Remote viewers are alleged to be able to perceive impressions of people or objects located at a distance (sometimes thousands of miles away) from their own location. Biofeedback and alteration of brainwave patterns through the use of binaural beats or tones transmitted electronically to the remote viewers were used to try to enable the remote viewers to envision events occurring elsewhere. (Biofeedback is a technique used to train individuals to attempt to control their physiological processes such as their heart-rate and EEG wave patterns).
The CIA utilized remote viewing to attempt to spy on the Russian military during the post-World War II era.
Dr. Harold Puthoff and Dr. Russell Targ of the Stanford Research Institute in Menlo Park, California were involved in CIA-initiated remote viewing experiments. Dr. Puthoff was reknown as the inventor of a specific type of laser. Puthoff had been with the National Security Agency. Russell Targ was also well-known for his work in physics.
Remote viewing experiments were also carried out at the Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC).
The project was called "SCANATE", taken from "scanning by coordinates". Ingo Swann, Dr. Keith Harary, Major Ed Dames and Sergeant Mel Riley were some of the participants in the remote viewing experiments. One of the purported viewers, and one of the best ones, was allegedly Pat Price, a former police commissioner.
Allegedly, the CIA utilized remote viewers to try to locate individuals. The CIA apparently used some remote viewers to try to attempt to discover the location of Muammar Gadhafy (Qadhafi) before the U.S. bombing of Libya in 1986.(Read this report).
The viewers were also utilized to try to locate Brigadier General James L. Dozier who was kidnapped and being held somewhere in Italy. Given the location where General Dozier was being held, (a psychic allegedly gave the coordinates), a battalion was sent to a certain house. When they stormed the house, General Dozier and his kidnappers were not found, instead an undoubtedly terrified and bewildered Italian family was located. Apparently, attempts to psychically locate Gadhafy and General Dozier failed.
When Americans where taken hostage in Iran in 1979/80, psychic and psychologist Keith Harary envisioned that one of the hostages was suffering from a disease of the nervous system that effected the muscles. Harary apparently predicted that this one hostage would be released in July. One of the hostages, Richard Queen, indeed suffered from multiple sclerosis and was released as Harary predicted.
According to Elmar R. Gruber's book 'Psychic Wars', in the 1970's the U.S. Army set up a remote viewing unit at Fort Meade, Maryland. The army evidently recruited people who met the specific criteria for the project: subjects who were considered to be creative and artistic who had strong ability to visualize three-dimensionally, and most essentially, subjects who had prior paranormal experiences. The unit was called 'Gondola Wish'. Apparently, the application of psi to military endeavors was not new--it had allegedly been attempted during the notorious MKULTRA program.
According to the book by Elmar R. Gruber, a former CIA agent named Victor Marchetti claimed that the CIA recruited a psychic medium in effort to contact the spirit of Colonel Oleg Penkovskiy, who was executed by the Soviet government for treason in 1963. Apparently, the CIA felt that the medium was successful in reaching the spirit of Colonel Penkovskiy.
On a Discovery channel program about remote viewing, a female remote viewer was able to locate a fugitive--he was discovered in a remote part of Wyoming camping in a park--just where she had psychically viewed he could be located.
Ingo Swann was one of the remote viewers involved in the experiments at the Stanford Research Institute. David Morehouse, a participant in the remote viewing experiments wrote a book about his work. Morehouse has stated that he became concerned when he was ordered to try to use remote viewing to destroy other people by directing "malignant brain waves" to them and quit the program.
Some people claim that they are able to accomplish remote viewing by travelling out-of-body (astral projection) to the remote location. There have been reports of people who have claimed that at one time or another they have had an out-of-body experience and travelled astrally to a distant location where they were able to view the people or circumstances at that location, and later, what they observed was confirmed as accurate.
Some researchers have concluded that those who have psychic skills seem to do better at predicting and remote viewing if they are secluded in a sensory-deprived environment. Ganzfield is German and means "complete field". The percipient's eyes are covered with halves of ping-pong balls. White noise is used to drown out any distracting sounds. A red light is apparently frequently also used. The sender and the receiver are separated and the sender then views an image on a screen that he or she tries to transmit to the receiver.