Military Remote Viewing

Written by Elizabeth Rose
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Military remote viewing is the genesis for the current techniques in remote viewing that are now being taught to people in all walks of life. While the program was started there, at least in the United States, it certainly has grown beyond its origins. This is not unusual. Military and government research programs have given us many unexpected gifts for civilian use, such as jet air travel, personal computers and Tang. How would we ever have made it through the late 1960s without Tang?

Origins of Military Remote Viewing

Seriously, though--much as someone born in the early 1980s might be mystified by the aforementioned orange drink powder--the general public might be equally mystified by this most unusual gift from a modern government program called remote viewing. Back in 1972, during the Cold War, there was considerable interest in the fact that the Soviet Union was researching so-called "psychic phenomenon" for military use. The intelligence community was concerned that Russia might be on to something that they could use against the United States.

At first, they just wanted to see if remote-viewing spies could be blocked or stopped from getting information. Very quickly, however, it occurred to them that it could be equally useful for American information gathering. Programs to develop a series of techniques and protocols for training were quickly set up. Individuals were screened for some kind of natural talent in this area and research was overseen by the Stanford Research Laboratory in Palo Alto, California.

According to participants in the program and some researchers, very accurate information could be regularly generated by using the techniques developed in the labs. People often worked in teams, although none of them would be told exactly what the coordinates were and sessions were conducted separately. As the evidence for the effectiveness of the remote viewing process mounted, first research papers and then articles were published. Despite the results, the government felt the general public would be critical of these programs because of the subject matter. Eventually the programs were apparently halted. Former participants in the program made the techniques available to the world. If military remote viewing continues today, it is used under deep cover and the results were probably never come to light.

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