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"Psychics" in the service of the United States. History of the US military's Stargate project

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"Psychics" in the service of the United States. History of the US military's Stargate project

For a modern person who has seen enough movies, the word "Stargate " is associated with the Stargate franchise by Roland Emmerich and Dean Devlin. Space, aliens, unknown technologies, capturing worlds, instantaneous travel through the hidden paths of the universe, etc. However, we will talk about another Stargate project — a real one that has existed for many years. This does not make it any less fantastic, even by today's standards.

Many people are familiar with the phrase " Who owns the information, he owns the world." It is believed that its author is one of the founders of the most famous dynasty of bankers — Mayer Amschel Rothschild, born in 1744. Even then, people understood that information is one of the main assets, without which it is difficult to conduct any activity. Over time, this statement only gained weight, and there are many examples of this in history.

Stargate project

The Cold War and Baba Vanga

Step over a couple of centuries and find ourselves in the XX century, in its second half. The next stage of the Cold War was planned, nuclear weapons served as a terrible scarecrow for the entire planet, the United States and the USSR actively competed with each other.

The parties developed new technologies, spied, trying to find out the most intimate secrets hidden in top-secret laboratories and military enterprises, as well as in the minds of scientists and high-ranking military personnel.

The United States believed that their main enemy, the USSR, was studying the possibility of obtaining information remotely. No, not with the help of radio waves or super-powerful optics, but thanks to psychotronics — a "socialist" version of parapsychology. Allegedly, 30 million rubles were allocated annually for research in the first half of the 1970s (this is an unprecedented amount at that time), and by 1975 funding reached 300 million rubles a year. Moreover, there was evidence of notable progress.

The legendary Bulgarian clairvoyant Baba Vanga, who had already gained fame, may also have had an impact — Bulgaria was under the heel of the USSR at that time.

It is possible that often these were just assumptions, but they were enough for the Americans to start their own research. Or just decided to play ahead of the curve. Some experts considered psychokinesis, telepathy, and the like to be fictional, or at least controversial, but national security was paramount.

Scanate Project

In 1972-73, the Stargate Project program was launched, but it received this name only shortly before its closure in 1995. Prior to this, the code designations were (but were not limited to) Sun Streak, Grill Frame, and Center Lane — when the US Department of Defense Intelligence Agency was interested in paranormal activity, as well as Scanate — under the wing of the CIA.

Scanate program

Let's take a closer look at the Scanate program (presumably the word means "scan" in Romanian; the official version is "scan by coordinates"), which was the first attempt to "find the truth". The description of the project will help to understand how seriously the American military of that time treated the potential of the human psyche. The Stanford Research Institute (SRI) has been helping with this. It was 1972.

Subsequently, within the framework of the program, two types of activities were conducted: some researchers were engaged in the theoretical study of the possibilities of "remote vision", others made attempts to implement knowledge in practice. The team included psychologists, doctors, psychics, and some other specialists, but for more than 20 years of various programs, there were not so many of them.


As Ingo Swann (one of the first participants of the project, a ufologist and psychic) later told in his book, the main purpose of the experiments at first was not to prove the existence of "remote vision", but to find out what methods of remote perception are available.

I suggested the term' remote feeling 'rather than 'seeing', but not everyone agreed with me

Swann wrote

By the way, he was invited to the group precisely because of his scientific approach to the problem.

Experiments and "flight" to Jupiter

In early experiments, scientists tried to test the ability of a person to perceive the environment at a short distance. Then attempts were made to expand the sphere of perception.

I once suggested that Dr. Janet Mitchell name an American city. Then I had to "go" there and tell them about the current weather. After that, Janet had to call the local meteorologists and check the information

Ingo described one of the experiments but did not specify what the result was.

In 1973, the still small team set the first ambitious task to learn the limits of their capabilities. Swann was "transported" to Jupiter to describe both the planet itself and its surroundings. The observers were recognized by physicists and competent scientists. After half an hour of preparation, Ingo "saw" a distant planet, the "journey" to which took about three minutes.


The results were controversial. The researcher spoke about "crystals" in the atmosphere of a celestial body, huge mountains, mentioned rings, and pointed out the possible presence of liquid somewhere on the surface of the planet or under it.

However, not a word was said about the numerous moons of the gas giant, on which, you can hardly find mountains. Later, the report underwent several changes, and the psychic said that without scientific comments, the transcript is incorrect.

In addition to Swann, other "gifted individuals" took part in the program. One of them was Uri Geller, known for his ability to bend spoons with his mind. In the project, he lasted a week, after which he was recognized as a fraud and sent home.

Patrick Price, it is alleged, was indeed able to "examine" the classified Soviet equipment and assemblies. Moreover, he even made sketches, which were then carefully studied by CIA specialists. There were other participants, but most appear in the documents under serial numbers.

pat Price

As some sources indicate, among the "empaths" there were many adherents of Scientology. The same Swann complained about SRI-allegedly his work was being discredited because he believed in Hubbard's teachings. Whether it matters or not, the fact remains.

Training of "psychics" and teleconference with Juna

The results achieved satisfied the US military, and in 1977 the program was developed. After a short transition period, during which the goal was to find a practical application of paranormal abilities, several directions appeared under different code names: Gondola Wish, Grill Flame, Center Lane, and some others. They gradually merged into one. Here there is a subtlety associated with financing — the place of the program that did not meet expectations and lost money was occupied by another. There was a new head, the next "tranches", and everything continued. Military departments - "curators" - also changed.


Interestingly, the situation is described in CIA documents declassified a couple of years after the closure of the Stargate Project. Pointing out the need for the Gondola Wish project, US Army Captain Frederick Atwater, for example, confirms the existence of "psycho" training units in the USSR.

The Soviets will continue to try to develop paranormal abilities in humans to the point where they can be used in various tasks

the military wrote.

He added that the United States has already achieved success in research, proving the possibility of using psychic abilities in practice, in particular in intelligence.

In the early 1980s, Ingo Swann and Harold Puthoff developed instructions that could be used to teach almost anyone to "see from a distance". The existence of this top-secret data was somehow discovered by columnist Jack Anderson, who made the information public in 1984. The established commission checked the effectiveness of the program and came to disappointing conclusions, after which funding was cut.

And this is despite the fact that in the same year, Dr. Russell Targ (adherents of "vision at a distance" call him the co-founder of SRI, but at the time of the opening of the institution, the future scientist was 12 years old) held a teleconference between San Francisco and Moscow, wanting to demonstrate "remote vision". His partner was Yevgenia Davitashvili, better known as Juna.


As part of the experiment, the program participant had to hide in an American city, and the healer at a distance-to determine exactly where he is, describing the area in detail. People from the USSR Academy of Sciences were invited to follow the events. As described by the sources, " Juna had to focus her attention in a space of 10 thousand miles to the west and two hours ahead in time."

The result? In all cases, she was 100% right. Unfortunately, a detailed description of how everything happened could not be found.

Sun Streak Project

Let's return to the closure of one of the Stargate projects. Americans know how to solve such problems, so in 1985, a newcomer appeared under the code name Sun Streak. It was led by Lieutenant General Albert Stubblebine. A very interesting personality because of his fascination with the paranormal.

With his subordinates, he conducted classes on bending spoons with the power of thought, and also forced them to pass the fire, and in the literal sense — for the sake of "understanding the hidden wisdom."

It's a good thing I didn't ask you to do even stranger things, like paint the grass. Although no, it was: required to pass through the walls (also using the power of thought).


Under the leadership of Stubblebine, the project to train "psychics" was expected to get a second life, but the curators demanded concrete results. And they were provided. Somehow, the participants of Sun Streak were able to find a crashed military plane. Yes, he was within 15 miles of the place indicated by the "sighted", but still not bad. There were attempts to search for hostages. As an example, the CIA report mentions an Englishman, Terry Veit, who, presumably, was able to find one of the "observers".

In total, a couple of dozen events are described, in which the "sighted" took part. One of them reported that Muammar Gaddafi was seriously wounded during the bombing of Operation El Dorado Canyon, but in fact, the fraternal leader and leader of the revolution was not injured. Another reported a KGB spy in South Africa and hit the nail on the head (or rather, suggested how to expose him, but this is more like a bluff).

The locations of several military hostages were identified, but no direct confirmation of the information could be obtained. They searched unsuccessfully for plutonium in North Korea, as well as Saddam Hussein, but helped to find R-17 missiles and some biological weapons. And this is over many years, not a short period of time.

Stargate project

In 1988, at the height of the overblown effectiveness of the Stargate Project, the CIA asked "observers" to indicate the location where the bomb was planted on Pan American Flight PA103. Then, we recall, the Boeing 747-121 was flying over Scotland, at the 59th minute there was an explosion that led to the death of 270 people. It didn't work out, even though I had a decade and a half of work behind me.

A pointless waste of money

The military was increasingly doubtful. The unauthorized "travel" in space and time of some of the "observers" did not add to the popularity either. Ingo Swann's student, Vietnam War veteran Intelligence Major Ed Dames, for example, later claimed that he could leave not only the body, but also the Earth, and also travel through time.

He saw firsthand the fall of Atlantis (and knows where it is-under Titicaca), discovered the Loch Ness monster and the Martians. There were rumors that it was all about "substances", but there is no evidence of this.


In the early 1990s, the project finally received the name Stargate, but its last years passed unnoticed. The CIA was completely disillusioned with what was happening, and in 1995, Stargate was closed, and the documents were subsequently declassified. It is suggested that the effectiveness of "observers" (their names remained hidden from the public) depended on luck, not skills or abilities. The reports claim that none of the visions helped enough to replace conventional intelligence or other means of obtaining information.

During the existence of the Stargate Project, about $20 million was spent on it, a little more than half of this amount fell in the last 8-10 years. Despite its long history, only 40 people were directly involved in the project, 23 of whom were "observers". In the mid-1980s, seven such "psychic" and the same number of service personnel worked on a permanent basis.

By the way, in 2004, the book "The Men Who Stare at Goats" was published, and in 2009, based on its motives, a mystical comedy of the same name with a good set of actors. There is no direct mention of the Stargate Project, but the film is about it. Not the most accurate source, but it allows you to look at what was happening through the prism of humor.

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