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Thursday, October 16, 2008

Operation Blue Light...Review by the Doctor

About the book:
Operation Blue Light is a tale of the Pentagon's attempts to develop the perfect tool for espionage: psychic spies. These psychic spies, or "spoken telepaths," were able to infiltrate any target, elude any form of security, and never risk scratch. For forty years, the government selected civilian and military personnel for psychic ability, trained them, and put them to work, full-time, at taxpayers' expense, against real intelligence targets. Before now the only information the public has gotten was about the work of remote viewers in the 1980s and 1990s.

The beginning of the use of use of psychics has not been told. Philip Chabot's abilities were monitored then tested by US Government agencies including the CIA, the Defense Intelligence Agency, the National Security Council, the FBI, the National Security Agency, and maybe others. Most of this material is still officially classified or conveniently missing. Philip Chabot's story may explain why masses of CIA documents about the MKULTRA Mind Control project, including the material on Extra Sensory Perception, were destroyed in 1972 when Sid Gottleib and Richard Helms retired from the CIA.

After a phone call in the late afternoon of July 7, 1966, government agents were waiting for Chabot outside his motel room in Lebanon Missouri. As he waits in jail for further questioning and testing, he remembers his last 6 years. These times of his growing psychic ability were also times of distractions. Just as he was leaving high school and starting his life, it was also when he was drawn into the early government experiments using telepathy.

For the first time we get a chance to see what they were doing in the 1960s. Operation Blue Light gives us a look at abilities, techniques and practices never before revealed.

When I was offered the chance to review this book, I took it because it sounded like something that would interest my husband. He read it and what follows is his review.
Holly asked me to review this book because I have more of an open mind on the paranormal than she does. The subtitle of this book reads “My secret life among psychic spies” so I started reading, hoping to read about secret government facilities and about intelligence gleaned through psychic phenomena that bore out in the real world. Even a glimpse of testing performed in dark rooms, with lamps and polygraphs would have peaked my interest.

Unfortunately, there was none of this. I think this book can be best explained by paraphrasing a line from the book, “When I went off the Thorazine my psychic abilities came back”.

I hate to write a negative review, because I honestly think that the author genuinely feels like this happened, and that he was able to make psychic phone calls to other countries. As a book, this is not an easy read. Way too much time is spent on back-story of his life that has nothing to do with his claimed ‘abilities’. I kept reading, hoping that his story would grow into something concrete, but it just gets more confusing and dis-jointed as the story goes on. In the end pages there is an apparent brief interview of the author by people who he claims are from the FBI and the CIA--but that is as far as government involvement in this story goes. As to whether that gives any credence to the author’s story I can’t say--I wasn’t there, so I can’t say if it in fact happened.

I don’t want to seem harsh, but to me this book feels like the writings of someone who desperately wants validation for what he feels happened, and for the abilities he claims to have. There is very little material in this book that gives any credence to his claim.

I can’t honestly recommend this book, but I wish the author well. I hope he has found in his older years the peace that seems to be lacking in his earlier ones.

Thanks to Cherubim Publishing for the opportunity to review this book. You can find out more about the author here.  You can purchase your own copy here.

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