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Controlled Remote Viewing
A little known bit of history
Controlled Remote Viewing is a discipline devised by Ingo Swann, PhD, while working on a government contract with Stanford Research Institute to look into the science behind intuitional performance in general, and "psychic spying" in particular.. The discipline was devised with a background hope that, if, as they say, everyone has this talent, then there should be a scientific way to develop it to the person's maximum individual potential. The further background hope was that it could be trained to any soldier, so the government would not have to deal with "natural psychics" - something which is political death in the US.
A very short history and a bit of military trivia: Most people in the United States, and very few in the military know of the existence of a very specialized unit within the U.S. Army called the "remote viewing unit". It was also known as the Army's "psychic spying" unit by most of the people and agencies who used its services.
Formed in 1972 as a reaction to the fact that the Russians already had such a unit in place and which was successfully stealing U.S. military secrets, an ad-hoc unit was first formed under the project name "SCANATE". That was short for "scan by coordinates". This unit was formed in order to have U.S. psychics spy on U.S. top secret targets, to see if it could be done successfully. After the first trial run, the CIA raided the project, confiscated their paperwork, and tried to arrest the project members for espionage. The trial was obviously successful.
The unit then moved to covert operations under the name "GRILL FLAME", and was tasked with collecting intelligence on foreign targets. It was tested and approved for charter by Congress on a year-by-year basis for the next 12 years as an official US Army unit within USAINSCOM (US Army Intelligence and Security Command) until 1984. At that time, its revised chain of command put it directly under the Defense Intelligence Agency, but it remained an Army unit, under the new code name "SUN STREAK" It continued on a yearly-approval basis for another 12 years until, in 1994, it was transferred to the CIA under the code name "STAR GATE".
With the cold war over and funding and personnel slots growing more scarce, the CIA immediately cancelled the project in early 1994, without ever using its services. In December of 1995, the CIA, under pressure from FOIA requests, published a statement that the unit had existed, but that it had not proven to be of any use to the CIA. The unit's existence, its technology, and history became effectively declassified as a result of this public statement.
Although it was called "psychic" spying, the methodology used was not psychic at all, but instead, a highly uniform and technological methodology which had been designed at Stanford Research Institute under military contract. Originally, the military desire had been to develop a methodology which could be taught to any solder in any unit, as a unit-level intelligence collection tool for local commanders.
The military's uses for CRV, which were proven over the 24-year life cycle of the unit, extended to reliably discerning enemy plans and intentions for the next day of battle, predicting enemy troop movements, ordinance capabilities, and potential mid-action choices which would be open to commanders. It also proved to be useful in medical diagnostics, R&D, and in the political arena, where it was shown to be very dependable at discerning the plans and intentions, actions and reactions of foreign political leaders.
It was mainly the political factor which proved to be the largest block in taking the technology out of the covert intelligence field and moving it into the local unit. Because of political fears about its perceived "giggle factor", where local constituents would challenge the politician for voting to fund "psychic" work. Also, because it proved to be extremely useful within the (non-military) political arena, it was kept as a single covert unit and never moved out into the military at large, where it could have been trained as a tool for use by local commanders.
The methodology, which had a tested accuracy rate of 72.8% dependability, was reported to be the highest dependable accuracy rate within the entire intelligence community - higher even than satellite imagery or in-country espionage agents.
If you would like more information about this fascinating part of the U.S. Army's history, take a look at the Controlled Remote Viewing web page, at http://www.crviewer.com That is the web page of a private company belonging to Lyn Buchanan, the former CRV unit's trainer. He keeps a portion of his site dedicated to the history and technology of Controlled Remote Viewing. If you ignore the rest of the site and simply click on the button which says "CRV Web Page" you will be taken to the correct portion of that site, which is strictly non-commercial and contains documents, essays, historical material, etc. on the subject of CRV.
Approximately 400 people worldwide, both military and civilian, have now been trained in this technology. Controlled Remote Viewing has now moved out into the civilian community and is presently being used for police work such as locating missing and abducted children and solving long unsolved cases, business planning, stock market work, archeology, and a host of other civilian applications, such as medical diagnostics, and even one "active" method which has been proven in a study where a trained Controlled Remote Viewer was able to significantly lower the blood pressure of chronic hypertension patients.
One last word of caution. You will hear the term "Remote Viewing" bantered about by many natural psychics who, after the public revelation of the military's methodology, declared themselves to be "remote viewers". As a result, you will find hundreds of people saying that what they do is "remote viewing". There are so many definitions for "remote viewing" these days, that the term no longer has any definite meaning. The discipline of Controlled Remote Viewing is totally different from any form of parapsychological method you have ever seen. In fact, it is not even a totally mental discipline, at all, but more of a martial art, using physical training and many physical disciplines to allow the subconscious mind to communicate with the conscious. In the next article, I will cover the differences between CRV and the other disciplines, what makes CRV work, and give some examples.
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