Worried by the expansion of Russian research into human physic abilites in the late 1960’s and early 70’s, the American intelligence services undertook to explore psychic functioning itself. The Stanford Research institute and independent and non-profit organization was contracted out for this purpose and the rest is as they say, history. The SRI website can be found here: http://www.sri.com/
If the government believes that it could be true, then could it be true? You decide. Some of the targets against which remote viewing was employed included attempting to locate American hostages in Iran, a kidnapped Army general in Italy, a downed aircraft in South Africa, drug shipments in Central America, and many others sensitive situations.
Here is a known list of such projects, there may be others that we are unaware of:
“GONDOLA WISH” was a 1977 Army Assistant Chief of Staff for Intelligence (ACSI) Systems Exploitation Detachment (SED) effort to evaluate potential adversary applications of remote viewing.
“Project Grill Flame”. Headquartered in Fort Meade, Maryland, just outside of Washington, D.C, Columnist Jack Anderson first broke the story on Grill Flame in April of 1984. Since then, the program has changed its code name many times and moved its headquarters.
“Project Center Lane” was the code name for the operational unit of the above remote-viewing program, redesignated from Grill Flame in late 1983.
“Project Scanate,” which stood for “scan by coordinate” was creaed to recruit subjects like Ingo Swann who demonstrated psychic abilities and placed them in darkened rooms, where agents brought them papers maps with longitude and latitude coordinates. The CIA then ask them what they saw using remote viewing.
“Project Sun Streak”. In 1984 the National Academy of Sciences’ National Research Council evaluated the remote viewing program for the Army Research Institute. The results were not favorable. When Army funding ended in late 1985, the unit was redesignated SUN STREAK and transferred to the Defense Intelligence Agency’s (DIA) with the office code DT-S.
Under the DIA, the Sun Streak program transitioned to Science Applications International Corporation [SAIC] in 1991 and was renamed “STAR GATE”. The project, changed from a SAP (Special Access Program) to a LIMDIS (limited dissemination) program.
Over 20 years the government has spent over $20,000,000 on remote viewing projects. So, did they get their money’s worth?
As it turns out, Joe McMoneagle, a retired Special Project Intelligence Officer for SSPD, SSD, and 902d MI Group, claims to have left Stargate in 1984 with a Legion of Merit Award for providing information on 150 targets that were unavailable from other sources.
In January 1989 the Department Of Defense was said to have asked about Libyan chemical weapons work. A remote viewer reported that ship named either “Patua” or “Potua” would sail from Tripoli to transport chemicals to an eastern Libyan port. Reportedly, a ship named “Batato” loaded an undetermined cargo in Tripoli and brought it to an eastern Libyan port.
Remote viewers were said to have helped find SCUD missiles and secret biological and chemical warfare projects, and to have located and identified the purposes of tunnels and extensive underground facilities in Iraq.