The Stargate Project: Dreams of Military Psychic Spies with Jedi-Like Powers

By: | September 18th, 2014

The Stargate Project is the code name for advanced psychic functioning or remote viewing experiments and programs that were undertaken for over twenty years to create a trainable, repeatable, operational. If at all possible, the project would provide an accurate method of psychic spying or information gathering for the U.S. military and intelligence agencies like the CIA, NSA and DIA.

The funding for the project came after the concern in the late 60s and early 70s that the Soviet Union was using the tactic of remote viewing to gather Intel on U.S. secrets during the cold war. In response, the Stargate Project became a full-fledged sector. That is, until 1995 when its efforts were stopped due to the lack of supporting evidence as well as the project itself becoming public knowledge. The CIA fully adopted the program in 1995 and almost immediately dissolved it after analysis.

The Stargate Project received an estimated 20 million total in funding to make these psychic soldiers a reality, what had appeared as success from the project, such as unveiling the location of captured soldiers and plane crash locations, were dismissed as accurate guessing in later years. Overall, the success rate for the project was between 20-30%, better than guessing but not good enough for funding. The attempt to break it down to an exact science and prove supernatural phenomena had no real implications or studies to base off of and the project was condemned “pseudo-science” and “a spawn of the hippie era”.

The “Jedi-like powers” the program had hoped to achieve involved killing a man with a thought, locating enemy bases and weapons, and listening in on official enemy conversations. But the practices that were considered training were much more peaceful in comparison to what they were trying to achieve. For a period of time, the experimenting of LSD to possibly enhance these abilities were observed with detail, the results were inconclusive. However, meditating was by far the most commonplace activity for those involved.

The project later became the inspiration for the book and movie “The Men Who Stare at Goats” and details some of the realism and silliness behind the government’s decision to fund the Stargate Project.

Austin Miller

I am an aspiring physicist, with an interest in art and technology.

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