As most faithful listeners of Coast to Coast know, Remote Viewing doesn't refer to surfing on your couch with a remote control. Rather it's a type of psychic information gathering that was used by a secret government-spying program for over twenty years. Remote viewing (RV) rose to prominence when the CIA declassified the military's program in 1995, and the subject was featured in mainstream media at that time. One purpose of the military unit was as kind of a keeping up with the (psychic) Jones's, namely the Russians and KGB, during the Cold War years.
Major Ed Dames, tonight's guest, worked on the military unit and can be probably be credited with doing the most to popularize the subject of RV since then. The basic RV technique involves perceiving a location or target that the viewer is not present at either in space or time, with the viewer sketching and then verbally describing their impressions, usually in different stages. What perhaps sets RV apart from other psychic gifts such as clairvoyance and channeling is that it is a skill that can be taught such as learning to play the piano.
Remote Viewing may be back in the public eye in October of this year, when the film Suspect Zero is released. Dames was hired as a technical consultant for the feature and also plays the role of a remote viewing instructor. Now there's a stretch! The movie stars Aaron Eckhart as a Dallas-based FBI agent who investigates the case of a killer who targets other serial killers. The story line is said to involve a covert government program called "Icarus" which churns out ace remote viewers.