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Declassified in Part - Sanitized Copy Approved for Release 2012/01/10: CIA-RDP90-00965R000100130107-2 r ARTICLE APPEARED ;ON PAGE_., -/11 - Pentagon, CIA Cooperating on Psychic Spying' In past columns, I have reported that the Pentagon is engaged in "Twilight Zone" research, using psy- chics to spy on the Soviet Union.- Now I've learned that the Pentagon is spending $1 million a year on. the project and is sharing results with Weird -though psychic espionage may seem, top-secret reports from the CIA and Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) claim remarkable suc- cesses for their long-distance mind- readers. Psychics have "seen" things deep inside the Soviet Union that they couldn't possibly have known about. And their psychic sightings were later confirmed by spy satel- lites or by agents. _ ., The Pentagon project, called "Grill Flame," is being conducted by SRI, a research institute, in Menlo Park, Calif. One source insisted that the project, which was begun before 978, was officially killed in 1982. But sources told my associate Dale Van Atta that its apparent dis- appearance was a bookkeeping mat- ter. The funding, which rose from S200.000 to $1 million a year, was WASHINGTON POST 3 May 1984 transferred from DIA's budget to the research and go for immediate au- Pent ' l b d agon s genera u get. One of Grill Flame's project lead- ers is a respected physicist, Harold Puthoff. And the project's top psy- chic, Ingo Swann, is a New York art- ist with an impressive record of suc- cessful "remote viewing." He first interested skepticalSRI researchers in 1973, when he used his unexplained psychic power . to throw a heavily shielded Stanford University magnetometer off. track. The researchers are convinced that phcatnon. Targ also feels that Americans are entitled to know, as far as possible, what their taxes have been paying for. He has joined Keith Harary, a psychologist and psychic, in writing a book, "The Mind Race: Under- standing and Using Psychic Abili - ties," which details and demystifies unclassified SRI experiments. On a visit to Moscow, the authors learned that the Soviets had dupli- cated U.S. remote-viewing successes . Swann's feat could not have been "It was clear," Targ said, "that psy- trickery. ? _ chic research has been taken serious- It was also Swann who suggested. ly at-the highest level of the Soviet the first CIA-DIA psychic project,-' scientific community." called' "Scanate." He and other psy- .Seagoing Strategy: Federal bud- - chics used their powers,' with star- get-cutters are second only to the tling success, to "view" installations Soviet fleet on the U.S. Navy's list- of at secret locations, using geograph- enemies. This was clear in a recent ical coordinates. Yet Swann has been secret directive from the chief of na- reluctant to promote "remote" view- val operations. Development of the " ing as a spy technique because it Navy's budget, it says, has been often produces bad information along with good. Rep. Charlie Rose (D-N.C.), a sen- sible proponent of the. Pentagon's psychic research program, is con- cerned that the intelligence commu- nity is pushing for quick results be- fore scientific research is completed. Sharing this opinion . is Russell Targ, a former partner in the, "It is imperative, therefore, to gain Scanate and Grill Flame projects. 'maximum force multipliers, such as Targ reportedly quit the. projects in innovative strategy, tactics and the 1982,' partly because the CIA and contributions of other services and DIA wanted to skip the long-term allies to naval missions ...." "constrained by a significant decre- mint in fiscal guidance." That is, they're cutting the budget. It continues: "Even though the Soviet military threat continues to increase and future U.S. readiness requirements seem unlikely to di- minish, we will face continued fiscal Declassified in Part - Sanitized Copy Approved for Release 2012/01/10: CIA-RDP90-00965R000100130107-2