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Reading the Enemy's Mind: Inside Star Gate: America's Psychic Espionage Program Mass Market Paperback – December 27, 2005

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When word got out in 1995 that the U.S. Defense Department and CIA had funded efforts to read people's minds, the news understandably excited all sorts of derision and conspiracy theories. Who would imagine that the story behind the efforts is actually a fascinating tale about the possibilities of human potential? Paul H. Smith tells the story of the U.S. "psychic spying" program in his book Reading the Enemy's Mind. Smith doesn't come across as some flaky new-ager. He was a young U.S. Army intelligence officer and Arab linguist who had no previous interest in extra-sensory perception when he was recruited into the program code-named "Star Gate" in 1983. Over the next seven years, he became one of the army's premier "remote viewers" and the primary author of its training manual on the subject. He also served as a tactical intelligence officer in the 101st Airborne Division in Operation Desert Storm/Shield and got a Master's degree from the Defense Intelligence College.

In Reading the Enemy's Mind, Smith reveals that the military and intelligence communities performed hundreds of experiments and operational intelligence assignments using "remote viewing," the government's term for ESP. The program's first big success came in 1979 when a viewer found a downed Soviet bomber in Africa after other intelligence operatives had failed--a coup praised by President Jimmy Carter. The psychics received target assignments from virtually every U.S. national-security agency, and Smith says they produced numerous positive results. Smith's biggest revelation, however, is that the government research found that almost all people--not merely a gifted few--seem to have the potential of developing ESP skills, with enough practice and a few tips from a pro like Smith. Many readers will no doubt find it hard to know what to make of Reading the Enemy's Mind and whether to believe any of it, but Smith writes with both color and a measured tone that together produce a captivating yarn even for the non-believers out there. --Alex Roslin --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


“One of the most important books about human potential you’ll ever
read.”--George Noory, host of Coast to Coast AM, Premiere Radio on Reading the Enemy's Mind
“The more pragmatic you think you are, the more you should read this fascinating book. It illustrates with unmistakably real examples just how effective psychic espionage can be, and offers tremendous hope for the future.”---Col. Walter J. Boyne (USAF, ret.), New York Times bestselling author of The Wild Blue

“At last, a hard-hitting, comprehensive insider’s view of the Star Gate program. Paul H. Smith names names and provides a much-needed unique and unvarnished history lesson. It is a must read for everyone interested in remote viewing.”--Colonel John B. Alexander, US Army (Ret.), author of Winning the War: Advanced Weapons, Strategies, and Concepts for the Post-9/11 World on Reading the Enemy's Mind

“So you thought the CIA was microwaving messages into your fillings. Boy, were you naïve. They don’t need black helicopters or microwave mind snatchers or psychotropic drugs. All they need is Paul H. Smith. He will do it all himself. Smith’s nonfiction The Manchurian Candidate will make mind readers of us all!”--David Hagberg, USA Today bestselling author of Soldier of God on Reading the Enemy's Mind

“Star Gate warrior Major Paul H. Smith gives us an up-close-and-personal look behind the scenes of the government’s psychic spy program as only an insider can. A must read!”---Harold E. Puthoff, Ph.D., founder and former director of Stanford Research Institute’s CIA-initiated Remote Viewing Program on Reading the Enemy's Mind

"I have covered the CIA since before its inception--back when it was still the OSS--and I thought I knew everything about it. Paul Smith opened my eyes to the most electrifying, inside-the-CIA expose ever. I was worried about the Company reading our mail. I was naive. I should have feared them reading our minds!"--Jack Anderson, Pulitzer-Prize journalist on Reading the Enemy's Mind

One of the most important books about human potential you'll ever read. (George Noory host of Coast to Coast AM, Premiere Radio)

A hard-hitting, comprehensive insider's view of the Star Gate program...A must read for everyone interested in remote viewing. (Colonel John B. Alexander, US Army (Ret.) author of Winning the War)

Paul H. Smith's book will make mind readers of us all! (David Hagberg USA Today bestselling author of Soldier of God)

An up-close-and-personal look behind the scenes of the government's psychic spy program as only an insider can. A must read! (Harold E. Puthoff, Ph.D. founder and former director of the CIA-initiated Remote Viewing Program)

The most electrifying, inside-the-CIA expose ever. (Jack Anderson Pulitzer-Prize journalist)

The more pragmatic you think you are, the more you should read this fascinating book. (Col. Walter J. Boyne (USAF, ret.) New York times bestselling author of Roaring Thunder)

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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 608 pages
  • Publisher: Forge Books (December 27, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0812578554
  • ISBN-13: 978-0812578553
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1 x 6.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #542,049 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Paul H. Smith, Major, US Army (ret.), is the author of Reading the Enemy's Mind: Inside Star Gate -- America's Psychic Espionage Program." As a seven year veteran of the government's 'psychic espionage'effort, Paul was originally assigned to the Army's Center Lane remote viewing program starting in 1983 and later transitioned with the program to the Defense Intelligence Agency in early 1986. He was transferred out of the program in 1990 to participate in Desert Storm as a tactical intelligence officer with the 101st Airborne Division.

During his years with what ultimately came to be known as the Star Gate Program, Paul served concurrently as an operational remote viewer, training instructor, unit historian, recruiting officer, and security officer. Directly trained by the creators of remote viewing, Ingo Swann and Dr. Harold Puthoff of SRI-International, he was later the main author of the DIA "coordinate remote viewing" manual, and was primary theory instructor for the unit, being involved in the training of other now-well-known viewers including Lyn Buchanan, Mel Riley, and David Morehouse.

Smith retired from the Army in 1996 and started a commercial remote viewing training company, Remote Viewing Instructional Services Inc. in January 1997. His Austin, Texas-based company continues to train students. In 1999, he participated with Puthoff, Buchanan, Russell Targ, F. Holmes Atwater, and other researchers and remote viewing veterans to found the non-profit International Remote Viewing Association, and currently serves as IRVA's President. He organized and chaired the 2000, 2001, 2002, 2004, and 2006 remote viewing conferences.

Paul has been interviewed on CBS Sunday Morning, the History Channel, A&E Network, and at various times by both Art Bell and George Noory on Coast-to-Coast AM, by Jeff Rense on "Sightings," and numerous other national, regional, and local media outlets.

He has a bachelors degree in Middle Eastern Studies (with minors in English and Art) from BYU, a masters in Strategic Intelligence (Mid-East emphasis) from the Defense Intelligence College, and is a doctoral candidate in philosophy at the University of Texas at Austin.

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Paul Smith has done a remarkable job in tying together the numerous loose strings left dangling in other works on remote viewing (RV); consequently, this book will be considered a seminal work in this field. Many of the pioneers already have published significant works. For those new to RV, following are some of the more important books to consider: Hal Puthoff and Russell Targ began the public outing of remote viewing in their work `Mind Reach: Scientists Look at Psychic Abilities' in 1977. (Targ recently published `Limitless Mind: A Guide to Remote Viewing and Transformation of Consciousness,' an overview and `how to' of remote viewing and remote influencing). Although not a member of the military unit, Jim Schnabel's 1997 book `Remote Viewers: The Secret History of America's Psychic Spies' was the first full public accounting of the U.S. government's use of RV. Since then, we have seen several of the major players in military RV publish their accounts. Joe McMoneagle, the most widely known of the military viewers, has published four very significant books on RV, most recently, `The Stargate Chronicles; Memoirs of a Psychic Spy.' Fred Atwater published `Captain of My Ship, Master of My Soul: Living With Guidance,' which went beyond the usual `I was there' recollection to provoking the reader to exploring the metaphysical. Lyn Buchanan authored the excellent `The Seventh Sense: The Secrets of Remote Viewing as Told by a "Psychic Spy" for the U.S. Military.' Of interest, Lyn details the critically important observation that remote viewers have different strengths and that it is crucial to database viewing results to increase the accuracy of RV sessions.Read more ›
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Author Paul Smith, a former intelligence officer in the famous US government STAR GATE program, clearly waited to publish this until he could have "the last word" in a field where half a dozen participants have already published books about their experience in the program.

This gave him good positioning for reviewing not only his experience and the program overall, but anything written by others. It allowed a great deal of information collection for hindsight, which is one of the strongest feelings of the book--that someone took plenty of time to dot the I's and cross the T's.

The book is written very smoothly, and so despite being information-dense, it's highly readable. It doesn't feel like a textbook. It combines a good read with a ton of info, something difficult to do in nonfiction. He did a nice job.

There are a few event-points that he 'wrote over' quite elegantly, that rendered a couple significant issues invisible, and maintained a picture of history I feel is more creative and preferred by him, and less factual objectively. The 'suave grace of the writing' crossed the line to 'smooth talker' there (reminding me he's an intelligence expert). Nobody without a close association to either those events or those in even better position for facts on those events would think to question though.

I give it 5 stars because it's immensely readable, intensely filled with information, and given some of the books by former participants have been closer to fiction than non-fiction, Smith's book is an education for those new to RV and a big relief to those already involved with it.
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Amazingly coherent, exceptionally well-stated book that accurately (and with no touchy-feely New Age hyperbole) describes the evolution, history and performance of the modern--and now defunct--US Government Remote Viewing program.

Usually books investigating the Remote Viewing phenomena are one of two types; either they are emotive screeds for the "true believers," or they are dismissive to the point of being arrogantly pretentious, offering no reasonable analysis of why the US Government investigated for over 20-yrs a phenomena of interest that potentially affects the national security of the United States.

Paul Smith is an extraordinarily gifted Remote Viewing historian. He possesses a keen intellect and insists upon facts and "ground truth," and he brings that integrity to this book. Paul does not accept hearsay. He demands protocol and proof, and in this book he documents well the history of the US Government Remote Viewing program, his recruitment, training and education in Remote Viewing, as well as his efforts to keep the program loyal to the disciplined methodologies that bring some level of credibility to the program. While Ingo Swann, the "father of modern Remote Viewing" plays an important role in the evolution of the program, it is people like Paul Smith that made the program real, reliable and credibly represented.

Science is a realm of absolutes, and while Remote Viewing may never be able to adhere to the highest tenants of scientific methodologies, it is, nonetheless, and interesting phenomena that requires further study.
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Having been an undergraduate at MIT, I can attest to the innate scepticism that Paul Smith describes when those trained in the scientific method are first exposed to remote viewing. I also understand that the government, funded by taxpayer dollars in channels constantly modified by the electoral process, would be an unreliable sponsor for such efforts, regardless of their degree of success. Yet Paul Smith has done us all a profound service with his very well written and emotionally measured story of the history of remote viewing. This book really does make a difference and it is a pleasure to read and get to know a man who has lived at this most interesting borderland of science as we now know it.
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