U.S. military psychic spy manual

Remote viewing is a form of “psychoenergetic perception” (i.e. clairvoyance) developed as part of a long-term $20 million research program initiated by U.S. intelligence agencies in the early 1970s. Now known by the codename Stargate, the program was initiated largely in response to the belief that the Soviets were spending large amounts of money on psychic research.

Research into remote viewing began in 1972 at the Stanford Research Institute, “an independent non-profit research institute that conducts contract research and development for government agencies” (actually, a think tank that has nothing to do with Stanford university).

Led by Harold Puthoff, who had worked for the National Security Agency and was at the time a Scientologist, the research involved training people who were believed to be gifted psychics to use their alleged abilities for psychic warfare.  Among these individuals were the New York artist Ingo Swann, who claimed to have remotely viewed the planet Mercury, and Uri Geller, the psychic spoon-bending fraudster.  

In 1974, Puthoff and his colleague Russel Targ published the results of the experiments they had performed with Geller, in Nature, the most prestigious of scientific journals.The paper was accompanied by an editorial disclaimer, but nevertheless provided impetus for further research and funding (and gave Geller an air of authenticity that undoubtedly helped propel him to international stardom).

By 1985, the Stargate program was in full swing, and there were up to 7 full-time remote viewers, as well as support personnel, in the employ of the CIA. In that year, Puthoff and Swann published the remote viewing manual which was used to train the psychics to produced detailed information about enemy sites at specified geographical co-ordinates.

Hundreds of intelligence gathering “missions” have been conducted within the Stargate Program, including determining the whereabouts of Muammar Gaddafi, marines kidnapped in Lebanon, and North Korean plutonium. The U.S. military continues to employ psychics: it is reported that psychics were employed to help find Saddam hussein, and that the Department of Homeland Security hopes to adopt Russian “mind-reading” technology to identify terrorists.

Similarly, a classified report released recently under the Freedom of Information Act revealed that the British Ministry of Defence contracted commercial researchers to investigate psychic ability, perhaps so that they could use remote viewing to find Osama bin Laden and locate Iraqi weapons caches.


Targ, R. & Puthoff, H. (1974). Information transmission under conditions of sensory shielding. Nature 251: 602-607.


  1. #1 Ex-drone
    December 15, 2007

    I am now making a gesture with my hand of what I think about the continued spending of public money on psychic research. To the remote viewers, it may look like a tall tree standing in the middle of four other trees that have bent over.

  2. #2 Jonathan Vos Post
    December 15, 2007

    I was interested in the ESP/Combat oral history research mentioned in this interview:

    Bruce McAllister on Warfare, Ecology, ESP, and “The Girl Who Loved Animals”
    by Kilian Melloy
    EDGE Boston Contributor
    Monday Oct 1, 2007

    I don’t know of unclassified publications on this, but folks I believe say that there are classified writings in use.

  3. #3 Jack Sarfatti
    December 16, 2007

    This guy (what’s his name?) is sloppy in his writing. Uri Geller should sue him for slander “fraudster” – he’s in UK. Puthoff may also object? Impecunious parties should think twice before slandering powerful men with false allegations especially in England.

  4. #4 daz smith
    December 16, 2007

    Well it work!
    its been proved in multiple science labs…
    its been proved in real operations…
    and I myself and others use it to make money with predictions so I don’t know what more to say to you than it works the proof is there – read the 89,0000 CIA FOIA documents spanning 20 years they detail the effectiveness and use of remote viewing in all kinds of scenarios for the gulf war, to the cold war, to hostage rescue, and drug trafficking….


  5. #5 John A
    December 16, 2007

    Isn’t wonderful that some undergrad with no access or experience can tell the professionals involved that their work (with demonstrable successes) is pseudoscience.

  6. #6 jbkmo
    December 16, 2007


    This reminds me of how the CIA did LSD research /w thousands of its members without telling them what was going on (lots of deaths in the 50s and 60s), in order to study the “subconscious mind.” Project Stargate had almost 0% success rate and was as good as guessing.


  7. #7 Physicalist
    December 16, 2007

    Wow. The combination of stupid and crazy is . . . well, . . . well, I guess it just leaves me at a loss for words. I wonder, what’s the ratio of stupid to crazy in this case?

  8. #8 AnthonyK
    December 17, 2007

    Tjis reminds me of a story told by Christopher Hitchens, the well-known atheist mammal, in “God is not great”. A newspaper editor was sacking the astrologer. The letter began “As you will doubtless have foreseen…”
    But really, employing psychics! Is there no bottom to human stupidity?

  9. #9 Neil B.
    December 17, 2007

    Hey Ex-drone (what did you do as a drone?), “the proof is in the pudding.” I want to see how well the RVs actually did, not just wallow in theoretical presumption about whether they supposedly could have or not.

  10. #10 bacopa
    December 17, 2007

    Jon Ronson’s _The Men Who Stare at Goats_ covers this and other unusual military programs, including the First Earth Batallion manual, Project Jedi, and LSD research. He interviews a couple of Jedi participants and also shows how these programs are connected to the war in Iraq. Ronson’s largely a skeptic, but he mostly just lets his subjects speak for themselves, so it’s an enjoyable read for anyone interested in the paranormal.

  11. #11 RBM
    December 17, 2007

    For those without their mind already made up and wish to dig deeper go to Ingo Swann’s site at

  12. #12 Amiya Sarkar
    December 18, 2007

    I don’t know about clairvoyance, but real time mind sensing has become a reality now and thought controlled devices are making inroads. Research is being done so that paraplegic persons can ‘move’ about using these devices. This technology relies on the fact that our brain is activated even before an act is performed. PET scans and fMRI will make them even easier.

  13. #13 J, A.
    April 14, 2009

    There are times when I think I am crazy because I see things that end up happening. My coworkers, family and friends can vailidate it. I have a a question involving my birth which was a a research military hospital. I know I sound like an idiot or a phenomenon seeker, I am really only wanting to know where all this mental chatter comes from. Its like a stream of information, somewhat static, and in it all there will be a few words that begin to form a message. Any help will be greatly appreciated, I do not think I am gifted or special. In truth I wish it all would shut up. I am just looking for research infomation, if anyone has some that I can go look at I would be very gracious.

  14. #14 NuiParishi
    February 20, 2011

    The remote vision is possible We cannot send mass through an wormhole but we can send particles without mass So the Energy center looks for the next channel If you have a camera linked to the Internet will go from there If you have A COMPUTER WITH AN iNTERNET LINK IT WILL USE THAT If your TV is on it will use that but is not so efficient The Holographic Image of your brain will then travel far thru any of this links using the electron energy to transport The Holographic Mind So you see and hear as if you were there This is advanced Technology It’s not magic or spirits
    We’re just starting Children are borning with advanced capabillities Mankind must evolve Evolution is our story

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