The Men Who Stare At Goats

In the 70s, The US Government Tested To See If Psychics Could Suss Out Military Threats and Secrets
In the 70s, The US Government Tested To See If Psychics Could Suss Out Military Threats and Secrets

The Pentagon spent millions in the seventies on a corps of psychics who could tell us secrets or suss out threats just using their minds. The StarGate project was created when US officials found out that Russians were rumored to have successfully found secrets and classified installations using clairvoyants. They created a technique called remote viewing where a person concentrated on something and as psychic tried to draw the object. About 25% of the time the corps of psychics hit the nail on the head.

Eventually the program was canceled. “There’s no documented evidence it had any value to the intelligence community,” says David Goslin, of the American Institute for Research, which the CIA hired to do the study. So the three full-time psychics still operating on a $500,000-a-year budget out of Fort Meade, Maryland, will soon close up shop.”

Major General Albert Stubblebine, at Fort Meade MD was a believer in psychic powers and pushed the program through but was unsuccessful in anything but getting the Pentagon to make a trial effort.

Ingo Swann is a Colorado artists and psychic who apparently produced good results in remote viewing and out of body experiences, otherwise known as “astral projection”. Despite some of his amazing results there were too many skeptics at the top. Psychic Keith Haray tested at the Stanford Research Institute and also produced good results. When the US government decided to curtail spending on Stargate, Haray continued working with Stanford and the CIA. A retired Army Sergeant Mel Riley also showed up for Stargate testing was said to locate Soviet missile and submarine bases just looking at a map.

Physicists Dr. Russel Targ and Dr Harold Puthoff worked with the CIA to formalize testing procedures that moved beyond the simple tests design by Dr. J.B. Rhine at Duke Univerity in the 1930s. In 1972, Ingo Swann, working with Targ and Puthoff was able to change the field in a magnetometer in the Varian Physics building.

Much has been written about the government looking to use this power to better US strategic and military aims. Skeptical or not, some of the results are impressive and its quite possible that the US government still employs psychics for military purposes.


Ronson, Jon, The Men Who Stare At Goats. Simon & Schuster, 2004,

Schnabel, Jim, Remote Viewers: The Secret History of America’s Psychic Spies, Dell, 1997.

Buchanan, Lyn, The Seventh Sense: The Secrets Of Remote Viewing As Told By A “Psychic Spy” For The U.S. Military


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