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     MindNet Journal - Vol. 1, No. 36
     V E R I C O M M / MindNet         "Quid veritas est?"


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Editor: Mike Coyle 

Associate Editors: Walter Bowart
                   Alex Constantine
                   Martin Cannon

Assistant Editor: Rick Lawler

Research: Darrell Bross

Editor's Note:


Statement by Ingo Swann on Remote Viewing

December 1, 1995

I refer to:

1- CIA Public Affairs Bureau release of a statement concerning
Remote Viewing dated 6 September 1995 (which is available via the

2- The ABC TV Nightline show of 28 November 1995 (hosted by Ted

        Since these two events, I have been besieged by many
telephone calls and requests for interviews. I have decided that
the most efficient way to respond is to prepare this general
statement which addresses the basic issues of the involvement of
the intelligence/military communities with remote viewing.

        A good place to begin this statement is to unequivocally
state that nothing being reported in this latest 1995 flap is new
news. Media coverage was quite extensive during the 1970s decade
regarding this issue.

        Jack Anderson's syndicated columns usually had the scoop,
but all the news services picked up the lead a day or two later.
These include the Associated Press (AP) and the Washington Post,
etc., who are claiming new discovery, but which venerable
institutions apparently haven't bothered to check their own
archives of published materials. Several competent books were
also published during the 1970s and early 1980s. I, however,
maintain a nearly complete archive of all published materials I
am referring to here.

        Hardly anything I've seen or read in the media during the
last two weeks is new news, and all of it has been reported on
before, including the fact that several intelligence agencies
were involved in so-called "psychic research." The present
media, therefore, are re-sensationalizing (i.e. re-hashing) old
news, probably for the novelty of hype or the benefit of ratings
and shares.

        There is one difference, though. This regards the "spin"
being loaded into today's media frenzy. This spin is different
from the more factual one of the 1970s. To understand it requires
a little background data.

        Between 1969 and 1971, American intelligence sources
began discovering and confirming that the Soviet Union was deeply
engaged in so-called "psychic research." By 1970, it was
discovered that the Soviets were spending approximately 60
million rubles per year on it, and over 300 million by 1975.

        However, the Soviets were not conducting research into
what the West means by "psychic research." The term for their
general concept of the research was "psychotronics."

        This was a Soviet neologism, and English has no near
equivalent. So reporters glibly assumed that psychotronics and
psychic stuff amounted to the same thing.

        A clarification is, therefore, necessary. The nearest
English equivalent is "mind (psycho) energy applications
(-tronics)," with emphasis on "applications."

        The new English equivalent became "psychoenergetics," but
which term does not convey "applications." "Applied
psychoenergetics" would be more accurate.

        The amount of money and personnel involved in the Soviet
psychotronics clearly confirmed that they were serious about it
and had already achieved breakthroughs which justified the
increases in expenditures and tightest security.

        American intelligence analysts were appalled and
embarrassed that the Soviets (KGB and GRU), were involved in
topics considered in the USA as speculative, controversial, and
fringy. But they were alarmed at the prospect that the Soviets
would "get ahead." And so the phrase "the psychic warfare gap"
came into existence.

        The intelligence community was well aware that
"psychotronics" meant an "applied" something, something
psychically aggressive with real applications, something
threatening to the well-being and security of the American

        In response to this, and with Congressional approval to
do so, the intelligence community then involved itself with
researching this threat -- the threat analysis of Soviet-applied
psychotronics. It is, after all, the established and expected
duty of the intelligence community to examine and research all
threats to the security of the nation.

        This is to say that the intelligence community did not
conduct psychic research and go out on a limb just for the hell
of it. In fact, that community never did psychic research. What
it did was to assess the threat of the Soviet efforts.

        This is not just splitting hairs. There is a very big

        All media reports of the 1970s correctly identified the
purpose of this threat analysis, albeit with a good deal of
joking and amusement.

        At the time, this threat analysis was perfectly
justified, completely necessary, and unquestionably required in
behalf of the well-being of the nation.

        All personnel involved with this situation considered
that they were working on behalf of the nation and its security
-- and future discoveries regarding invasive penetration by
psychoenergetic means -- clearly confirmed the reality of the
threat. Even most of the 1970s media concluded that the work was
necessary, even if it was funny and ridiculous according to
Western anti-psychic traditions.

        The most authoritative and publicly available Western
book on psi warfare was by Martin Ebon, published as Psychic
Warfare: Threat or Illusion? (1983). Documents still classified
tell an even more threatening tale.

        The present 1995 media versions of this effort have slid
out of this particular important focus which made the effort
understandable in the 1970s. The 1995 focus has detached from the
cold war and exclusively hypes the sensationalistic aspects.

        This largely hype-deliberate change of focus is not only
just trivializing. It is disgusting -- and cruel to all those
past workers who did that strange work to defend the nation and
its security. Hardly any of those past workers can come forward
with the cold war facts because they are patriotic and still
bound by their security oaths.

        On the Nightline TV show of 28 November 1995, Mr. Robert
Gates, former director of the CIA, estimated that the
intelligence community had invested about $20 million over the
sixteen-year period during which the threat was under

        Well. During the mid-1970s, the government paid a
manufacturer about $65 each for hammers which could be bought in
a hardware store for $2.95. The Pentagon invested $60 million for
new toilet seat designs, none of which worked better than the
ones you and I use.

        A great deal was learned for those $20 million, and our
nation received a lot back for the buck spent.

        And this knowledge, although somewhat on the shelf now,
will soon come in handy, again.

        Several quite respectable sources have informed me that
two major nations are making advances in psychoenergetics
applications, one of which is remote viewing. It is also being
alleged that a third smaller nation, with well known and
advertised hatred of the American Way of Life, is also making

        I believe those sources, because I know that liberated
Russia sold for big bucks the Soviet psychic secrets three times
over in order to acquire needed foreign exchange monies.

        Remote viewing was researched in response to the fact
that the Soviet Union was engaged in large scale research into
psychotronic applications phenomena. The national security
implications of failure to match a technological breakthrough by
the Soviets is obvious. In this respect, the remote viewing
research was a product of the Cold War, and is analogous to
myriad other projects.

        Initial research was carried out at the very
prestigious Stanford Research Institute (SRI). Certain
psychically-gifted individuals were able to describe distant
locations, often with amazing accuracy.

        With this fact established, the military/intelligence
community approved further funding. Research continued, but the
main effort soon switched to development (applications), based on
two key findings. First, remote viewing ability is latent in
nearly all humans. Second, it is possible to teach ordinary
people to perform remote viewing.

        Groups of students recruited form the ranks of the
funding client agencies were trained at SRI. Their mission was to
gather data, using remote viewing, regarding targets of special
interest to the client agencies. Usually, these were targets
inside the Soviet Union that had resisted the standard
intelligence gathering techniques.

        The 15% accuracy cited in recent public statements on
behalf of the CIA is the baseline which ordinary non-gifted and
untrained persons often do achieve. This figure was identified
very early in the SRI research phase. The minimum accuracy needed
by the clients was 65%. In the later stages of the development
(training) part of the effort, this accuracy level was achieved
and often consistently exceeded.

        Throughout the period of my personal involvement
(1972-1988), oversight and  monitoring teams from the client
agencies were in constant attendance. These teams consisted of
multi-discipline scientific professionals, some being leaders of
their disciplines, and drawn from just about every scientific
field. Over the years, representatives of these teams were
rotated, with replacements coming in.

        During the sixteen-year time span involved,
approximately 500 representatives of these oversight teams
identified flaws and strengths in the effort. With this intense
scrutiny, the program continued to be approved, tested, and
ultimately utilized by testing various kinds of experimental and
real-time applications. Thus, it seems at variance with the
oversight committees' facts that the CIA suggests that remote
viewing was "unpromising." But, as is well known, there are
various levels to all games.

        Per the definition used by the client military and
intelligence agencies, and as I identified it at SRI, developed
(or trained) remote viewing is a highly-specialized technique.
However, the term has been adopted unfairly and incorrectly to
include almost any sort of psychic endeavor. This clouds the
public mind as to what remote viewing really is.

        The key players in the development, training and use of
remote viewing remain under the strictest security constraints.
They can't talk, but I, at least, honor them for their commitment
to the welfare of the Nation even if within a controversial area.
Similarly, the documentation supporting the real story is
archived under top security wraps.

        So, there you have it. Detach the topic of remote viewing
from the threat analysis regarding nations who have motives
against our own -- and yes! you can have a media circus, and
spin doctors can gain pseudo-points and amuse and entertain the
gullible public.

        However, remote viewers did help find SCUD missiles, did
help find secret biological and chemical warfare projects, did
locate tunnels and extensive underground facilities and identify
their purposes. Not all of the time, of course, and sometimes
imperfectly so.

        From the top of our system on down, there are many who
could stand up and be counted regarding the efficiency of
developed remote viewing, and even regarding superior natural
psychics. It has been circulated in the intelligence community
that successful remote viewing sessions probably saved the nation
a billion-plus dollars in what otherwise would have been wasted,
or misdirected, activities. Not a bad payback for the $20

        Why do they not stand up and be counted? For the most
part, they are afraid of being taken apart in the press, afraid
of being ridiculed for doing their duty in an area of threat
analysis which was completely justified. This fear is not their
fault. It is the fault of our unthinking and irresponsible
popular culture.

        I now direct your attention to "successful remote
viewing," and ask you to wonder if it can exist. Begin by
considering psychics who successfully help the police. Add to
that success some quite good remote viewing training. Then
consider that what is a bit possible in natural psychics might be
understood, developed, and then trained.

        Now assume that a "little-bit-psychic" can become a
"whole-lot-psychic" -- and you come up with the "eight martini

        Those of you who witnessed the Nightline TV show of 28
November 1995, will recall an individual said to be from the CIA,
but identified only by the name "Norm."

        Mr. Robert Gates had just finished saying that remote
viewing was unpromising. But when it came "Norm's" time to talk,
he began saying something like, "Well, if it's the Eight-Martini
Results you want to talk about, I won't talk about them."

        What, then, is an "eight-martini" result? Well, this is
an intelligence community in-house term for remote viewing data
so good that it cracks everyone's realities. So they have to go
out and drink eight martinis to recover. Remote viewing does
have its amusing aspects, you know.

        Regardless of official and media misdirecting, the
general world knows now that remote viewing exists. Soon other
nations will utilize it for their own interests.

        So official and media misdirecting is shooting Uncle Sam
in his feet -- just for the hell of it and a few sensationalizing

        But some insiders know that soon a new psi-threat
analysis will be necessary, or at least advisable.


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