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Remote Viewing is essentially ESP (extrasensory perception) done systematically through learning special training techniques. To learn and get into the "how to" requires technical and scientific training. Remote Viewing gained recognition and influence during the Cold War when it began being used by the CIA and U.S. military against the Soviet Union in order to psychically "see" secret weapon programs being developed by them. Nobody really knows how Remote viewing works, but what is known is that it does indeed work. There are many experts present online who have done an excellent job at explaining this fascinating topic. Some of them were involved in TOP SECRET U.S. military projects. In 1972 Stanford Research Institute (SRI) laser physicist Hal Puthoff tested remote viewer Ingo Swann, and the experiment led to a visit from two employees of the CIA's Directorate of Science and Technology. The result was a $50,000 CIA-sponsored project. The initial CIA-funded project was later renewed and expanded. A number of CIA officials including John McMahon, then the head of the Office of Technical Service and later the Agency's deputy director, became strong supporters of the program. A struggle between unbelievers and believers in the sponsor organizations provided much of the "how to" training program's actual drama. Each side seems to have been utterly convinced that the other's views were wrong. In the early 1990s the Military Intelligence Board, chaired by DIA chief Soyster, appointed an Army Colonel, William Johnson, to manage the remote viewing unit and evaluate its objective usefulness. According to an account by former SRI-trained remote-viewer, Paul Smith (2005), Johnson spent several months running the remote viewing unit against military and DEA targets, and ended up a believer, not only in remote viewing's validity as a phenomenon but in its usefulness as an intelligence tool. After the Democrats lost control of the Senate in late 1994, funding declined and the program went into decline. The project was transferred out of DIA to the CIA in 1995, with the promise that it would be evaluated there, but most participants in the program believed that it would be terminated. Remote viewing was popularized in the 1990s, following the declassification of documents related to the Stargate Project, a 20 million dollar research program sponsored by the U.S. Federal Government to determine any potential military application of psychic phenomena. The program
was terminated in 1995, apparently citing a lack of documented evidence that the program had any value to the intelligence community. According to expert remote viewers who worked with the CIA however, the very controversial program was terminated because people high up in the U.S. government were afraid that remote viewing could be used against them. One of the early experiments was lauded by proponents as having improved the methodology and techniques of remote viewing scientific testing and as raising future experimental standards, but also criticized as leaking information to the participants by inadvertently leaving clues. Some later experiments had negative results when these clues were eliminated Remote viewing, like other forms of extra-sensory perception, is generally considered as pseudoscience due to the need to overcome fundamental ideas about causality, time, and other principles currently held by the scientific community, and the lack of a positive theory that explains the outcomes. Nevertheless though, while the "hows" of remote viewing are still not understood well, what is known for sure is that it works.
Michael Jura has been a remote viewing enthusiast who has been blogging about this field for the last 2 years. More recently he had the opportunity to personally meet and interview many of the leaders in this field including Ed Dames and Gerald O'Donnell. He shares his stories, interviews and interesting articles he finds on remote viewing at his blog http://blog.learnremoteviewing.com
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