The Stargate Project

CIA logoWith a name that sounds both fantastic and unreal, the Stargate Project was in fact a program devised by the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). The purpose of the program was to determine if “unusual” methods of intelligence gathering, such as remote viewing, were truly viable. There was evidence that other countries, such as the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR) and Czechoslovakia had both looked into such techniques so it was believed that it must have had some measure of success. The USSR itself had spent upwards of 300 million rubles on psychic research in 1975.

The Stargate Project began under the codename SCANATE, or scan-by-coordinate in 1970. The program’s success rate was relatively inconsistent at best, and information provided by personnel was often ineffective or of no use until after an event had occurred; this is one of the reasons the Stargate Project was discontinued in 1995. Information given to the CIA or other intelligence agencies by the project was too vague to be of any use.

For example, an agent with the Stargate Project Paul H. Smith, reported in 1987 during a remote viewing session that he saw a ship being set on fire after an aircraft attacked it. His handler claimed “he was off”, which insinuated he’d been expecting something else. The next day, Paul saw on the news that the USS Stark had been attacked by an Iraqi fighter jet which had severely crippled it. He has since been a supporter of remote viewing and similar unusual techniques.

The main technique researched by the Stargate Project, remote viewing, is a method in which an individual uses their “mind’s eye” to see things elsewhere. The hoped use of this method by leaders in the CIA and other intelligence agencies was to read enemy minds, find Soviet spies, and be able to crash enemy missiles or computers. However, none of this ever came to fruition and remote viewing only turned up vague visions and other information.

The Stargate Project ended in 1995, and had gone by several code names, such as SCANATE, GRILL FLAME, CENTER LANE and SUN STREAK and had consumed over 30 million dollars without becoming the success it was hoped to be. Since the project’s closure, there have been no new programs by the U.S. aimed at remote viewing, nor by any other countries.


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