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originally posted by: spiritualarchitect
... guest starring Kevin Day
If it is established as a genuine ET incident, then fine, Kev - fill yer boots; you can even claim to be the Second Coming.
Good grief. It beggars belief that Day still gets the time of... er... day anymore.
A HANDFUL OF SENATORS KEPT DIA PSYCHICS AT WORK
A secret Defense Intelligence Agency program that posed tough military questions to a handful of full-time, salaried psychics was kept alive for years at the insistence of a few senators and a congressional staff aide despite opposition from senior military intelligence officials, congressional and military sources said yesterday.
One staff member -- C. Richard D'Amato, an intelligence specialist on the Senate Appropriations subcommittee on defense.... was credited by four sources with almost single-handedly ensuring the defeat of repeated efforts by the DIA's leadership to kill the psychic program...
D'Amato...confirmed in an interview yesterday that he kept the program alive because four to six senators had expressed unusual and sustained interest in its potential...
"I wanted this to continue because I was responding to the desire of members [of the Senate] who came to me," D'Amato said....
Subcommittee Chairman Ted Stevens (R-Alaska) and senior minority member Daniel K. Inouye (D-Hawaii) were both briefed annually on all intelligence programs, including the psychic research program, congressional sources said. A former military official familiar with the program said Inouye in particular "was interested and willing to take some risks" to pursue the program...
The classified psychic research program consists of three parts, according to a report released this week by the CIA. One portion has been devoted to scientific research aimed at determining whether and how the psychic technique called "remote viewing" works; another portion has tried to figure out the type of parapsychology work being conducted by foreign governments; and the third involved supporting as many as six psychics at a time at Fort Meade, Md....
...a 1989 report by the DIA inspector general concluded that the U.S. effort "had not reached operational status" and should be halted, a recommendation he accepted.
"I thought the thing had gone away," only to discover several years later that the work persisted, Soyster said. "It had congressional support and a life of its own."
Soyster's successor at DIA, Lt. Gen. James R. Clapper Jr., also tried to kill the psychic research program by omitting its funding in proposals to the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, military and congressional sources said. But a former Senate aide said D'Amato repeatedly persuaded the committee to add earmarked funds for the program even though "there was no proof that it ever worked."
"He was adamant," the former aide said of D'Amato. "Someone sold him on this. I never heard anyone else say this was important...We didn't want to offend the guy, because we really needed his help on the big-ticket intelligence items."
D'Amato confirmed that "that kind of discussion [about horse-trading of such programs] goes on across the board," and that the appropriations subcommittee was persistently more interested in the psychic research effort than the authorizing committee. "We're talking pretty small bananas here," he said.
Washington Post - Dec 1st 1995