Five Secrets Revealed In Recently Declassified CIA Documents
If you own a tin foil hat, then you can’t have missed that this week the CIA have released around 12 million pages of formerly classified documents including the agency’s findings on psychic powers, flying saucers and even the recipes for invisible ink, amongst other unusual topics.
The archive consists of over 930,000 files and although the information has been publicly available since the mid-90s, it was previously only accessible via four physical computers at the National Archives in Maryland for 7 hours a day. But now thanks to a non-profit freedom of information group and a lawsuit against the US Central Intelligence Agency the archive has now been released online.
Following the law suit, the CIA were forced to upload and publish the entire archive to CREST (a rubbish acronym for CIA Records Search Tool) which is available through the CIA Library website.
The documents include details on the long-running Stargate Project, launched 1978 by the Defence Intelligence Agency and the codename for a secret US Army unit based at Fort Meade, Maryland. Their remit was to research and harness psychic powers and assess the threat of UFOs to national security.
The project inspired Jon Ronson's 2004 book 'The Men Who Stare At Goats' and later a 2009 movie of the same name starring Ewan McGregor and George Clooney.
1. UFOs Were Actively Investigated By The US Government
Within the cache of online documents, there are papers which record accounts of credible UFO sightings which date back as far as 1942 with some as recent as 2009. One of the documents in particular which was published in August 1966 describes an "unusual phenomenon" on the horizon near the border between Iran and the USSR.
The document describes a sighting which lasted for around five minutes and was "a brilliant white sphere approximating the coloration and intensity of a full bright moon, the sphere appeared suddenly and at the first sighting was approximately three times the size of a full moon."
"Toward the end of this period it became very faint and its enormous size seemed to fill the sky, the base of the sphere appeared to rest on the horizon throughout the period it was observed, indicating that the centre of the sphere was rising during the time that it was expanding. The weather conditions were excellent and the unusually clear sky afforded unlimited visibility."
2. The US Army Attempted To Recruit Psychic Spies
One of the aims of the Stargate Project's was to train a team a psychic spies. The DIA were attracted to using psychic powers because they were "passive," "inexpensive" and best of all, there is "no known defence" - unless of course you're trained in the art of occlumency.
If their experiments had proved successful they planned to put together a "psychic spy unit" who were able to see behind enemy lines from anywhere in the world and even pin point the location of Soviet submarines during the Cold War.
Apparently those running the project within the agency did report some success but the CIA came to the conclusion that nothing useful was ever proved and that data which supported the project had been doctored.
3. The Government Experimented With Weaponised Telekinesis
As part of Project Stargate, the CIA were looking into a supernatural power known as "psychoenergetics," this power not only allows as psychic to perceive and communicate something or someone, but also gives the power to change the object's characteristics or move an object without actually touching it.
In the late-70s and early-80s soldiers based in the now decommissioned "Goat Lab" tried to kill goats simply by staring at them. This later became the basis for Jon Ronson's book in which the author searches for legendary "master sergeant" who was reported to have killed a goat using the same technique as Darth Vader would to dispose of a subordinate.
In the movie of the same name George Clooney plays the role of Special Forces Intel First Sergeant Glenn Wheaton, who in real life witnessed a psychic assassination of a goat. Wheaton said the instructor named Michael "focused on the goat pretty intensely, it started to bray like a donkey or horse. It dropped down to its forelegs. Blood began to drip from its nose. About 20 to 30 seconds later red suds began to froth from the goat's mouth. The goat lost its equilibrium and passed away in a fit."
According to Wheaton "Michael never had to touch the goat, other than dragging him and sinking the anchor in the sand. A demonstration we required he repeat."
4. Celebrity Bender Uri Geller Was Tested For Psychic Powers
According to the declassified papers, Israeli entertainer and celebrity psychic Uri Geller was contacted by the Project Stargate in 1973 and asked to take part in a week-long series of bizarre secret experiments. At this point in his career, he was already a well known performer with the special power of bending spoons with his mind.
As part of the tests at the Stanford Research Institute, Uri was asked to reproduce pictures that were being drawn by staff in another room. The papers claim that sometimes Uri's attempts were precise and accurate, it was documented that he "demonstrated his paranormal perceptual ability in a convincing and unambiguous manner."
During one test, a random word was picked from a dictionary, the word "fuse." A scientist in a locked room drew a firecracker, when it was communicated via intercom to Uri that the picture was finished, according to the documents "his almost immediate response was that he saw a cylinder with noise coming out of it."
In a later test the scientist picked the word "bunch" and drew a bunch of grapes and the report states Uri's "drawing was indeed a bunch of grapes."
5. Intelligence Officers Tried To Contact ET With ESP
If you think the US Army's plans to encourage psychics to remotely spy on enemies around the world were ambitious, then you might be surprised to learn that military trained spies were also trained to observe alien civilisations.
One of the first volunteers to attempt remote viewing as part of the Stargate Project, Pat Price claims to have made contact with alien life using his extrasensory powers, but surprisingly these lifeforms weren't on a distant planet, they were in four secret alien bases here on Earth. He even provided coordinates of the bases which were located on Mount Perdido in Pyrenees, Mount Inyangani in Zimbabwe, Mount Ziel in Australia and Mount Haye's in Alaska.
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