CIA Report Confirms NSA Psychic Spy Program

CIA Report Confirms NSA Psychic Spy Program
June 19, 2010
Gary S. Bekkum
American Chronicle

An article released from the CIA's internal "Studies in Intelligence" reveals the existence of a National Security Agency paranormal program, which was previously reported based upon information provided by unnamed sources.

( -- A footnote found in an article written by Gerald K. Haines for the CIA's classified "Studies in Intelligence" confirms the existence of a rumored National Security Agency psychic research program.

Gerald K. Haines is the National Reconnaissance Office historian.

A special thank you goes to Scott Montgomery for bringing the Haines footnote to my attention.]

Previously, sources to, including one of the psychics who worked with the program following 9/11, identified the NSA as the successor to the now-declassified Defense Intelligence Agency program nick-named STAR GATE.

The STAR GATE program was made public in 1995.

The footnote is found in the declassified CIA-published article called "CIA's Role in the Study of UFOs, 1947-90: A Die-Hard Issue." The article is available to read at the CIA's website.

Haines writes, "CIA also maintained Intelligence Community coordination with other agencies regarding their work in parapsychology, psychic phenomena, and 'remote viewing' experiments. In general, the Agency took a conservative scientific view of these unconventional scientific issues."

He then adds in the footnote, "There is a DIA Psychic Center and the NSA studies parapsychology, that branch of psychology that deals with the investigation of such psychic phenomena as clairvoyance, extrasensory perception, and telepathy."

The footnote also mentions possible CIA involvement when extraterrestrial aliens arrive here on Earth:

"The CIA reportedly is also a member of an Incident Response Team to investigate UFO landings, if one should occur."

Curiously one of the sources, who provided information concerning the post-9/11 NSA psychic program to investigative author Gus Russo, claimed that some of the operations to remote view foreign intelligence targets had been blocked by "an unknown extraterrestrial source," suggesting the program involves more than psychic perceptions.

Following Russo's revelation of the psychic program by his NSA source, a second independent source confirmed the existence of the program. The second source also mentioned involvement of the Defense Intelligence Agency, the home of the original STAR GATE program under Obama Director of National Intelligence nominee James R. Clapper.

In 1995, Secretary of Defense Robert Gates appeared on ABC News Nightline with Ted Koppel, to represent CIA's involvement in the psychic spy program.

The CIA article appears to confirm the alleged post-9/11 NSA program has its roots in earlier efforts. A review of numerous STAR GATE documents indicate NSA interest in paranormal phenomena, going back to the 1970s. Curiously, NSA appears to be redacted from later documents, suggesting the need to disassociate the agency from the STAR GATE program. One improperly marked redaction clearly reveals the letters "NSA" under the blacked out section of the document.

A review of STAR GATE documents from the 1980s uncovered warnings that aircraft would be used as weapons of mass destruction against targets in New York City and Washington, D.C.

One 1983 memo, which appears to have been generated as the result of special training of military psychics at the Monroe Institute, identifies a man from the Mideast with a name that sounds like "Jerry, Gerard, or Geraldo," who would pilot an aircraft into the US Capitol Building.

Terrorist Ziad Jarrah was identified as the pilot of Flight 93, the only hijacked aircraft that failed to reach its intended target during the 9/11 attacks. It is widely accepted that Flight 93 was targeted to take out either the US Capitol or the White House.

A 1986 STAR GATE document identified the White House as another target of concern and noted the air attack would take place simultaneously in Washington D.C. and New York City. One of the US military psychics reported a ceremony at the White House to honor those who lost their lives stopping the air attack. Flight 93 crashed into a field following an attempt by the heroic passengers to retake the cockpit from the terrorists.

According to one of the NSA sources, who is a British citizen, the US government psychic effort increased following warnings of the impending 9/11 attack provided by a psychic to the London CIA office days before September 11, 2001.

Some sources have also mentioned the use of psychics in the quest to locate Saddam Hussein's hideout in Iraq.

Gus Russo's NSA source told him that psychic remote viewing was considered a legitimate form of signals intelligence -- suggesting the possible discovery of a transmission medium. The search for a transmission medium for the human mind -- analogous to radio waves for modern electronics -- was a primary goal of the DIA STAR GATE program and had been tentatively identified by Russian researchers as "spin fields" or propagating space-time "torsion fields" connecting isolated minds across both space and time.

According to CIA author Haines, "In late 1993, after being pressured by UFOlogists for the release of additional CIA information on UFOs, DCI R. James Woolsey ordered another review of all Agency files on UFOs."

In another footnote, Haines explains, "In September 1993 John Petersen [misspelled as 'Peterson' in the original], an acquaintance of Woolsey's, first approached the DCI with a package of heavily sanitized CIA material on UFOs released to UFOlogist Stanton T. Friedman. Peterson and Friedman wanted to know the reasons for the redactions. Woolsey agreed to look into the matter."

One STAR GATE document identifies Mr. Petersen as the person who instigated interest in STAR GATE psychic spy activities by senior members of the Department of Defense.

Within a year of Woolsey's request for UFO information, a Congressional mandate was issued to transfer control of the DIA psychic programs to the CIA, where they were eventually declassified. A previous Congressional request included the requirement of cooperating with former Soviet scientists on paranormal related research, something the DIA apparently resisted.

A few years after declassification, the former Director of Central Intelligence Woolsey was associated with futurist John L. Petersen's The Arlington Institute, as were several others including entrepreneur Joe Firmage, who was funding the kind of collaborative paranormal research previously requested by Congress.

One of the key researchers involved with the DIA STAR GATE program, Dr. Ed May, who had appeared with Secretary of Defense Robert Gates and a CIA officer called "Norm" on the 1995 ABC News Nightline program, lost his Russian associate in a tragic accident in 2001.

Larissa Vilenskaya, who had accompanied May to Russia to introduce him to former Soviet researchers during the covert DIA STAR GATE effort, was killed when she walked in front of an on-coming train. According to an email provided by May, "This tragic accident happened because one train had entered the Menlo Park station and Larissa, not knowing another North bound train was on the other track, attempted to cross."

Local authorities confirmed May's account of the story.

Several sources have mentioned discussions at Petersen's Arlington Institute concerning public disclosure of a covert extraterrestrial presence.

According to Catherine Austin Fitts, a former Assistant Secretary of Housing, the problem of the extraterrestrials living among us was discussed at The Arlington Institute.

Fitts claims that those present for the extraterrestrial discussions included Joe Firmage, the Undersecretary of the Navy, former Director of Central Intelligence James R. Woolsey, and several military, ex-military and government officials.

In September 2000, I received an email from Dr. Ron Pandolfi, a CIA analyst who had recently testified in front of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence about unauthorized technology transfers to China. Among the recipients of the email were Joe Firmage, and several scientists involved in Firmage's research activities, as well as other individuals known for their psychic abilities, including mentalist showman Uri Geller.

In a taped phone conversation with a foreign national who identified himself as "Dr. Victorian," Pandolfi claims to have been a member of a DIA sponsored UFO Working Group.

A few years later, author Jon Ronson, the author of the book The Men Who Stare at Goats, identified "Ron" as the man behind a new US psychic spy effort, based upon the testimony of Uri Geller, less than a month after 9/11.

Open source documents appear to connect Dr. Pandolfi to the CIA's National Intelligence Council, the group tasked to produce National Intelligence Estimates for senior government officials, including the US President.

Following the creation of the Director of National Intelligence, both the National Intelligence Council and Pandolfi moved to the Office of the DNI, based upon government documents. Although Pandolfi has been identified by Jon Ronson with the psychic spies, other sources claim Pandolfi was involved in the shut down of DIA's STAR GATE program in the 1990s.

Pandolfi's specialty, Measurement and Signature Intelligence, is potentially related to the above mentioned Signals Intelligence at NSA. The obvious connection would be to collect the measurement and signatures of brain activities of individuals said to be in psychic contact, assuming an unknown signal medium.

Based upon the admittedly limited information, the NSA program is probably independent of previous programs and personnel.

For more information on the US government's involvement with paranormal phenomena, see Spies, Lies, and Polygraph Tape -- Knowing the Future: The UFO Spy Games Book To read more about the book, click here.
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