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Remote Viewing Joins the Army


According to Kenneth Kress, CIA’s direct involvement with Remote Viewing ended with the death of Pat Price.

However this did not end the Government’s interest in the phenomenon. In  1977  CIA’s project Scanate is transferred to the Army’s Intelligence and Security Command (Inscom) under the new classified sobriquet Gondola Wish.

Expanding on its Scientology roots psychic Ingo Swann becomes a consultant and is credited with writing the definitive manual on Remote Viewing which anyone who has any familiarity with the subject of Scientology employs many of its techniques which includes making a full clay representation of the target as part of “step VII” given in the manual.

The Army also employs Robert Munroe who has devised a technique or procedure he says produces an out of body state by using stereo headphones incorporating hemi-sync.

According to the theory different tones are generated in each headphone thus causing a binaural effect which creates an altered state. One of them being an OBE or out of body experience.

This was incorporated as part of what became known as RAPT (Rapid Acquisition Personal Training) which included a copper shielded “black box” much like Lilly’s sensory deprivation tank with the exception that the person remained in communication with the outside world via a pair of hemi-sync headphones and a microphone.

Probably the books best to read on this phase of Remote Viewing are those  written by Paul Smith and Joseph McMoneagle.

During this period the Remote Viewing program was run under Detachment G of Inscom and existed under various cryptonyms such as Grill Flame, Center Lane, Sun Streak  and eventually when it was transferred to the DIA as Stargate.

Contrary to CIA’s claim that Remote Viewing was never used operationally it seems according to the two former psychic spies Smith and McMoneagle it was used operationally by various Government Agencies with a great degree of success and some believe its is being continued by these same Agencies.

But before I explore this possibility we will be taking a look at another interesting chapter in the story of remote viewing.

Stay tuned.


The Advanced Levels of Scientology and Their Relationship to Remote Viewing


The Advanced levels of Scientology are those levels or grades above Grade IV which at the time that Remote Viewing was developed in the early 1970’s included Power, Power Plus, R6EW, the Clearing Course and OT I – VII.


I’ve included a screen shot of the actual Grade Chart that was issued at the time which included the alleged ability attained for each one.



The levels above OT III are of particular interest since they include:






After OT VI  one allegedly achieves the “ability to operate freely as a thetan exterior and to act pan-determinedly others; extends the influence of the thetan to the universe of others.”



The author is not suggesting that this is possible merely asking the reader to suspend his or her belief and consider the possibility of a thetan, Hubbard’s word for spirit, being freed from the confines of his or her physical body and allowed to go where thou wilt.


For instance given a coordinate or a random number representing such and then being able to go to that location unhampered by time or distance and accurately report what one perceived in this disembodied state.


Whether this is possible or not. One can see where Harold Puthoff and his friend Ingo Swann may have gotten the idea that Remote Viewing was feasible using whatever abilities they gained or felt they gained from the Advanced Levels of Scientology . 


Though Puthoff has been somewhat reticent about Scientology’s relationship to Remote Viewing. Swann has been vocal about Scientology’s relationship to his psychic abilities in the past even going on record as saying:




“They are solely the result of auditing. Not particularly even the OT Levels.

“I had extremely good gains from lower grades. And some had developed certainly by the time Power Processing took place.

“But steady good control over them, the control I have now — which is not perfect by the way — occurred after the completion of OT III Expanded, and is even better than ever now that I have finished OT VII.

“So they are solely the result of auditing.”


Excerpt from Advance Issue 21 Oct/Nov 1973


Published by the Advanced Organization of the Church of Scientology


Why would he obscure this relationship later on when writing his memoirs?


On the other hand it seems that Harold (Hal) Puthoff himself immediately distanced himself from the subject when he wrote a somewhat long technical treatise in an effort to explain Remote Viewing as a phenomenon connected to Quantum Physics or Mechanics.


Was this an effort on his part to make Remote Viewing  appear or seem more “Scientific” in order to make the phenomenon more acceptable to the orthodox scientific community which as some have suggested has become a religious practice in its own right?


Or was there some more clandestine purpose such as to obfuscate its actual source in order to control access to such information?


In any case.


What is also interesting is that after the Remote Viewing Program got into full swing that the Church of Scientology dropped the above levels into some memory hole and replaced them with newer levels.

Remote Viewing: From Metaphysics to Quantum Physics


The word Metaphysics is derived from a series of dissertations given by Aristotle which came after those he gave on Physics. “Meta”  simply means after or beyond in this case physics and is a word that was coined by Aristotelian scholars centuries after his death.

They couldn’t be included in “Physics” because they were discussions by Aristotle of the abstract of what can not immediately be perceived by the senses and thus beyond physics such as  the “supernatural”, the “paranormal” and what is considered “unexplained phenomenon” or “things that go boomp in the night”.

The “immaterial” as opposed to the “material” in philosophy. What is called dualism.

This includes the realm of what makes consciousness and awareness and the question of :Who or what is it that perceives?

Metaphysics like its close neighbor Parapsychology deal with things that it is not currently possible to accurately or possibly can not be quantified by the usual scientific means because of their subjectivity or abstraction. Therefore they exist outside the boundary of what Immanuel Kant called the “knowable” or at least what can be known objectively with any accuracy.

Like musicians some Remote Viewers seem more talented and capable than others.

Able to produce what some in the Intelligence Community have called the “eight martini result”.

Effort has been made to explain Remote Viewing as a phenomenon similar to “entanglement“, what Einstein called “spooky action from a distance” and other strange phenomena that has been observed in the field of quantum mechanics or physics, by Harold or “Hal” Puthoff the man who along with Russell Targ were the two individuals contracted by CIA to conduct the original research on Remote Viewing.

Both Targ and Puthoff a serious physicists with PHDs to their credit yet like many before them for example Einstein and Newton believed there may be something beyond the physical.

Puthoff in particular who like Ingo Swann was an adherent of the Church of Scientology at the time and had been initiated into the Church’s Advanced Levels which were directed toward the phenomenon of stable exteriorization and being able to operate exclusively outside the body as a spirit or as Scientologists call it a Thetan.

Something the author will explain in the next chapter.

Scientological Techniques: a Modern Paradigm for the Exploration of Consciousness and Psychic Integration; Remote Viewing and the Scientology Connection


Ingo Swann is the author of a paper entitled Scientological Techniques: a Modern Paradigm for the Exploration of Consciousness and Psychic Integration. Published by the Joint Publications Research Service as Document No. JPRS L/5022-1 and is restricted to “Government Use Only”, yet copies can be obtained through the Freedom of Information Act.

I’ve included it in the following link:

Ingo Scientological copy

The paper itself was presented at the First International Conference on Psychotronic Research given in Prague Czechoslovakia which was a Warsaw Pact nation at the time circa late 1973 and makes the connection between Scientology Techniques and Remote Viewing.

Swann considered by many to be the “father of remote viewing” passed away earlier this year.

It would be remiss in any discussion of remote viewing to omit Swann’s influence. According to his own ebook Remote Viewing – the Real Story he is the one who personally created the neologism giving the precise date and almost the exact time he suggested the term.

Book itself is very interesting reading however even more interesting is that Swann himself for whatever reason doesn’t mention what he at one time considered a major influence in his own psychic journey and that is Scientology.

Not that this nexus is any secret.

The fact is that a majority of the founding fathers of remote viewing including Ingo Swann with the exception of Russell Targ were high level Scientologists who had reached the level of “Operating Thetan”.

“Thetan” from the Greek letter theta is the word used in Scientology for spirit.

An “operating thetan” is one, who according to Scientology lore, can operate outside the body.

Ingo himself was not only an “OT” a term that is commonly abbreviated but also a Scientology Minister. One who is educated in many of the techniques and procedures used in allegedly (since all things spiritual or dealing with the mind are for the most part subjective) achieving this state.

For some reason as Swann became more of an authority in later years he began to obscure this connection.

Unfortunately since Ingo has kissed Earth goodbye we can not ask him why.

To quote former DCI Stanfield Turner when asked about the late Pat Price:

“He died, and we haven’t heard from him since.”

The Tantalizing Prospect



Mk Ultra Subproject 136 and Kress’ Parapsychology in Intelligence A personal Review and Conclusions pretty much dispels the myth that the CIA suddenly became interested in psychic phenomenon because they discovered that Russians were and they had to rush in to fill some “psychic gap”.


This pretty much parallels their claim that they became interested in “brain washing” ( a neologism created by one of their assets) and mind control after they suddenly discovered that the communists were involved in such a program.


A myth that has been dispelled by John Marks in his book The Search for the Manchurian Candidate.


Actually it would be more surprising that the CIA or any intelligence agency wasn’t interested in psychic phenomenon since they are continually asked to predict the future ,to be able to read their opponents mind and to go into those dark and hidden places where secrets are hidden.


One can see why Remote Viewing if possible presented such tantalizing prospects.


Another thing is that back in the 1970’s Remote Sensing using satellites was still in its infancy and there was no way of seeing what their target was up to in real time.


Even today satellites can be spoofed by various defensive and deceptive measures taken by the target.


Also many can easily be seen even by the naked eye without the use of high-powered telescopes and thus their paths can be predicted. Not to mention the fact that they are vulnerable as well as China has proven a short time ago to killer satellites.


Remote Viewing offers the possibility of a spy who is completely invisible and untouchable.

Mk Ultra and Remote Viewing


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.