From the Author
If you believe in mind power, the book is evidence of how seriously and objectively the Soviets investigated and tried to exploit everything from telekinesis to aura photography to psychotronic warfare. If you don't, it's a sham attempt to defraud the public.
The American program--variously called Stargate, Grill Flame and several other names over its 18-year lifespan--was decommissioned in the late 80's and declassified in the 90's. Several former team members have written books on the subject and they're fascinating reading even if the writing isn't always great.
George Clooney made a jokey movie out of one of the jokier books but the stories these guys tell is credible and incredible at once. I read everything I could get my hands on about both the mind control programs and the quantum physics that serves as the foundation for this research. After a whole lot of reading, I still wasn't sure what I believed.
And then two bits of information came to me that tipped the balance. The first was a book called "Miracles of Mind" by Russell Targ, the dean of the American mind control program. In the book, he talks about receiving a diagnosis of metastatic cancer and his decision to work with a distant healer (what this culture traditionally calls a 'faith healer') to use the powers of mind to cure himself.
And I thought, okay, when you've been told you have cancer and decide to trust the power of the mind instead of doctors and hospitals, you're not faking it. Fear of that kind will burn away your pretensions and pretences right quick.
Shortly thereafter, I found several mentions of the fact that, during the Gulf War, President Bush Senior (not coincidentally, a former head of the CIA) called several Stargate veterans back into service during the Gulf War. You don't recall agents of an experimental program if the program didn't yield results.
So now I'm (more or less) a believer. And if the stories these guys tell are even half-true, then Renn or someone like him is surely walking around out there somewhere.