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Young Minds, Root Causes

Spooky Action

Thanks to The Thin Man, I rediscovered Jim Schnabel’s charmingly bizarre documentary, The Real X-Files. Originally broadcast by Channel 4 in August 1995, the film investigates the U.S. military’s Cold War research into extrasensory perception as a tool of espionage. By turns intriguing and hilarious - part pure bonkersdom, part genuine puzzle - the film can be viewed in full below. Be sure to keep an eye out for Sergeant Mel Riley and his impressive feathered headgear.

First, here’s a short preview:

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Part 1:

Remote viewing. “Disrupt individuals.” Ingo’s target. Reading name tags.

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Part 2:

“Like Kryptonite.” Random numbers. Volcanoes and atom bombs.  “Undesirables.”

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Part 3:

Stubblebine and spoon bending. “Psychic blowjobs.” Chasing ETs. Tuning in.

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Jim Schnabel is the author of Remote Viewers: The Secret History of America’s Psychic Spies.

More on SRI’s “remote viewing” project can be found here

(h/t, The Thin Man, keeper of the archives.)