[This is the headline over a short item posted on the Hotspotsz.com website on this date in 2003. The source is given as an article in the Sunday Herald. I cannot find the article on the heraldscotland website (which is not surprising since the new website is so appalling that it is a miracle if anything can ever be found on it). However, Yahoo Groups on 20 July 2003 has a post which bears to be the full text of the article. It reads as follows:]
Psychic link to Lockerbie bomb probe
The CIA used psychics to investigate the Lockerbie bombing and reconstruct images of the baggage container said to have held the bomb that caused PanAm Flight 103 to explode.Declassified documents obtained by the Sunday Herald reveal the extraordinary attempts that were made to glean vital clues relating to Britain’s worst terrorist atrocity – 270 people died when PanAm Flight 103 was blown up over Lockerbie in December 1988.
The 26-page report is an insight into the now decommissioned Star Gate programme, a $20m CIA initiative which ran from 1972 to the mid-1990s.
It was launched with the aim of training individuals to gather intelligence information by “transcending the boundaries of space and time” through their minds.
Using a process known as “remote viewing”, investigators attempted to provide information that could be useful to the intelligence sources about international tensions and major investigations.
The files on Lockerbie are included in the declassified Star Gate files held at the US National Archives in College Park, Maryland. They relate to the pivotal moment in the aircraft’s flight path when the bomb exploded, causing the aircraft to split apart and descend from an altitude of 36,000ft at roughly 1000ft per second.
According to the report of June 7, 1990, an unnamed remote viewer was commissioned by the CIA’s Star Gate programme based at Fort Meade, Maryland, for an eight-hour remote viewing session.
The viewer’s mission was to give CIA agents a clearer picture of the doomed baggage container as well as the co-ordinates of the airplane when it began its nightmare descent through the night sky.
The findings are recorded, along with scrawled sketches, crude child-like diagrams, letters and figures. According to the report summary, the agents said of the doomed plane: “The target is an activity or event. There is a cylindrical shape that is clear and see-through. There is something inside it that seems to be moving through it and out on one end.
“The stuff inside it is light, smooth, stringy, air, and it is moving down, making a ‘whoosh’ sound. It is speeding up as it goes down and out. It makes me want to throw up.”
It is not known whether the CIA was able to make any use of the efforts of the remote viewer, who goes on to describe their perceptions of the container which may have held the bomb: “The cylindrical shape seems to be in the bottom of something, in a horizontal position. It could be in the bottom of a square box. There is a bomb in the box and it explodes.”
Such agents were charged with describing “tangibles and intangibles of more than one word” which might help with an investigation.
The Lockerbie bomb assessment went on: “It makes me think of a bomb blowing up a person. I can see red, fire, and jagged flames. The outside of the box seems to have diagonal lines going from left to right and right to left.
“Something about the target makes my nose burn, my eyes water, choke, and makes me feel queasy enough to vomit. It makes me think of gas. It also makes me think of a car and a car crash.
“Something is political, dizzy, confused, stuffy, lunatic, nervous and colourful. I keep seeing a small blue spot of light and three shapes. One of the three shapes seems to be more important than the others.”
Remote viewing was also used on hundreds of defence missions up to the final days of the Gulf war, according to a 1991 CIA report also obtained by the Sunday Herald from the National Archives.
Star Gate’s main plan was to “develop a long-range systematic and comprehensive approach to the investigation of anomalous mental phenomena”. The US Congress disbanded the programme in 1995 after negative media publicity as well as public outcry over ethical concerns of mind warfare.
Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed al Megrahi, a Libyan, was convicted in 2001 of killing 270 people in the Lockerbie bombing. He is serving a life sentence in Barlinnie Prison, Glasgow, but is preparing to appeal to the European Court.