Aug 31, 2021 I Paul Seaburn

CIA’s Project Stargate Remote Viewer Now Runs a Utah Psychic School

In 1978, a secret U.S. Army unit was established at Fort Meade, Maryland, under the direction of the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) and defense contractor SRI International to investigate the potential for psychic phenomena such as remote viewing in military and intelligence applications. It eventually became known internally as "Stargate Project" and investigated the psychic abilities of Uri Geller, Ingo Swann, Pat Price, Joseph McMoneagle and others. The remote viewing project was kept secret until 1995 when the CIA took over, decided it was no longer useful and declassified it. The general public became aware of it through Geller, Swann and others who spoke about their involvement, and best via the 2004 book and 2009 movie both titled “The Men Who Stare at Goats.” One of those men has brought Project Stargate into the news once again with a school in Utah where he teaches CIA techniques for remote viewing.

“While I was in what has become known as the Stargate program I was an operational remote viewer, which meant that I actually did applied remote viewing projects to try and gain intelligence information from potential foreign threats.”

Paul Smith told recently that he was part of Stargate Project. He originally joined the Army as an Arabic linguist, then moved to intelligence at Fort Meade, Maryland, where he was recruited by Stargate. It was there that he says he was trained by the CIA in remote viewing to attempt to gather intelligence on the then Soviet Union, Chinese businesses and narcotics traffickers. In 1984, he became one of only a handful of government personnel to be personally trained in coordinate remote viewing (CRV) by Ingo Swann. Smith went on to write the program’s CRV training manual and served as theory instructor for new CRV trainees, and was credited with over a thousand training and operational remote viewing sessions during his time in Stargate. He was transferred out of the program in 1990 to serve in Desert Storm with the 101st Airborne Division, and retired from the Army in 1996.

“My own particular approach is the closest to the original that is actually available out there.”

After leaving the Army, Smith obtained a doctoral degree in philosophy at the University of Texas at Austin and founded Remote Viewing Instructional Services. The company’s website lists its four major objectives.

  • Teaching remote viewing-related skills to individuals and small groups, with an emphasis on Controlled Remote Viewing (CRV).
  • Public outreach to promote lucid, factual information to help the public understand what remote viewing really is, and what it can – and cannot – do.
  • Provide humanitarian support in situations involving missing persons, crime-solving, etc.
  • Provide for-profit commercial remote viewing to business and industry, subject to time and schedule constraints.

As Smith told, his program is unique among the two dozen schools that offer remote viewing training because of his personal extensive experience with the CIA methodology. That doesn’t mean the training will make you a non-CIA spy. The company website says students take the courses to learn remote viewing as an investment tool, to help finding missing people, learn new ways to explore the world, or just to “discover about themselves and the universe things that mainstream society rejects, yet which are true.”

While that doesn’t sound as glamourous or exciting as being a spy, it’s probably safer. For more info, the company website is

Paul Seaburn

Paul Seaburn is the editor at Mysterious Universe and its most prolific writer. He’s written for TV shows such as "The Tonight Show", "Politically Incorrect" and an award-winning children’s program. He's been published in “The New York Times" and "Huffington Post” and has co-authored numerous collections of trivia, puzzles and humor. His “What in the World!” podcast is a fun look at the latest weird and paranormal news, strange sports stories and odd trivia. Paul likes to add a bit of humor to each MU post he crafts. After all, the mysterious doesn't always have to be serious.

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