Cleve Backster

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"After World War II experience as a naval officer in the West Pacific theater, Mr. Backster established the polygraphy program at the Central Intelligence Agency beginning in 1947. In the mid-1960s, he began experiments with plants and other biological entities to see if they exhibited electromagnetic responses to distant stimuli. Associated with this were a number of psychokinetic experiments conducted with a newly emerging parapsychology researcher named Ingo Swann. Cleve Backster played an important role in bringing Mr. Swann and Dr. Hal Puthoff together for the first time in what ultimately led to the quarter-century-long government remote viewing program. " [1]


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  1. International Remote Viewing Association Cleve Backster, organizational web page, accessed July 23, 2013.
  2. HeartMath Institute Advisory boards, organizational web page, accessed August 26, 2018.