CIA Fails 101
Updated: Sep 19, 2022
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
The list of C.I.A fails is long, personally subject the the pliability of this organisation under investigations that see the C.I.A favoring organised crime to manipulate society, legal outcomes and avoid accountability - evade accountability with plausible deniability in operation executions. A relevant book by Douglas Valentine comes to mind, title 'The C.I.A as Organised Crime'.
This book provides insight into the paradigmatic approaches evolved by CIA decades ago in Vietnam which remain operational practices today in Afghanistan, El Salvador, Iraq, Syria, Yemen and elsewhere. Valentine's research into CIA activities began when CIA Director William Colby gave him free access to interview CIA officials who had been involved in various aspects of the Phoenix program in South Vietnam. The CIA would rescind it, making every effort to impede publication of The Phoenix Program, which documented the CIA's elaborate system of population surveillance, control, entrapment, imprisonment, torture and assassination in Vietnam. While researching Phoenix, Valentine learned that the CIA allowed opium and heroin to flow from its secret bases in Laos, to generals and politicians on its payroll in South Vietnam. His investigations into this illegal activity focused on the CIA's relationship with the federal drugs agencies mandated by Congress to stop illegal drugs from entering the United States. Based on interviews with senior officials, Valentine wrote two subsequent books, The Strength of the Wolf and The Strength of the Pack, showing how the CIA infiltrated federal drug law enforcement agencies and commandeered their executive management, intelligence and foreign operations staffs in order to ensure that the flow of drugs continues unimpeded to traffickers and foreign officials in its employ. Ultimately, portions of his research materials would be archived at the National Security Archive, Texas Tech University's Vietnam Center, and John Jay College. This book includes excerpts from the above titles along with updated articles and transcripts of interviews on a range of current topics, with a view to shedding light on the systemic dimensions of the CIA's ongoing illegal and extra-legal activities. These terrorism and drug law enforcement articles and interviews illustrate how the CIA's activities impact social and political movements abroad and in the United States. A common theme is the CIA's ability to deceive and propagandize the American public through its impenetrable government-sanctioned shield of official secrecy and plausible deniability. Though investigated by the Church Committee in 1975, CIA praxis then continues to inform CIA praxis now. Valentine tracks its steady infiltration into practices targeting the last population to be subjected to the exigencies of the American empire: the American people. Available via booktopia, Amazon, audible plus numerous other popular reading platforms and bookshops.