|The remote viewing (RV) work at SRI
(1972-1990) and at SAIC (1990-1995) is unique in the history of the field of
parapsychology. For one thing, it is the only long-term psi- research program known to
have been funded by the U.S. government (specifically, the Department of Defense and
different intelligence agencies, such as the CIA); second, its raison d'Ítre was, from
the outset, driven by an interest in applications, i.e., the use of psi for intelligence
operations; third, because of its sensitive nature, a majority of this work has been - and
still is - classified.
Nevertheless, a recent Congressionally Directed Action induced a declassification of a
small portion of the documents, as well as leading to an evaluation of the 24-year
government-sponsored program, known as STARGATE.
The early SRI work, initiated by physicists Hal Puthoff and Russell Targ, focused on a few
gifted individuals, such as New York artist Ingo Swann, and former police commissioner Pat
Price. Pilot trials with these individuals produced some truly astonishing results. For
example, Swann suggested trying to remote view the planet Jupiter before the NASA Pioneer
10 spacecraft would photograph the planet. To his surprise, he reported seeing a ring
around the planet - which seemed quite contradictory with all that was known about
Jupiter; nevertheless, Targ & Puthoff mentioned Swann's statement in their report,
and, soon afterwards, the photos taken by Pioneer 10 indeed revealed an unexpected ring
around the planet.