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Re: JSE article on Gov't. Remote Viewing Program

From: Steven Kaeser <steve@konsulting.com>
Date: Thu, 16 Oct 1997 15:15:03 -0400
Fwd Date: Fri, 17 Oct 1997 00:40:57 -0400
Subject: Re: JSE article on Gov't. Remote Viewing Program

I don't know if the following has been posted previously, but I thought it
was interesting enough to forward:

SOURCE:  http://www.jse.com/PR_CIA_96.html



Embargoed until March 22, 1996

CONTACT: Marsha Sims, Executive Editor, Journal of Scientific

Former Directors Dispute Conclusions of
Government ESP Program Review by CIA

Stanford, CA, March 22, 1996 --- The current issue (Vol. 10, No.1) of the
Journal of Scientific Exploration, an international peer-reviewed research
journal, presents the most complete discussion to date of the 24-year long
government-sponsored ESP programs at SRI and SAIC. In addition to the
official reports on the program by Prof. Jessica Utts, (University of
California, Davis) and Prof. Ray Hyman (Univ. of Oregon) the Journal is
publishing the first in-depth discussions by former program directors Dr.
H. E. Puthoff and Dr. Edwin May and by former SRI researcher Russell Targ.

Both Puthoff and Targ discuss, among other things, declassified aspects of
the code-named Scanate efforts at SRI to psychically view top secret
facilities in the former USSR and elsewhere. They present the first
released drawings of the Semipalatinsk, USSR facility comparing the
psychically-obtained sketches with satellite reconnaissance observations.
This is now possible because in July 1995, 270 pages of SRI reports were
declassified and released by the CIA, the first, but not the only, sponsor
of such programs as Grill Flame, Center Lane, Sunstreak and Star Gate.
Although various unclassified aspects of the early work led by Puthoff and
Targ have drawn media attention for some time, the bulk of the funded
research was carried out between 1986 and 1995,directed by May. Building on
the Puthoff-Targ findings, rigorous new tests were developed by May's team
to try to identify the relevant variables and explore their dependence on
space and time. Contrary to the implications of some media accounts, these
efforts concentrated on developing proper scientific controls and were in
fact guided by a Scientific Oversight Committee which included a Nobel
Laureate, a former Major General, and internationally known professors of
statistics, psychology, neuroscience
and astronomy. It is estimated that more than 80000 pages of program
documents remain highly classified.

Much of the opposition of mainstream scientists to ESP phenomena of this
sort traces to the perplexing lack of appropriate space and time behavior.
Electromagnetic and gravitational forces diminish predictably with distance
and, except in science fiction movies, never mysteriously propagate
backwards in time. Taken at face value the ESP data suggest that
information can be psychically accessed as easily across two continents as
two doors down the hall. And apparent examples of bizarre time-shifting of
perceptions abound.

One of the most curious results, reported by Targ, concerns a remote
viewing by former Burbank police commissioner, Pat Price, in 1975. In one
of the experiments Price described a target site, a swimming pool complex
at Rinconada Park in Palo Alto, with "great accuracy." But he then went on
to describe some non-existent water storage tanks at the psychically-viewed
location. Targ discusses how 20 years later, in 1995 long after Price had
died, he came across an Annual Report of the City of Palo Alto from 1913
that touted the "new municipal waterworks" built that year on the Rinconada
park site. A photograph from 1913 shows two water tanks "just where Price
had drawn them" 60 years later... long after they were gone! Skeptics would
criticize this as "post hoc" interpretation, but numerous less dramatic
examples of asynchronous perception suggest further study.

The retrospective reviews commissioned by the CIA in 1995 reached contrary
conclusions. Jessica Utts, a professor of statistics at the University of
California, Davis and a fellow of the American Association for the
Advancement of Science states: "Using the standards applied to any other
area of science, it is concluded that psychic functioning has been well
established." This is disputed in the dissenting report by psychologist Ray
Hyman, a professor at the University of Oregon. However Hyman does agree
with Utts on what the next steps should be, which in the Utts report is a
recommendation for further funded investigation.

Whether this recommendation stands any chance of being implemented in
today's budget climate is problematic. May's overall assessment of his
program's results is that photographic reconnaissance quality data were
psychically obtained in approximately 15 percent of the operational remote
viewings. While this would be more than sufficient to interest scientists,
such a success rate appears to be too unpredictable to make the grade for
continued intelligence funding. Most of the operational data remain
classified, and in his commentary on the reports May argues strongly that
virtually all high quality data and testimony of key individuals were
deliberately excluded from the unclassified review process. He makes the
case that owing to political considerations the ground rules of the review
were determined so as to
produce an outcome that could be used to justify terminating the program.
This would explain why the CIA chose to, in effect, disregard the
conclusions drawn by Utts in its official briefing to Congress.

SOURCE:  http://www.jse.com/PR_CIA_96.html

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