Project SCANATE Documents and CIA’s Abysmal FOIA Process

July 2, 2014 | 1


Ahh, Central Intelligence Agency. How I bang my head against you. It should surprise no one that The Company is notoriously opaque with regard to releasing documents, but as I’m finding out, even declassified documents can be a hassle to acquire. Take, for example, Project SCANATE documents pertaining to the infamous “Remote Viewing” program, an area of research that has recently piqued my interest. Despite having been declassified in 2003, the CIA’s Electronic Reading Room has yet to digitize these documents. Come to find out, the vast majority of declassified CIA documents important to various lines of research remain undigitized; in the age of the Internet, should documents not be available online, they may very well have gone down the proverbial Memory Hole.

I find it curious that the analysis of Project SCANATE written by CIA asset Hal Puthoff is readily accessible online, but the primary sources on SCANATE are much harder to find. In my search outside of the CIA’s sparsely populated reading room, I was utterly unsuccessful. My only option, then, was to file a Freedom of Information request to the CIA directly and have them mail me the documents.

…but the CIA, it would seem, attempts to obfuscate this process for those who may utilize it. From the CIA’s own FOIA FAQ page, it’s clearly stated that the only way for the Proles to request information from the Agency is by snail mail. In the 21tst Century. Just in case the CIA gets its act together and changes this page, here’s a historical record of their convenient ignorance:


The CIA does, in fact, allow for FOIA submission via e-mail, though you wouldn’t know it by looking at their website. The feature is tucked away quietly in a small text link on a single page. So either the CIA is woefully inadequate at aggregating information on its own website (doubtful) or they leave this process deliberately muddied to dissuade people from requesting even previously declassified documents. Given The Company’s line of work, I’d put my money on the latter.

So, after submitting my request and waiting about a month, I finally got my hands on a few of the Project SCANATE documents I was looking for, and a mere 11 years after their original declassification, have finally made them available for the computer-owning public. Truly a momentous day. Honestly, the documents in and of themselves aren’t incredibly revelatory, but I’m in the process of building a much larger case related to the true purpose of the remote viewing program for which CIA-RDP96-00791R000100480002-4 will be a small but integral piece of the puzzle. Stay tuned.

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