How The US Government Tried To Make Psychic Spies

It’s no secret that the Government has been spying on us for quite some time now, but new information has been let out recently 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 all the way through the mid 1990’s.

The US Governments Remote Viewing Experiments


They referred to the experiment as “remote viewing” and it was designed to be a method of seeing what is behind the closed borders of the American adversaries by utilizing extra-sensory perception, also known as ESP. “Grill Flame” was the code name of several of these projects taking place around the same time.

A majority of these experiments were located at their headquarters, which were basically two wooden military buildings in Fort George G Meade. Not all of them were done there though; some of them 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 it has since been released to the public. In it, they summarized SRI Project 3133.

With the help of their assistants, Puthoff and Targ trained a group of viewers that they selected, and then taught them how to concentrate intensely on uncovering the objects located at either a random or previously chosen location. In the random places where neither the assistants nor the scientists knew the location, they used double-blind studies.

The report states that Puthoff and Targ were able to create a system that worked so well that even CIA personnel who were visiting them were able to perform well under the controlled laboratory conditions, even though they had never 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 and he was also able to describe the insides of a secure building located at the coordinates he was given. A satellite later confirmed the existence of the particle beam laboratory and the inside of the secure building was also later verified by subsequent intelligence.

Other World Governments Were Also Experimenting With Remote Viewing

It has been discovered that the United States government were not the only ones experimenting with remote viewing. The United Kingdom and Russia were also doing similar experiments on their own. We are led to believe that the US stopped these experiments in 1995.

A disclosure given by the UK’s Ministry of Defense back in 2007 states that they did not stop their experiments until 2002, and it has never been brought to light when or if the Russians ever ceased their experiments. The ESP experiments would have probably kept going in the US if it were not for lack of reliable data.

Scientists like to review their results from a traditional scientific method and the results for these experiments were just too unreliable. When the remote viewers were right, they were truly spot-on but when they were wrong, they were way off. They were never able to find out what was causing the variances in the results and for that reason had to pull the plug on the whole thing.

The problem was that in the scientific world, you have to depend on the ability to duplicate experimental results in controlled laboratory conditions, but in order to do that, you have to be able to replicate the results. In the case of remote viewing, the variables are not known so duplicating them becomes nearly impossible.

The experiments were also stopped because of the fact that they were taking a toll on the remote viewers. They constantly had to completely change their mentality in order to concentrate so much on something, and this 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 of information for actionable intelligence.”

American Institute for Research

The U.S. Army Assistant Chief of Intelligence from 1977-1981, Major General Edmund R. Thompson was a big believer in the experiments however. He was quoted as saying;

“I never liked to get into debates with the skeptics, because if you didn’t believe that remote viewing was real, you hadn’t done your homework.” 

Major General Edmund R. Thompson
U.S. Army Assistant Chief of Intelligence


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  1. Thanks for a great article on the subject of Remote Viewing. I read a book by David Morehouse who was actually one of the people working on this government project. It pretty much confirms & supports everything stated here. What I don’t understand is why the government stopped using it (if they did). Either way, I think this confirms that psychic abilities are very real.

    • You’re welcome Brady! I’ve read David Morehouse’s book as well, its a favorite of mine. *IF* the government stopped using it I’m sure it was because they couldn’t control and weaponize it like they hoped. My bet is there is still some laboratory somewhere conducting similar experiments though. 😉

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