Hal Puthoff worked for Stanford Research Institute, he was a Scientologist at the time. While he was there, he wrote a letter endorsing the e-meter to government officials – as part of an effort to derail the embargo on e-meters as well as Scientology’s loss of tax exemption.

Letter from Hal Puthoff SRI supporting the e-meter

That letter was found in one of the files from the recently declassified FDA records – courtesy of a FOIA request by R.M. Seibert. The letter can be found in cd #1, Folder 3 PDF, on p. 217.

It was part of a document submitted by the Church of Scientology, called Evidence on Religious Bonafides and Status of the Church of Scientology, found on p. 144.

religious bonafides scientology

The part that mentions Mr. Puthoff –


It looks like Puthoff’s letter itself, although it has no date on it, looks to be from 1973, judging from the documents around it.

Here’s the plain text of Puthoff’s letter –

As the attached material indicates, I am a physicist at Stanford University working in the field of lasers in which I have several patents and publications, including co-authorship of a textbook on lasers widely used throughout the United States and Europe.

As part of my professional work in education and technology, I am continuously involved in assessing various forms of educational systems. In this capacity I have come into contact with and have studied extensively the system developed by L. Ron Hubbard known as Scientology.

Although critics viewing the system from the outside may form the impression that Scientology is just another of many quasi-educational quasi-religious “schemes”, it is in fact a highly sophisticated and highly technological system more characteristic of the best of modern corporate planning and applied technology. Examination of the system at close hand reveals that upwards of millions of man hours of carefully supervised research have gone into the development of the system, and the successes obtained in the rehabilitation of people’s abilities and emotional stability is truly phenomenal, even in such areas as alcoholism and drug abuse which are known classically to be highly resistant to conventional therapy techniques.

From a more technical viewpoint, the use of the “E-meter” to measure physiological variables which correlate with emotional responses can be viewed as representative of a large-scale innovation in medical analysis and computer education known as “physiological feedback”. These techniques are currently being applied on an increasing scale by the medical profession in the treatment of physical and emotional ailments which require that a person learn to control high blood pressure, anxiety states, muscular tension, etc. In the technical community here at Stanford, we have projects underway employing the techniques developed in Scientology, which techniques have been found to be quite advanced and practical.

The philosophy and understanding of human nature which has arisen from these studies and is expounded in the Scientology literature I find to be an uplifting and workable system of concepts which blend the best of Eastern and Western religious traditions. After seeing these techniques in operation and experiencing them myself, I am certain that they will be incorporated eventually in a large scale in modern society as the readiness and awareness level develops.

Besides endorsing both Scientology beliefs and the e-meter, note these parts especially:

[…] measure physiological variables which correlate with emotional responses can be viewed as representative of a large-scale innovation in medical analysis and computer education known as “physiological feedback”.

[…] In the technical community here at Stanford, we have projects underway employing the techniques developed in Scientology, which techniques have been found to be quite advanced and practical.

That is quite ephemistically stated, but you do see just a tiny hint of what those “projects” were really about.

Here’s a brief rundown, but please bear in mind that my husband and I have put together extensive documentation and cross-referencing of all I’m about to discuss so if you want to see more, follow the links included.

The Church of Scientology publishes a magazine called ADVANCE!

In issue #21, October/November 1973, there is an interview with Scientologist Ingo Swann, wherein the editor (David Ziff) states: “Since 1971, he has worked on various experiments […] then with the Stanford Research Institute.

Mike’s copy of issue #21 –


PDF of Advance! issue 21.

Images of the interview pages –


It’s better to talk about what is not mentioned in this article, that should have been.

These unmentionables are all big red flags, and to this day there are still people who insist on trying to keep things at a tabloid journalism level, howling about tin-foil and conspiracy theories in public internet flogging parties.

Are you scared off yet? That’s the point you know. Naah, of course you weren’t.

Remember, this is Scientology we are talking about here, conspiracy-theory central! All courtesy of L. Ron Hubbard and his repeatedly dictated misdirections onto Germans, Marcabians, and everyone but where it should be. Of course, that’s the problem with theories, they’re theories, not facts.

So, here’s all these supposedly investigative save-the-world types, and they do NOT mention any of what I’m about to point out, not even here in this internal scientology publication? Well, that’s a pretty goddamn big red flag all by itself.

Let’s get to all the things they left out…


Red Flag #1


There is no mention of just exactly who formed the Stanford Research Institute – and why.

From my British Security Coordination Compendium articles –

In section III we discussed how eugenics had actually started in England in 1904, then came the Galton Laboratory for National Eugenics in 1907, and the British Eugenics Education Society.  It was three years later that the sister organization of the Eugenic Record Office was founded in the United States, both institutes used the research results of the Galton Laboratory of National Eugenics to propose practical applications.

We discussed how Oxford Professor William McDougall, a Cecil Bloc man, took young Cyril Burt under his wing as his protegee and instructed him in 1907 to begin studying and putting together mental tests to help with a nation-wide survey of physical and mental characteristics of the British people, proposed by Francis Galton (who originated Eugenics) in which he was to work on the standardization of psychological tests.

In the summer of 1908, Cyril Burt was directed by McDougall to go study the German eugenicist psychiatrists, such as Wundt, for a couple of years, which he did.

Cyril Burt then later started the Tavistock Clinic in 1920. Two years later, together with Montague Norman, Cyril Burt was involved in the founding of the National Council for Mental Hygiene (later renamed NAMH, then MIND). Montagu Norman, was a City of London man formerly governor of the Bank of England.

For much more about the City of London – see my article The Center of the British Empire – The City of London.

Montagu had worked very closely with with the League of Nations financial committee during WWI. This means he’s connected directly into Cecil Rhodes original secret society and it’s outer manifestation called the Round Table.

*See library article, The Round Table: What is it Really?

Cyril Burt then went on to mentor John Bowlby and Eric Trist, who helped head up the British assessment boards in WWII.

In Section II we learned that Colonel Robinson requested a plan in November 1943 for assessing prospective OSS personnel as to their physical, mental and emotional capabilities for their intended assignments. Robert Tryon is who was first assigned to recreate the British WOSB’s in the U.S. He immediately brought in James A. Hamilton, John W. Gardner, and Joseph Gengerelli, who already worked for the OSS, to assist with the program. They were quickly joined by Henry A. Murray, Donald Adams, and Donald Fiske, and together, they designed and planned the first assessment.

Robert Tryon was originally part of planning for the Psychology Division in 1941 which later became the R&A Branch.

We learned that the OSS Psychology Division (created in 1941) later became the R&A (Research and Analysis) Branch and was initially led in 1942 by Dr. James Phinney Baxter III (President of Williams College) and then later by Harvard historian Dr. William Langer in 1943.

OSS man William Talbot was Dr. Langer’s assistant from 1944 on, and then in 1946 he becomes the first head of the newly formed Stanford Research Institute (SRI) where his former junior Dr. Hamilton gets himself an “in” for a nice cush job there at Stanford, where he can then help out George White with MKULTRA LSD and Sex experiments for years.

Dr. Goddard had headed the Vineland school (Eugenics), his junior Robert M. Yerkes worked together with Sir Cyril Burt (1883-1971) supporting the concept of a racial superiority. Lewis Terman (Stanford University) also worked with Sir Burt on the Binet intelligence – supporting the concept of a racial superiority by intelligence levels. Terman sat on the boards of two eugenics organizations with Stanford’s first president, David Starr Jordan.

William Talbot was tight with Terman who was helping him with Stanford Research Institute.

In Section IV, we discussed how OSS man John William Gardner had helped to construct the personnel assessment tests for the OSS, moving on to Laguna Beach, California, to establish a center for processing OSS recruits.

He then went on to Stanford Research Institute to head up more ‘research’, also becoming the Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare (HEW) from 1965-1968. He used his position within the government to launch a research center at Stanford Research in 1968, and one of it’s first tasks was to postulate the future of Western Society. While that’s quite euphemistic, it was actually a study on how and what to change Man into resulting in the book Changing Images of Man in 1974.

**Please see the PDF in our Just Dox section of the Reading Library – Changing Images of Man OCRd  – This book is a result of a Tavistock Stanford Research Institute (SRI) early 1970′s “mind” restructuring project supervised by Willis W. Harman.

My husband does a quick summary of this in one of the chapters of his book.

It is a guide on how they want to mentally restructure man – by changing the image (propaganda) that they were previously using to herd humanity into whatever direction, to the new image that they wish mankind to believe itself to be.

One thing they proved in their study was that everyone can do telepathy. In the book they validate L. Ron Hubbard and specific fundamentals used in Scientology, several times.

They include charts, such as a chart for gradient levels of awareness.

Scientology always has been a part of the slavemaster behavior modification operation. Scientology and the CIA have always been dance partners on the dance floor of social engineering (behavior modification).

– Mike McClaughry, Scientology Roots, Chapter 26-3 War for Minds of Men.

Willis Harman also held an executive position at SRI over the MKULTRA LSD testing on college students and psychiatric patients program in the 60’s – alongside Ken Kesey, and Scientologists Robert Hunter of the Grateful Dead, and Grace-Marie Haddy who went on to become an intelligence agent for the both the Guardian’s Office and the Office of Special Affairs of the Church of Scientology. See Brotherhood Part 5A for more about her.



Red Flag #2


There is no mention that Stanford Research Institute is also part of the Tavistock network, which specializes in developing methods of mind control.

Members of the British Tavistock group, together with anglophilic Americans, were also involved in “assessing” people for MI6 and the OSS, the Office of Strategic Services – an intelligence organization created as a sister organization to British Intelligence to forward British Empire goals.

Eric Trist (of the Tavistock group) revealed what was the real direction all this “assessment” was headed in.

By the end of the war a considerable number of psychiatrists and social scientists had  become involved in this comprehensive set of innovative applications of  concepts of social psychiatry. They saw in these approaches a significance  which did not seem to be limited by the condition of war, and were determined to explore their relevance for the civilian society. Obviously,  individual programs could not be transferred without considerable  modification; entirely new lines of development would have to be worked  out. Nevertheless, a new action-oriented philosophy of relating psychiatry  and the social sciences to society had become a reality in practice. This  event signified the social engagement of social science.

Source: Eric Trist and Hugh Murray, The Foundation and Development of the Tavistock Institute to 1989, Tavistock Institute

After the War (WWII), Eric took a “sabbatical” and went to Stanford University and helped steer the direction of the newly formed Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences in 1961.

What were some of these “advanced” studies?

  • LSD. Mescaline. Psychotropic drug cocktails.
  • Scientology.
  • MKultra experimentation on college students as well as patients at the local Veteran’s hospital.

Eric brought his son* Alan with him, in a (unknown to most) British intelligence capacity. Alan helped to get the drug scene going in the Bay area, through hob-knobbing with scientologists and Rock groups like the Grateful Dead.

Also in this lovely little mix were Willy Legate, CIA handler and LSD middle-man, often referred to as the man behind the Grateful Dead; and Grace-Marie Haddy – scientologist and intelligence agent for the Church of Scientology’s Guardians Office (and later it’s Office of Special Affairs).

*Reference – Eric’s autobiography and my Brotherhood Part 5a article about the Grateful Dead and Scientology.



Red Flag #3



There is no mention that Ingo Swann, Hal Puthoff and Pat Price are on the CIA payroll and that the CIA (formerly the OSS) is funding their research at SRI.

CIAman Christopher Green with pat price and hal puthoff
Note: The name Richard Kennett, is a pseudonym for Christopher Green/Ken Kress.


CIA official Dr. Ken Kress, was assigned to be the CIA Project Officer over the SRI remote viewing project – it was a $50,000 research contract with “the physicists at SRI” [Hal Puthoff, Russell Targ] for an “expanded effort in parapsychology.”

This was funded under the CIA’s Office of Technical Service, Contract 8473 (falling under the MKULTRA umbrella of projects). It was dated 1 October 1972  – well before this Advance! magazine article.

See PDF – Parapsychology In Intelligence: A Personal Review and Conclusions  by Kenneth A. Kress, Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), McLean, VA

Ingo Swann, our interviewee, arrived to begin his CIA contract at Stanford Research Institute a few days before Christmas 1972.

Update –

According to a 2009 article The Mad Science of Alien and UFO Myths, Jeffrey T. Richelson (Ph.D. in political science from the University of Rochester in 1975, and senior fellow at the National Security Archive in Washington) wrote in his book The Wizards of Langley: Inside The CIA’s Directorate of Science and Technology (p.176-177) – that this Puthoff letter endorsing the meter was from 1970.

If that’s true, that means that there were experiments using scientology already going on at SRI before 1972.




Red Flag #4



There is no mention that they are developing psychic warfare/psychotronics* weapons at SRI.

*Psychotronics – Zdenek Rejdák introduced the term psychotronics in 1967. It was intended to replace the term parapsychology and negative connotations associated with that term. The main objectives of psychotronics were to verify and study the phenomena of telepathy, clairvoyance and psychokinesis. The term psychotronics came to have another meaning – the use of machines that send out waves that carry psychic warfare messages and can also be used to cause illnesses.


Ingo Swann, Russell Targ and Harold Puthoff decided to call one of their CIA funded activities at SRI Remote Viewing”  – with the reason given of that it was “to separate it from any discredited terms associated with the occult.” That sounds like a load of crap, if you ask me.

The REAL point of the top-secret work there at SRI, was not some kind of hokey “remote-viewing” –  that was just another shore story  much like Ken Kesey and the Merry Pranksters, Timothy Leary and The Brotherhood of Eternal Love, etc. – all also directly CIA operations.

It was a misdirection much like J.B. Rhine and his “ESP” card tricks student experiments versus his real work that he was engaged in at Duke University.

Machine-generated telepathy and ESP enhancement, that was the real point there at SRI. A point which dovetails perfectly with what Duke University had really been engaged in, interestingly enough.

That SRI project was part of the now “privatized” MKULTRA experiments that Sidney Gottlieb – the boss of it – had cherry-picked back in 1965.

The Washington Post exposed the facts of the real purpose of the SRI experiments, in an explosive article in 1977.

Concrete evidence that electronic mind control was the true object of study at Stanford Research Institute (SRI) was exposed by the Washington Post in 1977. When the Navy awarded a contract to the Institute, “the scientific assistant to the Secretary of the Navy, Dr. Sam Koslov, received a routine briefing on various research projects, including SRI’s. As the briefer flashed his chart onto the screen and began to speak, Koslov stormily interrupted, ‘What the hell is that about?’ Among the glowing words on the projected chart, the section describing SRI’s work was labeled, ‘ELF and Mind Control.’

– Psychic Spying – Washington Post August 7, 1977  by John L. Wilhelm


This real purpose of these experiments, is of course why we see that in April of 1973 Hal Puthoff, Russell Targ and Phyllis Cole were researching esp enhancement through machines under NASA and JPL, as well as mind-machine interfaces.

There was more than one sub-project going on with this pet area of Gottlieb’s – electronic mind control.

The first un-classified successful transmission of the human voice directly into the skull of a living person was successfully demonstrated by researcher Dr. Joseph Sharp of the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research in 1973, announced at a seminar from the University of Utah in 1974, and in the journal “American Psychologist” in the March, 1975 issue, article titled “Microwaves and Behavior” by Dr. Don Justesen.

I have retrieved a PDF file out of the internet archive that documents the American Psychologist article.



[…] Frey and Messenger (1973) demonstrated and Guy, Chou, Lin, and Christensen (1975) confirmed that a microwave pulse with a slow rise time is ineffective in producing an auditory response; only if the rise time is short, resulting in effect in a square wave with respecting to the leading edge of the envelope of radiated radio-frequency energy, does the auditory response occur. Thus, the rate of change (the first derivative) of the wave form of the pulse is a critical factor in perception. Given a thermodynamic interpretation, it would follow that information can be encoded in the energy and “communicated” to the “listener.” Communication has in fact been demonstrated.

[…] appropriate modulation of microwave energy can result in direct “wireless” and “receiverless” communication of speech. They recorded by voice on tape each of the single-syllable words for digits between 1 and 10.

[…] By radiating themselves with these “voice-modulated” microwaves, Sharp and Grove were readily able to hear, identify, and distinguish among the 9 words.”

Article by Don R. Justeson – Microwaves and Behavior


Just after his successful (and unclassified) demonstration of voice-to-skull technology in 1973, Sharp was given a job at NASA’s Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, California. Now his work gets “classified”.

Hal Puthoff, Russell Targ and Phyllis Cole, already engaged in classified work for the CIA, were focused on this very same point, the same year even.

As I said, in April of 1973, they were researching esp enhancement through machines under NASA* and JPL, as well as mind-machine interfaces.

NASA contract mind machine interface Puthoff SRI

Contract/Grant/Task Numbers: NAS7-100; JPL-953653; SRI PROJ. 2613

A few years later in 1976, Puthoff and Targ  received another 26k from the Navy to see if magnetometers could be affected by human beings.  – through the Langley Porter Neuropsychiatric Institute in San Francisco.Psychic Spying – Washington Post August 7, 1977 by John L. Wilhelm.

Hal and his magnetometer

Hal Puthoff and the Magnetometer

Kenneth Kress reported that on June 27, 1972, Hal Puthoff sent a letter to Kenneth Kress, who at the time was only a young analyst, informing him of positive Varian Hall magnetometer results during an experiment with psychic Ingo Swann. This was one of the main reasons for the CIA funding the SRI project.

In the Kit Green Interview 2008 Christopher Green aka Ken Kress discussed some of the details of this experiment.

…when the subject placed his attention on the interior of the magnetometer, the output signal was visibly disturbed, indicating a change in the internal magnetic field. Several other correlations of his mental efforts with signal variations were observed. These variations in the magnetometer were never seen before or after the visit. The event was summarized and transmitted to the Agency in the form of a letter to an OSI analyst and as discussions with OTS and ORD officers.



Let’s look at this part of Hal Puthoff’s letter here again.

[…] measure physiological variables which correlate with emotional responses can be viewed as representative of a large-scale innovation in medical analysis and computer education known as “physiological feedback”.

[…] In the technical community here at Stanford, we have projects underway employing the techniques developed in Scientology, which techniques have been found to be quite advanced and practical.

– Hal Puthoff letter 1973/74 time period, found in recently declassified FDA records – courtesy of a FOIA request by R.M. Seibert. The letter can be found in cd #1, Folder 3 PDF, on p. 217. It was part of a document submitted by the Church of Scientology, called Evidence on Religious Bonafides and Status of the Church of Scientology, found on p. 144.


Now you see how euphemistic that really is.

Also, you can now see that’s a whole hell of a lot not mentioned in that Advance! magazine interview with SRI project participant Ingo Swann.

Was it because they – inner Church officials – didn’t know about it?


Mike McClaughry said about this:

You might think that Church executives did not know what was going on at SRI. Not so!  Pat Price was reporting to the United States Guardians Office intelligence staff exactly what was going on at SRI. I, Mike McClaughry, was one of the intelligence staff and I read part of the intelligence file on SRI – and they knew about the experiments at SRI.  SRI was in my area of responsibility and I received no orders to do anything about it.

Thus we see that Church of Scientology executives knew about it and condoned it.

– Scientology Roots, Chapter 26-3


By Virginia McClaughry

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