Unit's 'Hits' and Misses
and Jan Moller
important U.S. Army general was kidnapped in
Italy by the Red Brigades terrorists. The U.S.
government pulled out all the stops, shook up
every intelligence source and scanned every photo
but had no luck locating the general.
government turned to the ghost-finders -- an
ultra-secret psychic unit run by the Army under
the code name "Project Grill Flame."
Three psychics turned their "remote
viewing" vision to find Brig. Gen. James
Dozier, being held by the brutal terrorists, in
remote viewer, Joe McMoneagle, was particularly
successful. He zeroed in on the room where Dozier
was held, chained to a wall heater. He described
it, but couldn't get the house number. Yet he did
get the location, the Italian city of Padua.
information was slowly sent up the chain of
command, and finally arrived on the right desk.
But it didn't arrive until a day after Dozier was
released -- in Padua -- in early 1982.
of these events are noted in a highly sensitive
secret log that recorded the unit's activities
from 1979 to 1989, which was obtained by our
associate Dale Van Atta. In the Dozier case,
Project No. 8125, it is noted that McMoneagle
"provided 'Padua' eight days before
[Dozier's] release." The log further brags
that "all other info was confirmed during a
debriefing conducted by project personnel."
becomes clear from reading the log is that the
psychic spy unit, which cost $20 million over a
two-decade span to operate, worked mainly as a
missing person's bureau.
while the log indicates that the unit had several
psychic "hits," the information never
led to the recovery of a single missing person.
problem ever took more of the unit's time than
the Iran hostage crisis. The Joint Chiefs of
Staff called in the psychics on Nove. 23, 1979,
and a total of 206 sessions were held to try to
determine the location and condition of the
that time, the psychics revealed some information
that later turned out to be true, such as a
description of the location and uniforms of the
guards, and the fact that one of the hostages was
in a poor mental state and probably suffering
from multiple sclerosis.
their efforts played no role in the release of
the hostages in 1981.
second most time-consuming project, conducted
after the unit was shifted to the Defense
Intelligence Agency, was a search for American
hostages held in Lebanon in the late 1980s.
Project No. 8808 involved six psychics conducted
113 sessions in 1988 and 1989.
the case of Marine Corps Col. William R. Higgins,
the psychics cited a specific building in a south
Lebanon village where he had been held, and
another hostage later confirmed that Higgins had
probably been in the building at the time of the
"remote viewing" session. The psychics
also accurately said Higgins had been killed at a
time when other U.S. intelligence information
suggested he was still alive.
projects recorded in the log were abject
two different 1981 sessions, for example, the
unit tried to locate American soldiers missing
from the Vietnam War. But none of the information
could be confirmed, and the log notes that the
sessions were "not helpful thus far."
log entries are inconclusive, such as an FBI
request to help locate missing children. The log
claims several "hits" by the psychics,
including a specific bar in Denver, but there is
no indication whether the children were recovered
as a result.
one case, however, even critics of the program
shook their heads in disbelief.
U.S. Customs Service was on the hunt for a
dangerous fugitive, Charles Jordan, a former
Customs agent who had gone astray. By the time
the psychics were called in, Jordan had been on
the run for two years.
was believed to be hiding in the Caribbean, or
somewhere else outside the United States.
According to the log, 18 sessions were held in
1989 in an attempt to find Jordan.
psychic described him as hiding in northern
Wyoming at a campground near an Indian burial
months later, Jordan was found in Pinedale, Wyo.,
not far from Yellowstone National Park--in a
campground near an Indian burial site. The work
of the psychic was "instrumental" in
Jordan's capture, a former Customs official