Seriously Strange, 4




Edwin C. May


pp. 88-90 secret sites remotely-viewed by secret agent Pat Price as per June 1973

p. 88

"Coordinates 38o 23' 45" to 48" N, 79o 25' 00" W ... .

p. 89

... Perceived that peak area has large underground storage areas. ... . ... now houses record storage area, microfilm, file cabinets; as you go underground ..., first areas filled with records, etc. ... .

... code words ... 'Flytrap' and 'Minerva'. ... 'Operation PooL' ...

p. 90

'Cueball', '14 Ball', 'Ball', '8 Ball', and 'Rackup'."

"scanned the other side of the globe for ... equivalent and found one located in the Urals at 65o 00' 57" N, 59o 59' 59" E, ... Area site underground ... . Unusually high ratio of women to men, at least at night."

p. 91 author's birth and childhood

"I was born in Boston, Massachussetts, in January of 1940 ... . ...

After the war ended, ... the family settled in Tucson, Arizona, in 1946."

pp. 93-4 the author's Ph.D. degree

p. 93

"After graduating from the University of Rochester in 1962, I moved on to the Carnegie Institute of Technology in Pittsburgh (now known as Carnegie-Mellon University) to begin my PhD studies. ... .

p. 94

... I wrote a PhD dissertation entitled 'Nuclear Reaction Studies via the (p,pn) Reaction on Light Nuclei and the (d,pn) Reaction on Medium to Heavy Nuclei'. I received my PhD in 1968 ... ."

p. 95 Tart & Monroe

"During my post-doctoral appointment at University of California at Davis, I attended a conference that was organized by Professor Charles Tart, a well-known and respected psychologist ... interested in altered states of consciousness. One of the speakers was a very businesslike person named Robert Monroe who talked about something I had never heard of before :

out-of-body experiences. ... I wasted no time in buying Monroe's book, Journeys Out of the Body. ... I tried for many months to get out of my body with no success at all ... . {It is curious that E.C.M. likewise remained ignorant of the historic employment of the drugs required to achieve this capacity, though the litterature on their usage is very extensive indeed -- but such literature is even as yet largely familiar only to specialists in the history of religions, largely because of the drugs' dangerous capacities of fatalities through overdosage, their perilous nature not being even mentioned by some would-be purveyers of such information (such as, e.g., Carlos Castan~eda, whose rather fictionalized account mentioned similar drugs taken -- by daubing the body, which was likewise the European "maleficium"-practioners' method, rather by ingestion -- by certain AmerIndian tribesfolk only, when actually they have been used worldwide for millennia).}

{Apart from a very few exceptional persons who are innately capable of performing this ever since their childhood, all other persons who achieve this capability do so only with the assistance of particular drugs (dangerous drugs with high capacity for fatal overdoses, though well-known to strigae since antiquity), particularly henbane and wolfbane (both of extensive vogue in mediaeval Europe, until violently repressed by persecuters of so-called "maleficium" during the 16th through 17th centuries Chr.E.). Because Robert Monroe did not so much as even mention these sorts of drugs in any of his writings (remaining apparently quite unaware of their very extensive historic vogue), his books are essentially of no practicable utility to anyone.}

{The particularly perilous character of this sort of drug resideth in the fact that when anyone be under the influence of such drug, one's judgement is so impaired as to result in typical lack of caution, inducing one's self to ingest a fatal overdose (imparting a bravado causing one's self to plunge even knowingly into fatally overdosing one's self). Death is, according to lore, a concommitant of inability to return into one's material body in the event of inadvertent overdosage. These deadly unctions hardly need be used when there are available mild herbs capable of transporting the seeker safely into divine worlds during dreaming.}

pp. 95, 97 Honorton & Swann

p. 95

"During part of a year, I taught physics in the so-called Free University of San Francisco and immersed myself in activities ... [which] included attending a lecture on serious parapsychology research by Charles Honorton."

p. 97

"From the spring of 1975 to the follwing winter, ... I studied serious parapsychology research with a master (Honorton) ... . During this same time, I also met an artist and psychic, Ingo Swann, who was involved in psychokinesis experiments at the Stanford Research Institute (now the SRI International) near San Francisco. ... In the end, Ingo encouraged Dr Puthoff, the SRI programme's director at that time, to hire me to help with on-going psychokinesis experiments. It was in this way that Ingo Swann started me off on my thirty-year career of investigating and utilizing psychic phenomena".

pp. 97-9 STAR GATE

p. 97

"a number of authors, including Joseph McMoneagle, have written about the participation of the US government in its twenty-year ... programme, often known by its last nickname as STAR GATE. The early history of this programme has been described by Puthoff and Targ in their 1976 book,

p. 98

Mind Reach. However, many aspects of the project were under strict secrecy guidelines or considered classified information and thus were not mentioned at all in that book. ... I joined the research team first in 1975 as a consultant and became a full-time employee as a senior research physicist the following year. Once I reactivated my Secret clearance, I learned what was really going on inside the walls of the STAR GATE programme. ... In 1982, Targ left the programme, and in 1985 Puthoff departed as well. The directorship of the STAR GATE programme was passed on to me. ...

p. 99

There were many successful applicatios of ESP within the project at SRI and later at Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC). [p. 287, n. 5 : "GRILL FLAME was the then[-]unclassified name for the classified psychic programme at SRI, which was later renamed STAR GATE."] ... When the programme closed at SRI ..., a former air force client, then retired, was working for SAIC and arranged for me establish STAR GATE anew there. That lasted for another four years".

pp. 99, 102-3 results of assistance from Angela Ford & Bill Clinton : contract for basic research; long-term commitments; interdisciplinary panels

p. 99

"Angela, who was one of the DIA's most skillful remote viewers, introduced me to Esther, who had been the manager of Bill Clinton's first-term primary campaign in 1993. As a result, Clinton appointed her to a high position in one of the departments in the executive branch of the US government. Angela and I met Esther in her office. On the wall or mounted elsewhere were a large number of photos, some of them signed, of Bill and Esther in various situations. ... Esther and I ... enjoyed many in-depth discussions about the nature of reality, parapsychological phenomena ... ."

p. 102

"Since Esther was obviously ... happy at this ..., ... our STAR GATE project now enjoyed the attention of senior government officials and perhaps the president himself. So I sat back to wait for the flood of contract funds to appear in order to continue the research. Apparently ... , the only thing that happened was that ... Joe [McMoneagle]'s books were handed to the president. ...

In 1986, we had a rather substantial five-year army contract ... .

p. 103

... dFor the first time, we actually had a charter to conduct basic research to attempt to understand the underlying mechanisms of parapsychological phenomena as part of our role as ... DIA's in-house remote viewing group. Until this contract, we were required mostly to conduct operations-based research (i.e., investigations designed to improve the quality of the results) and were not expected to understand the mechanisms involved. One aspect of the large army contract was that we were ... to conform to ... three separate army-constituted panels : a Scientific Oversight Committee (SOC), an Institutional Review Board (aka Human Use Review Committee), and a Pentagon Policy Review Committee. All committee members were required to hold active security clearances. Let me emphasize that ... their members agreed to long-term commitments, and they all took their commitments very seriously. ...

p. 104

The main SOC action came with their ... review of our final reports. Once the reports were completed ..., they were copied and sent to all the SOC members. They were to review them as if they had been submitted to a scientific journal of which the member was editor-in-chief. ... In addition to their written opinions, we hosted a two-day meeting each year during which we presented our results and discussed the outcomes with the group in person. ...

p. 105

Secondly, because of the interdisciplinary nature of the SOC, our group was exposed to experimental and theoretic techniques that were outside the training of our own researchers, but could be incorporated with the SOC's assistance."

pp. 107-9 remote-viewing in the U.S. Air Force

p. 107

"Beginning in 1986, the air force became exceptionally interested in learning the degree to which remote viewing could provide useful information ... . To test this ..., they awarded us a contract to examine this question ... . As always, we used a double-blind protocol, meaning that no one who interacted with the remote viewers knew anything about ... the identity of the client. ... We were usually given the

p. 108

social security number of an individual none of us had met. ... At a specific date, ... our project's psychologist and active researcher, would assign a task to the psychic ... . ...

p. 109

That task was ... : describe the surroundings where the person to whom the social security number belonged was standing."

{Of course, such secret knowledge would be available to the divine community of spirit-guides, who would confidentially impart it to the chosen mortal "remote viewer", by way of disclosing the sought-for surroundings in a praeternatural vision.}

pp. 111-5 slovenly character of the official "retrospective review" of STAR GATE

p. 111

"Congress in 1995 to conduct a twenty-year retrospective review of STAR GATE to determine whether or not the intelligence community

p. 112

should continue funding the programme ... hired the American Institutes for Research to conduct the investigation, and they produced two reports : one classified and one not. ...

p. 113

Even though they were requested to do so, they did not interview Joseph McMoneagle or any of the individuals who were responsible for his receiving the Legion of Merit award -- the highest honour for any intelligence officer ... .

To place into context, ... the citation for this prestigious award :

[quoted :] ... more than 200 missions, addressing ... critical intelligence reported at the highest echelons of our ... goverment, including such national level agencies as the Joint Chiefs of Staff, DIA, NSA, ... DEA, and the Secret Service, producing crucial and vital intelligence unavailable from any other source ... ."

p. 114

"Shortly after the government closed the Ft Meade unit, Congress required them to send all their records ... . The person who helped pack up the material told me that many of our research reports were still in their original packages, unopened! ... Two years later, after the ... evaluation reports had been published, two colleagues, one from DIA and one from the Pentagon, officially had access to the room ...

p. 115

in which all the boxes were stored. They found that

not a single sealed box had ever been opened! ...

{In other words, the "official report" was based on no examination of any of the evidence whatsoever.}

The implications are obvious; the careful and in-depth review of the material as required by the US Congress was not based on ... a reading of the data!"

{This "retrospective review" was ordered and produced under a Republican Party administration, which is the explanation for its slovenly and praejudicial character.} {If a succeeding Democratic Party administration hath refrained from refuting the Republican-Party-sponsored "retrospective review", this may be due to the fact that the authority of this "retrospective review" is guaranteed by the C.I.A., which will not consent to anything suggested by any Democratic-Party administration; and, furthermore, it is suspected (or known) to be hazardous to one's health for any politician to dare contradict the C.I.A.}

pp. 116-7 published refutations of the official "retrospective review" of STAR GATE

p. 116

"Jessica Utts, a professor of statistics at the University of California at Irvine, and formerly at Davis, stated ... :

[quoted :] Using the standards applied to any other area of science, it is concluded that psychic functioning has been well established. ... Effects of similar magnitude to those found in government sponsored research at SRI and SAIC have been replicated at a number of laboratories across the world."

p. 117

"There are also a host of technical reviews of the experimental literature on parapsychology, known as meta-analyses ... . For example, Utts has published one such review paper in the prestigious statistics journal Statistical Sciences ... . Furthermore, ... after the publication of the AIR report on the STAR GATE programme, scientists have continued evidentiary and explanatory studies using

improved methods and technology, the results of which cannot be dismissed outright."

{However, the Republican Party is persistant at rejecting all improved methods and technology (lest somehow technology benefit the working-class), with the exception only of weapons-techology (which can always be used by greed-maddened ploutokrats to plunder and rob working-classes throughout the world).}

pp. 122-3 genuine recommendation of remote-viewing vs. feigned simulation of atheism-materialism in order superficially to satisfy the requirement of official Protestantism

p. 122

"While atheism was part of official Soviet dogma, on a working level it was simply ignored by many. ... Thus we had no difficulty at all in getting ... the support of former very senior officials of the Soviet system, who were quite happy to come forward and admit their interest in ESP.

On the American side of things, however, we are generally a Protestant nation, and in that tradition ESP is considered the work of the devil."

p. 123

"during one of my many visits to Moscow, I was meeting with three of my Russian co-authors ... . ... All of the Russians present had been members of the Communist Party, which officially implied that they were firmly atheists and materialists.

From our discussion of the nature of consciousness, we realized that there was one, and only one, materialist-atheist in the room. Me!

{This odd declaration is intended humorously in the spirit of the foregoing (p. 122) "work of the devil" allusion : namely, that in official circumstances, the author is expected to feign that he is a sort of "devil's advocate" stylized "atheist-materialist".}

The rest were all hard-line


{in the Platonic sense of 'transcendentalists'}

and theists."

{Do note that whereas an Orthodox nation such as Russia will remain staunchly theist, every self-styled "Protestant" nation (such as the United States or the United Kingdom) is thoroughly atheist-materialist; for, in reality any self-styled "Protestantism" is none other than hypocritical Mammon-worship.}


Sudhir Kakar & Jeffrey J. Kripal (edd.) : Seriously Strange : Thinking Anew about Psychical Experiences. Penguin Bks India, New Delhi, 2012.