|Spying sight unseen
Inexplicably, 'remote viewers' often pinpoint
McMoneagle wasn't feeling well on a hot July
night in 1970. An overseas U.S. military man, he
was relaxing in a restaurant in Brassau, Austria.
McMoneagle remembers the establishment as being
full of loud and happy revellers, the interior
thick with cigarette and pipe smoke. It was
warmer than usual, but it wasn't until he was
offered a rum and coke by one of the revellers
that he began to feel ill.
back of his next grew hot,and as the group
gathered to leave, McMoneagle had the distinct
impression his surroundings were changing. The
voices around him grew unintelligible, and as he
reached for the door, his hand moved "in a
slow-motion arc toward the handle."
last blurred memory," he wrote in his 1993
book Mind Trek, "was the door opening and my
body falling through it from its own momentum. I
distinctly remember fearing that I would break
the glass with my fall and then heard a horribly
loud pop and thought it might have been my face
striking something as I was falling."
cobblestones to smack him in the face, McMoneagle
caught his balance and found himself standing in
the street. He felt light and quite well, but
when he turned he discovered a body half in and
half out of the gutter by the front door.
"The shock of what I saw sent a huge shudder
throughout my being. Lying in the street was my
body, face up, with eyes and mouth open."
was one man's introduction to what he would later
consider to be psychic experiences. Out-of-body
travels and other paranormal events continued to
dog McMoneagle after his 1970 near-death
1978, he found himself under the study of Prof.
Hal Puthoff at Stanford Research Institute.
McMoneagle, along with others who had previously
demonstrated psychic talents, were tested to see
if they could "remote view" distant
targets. A target could be a public swimming
pool, a hi-tech windmill, a church--anything
visually compelling on the California landscape.
Two individuals would open sealed instructions
with the target, and travel to the site, while
back in the lab McMoneagle and other remote
viewers would attempt to get psychic impressions
of the target seen by the two travelling
double-blind procedures to rule out conscious or
subconscious cueing, the experimenters themselves
were unaware of the target sites. Only after the
return of the travelling subjects were the
testing grew more sophisticated, and a standard
set of protocols was developed. According to the
SRI scientists, McMoneagle and others
consistently scored significantly higher than
military and intelligence interest in the
research at SRI was near immediate. Soon both the
U.S. Army and the Defense Intelligence Agency had
their own remote viewing units, and by the
mid-'80's, remote viewers were working on hidden
nuclear weapons, drugg trafficking operations,
and even the whereabouts of Col. Gaddafi. This
was the so-called "Project Stargate."
was assigned to the Headquarters of U.S. Army
Intelligence and Security Command (INSCOM) in
Arlington, Virginia, where he culminated his
career acting as a Special Projects Intelligence
Officer with the 902nd Military Intelligence
was from 1978 to 1984, according to reports, that
McMoneagle had several outstanding successes with
remote viewing, including the discovery of a new
Typhoon class Russian sub--with all details later
determined to be correct.
the discovery of the apparent ability to
transcend space and time, remote viewers strayed
into distinctly non-military areas. One effort
involved remote-viewing Jupiter. Ingo Swann, a
New York artist, and one of the most successful
of the SRI remote viewers, was tasked with
psychically plunging into the upper atmosphere of
the planet. Here's Swann's own record of the
"There's a planet with stripes."
"I hope it's Jupiter."
think it must have an extremely large hydrogen
mantle. If a space probe made contact with that,
it would be maybe 80,000-120,000 miles out from
the planet surface."
"So, I'm approaching it on the tangent where
I can see it's a half-moon, in other words,
half-lit/half-dark. If I move around to the lit
side, it's distinctly yellow toward the
"Very high in the atmosphere there are
crystals... they glitter. Maybe the stripes are
like bands of crystals; maybe like rings of
Saturn, though not far out like that. Very close
within the atmosphere... I bet you they'll
reflect radio probes."
cites this as evidence he remote-viewed Jupiter's
ring--an astronomical feature of the planet only
discovered by probe in 1979. The time of the
remote viewing session was 1973. Critics have
pointed out there are no mountain ranges on
Jupiter, as Swann asserted in his session, but
the artist points out they ignore his succesful
"hit" with Jupiter's ring, and
Jupiter's high infrared reading, among other
remote viewers took to targeting what appeared to
be UFOs. Both McMoneagle and Swann claim to have
had some success with this, apparently picking up
on bizarre, structured craft entering earth's
atmosphere. McMoneagle was once given, without
his knowledge, the "Cydonia region" of
Mars as a target. Pencil in hand, he sketched the
images from his unconscious. He had impressions
of an advanced civilization that suffered a
catastrophe millions of years ago, and later
discovered his drawings and landmark descriptions
matched the geological features targeted by
co-ordinate for the Martian surface.
Brown, a Ph.D. political science professor,
recently went through remote viewing protocols
with the intent of examining the more far-out
stuff alluded to by other psychic voyagers. He
now runs a remote viewing center, the FarSite
Institute, and his book on what he considers to
be psychically retrieved information on UFOs and
aliens, Cosmic Voyage, marks the newest phase of
remote viewing: an expensive inner arcade game.
However, critics sympathetic to remote viewing
charge Brown's book is a record of bad science,
with loose procedures unlike those used at SRI.)
it was the more bizarre aspects of the
rmeote-viewing programs that led the intelligence
agencies to wash their hands of them--at least
years following Oliver North and Iranscam
guaranteed the official scrutiny of any other
small-scale "hip-pocket" operations
that might prove to be embarrassing for American
intelligence agencies. Remote viewing itself,
consequently, was viewed dimly. Project Stargate
was unfavorably reviewed, and civilian
administrators shredded 20 years' worth of
documents. Resources to the program dwindled,
morale plummeted, and the Defense Intelligence
Agency no longer wanted any involvement with
politically questionable spooky stuff.
program limped on with support from Congress, and
remote viewers were called upon in intelligence
operations during the Gulf War. In 1995, the
remnants of the program were transferred to the
agency that initially supported it--the CIA, who
shut it down. Still smarting from the Ames spy
case, and feeling vulnerable to congressional and
public criticism, the agency decided to take the
ESP out of espionage, or so the story goes.
question is: if remote viewing had proven utility
for U.S. intelligence, has it truly been
discarded? Or, did it attain too high a public
profile at SRI and other locales, necessitating a
new, "black" program somewhere in the
highly compartmentalized world of intelligence?
isn't the remote viewing that's dangerous,"
McMoneagle now says, "it's the information
and what people might do with it." The
remote viewers themselves came away with an
irretrievably altered view of themselves and
their place in the universe. For many,
relationships with family and friends suffered,
as they moved into realms of human experience
beyond sharing. According to one remote viewer,
who was tasked with remote viewing the Lockerbie
jet disaster, the greatest risk was "a God
for his part, didn't want to return to his body
during his near death experience: "In
comparison, this physical reality we live in is
most primitive. There are many people who share
our world but have no respect for it.
wanted to remain in the Light and become part of
it because it felt as if all knowing and feeling
were contained there. It was like swimming in
nothing but pure and unconditional love... I
argued to stay, but lost the argument. There is
probably a reason for it, but I haven't a clue as
to what it might be."