Mod+ Did Edgar Mitchell work for the CIA?

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Annie Jacobson has a new book out that digs into the history of the psychic arms race and brings to light such things as Edgar Mitchell's involvement with the CIA. She mentions that "Mitchell's organization" was a CIA front. Has anyone here read the book yet? Was IONS a CIA front?



One of Jacobson's previous books covers the history of Area 51. That book suggests that the crash at Roswell wasn't aliens, but small individuals who were the product of horribly unethical scientific experiments on humans.


EDIT: Doug has pointed out that there are some very detailed and harsh criticisms of Jacobson's work. I had noticed some incorrect details in a few of her interview responses as well, so perhaps she hasn't checked her facts.

http://www.washingtondecoded.com/site/2011/07/area51.html

http://www.thespacereview.com/article/1852/1

https://www.washingtonpost.com/ente...-military-base/2011/05/26/AGIZPLIH_story.html
 
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Annie Jacobson has a new book out that digs into the history of the psychic arms race and brings to light such things as Edgar Mitchell's involvement with the CIA. She mentions that "Mitchell's organization" was a CIA front. Has anyone here read the book yet? Was IONS a CIA front?
The book's title is Phenomena: The Secret History of the U.S. Government's Investigations into Extrasensory Perception and Psychokinesis. Like Jacobsen's previous books, it appears to contain numerous inaccuracies and distortions, according to negative reviews from Ed May, Russell Targ and Charles Tart.

Ed May's review is actually a negative comment found beneath the Commonwealth interview. He writes:
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This book totally misrepresents the excellent and peer reviewed science of Star Gate. The program showed without statistical question that some people had this extraordinary ability, but her account of the program and it's most important parts is unfortunately inaccurate. I hope people will learn more about this program, but from more accurate sources.
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Russell Targ's negative Amazon review can be found here:
https://www.amazon.com/gp/review/R2CCOZ0ED80DDG?ref_=glimp_1rv_cl

He titles the review, "a highly distorted and selective presentation concerning this government program.", and goes on to say,

With regard to the new book Phenomena, I am writing to correct the historical record because unfortunately a reader of Phenomena will come away with a highly distorted and selective presentation concerning this government program. The narrative misrepresents what happened, and the facts the author has chosen to cite are highly selective and therefore misleading. What are my qualifications to say this book is filled with error? It certainly would not be apparent from the book but, in fact, I am the co-founder of the Stanford Research Institute program. I was also a significant participant and creator of many of the experimental studies that made the SRI program famous.
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Similarly, Charles Tart takes issue with the distortions and lack of fact-checking in those parts of the book of which he has first-hand knowledge:

https://www.amazon.com/gp/review/R2NQJ4DC7Y7W4C?ref_=glimp_1rv_cl

Not a Definitive History
...
OK, I’ve set the record straight on that part that I was intimately involved with, but it’s certainly alerted me to be cautious and skeptical about how “definitive” Phenomena is… Jacobsen is an excellent writer and story teller, she took on a huge task of describing all that happened, I hope a fact checked version will be published someday. As I indicated, I’ve just focused on parts of Phenomena where my work was mentioned. But if my colleagues comments are correct, the book has far worse distortions than this and is not a DEFINITIVE HISTORY.​
 
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Was IONS a CIA front?
http://www.skeptiko-forum.com/threads/did-dean-radin-work-on-stargate.3666/

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http://www.skeptiko-forum.com/threads/did-dean-radin-work-on-stargate.3666/#post-109781
https://www.fourmilab.ch/rpkp/radin.html


Interview with Dean Radin of the Consciousness Research Laboratory

June 15th, 1996

Radin: I took a leave of absence from Bell Labs in 1985, and spent that entire year at SRI International, working with Hal Puthoff and Ed May.
 
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I noticed that she made it sound like Edgar Mitchell's space esp tests were a terrible disaster, but the odds of getting the score he did was calculated by JB Rhine at about 3000 to one against chance (about 19 minutes into video).

 
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The book's title is Phenomena: The Secret History of the U.S. Government's Investigations into Extrasensory Perception and Psychokinesis. Like Jacobsen's previous books, it appears to contain numerous inaccuracies and distortions, according to negative reviews from Ed May, Russell Targ and Charles Tart.

Ed May's review is actually a negative comment found beneath the Commonwealth interview. He writes:
...
This book totally misrepresents the excellent and peer reviewed science of Star Gate. The program showed without statistical question that some people had this extraordinary ability, but her account of the program and it's most important parts is unfortunately inaccurate. I hope people will learn more about this program, but from more accurate sources.
...​

Russell Targ's negative Amazon review can be found here:
https://www.amazon.com/gp/review/R2CCOZ0ED80DDG?ref_=glimp_1rv_cl

He titles the review, "a highly distorted and selective presentation concerning this government program.", and goes on to say,

With regard to the new book Phenomena, I am writing to correct the historical record because unfortunately a reader of Phenomena will come away with a highly distorted and selective presentation concerning this government program. The narrative misrepresents what happened, and the facts the author has chosen to cite are highly selective and therefore misleading. What are my qualifications to say this book is filled with error? It certainly would not be apparent from the book but, in fact, I am the co-founder of the Stanford Research Institute program. I was also a significant participant and creator of many of the experimental studies that made the SRI program famous.
...
Similarly, Charles Tart takes issue with the distortions and lack of fact-checking in those parts of the book of which he has first-hand knowledge:

https://www.amazon.com/gp/review/R2NQJ4DC7Y7W4C?ref_=glimp_1rv_cl

Not a Definitive History
...
OK, I’ve set the record straight on that part that I was intimately involved with, but it’s certainly alerted me to be cautious and skeptical about how “definitive” Phenomena is… Jacobsen is an excellent writer and story teller, she took on a huge task of describing all that happened, I hope a fact checked version will be published someday. As I indicated, I’ve just focused on parts of Phenomena where my work was mentioned. But if my colleagues comments are correct, the book has far worse distortions than this and is not a DEFINITIVE HISTORY.​
Well damn... I don't know who to trust... lol
Should I finish her book "the pentagon's brain"? I'm really enjoying it...
 
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Well damn... I don't know who to trust... lol
Should I finish her book "the pentagon's brain"? I'm really enjoying it...
I think you should enjoy the book, finish it if you want to, and just keep in mind it may not be the final word on the subject. She's giving you her perspective, so take it for what you feel it's worth. I certainly don't agree or believe in everything I read, but I still like to read up on other perspectives.
 
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Ed Mitchell states that he "briefed" the CIA but was "not funded" by them.
Here is his candid account of his work at SRI (see hour 1:27) in 1996 in an interview with Art Bell. He also talks about this subject in his book "The Way of The Explorer". He also explains the the PSI test on the return from the moon.
 
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