20 Years of Formerly Classified Research

Many of the research papers among the 12000 documents included in the FOIA release were written by Russell Targ and Hal Puthoff, two of the primary researchers in anomalous cognition and remote perturbation. It was therefore with surprise that I read this letter from Russell to TED only a half hour ago. It says:

“In cancelling the TEDx event in West Hollywood, it appears that I was accused of “using the guise of science” to further spooky claims, (or some such). People on this blog have asked what I was going to talk about. That’s easily answered. I was co-founder of a 23 year research program investigating psychic abilities at Stanford Research Institute. We were doing research and applications for the CIA, Defense Intelligence Agency, Air Force and Army Intelligence, NASA, and others. In this $25 million program we used “remote viewing” to find a downed Russian bomber in North Africa, for which President Carter commended us. We found a kidnapped US general in Italy, and the kidnap car that snatched Patricia Hearst. We looked in on the US hostages in Iran, and predicted the immanent release of Richard Queen, who was soon sent to Germany. We described a Russian weapons factory in Siberia, leading to a US congressional investigation about weakness in US security, etc. We published our scientific findings in Nature, The Proc. IEEE, Proc, AAAS, and Proc. American Institute of Physics. I thought a TED audience would find this recently declassified material interesting. And no physics would be harmed in my presentation.”

The declassified material he is referring to is the same material I’ve been sharing on this blog and for which I created the annotated, hyperlinked index.   After reading Mr. Targ’s letter, I opened up the index with the intention of opening the first document I saw with his name on it. There are so many, most of which are fascinating and illuminating, that chances were a random pick would do nicely. File 11850.

The annotation for 11850 reads “Letter to Dr. Puthoff and Mr. Targ re: efforts to replicate EEG response to remote stimulation, published in NATURE. From Robert E. Ornstein.”

I also noticed a four page document annotated thusly: “SRI Studies in Remote Viewing: A Program Review.” This is file 11840. Both are available for download at the bottom of this post. But first, I’ll give you a brief introduction to the three signatures you will see on file 11840. They are:

Donald MacLean Kerr, Jr. served as the Principal Deputy Director of National Intelligence from 2007 to 2009. He most recently was the Director of the National Reconnaissance Office. He was sworn into that position July 2005.

W. Ross Adey‘s career in medical science spanned 50 years and brought him international repute; his specific knowledge of the effects of electromagnetic fields on biological tissues earned world renown. This familiar, rangy, nervy, at times acerbic Australian with a slightly lopsided grin exuded a natural rambunctiousness channeled by a commanding intelligence.

F. Zachariasen wrote “Hadron Physics At Very High Energies” and fun stuff like that.

The research papers in this archived data are mindboggling.  TED obviously has forgotten that all legitimate researchers begin with the existing literature. And it is important not to let cognitive bias prevent you from looking at research that doesn’t fit your belief system. That reminds me… I noticed the annotation for file 11841, a 23 page document, is “Quantum Physics and Parapsychology” Conference report 28 Oct 1974.” Have you read it?

12,000 documents remain unread by far too many people.  Some of them have presumed to say the research does not even exist.  Six months of my life were spent annotating the files and so I beg to differ. It does indeed exist. That TED and/or TEDx would prohibit one of the key researchers from speaking about the research is appalling.

Here’s a link to a quick view of the memo signed by the above gentlemen. The opening paragraphs are ones TED should hear. They say:

 “The lack of a physical model should not be taken to preclude the existence of the capability to view a remote location. … The evidence shown to us is too impressive to dismiss as mere coincidence. Certain similarities between the SRI and Princeton results, obtained in very different circumstances by unrelated investigators, are particularly compelling…” 

11840 1984 Review of SRI and Princeton studies

And here are today’s free downloads:




citations for the biographical information above:





A petition to boycott TED talks is here on a petition site.

More information on TED’s actions is here at the their site. Notice that, in removing the talks discussed, they also removed the opportunity to share them or to open them directly on Vimeo. TED does NOT want some ideas to spread — even if they are ideas that several governments (China, USSA, and the US) found important at the highest levels of National Security.

That TED is censoring the formerly (and still partially) classified research is itself an idea worth spreading — or at least watching and pondering: What ideas do they approve? Which are off limits? And why?

You decide. This is the talk Russell Targ eventually gave as part of the daylong program, “Brother, Can You Spare a Paradigm?” on April 14, 2013, at the Vortex Immersion Dome, in Los Angeles despite TED backing out at the last minute. “Conceived under a TEDx license as inspiration to change our fundamental value system to where mutual concern, as one humanity, becomes our new worldview, it ultimately was presented under the auspice of Suzanne Taylor’s Mighty Companions non-profit foundation.”  http://vimeo.com/66334047


Human Use Policy and Procedures

April 2nd, 2013 | Posted by Tamra Temple in News - (Comments Off)

Yesterday someone emailed me about a document on human experimentation that I had posted a couple of months ago and I pointed her to the blog on ethics to download the document she had seen or had heard mentioned.  This morning, as I was having coffee and getting ready to choose a file or two to upload, I glanced down at the annotated index of the Star Gate documents and my eyes landed on a couple of related documents.

The first is  ”A proposed statement of consent” (for Project Dragoon), dated 1985 and the second is an annual request for renewal of the human use approval, dated 1986.

You can see what the consent form said here:


 And the request for renewal of approval for human use here:





Remote Sensing and Wright Patterson AFB

April 1st, 2013 | Posted by Tamra Temple in News - (Comments Off)

When I was first told about an official government remote sensing program by a high ranking Air Force (civilian) GG16 fellow, one comment stood out. Although perhaps not an exact quote, given the passage of time, it was essentially (and possibly exactly) this: “Dale Graff oversaw the program no matter who had it at any given time.”

The documents I present in this blog post show the beginning of that oversight. In them, we see Mr. David Brandwein of the CIA’s Office of Technical Services subtly suggesting in February of 1976 that the Foreign Technology Division at Wright Pat follow up on the research.

As the documents have come to us, a memo is sent to the CIA in Washington in April of 1976 requesting the available research and is answered in February, just a couple months before it was sent (now that IS foreign technology).

The backwards time effect of the two memos, along with Mr. Brandwein’s wording, can lead a reader to wonder if there wasn’t a private lunch at some point during which the decision that this should be passed to the Foreign Tech Office (Dale Graff and Wright Patterson Air Force Base) was quietly conveyed.

Whether or not the memos followed verbal decision-making about developing a program, we do see the early involvement of the Air Force, Dale Graff, and the Foreign Technology Division in these memos.

For those of you who have the Star Gate Interactive Archive set, you will find these documents indexed as 11162 and 11166.







Jacques Vallee on SRI Research, Remote Viewing and Consciousness

February 24th, 2013 | Posted by Tamra Temple in News - (Comments Off)

Jacques Vallee on the early days at SRI, ARPA-Net, consciousness and remote viewing. In this talk, he recalls early discussions with Ingo Swann. This talk will be of interest to consciousness researchers, software engineers, and those who look at the common elements.

“The Software of Consciousness” — a talk given at the 2007 IRVA Conference in Las Vegas, NV 

Read more about ARPANET here 

On Training: A Memo from Ingo to Hal

February 24th, 2013 | Posted by Tamra Temple in News - (Comments Off)

This work report from Ingo Swann to Hal Puthoff was written in early 1984. In it, he discusses stage 4 as well as the qualities of a recent S4 trainee. He clearly is so impressed with this particular trainee that he suggests he be used as a model in future trainee selection. Whether or not his suggestion influenced future selection of trainees, his remarks of high praise for that viewer (TM) are worthy of note for those in the field today:

“In addition to his professional poise, this trainee was, as a person, always considerate of the problem at hand, and a pleasure to interact with. I believe that these traits, although not uncommon, yet are rare enough in our field which has a history of demonstrated antagonism, personality clashes and unwillingness to comprehend the subtle natures of esp and psi, that this trainee must in some form constitute an ideal model for future selection procedures.”

Also worth considering is the time he took to train one exemplary trainee (TM) in this one stage. As you read the memo, it should be clear that these stages were taken very seriously. Time, patience, and meticulous attention to detail were part of the training process. That continues today in much of the training and is an obvious contrast with any laxity in using the term “remote viewing” as a synonym for all things psi.

Another interesting part of this memo is Ingo’s discussion of opening SRI NY for training and the accomplishment of replicating the training rooms at SRI Menlo. From it, you’ll get an idea of what he considered to be important elements of a remote viewing environment — the colors, sounds, type of lighting, and visual characteristics (art) are all mentioned.

This memo also discusses the stage 1 training of Ed Dames, Paul Smith, and their two S1 co-trainees at SRI Menlo:

“As of January 1984, four new client preselected trainees embarked on the difficult training procedures of S1, phase 1. The first two weeks were held, at the client’s request, at SRI Menlo Park. Due to the importance of the four selected, highly intelligent and qualified individuals incoming as a group, I took the opportunity to redeliver all the lectures in person, with a view to tightening up the overall procedures.

Each of the new trainees (CC, BR, PS, and ED) exhibited from the outset great interest and enthusiasm for the work to be undertaken, and this  interest only grew as they began to become familiar with the implications …”

Following a discussion of the stage 1 training, Ingo concludes with these words to Hal,

 “I wish also to extend to you personally, as well as to the relevant people at SRI, my appreciation for making available the rooms at SRI NY. This has indeed made my life easier, but also it has enabled us to ascertain that the training work can and does have an integrity that suggests it is transportable, and that it can go forward in environments other than those at Menlo Park.” 


** Some sessions by viewer TM are here


Hyman and Utts Said What?

February 23rd, 2013 | Posted by Tamra Temple in News - (Comments Off)

Stories of the 1995 ending of the Star Gate program vary, but many have Ray Hyman saying remote viewing didn’t work and Jessica Utts saying it did. Speculation abounds over whether or not the entire program was really shut down as well as whether or not results over those twenty years were operationally valuable and/or statistically significant. Those discussions have often involved someone saying “Ray Hyman said…” and “but Jessica Utts said….” or visa versa,  as if the two didn’t agree. Check out the document and see if that’s true.

The download attached to this blog is a 22 slide presentation produced in 1995. Once you look through it, you’ll be able to answer whether or not Hyman said the results were not statistically significant and, if he didn’t say that, what he actually did say. And what happened with the program in 1995? The download will give you an overview of some of what was done at that time as well as a few hints as to why.  Enjoy.




Advances in Remote Viewing Analysis

February 23rd, 2013 | Posted by Tamra Temple in News - (Comments Off)

Abstract: Fuzzy set technology is applied to the ongoing research question of how to automate the analysis of remote-viewing data. Fuzzy sets were invented to describe, in a formal way, the subjectivity inherent in human reasoning. Applied to remote-viewing analysis, the technique involves a quantitative encoding of target and response material and provides a formal comparison. In this progress report, the accuracy of a response is defined as the percent of the intended target material that is described correctly. The reliability is defined as the percent of the response that was correct. The assessment of the remote-viewing quality is defined as the product of accuracy and reliability, called the figure of merit. The procedure is applied to a test set of six remote-viewing trials. A comparison of the figures of merit with the subjective assessments of 37 independent analysts shows good agreement. The fuzzy set technology is also used to provide a quantitative definition of target orthogonality.

This 36 page paper was written by Edwin C. May, Jessica Utts, Beverly S. Humphrey, Wanda L.W. Luke, Thane J. Frivold, and Virginia V. Trask in 1990 and is file number 10937 of the Star Gate Interactive Archive set.



The Mind Matter Mapping Project

February 22nd, 2013 | Posted by Tamra Temple in News - (Comments Off)

It’s easy to research things that are basically as we expect them to be. And it is equally easy to divide observations into “science” and “rubbish” or objective and subjective.  What changes our minds about the clear cut separation between mind and matter?  Researchers with the Mind Matter Mapping Project have taken on the challenge of working in that boundary area. According the their homepage,

 Almost a century after the quantum mechanics revolution, the nonlocality and measurement problems loom as intractable as ever. At the boundary between matter and consciousness, our experimental models seem to break down: what the mathematics imply, we can’t grasp;  and what we can guess, we can’t fit into our common experience. Or can we? 

The primary task ahead of us, according to Wheeler, “is to make meaning out of observation and from that derive the formalism of quantum theory.”  But is there a place for “meaning” in hard experimental sciences? Can we design experimental protocols probing the foundations of quantum  mechanics in such a way that the Observer’s state of mind becomes another variable? 

It turns out that the answer is a resounding Yes. Yet to do so we must break an institutional taboo: we must be willing to enter the contested  room of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and look at the history of experimental parapsychology in the XXth century. As Kuhn recognized, our working axioms are context-specific and that context typically has less to do with the accumulation of scientific  facts than with the social  framework circumscribing those facts. Eventually, however, the existing  framework begins to fail and we must find an alternative way out of a conceptual impasse.

As with any paradigm shift, getting  through depends on the size of the prejudices clothing our ego.  But for those who carry only the essentials (curiosity, determination and a willingness to accept a lot of false starts), the landscape opening ahead of us is a true terra incognita – complete with profound new insights and fears of our own making.

So to everyone who is ready to join the effort, this is our challenge:

 Change the Experience, Change the Paradigm!

Brenda Dunne Interview

 Browse the SGIA annotations here and contact me about particular files.

Puthoff, Targ, May, and Swann summarize the research

February 21st, 2013 | Posted by Tamra Temple in News - (Comments Off)

In this 118 page “Advanced Threat Technique Assessment: Final Report,” the four researchers, Hal Puthoff, Russell Targ, Edwin May, and Ingo Swann cover a broad range of topics.

Many of the questions I’ve heard raised and discussed in recent years are also covered in this 1978 paper.

Remote viewing from the Nautilus was mentioned in an earlier blog post (significance of Russian research and the psi cold war). In this paper, an entire chapter is titled “Long-Distance Remote Viewing From a Submersible” (chapter IV, pp33-42). This chapter is also posted online at http://remoteviewed.com/blogdocs/taurus1.pdf

Chapter VI is the “Role of Feedback in Remote Viewing Experiments” and the appendices include “Standard Remote Viewing Protocol” and “Summary of Key Experiments in Long-Distance CRV Generated for this Program During the Previous Year.”

Chapter V breaks down the remote viewing of objects, pictures and symbols; chapter VII addresses remote perception of audio signals, and chapter VIII deals with Strain-Guage and Random Event Generator experiments.

This document is packed full of interesting information. Download it and enjoy!


The Role of Psychics in CIA and Police Missions

February 21st, 2013 | Posted by Tamra Temple in News - (Comments Off)

Addressed to Center for the Study of Intelligence, Office of Training, this proposal for a study  ”to determine the role, if any, of information obtained from psychics in fulfilling CIA’s missions” is a 13 page document. It suggests that the study be conducted under the auspices of the Center for the Study of Intelligence and look into “the possible use of psychically derived information in the fulfillment of intelligence and operational missions of the CIA.”

The second paragraph makes clear that the research was to center on two main aspects — documenting the use of psychics by U.S. police forces and other gov’t agencies in the investigations of crimes, related police work, and other missions and “2. attempt to work directly with psychics and to work with information obtained from psychics not directly contacted in order to determine the problems and ramifications of psychically derived information as a tool in the fulfillment of CIA’s intelligence collection and analysis and operational missions.”

The paper lays out the benefits of the study, the methods, and more.

“What will be the effect on CIA’s image if it is learned by officers of the U.S. police departments and other government agencies [and others] throughout the U.S. that CIA is doing research in the psychic field and is exploring practical ways of gathering and using psychic information to fulfill CIA responsibilities?”

 is followed up with this:

“If management determines such an effect to be detrimental, the researchers should be directed to devise acceptable cover mechanisms. If the effects are considered to be minimal and acceptable, research can proceed directly, although discreetly, and without subterfuge.”

The above excerpts will all be found on the first few pages. To see the rest of this 13 page document, click the download button.