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Section: Dames Trashes Remote Viewers
This is the letter by Ed Dames that began it all. This is the one that my response, and Buchanan's response, respond to point by point. Joe McMoneagle's very brief comments -- which were all easily provable, in response to Dames's wild and bizarre claims for himself that inspired them -- apparently inspired this as well. I suppose to people who know nothing about this subject, they'd read stuff Ed Dames and Joni Dourif publish and think it was pretty incriminating. Though many people, regardless of knowledge, see right through it and go, "Geez, this guy has a problem!" Anyway, to people in the RV field, this letter was the last straw for Dames.
October 14, 1996
From: Edward A. Dames President PSI TECH, Inc. Beverly Hills, CA
Subject: Will the Real Lyn Buchanan Please Sit Down - Response from the President of PSI TECH
As president of PSI TECH, Incorporated, my primary occupation is the dissemination of accurate and precise data, derived from technical remote viewing.
Over the last year, I have had occasion to observe several of my former military subordinates engaging in an inordinate distortion of facts about me, but chalked up their public statements to jealousy and "sour grapes." This group of individuals had failed to make the grade as trained military remote viewers. My tolerance for their distortion of facts about my own background and the history of military remote viewing, has now reached its limits.
Several days ago, I received a phone call from a distraught father whose child had been kidnapped. This parent related to me how he had called Sergeant Buchanan for help, but that Buchanan's response was, "If I use remote viewing to help you, and the CIA found out, they would come and get me." This is a typical Sergeant Buchanan excuse for not being able to accomplish a mission. (The CIA could care less about him). Although Buchanan purports that his "Assigned Witness Program" can help assist in locating missing people, the simple fact is, as that child's father discovered, that Lyn cannot stand and deliver, even if he could arrange to take time off from his employment with a computer contractor.
As birds of a feather flock together, I am reminded of another contributor to Buchanan's internet RV gossip column, Joe McMoneagle, who in Mind Trek, informs his readers that he has "never worked as a remote viewer for the Army," and that "the Army is not visionary enough to have a remote viewing unit." In fact, Joe, like myself, owes his fame to his former service. I employed Joe in a number of operations, ca. 1980-82, while serving as an intelligence targeting officer at levels of DoD much higher than McMoneagle (or Buchanan) ever dreamed of having access to. However, since he is not trained, Joe has difficulty in recognizing when imagination begins to start slipping into his perceptions.
Now, I see that Sergeant Buchanan and David Morehouse have jointly concocted, and are promoting, a fairy tale about the RV unit's use of "remote influencing," supposedly used to harm or kill people at a distance. Morehouse was assigned to the unit for a relatively short period of time, after which he received a Less Than Honorable Discharge, (being brought up on a series of charges--including rape--that could have potentially landed him in Leavenworth prison). Desparate for money, "Dr." Morehouse (now a "mail order Ph.D."), is marketing this outright fabrication to Hollywood, telling of how the military tried to "kill him" to stop him from going public. (Most media and entertainment heads are savvy enough to see immediately through him, but they like the story, unless of course he's gotten to them through remote influencing!)
Several of Buchanan's recent claims, to wit, "Ed did not teach me remote viewing, he just assigned RV rooms and scheduled sessions" and "we all did the same thing" are juvenile, puerile statements. My military files, explicitly stating that I was both Training and Operations officer for the unit, are now public record. Buchanan states that he cannot produce his records, because they are classified. (I guess the CIA will come and get him if he does). In truth, he does not want to publicly display his primary job title during his assignment: Data Base Manager. His secondary job was to maintain the unit's vehicles. As the lowest ranking member of the team, he was also assigned many menial duties, ergo his unpleasant memories of the unit. But that's what being an enlisted man in the Army is about.
Furthermore, Sergeant Buchanan, like McMoneagle, did not have the proverbial but necessary "need to know," i.e., in this case, which intelligence agency had generated the unit's task/target packages. And, because the targets were run "blind" by the viewers, each remote viewer merely took away a piece of the puzzle after each session. When I did allow Buchanan to work an operation, his pieces were small and few, because he was virtually ineffective. (But these sessions boosted his morale and were a break from his data base programming duties). Only the operations officer (i.e., me) and the commander had the complete picture.
Upon my permanent transfer to the unit, Buchanan constantly whined to me about how he had been promised remote viewing training by the previous commander. I felt sorry for Lyn that he failed my training. He lacked the discipline to attend to the rigorous protocols (remote viewing structure) required to successfully prosecute an intelligence collection mission; he was not capable of leaving his ego behind during a training session. (I still have many of his original remote viewing sessions to attest to this).
Moreover, Buchanan was unusable against targets where the threat of bodily harm prevailed, such as distant battles or weapon systems tests. His psyche would shut down from fear when danger was present at the remote viewing site. Lyn was not integrated into operations until long after most of the unit's military officers had departed, only to be replaced by DIA with tarot card readers and the like. Lyn stayed on with them.
Buchanan has absorbed enough RV knowledge to be interesting. He does not really teach people RV problem solving skills, but merely a mishmash, jumble of techniques, often in an extended workshop that could be appropriately labelled "The RV Experience." Sergeant Buchanan' s "controlled remote viewing" method is a sad attempt to ride the coattails of PSI TECH's successes and Ingo Swann's fame.
It is patently evident to me that Sergeant Buchanan lacks the wisdom and perspicuity to recognize, accept, and speak the truth--about himself or others. It is well nigh time for anyone concerned about the evolution of remote viewing to hold Buchanan responsible for his perennial misrepresentation of the facts, and continued obfuscation of the truth.
Edward A. Dames President
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