by Gary S. Bekkum
August 3, 2006
Ingo Swann’s tale of covert
extraterrestrial activity on the moon takes on a new twist, now that
the CIA STAR GATE documents support many of his claims.
This is the bizarre true tale of Ingo Swann’s psychic work for the U.S Government, at various agencies including the
CIA and the DIA
(now substantiated by the CIA release of roughly two thirds of the
STAR GATE documents) and his
personal allegations of a mysterious black operation that first
contacted him during the peak of CIA sponsored testing at the
Stanford Research Institute.
If Ingo Swann is to be believed, and this coming from a man with top
secret clearance that in his day briefed and trained officers from
the USAF, the Defense Intelligence Agency, INSCOM, and many others
too numerous to mention, then there is some truth to the rumors of
an otherworldly intelligence working behind the scenes here on
Earth. Not only are they already here, according to Swann’s
testimony from a rare out-of-print book, self-published in 1998, but
they are building something on the far side of the moon.
And they are not friendly.
The truth is stranger than fiction, and this story is guaranteed to
stretch the imagination right back into reality. For Ingo Swann, the
turning point leading into the cloak and dagger world of deep black
ops and weird requests for psychic surveillance of the moon and
beyond began in early 1975. When Swann published his tale in 1998,
most of the CIA and DIA classified documents from the secret STAR
GATE program were still unavailable to the general public.
As this story goes to press, in the
summer of 2006, more than 80,000 pages of documents are close at
hand here at
Starstream Research, including the
results of medical and psychological tests conducted on Mr. Swann as
a result of his CIA sponsored testing while working with SRI:
Stanford Research Institute, in the 1970’s.
The CIA STAR
In the early 1970’s concerns began to float about the various
intelligence agencies over a psychic war gap with the Soviet Union.
Unknown to the general public, the Soviets were busy exploring
fringe science: application of the dark shadow of the paranormal
world for espionage.
Swann’s abilities had been tracked for some time, but they really
attracted the powers that be in Langley with the recording of an
apparent perturbation of delicate test equipment by Swann’s mental
perception. In addition to disturbing the output of this sensitive
instrument, Swann was able to produce a rough description of the
device, which he had never seen previously.
In a letter dated June 27, 1972,
Dr. Hal Puthoff of SRI wrote,
"At the suggestion of
Russell Targ I am writing you
about an observation in the laboratory involving one Ingo Swann,
a New York artist ... An interesting side light of the
experiment was that Ingo was able to describe rather well what
the interior of the device looked like, apparently with some
form of direct observation."
Although redacted, it is likely that the
recipient of this letter was at the CIA. Apparently sponsorship of
Dr. Puthoff’s interest in Swann’s mental interaction with the test
equipment followed quickly.
Among the STAR GATE files is a
Stanford Research Institute (SRI)
Technical Memorandum dated 22 February, 1973, prepared by Dr. Hal Puthoff and
Russell Targ, Contract Number 1471(S)73 and tagged by
CIA/ORD # 1416-73:
"A program in biofield measurements
was initiated in July, 1972 with a preliminary experiment with
Mr. [Ingo] Swann. In this work using a shielded magnetometer,
Mr. Swann apparently demonstrated an ability to increase and
decrease at will the magnetic field within a superconducting
magnetic shield. This experiment made use of an existing
facility and we have confidence that Mr. Swann had no prior
knowledge of either the apparatus or of our intended
An August, 1972 memo to the Chief of TSD/BAB
at the CIA notes that,
" ... [name redacted] and somebody
named [redacted] from [CIA] Life Sciences are planning a trip to
the West Coast on 11 August, when they will meet Ingo Swann and
have a chance to watch him flex his sphincter ... Life Sciences
is planning on forming a coordinating committee to work on ESP
and the data that is coming in ..."
When we contacted the unnamed former
officer from CIA Life Sciences, he confirmed the authenticity of the
document, but denied any knowledge of Swann’s tale.
An undated draft memorandum from Deputy Director for Operations
William Colby, addressed to the "Director of Central Intelligence,"
reveals the clandestine nature of CIA involvement in research using
"Recently, two individuals, Mr.
Geller and Mr. Ingo Swann, appear to have demonstrated certain
of these abilities [paraphysical effects] under controlled
laboratory conditions. The abilities of these individuals
(unwitting of Agency [CIA] sponsorship) are being submitted to a
serious scientific investigation, part of which is being
supported by the above mentioned project."
An anonymous source, working in the
alternative energy and transportation industry recently commented
"Actually, they became interested in
Swann when he RV’ed [psychically remote viewed] some of their
well-hidden deep underground vaults, and the contents thereof.
This was when they approached SRI because they were finally
truly scared about the reality of RV [psychic remote viewing] as
a tool in the hands of the Soviets."
Based upon the available records in STAR
GATE, no one seems to have seriously considered that all of these
manifestations of the impossible were strong indications of
interference in human affairs by higher intelligence with more
powerful technologies at their disposal. Or did they? Swann’s
account in his book suggests that someone lurking in the shadows was
paying very close attention; someone whose reach included the often
super-secret work done at SRI.
Starstream Research was able to uncover Swann’s medical and
psychological test results from SRI documents, even though the test
subjects were referred to only as S1 through S6. One of the CIA
memos failed to redact the names of the participants, and it was
simple enough to use the process of elimination of sex and age to
determine the identity of Ingo Swann and Pat Price, two of SRI’s
early star performers.
According to the official record, Swann was in almost every way
perfectly normal. He certainly wasn’t delusional, as the tests
[SRI data on medical and psych tests can be viewed at
During the early days the CIA funded SRI research team harbored
concerns that the Soviet KGB would be interested in the work they
were doing, and always held in the back of their minds that they
might someday be kidnapped, or worse. Cold war paranoia was still in
full bloom during the early days of psychic-spy research.
Swann’s departure from psychic experiments funded by the CIA, into
the mysterious black unknown, began with his recruitment by a man
who called himself "Mr. Axelrod."
A CIA memorandum for the record dated 21 January, 1975, documents
the status of the SRI program just prior to Axelrod’s appearance:
"In 1972 reports of paranormal
activities being documented at SRI by Dr. H. Puthoff and Mr. R.
Targ reached the Agency. The original contracts were [redacted]
OTS/APB and [redacted] ORD/TC. A small work order type contract
(approximately $10,000) was initiated by [redacted] with the
permission of Dr. S. Gottlieb, D/OTS. This contract arranged for
SRI to administer controlled laboratory testing of Mr. Ingo
Swann, a New York City artist, with claimed paranormal
abilities. Mr. Swann was tested and produced significant data
under controlled conditions."
We will only mention that Dr. Sidney
Gottlieb, D/OTS was heavily involved in the notorious CIA
experimentation on human subjects using LSD, under a project called
In late February, 1975, Swann’s affair with the mysterious operation
interested in extraterrestrial activity was initiated by a phone
call from a well placed acquaintance, who alerted Swann to a
forthcoming contact with a real-life man in the black.
Weeks later the call came in at 3AM, requesting Swann’s presence in
The mysterious contact from Mr. Axelrod directed Swann through a
series of covert meetings at various locations. In the first meeting
Swann was instructed to wait at the Museum of Natural History at the
Smithsonian, until he was contacted by Axelrod’s operatives. In a
scene worthy of a Hollywood movie, Swann was subjected to a full
body search while en-route to the clandestine meeting. To prevent
Swann from knowing the location of Axelrod’s secret underground
lair, a black hood was placed over his head.
Needless to say, by this point Swann’s mind was spinning, wondering
what on Earth he had gotten himself into.
The strange twists and turns of Swann’s recruitment into black ops
psychic spying would eventually culminate in a close physical
encounter with what appeared to be an alien machine.
Who was this Mr. Axelrod? One legendary group of alleged deep black
government insiders, brought into the limelight by a series of ’leaked’ papers (unlike the STAR GATE files, which were officially
released by the CIA) is known as MAJESTIC. Our anonymous source
questioned the likelihood of Swann’s mysterious Mr. Axelrod being
involved with the so-called
MJ-12 MAJESTIC group, which the FBI
has declared as originating from bogus UFO documents. Although the
FBI has stated that the various MAJESTIC documents are fakes, one of
our other intelligence sources recently suggested that the bogus
documents may have been used to pass real intelligence to the
Mr. Axelrod’s mission statement to recruit Swann was purely verbal:
there was to be no paper trail; no secrecy statement; lending some
evidence that Axelrod’s people might have been working under
non-official-cover (NOC) -- they would be denied by those in charge
if their activities were ever revealed.
Swann soon learned Axelrod’s primary interests were less than
Earthly. In addition to the potential of remote viewing the lunar
surface, Axelrod also had a fascination with the concept of
telepathy, the sharing of thoughts in a conscious interface.
Confirmation that the human race had fallen under the finger of
higher intelligence with advanced technology was also a strong
indication of the correctness of the simulation argument: Any
interaction between a ’natural’ reality and a much more developed
intelligence automatically meant that simulation had entered the
picture. The interface of human-mind with alien-mind as a complex
simulation scenario had not yet been fully evaluated in the
available CIA-sponsored research literature of the time.
The personal mental environment is largely an assembled experience
or simulation based upon millions of years of development. The idea
of ’telepathy’ or the mind-to-mind interface is an artifice
introduced to bridge many individual simulations, each with their
unique point of view of the same natural environment: The world ’out
there’ in a telepathic network merges the individual with an
Perhaps there was a general subconscious discomfort level and fear
induced by the knowledge that a higher intelligence appeared to have
developed a means of interacting directly with the human brain and
higher conscious mind functions as a form of communication, or
worse, as mind-control. Once a form of direct to brain communication
was accepted, a network of minds linked in a cosmic internet was the
next logical assumption.
Recent research using functional MRI technology to read the state of
a human brain and correlate that state with behavior is an example
of a primitive means of interfacing mind and machine. The idea
floating around in government circles today is to use the MRI to
spot terrorists intending to cause mayhem and destruction, by
detecting their thoughts. In a related story, the American Civil
Liberties Union has raised concerns that such devices are an
invasion of privacy and may have been used to interrogate suspected
Given a few million or more years to advance their technology, one
might ask what kind of device might be evolved into the brain-mind
of an alien civilization?
Axelrod debriefed Swann about his work at SRI (Stanford
Research Institute), in particular the
psychic method that later came to be known as coordinate remote
viewing. How did it work? At first Axelrod limited discussions to
the power of the group mind, and discussion of ’memory’ addressing.
Were remote viewers accessing the universal mind-computer?
years prior to recent serious discussions that humanity might exist
in a simulation of reality, Axelrod was probing Swann about a stored
memory of all possible worlds and outcomes, and a means of accessing
this potential database underlying reality. Dinner conversation also
included discussion of telepathy: mind-to-mind communication,
something that the DIA would become very interested in later, as
the STAR GATE files.
Soon the discussion turned to Swann’s experimental remote viewing of
the planet Jupiter which had yielded apparent hits, like the
existence of rings around the planet. Axelrod was interested in
Swann’s ’trip’ to Jupiter, an attempt to see if he could psychically
discover unknown details about the gas giant that might later be
confirmed by the NASA Pioneer spacecraft.
And then he asked, "Ingo, what do you know about the moon?"
Swann had quickly agreed to accept $1000-a-day compensation to
remote view the moon.
Axelrod tasked Ingo with a series of moon coordinates. Unknown to
Swann, the targeted moon coordinates, about ten different locations,
would bring him mind-to-mind with what he soon realized was an
unearthly extraterrestrial presence.
Swann ’saw’ with his mind’s eye craters in darkness, and decided
that he must be seeing the hidden side of the moon, the side that
always faces away from the Earth. Upon achieving psychic ’contact’
with the lunar surface, Swann first came upon what looked like
trails of tractor-tread marks. Confusion set in until Swann realized
that he was ’seeing’ intelligent activity and structures on the
In the depths of a crater he viewed a green, dusty haze lit by banks
of artificial lights mounted on very large, tall towers. Swann was
stunned by the realization that ’someone’ or ’something’ appeared,
under the aegis of his mind’s eye, to be building a base on the
He had been inducted into an interplanetary operation and
brought to Mr. Axelrod’s underground facility by the need to monitor
extraterrestrial activities in an unconventional way. Swann decided
that Axelrod and company had been given the task of psychically
spying on the alien moon base because the extraterrestrials had been
less than friendly about conventional human curiosity.
When Ingo sensed that he had been psychically ’spotted’ by two of
the humanoid-looking inhabitants of the moon base, he questioned
whether or not he was at risk.
Axelrod was less than forthcoming.
"I spent the next few months
wondering if the ET’s were going to find me and zap my brains
out of existence."
After being released from his work at
the underground facility, Swann returned home and sketched what he
could recall of the Axelrod sessions, and locked them away until the
late 1990’s. They are reproduced in his book. The sketch is dated
March 14, 1975.
A recent TV documentary, "Apollo 11: The Untold Story," may have
added additional support to Swann’s moon-base tale. Apollo 11
astronaut Buzz Aldrin reported they had seen a UFO during their
historic flight to land the first man on the moon.
"There was something out there,
close enough to be observed, and what could it be? Now,
obviously the three of us weren’t going to blurt out, Hey,
Houston, we’ve got something moving alongside of us and we don’t
know what it is, you know? Can you tell us what it is?"
Mr. Axelrod’s reach even extended within
SRI. At the time of first contact, STAR GATE records prove that
Swann was still officially unaware that the experiments and tests at
SRI were being conducted under the auspices of the CIA. Taken at
face value Swann’s account could be interpreted as the passing of
information about CIA sponsored research to a organization of
unknown origin for an extended period of at least a couple of years.
At one point Swann was instructed to relay to Axelrod the status of
the SRI psychic results. In a classic example of the spy art, Swann
was instructed to write the number 65 on a piece of paper to alert
Axelrod when they had achieved a 65 percent hit rate using remote
viewing. One might wonder if this was an indication of a security
breach at SRI, or merely a means of checking Swann’s loyalty.
FROM THE MOON,
Sometime in the late summer of 1976, Swann made several trips
between SRI and Los Angeles to spend time with friends. Little did
he know, but he was about to encounter Axelrod’s operatives again.
During an ordinary trip to a Hollywood supermarket he was attracted
to a super-sexy woman. As he stood near the scantily clad beauty, he
experienced an ’electric-shock’ that sent waves of goosebumps over
his entire body, and stood his hair on end. Swann interpreted this
psychic alert as a warning that all was not right with this woman.
In fact, he decided that she must be an extraterrestrial.
Swann’s ’shocking’ experience is far from unusual. It has been
reported in many cases that lead to paranormal activity. Starstream
Research was recently contacted about what appeared to be an animal
mutilation that produced a similar ’shocking’ effect upon physical
contact with the carcass. We know of other cases involving telephone
calls from weird mechanical sounding voices, and from personal
contact with another human being that has had paraphysical
Swann had little time to react, however, as his shock turned to
Looking down the aisle he saw both of Mr. Axelrod’s operatives,
real-life men in black; dressed not like the character played by
Will Smith, in suit and tie, but more like Arnold Schwarzenegger in
"The Terminator," dressed in black jeans, boots and tank tops. They
were watching the strange, unearthly woman. Swann quickly left,
knowing that Axelrod would soon be calling.
The renewed phone contact by Axelrod was far from ordinary. First
Swann received a mysterious phone call from a female operative,
directing him to a different phone. The call ended in dead silence,
suggesting that the phone line had been cut and spliced into.
Once he reached the designated phone, Swann engaged in a scrambled
conversation with Axelrod, asking about the strange sexy woman in
Axelrod warned, "I feel obliged to tell you that she is really
Apparently Swann believed that Axelrod’s warning had confirmed his
worst fear. Not only were extraterrestrials on the moon, but they
had operatives here on Earth, among the ordinary people. If Axelrod
was to be believed, they were to be avoided at all possible cost.
Axelrod inquired about how the remote viewing work at SRI was going.
Axelrod told Ingo, "we have a special task." He needed to know when
Swann had reached 65 percent accuracy.
Axelrod instructed Ingo to place an ordinary sheet of paper with the
number 65 written on it under his ink blotter on his desk, in a
secure office at SRI, once the goal had been achieved.
In his book Swann mused about the possibilities:
"Who were this Axelrod and his
henchmen / operatives anyway? CIA, KGB, Mossad, M-5, some
ultra-secret military goings-on?"
"Then one morning when I lifted the blotter the hair on my arms
once again stood up. The signal (the piece of paper with 65
written on it) was gone. In its place was some dust-like powder
in which a finger had scrawled two words."
"The result of the promised
’contact’ was that if I had any doubts about whether they
existed, such doubts were shortly to be resolved. I almost got
killed in the process."
"The expected contact came in July, 1977, a few days after I
discovered the message in the dust."
Swann was surprised to see Mr. Axelrod
standing in the dining hall at SRI. After a brief meet-up with
Axelrod in the men’s room, Swann was directed to Axelrod’s Jeep,
waiting outside in the parking lot.
Axelrod drove Swann to a Lear Jet waiting at the San Jose airport,
and informed him that they might have an opportunity to see a UFO,
"rather close up."
After several hours of flight the plane made a covert landing
without any lights onto a dark runway. This was followed by a
two-hour drive into cold, dark mountains. Swann noticed that the van
moved even after the van’s motor appeared to go silent.
Once they reached their destination, Axelrod, Swann and Axelrod’s
two operatives hiked their way to the intended location.
Axelrod instructed Ingo,
"Just observe, we’ll debrief later
... Do not move unless I tell you to. They detect heat, noise,
motion like mad."
Swann, Axelrod and the two operatives
watched, and waited. Above a small lake, a gray fog began to rise.
Swann was startled as the fog was suddenly awash in luminous colors.
Purple, red and yellow lightning bolts silently shot out in all
Then, suddenly an object appeared, fading into view over the lake
waters. Swann described the object as triangular, almost diamond
"As I remember it, the thing did not
’transport’ itself. It GREW in place right where it appeared."
With the appearance of the object a wind
passed overhead, causing pine cones and branches to fall to the
ground. Swann writes that "ruby-red laser beams" began shooting out
from the object, which still appeared to be growing in size, even
though it remain stationary over the same location above the lake.
Swann estimated the fully visible object at ninety feet wide.
Laser beams hit the trees, and in the commotion of blasting pine and
low-frequency pulsations, Swann was dragged out of harm’s way by
Axelrod’s operatives. A beam cracked the branches at the location
they had only moments before abandoned in urgent haste. Looking back
for a final glimpse, Swann noticed that the water of the lake was
being sucked up into the weird object.
Swann writes "I was virtually petrified with a kind of terror for
which there are few words to describe."
Upon returning to the airfield, Swann observed an USA-Alaska mail
plane. He surmised that they had been in far northern Alaska.
"Our mission will be disbanded
shortly and the work picked up by others, because of strategic
security reasons involved ..."
"Next week you will be summoned for a complete physical
examination, ostensibly in line with overseeing the health
status of the people on your project. We just want to be sure
you experienced no physical damage. The physicians performing
the examination will be ordinary doctors who have no knowledge
of our existence."
Swann mentions that he sustained a leg
injury while viewing the UFO. We have yet to find any mention of
this in the STAR GATE files.
According to Swann,
"The last I saw of Mr. Axelrod was
at the San Jose airport, and so there ends the tale of my
encounters with him and his ultra-subterranean covert mission."
A CIA released memo on SRI stationary, dated November 2, 1978, from
Hal [Puthoff] states that,
"Just a quick note. For what it’s
worth, Swann now has a T/S [top secret] clearance with DoD
[Dept. of Defense]."
Indeed, Swann was ushered into the inner
sanctum of many top secret, limited access military programs, coming
as a result of the success of the SRI psychic research. The turning
point was the move from experimental work into operational programs,
and Swann’s knowledge and ability was to become the reference point
for many. By 1984 he was personally training military personnel to
become working psychic spies.
The CIA’s role had been moved from cutting edge research sponsor to
"tasking customer," with the various Department of Defense military
service elements taking the lead.
A summary of activity requested by Senate Appropriations Committee
via Congressionally Directed Action states:
"During the period between 1975 and
1979, the following DoD Service elements supported psi [psychic]
[Note: The various programs were grouped together under a
project titled GRILL FLAME]
The U.S. Navy program was to evaluate an individual’s ability to
perceive remote visual stimuli ...
The U.S Air Force National Air Intelligence Center, formerly the
Foreign Technology Division
(FTD), initiated its program by asking whether the phenomena
existed and whether it could be used to collect intelligence ...
[redacted service or agency] research effort focused on the use
of RV [remote viewing] to collect intelligence data ... "
Of potential interest to the Ingo Swann
tale, the report continues with:
"The U.S. Army’s Missile Research
and Development Command (MIRADCOM) had Stanford Research
Institute (SRI) under contract from August 1977 to 1978. The
work was done under the sponsorship of the Missile Intelligence
Agency (MIA). The object of the MIA program was to determine
whether selected individuals could interact and influence, by
mental means only, sensitive electronic equipment ..."
Curiously, the MIRADCOM program began in
August 1977, one month following Swann’s alleged encounter with the
alien machine in Alaska. The implication was that remote
perturbation, commonly called psychokinesis, or mind over matter,
could somehow be used to sabotage our nuclear missile deterrent. Of
the subjects tested at SRI, it was Swann that had allegedly
perturbed sensitive test equipment, and remote viewed the interior
of the device.
The report continues:
"From May 1979 to September 1979,
SRI assisted MIRADCOM in developing sensitive measurement
equipment for the experiment [to test for remote perturbation by
mind over matter] ... the Army Material Systems Analysts
Activity (AMSAA) extended the applications-oriented research
lines begun by other organizations ... During this same period
of time the U.S. Army Intelligence and Security Command (USA
INSCOM) was also asked whether RV [remote viewing] could be used
to collect intelligence data."
The report also notes that,
"During the period that DoD Service
organizations were involved, DIA also pursued some aspects of
psychoenergetics [remote viewing and perturbation, mind over
matter]. Its activities were restricted, however, to aspects
clearly related to threat assessment and intelligence data
collection. DIA contracted research with SRI to train
individuals to do RV [remote viewing] and supported attempts by
experienced remote viewers to collect intelligence on former
Soviet sites of operational interest."
Is there anything to be gleaned by
looking closer at the various agencies involved in the official
record that might help to identify Mr. Axelrod and his black
One possibility involves the numerous reports of nuclear
missiles going off-line when UFO’s have buzzed the launch field.
This clearly registers as a major breach of the national security.
Perhaps there was concern that the UFO’s buzzing air bases might be
related to sightings during various space missions, like the recent
revelation that a UFO had shadowed the Apollo 11 mission?
It is possible that target locations on the moon were selected based
upon observations of UFO’s by the astronauts. It is also quite
conceivable that someone might have decided it was worth a try to
have Swann, notable for his Earthly remote viewing of super-secret
installations here on Earth, take a minds-eye view of the moonscape
to see what was going on in the darkness.
Fans of the hit television series, "The X-Files," will tell you
that, "The truth is out there."
For real-life psychic operative Ingo Swann, the truth is still in
his head, and he isn’t talking anymore.
Note: Additional information and documentation are available at
the Starstream Research web site.