Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Telling the story of UFOs: Journalists face many responsibilities

By Steve Hammons

The recent and ongoing controversy about releases of sensitive information on unidentified aerial phenomena (UAP), also known as unidentified flying objects (UFOs), seems to raise both new and longstanding fundamental points about freedom of the press and the role of journalism in society.

This UAP/UFO topic might serve as a unique example about the way we look at the roles of journalism, government and citizens on an issue that could be both important to know about and also require discretion and sensitivity.

Today’s journalists and many other segments of society face continual changes in the evolving economy, technological development, scientific updates and the many other aspects of everyday life. 

Journalism in particular is dealing with longstanding ethical and professional guidelines about freedom of the press and responsible reporting. 

These are combined with a changing landscape of Internet technology and certain characteristics of major media companies.


The touchstone of the U.S. Constitution and its provisions outlining freedom of speech and freedom of the press continue to be fundamental reference points. Many of the U.S. Constitution’s other attempts to strengthen human liberty are equally valuable and often equally controversial.

The task of balancing these freedoms with responsible behavior and common-sense discretion is now front and center in discussions about various current events. 

And, odd as it may seem, the UAP/UFO subject is one of these current challenges.

Just like other sensitive subjects involving national security, some people who have researched the UAP/UFO situation claim that a high level of restriction by governments on information about this topic is interfering with the right of citizens to know what their governments are doing.

And, the argument extends to the view that human beings at the grassroots of society have a need to know about certain subjects that could affect them, including unusual and unconventional discoveries and developments.

The counterpoint to this view is that some subjects must be kept secret for the sake of the greater good of maintaining national defense. And, in many cases, international alliances and friendships among nations and societies are also at stake. 

How should the profession and craft of journalism handle these factors? 

When the additional challenges of certain perspectives by media bosses in a time of changing economic dynamics come into play, journalists are now, as they often have been, faced with soul-searching dilemmas.


In the case of unusual and unconventional scientific subjects, additional obstacles for journalism include self-censorship by media management and often by certain elements of scientific communities. These factors may also dovetail with defense-related information restriction for reasons of strategic national and global safety as well as tactical operational security.

Despite statements from people with various viewpoints that decisions about balance between security and freedom of the press are easy, this is probably not always the case.

As we know, sometimes a “top secret” classification is used to cover up wrongdoing and inappropriate conduct. 

At the same time, other classified situations, including highly compartmented and need-to-know circumstances, might truly require robust information security for a number of legitimate reasons.

According to some researchers, the UAP/UFO situation falls into a complex category of emerging scientific developments that could significantly change our views of Earth, the Universe, life and the human race. It may be quite complex because the various kinds of unusual flying objects seen over the decades and centuries are probably associated with even more surprising mysteries.

Extraterrestrial visitors, multiple dimensions, space-time anomalies, forgotten histories of human civilization, undiscovered aspects of human DNA, extrasensory perception and other edge-science subjects have all been linked to the UAP/UFO phenomena, both directly and indirectly.

Some researchers indicate this may only be the tip of the iceberg.

Responsible journalism on these kinds of subjects seems to have been somewhat limited to date. But that does not mean today’s journalists are incapable of handling the situation responsibly and professionally.

Understanding various security implications of unconventional situations that could affect the safety of American and global society must be part of journalistic considerations and judgment.

Important foundational elements of the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights are also factors that are key parts of responsible journalism in days past, now and in the future. 

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Story of ‘exchange program’ between US, extraterrestrials raises questions

By Steve Hammons

On Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014, the last surviving member of a secret 12-person U.S. team that traveled to another planet passed on. His name remains closely held and he reportedly was buried at Arlington National Cemetery accompanied by full military honors. 

At least this is a story now being told about an alleged highly-classified pioneering mission that was the basis of the “away team” portrayed in the 1977 Steven Spielberg movie “Close Encounters of the Third Kind.”

According to claims that have emerged over the past several years, a team of 12 carefully-selected and specially-trained U.S. military personnel departed from the Nevada Test Site in July 1965. The mission was a planned 10-year exchange program on the home planet of a friendly race of intelligent extraterrestrial beings with whom U.S. defense and scientific authorities had established contact and communication.

The Americans boarded a large craft belonging to the extraterrestrial race and brought 40 tons of equipment and supplies with them for the planned 10-year stay. Communication was maintained with the team, who thoroughly documented all aspects of their experiences on the foreign planet and with its inhabitants.

The mission actually ended up lasting 13 years and eight members of the team returned in August 1978, again landing at the Nevada Test site. One team member reportedly suffered a fatal medical problem during the nine-month trip to the visitors’ planet and one member allegedly died while on the planet. According to the claims and stories about the mission, two members chose to remain on the planet instead of returning to Earth and the U.S.


It is an interesting story and despite seeming to be quite unbelievable, some observers have wondered if a real-life situation like this was the basis for the story Spielberg told in “Close Encounters.” Or, did the movie result in a fictional hoax launched in recent years for some unknown reason? Which came first?

In 2005, information began to appear on certain Web platforms and email communications that made claims about contact between U.S. officials and an extraterrestrial race dating back to 1947. According to these unsubstantiated assertions, a person with an alleged background with the U.S. defense and intelligence communities (who chose to remain anonymous) began “releasing” information on this subject.

The anonymous source (if he existed) was later joined by other alleged unnamed persons who claimed that the low-key release of this information was authorized at higher levels and part of a larger effort of some kind.

The accounts included not only the familiar 1947 “Roswell incident,” but the even more fantastic tale – that as communication with a friendly extraterrestrial race developed during the 1950s, the idea of an “exchange program” of sorts took shape.

Planning for the exchange program mission was reportedly implemented and word went out within the military community that personnel were wanted for a sensitive astronaut-type project. Scientists, technical specialists and others within the defense community were brought into the program as well, according to these accounts.

A vast amount of complex preparation was implemented to get ready for the mission. Many details of this planning were also put forth by the anonymous sources. The mission was highly compartmented for security reasons and many people knew only limited aspects of the operation, according to these alleged anonymous sources.

Over the years between 2005 and 2015, more information was intermittently presented about various elements of this exchange program and what was learned and discovered in the process.

Many highly-skeptical readers and observers openly doubted these reports and there was widespread belief that it was a hoax of some kind. What was the reason for such a deception? That was never made quite clear by the critics. And, this seems to remain an open question.


One answer that is sometimes put forth is that certain significant discoveries and accomplishments by our scientific, defense and intelligence communities resulted in the need for both secrecy (“operational security”) and preparation or “acclimation” for wider groups of people about these developments.

Education, orientation and “situational awareness” regarding contact with extraterrestrials is something complex and sensitive, and needs to be handled very carefully with safety and security in mind, according to some perspectives. Could information such as the reports about this so-called exchange program be part of that kind of effort?

How about certain movies, TV shows and books (fiction, nonfiction and mixtures of both)? In addition to entertaining us and expanding our viewpoints, do some of them contain elements that move the ball forward for our understanding of actual events and circumstances?

As to the many segments of information released over the past 10 years about the alleged exchange program, some deal with discoveries not directly related to the story of the space voyage and 13-year stay off-world by the U.S. team.

Examples include claims of multiple types of extraterrestrials that are included in the reports as well as visitation to Earth going back into our planet’s ancient past. The subject of ongoing activities on and around Earth by some extraterrestrials is also explored in many of the alleged releases of information related to the exchange program.

Science fiction, science fact, elaborate hoax, complex deception, truthful orientation or some combination? There don’t seem to be clear answers about this fascinating claim of the Americans visiting a faraway planet.

But, it would make a good movie. Maybe we could title the film “Close Encounters of the Third Kind.”


Note about this article:  A related element of "Close Encounters" includes U.S. Army personnel portrayed in movie wearing the patch on their uniforms that seems to be that of the 5th Special Forces Group. Only a relatively small number of people who view the movie probably recognize the patch. That message – that the personnel are Army Special Forces – is not communicated overtly, but in a discreet way in the movie. 

Army Special Forces personnel often are tasked with unconventional and covert missions.

A photo of Steven Spielberg and director-actor Francois Truffaut (who played the character of French researcher “Claude Lacombe”) on the set of “Close Encounters of the Third Kind” shows Spielberg wearing a Vietnam-era camouflage Army uniform shirt. The patch on his left shoulder seems to be that of U.S. Army Special Forces ... a vertical sword with three diagonal lightning bolts. 

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Human perception key in hard power, soft power, smart power

By Steve Hammons

(This article was posted 4/17/15 on the CultureReady blog of the U.S. Defense Language and National Security Education Office.)

Back in 2009, news reports explained that a U.S. intelligence operative in Afghanistan had provided Viagra to an older tribal and community leader who had several younger wives. The story triggered humor, concern and insight about working closely with indigenous populations in Afghanistan elsewhere.

This case shows us that interacting with indigenous people – so that they may consider being friends of Americans instead of enemies – can be approached in various ways, conventional and unconventional.

Much discussion about soft power, hard power and smart power (the appropriate mix of hard power, soft power and other approaches) focuses on macro elements such as U.S. government international policies, diplomacy and military activities.

However, in the micro experience of troops, "human terrain" personnel and intelligence operatives on the ground, a different set of situation-awareness considerations may come into play. Merging hard power and soft power in a seamless way into smart power is a different matter when dealing face to face with communities, community leaders, tribes, families, parents and children.


U.S. Army Special Forces has long been a leader in cultural awareness and building rapport with indigenous people. More recently, the Army's Human Terrain System (HTS) and Human Terrain Teams (HTT) have tried to focus on cultural and sociological elements in current efforts overseas.

Communicating with other people can be challenging, especially when there are language and cultural obstacles, as well as dangerous environments. To reach people, sometimes nonverbal communication and behavior speak volumes.

In addition, we are learning that the psychology, beliefs, perception and emotions that affect behavior are being re-evaluated in certain leading-edge research.

What goes on in the human mind and human heart remain mysterious in important ways.

Are research and development into the understanding of human awareness and perception legitimate avenues when enhancing soft power and hard power resources?

Awareness and perception can include emotions, thoughts, dreams, beliefs, personal relationships, social networks, cultural influences, education, information acquisition, imagination, creativity, mental health and similar kinds of characteristics.

Understanding more about human perception is also part the concept referred to as "transcendent warfare." This term was coined by a Navy SEAL officer several years ago in a graduate-level paper at the Marine Corps War College in reference to utilizing and optimizing emerging and leading-edge research about human awareness.


For example, in many societies and cultures, spiritual beliefs and traditions are very influential. This often involves the belief that a creator, higher power or larger force is real, is affecting our lives, and that it is desirable to get closer to this larger power. These are fundamental aspects of many faiths.

In these scenarios, people often believe that through prayer, good deeds or other methods (even warfare), a personal connection with a higher power can be established and enhanced. In other words, it is believed in many cultures that our individual and group awareness or consciousness can achieve a connection with a higher power, or at least some elements of it.

Can this common denominator among people be optimized?

As we know, in times past as well as today, poor leadership within structured religions can sometimes drive people apart and even lead to violence and war. Some people seem to misunderstand and misrepresent many aspects of traditional spiritual teachings and insights.

However, by addressing this issue closer to the heart of the matter – deeper human psychology and awareness – it may be possible to mitigate these obstacles and connect with people in more effective ways.

Whether we consider the macro level of international relations or the micro level of boots on the ground in faraway places, human perception and enhanced situation awareness appear to be worthwhile areas of

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Storytelling affects human biology, beliefs and behavior, say DARPA researchers

By Steve Hammons

(This article was posted 3/23/15 on the CultureReady blog of the U.S. Defense Language and National Security Education Office.)

Read any good books lately? How about a compelling TV drama or movie? We all like a good story, and good stories can affect us in significant ways.

As a result, the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has been researching how storytelling affects you, me and other people around the world.

Throughout human history we have been telling and listening to stories. Ancient humans sat around the nighttime campfire and shared tales with the clan and tribe. Oral histories were passed on to the next generations, often in story form. And, of course, human societies and cultures used the written word to tell their stories.

Based on this, researchers at DARPA indicate that we may be somewhat hard-wired to respond to such narrative stories. A DARPA project called “Narrative Networks” explores the neurobiology of listening to stories and how attitudes and behaviors can change as a result.

A story may cause us to look at something in a new way and change our views about people, life and the world around us. Storytelling can change our behavior, for the better or worse. The human tradition of storytelling has significantly influenced individuals, groups and societies, according to DARPA researchers.


On the DARPA website, the Narrative Networks research page says, “DARPA launched the Narrative Networks program to understand how narratives influence human cognition and behavior, and apply those findings in international security contexts.”

The DARPA Narrative Networks webpage asks, “Why do people accept and act on certain kinds of information while dismissing others?” Answers to this and other questions “have strategic implications for defense missions,” the DARPA statement claims.

An article on the Live Science website about the project referenced DARPA language during the start-up of the program: "Narratives exert a powerful influence on human thoughts and behavior. They consolidate memory, shape emotions, cue heuristics and biases in judgment, influence in-group/out-group distinctions, and may affect the fundamental contents of personal identity."

The Live Science article also noted, “Despite the functional goal, the early parts of this program seem more like a literature class at a liberal arts school than a secretive military operation.”

Wired also covered the program and reported in an article, “Another reason the Pentagon would want to spend time upping its sensitivity quotient is because of an ongoing effort on its part to understand the ‘human terrain’ of the battlefields in which they fight.

An Information Week article on the program noted, “The agency [DARPA] said that because of these influences, narratives play an important role in the context of security during military and intelligence engagements.”

In addition, DARPA researchers say that understanding how storytelling affects human neurobiology may lead to insights about helping people with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). 


Storytelling has also been put forth by marketing people as a method in advertising, brand identity and customer/consumer acquisition and loyalty.

An article in today's New York Times said, “It’s been called a strategic tool with ‘irresistible power’ by Harvard Business Review and ‘the major business lesson of 2014’ by Entrepreneur magazine. What exciting new 21st-century technology is this? The age-old art of storytelling – something humans have done since they could first communicate." 

"Learning – or relearning – how to tell stories requires some skill.  And consultants are lining up to teach it – sometimes for a hefty fee,” the Times article stated.

The DARPA project on storytelling is part of a much larger recognition that stories seem to affect people on deep levels that we may not fully understand. There are indications that human neurobiology and neurochemistry may play a role. Chemicals in our brains and bodies may be released when we are exposed to a story that resonates.

Today, stories are told via many kinds of open-source media platforms and devices. TV, movies, digital, print and other media all serve as types of open-source intelligence for people around the world.

And there are many kinds of stories to hear.

Which ones click? What stories use "positive psychology" and resonate as truthful and meaningful, while others are recognized as false and manipulative? What storytelling lifts us up, or brings out the worst in us. What narratives take us to a better world, or to “the dark side?”

The DARPA study may find some answers.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

SEAL’s body-mind fitness program creates strong, healthy, advanced human beings

By Steve Hammons

The success of the New York Times best-selling book “8 Weeks to SEALFIT” may be a sign of something changing in our society, in our minds and consciousness, in our bodies, and possibly at deeper spiritual levels.

The full title is “8 Weeks to SEALFIT: A Navy SEAL’s Guide to Unconventional Training for Physical and Mental Toughness” and was written by retired SEAL Commander Mark Divine. The book seems to be attracting a lot of interest.

It looks at robust and eclectic physical and mental training methods, and how they are being implemented in the innovative SEALFIT education and training programs based in the San Diego area. The concepts are applicable to average people as well as those who are more advanced in their physical fitness, Divine says.

The media seem to be paying attention. The book and the SEALFIT programs have been featured in many news and feature articles, TV shows and other media platforms.

Through the book, online instruction and support, YouTube videos as well as various on-site programs, the concepts of SEALFIT can be accessed by anyone, anytime, anyplace. 


It’s not just about physical fitness. There are many elements to the SEALFIT approach that include:
- Physical conditioning using common and unique methods
- Intelligent nutrition
- Cultivating mental toughness, what Divine calls “the unbeatable mind”
- “Kokoro” or “heart spirit”
- Ancient Yoga-related approaches to perception and awareness
- Martial arts concepts
- Modern insight about human consciousness

Divine says he also focuses on concepts fundamental to the SEALs: Discipline, drive, determination, self-mastery, honor, integrity, courage and leadership.

According to the SEALFIT website, “Our Mission at SEALFIT is to develop mental toughness and promote spiritual growth in our clients – changing their lives and the lives of those they touch in the process.”

The SEALFIT concept was originally proposed to prepare candidates for the tremendously challenging Navy Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL (BUD/S) screening programs. When Divine realized that many civilians also wanted to experience this kind of training, he moved forward to create a program that can be geared toward people with beginning and intermediate physical fitness as well as those already in good shape or top-notch physical condition.

At the SEALFIT indoor-outdoor facility near the beach in Encinitas in north San Diego County, those who have signed-up for the in-person training academies stay at a converted vacation condo. There are also inns and restaurants nearby.
Both at the San Diego-area training facility and through online methods, SEALFIT coaches guide participants through the SEALFIT ideas and practices. There is a strong focus on robust physical conditioning that is linked to the person’s inner self and personal growth.


There is also a mindset that Divine puts forth that is reflected in the description of SEALFIT values:
- Loyalty – to our family and our team
- Service – to others before self
- Honor and integrity – in public as well as in private
- Leadership and followership – we must be good at both to be effective at anything
- Responsibility – we take it for both our actions and those of our teammates
- Discipline – the only easy day was yesterday
- Innovation – adapt, improvise and overcome

SEALFIT staff members are made up of active and retired SEALs and highly-trained civilians, according to

Certified SEALFIT mentors are individuals who have gone through a screening and training program to represent SEALFIT to the public. According to the SEALFIT website, “The SEALFIT Mentor team is our forward-deployed force responsible for activating and promoting SEALFIT in the field. Each Mentor is trained and certified by SEALFIT to offer and coach select SEALFIT integrated training events.” 

“In the process, thousands of graduates of SEALFIT events and others inspired by the ethos and training have adopted what we call the ‘SEALFIT lifestyle.’ These individuals carry the fire and knowledge into their families, teams and communities, making everyone better and stronger as a result,” according to

Readers of “8 Weeks to SEALFIT” and those able to participate in the SEALFIT programs can achieve many benefits. These include being in the here-and-now (part of "mindfulness" and "situational awareness"), using ancient and state-of-the-art mental and physical training methods, and exploration of new ways of thinking, feeling and perceiving.


For more information, visit and SEALFIT Media on YouTube.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Researcher claims ‘Sasquatch’ are advanced human-type beings with UFO connections

By Steve Hammons

Activities on Earth related to extraterrestrial and/or multidimensional intelligent beings are real, and they include a surprising connection – an active and ongoing relationship with the human-type beings commonly known as “Sasquatch,” according to Jack “Kewaunee” Lapseririts, MS.

Lapseririts was the guest speaker at the Phoenix, Arizona, chapter of the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON) Saturday, Sept., 20, at the Arizona Historical Society Museum’s Steele Auditorium in Tempe near Arizona State University.

Lapseritis is a social scientist, holistic health consultant and researcher in anthropology. He describes himself as an outdoorsman with a strong interest in Nature and natural resources conservation. Lapseritis has lived and traveled around the world exploring different environments and conducting various types of anthropological research.

In his presentation to the Phoenix MUFON audience, Lapseritis said that for several decades, a main focus of his research and interest has been on the Sasquatch, which he claims is a real race of beings living in various regions of the world and in many areas of the U.S., including Arizona. Like humans, there are different types of Sasquatch, he said.

Lasperitis has written two books on this subject, “The Psychic Sasquatch and Their UFO Connection” and “The Sasquatch People and Their Interdimensional Connection.”

The foreword to “The Psychic Sasquatch” is written by Dick Robinson, cinematographer and originator of the concept of the TV series “The Life and Times of Grizzly Adams.” The TV series, which aired on NBC in 1977-78, was based on a 1972 novel and 1974 movie about a woodsman during the frontier era in the western U.S.

Lapseritis told the Phoenix MUFON audience that, not surprisingly, one of his favorite movies is “Harry and the Hendersons.” That heart-warming 1987 family film starred John Lithgow, Melinda Dillon and Don Ameche. In the movie, a Seattle family has a very close, and eventually loving, encounter with a Sasquatch. Steven Spielberg was an executive producer.


Lapseritis explained that there is also another type of being similar to the Sasquatch, which he referred to as the “Ancient Ones.” He says one way they differ from Sasquatch is the lack of facial hair. The Ancient Ones’ faces appear quite human, Lapseritis stated. In contrast, the Sasquatch face is covered with hair, he said.

The Sasquatch and Ancient Ones are very human, Lapseritis stated. They are not primitive beasts, but are evolved beings with knowledge and abilities that in many ways are more advanced than our own, he claimed. He likened their culture to that of Native Americans. They were on Earth before modern humans, Lasperitis said.

Sasquatch can communicate using a verbal language and also have the ability to communicate telepathically, according to Lapseritis. (The ability to perceive information and communication using consciousness is consistent with other modern scientific research about extrasensory perception and telepathy.)

Lapseritis said Sasquatch are generally not hostile, but are secretive and learned long ago that humans are dangerous. As a result, they tend to avoid or be very cautious around humans.

However, Sasquatch are loving and caring, and if approached appropriately, will be very friendly with humans, he said. On certain subjects, they are very serious. They can also be tricksters and have fun, Lapseritis stated.

But, like humans, there are individual Sasquatch who may behave in ways that are problematic, according to Lapseritis. Their culture, including a “council of elders,” has ways of implementing severe consequences on individuals of their kind who commit serious offenses, he said.

The Sasquatch and Ancient Ones treasure the Earth and Nature. They are very concerned about ongoing damage to Earth’s ecosystem including our planet’s lands, rivers, lakes, oceans and atmosphere from pollution and abuse by our species of humans, Lapseritis claimed.

In fact, he warned that what the Sasquatch call a “sacred purification” is coming. Lapseririts said this is the same prediction or expectation of what the Hopi Native Americans of Arizona call the “great purification.” This may include various types of global geologic upheavals such as widespread severe earthquakes, huge tsunamis and other very significant Earth changes, he said.

Lapseririts says that the Sasquatch are now reaching out to our human species because of the need to halt the pollution and abuse of the planet and to heal the damage that has been done. 

They are also warning us of the impending danger of traumatic Earth changes as well as the risk of the outbreak of global and nuclear war among human governments and groups, he said.

Parallel with these dangers, there is an ongoing and available path of transcendence and ascension for those humans who choose it, according to Lapseririts. The Sasquatch want us to take this path, he said, which includes valuing the beauty and gift of this Earth, seeking advanced human development and consciousness, and achieving a stronger connection with Nature and the Higher Intelligence.

Part of this expanded understanding is related to the surprising factor that the Sasquatch and Ancient Ones also have ongoing cooperative interactions and relationships with other species of advanced beings who are extraterrestrial and interdimensional, and are active on Earth, according to Lapseritis.


Through his decades of research, his personal evolution and his dedication to learning more about Nature, Lapseritis says that the Sasquatch have reached out to him personally, and to many other people. 

He stated he has had multiple face-to-face encounters with Sasquatch that are ongoing. The Sasquatch are asking Lapseritis to communicate with his fellow humans about the dangers and opportunities that face us, he said.

As a result, he is speaking at various conferences and venues, informing audiences about his two books (and a pending third one), and trying to inform and educate people about the intriguing realities that he has learned about.

Lapseritis seems to realize it is a stretch to convince even open-minded people about some of the elements that he has written and spoken about. Yet, he claims "the truth is the truth," and his job is to put the information out there for those who can hear it and intelligently consider it.

He also says that some of the additional anomalous phenomena that have been well-documented by other researchers are real and part of the holistic situation. These include multidimensional portals and star gates as well as several kinds of intelligent extraterrestrial cultures visiting Earth.

These “star people” are involved in discreet activities on Earth and have been for a very, very long time, Lapseritis said.

The background of the origins and development of our species of human is also more interesting than many of us know, he said. There has been intervention in the evolution of the human race by advanced beings, he claimed. In fact, Lapseritis stated that advanced beings are still very involved in helping our species survive our self-destructive behavior and our damage to this beautiful planet Earth.

There are many unconventional and mysterious moving parts involved in the current development of the human race, he explained. Many elements are secretive, some are just not widely known or understood, and others are quite obvious.

It’s up to us to become more informed about these unconventional developments and to make appropriate decisions to move forward, survive and develop into more advanced beings ourselves, Lapseritis indicated.

For more information, check out Lapseritis’ website The Sasquatch People and visit the Psychic Sasquatch website.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Top secret ESP project now mainstream: 2014 remote viewing conference

By Steve Hammons

Once, it was a closely-guarded and classified program that included scientists, military personnel, the intelligence community and civilians with certain natural talents and abilities. It came to be known as Project STAR GATE.

Today, millions of Americans and people around the world are familiar with Project STAR GATE's concept of “remote viewing,” an approach to information-gathering, discovery and understanding using human consciousness.

And more people will learn about remote viewing at the annual conference held by the International Remote Viewing Association (IRVA) Friday, June 27 through Sunday, June 29 at the Green Valley Ranch Hotel, Spa and Casino in Henderson, Nevada.

The IRVA Conference 2014 will feature many speakers familiar with the scientific, defense and human potential aspects of remote viewing.

Like intuition, gut instincts, hunches and possibly some dreams and visions, remote viewing attempts to use the alleged “sixth sense” and extrasensory perception (ESP). Remote viewing taps into interesting and sometimes amazing areas of human consciousness that we are learning more about.

Reputable remote viewing training programs have now trained thousands of people to use their consciousness in advanced ways, and maybe also ancient ways. And millions of other people around the world have heard about, read about or have some understanding of the concepts involved in remote viewing.

The 2009 movie “The Men Who Stare at Goats” also introduced many people to the concepts of remote viewing and other leading-edge research. The film poked fun at some of the innovative and forward-leaning military efforts and research projects, but it also contained many grains of truth that informed audiences in meaningful ways. “Goats” stars George Clooney, Ewan McGregor, Kevin Spacey and Jeff Bridges helped tell a very important story. 


The keynote speaker at this year’s IRVA conference is Eben Alexander, MD, the neurosurgeon who chronicled his fascinating near-death experience (NDE) in the best-selling non-fiction book “Proof of Heaven – A Neurosurgeon’s Journey Into the Afterlife.” His book about the far realms of human consciousness and another reality has resonated with millions of readers.

Alexander’s keynote address is titled Profound Mystery of Consciousness: The Hard Problem and the Quantum Enigma.”

The master of ceremonies is Bill Ray, who has 47 years of service to the U.S. Army under his belt, many of those years in the intelligence field. Ray was part of Project STAR GATE from 1984 to 1987 and received remote viewing training with the program.

George Noory, U.S. Navy veteran and host of the top late-night radio show in the U.S., Coast to Coast AM, will moderate a panel discussion on “Fate vs. Free Will.” 

Other speakers include former Project STAR GATE remote viewer Paul Smith, PhD, author of the book "Reading the Enemy’s Mind" and a retired Army major; researcher and writer Angela Thompson Smith, PhD; Glenn Wheaton, former Army non-commissioned officer and co-founder of the Hawaii Remote Viewing Guild; and Russell Targ, PhD, one of the early Project STAR GATE scientists.

Several other fascinating speakers will examine the many angles of discoveries and questions related to remote viewing and the potential of human consciousness. These experts include Pam Coronado, Christopher Barbour, John Kortum, John G. Kruth, Nancy Du Tertre, Graham Nicolls, Debra Lynne Katz, MSW, Lori Williams, Alexis Poquiz and Marty Rosenblatt.

And, of course, the annual PK Party will be held to demonstrate the alleged use of psychokinesis (PK) to bend spoons using consciousness – “Kids of all ages welcome!” says the conference website.


Phenomena like remote viewing used to be called “anomalous cognition,” anomalous meaning inconsistent with what is usual, normal and expected, and cognition meaning conscious mental activities involved in thinking, understanding, learning and remembering.

Now, we might tend to regard intuition, gut instincts, ESP and remote viewing as natural, normal parts of human consciousness. Drawing a parallel to “complementary medicine” and “integrative medicine,” remote viewing and similar phenomena might be thought of as “complementary cognition” and “integrative perception.”

We know now that there are practical applications for this human capacity, not only in the defense and intelligence areas, but also in public health and safety, health care, education, creative activities and a wide range of human endeavors.

And, many believe that we are rediscovering and becoming familiar with a human trait that is actually ancient and basic. Our long-ago ancestors needed robust “situation awareness” to survive. In fact, all creatures do. Could sixth-sense awareness be a survival mechanism just like many other characteristics we possess?

Cultures like Native Americans found value in various kinds of consciousness such as dreams, visions and signs. Can these, too, be forms of a sixth sense?

The five senses of sight, hearing, touch, smell and taste are only part of the story. Thinking with our logical minds and biological brains only takes us so far. When we listen to our hearts, we are probably more on target.

And when we combine our experiences through physical, sensory, mental, emotional, spiritual and sixth-sense awareness, maybe we will make significant progress, reach a tipping point and make a breakthrough in human consciousness.

The IRVA Conference 2014 is sure to be a step in the right direction.

For more information, visit the IRVA Conference 2014 website and the main IRVA website.