By the 1990s it was revealed that the Pentagon continued to employ a highly classified team of 'psychic spies,' who use a form of remote viewing to aid in the gathering of intelligence in foreign countries.

It was called "Project Grill Flame " when columnist Jack Anderson first broke the story in April of 1984. Since then, the program has changed its code name several times.

But the psychic spy program continues to exist, although in a smaller form. It's also been moved from its longtime headquarters at Fort Meade, Maryland, just outside of Washington, D.C. This was a very good location for a secret program because Fort Meade is home to a much larger spying agency-the National Security Agency.

The unit began in the early seventies, when the CIA began seeing films of Russian psychics like Ninel Kulagina and others. They became concerned about a 'psychic gap' with the Soviet Union, as reports came in of KGB programs involving Russian psychics.

The psychic group was called "Project Scanate," which stood for "scan by coordinate." Program managers recruited subjects like Ingo Swann who demonstrated psychic abilities and placed them in darkened rooms, where they were agents brought them papers with longitude and latitude coordinates. The CIA then ask them what they saw using remote viewing. The CIA and Pentagon soon found that this could be a useful tool in the intelligence mix, though they have never relied on it exclusively for intelligence.

Artist and psychic Ingo Swann, pictured at right in front of a painting of one his astral projection episodes, was put in charge of training new psychic recruits for the CIA and military intelligence. He talks about his ability to astrally project his consciousness to the far reaches of space in the film clip.

Click on the movie projector icon below to hear Ingo's story.


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