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DOCUMENT TITLE: CIA Contract for Remote Viewing
SUBJECT: CIA's Office of Technical Services (OTS) contracts with Scientology OT VII Hal Puthoff to spearhead their research into out-of-body perception
PARTIES: Scientology OT VII Hal Puthoff, Scientology OT VII Ingo Swann; Scientology OT VII Pat Price; Central Intelligence Agency (CIA); Dr. Sidney Gottlieb, head of CIA's Office of Technical Services; John McMahon, replaces Gottlieb at about the same time as the contract; "Ken Kress," CIA's Project Officer; Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA)
BACKGROUND AND NOTES
The existence of this CIA contract is a brutal fact that makes some people very uncomfortable. It is a cold, hard fact nonetheless, reported in the CIA's own in-house publication, Studies in Intelligence.
Its relationship to the events in our chronology and reports will have to be left to the analysis of researchers, investigators, and hopefully law enforcement and Congressional committees looking into these issues--which is our urgent recommendation. But it is a matter of record that the program was successful enough for CIA to issue contracts to expand the program on 1 February 1974, and for Scientology OT VII Hal Puthoff, head of the CIA program, to issue a report on its success in 1975. It's also known that the program was successful enough to run in strict secrecy, under various names and agencies, for 23 years--through at least September 1995, if not continuing under some other cloak today.
What can also be stated with certainty is that no officials in Scientology were advised of this contract, either by the government, or by the Scientologists involved in the contract, and that within a fairly short time the Guardian Office (GO) began filing Freedom of Information Act suits against CIA and other intelligence branches of the federal governement, as well as against the FBI. The GO had at least 14 such suits pending when the FBI raided the Guardian Office in the United States on 8 July 1977. And many of the suits resulted in adverse rulings against the FOIA requests by the Scientologists on the grounds of national security.
Here is an abstract of the record of the contract as reported in the CIA publication:
1 October 1972
CIA Office of Technical Service Contract 8473 is issued. It is marked CONFIDENTIAL. It is a $50,000 research contract with "the physicists at SRI." That includes former NSA employee, now Scientology OT VII, Hal Puthoff, but the contract also allows for the hiring of two other Scientology OTs, Ingo Swann and Pat Price. The contract is for an "expanded effort in parapsychology." A CIA agent, "Ken Kress," is assigned as the CIA "Project Officer" for the contract. [NOTE: The program is greatly expanded over the ensuing years, split between CIA and DIA, and is managed under the auspices of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. One strange note: the date of the contract is a Sunday. But there is an even stranger note: the CIA contract is issued by the CIA's "Office of Technical Services," which goes under the acronym OTS. Yet prior to this contract with the Scientology-trained OTs, the same division of CIA had been called "Technical Services Division," the acronym being TSD.]
SOURCE: A report, "Parapsychology in Intelligence: A Personal Review and Conclusions," by Dr. Kenneth A. Kress; appeared in the Winter 1977 issue of Studies in Intelligence, the CIA's classified internal publication; report released to the public in 1996; Book, "Remote Viewers, the Secret History," Chapter 14
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