The standard mythology or meme that seems to be promoted about Remote Viewing and Parapsychological research in general is that the CIA became interested this field after they discovered that the Soviets were involved in a similar program and concluded there was a “psychic gap”.
Supposedly around the time Sheila Ostrander and Lynn Schroeder’s released the book Psychic Discoveries Behind the Iron Curtain.
Kenneth Kress a former intelligence officer who was directly involved pretty much contradicts this myth in a monogram entitled Parapsychology in Intelligence: A Personal Review and Conclusions but the article had somewhat limited distribution as in classified until eventually released in Journal of Scientific Exploration.
The fact is spies lie.
Probably due to diffidence in admitting that they’d been in Parapsychology and other Paranormal phenomena for example UFOs for many years prior to this point.
Why should anyone be surprised when the Agency is not being completely honest?
To lie, dissemble,deflect, obfuscate, prevaricate is basically what they’re hired to do. It is part of their job description.
One of the key methods they use is called plausible deniability.
Something like the kid caught with chocolate stains from head to toe denying that he ever went near the cookie jar. They can’t plausibly deny so they use another line adapted back in the mid 1970’s called the “Glomar Denial” .The name derived from a specially fitted ship named the Glomar Explorer used to pull the hull of a sunken Soviet Nuclear sub from the depths of a deep trench in the Pacific.
To quote the original spokesman or probably more accurately spook’s man. The line used was:
“We can neither confirm or deny….”
Failing this they will use the hoary old hackneyed phrase that they can’t divulge whatever “for reasons of ‘National Security'” hoping that once uttered like some ancient incantation that the evil spirits of the fourth estate will be held at bay.
Ironically it seems they’ve failed to notice that the phrase tends to have the opposite effect somewhat like exposing your juggler vein to a vampire instead of acting like a crucifix or a clove of garlic.
Especially in these days of the Freedom of Information Act.
Of course they have ways of getting around this lawful provision aside from a sympathetic presidential administration is the useful black marking pen which The Onion some time back lampooned.
Another gambit which our spooky friends on the dark side have used is the “limited hangout” and the ever popular “leak”. More a preemptive attack on those few investigative journalists who actually investigate a rumor or story.
One such story was of a few overzealous CIA officers who were using an aerosol can to spray LSD on an unsuspecting crowd of party goers. They were called the “Gang Who Couldn’t Shoot Straight” by the subcommittee investigating them and I’m sure that the Agency was hoping that the press was satiated enough in their quest for blood that they would leave them alone to protect America by handing out free acid.
But unfortunately for the CIA the story had legs and one actual investigative journalist by the name of John Marks ran with it and exposed not just a few merry pranksters in the CIA doing their version of an Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test but were probably the originators of the Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test based on a series of projects of which the most notorious was MK-Ultra.
The Search of the Manchurian Candidate pretty much exposed the CIA’s long strange trip on LSD going back to before there even was a CIA to its parent organization the OSS who were exploring the possibility of a “Truth Drug”.
However it seems the OSS didn’t seem to have the same infatuation for the drug which was recently discovered by a Swiss Chemist by the name of Albert Hoffman working for Sandoz Phamaceudicals in 1943. Their drug of choice seemed to be marijuana faithfully supplied by the then Federal Bureau of Narcotics.
For reasons of their own the CIA was fascinated by the drug. Probably because such small amounts, measured in micrograms, could produce such interesting effects. Some deleterious, while others were considered “mind expanding” almost of a religious nature.
As Lee and Shalin make clear in their book Acid Dreams there were those who considered they had been given some holy sacrament or at least a key that would open Doors to Perception.
One can only speculate that these trips into inner space led them to explore psychic ability.
What isn’t speculation is that one of Mk Ultra’s subprojects 136 was directly involved in this field of exploration.