Academic journal article The Journal of Parapsychology

Star Gate: The U.S. Government's Psychic Spying Program/ Star Gate: Das Parapsychische Spionageprogramm der U.S.-Regierung/ Star Gate: El Programa De Espionaje Psiquico del Gobierno Norteamericano/ Star Gate: Le Programme D'espionnage Psychique Du Gouvernement Etats-Unien

Academic journal article The Journal of Parapsychology

Star Gate: The U.S. Government's Psychic Spying Program/ Star Gate: Das Parapsychische Spionageprogramm der U.S.-Regierung/ Star Gate: El Programa De Espionaje Psiquico del Gobierno Norteamericano/ Star Gate: Le Programme D'espionnage Psychique Du Gouvernement Etats-Unien

Article excerpt

It was late in 1975, in the midst of the Cold War, that I joined the ongoing, highly classified program at Stanford Research Institute (now called SRI International) as a consultant to study and use extrasensory perception, a form of which technically is also known as "remote viewing," to gather information for the U.S. military and intelligence communities. After I had been notified that my secret government clearance had been approved, the director of the program, Harold Puthoff, called me into his office and closed the door behind me. Hal opened an imposing safe in his office. What he showed me blew my mind. Even to this day, after all these years, I still get goose bumps thinking about the then-classified examples he showed me.

Government clearances were not new to me. I was given my first one as a 20-year-old student while working during the summer at the Rand Corporation in Santa Monica, California. I worked there for each summer for the next 5 years in the Earth and Planetary Sciences Department learning about atmospheric physics. Physics, after all, was my declared major at the University of Rochester, and this job offered me an extraordinary opportunity in theoretical research.

The data Hal took from his safe have all been declassified and are now available from the National Archives for $140 (www.archives.gov). Thus, I will not belabor the details here. I simply quote from Puthoff and Russell Targ's final report to the CIA, dated December 1, 1975:

Date: 1 June 1973, 1700 hours, Menlo Park, California.

Protocol: Coordinates 38 [degrees] 23'45" to 48"N, 79 [degrees] 25'00 "W were given (with no further description) by experimenter Dr. H. E. Puthoff to subject SI [later identified as Pat Price] by telephone to initiate the experiment.

On the morning of 4 June 1973, Si's written response (dated 2 June 1973, 1250 to 1350 hours, Lake Tahoe, California) was received in the mail:

Looked at general area from altitude of about 1500 ft above highest terrain. On my left forward quadrant is a peak in a chain of mountains, elevation approximately 4,996 ft above sea level. Slopes are greyish slate covered with variety of broadleaf trees, vines, shrubbery, and undergrowth. I am facing about 3 [degrees] to 5 [degrees] west of north. Looking down the mountain to the right (east) side is a roadway--freeway, country style-- curves then heads ENE to a fairly large city about 30 to 40 miles distant. This area was a battleground in civil war--low rolling hills, creeks, few lakes or reservoirs. There is a smaller town a little SE about 15 to 20 miles distant with small settlements, village type, very rural, scattered around. Looking across the peak, 2500 to 3000 ft mountains stretch out for a hundred or so miles. Area is essentially wooded. Some of the westerly slopes are eroded and gully washed--looks like strip mining, coal mainly.

Weather at this time is cloudy, rainy. Temperature at my altitude about 54[degrees]F--high cumulo nimbus clouds to about 25,000 to 30,000 ft. Clear area, but turbulent, between that level and some cirri stratus at 46,000 ft. Air mass in that strip moving WNW to SE.

1318 hours--Perceived that peak area has large underground storage areas. Road comes up back side of mountains (west slopes), fairly well concealed, looks deliberately so. It's cut under trees where possible--would be very hard to detect flying over area. Looks like former missile site--bases for launchers still there, but area now houses record storage area, microfilm, file cabinets; as you go into underground area through aluminum rolled up doors, first areas filled with records, etc. Rooms about 100-fit long, 40-ft wide, 20-fit ceilings, with concrete supporting pilasters, flare-shaped. Temperature cool--fluorescent lighted. Personnel, Army 5th Corps Engineers. M/Sgt. Long on desk placard on grey steel desk--file cabinets security locked--combination locks, steel rods through eye bolts. …

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