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Approved For Release 2004/07/07: CIA-RDP79-00999A000400050014-1 OTS/BAB MEMO ~~287-77 17 November 1977 SUBJECT: Briefing for House Permanent Select Committee re OTS Involvement in ESP Research 1. In response to a request from the House Permanent elect Committee on Intelligence, OTS briefed Committee staff personnel on its involvement in ESP research. The meeting was held in the Committee's offices from approximately 1000 to 1100 hours on 16 November 1977 and was attended by; David Brandwein Michael O'Neil Dick Geza Pat Long D /OTS OLC OTS /BAB Committee Staff ~r ,~ 2.~ The Committee's interest was occasioned by the artic e "Psychic Spying" which appeared in the Parade Section of the Washington Post on 7 August 1977. The staffers wanted an informal background briefing on Agency research efforts on ESP. 3. A short oral history of OTS efforts in the field, ating back to 1961, was presented. All three staffers asked very pertinent questions and were given frank and in-depth replies. 4. Since the Agency representatives present could speak on y or OTS, was asked to find out SG1 A SG1A Approved For Release 2004/0~/0~ : ~I~R~P~'9-00999A000400050014-1 Approved For Release 2004/07/07: CIA-RDP79-00999A000400050014-1 OTS/BAB MEMO ~~287-77 Page 2 if any other Agency component was sponsoring ESP type research. SG1A 5. A written outline of OTS work on ESP -- classifie ECRET --, the IEEE article covering the un- classified portions of the work done by SRI and a brief article on Mr. Pat Price were left with the Committee.. Additional information was offered but they declined. SG11 OTS BAB Approved For Release 2004/07/07: CIA-RDP79-00999A000400050014-1 later learn vi his instructor that he had worked or explored. Setting the tone for ?picked a the diabe s symptoms of his presidency, Price recently accom- his part r in the test.. Y an Cher time, ponied chairman of the board David L. he piC d a woman's wris atch out of Francis and a group of company engi- a ba f articles without k wr who the nears on an inspection tour of the prop- ow r wa d descri d a pain ' the ernes and "saw" beneath the surface a et w of e tch` owner. Sh h seven seams of coal in a mountain. His her elbow ing tennis~arlier analysis was corroborated by the engi- -`- tans f pars ycholagy. ' o one can tested by physicists at Stanford Re- n say to u, you're f a op . H search Institute (SRI) in Menlo Park, ? could yo et involve in any ing o California; with positive results. In one ~, silly?' l' ex rienc it, felt r se it experiment he was able to mentally. o -w ever it w ere is a gre deal change the electronically measured out- more-, and I vent to meet oth r peo~ie I ~ which a laser was beamed. On com- who are inv ved in it." mand and for forty-five minutes, he al- The newly appointed president of Prin- cess.Coal Company in Huntington, West Virginia, refers to himself as, "One who operates with or without a body." Patrick Price is not playing word games with that statement. It has bean scientifically shown that he can "exteriorize" his con- sc;ous self to obtain data and informa- lion through ESP. Price's remarkable, ability is being put to use by Princess. to develop its coal resources in an expanding energy mar- ket. His talent will also be used in direct- . ing. operations of Princess's sister cam= ponies which include Sycamore Coal and Kathys Farms, the group's. agri- cultural arm encompassing some 4,500 acres of farmlands and game preserves, as yell as a showcase ranch for raising thoroughbred horses. With a vast acre- age that extends over several states, Princess Coal is purchasing a helicopter to whisk Price around the group's wide- spread holdings. Excited about putting his abilities to use in the coal industry, Price says, "I know that coal has certain properties that if released and properly utilized could handle any energy needs we have for the next three to four hundred years." A man of unwavering confidence with a cordial disposition and penetrating blue eyes. Price says he will also use his urnque ability to ascertain the company's exploration and production reports. "I don't need to physically leave the office to do that," he asserts matter of.factly, "because the coal fields are only a cou- plc hundred miles away and distance is no problem mentally." tered the output of the system below its normal "at rest" level, seemingly an impossible feat. In another experiment, he exteriorized and correctly described laboratory that not even the experiment- ers knew would be the target. This ex- periment was reported in Nature, the prestigious English scientific journal. Yet another experiment with an SRI physicist has convinced Price that he can change the genetic structure of plant-life. Thus, one of his. goals is to develop hybrid seeds. He now is setting up a program at Kathys Farrns to modify the genetic structure of food plants in order to build up their resistance to in- sects, droughts, severe soil and weather conditions, and to reduce their growth cycles. Asked about the success of such a program, Price answers, "The numerous experiments I have willingly undergone under very stringent labora- tory conditions over the past year at SRI show that I can produce an effect at will that is measureable and that gives posi- tive results." Price was fifty when, as he states, "{ had an analytical awareness as to the availability of abilities 1 already had." He credits Scientology for "open- ing new vistas and abilities of self to me and which I now use as a matter of fact." The unique businessman has oper- ated across the business spectrum from his family's construction and building business to a packaging company he once owned. He has also held various posts in government ranging from com- missioner of police and fire for the City of Burbank, California, to city council- man and board chairman. From his own personal experiences, and those with others in business and government, Price now believes that everyone can do what he does and that tJevertheless, he will go into the field such abilities are not extra-normal or periodically to consult witdA~~~d for Ft~leaiS18e2@Qt~/0~/0d :I GGkBRd~ give his impressions of areas being uniquely displaying them," he agrees, "but the only difference is that f have knowingly assumed responsibility for what f da and make the constant deci= sion Chat it is perfectly okay to do it." Price feels that most. people refuse to confront this aspect of themselves which is why they are. unaware of it or don't make proper use of it. Yet it does function for successful business-~nen whether they admit it or not, he adds. "Those who really make athing a suc= cess trust their basic instinctive data and themselves. They're not just Following books, procedures, computers, or ad- visors because they innately understand that most of the combined data was gathered erroneously and, therefore, would lead them to false conclusions." He predicts that others like himself will fallow him in busines a and that com- ponies will start utilizing such skills and abilities in their operations. "By virtue of the fact that I have come forward," states Price, "it can help un- lockdoors for those in business ...they can either challenge what i say and do or they can accept- it and apply it to self." Asked about how he sees his own performance with Princess Goal and its allied companies in the months ahead, Price replied, "I have no reservations about the positive results. Besides, ) am putting myself on the line and am will- ing to be measured by the company's performance under my guidance. As any businessman knows, the final proof of how valuable I may be will tell on the bottom line. Approved For Release 2004/07/O~+P79-00999A000400050014-1 OTS Involvement in ESP Research Up t o SG1A 1961 10/61 SG1A 4/72 SG1A g/72 SG1A SG1A 10/72 OTS funds contract with SRI to explore t e talents o two subjects. Both results and abili- ties are inconsistent. One Subject can cause a change of temperature while another can reproduce information in a sealed envelope. But neither can duplicate the work of the other. SG1A 2/73 ~ ORD renews its interest in the project and it ecomes a joint OTS/ORD effort. Monitoring only ORD/OTS are contacted by Targ and Puthoff of SRI. Demonstrations by Ingo Swann appear to show ESP has useful/practical Intel application (Swann apparently caused a magnetometer to fluctuate). SG1 A SG1A Contract with SRI (OTS/ORD) for 0 -- a demon- SG1A stration of using ESP to describe hidden objects. The results are so good is provided to work up SG1A a more complete research plan. A third "sensitive" (Pat Price) is discovered with an apparent ability for "remote viewing." The poten- tial use of this technique for intelligence gathering spurs all concerned to move ahead quickly. A new contract to continue and expand the work at SRI is forwarded from OTS/ORD to the DDO (Mr. Colby) for review and is referred to the Executive Management Committee because of its sensitivity. The contract is finally sent to the DCI (Schlesinger) who decides to allow the existing contract to be completed without a follow-on. OTS is told this work is too sensitive and potentially embarrassing. At this time OTS is in the midst of an investigation Approved For Release 2004/0 ~~~-RDP79-00999A000400050014-1 C.'., ,:.:.__ Approved For Release 2004/07~Q~~~DP79-00999A000400050014-1 SG1A 8/73 regarding its role in the Watergate affair. ~A.n "informal" experiment at SRI with an OSI scientist. on remote viewing uncovers classified information and renews Agency interest in ESP. Two "remote viewers" provide a good description of a military site by accident. They are then asked to describe the interior of the building and produce physical layout, code words and a list of personnel. The names of the people prove to be incorrect but the description of the interior and the code names are accurate enough to convince the new DCI (Colby) to renew work on ESP. SG1A 2/74 A new joint OTS/ORD project is funded to develop and uti ize ESP. ORD is to concentrate on identifying and measuring the phenomena while OTS is to evaluate the operational usefulness of the people and techniques without trying to "understand" them. SG1A SG1A SG1A g/74 u Friction soon develops between ORD, OTS and the con- tractor because of conflicting interests. ORD wants very strict experimental procedures. OTS wants more practical applications and the contractor wants less security constraints. The Agency wants more research while the contractor wants more time and money. ORD and OTS come up with different interpretations of the same data . New directors are named to OTS and ORD. Neither erector feels "oamfortable" with the project. The first real use of ESP for intelli ence collec- tion is a remote viewin attem t The results are es- cribed as valid messages eing transmitted over noisy channels. Approved For Release 2004/0 ~I~-RDP79-00999A000400050014-1 Approved For Release 2004/O~fj~l~-RDP79-00999A000400050014-1 0 OTS quickly looses its enthusiasm for ESP re-~ search and directs the project officer to come up with practical applications or abandon the project. These results are reviewed by other DDO components and new requirements are generated. However, OTS and ORD managements both decide not to continue the project. OTS believes the long range nature of the research take it out of the purview of its charter and ORD believes the work performed by SRI is unworthy of further support. In response to specific requests from DDO components OTS does agree to maintain a very limited interest in ESP. Responsibility for the work is turned over to an OTS psychologist. He is told to conduct "opera- tional" experiments but to devote no more than two percent of his time to the work. The best of the SRI Subjects agree to work -- on a part-time basis -- with the psychologist, as do two OTS staff officers who also demonstrated "remote viewing" ability. One of the requests far operational support is a set of geographic ca-ordinates which one of the Area Desks has submitted as a target for "remote viewing." The two OTS engineers volunteer to "view" the site and describe an installation under construction which. they believe to be The customer is highly impressed with this information SG1A SG1A SG1A Approved For Release 2004/07/07 : ~;~R79-00999A000400050014-1 ~1~~,,~~ Approved For Release 2004/~~0 ~~~A-RDP79-00999A000400050014-1 This same DDO office then provides new co-ordinates which are in turn passed on tb the "outside" Subject, (Price). The results of this experiment are presented to the customer in report form -- with a detailed sketch-- for evaluation. Before a meeting can be set up, however, Mr. Price dies of a heart attack. Subsequent attempts to have the area desk evaluate the experiment -- in writing -- finally result: in a somewhat confusing, but nevertheless official, report. 0 Mr. Price's death effectively ends all official OTS involvement in ESP research. SG1A SG1 B SG1 B Approved For Release 2004/07/07: ,~';~~'79-00999A000400050014-1