President Jimmy Carter, in an interview with GQ, revealed
the existence of a onetime top secret operation involving "remote viewing,"
the use of psychics in para-psychological espionage directed against the USSR.
The Soviets also maintained a similar program during the Cold War.
"GQ: One of the promises you made in 1976 was that
if you were elected, you would look into the reports from Roswell and see
if there had been any cover-ups. Did you look into that?
Carter: Well, in a way. I became more aware of what our
intelligence services were doing. There was only one instance that I’ll
talk about now. We had a plane go down in the Central African Republic—a
twin-engine plane, small plane. And we couldn’t find it. And so we oriented
satellites that were going around the earth every ninety minutes to fly over
that spot where we thought it might be and take photographs. We couldn’t
find it. So the director of the CIA came and told me that he had contacted
a woman in California that claimed to have supernatural capabilities. And
she went in a trance, and she wrote down latitudes and longitudes, and we
sent our satellite over that latitude and longitude, and there was the plane.
GQ: That must have been surreal for you. You’re the
president of the United States, and you’re getting intelligence information
from a woman in a trance in California.
Carter: That’s exactly right.
GQ: How did your scientific mind process that?
Carter: With skepticism. Whether it was just a gross coincidence
or…I don’t know. But that’s one thing that I couldn’t
The CIA's remote viewing was known by various cover names, including Stargate.
The Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) also maintained a remote viewing program
code named Sun Streak. The prototype CIA remote viewing program, run by Stanford
Research Institute (SRI), was code named Project Scanate. Other CIA cover names
for remote viewing included Centre Lane, Gondola Wish, and Grill Flame.
Carter: confirms CIA remote viewing project.
A former high-ranking official of Carter's National Security Council and officer
in Naval Intelligence confirmed the existence of the CIA's remote viewing program
and the use of para-psychics to locate secret Soviet missile bases and ballistic
missile submarines. However, he conceded that both the U.S. and Soviet remote
viewing programs were plagued with problems, including constant interference from
After Stargate's exposure by ABC's Nightline in 1995, it was reportedly defunded.
However, according to NSA sources, remote viewing remains an ultra secret project
at the signals intelligence agency. According to those familiar with the program,
the protocols followed have actually complied with U.S. Signals Intelligence
Directive 18 (USSID 18), which implements the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance
Act (FISA). U.S. persons have been protected by the use of mandatory "two
person control" (a viewer and a special handler) during remote viewing
sessions, carried out in a super secure chamber at NSA Headquarters in Fort
Meade, Maryland. With recent disclosures about NSA's violations of FISA by order
of the Bush White House, there are concerns that NSA's remote viewing program
no longer complies with FISA or USSID 18.