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DW qD P, DOLAND, MAAp&l" w41 For Release UMP IA P95~i-P1N 200500240009-4 CI_EMEN7 J. ZAERLOCKI. WIS. ~ (202) 225-4121 131LL D. RURLISON, MO. MORGAN P. MURPHY, ILL. LESA5PIN. CHARLES ROSE, N.C. U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES ROMANO L. 1.IAZZOLI. KY. NORMAN Y. M INETA,CALIF. PERMANENT SELECT COMMITTEE WYCHE FOWLER, JR.. GA. ROHM M. ASHBFOOK. OHIO WASHINGTON, D.C. 20515 ROBERT MCCLORY. ILL. J. KENNETH ROEIINSON. VA. ^ THOMAS K. LATIMER. STAFF DIRECTOR February 5, 1979 MICHAEL J. O'NEIL. CHIEF COUNSEL - W N e r47/w02, V,( (9) )'p VN6 p44 (p) MEMORANDUM FOR COMMITTEE MEMBERS Dear Colleague: The Subcommittee on Evaluation has for almost a year and a half been following the intelligence community's activities in the field of parapsychology or remote view- ing. It also can be described by other terms such as mental imagery or ESP. Parapsychology denotes the ability of certain individuals to access and describe, by means of mental processes, information which is ordinarily blocked from human perception by distance or shielding, and gener- ally accepted as secure against such access. The aspect which has been investigated: most has been to test the ability of a subject to remote view geographical locations even at intercontinental distances, given only geographical coordinates or a known person on whom to focus. The Subcommittee began its investigation in an attempt to determine whether the community's activities in this area were above board and not part of the "mind control" activities of the Central Intelligence Agency where in some cases the rights of individuals were violated. While the Subcommittee has not made any determination to endorse the. experimentation as valid or invalid, it does find that continued activity in this field may offer promise, in applications to intelligence problems. Thus, I have asked that Doctors Harold Puthoff and Russell Targ of SRI International, formerly Stanford Research Institute, brief the full Committee next Tuesday, February 13, at 10 a.m. The briefing will be classified. Doctors Puthoff and Targ are both physicists who did early work in high-energy laser physics. They have appeared before such scientific 01MITTEE USE ONLY Approved For Release 2004/09/09 : CIA-RDP96-00787R000500240009-4 Approved For Rele I ff -( l 7f000500240009-4 bodies as the institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers,- have published in the'IEEE'Journal, and most recently gave a-presentation before the American Associa- tion for the Advancement of Science convention in Houston last month. Since there is considerable sensitivity to parapsych- ology in the scientific community because of the inability to attach to parapsychology the principles and/or laws of physics, as well as with the uniformed who would label such research more mind control experimentation, it would be appreciated if their appearance before the Committee be kept privileged. I think you will find this presentation interesting and exciting. I urge you to attend. If you would like additional background prior to the briefing, Dick Giza (225-5658) of the Subcommittee staff can give you a detailed pre-brief and provide t ci lassified readinc-matierials. Charlie Rose Chairman, Subcommittee on Evaluation Approved For Rei ! ~s~ 17A# fl .CtA-Ob 9i-a0787R000500240009-4 SG1I SG1I Appr Appr o ed For UNCLASSIFIED Release 2004/09/09: CIA-RDP96-007 CONFIDENTIAL SECRET FORM NO. 9 ' 7 Use previous editions (40) s AS UNCLASSIFIED CONFIDENTIAL SECRET OFFICIAL ROUTING SLIP TO NAME AND ADDRESS DATE INITIALS 2 Z ,jAtU43 5 6 ACTION DIRECT REPLY PREPARE REPLY APPROVAL DISPATCH RECOMMENDATION COMMENT FILE RETURN CONCURRENCE INFORMATION SIGNATURE Remarks : FOLD HERE TO RETURN TO SENDER FROM: NAME, ADDRESS AND PHONE NO. DATE SG1I