From The Scotsman:
How UK attempted bizarre X-Files tests on soldiers
The Ministry of Defence funded a secret study to ascertain whether people with psychic powers could help protect the nation, it emerged last night.
The MoD arranged the tests to discover whether volunteers were able to use psychic powers to “remotely view” hidden objects.
The study involved blindfolding test subjects and asking them to “see” the contents of sealed brown envelopes containing pictures of random objects and public figures.
Defence experts tried to recruit 12 “known” psychics who advertised their abilities on the internet, but when they all refused they were forced to use “novice” volunteers.
The MoD last night defended the cost of the experiment, carried out in 2002, in which commercial researchers were contracted at a cost of £18,000 to test them to see if psychic ability existed in case it could be used in defence, according to previously classified report released under the Freedom of Information Act.
Surprisingly 28 per cent of those tested managed a close guess at the contents of the envelopes, which included pictures of a knife, Mother Teresa and an “Asian individual”.
But most subjects, who were holed up in a secret location for the study, were hopelessly off the mark in their guesses.
One even fell asleep while he tried to focus on the envelope’s content.
A former Ministry of Defence employee who received a copy of the report has claimed that the timing of the study suggests security services wanted to “remotely view” hidden weapons caches in Iraq and find Osama bin Laden.
Nick Pope, who ran the MoD UFO research programme and worked at the ministry for 21 years, said: “It can only be speculation, but you don’t employ that kind of time and effort to find money down the back of the sofa.
“You go to this trouble for high-value assets. We must be talking about bin Laden and weapons of mass destruction.”
So, the Blair government, unable to find in the real Iraq real weapons of mass destruction, the official cause of their invasion of Iraq, then spent taxpayers’ money on finding imaginary WMD in an imaginary Iraq …
Neocons and ‘good ole’ cons working hand in glove.
The MoD last night refused to discuss the possible applications of such a technique, but said that the study had concluded there was “little value” in using “remote viewing” in the defence of the nation.
Mr Pope said he had suspected that the MoD were considering such a study during his time there, but it was only when friend and author Timothy Good requested documents on the subject that he discovered they had actually commissioned it.
The documents refer to similar study conducted by the CIA but, said Mr Pope, “there has never been a whisper of a British programme before.” …
END OF LINE FOR ESP LAB
AN EXTRASENSORY perception lab at a top US university is set to close at the end of the month after a 28-year stint that embarrassed university officials and outraged the scientific community.
The Princeton Engineering Anomalies Research (PEAR) laboratory studied ESP and telekinesis.
Meet the Former Pentagon Scientist Who Says Psychics Can Help American Spies: here.