Arquivo da tag: Militares

Dowsers in the military (Ohio Buckeye Dowsers website)

Accessed Oct 6, 2014

General Rommel of the German Army- Don Nolan

General Patton “(U.S. Army). General Patton had a complete willow tree flown to Morocco so that a dowser could use branches from it to find water to replace the wells the German Army had blown up. The British army used dowsers on the Falkland Island to remove mines.”

– Don Nolan

“General Patten had two young men from Tennessee transferred to his unit. It is said that an Army moves on it’s belly, I suggest that it and it’s machines need water as well. Without these water wells we would have lost our butts on that front.”

Vernon Cameron, “a dowser, told Navy officials, where all the U.S. and other submarines were located by map dowsing. They would not confirm or deny his findings, but a few years later he wasdenied a passport because he was considered a security risk.”

– Don Nolan

Hanna Kroeger – “…for years Cal-Tech was teaching the use of the pendulum to especially bright and interested graduate students. …So let’s join the smart and intelligent crowd and use the pendulum.”  

Louis Matachia – “…in the late 1960’s, a dowser named Louis Matachia did demonstrate dowsing at Quantico, on a mock-up of a Vietnamese village. However, I don’t believe he ever “trained” the Marines in dowsing, or that dowsing was ever officially sanctioned by any service.”

“In the USA, Louis J Matacia is a surveyor who has studied dowsing for years.  During the Vietnam War he was commissioned to teach dowsing skills to US Marines so that they could avoid booby traps, navigate safely through jungles and learn the whereabouts of the enemy. Soldiers reported that using the L-rod in this way saved many lives. Louis is particularly interested in the challenge of the search. Using his dowsing together with a range of scientific devices he has located lost pipes, oil, wells, caves and buried treasures.”

“The New York Times reported that the U.S. Marine Corps used dowsing in Vietnam (Baldwin, 1967)”

“By Cosmos. Comment posted 07-Feb-2006 @05:14pm:”I’ve seen it work in Viet Nam to locate enemy tunnels. We would use copper L shaped rods and when we walked over a tunnel the rods would cross. We would dig down and always find them.
I also witnessed a wooden divining rod find water in Viet Nam – in the highlands where it was not always so easy to find. In this case the “diviner” was a “Sea Bee” and he walked around with this stick and when he got to a certain spot the stick twisted so much in his hands the bark split off. I thought he was twisting the stick himself so I asked him if I could try it and sure enough I could feel it twisting also. He put a stake in the ground where he wanted to drilling rig to drill and left the area. When he came back he found the engineers had started drilling about 5 feet from his stake. After drilling over 200 feet down they didn’t hit water. The Sea Bee then ordered them to drill where his stake was and they hit water at 75 feet.”

“During the Viet Nam conflict ( War for lack of a better term) We used dowsers to locate enemy tunnel systems and weapons cache’s. Here our military brought in teams of dowsers, not to simply locate these materials, but to teach the skill to others. Then came the job nobody wanted, the “Tunnel Rat”. The poor bastard that armed with a side arm and a satchel charge of c-4; would enter these underground labyrinths to seek and destroy. Not a bad job till you find out that most had to be done by complete darkness in the tunnel in case there was a guard on duty. If that weren’t bad enough, our little buddies sometimes left behind a few small pit vipers. Yes no one except for the few volunteered for this job!”

“Armed Forces (dowsing used by the British Army since Colonial times); dowsing appeared in USSR army manuals in 1930 for the finding of water in remote areas; dowsing used by the First and Third US Marine Divisions in Vietnam, 1967, as a simple, low-cost method for locating Vietcong tunnels, which were used for communication, storage depots, supply network, command posts, training centres, hospitals and sally ports for over twenty years (Bossart 1968 in the Project Poorboy Annual Progress Report; Bird 1979, Chapter 11)).”

Robert A. Swanson is author of “The Miracle of Dowsing: How This Dowser Found the Ace of Spades Saddam”. [I found this one interesting… whether it is true or not…I’ll leave that up to you! – bfg]

Visual Breakdown: Military Spending in Latin America (Americas Society/Council of the Americas)

Elizabeth Gonzalez

July 24, 2014

Latin American governments are investing in military infrastructure in a bid to modernize defense systems and combat a range of security challenges, from drug trafficking to natural disasters. This month, for example, Honduras asked the United States for security assistance to address violence and organized crime driving emigration, in a scheme that would mirror Plan Colombia. Also, in mid-July, the Chinese and Russian presidents toured Latin America, fortifying regional economic and security ties. Russian President Vladimir Putin and Argentine President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner agreed to a mutual effort developing military technology; Brazil’s Dilma Rousseff agreed to continue negotiations to acquire Russian anti-aircraft systems.

According to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), global military spending climbed steadily over the last decade, but 2013 data reveals a 1.9 percent drop from the previous year. However, Latin America actually saw an increase in military spending over this period, rising 2.2 percent. SIPRI found that some of the smallest military budgets rose by the highest percentages in the region, including that of Honduras, Nicaragua, and Paraguay.

Increased spending in Paraguay allowed the country to acquire equipment for the army and to open its first Emergency Operations Center, a military base to respond to natural disasters. Nicaragua created new security forces, established new bases to fight transnational crime, and beefed up coastal surveillance, and in Honduras, a portion of the expenses went toward drug trafficking interception, including radar technology. Meanwhile, Brazil—the region’s lead spender—reduced military expenses by approximately $1.5 billion, a 3.9 percent decline from 2012. The cut was part of the government’s initiative to cut costs to try to reach its surplus target for the fiscal year.

AS/COA Online breaks down the numbers for a closer look at regional trends.


Big military guy more scared of climate change than enemy guns (Grist)

By Susie Cagle

11 Mar 2013 6:13 PM

Navy Admiral Samuel J. Locklear III, chief of U.S. Pacific Command, doesn’t look like your usual proponent of climate action. Spencer Ackerman writes at Wired that Locklear “is no smelly hippie,” but the guy does believe there will be terrible security threats on a warming planet, which might make him a smelly hippie in the eyes of many American military boosters.

Commander U.S. 7th Fleet

Everyone wants him to be worried about North Korean nukes and Chinese missiles, but in an interview with The Boston Globe, Locklear said that societal upheaval due to climate change “is probably the most likely thing that is going to happen … that will cripple the security environment, probably more likely than the other scenarios we all often talk about.’’

“People are surprised sometimes,” he added, describing the reaction to his assessment. “You have the real potential here in the not-too-distant future of nations displaced by rising sea level. Certainly weather patterns are more severe than they have been in the past. We are on super typhoon 27 or 28 this year in the Western Pacific. The average is about 17.”

Locklear said his Hawaii-based headquarters — which is … responsible for operations from California to India — is working with Asian nations to stockpile supplies in strategic locations and planning a major exercise for May with nearly two dozen countries to practice the “what-ifs.”

Locklear isn’t alone in his climate fears. A recent article by Julia Whitty takes an in-depth look at what the military is doing to deal with climate change. A 2008 report by U.S. intelligence agencieswarned about national security challenges posed by global warming, as have later reports from the Department of Defense and the Joint Chiefs of Staff. New Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel understands the threat, too. People may be surprised sometimes, Adm. Locklear, but they really shouldn’t be!

Will not-a-dirty-hippie Locklear’s words help to further mainstream the idea that climate change is a serious security problem? And what all has the good admiral got planned for this emergency sea-rising drill in May?

Susie Cagle writes and draws news for Grist. She also writes and draws tweets for Twitter.