A Faber man's secret
involvement in a government-sponsored team of
psychics surfaced last week when the CIA
declassified information on its
McMoneagle, 49, of Faber applied psychic
abilities to gather intelligence information for
various government agencies during his 10-year
service with Stargate. The existence of the
program and McMoneagle's participation were
revealed when the CIA released a study that
deemed Stargate to be ineffective in relation to
its funding. McMoneagle conducted "remote
viewings" a psychic introspection
that attempted to glean information otherwise
unavailable to the government.
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Remote viewings were
conducted by concentrating on a specific person,
called a "target," through the use of a
photograph. The person's whereabouts would be
determined by summoning images through the
target's senses, McMoneagle said.
viewing is a formal scientific protocol using
psychic functioning to describe a remote person,
place or object that you have never seen
before," McMoneagle said.
and other members of the group, which ranged from
about eight to about 15 members, used remote
viewings to search for Libyan leader Moammar
Gadhafi; for Americans held prisoner during the
Iran hostage crisis, and for plutonium in North
specific case in 1988 that proved successful,
McMoneagle said, involved the search for
kidnapped U.S. Army Brig. Gen. James L. Dozier.
the use of remote viewing, the city where Dozier
was being held was identified, plus a description
of the building and the surrounding area,
Italians ended up getting the information from a
different source at the same time we did, but I'd
say that's pretty important stuff,"
refused to share details on other specific
targets chosen by the government. "You've
got to understand, many of these were extremely
sensitive," he said.
employment as a government-funded psychic began
in 1978. He was recruited for a program entitled
"Grillflame," a project founded to
delve into applications of the mind for military
use, while enlisted in the U.S. Army's
was later redesignated as Stargate, McMoneagle
said, and from 1978 until his retirement from the
Army in 1984 as a chief warrant officer, he
conducted remote viewings for more than 300
targets while stationed at Fort Meade, Md. He was
"on-call" for the project aafter 1984,
he said; the most recent assignment occurred in
1993 for the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA).
of the project bounced from the auspices of the
CIA to the DIA, McMoneagle said. Remote viewing
of targets was conducted for numerous government
agencies such as the FBI, the Drug Enforcement
Agency, National Security Agency, and the Secret
became the "target" last week after the
release of Stargate's existence. News reporters
tracked him to his home in Faber to divine
information in a more traditional method.
than a dozen reporters from local and national
newspapers contacted McMoneagle requesting
interviews, as well as television crews whose
combined call-letters could form an alphabet
soup. He continued to answer the phone
ringing on two different telephone numbers
and granted interviews to "set the record
straight," McMoneagle said.
American Research Institute (ARI) compiled the
report that debunked Stargate's usefulness. The
$20 million price tag for the project, as tallied
since its inception in the early 1970's, was too
costly for the results it produced, the published
really unhappy with the implication that there
was nothing of value produced by our work. It
wouldn't have lasted 20 years if we weren't
productive," McMoneagle said, and later
added, "Across the board, we probably had a
success rate of 15 to 20 percent."
was of "critical importance,"
McMoneagle said. "I'm not at liberty to
share details, and that's one of the problems
they didn't share the good stuff."
certain amount of scrutiny" is healthy,
McMoneagle said, but the ARI report determined
its findings without consulting with key members
of the project. Criticism of the $20 million
funding is "ridiculous" when compared
to its actual percentage of the national budget
during the entire 20 years, he said,
the first year of operation, we saved more money
than spent during the whole 20 years,"
McMoneagle said. "That $20 million wouldn't
buy two surface-to-air missiles."
a "hypothetical examples," McMoneagle
said military aircraft could search the Iranian
deserts for days searching for SCUD missile
launchers. This could cost millions of dollars in
operational costs, while remote viewing could
determine the answer with minimal investment.
whether he participated in such searches during
Desert Shield/Desert Storm, the tight-lipped
McMoneagle responded only with the answer,
"probably," and a smile.
no longer with Stargate, McMoneagle still plies
his psychic trade through his business, Intuitive
Intelligence Applications. McMoneagle conducts
remote viewings for private businesses and
laboratories to advise in searching for oil or