CIA Fails 101

Updated: May 29

During the Cold War, one strategy considered by the CIA was parachuting extra large size condoms into the Soviet Union, and writing 'medium' on them. This was supposed to be a method used to tell the Soviet Union women that American men were superior even in this aspect of life.

Book the Legacy of Ashes: The History of the CIA by Tim Weiner is about the CIA its covert actions and human rights abuses.

The book is based on more than 50,000 documents, primarily from the archives of the CIA, and hundreds of interviews with CIA veterans, including ten Directors of Central Intelligence.

Extract from: Journal of Scientijc Exploration, Vol. 10, No. 1, pp. 63-76,

1996 CIA-Initiated Remote Viewing Program at Stanford Research Institute, Society for Scientific Exploration H. E. PUTHOFF Institute for Advanced Studies at Austin, 4030 Braker Lane W, Ste. 300, Austin, TX 78759

Abstract - 'In July 1995 the CIA declassified, and approved for release, documents revealing its sponsorship in the 1970s of a program at Stanford Research Institute in Menlo Park, CA, to determine whether such phenomena , as remote viewing "might have any utility for intelligence collection".' Thus began disclosure to the public of a two-decade-plus involvement of the intelligence community in the investigation of so-called parapsychological or psi phenomena. Presented here by the program's Founder and first Director (1972-1985) is the early history of the program, including discussion of some of the first, now declassified, results that drove early interest.

Pat Price seemingly the Most valuable psychic asset the CIA coming to his death months after being assigned solely to the CIA authority.

Operational Remote Viewing - (Semipalatinsk, USSR) Midway through the second year of the program (July 1974) our CIA sponsor decided to challenge us to provide data on a Soviet site of ongoing operational significance. Pat Price was the remote viewer. A description of the remote viewing, taken from our declassified final report (Puthoff & Targ, 1974-5), reads as given below. I cite this level of detail to indicate the thought that goes into such an "experiment" to minimize cueing while at the same time being responsive to the requirements of an operational situation. Again, this is not a "best-ever" example from a series of such viewings, but rather the very first operational Soviet target concerning which we were officially tasked. To determine the utility of remote viewing under operational conditions, a long-dis- tance remote viewing experiment was carried out on a sponsor-designated target of cur- rent interest, an unidentified research center at Semipalatinsk, USSR. This experiment, carried out in three phases, was under direct control of the COTR. To begin the experiment, the COTR furnished map coordinates in degrees, minutes and seconds. The only additional information provided was the designation of the target as an R&D test facility. The experimenters then closeted themselves with Subject S 1, gave him the map coordinates and indicated the designation of the target as an R&D test facility. A remote-viewing experiment was then carried out. This activity constituted Phase I of the experiment. Figure 2(a) shows the subject's graphic effort for building layout; Figure 2(b) shows the subject's particular attention to a multistory gantry crane he observed at the site. Both results were obtained by the experimenters on a double-blind basis before expo- sure to any additional COTR-held information, thus eliminating the possibility of cueing. These results were turned over to the client representatives for evaluation. For comparison an artist's rendering of the site as known to the COTR (but not to the experimenters until later) is shown in Figure 3. Were the results not promising, the experiment would have stopped at this point. De- scription of the multistory crane, however, a relatively unusual target item, was taken as indicative of possible target acquisition.'

Patrick Harold “Pat” Price (1918–1975) was one of the first and most successful remote viewers of the SRI. His achievements in the experiments of the SRI contributed to a large extent to the fact that the remote viewing program aroused the interest of the CIA and that it subsequently came to the years of funding by the secret services and the US Army.

Pat Price had been a police officer in Burbank, California before participating in a number of remote viewing experiments at the SRI, including the US government-sponsored SCANATE and STAR GATE project. In the early years at the SRI it was mostly about scientific field research, but the CIA soon used Pat’s extraordinary abilities for espionage purposes as well. He was provided with maps and photos so that he could obtain information on facilities behind the Soviet lines. The rivalry between Pat & Ingo at SRI is legendary, as is the death of Pat Price, which continues to spark rumors of conspiracy to this day.

R.I.P Pat Price

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