|Nelson man used
psychic techniques for the government
Joe McMoneagle, a
Nelson County resident who worked for 17 years as
a spy for the government, said controversial
psychic techniques are "just a tool" to
said he worked "for most major intelligence
agencies in Washington ... the CIA, the Defense
Intelligence Agency, the National Security
Agency, the FBI, the Secret Service, the
Department of Defense and the Drug Enforcement
of the most high-profile cases McMoneagle said he
worked on was the 1979 Iran Hostage Crisis.
did a number of remote viewings ... more than 40
on that alone. An example would be, if you wanted
to know something about a hostage in Iran, I
would go into an office, much like a regular
office, sit at a table with a blank piece of
paper and a pen or pencil, they would show you a
photograph of the individual and I would then
draw or sketch something."
said he would be able to focus, leave his body
and get a sense about the subject he was asked
was not until the early 1970's, said his wife
Nancy, that McMoneagle began having
"spontaneous outer-body experiences"
and began working on remote viewings.
McMoneagle worked on more than 350 cases as a
U.S. Army intelligence officer, he said that he
could not discuss his involvement because the
cases are still "extremely sensitive."
native of Miami, McMoneagle volunteered to serve
in the U.S. Army in 1964, when "It wasn't a
popular thing to do."
he returned from Vietnam, he spent a week at the
Afton Mountain Inn.
like the Switzerland of the Northeast," he
said. "I just fell in love with this area,
and moved here permanently when I retired in
retiring from the Army, McMoneagle worked as a
consultant for SRI International, on the research
side of the business, and continues to give
lectures at the Monroe Institute, a paranormal
research center in Nelson County.
of the more interesting aspects of the business,
said McMoneagle, 49, was the skepticism many
people have toward psychic phenomena.
proud to say most people were skeptical," he
said. "Usually, when we were allowed to
demonstrate, we could prove (the skeptics) wrong
... But sometimes, people were incapable of
opening their minds."
"remote viewings," said McMoneagle, are
very different than psychic readings.
have no rules guiding them, they want to know
everything, touch everything," he said.
"It's critically important to make the
distinction, a number of psychics are going
around claiming they are remote viewers, and that
is not correct."
lot has been said about trusting psychic
information as intelligence information. Remote
viewings produce information using techniques,
and just like any other collection techniques,
the information needs to be cross-checked, and
used to enhance other systems of
just a tool," he said. "But it would be
foolish not to use it. It would be foolish to use
it as a stand-alone technique."
transcribed from a newspaper clipping which
didn't have the newspaper name on it.