It is the summer of 1974. In Langley, Virginia, just outside Washington, DC, a handful of CIA officers venture to the edge of espionage, launching the first documented psychic spying mission in U.S. history. The target: a secret research center in a remote region of the Kazakh Republic, USSR. At the CIA, where little is known about the facility, the Soviet site is referred to as URDF-3 (Unidentified Research and Development Facility Number 3). A "remote viewer", working on a CIA contract, is handed the coordinates of the target. After clearing his mind, he peers out mentally in search of the site, and claims to observe it. A striking feature of the facility, he says, is the presence of a "damn big crane."
A CIA officer assigned to the unorthodox operation has seen the latest reconnaissance photos of URDF-3, and he marvels at what he later calls "some amazing descriptions" furnished by the remote viewer. There is indeed an unusually large crane at the site, one that the viewer sketched in startling detail.
The day of the psychic spies had arrived...
During the Cold War the Russians were experimenting with various "psychic" techniques and several talented subjects had been found who could seemingly manifest a variety of behaviours ranging from telepathic powers to psychokinesis (the ability to move objects with the mind). They had achieved some success with telepathy and had originally started the research in order to find a way of signaling to their underwater submarine fleet. An operational method of two-way communication was sought which would of course be a great advantage during encounters with the enemy.
In the early 1970's two Canadian authors, Sheila Ostrander and Lynn Schroeder, visited the USSR on a fact finding trip and had returned to write a book entitled "Psychic Discoveries behind the Iron Curtain" (which has recently been revised). The publication eventually came to the attention of the American intelligence services, particularly the CIA, who were concerned that the reality of psychic technology had been achieved by the USSR. They were justifiably worried that the Soviets would have superiority in this area. Even President George Bush discussed his concerns whilst head of the CIA at the time.
They decided to approach a respected physicist called Hal Puthoff from Stanford Research Institute who had also been a Naval intelligence officer and so they felt that they could discuss their concerns safely and openly with this particular individual. Hal Puthoff considered the matter and decided that the area of ESP would be the most promising to explore as there had already been some good research to support the fact that ESP may be a real and measurable phenomenon. The scientist in him was also intrigued as he became interested in finding out if there were any physics behind the phenomenon.
Soon Hal Puthoff and his assistant Russell Targ met a gentleman called Ingo Swann who was a well known artist and popular "psychic" in the San Francisco area. Mr. Swann went onto claim that he had remote viewed off the planet Jupiter and that there were rings around the atmosphere. A short while later when the satellites Pioner10 and Pioneer11 came fairly near to the planet and photographed the atmosphere it could clearly be observed that there indeed were gaseous rings around the planet. Puthoff and Targ took this as an indication that trickery was not involved in this feat of "clairvoyance". The scientists put him through a battery of various tests and they were very promising, and later they were aided by another so-called viewer called Pat Price, formerly a Police Commissioner. Very soon both Ingo Swann and Pat Price began to produce remote viewing results that could be used operationally against foreign intelligence targets.
The early successes of the programme led to more funding from various Government agencies, among them the DIA and National Security Agency. As they developed and tested the programme more and more, they began to realize that the ability to remotely view wasn't just confined to natural "psychics". They started to use other subjects that had not been thought of as being " psychic" and still managed to gain fairly accurate information about the target. Eventually, in 1981, Ingo Swann working in conjunction with a team developed a method of remote viewing that would allow anybody to become as good as a natural. "psychic" and called his new technique "coordinate remote viewing". It did require a fair amount of practice and diligence, but many successes soon started to flow with this new method and Ingo Swann regarded this breakthrough as one of the pinnacles of his career. In the 1995 documentary, Remote viewing: The real x-files, shown on national television shortly after the official declassification of the RV project the former head of the CIA and various other key players are seen giving their verdicts on the programme. To observe former Generals admitting they had a "psychic" spying programme has to be seen to be believed. Even the writer of the documentary can be seen undergoing RV training with Ingo Swann and some of his successes are recorded even after a few weeks of instruction.
We may begin to discover that remote viewing is a totally normal ability for the majority of the population and added to that is the fact that one of the most powerful Governments in the world has admitted that it had people who could transcend time and distance and bring information back that would normally be shielded from our ordinary five senses. Indeed, Jessica Utts, Professor of Statistics at the University of California, who co-authored the CIA review of government-sponsored remote viewing research in 1995 had this to say.
"It is clear to me that anomalous cognition (the scientific term for remote viewing and ESP) is not only possible but has been clearly demonstrated. This conclusion is not based on belief, but rather on commonly accepted scientific criteria and the phenomenon has been replicated in a number of forms across laboratories and cultures."
Lee James Heather, a remote viewing trainer and lecturer trained in the Military coordinate remote viewing system in the United States. He is also the webmaster of Remote Viewing Systems - http://www.rvsystems.inuk.com, an Internet site dedicated to bringing you real knowledge of the technique. The site not only contains the history of the project but has articles with some stunning examples of the method. There is also an extensive resource section, plus the chance to train in genuine coordinate remote viewing.