|The United States is
still involved in ESP-ionage
and Dale Van Atta
-- a decade ago, an American agent penetrated a
previously unknown, top-secret Soviet military
base in the Urals. The spy described the base in
minute detail, according to a Central
Intelligence Agency report.
charted railways, machine shops and laboratories.
He even reported that "an unusual proportion
of women" were working at the facility.
Bond should be so successful. Unlike his
fictional counterpart, this agent was not
particularly bold or dashing. He didn't parachute
deep into Soviet territory or even slip across
the Iron Curtain under cover of darkness.
fact, America's agent was Patrick Price, a bulky,
balding ex-police commissioner from Burbank,
Calif. -- the spawning grounds of some of
Hollywood's most successful spy movies. During
the entire mission, he never left the comfort of
the Stanford Research Institute laboratory in
Menlo Park, Calif.
who has since died, was a self-proclaimed
psychic. His amazing "mission" was part
of a series of tests sponsored by the CIA. The
purpose was to determine if people who claim
unusual powers of telepathy could describe scenes
in faraway places.
dismissing this as hallucinogenic hokum, the
taxpayers should know that our government has
spent -- and continues to spend -- millions of
dollars on this hush-hush research. It began with
the CIA's "Project Scanate" in the
early 1970's, and has since become the Defense
Intelligence Agency's "Project Grill
the same Stanford Research Institute physicist
has been in charge all these years: Harold
Puthoff. The government uses Puthoff as the Santa
Claus for psychic research; funds are channeled
through him to other research institutes.
refuses to speak about the project. And Stanford
Research Institute's doors have rarely been
oepened to invite skeptical examiners into the
secret sanctums. But several sources close to the
mind-expanding study claim solid successes.
most striking occurred when one of the institutes
top psychics, given only the geographic
coordinates, described the Semipalatinsk nuclear
facility in Soviet Central Asia in detail only
confirmed afterward by satellite spy photos.
psychic also described equipment resembling
accelerators and electron injectors kept in an
underground cavern at the facility, which has
since been reported as a "directed
CIA smelled fraud, though, when he talked about
giant steel spheres at the location which, they
knew, could possibly stand the stress associated
with laser and particle beam research.
again, in the years that followed, the CIA found
to its chagrin that the psychic was right. The
Soviets had developed a process of "flux
welding," which could hold the spheres
together during the military research.
all this ESP-ionage a boondoggle, or has the
government-sponsored team stumbled on to
stamp of secrecy keeps us from knowing for sure.
Unless, of course, we choose to sit back in a
chair, close our eyes, and imagine ourselves into
the privacy of Grill Flame Central.