Controlled Remote Viewing in Iraq:
The Secret Weapon the U.S. Abandoned
By Lyn Buchanan
The United States is once again trying to take down Saddam
Hussein. But this time we are fighting without one of the
secret weapons we had during the 1991 Gulf War, and the U.S.
is having more difficulty now. It may have been a mistake to
leave that secret weapon behind.
That secret weapon was an elite, covert, and specially trained
unit code-named "Star Gate." It was a totally "black project"
-- that is, the American public was not allowed to know it
even existed. In fact, only a handful of people within the
highest levels of government knew of its existence.
This Star Gate unit was trained in a science called
"controlled remote viewing," the psychic ability to perceive
thoughts and experiences through the power of the human mind.
Controlled remote viewing is a highly organized science,
researched and developed during the 1970s at Stanford Research
Institute in California under the strictest secrecy and covert
government funding. The unit was disbanded in 1994 due to
post-Cold War military cutbacks.
I was one of the controlled remote viewers for Star Gate and
was the unit's trainer for almost eight years.
If it surprises you that the U.S. had such an effort, you will
be even more surprised to find out that the U.S. is now one of
only four or five countries in the world which does not
have a unit of this kind. Seeing the success of the U.S.
effort, many other countries have now started their own units,
and regularly use those units to spy on us. Iraq has certainly
not been unaware of the need for such a weapon, and may now be
using it on us.
During the 1991 Gulf War, the members of the Star Gate unit
used controlled remote viewing to very effectively spy on
Saddam Hussein's weaponry, emplacements, military and
political activities, and even on the private and public lives
of his individual military and governmental leaders. Star Gate
turned in daily reports on Hussein's plans and intentions for
the following day of battle. Hussein did not stand a chance.
Due to U.S. intelligence collection efforts, of which Star
Gate played a major role, his every move was known far enough
in advance to thwart him at every turn. The wavering loyalties
of his military and governmental leaders were known and became
exploitable. The capabilities of his troops and emplacements
were assessed and evaluated without putting any American into
At the time, the government had only eight of these
"controlled remote viewers,” but that was sufficient to
provide strategic and operational intelligence that could not
be gained in any other way. In this war, we have none.
Right after 9/11, I was contacted by some of the investigative
agents who had known of Star Gate and its effectiveness.
Government agencies were now allowed to "think outside the
"use every resource available" to get information.
I worked for the individual agents, but it cannot be said that
I officially worked for their agencies, nor officially for the
government. If any psychic tells you that he/she is officially
working for the U.S. government, or any branch or agency
within it, that psychic is lying. It is a sad reality of
American politics that many of the decisions are made not for
the mission, but with an eye to keeping political reputations
There is no quick fix for this problem. Each Star Gate member
required between one and three years of training and
experience. The re-creation and training of such a unit with
new personnel would take just as long. However, the former
personnel still exist and are capable of doing the work once
again, in defense of our nation. I have contacted several of
them, and most are eager to help. Several have offered to
volunteer their time and efforts at no cost to the government.
These “old salts” could act as a temporary work group until
others could be trained.
In the last conflict with Iraq, we were a constant surprise to
them. Now, our troops are surprised by well-aimed gunfire when
eyes and equipment are blinded by sand. Now, our reporters
keep using the word “unexpected.” We have to wonder if Iraq is
now using the weapon we have left behind.
Lyn Buchanan is the author of
Seventh Sense: The Secrets of Remote Viewing as Told by a
"Psychic Spy" for the U.S. Military (Paraview Pocket
Books, 2003). He also operates
firm that helps corporations develop solutions for
intelligence-related data acquisition.
© Lyn Buchanan 2003