|ABC puts Nelson
man's psychic skills to the test
David A. Maurer
Progress staff writer
They handed the
woman's photograph to Joseph McMoneagle.
he seen her before? "No," he answered.
he draw a picture describing the place where she
was right now? Sitting in a windowless room in
Houston, the Nelson county resident said,
results of McMoneagle's effort will broadcast at
8 tonight on ABC. Part of the television program
"Ghosts, Mediums and Psychics" will
test the retired army officer's ability to
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Credit: The Daily Progress / Matt
Caption: "Joseph McMoneagle is
featured on "Ghosts, Mediums and
is the act of describing or drawing details about
a place, person or thing without having any prior
knowledge of that place, person or thing,"
McMoneagle said. "In other words, it's done
call it remote viewing and not psychic
functioning, because the act of remote viewing is
always done within an approved scientific
protocol. Whereas, psychic functionings
such as channeling, looking into a crystal ball,
those sort of things are done essentially
ABS asked me if I would be willing to put my
remote viewing to the test live on camera, I
said, 'Yes, absolutely.' I only asked that they
stick to the established protocol, which they did
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experiment, I think we were all somewhat
skeptical about the whole thing. But when
I saw Joe doing this ... it opened my
mind and made me have to consider a
broader picture." Ruth Rivin,
Producer for ABC show
Ruth Rivin, the
senior segment producer for LMNO Productions, a
company which produced the ABC show, said they
had heard about a Stanford University study on
remote viewing. McMoneagle had been a part of
learned more about McMoneagle and the subject
after reading his book, "Mind Trek:
Exploring Consciousness, Time and Space Through
Remote Viewing." Riven met McMoneagle
for the first time in Houston when they filmed
chose Houston because it was a city that Joe had
never been to before," Riven said from her
Los Angeles office. "We felt it was
important that he wouldn't be familiar with any
of the target sites that would be selected.
also told the person who selected the sites not
to pick anything obvious like the Astrodome or
the NASA Space Center. We wanted everything to be
completely on the up and up, and so did Joe.
we asked Joe if he would give us a demonstration
of remote viewing on national television, he was
completely fearless about doing it. All he asked
was that we followed established scientific
protocol, which we were only too glad to
McMoneagle's arrival in Houston, an executive
from LMNO selected eight sites within an hour's
drive of the downtown area. Directions to and
photographs of each site were placed in separate,
double wrapped envelopes and numbered.
envelopes then were turned over to the Houston
Police Department, which locked them in a guarded
safe. When it was time for the experiment to
begin, a die was cast to see which envelope would
envelope was opened out of sight of McMoneagle
who was sequestered in the windowless room.
Except for the cameras, it was a familiar
scenario for McMoneagle.
nearly 20 years, he had used his remote viewing
skills to assist the United States government
with intelligence gathering and research into the
I was assigned to the U.S. Army Intelligence and
Security Command (INSCOM) during the late 1970s
and early '80s, I was part of Project Grill
Flame," McMoneagle said. "We did a lot
of research concerning remote viewing and
actually used it in real situations.
American Research Instititute just came out with a
report that was done at the behest of the CIA.
It's a semi-classified report, but from what I
understand, it states that there is really very
little use for remote viewing in collecting
this is not true. For the past 23 years, remote
viewing has been used in collecting intelligence.
To my knowledge almost every major government
agency, including the CIA, National Security
Agency, Drug Enforcement Agency, Joint Chiefs of
Staff and the Secret Service, have used remote
viewers at some point."
one experiment for Project Grill Flame,
McMoneagle said, researchers wanted to find out
if remote viewers could gather information on
military equipment under development.
target we were given was the Abrams battle tank,
which was in the prototype stage at the
time," McMoneagle said. "They parked
the tank in an aircraft hangar thinking the
remote viewers would find it more complicated to
describe it with planes around it.
in fact, we were able to draw in detail the
optical targeting mechanism, the auto-loading
mechanism, the interior seating arrangements and
the type of armor being developed for it."
On another occasion
McMoneagle said his remote viewing skills were
used to locate an American general who had been
kidnapped by terrorists. The general was rescued
before the information could be used, but he said
it was found to be extremely accurate.
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of windmill generators on flattish
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this picture of generators in
discovered his talent for remote viewing quite by
accident after he was assigned to INSCOM in 1978.
In October of that year, he was sent to a
conference at the Cognitive Science Lab of
SRI-International near San Francisco, where
remote viewing was one of the subjects being
McMoneagle was asked to participate in a remote
viewing experiment, he agreed. Although he said
he thought he was only guessing, it turned out
that he had described several of the target areas
in great detail.
then became involved with remote viewing
full-time. To date, he said, he has participated
in more than 4,000 remote-viewing sessions under
I've been doing this, I've maintained
approximately the same percentage of accuracy in
terms of the number of times I can hit a
target," McMoneagle said.
ranges between 25 and 30 percent. So out of any
four targets I will get one of them. But out of
the one I do nail, the amount of accurate
information will usually run around 75 to 88
believes that to varying degrees everyone has the
power to view. In his book, he writes about his
experiences with remote viewing and includes
exercises and advice to help readers develop
their own remote viewing skills.
book, published by the Charlottesville-based
Hampton Roads Publishing Co. Inc., is in its
concept that someone can sit in a room and,
through a photograph of a person, be able to
describe the place where he is at that moment is
absolutely fascinating to me," Rivin said.
scientist I spoke to about remote viewing said
that Joe's percentage of hits is extraordinary.
He's down to earth, too, and doesn't cover up
with a lot of 'I got this from the spirits or
angels' sort of thing.
very straightforward about it. He simply says
it's a skill he has."
to McMoneagle, the skill isn't limited to the
present. He believes he can also remotely view
the past. The problem inherent in historical
remote viewing is being able to verify his
McMoneagle has used his skills to view events
such as the construction of the pyramids and the
assassination of John F. Kennedy.
on my remote viewing, Kennedy was probably killed
the way everyone thinks he was," McMoneagle
said. "That is, it was a conspiracy,
involving people within and outside the
was killed by a bullet to the front of the head
and not the rear, and there was more than one
shooter. What I think needs to be understood
better are the reasons behind why the
assassination took place.
think, at least in the minds of the people who
planned and initiated it, there were some
extremely valid reasons for doing it. Perhaps
Kennedy, as president, was a threat to them or
McMoneagle's segment in Houston was filmed, the
television crew took him to dinner at a five-star
we were eating, the crew kept wanting to tell me
about the other targets they had selected,"
McMoneagle said. "I told them I wasn't
interested, but they kept pressing the issue.
to end it all, I said, 'Look, you're just going
to tell me about a water slide or an ugly modern
art statue.' They were stunned, because I
essentially told them what two of the other
who was at the dinner, said she was taken aback
by McMoneagle's offhand remark.
just casually mentioned two other sites, and he
was pretty darn close," Riven said.
"Before the experiment, I think we were all
somewhat skeptical about the whole thing.
when I saw Joe doing this, I think a little
something shifted inside me. It opened my mind
and made me have to consider a broader
now uses his remote viewing skills in his
business Intuitive Intelligence
Applications. He has used remote viewing for
everything from locating missing people to
providing information about oil wells before
McMoneagle's accuracy has proven to be uncanny at
times, he said that information gathered by
remote viewing shouldn't stand alone.
viewing is just another tool and should be
verified," McMoneagle said. "But it's
not the flaky psychic subject that many people
think it is.
real, and I think it has a lot of
finding misplaced car keys?
in four," McMoneagle said with a laugh.