by Lyn Buchanan


from ParaView Website

Lyn Buchanan is the author of The Seventh Sense: The Secrets of Remote Viewing as Told by a "Psychic Spy" for the U.S. Military (Paraview Pocket Books, 2003). He also operates P>S>I, a firm that helps corporations develop solutions for intelligence-related data acquisition.


The United States is once again trying to take down Saddam Hussein. But this time we are fighting without one of the secret weapons we had during the 1991 Gulf War, and the U.S. is having more difficulty now. It may have been a mistake to leave that secret weapon behind.

That secret weapon was an elite, covert, and specially trained unit code-named "Star Gate." It was a totally "black project" -- that is, the American public was not allowed to know it even existed. In fact, only a handful of people within the highest levels of government knew of its existence.

This Star Gate unit was trained in a science called "controlled remote viewing," the psychic ability to perceive thoughts and experiences through the power of the human mind. Controlled remote viewing is a highly organized science, researched and developed during the 1970s at Stanford Research Institute in California under the strictest secrecy and covert government funding. The unit was disbanded in 1994 due to post-Cold War military cutbacks.

I was one of the controlled remote viewers for Star Gate and was the unit's trainer for almost eight years.

If it surprises you that the U.S. had such an effort, you will be even more surprised to find out that the U.S. is now one of only four or five countries in the world which does not have a unit of this kind. Seeing the success of the U.S. effort, many other countries have now started their own units, and regularly use those units to spy on us. Iraq has certainly not been unaware of the need for such a weapon, and may now be using it on us.

During the 1991 Gulf War, the members of the Star Gate unit used controlled remote viewing to very effectively spy on Saddam Hussein's weaponry, emplacements, military and political activities, and even on the private and public lives of his individual military and governmental leaders. Star Gate turned in daily reports on Hussein's plans and intentions for the following day of battle. Hussein did not stand a chance.


Due to U.S. intelligence collection efforts, of which Star Gate played a major role, his every move was known far enough in advance to thwart him at every turn. The wavering loyalties of his military and governmental leaders were known and became exploitable. The capabilities of his troops and emplacements were assessed and evaluated without putting any American into danger.

At the time, the government had only eight of these "controlled remote viewers,” but that was sufficient to provide strategic and operational intelligence that could not be gained in any other way. In this war, we have none.

Right after 9/11, I was contacted by some of the investigative agents who had known of Star Gate and its effectiveness. Government agencies were now allowed to "think outside the box" and "use every resource available" to get information. I worked for the individual agents, but it cannot be said that I officially worked for their agencies, nor officially for the government.


If any psychic tells you that he/she is officially working for the U.S. government, or any branch or agency within it, that psychic is lying. It is a sad reality of American politics that many of the decisions are made not for the mission, but with an eye to keeping political reputations spotless.

There is no quick fix for this problem. Each Star Gate member required between one and three years of training and experience.


The re-creation and training of such a unit with new personnel would take just as long. However, the former personnel still exist and are capable of doing the work once again, in defense of our nation. I have contacted several of them, and most are eager to help. Several have offered to volunteer their time and efforts at no cost to the government. These “old salts” could act as a temporary work group until others could be trained.

In the last conflict with Iraq, we were a constant surprise to them. Now, our troops are surprised by well-aimed gunfire when eyes and equipment are blinded by sand. Now, our reporters keep using the word “unexpected.”


We have to wonder if Iraq is now using the weapon we have left behind.