GENERAL POST-WORLD WAR II

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Psychic Experiments (Project Star Gate)

 

From 1972 until the mid-1990s, the U.S. Government was involved "in funding highly classified, special access programs in remote viewing (RV) and related psi [parapsychological] phenomena, first at Stanford Research Institute (SRI) and then at Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC)." H.E. Puthoff, "CIA-Initiated Remote Viewing at Stanford Research Institute," Intelligencer 12, no. 1 (Summer 2001): 60.

Aquino, Michael A. "'Project Stargate': $20 Million Up in Smoke (and Mirrors)." Intelligencer 11, no. 2 (Winter 2000): 31-35.

The author views the study of "remote viewing" as an "eyeball-roller." By the laws of physics, remote viewing, mental telepathy, and ESP are physically impossible.

Campbell, James B. Introduction to Remote Sensing. New York: Guilford, 1987.

Kress, Kenneth A. "Parapsychology in Intelligence: A Personal Review and Conclusions." Studies in Intelligence 21, no. 4 (Winter 1977): 7-17. [Richelson, Wizards (2002)]

Mandelbaum, W. Adam. The Psychic Battlefield. New York: St. Martin's, 2000.

Anderson, Intelligencer 11.2, notes that about half this book is devoted to the CIA's Stargate remote viewing project that spent about $20 million from 1972 to 1995. The reviewer is not enamoured of either the concept or the book. Mandelbaum, Intelligencer 12.1, points out that he is "a litigation attorney, not a scientist." One of his goals in his book "was to determine 'by a preponderance of the evidence' whether or not paranormal intelligence was in fact possible.... Using the methods of law -- not science -- I made the determination that it did exist, and was of utility."

May, Edwin C. "The American Institutes for Research Review of the Department of Defense's STAR GATE Program: A Commentary." Journal of Scientific Exploration 10, no. 1 (1996): 89-107.

McRae, Ronald M. Mind Wars: The True Story of Government Research into the Military Potential of Psychic Weapons. New York: St. Martin's, 1984. [Petersen]

Mumford, Michael D., Andrew D. Rose, and David M. Goslin. An Evaluation of Remote Viewing: Research and Applications. Washington, DC: American Institutes for Research,1995.

Puthoff, H.E. "CIA-Initiated Remote Viewing at Stanford Research Institute." Intelligencer 12, no. 1 (Summer 2001): 60-67.

The program's founder and first director (1972-1985) presents the early history of the remote viewing program and discusses some of the early results.

Schnabel, Jim. Remote Viewers: The Secret History of America's Psychic Spies. New York: Dell, 1997. [pb]

Synopsis from Amazon.com: "Recounts the contributions of psychics to America's victory in the Cold War, detailing their spying missions around the world in the service of the Pentagon and the CIA, assignments that involved mind-reading, telling the future, and other psychic abilities." Smith, Intelligencer 12.1/69, says that this work, "although meant for popular audiences," would make "good ... reading for someone bent on getting to the bottom of remote viewing."

Smith, Paul H. [MAJ/USA (Ret.)]

1. "Science, Not Magic: A Response to Recent Comments on the Government Remote Viewing Program." Intelligencer 12, no. 1 (Summer 2001): 68-72.

The author was assigned to the remote viewing program from 1983 to 1990. He served in other Army intelligence assignments both before and after his stint in Project Star Gate. He argues that "the evidence for remote viewing is ... robust and deserving of serious consideration."

2. Reading the Enemy's Mind: Inside Star Gate -- America's Psychic Espionage Program. New York: Tor, 2005.

Smith, R. Jeffrey.

1. "Pentagon Has Spent Millions on Tips from Trio of Psychics." Washington Post, 29 Nov. 1995, A1, A18.

2. and Curt Suplee. "'Psychic Arms Race' Had Several Funding Channels." Washington Post, 30 Nov. 1995, A1, A13.

Targ, Russell. "Remote Viewing at Stanford Research Institute in the 1970s: A Memoir." Journal of Scientific Exploration 10, no. 1 (Spring 1996): 77-88.

Cited in Richelson, the Wizards of Langley (2002), 185/fn.

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