Recognize the fellow on the right above?
Yes, it’s Benjamin Netanyahu, the prime minister of Israel, and in the news much recently.
And the fellow to the left?
That, it may surprise you to know, is the world-famous (some would say infamous) Israeli “psychic” and spoonbender, Uri Geller, whose “powers of mind” have been studied in laboratories around the world.
We recently had a “special report“ on how Geller and other psychics/occultists have caught the attention of U.S. intelligence agencies, from the Defense Department’s Advanced Research Project Agency to the KGB and Central Intelligence Agency.
The CIA, it has now been documented, funded much of the Geller research at places such as Stanford Research Institute in the 1970s.
Geller exhibited baffling ability to receive and send mental images, including for Richard Casey, director of the CIA (and a devout Catholic) who out of the blue once personally called Geller to ask him to describe an object sitting on the director’s desk, and when Geller did so successfully, said, “I’ll be darned” before ending the conversation (and okaying further funding).
During formal tests, ceilings were searched every evening for hidden devices and test chambers insulated against radio waves and any form of electromagnetism.
Scientists there and elsewhere, as well as operatives in the intelligence agency such as Dr. Kit Green [left], did not take claims by magicians that Geller was using trickery seriously, having witnessed effects “orders of magnitude” beyond simple legerdemain (in the words of one journalist).
For example, Geller could bend or break metal objects without touching them, some enclosed in vacuum-sealed containers; cause silverware to bend in a person’s own hands; and once was present when multiple objects at several restaurant tables bent and curled at the same time, touching none of them, according to Jonathan Margolis, a former Time contributor who was also affiliated with the London Guardian and London Observer. (He penned a book called The Secret Life of Uri Geller, from whence come these photos.)
Indeed, Geller affected platinum and other metals in a way that could not be duplicated by laser.
“His abilities made a tremendous impression on me,” remarked Netanyahu, who has known Geller for decades. “I’m still amazed . I haven’t a clue how he does these things.”
Neither does Geller. Neither do all the august scientists. We’ll get to that in a moment.
Uri bent a spoon for Rosalind Carter, later reportedly met for half an hour with Jimmy (in the Oval Office), did a telepathy experiment with a rattled Henry Kissinger (at a social event), testified in closed-door settings for a number of U.S. senators and congressmen, and had close contact with military types like Ariel Sharon, working with MOSSAD, the Israeli agency.
According to Dr. Edgar Mitchell, the late astronaut who once walked on the moon, but later became involved in “noetic” research, there was also the involvement of a future U.S. president who was in charge of the agency before Casey.
“I was called by the head of the CIA and asked to come to Washington and brief him on what we had learned,” said Mitchell. “That head happened to be Ambassador George H. W. Bush.”
Although a showman, with a controversial and gregarious personality, the legitimacy of many of his effects are not so much the point. They sailed far past the sleight-of-hand claimed against him (by skeptical stage magicians on TV, like the “Amazing Randi,” left).
He could affect electrons. He could affect computers.
Unfortunately, this is not new science but rather old occultism — and it only stopped, at least as far as the involvement of one agency, when Walt Leberg, former U.S. Department of Defense Director for Research and Development and an evangelical Christian, witnessed a demonstration and on spiritual grounds halted it, screaming at a researcher who had been promoting the psychic demonstrations. (“These people believed the events were real,” complained the researcher of those with theological objections. “However, they were, ‘The work of the devil.'”)
Indeed. Stay clear. Very clear.
This is not in the realm of CIA spooks, but real ones — mindful of the spiritualist phenomena that ensnared scientists and prominent folks (including Arthur Conan Doyle) in the 1800s.
Place us with those who had “theological objections.”
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