Introduction: The Psychic Spy
The use of extra-sensory perception (ESP) as a communications system in war, or as a weapon of war in its own right, is nothing new.
In Roman times, soothsayers and fortunetellers were paid to assist generals with the deployment of their forces and to gauge the strengths and weaknesses of enemies. American Indians speak of medicine men who could predict an enemy’s advance, as well as the number of warriors and weapons held, by simply going into a trance.
It is known that Hitler placed great store in the power of psychic ability, with some initial, although thankfully short-lived, success during World War II, and that even Churchill was not above employing some of the more reliable mediums on projects that required their unique talents.
What is new, however, is the wealth of information now coming forward to demonstrate how seriously the power of ESP was taken by the Soviet Union and the United States of America during the years of the Cold War. Files now available, since the collapse of communism in the East and following the forty-year Freedom of Information Bill in the West, show clearly how far research went in both countries and how, for five nerve-wracking days during the 1962 Cuban missile crisis, the fate of the world lay not in hands of Kennedy or Khrushchev, but in the minds of two hunted women . . .
FIRE & ICE
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