When the topic of spies comes up, we immediately think of James Bond, evil enemy governments, high-tech spy gadgetry, elaborate disguises and the stealing of state secrets. We never equate it with precognition, ESP, and other psychic abilities. But that's precisely what happened from 1975 to 1995. For 20+ years, the US Government, particularly the CIA, studied man's psychic abilities to see how they could apply them to their top-secret spy programs.
In the early 1970s, physicist Russell Targ, PhD, studied psychic "remote viewing" at the Stanford Research Institute. Remote viewing is when a person is physically in one location (for example, in an office in New York City) can travel mentally to another location (a sushi restaurant in downtown Tokyo). Once there psychically, they will then record what they can "see" remotely by using words, drawing and sketching, and finally building a clay model.
At around this time, the Cold War was still in full swing. The Soviets were now at par with America regarding the number of nuclear weapons on hand; tensions were high as the stakes had gone up. In 1970, intelligence reports claimed that the Soviet Union was spending millions of dollars on "psychotronic" research and that they had produced positive results.
Remote viewing then grabbed the attention of the CIA, who had been thinking about setting up a program wherein they could harness psychic powers similar to the Soviet experiments. Other fields of psychic studies, namely ESP, telekinesis and more, were also included under the Stargate Project.
Within the next two decades, practical applications of remote viewing included good old identifying and spying on enemy military facilities, finding missing personnel, criminals, and even finding a missing aircraft in the jungles of Zaire. In 1973, one of the most famous remote viewers and co-founder of the initial study with Targ, Ingo Swann, even described the rings around Jupiter in detail a good six years before the Voyager probe got to Jupiter in 1979.
In 1995, a CIA oversight committee decided to review the Stargate program. The subsequent report stated that remote viewing was not proven to be psychic and could not be used in practical defense operations - and never was in the 20 years it existed - which is why the CIA defunded and shut Stargate down.
Because Stargate was considered classified, none of those involved in the study could talk about it or set the story straight. But in 2017, the CIA declassified the files, so Targ wanted to let the American public know about it since they technically paid for the program with their tax dollars.
Today, many of the remote viewers of Stargate conduct lessons and workshops, teaching remote viewing to people who want to develop this psychic skill for other purposes like predicting the outcome of sporting events, private security contractors, and even industrial espionage.
Directed by: Lance Mungia