- BANGALORE, India -- At the
height of the Cold War, the Americans experimented with a spying technique
-- remote or clairvoyant viewing -- dismissed as pure fiction by much of
the scientific world.
- In July 1995, when the CIA partially declassified these
experiments, the world found that America's ''remote viewing'' spies, sitting
in the confines of their US laboratory, reported with uncanny accuracy,
military developments in distant Russia.
- Now, a former physicist with the Bhabha Atomic Research
Centre Dr M. Srinivasan and one of India's best known parapsychologist
Prof K. Ramakrishna Rao have placed a proposal before the Indian Government
to experiment with ''remote viewing'' for security purposes. Both scientists
were part of the Science and Spirituality conference, which was held in
the city a week ago.
- ''Since remote viewing or psychic spying has been reported
in ancient Indian scriptures, it is high time India itself studied it.
We have proposed to study the phenomenon and have sought the Government's
assistance,'' says Chennai-based Dr Srinivasan, a former associate director
of the physics group and head of the neutron physics division at BARC.
- The proposal placed before the Centre describes the experiments
conducted in the US and proposes similar efforts to identify Indians with
remote viewing capabilities, says Dr Srinivasan who has a special interest
- ''The intelligence community in the US seems to value
remote viewing data whenever it is available. They use it to compliment
information gathered through other means,'' he says.
- During the Cold War years, two sets of the now-famous
remote viewing experiments were carried out in the US. The first set involved
''remote viewers'' describing sites within the US -- where activities unknown
to them were happening. Researchers have reported a high degree of accuracy
in these experiments.
- The second set of experiments supervised by US intelligence
agencies involved actual ''spying'' on Russia. In one case, an American
''remote viewer'' was given the co-ordinates of a mysterious site in the
former USSR. The ''remote viewer'' was asked for information about the
site and was told that it could be a research and development facility.
- After ''remote viewing'' the site, the spy described
to US authorities the activities at the site, which were later verified
by satellite pictures and actual ground information.
- The site was the super-secret Soviet atomic bomb laboratory
at Semipalatisk and the ''remote viewer's'' illustrated and written description
was remarkably accurate, as researchers found.
- In another famous example, when no US intelligence agency
had picked up the information, a ''remote viewer'' -- given the co-ordinates
of a site in Russia -- told the American National Security Council that
Russia was building the world's biggest submarine. Four months later, in
Jan 1980, the ''remote viewer's'' information was proven right.
- In his presentation, at the Science and Spirituality
meet in the city, Prof K. Ramakrishna Rao -- former editor of the journal
of parapsychology and former head of the US-based Foundation for research
on the nature of man -- stated that the paranormal mind ''transcends the
usual sensory processes and has extraordinary experiences''.