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When Remote Viewing Fails: The "Pat Paulsen" Case
Paul H. Smith

His project codename was "Francis," but we nick-named him "Pat Paulsen," for his resemblance to the long-faced comedian and perpetual US presidential candidate of that name. Our "Pat Paulsen," though, was neither a comedian nor a presidential candidate, and there was absolutely nothing humorous about his circumstances.

The man was William Francis Buckley, station chief for the CIA in Beirut Lebanon, a decorated Vietnam combat veteran with years of experience in the clandestine world of intelligence. However, Buckley will not be remembered so much for his accomplishments and dedicated service to his country. He is down in history for a fact completely beyond his control: he was among the first Americans to be kidnapped by Hizb'allah in Lebanon. And unlike most of the others, he did not get out of it alive.

Our mission - that is, the mission for INSCOM Center Lane Program's remote viewing project number 8404 - was to help find Buckley before it was too late. The CIA officer was kidnapped on March 16, 1984. Our tasking arrived on March 20th. Over the next few weeks 12 remote viewing sessions were worked. The majority were performed by the two most experienced viewers in the unit at the time, Joe McMoneagle and Tom McNear. By the time Project 8404 was finished, a number of detailed remote viewing results of unknown accuracy were produced. Sadly, all this work was to no avail. Buckley was never rescued, and died in captivity on June 3 1985. His body was finally recovered in late 1991 alongside the road leading to Beirut Airport.

Why did remote viewing "fail"? In the end, it is hard to know whether it was remote viewing that failed, or other factors that got in the way. It is possible the RV data was accurate, but that the lay of the land and circumstances were such that Buckley could not be successfully recovered. Or, that the people who received the data did not trust it, and were reluctant to act on it. On the other hand, it is also possible - perhaps probable - that remote viewing was just not up to the task, for a number of reasons. Perhaps the data was inaccurate, as happens often enough with remote viewing. Or instead, perhaps it was accurate, but too vague to be of real value. That also happens.

When someone hears you are a remote viewer, if they only know a little bit about remote viewing they often assume you claim a skill to find missing things using ESP. Finding things is known as the "search problem" to remote viewers. Ironically in the face of this public misbelief, though it sometimes can be helpful in a search situation, remote viewing is usually lousy at it - it is much better at other things. But because finding missing things or people is so often a top priority, and since remote viewing can sometimes be helpful, in the military (and even now) it was called upon from time to time to work a miracle. Once in a while miracles happen. Too often, as our "Pat Paulsen" project demonstrated, they don't.

In 1984, Buckley's unfortunate case was strong motivation for us to look for a solution to the search problem. Also urging us along were the cases of other hostages kidnapped in Lebanon, as well as that of dedicated DEA agent Enrique Camarena, who was abducted, tortured under the supervision of a doctor, and murdered in Mexico by drug traffickers and renegade police. We failed on that one, too, though we did manage to provide an accurate description of the location where Camarena's body was later found. Unfortunately, the description matched hundreds of other locations like it in Mexico.

After a few years of working similar cases, we in the military remote viewing program learned or developed new techniques that noticeably improved our success. By the time we figured it out, the Lebanon hostage crisis was mostly over. But a new test was looming - the struggle to contain the flow of harmful narcotics into the United States. There we made some headway. I have first-person testimony from operators within the Joint Task Forces we supported, as well as other documentary evidence that our efforts at search led to the recovery of contraband and the capture of narco-traffickers. Lessons were learned there that are applicable today, both in our current global war against terror, but even right down to our everyday lives.

Join me at the 2007 Remote Viewing Conference, 19-21 October at the Alexis Park Resort in Las Vegas and I will tell you the rest of the story: An introduction to what we did, how we did it, the science behind it - and what relevance this has to all of us today.


You can find out about the 2007 Remote Viewing Conference and register by going to www.irvaconference.org.

Paul H. Smith (Major, US Army, ret.) is author of Reading the Enemy's Mind: Inside Star Gate - America's Psychic Espionage Program, and is president and chief instructor for Remote Viewing Instructional Services, Inc.