Military Assistance Command, Vietnam and later was assigned to the 25th Infantry Division as its G-2 (Intelligence officer). For his service in the Vietnam War, Stubblebine was awarded the Legion of Merit and the Bronze Star Medal.
As a Colonel, Stubblebine participated in a special task force that defined the requirements of the U.S. Army for future conflict. By 1980, General Stubblebine commanded the Electronic Research and Development Command (ERADCOM). Stubblebine was strongly influenced by Lieutenant Colonel Jim Channon's New Age-inspired First Earth Battalion Field Manual (1979). Stubblebine became a proponent of psychic warfare and initiated a project within the U.S. Army Intelligence and Security Command (INSCOM), which he commanded from 1981 to 1984, to create "a breed of 'super soldier'" who would "have the ability to become invisible at will and to walk through walls". He attempted to walk through walls himself — but failed, as he himself described in a 2004 interview. (These activities feature prominently in Jon Ronson's 2004 book The Men Who Stare at Goats.)
A key sponsor of the Stargate Project (a remote viewing project) at Fort Meade, Maryland, Stubblebine was convinced of the reality of a wide variety of psychic phenomena. He required that all of his battalion commanders learn how to bend spoons in the manner of celebrity psychic Uri Geller, and he himself attempted several psychic feats, in addition to walking through walls, such as levitation and dispersing distant clouds with his mind. Stubblebine was a key leader in the U.S. military invasion of Grenada (1983) and was, according to a report published by the Daily Mail, "at the heart of America's military machine" at that time. After some controversy involving the experiments with psychic phenomena, Stubblebine took "early retirement" from the Army in 1984. In addition to alleged security violations from uncleared civilian psychics working in Sensitive Compartmented Information Facilities (SCIFs), Stubblebine offended then-U.S. Army Chief of Staff General John Adams Wickham, Jr. by offering to perform a spoon-bending feat at a formal gala; Wickham associated such phenomena with Satanism.
Stubblebine's successor as the INSCOM commander was Major General Harry Soyster, who had a reputation as a much more conservative and conventional intelligence officer. Soyster was not amenable to continuing paranormal experiments and the Army's participation in the Stargate Project ended during his tenure, though not until 1995.
After Stubblebine retired from the Army he worked as a vice-president for BDM Corporation. He retired from that job in 1990. The same year, he was inducted into the Military Intelligence Hall of Fame. In 1994 his wife Geraldine was granted a divorce on grounds of adultery. Shortly thereafter, he was remarried to psychiatrist and nutrition campaigner Rima E. Laibow. He also acted as a part-time consultant to two government contractors, ERIM and Space Applications Corporation.
September 11 attacks statements
Stubblebine's statements questioning the plausibility of the damage done to The Pentagon by the hijacked aircraft during the September 11 attacks have been cited by David Ray Griffin to suggest that there was a conspiracy involving some elements of the U.S. government.
In popular culture
- A character ("General Hopgood") in the 2009 film The Men Who Stare at Goats — a fictionalized adaptation of Ronson's book — is loosely based on Stubblebine as commander of the "psychic spy unit" (portrayed in the film) who believed he could train himself to walk through walls.
- Who Killed General Bert and Happy Birthday, Wherever You Are.
- Ronson, Jon (2004), The Men Who Stare at Goats, Simon & Schuster. ISBN 978-0-7432-7060-1 p. 70
- Michael Shermer (24 May 2011). The Believing Brain: From Ghosts and Gods to Politics and Conspiracies—How We Construct Beliefs and Reinforce Them as Truths. Henry Holt and Company. pp. 95–. ISBN 978-1-4299-7261-1.
- Stanley Krippner; Harris L. Friedman (2010). Debating Psychic Experience: Human Potential Or Human Illusion?. ABC-CLIO. pp. 154–. ISBN 978-0-313-39261-0.
- Jon Ronson's Crazy Rulers of the World, Part I (2004), a BBC documentary.
- Ronson (2004), Op. cit., pg 93.
- "Acting the giddy goat". The Guardian. December 21, 2004. Retrieved November 10, 2009.
- Ronson (2004), Op. cit., pg 5.
- Ronson (2004), Op. cit, pg 79.
- Memoirs of a Psychic Spy: The Remarkable Life of U.S. Government Remote Viewer 001 by Joseph McMoneagle, Hampton Roads Publishing Co., 2002, 2006.
- "CSTI – Board Of Directors". Archived from the original on 2005-02-06. Retrieved 2009-11-10.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
- Court Of Appeals Of Virginia. Albert N. Stubblebine, III v. Geraldine M. Stubblebine. Record No. 1915-94-4. Case heard on July 23, 1996. Accessed November 12, 2009.
- "Founders of Natural Solutions Foundation". Dr. Rima Truth Reports. 2014-06-20. Retrieved 2017-02-07.
- David Ray Griffin (2007). Debunking Nine/eleven Debunking. Interlink Books. pp. 272–. ISBN 978-1-56656-686-5. Retrieved 27 March 2013.
- Official website
- on YouTube in which Stubblebine explains his doubts regarding the official explanations of the September 11th attacks.
- Laibow & Stubblebine speak – Infinite Unknown site