It’s no secret that the Government has been spying on us for quite some time now, but we now have recently released information that talks about early attempts at taking spying to a whole new level.
The CIA (Central Intelligence Agency), the DIA (Defense Intelligence Agency), and the military experimented with the idea of finding an unconventional way of spying on people from the 1970s through the mid-1990s.
The US Governments Remote Viewing Experiments
They referred to the experiment as “remote viewing.” It was designed to see what is behind the closed borders of the American adversaries by utilizing extra-sensory perception, or ESP.
“Grill Flame” was the code name of several of these projects occurring around the same time. Most of these experiments took place at their headquarters in Fort George G Meade. Some took place in Menlo Park, at the Stanford Research Institute in the Bay Area.
Physicists Russell Targ and Harold Puthoff were the leaders in conducting these SRI experiments, along with help from some assistants. Their report used to be classified information, but the government recently released it. In it, they summarized SRI Project 3133.
With the help of their assistants, Puthoff and Targ trained a group of viewers they selected. They taught them to concentrate intensely on uncovering the objects located at either a random or previously chosen location.
They used double-blind studies in the random places where neither the assistants nor the scientists knew the location. The report states that Puthoff and Targ could create a system that worked extremely well.
So well, in fact, that even CIA personnel visiting them could perform well under the controlled laboratory conditions, despite never having had exposure to these types of viewing skills.
The scientists experimented with several different levels of ESP, but the one that garnered them the most attention was their long-distance, trans-Atlantic remote viewing one.
At one point, Pat Price, a retired police commissioner from Burbank, was asked to draw and describe what he “saw” after being given the coordinates of a specific location in the Soviet Union.
The Results Of This Experiment Were Shocking
Even though Price had never been to this location before, he accurately drew a picture of a secret particle beam laboratory that the Soviets built. He was also able to describe the insides of a secure building located at the coordinates they gave him.
A satellite later confirmed the existence of the particle beam laboratory, and subsequent intelligence later verified the interior of the protected building.
Other World Governments Were Also Experimenting With Remote Viewing
The government learned that the United States wasn’t the only one experimenting with remote viewing. The United Kingdom and Russia were doing similar experiments on their own. The US government states that these countries stopped experimenting in 1995.
However, a disclosure given by the UK’s Ministry of Defense back in 2007 states that they didn’t stop until 2002. We still don’t know when or if the Russians ever ceased their experiments. The ESP experiments would have probably kept going in the US if not for lack of reliable data.
Scientists like to review their results from a traditional scientific method, and the results of these experiments were too unreliable. When the remote viewers were right, they were truly spot-on, but they were way off when they were wrong.
They were never able to find out what was causing the variances in the results and had to pull the plug on the whole thing for that reason. The problem was that you must duplicate experimental results in controlled laboratory conditions in the scientific world.
To do that, you have to be able to replicate the results. In the case of remote viewing, the variables are unknown, and therefore, duplicating them becomes nearly impossible.
The US government also stopped the experiments because they took a toll on the remote viewers. They constantly had to change their mentality entirely to concentrate on something, and this mental workout tired them out physically and psychologically.
Not All Scientists Agree With The Findings
Not everyone in the scientific world accepted the results of these ESP experiments with enthusiasm. For example, in 1995, the American Institute for Research (who were hired by the CIA for these experiments) deduced that:
“Most importantly, the information provided by remote viewing is vague and ambiguous, making it difficult, if not impossible, for the technique to yield information of sufficient quality and accuracy for actionable intelligence.”American Institute for Research
However, the U.S. Army Assistant Chief of Intelligence from 1977-1981, Major General Edmund R. Thompson, was a big believer in the experiments. He was quoted as saying;