The Two Percent Company today have put out a call for all psychics to help in the search for Natalee Holloway, the young girl who has sadly gone missing in Aruba. Of course – this is the ideal opportunity for Allison Dubois, Sylvia Browne et al to prove their powers to the world and do some good to boot, although I won’t be holding my breath.
This article made me think of Psi Tech. They are the people who supposedly purchased Remote Viewing technology from the US government. (I’m referring to project Star Gate, the US government’s multi-million dollar attempt to harness psychic powers for spying operations that was so successful the project was cancelled.) Sounds like just the ticket to find a missing girl, wouldn’t you think? Psi Tech used to do this kind of thing although their enthusiasm for
remote viewing guessing the locations of missing girls waned following their spectacular failure to “remote view” the location of Elizabeth Smart’s dead body, and the identity of her killer. (Smart was found very much alive some months later.)
Unsurprisingly, Psi Tech took the Elizabeth Smart report off their website, but you can still see what they said, thanks to The Wayback Machine. This is the page they want to forget, the hilariously entitled Solving (sic) The Elizabeth Smart Case:
At the request of Elizabeth Smart's Uncle last July 2002, PSI TECH directed its team of professional Technical Remote Viewers to gather information to assist the Smart family and law enforcement in solving the mystery of Elizabeth's disappearance. The investigation had three goals from the outset: 1) Find out if Elizabeth was alive 2) Pinpoint her location 3) Identify the abductor.
Since the commencement of this project, PSI TECH has worked diligently on the first objective; to find Elizabeth. It was determined within the first few hours that she was deceased.
On September 17th we identified the perpetrator as a Caucasian male in his 20's or early 30's about 5'6 in height who works on cars and is either a mechanic and/or operates heavy machinery like a tow truck or a front-loader. He wears a uniform in his current employment. The ground search team led by chief investigators Jeff Lewis (a former bounty hunter) Greg Chase (a former Information Intelligence Specialist from the Salt Lake City P.D.) and Clive Peterson (from Utah PI) identified a person who perfectly matched our description. They provided us with an actual photograph of the suspect
Not only did they incorrectly state she was dead and waste the time of officials searching for the body in the location they had “viewed”, they also incorrectly fingered an innocent (of that crime) man. Above are the sketches they drew, and a photograph (obscured), of the actual man they accused of the crime.
At the time I emailed Psi Tech to ask them to explain this blunder, and to suggest that maybe remote viewing is just a load of old nonsense.
This was the reply I received from the President of Psi Tech:
This is is (sic) the first time we have been wrong about "dead or alive". The mistake was made in the analysis of the data not the data itself. This is still a young technology and the analysis of the data is even younger. So, people can wait another twenty years until we prefect (sic) it or they can be pioneer's (sic) to help perfect it but be cautious because pioneers need backbones. It doesn't make this technology any less valid - it only makes we, (sic) human beings fallible but we knew that already.
You might think “dead or alive” is a pretty major difference. You might also think that if this is “the first time we have been wrong about ‘dead or alive’", maybe that’s because such girls are rarely found alive, and that Psi Tech just play the odds and prey on grieving families. You might also think the choice is not to “wait another twenty years until we prefect (sic) it”, but rather to determine if there is anything in it at all. There is no point in “perfecting” something that is a load of nonsense to start with.
Anyway, perhaps we should let them try again. So I just emailed the President of Psi Tech Joni Dourif, to see if they can find out what happened to this girl. Feel free to do the same. I’ll report back with any replies.