Questions & Answers
by Joseph McMoneagle
How did you wind up working as a psychic for the US Army?
Where did the concept of "Remote Viewing" originate?
Does RV alter your perspectives on reality?
How has this affected your religious/science beliefs?
What about those who automatically ridicule remote viewing?
What impact could remote viewing have on terrorism?
Is making a lot of money with RV unethical?
What are the kinds of targets you're best at?
Do you think readers will be surprised by your new book?
Do you feel Ďdrivení to write certain books?
Do you think your account will surprise others from the program?
Do you ever write fiction, or poetry, or anything like that?
What in any personís past might most contribute to psi ability?
Is that cover a real session, or publisher art?
Do you think youíve been changed by being in media?
Is there anything about the current book you'd change?
What do you most hope readers will get out of the book?
Q: How did you wind up working as a psychic for the United States Army?
A: I was stationed at the Headquarters for the US Army Intelligence and Security Command, in Arlington, Virginia in 1978, and was the OIC or Officer in Charge of the Emitter Location and Identification Branch, and was responsible for the entire Army wide military occupational specialty (MOS) both operationally as well as administratively. Out of the blue, or so it seemed, I was called into a small room by two guys in suits who identified themselves as US Army Special Agents. They showed me some documents that said the Soviet Union was using psychics to collect intelligence information. The Special Agents asked me what I thought about the possibility. My guarded and, I hoped, neutral response was that if any of it were true, then it posed a great threat to our National Interests. A few weeks later, in a follow-up interview with other people, my personnel file was reviewed. It contained records of some very bizarre experiences I'd had, among them, a Near Death Experience (NDE), uncontrolled Out of Body Experiences (OBEs) and what I called spontaneous knowings. The result was that my next orders were to travel to SRI-International, where I was tested by scientists for two weeks and targeted against six (6) double-blind target locations. Apparently they were so blown away by the success of the experments that I was promptly asked to volunteeer for the Top Secret Army Project GRILL FLAME. I did, and became Remote Viewer #001.
Q: Where did the concept of "Remote Viewing" originate?
A: After determining that the Soviets and others were using psychics for intelligence collection efforts, the CIA financed preliminary investigations into the phenomena at SRI-International. During those early investigations (1972-1975) Remote Viewers were able to successfully penetrate a secret Soviet site located at Semipalatinsk, USSR, as well as a Top Secret facility being operated within the Continental United States. While the data obtained was somewhat sketchy, it did show a capacity for gaining access to information that was unavailable through ordinary means. The work was officially documented and reported within classified intelligence channels. As a result of these studies, Dr. Hal Puthoff and the other scientists at SRI-International also published a report in Nature Magazine describing the accessing of information via psychic means, what they called "Remote Viewing." The origin of the techniques and methods were born out of that earlier testing and research.
Q: Does participating as a remote viewer alter your perspectives on reality?
A: Yes. Many of my perceptions of reality have altered during the twenty-four years I've been a Remote Viewer. I worked in the military RV unit the whole time it existed, eighteen and a half years. I'm also one of a few participants who moved over to the research and development side of the project where, since the project was closed down, I've continued to participate as a Research Associate with the original lab. I also started my own company, Intuitive Intelligence Applications, Inc., in 1984. When you come to know that information is directly accessible to the human mind, regardless of physical access, it completely alters your perceptions of time and space, and our relationship to it.
Q: How has this affected your religious belief, belief in God, or respect for science?
A: My experiences have forced me to ponder the deeper meanings of spirituality, and have raised numerous questions about my previous and blind acceptance of organized religion or specific tenants of dogma. I have trouble understanding or continuing to live within a framework or human concept of "God." It restrains or limits my belief of who or what the grand creator might be. I'm completely open to the possibilities and, rather than set rules of belief, I let the evidence drive my temporary and ever changing conclusions. It's opened up whole new vistas of thought pertinent to what we call morality and righteousness. In all my experience with remote viewing, I've yet to see anything that violates the rules or perceptions of science. I've seen a lot of narrow minded and bigoted scientists, but I have never believed them to be representative of science, or scientific investigation as it was originally defined. If anything, I've been taught to be more tolerant of all religions and beliefs as a result of my exposure to remote viewing.
Q: What about those who automatically ridicule remote viewing? How do you feel about them?
A: There are so many examples of bad remote viewing in the public domain that an appropriate degree of ridicule is to be expected. However, there are critics who do not differentiate between the ludicrous claims made by amateurs, and efforts by those who follow the established, strict, scientific protocols. They lump it all together and ridicule everything. Those kinds of critics are both ignorant as well as destructive. Done right, Remote viewing is difficult enough without having to deal with stupid people. History supports the innovative thinker who allows for the possibility of things like remote viewing -- so history in the long run favors us and not the ignorant cynic. If that weren't true, the Wright Brothers would have never gotten off the ground and no human being would have ever walked the surface of the Moon. More simply said, I need magic in my life and feel badly for those who have none.
Q: What impact could remote viewing have on terrorism?
A: There's no doubt in my mind that remote viewing could contribute in a major way. During the Cold War, it was used many times by many agencies to identify and thwart threats to America at home and abroad: Everything from tracking kidnap victims to identifying arms and munitions storage depots. It proved its capacity for differentiating between friendly and hostile forces; previously unknown methods of ingress and egress; when and where to point other forms of intelligence collection methods; and in providing accurate descriptions of the emotional and military readiness of the enemy. It was almost exclusively used on cold targets, those with virtually no leads that, while critical, had been dormant for long periods of time without solution. The degree of difficulty in these kinds of targets is essentially the same as those we now find associated with terrorism. Some critics speak to the low percentage of accuracy as a reason not to use remote viewing. In my opinion, anyinformation that might open up a new lead should be utilized when American lives are at stake.
Q: You've probably heard this one before -- do you think making a lot of money with remote viewing is somewhat unethical?
A: That's a question far easier to answer than most think. Almost without exception, most of my remote viewing targets have been life and death or of state or federal government interest because they will probably impact on a lot of people, usually in a negative way. The private remote viewing problems I respond to through my company usually deal with missing children, failing companies, and people in distress. Historically I've provided assistance in approximately 80% of these cases, pro-bono. When you deal with human problems and the degree of pain some are suffering, you quickly lose interest in treasure hunting, lotteries, or anything else of that sort. Almost without exception, I view such efforts as gambling and frivolous. I do not believe my gift for remote viewing was provided for an expansion of material wealth, but to help people.
Q: What are the kinds of targets you've proven to be most accurate with?
A: Over nearly a quarter of a century there is one kind of target I've seldom missed -- those are nuclear materials type targets. Whether it involves locating weapons grade material or figuring out which building someone might have stored nuclear materials in, I seem to nail those targets the best. It probably has something to do with their inherent nature - stability/instability. There may be a basis for this, which can be found in physics or in the nature of nuclear matter itself. It is also fairly easy to determine weapons grade material from non-weapons grade material as I get a change in the sense of color within the target.
Q: Do you think readers will be surprised by "the personal Joe" of your new book? Is any of this inspired by the correspondence you get from people around the world whoíve read your previous books? 
A: The book was inspired mostly by all the "junk" Iíve read by experts on remote viewing, as well as a belief that I was somehow gifted with talent no one else has and therefore I didnít have to work for it. I think some will be surprised by what they read, but most will know in their hearts that what Iím saying is true. Nothing in life arrives on a platter. We all make decisions throughout our lives that make or break us. Where we succeed, it is usually because of hard work and sacrifice. Sometimes the sacrifice is one of time or energy, and sometimes it requires cutting something out of yourself you donít want to lose. Sometimes it just requires knowing when to accept it, or allow it to happen. In all cases, anything really worthwhile usually demands a high price.
Q: Do you feel Ďdrivení to write certain books about certain things, as some writers do? Or do you simply write about what you logically think is a topic worth presenting? 
A: Iím always driven by what I write. I write for myself first and if others like to read what I write and can get something out of it, more the better. Writing is an extension of oneís own philosophy and spirit. What makes it difficult for many to write is a fear of rejection by those who might be reading what one writes -- this is focusing on the negative. But, there are always a majority of readers who benefit in sharing with what a writer has to say -- that can be constructive for both the reader as well as the writer. Thatís where I try to focus my energy. It was pointed out to me many moons ago (by Robert Monroe at one of his Gateway Seminars) that, "we are more than our physical bodies." Knowing that and living it are two different things. I feel writing helps me to live it.
Q: This book talks about your experience in the STAR GATE project specifically. Do you think reading your account will surprise others from the program who werenít in on Ďthe early daysí? And, do you think any of your new book would be considered "politically incorrect" in the current public RV-field? 
A: I donít really care about the politically incorrect portions as judged by others. I didnít write it to be politically correct or incorrect. Iím sure that some will be surprised by what I have to say and others will take it personally. But, this book isnít about them. Itís about me. These are my experiences and what motivated me. They are what I had to deal with in my own life with regard to the project, both in the getting there, as well as staying with it. If anyone thinks that being a remote viewer for the United States Army was a piece of cake, they should walk away with a different understanding after reading this book. At the same time we all do what we have to do. I did what I did because I felt it was important at the time. I feel it is even more important today.
Q: Your books so far have been about RV or somewhat autobiographical -- and this current book is a literal autobiography. Do you ever write fiction, or poetry, or anything like that? If so, in what genre? If you could publish anything -- sales and publisher not at issue for the theoretical question -- what would it be? 
A: Iíve written four other novels, across four other genreís - A NECESSARY EVIL, which is a book about Vietnam (written in 1990). Regrettably, even though every publisher whoís ever read it has liked it, I have always told there is no market for it. I also wrote a science fiction novel called; GODS THAT PEOPLE PLAY, which deals with genetics (1985); BLACK THAI, a continuation of the same character from A NECESSARY EVIL, that is set in Laos (1995); and SABER, which is about a joint mission between American and Russian agents to recapture a Russian Missile silo (1997). Iíve also written a couple of screenplays -- ANGELYENE, a love story that takes place in England circa 1299 AD (1999), and VULNERABLE SECRETS, a fictionalized story about remote viewing in a Middle Eastern country (2000). I have outlines for television pilots titled; BORDERLINE, HAMMERHEAD, and MONK (obviously the latter one that Iím going to have to change as thereís now a TV show with that name.) Iím currently putting ANGELYENE into book format, as well as working on a new book which is currently untitled -- another love story set in two time periods, 1200S and 2000s.
Q: Getting a glimpse of the life experience resulting in a person with your exceptional psi ability is fascinating. What general qualities in any personís past do you think might most contribute to psi ability? 
A: Probably foremost -- coming out of an abusive or difficult childhood. Other elements that contribute in my opinion are - learning early on to stand alone if necessary on issues of magnitude, being able to maintain an open mind under duress, and having fun at whatever you are involved in no matter what the circumstances.
Q: The picture of the book cover on amazon.com is amazing. Is that you, a real session, or publisher art? 
A: Publisher art. There are real sessions that are that detailed, but they are not available for use. Given their nature, Iím not sure I would want them used in any event.
Q: Do you think youíve been changed by your experience of writing public books and being in the public media over the last decade? If so, how? (Quite a ways from the long-term secret agent/intelligence officer!) 
A: Yes. In more cases than not, I do not like what it does to me. Iím not speaking here as a victim of the media, Iím speaking in terms relative to ego. Itís created one more battle that I need to constantly fight within my self. The media can be powerfully persuasive, and not giving up personal integrity for the sake of being stroked is terribly difficult at times. The rest of this response would be too personal to go into.
Q: Is there anything about the current book that was the publisherís doing and maybe not what youíd have chosen? 
A: No. In matters of publishing I leave it to the experts. Iím concerned with content and truth. They allow me that so I allow them their expertise when it comes to everything else.
Q: What do you most hope readers will get out of the book? 
A: An idea of what itís actually like doing what I do.
Q: How would you most like to use your remote viewing talents now? For research, applications (for locating Osama Bin Laden, for example?), or philosophical understanding?
A: Almost by necessity I'm forced to continue to use my RV talents in an applications kind of way. That means applying it against unknown targets in an operational sense (like Osama Bin Laden for example), or in support of research (known targets chosen randomly from large groups of possible targets). It's the only way to remain proficient in my viewing and stay abreast of new or changing developments within the field. I have always had a philosophical interest in humanity, which of course includes RV, especially how or when it's used, and when it shouldn't be - that sort of thing. So, I guess I still pursue that at my leisure, or at a pace that isn' t pressed, anyway. However, what saddens me sometimes is the sort of forced isolation which is a direct result of the expression of my talent and how the world views it or reacts to it. This can be a reaction that is either good or bad, it doesn't seem to make much difference. There are times when I wish I could just turn it off and be apart from it for a few months, but that isn't the way it works.
This Q&A Copyright © 2002 Joseph W. McMoneagle.  are also Copyright © PJ Gaenir as part of the RV Oasis Interview Series and the Firedocs Remote Viewing Collection. All rights reserved.