20 Years of Formerly Classified Research

Targ, TEDx and the Nature of Legitimate Research

April 5th, 2013 | Posted by Tamra Temple in News

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


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