What exactly was Project Stargate

Parapsychological Espionage: Insider Insights into Secret US Army Project

Major Dames told his story in an interview with Sputnik.
US Army Major Ed Dames was one of five officers involved in the highly confidential US StarGate project.

The StarGate project, conceived by the intelligence agency of the US Department of Defense, meant for the five officers the control and analysis of the so-called method of remote observation, which enables users to see locations, events and other information from a great distance.

The CIA, which was given this project in 1995, canceled the project and released some of its files earlier this year. The CIA came to the conclusion that the project cannot be used for operations, although according to an assessment of the project it could be the so-called psychological background of the project.

Retired Major Ed Dames, one of the Army’s few specialists in remote observation, said the US had successfully used this technology against countries in the socialist camp, including US Soviet opponents and other participants. Dames worked on the project from 1986 to 1989.

Below is the interview with Dames. You can decide for yourself how real this incredible story about the remote observation project is.
Espionage in the dark ages of the Cold War
Can you briefly describe your professional career from the 1980s to today?

I held very high positions in the US intelligence community, including developing methods of biological warfare against the Soviet Union during the Cold War.

In some cases, the programs of the Soviet Union and China were so secret that we could not get access, despite the existence of all appropriate intelligence mechanisms, including satellites and the agency network.
Department of Defense (DIA) intelligence headquarters, Washington DC. © CC0
"We had one more mechanism - a unit that did remote observation and provided me with vital intelligence."
We had one more mechanism - a remote observation unit that would provide me with vital intelligence. I was very interested in the work of this unit and moved to it 33 years ago and still work in this area to this day.

When I retired, I trained a group of civilians in remote observation. I also work with the FBI to find criminals who have escaped, and I also help find missing children.
Another area of ​​my work is science. I communicate with French and German scientists about the origin of the enigmatic isotope ruthenium-106 (Ru-106) in Europe.

Everything that exists in the universe represents a pattern of information. Everything we discovered in the laboratory and what we began to use was a method - how an unconscious part of our intellect comes into contact with consciousness while we are with a specific person Work, place, object or event.

We can focus on these things while extrasensory people cannot - they lose sight of the goal and make mistakes. We have very strict protocols that we use to keep the target and get as much information as possible. This is what I am dealing with.
A top secret project - only 100 people knew about it
"Only 100 people knew of all the details"
Can you tell us about the StarGate project and how much it was kept secret in the 1980s?

It was a secret program with limited access. Only 100 people knew of all the details. Almost everything was kept secret. Although the CIA released most of the documents, some are still secret.

As a member of a remote observation unit, I know what the operations are and that they are very effective in assisting the US intelligence community. For example, we were able to track down Soviet spies while other intelligence systems could not.

The project was extremely secret, only a few members of Congress were informed about it. But they didn't want the public to be informed because they considered it paranormal.
So we've always been a kind of "red light district" for the Enlightenment community.
The project was later turned over to the Department of Defense Intelligence Administration, where I served.

When Congress decided to shut down the project, it was turned over to the CIA, where its existence ended. But I became a kind of keeper of the keys to this project, developing effective methods to which no other instrument can be compared.

It's not that easy to astonish me, otherwise I would not have dealt with any of this for more than 30 years. I am still afraid of the possibilities of this project.
Read Soviet minds?
Top priority of the StarGate project
"Our main job was to go into these programs and describe them so that the US could develop safeguards."
Can you talk about any specific problems with the StargGate project that you encountered in the 1980s?

Problems related to science and technology, among other things, and affected the former Soviet Union, which was always using new technologies for offensive weapons. Our main job was to dig into these programs and describe them so that the US could develop safeguards.

We also looked at other issues, including the fight against drugs. So we were able to send the coast protection service to a specific ship that was carrying cocaine or other drugs. We were even able to say exactly where these drugs were on the ship.
"We tried for a week to understand what kind of spheres they were."
Do you remember any funny incidents while working your unit?

There were two of them. In one case, we were shown photos of a Soviet nuclear submarine on which there were two very large glowing white spheres. The representatives of the US navy really wanted to know what that meant. For a week we tried to understand what kind of spheres these were.

A representative of the US navy comes to us and asks what specific information we have on this topic. I said that these spheres were real and not an artifact of spurious radiation or a satellite decommissioning instrument. "Okay, Ed, anything else?" Asked the representative. "You're not from here," I said. "Do you mean that you are Chinese?". "No, you are not from here". I told him that these spheres were part of another world, he thanked him and we didn't see him again.
Soviet nuclear submarine "50 Let SSSR" © Sputnik Yu. Michurin
"... asked us to go into Saddam Hussein's deep thoughts to understand what his plans and motives look like."
And the second case?

That happened just before I retired. General Motors asked us to go into Saddam Hussein's deep mind to understand what his plans and motives were, which we did.

But most of our jobs were related to science and technology. I dealt with issues associated with an offensive biological war. I and my team had to penetrate Soviet research laboratories and clarify which forms of Siberian anthrax and botulinum toxin are produced as weapons.

If you look at my awards and what I was doing, you will understand how we invaded the Soviet Union's offensive biological weapons program.
Soviet and foreign journalists observe how chemical ammunition is dismantled in a Soviet plant. © Sputnik A. Solomonov
StarGate: "The only department that could respond to the call"
What can you say about other US parapsychological espionage programs during the Cold War?

I was a specialist in the preparation of this program in the US Department of Defense Intelligence Administration. I trained everyone on the program so that they had the opportunity to use these skills. This is a very strict systematic training program and it is no longer secret. I showed these protocols to my former KGB colleagues when I was in Saint Petersburg a few years ago.

I dealt with operations and staff training, that was it. But I had nothing to do with the leadership.
"Very few other programs could describe these types of offensive weapons, which is why we were so important."
Why did the US decide to develop this type of parapsychological espionage initiative during the Cold War?

Because we were the only department that could, so to speak, "answer the mail." Either way, we could break into highly confidential programs and see what the Soviets were doing.

Whether they build titanium submarines that could dive deeper than the American ones, whether they would be dangerous, etc. What biological weapons the Soviets are developing. What powerful microwave weapons they develop. Very few other programs could describe these types of offensive weapons, and that is precisely why we were so important.

There were moments when we could actually attend meetings of the Council of the Soviet Defense Ministry and learn about the strategic plans of the Russians. And that's why we were so "sexy" from the point of view of Washington and the intelligence community. Nobody but us could do that.
Slide illustration of a Soviet laser weapon from the annual report "Military Power of the USSR" from the 1980s. © CC0 Edward L. Cooper
Parapsychological programs from KGB and GRU
Did you enjoy the fact that the technology you were dealing with was developed ten or 15 years earlier than another country or organization? Was that a strong motivation?

The motivation was very strong. That was an important point in our life. The KGB had a similar program run by a KGB colonel. But they did not know how the training should go, and so they found very talented media and psychics from Moscow and the then Leningrad, and paid special attention to the development of programs that were similar to our programs.
"The Central Intelligence Administration of the Soviet Union also had such a program, and its staff tried to manipulate common sense with the help of drugs."
The Soviet Union's Central Intelligence Administration also had such a program, and its staff tried to manipulate common sense with the help of drugs. Our current technology is very different from the main intelligence administration program. The means that expand consciousness, especially Halcion or LSD, are hardly efficient because one cannot concentrate on one's goal.
StarGate can go away, but remote viewing can't
Hostage Terry Waite in Lebanon, 1980s. © AFP 2017 KAMEL LAMAA
They have more than 30 years of remote observation experience. What has changed in that time and how do you use this discipline to help organizations and countries today?

There is a very important change. Since I developed this mechanism over the course of many years, there was one thing we couldn't do in the military field at the time.

In the 1980s, one of our most important jobs was finding hostages kidnapped by terrorists in the Middle East. Terry Waite, Terry Anderson, Col. William R. Higgins - such people have been detained by Hezbollah and other Middle Eastern organizations. We were able to tell very quickly (within a few hours) whether they were alive or not, where they were, what condition they were in, and by whom they were kidnapped. But we couldn't quickly tell exactly where they were being held. Sometimes it would take us four or five days to determine the whereabouts of the hostages, but then sometimes the kidnappers would take them somewhere else.
We were able to tell very quickly (within a few hours) whether they were alive or not, where they were, what condition they were in, and by whom they were kidnapped. But we couldn't quickly tell exactly where they were being held. Sometimes it would take us four or five days to determine the whereabouts of the hostages, but then sometimes the kidnappers would take them somewhere else.
"And now, more than 20 years later, the whereabouts can be found within four hours ..."
And now, more than 20 years later, the whereabouts can be found within four hours - that is a huge advantage if, like me, you are looking for refugee criminals, missing children, murderers or terrorists. You can also find out (I recently did that) where an atmosphere radionuclide is located. This radioactive isotope was discovered in the atmosphere of Western Europe and, in fact, I was able to find out its source immediately.
How will the remote observation method help countries and organizations fight crime and terrorism in 2017?

Crime and terrorism - it's just one aspect of what we do. We can help scientists develop protocols that they are working on. I have had the privilege of teaching some of the world's leading doctors, and when they come to me I ask them to tell about their biggest problems - current or past - and we use them as part of the training.

We saved many young people and children after doctors misdiagnosed their diseases. We can identify genetic and germ problems, as well as the chemical nature of things.

We are very experienced in technical matters, and we have helped many Fortune 500 corporations get their problems under control. So Laurence Rockefeller asked my team to look at his project "Atmospheric Ozone Depletion: Projected Consquences and Remedial Technologies". We did too and found that not only ozone holes over the South and North Poles are a big problem, but also that the whole ozone layer produces "metastases" so that it looks like a Swiss cheese. These are the types of knowledge that we can get that no other research tool or probe can find out.
Future of remote observation: there are no restrictions
Saturn and its moon Titan © AP Photo NASA
What is the future of remote viewing? How could it help humanity in the next ten or 15 years? When could new technologies arise?

First, I think this could be taught to children as well. I have developed appropriate protocols for children up to ten years old that are technically slightly different from adult protocols. Such things should be taught in school because they are about immediate knowledge. They help see facts and the truth. When we go to school, that's where we learn and get knowledge to learn about. From this point of view, direct knowledge is a very efficient tool. This can save millions of dollars in research. We did this for Ford and other companies to examine the lines of technology they were developing and see if they should invest more money in them or if they were "dead ends."

That can save us millions of dollars from a purely financial perspective. That's why I taught a technical team in a laboratory that deals with reactive engines how to proceed to solve problems in the future. We generally enjoy solving space exploration issues, and we used to work with Apollo 17 crew member Harrison Schmitt. We observed Titan, Saturn's largest satellite, because Schmitt was a geologist and wanted to know about geology Learn as much as possible about titanium.

So in this regard there are no limits to what reason can achieve.
StarGate's Fate: DIA and CIA feared what they couldn't understand
"My department has been associated with paranormal and occult things, and it has been frightening ..."
Why did the US government end up shutting down the StarGate project? Could you give a political rationale for this decision?

Yes of course. That is, in truth, a sensitive question. When you become a general, politics comes to the fore. The CIA, Department of Defense Intelligence, General Harry E. Soyster, and others didn't want their names associated with my department for reasons I mentioned.My department became associated with paranormal and occult matters, and it was frightening that there were scientific methods in the West ... do you need that? At least two things that are necessary for the establishment of a technology or a scientific theory.
Lieutenant General Harry Soyster, head of the StarGate project, on whose orders the participation of the US Army in the paranormal experiments was suspended. © CC0
We had multiplicity. It was easy. We could train a remote observer to work independently to find out the same information.

But what we didn't have and what the western research method dictates - that is theory. We still have a hypothesis about what we do; but we have no theory of how to identify specific targets and describe them remotely - all that the remote observation method is all about.

Do you believe the CIA's claim that the StarGate project was useless? What do you think of this program?

It was closed for the reasons already mentioned. Most of the sensitive operations we performed, especially those related to the illegal drug trade, never went off the bell. Everything the CIA published - these were hardly interesting types of operations. Some of them were interesting, but what was never (and probably never will) published - those were our very efficient missions against Soviet offensive weapon systems. These operations helped us develop appropriate defensive means to protect our troops from them.
"As a person who knew everything that was going on in the StarGate project, I can say that we have been and can be extremely efficient in this regard."
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