Stanford research Institute (SRI) and the Remote Viewing programme
In the late sixties USA realized that the Soviet Union was way ahead in Psychic Warfare. They had made scientific results with psychic espionage and psychic influencing. Naturally this was a great worry for the American government.
Gerald O'Donnell (Guru in remote-viewing and remote-influencing) put it this way: IT IS ONLY THE FEAR, TRIGGERED BY THE GREAT SUCCESSES ACHIEVED BY THE COMMUNIST BLOCK COUNTRIES IN THE FIELDS OF "MENTAL ESPIONAGE" AND "MIND CONTROL" SINCE THE 1930'S AND REVEALED IN THE LATE 60'S, THAT CAUSED WESTERN INTELLIGENCE AGENCIES TO TAKE THIS MATTER OF "MIND TRAVELING" VERY SERIOUSLY AND GIVE IT FINALLY THE ATTENTION IT DESERVES. - Gerald O'Donnell
CIA was more than interested in scientific projects which could help them advance in this field.
On 5th June 1972 a meeting took place at Stanford Research Institute, Menlo Park, California. A meeting which outcome later proved significant to the history of Scientology. Former professor at Standford University, Dr. Harold E. Puthoff, had managed to persuade Ingo Swann to meet him for a 5-day briefing. The subject was Remote-viewing, in Scientology terms, Exteriorization. Ingo Swan had exteriorization abilities. Harold E. Puthoff was a Scientologist, OT IV.
Puthoff wanted to research further into the field of remote-viewing, he was a scientist. But his program needed funding. Standford Research Institute (SRI) was not a cheap place to do research, but it was well suited for the purpose. It was a so called "think tank"and had the needed facilities, but scientists had to bring their own funding and pay about 1/3 of the budget to SRI. CIA could get all the funding needed and thus came about the SRI Project 3183, Remote-viewing program headed by Puthoff.
Other Scientologists participated. Ingo Swann went to AOLA and did his OT levels. So did Pat Price. They both achieved outstanding results with remote-viewing. They spotted a Russian nuclear submarine through exteriorizing, they proved that a thetan can influence a magnetic field, they could red written materials through a concrete wall. This was scientifically proved. It was pure OT abilities.
The levels delivered at AOLA at that time was OT I - III as we know it today, but above that, they delivered the original OT IV - VII which LRH completed in 1968. These are not anymore delivered in the Church. They have been removed and Snr C/S Int, Ray Mithoff, is avoiding answering to what happened to them.
Naturally CIA could be proud of the remarkable results achieved. But as an intelligence agency they did not want others to have the same results or to find out how it was achieved. The procedures used at SRI was exteriorization processes by Hubbard. CIA had just advanced and did not want to lose anything to the Russians. But the Russians were not the only threat. The Church of Scientology had a technology which could help people attain or improve such abilities. And the SRI project had proven that an OT can perform precise psychic spying which of course was considered a security risk as these people, the scientologists, could turn against the CIA and spy on them or the American Military!!
This perspective posed a problem to CIA and the American government and apparently a sercret program was initiated to take over the Church and alter the technology so that OT's would not anymore be produced. At least LRH indicates that a couple of places:
HCO PL 30 Oct 1962 "SECURITY RISKS INFILTRATION" "As the organization rapidly expands, so will it be a growing temptation for antisurvival elements to gain entry and infiltrate, and attempts to plant will be made."
HCO PL 14 June 1965 "POLITICS, FREEDOM FROM" "The reason for this declaration is the consistent disaster visited upon her "allies" by the United States government and the efforts of that government since 1955, stepped up since 1963, to seize Scientology in the United States rather than forbid or stop it and the role played by the United States in inspiring the Victorian State attacks in Australia. Scientology Technology is no longer offered to the United States government in any effort to assist her in political ends."
"Remote-viewing The Real Story" by Ingo Swann: http://www.biomindsuperpowers.com/Pages/2.html
Standford Research Institute: www.sri.com
The Puthoff report
More info about the success of the Remote-viewing Program: http://www.freezone.de/english/timetrack/1972.htm
More about Gerald O'Donnell: http://www.probablefuture.com/p43.htm