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By Steve Hammons

People around the world are facing many challenges and asking many questions. Some are down-to-Earth and conventional concerns. Some are more unconventional, spiritual and metaphysical questions. In some cases, the conventional and metaphysical merge.

For example, many of the people waging war now, on one side or the other, claim to believe they are doing it for spiritual reasons, for Heaven and for God. The real-life bullets, bombs, killing and torture are being done for religious reasons, they claim. And, of course, God is on their side.

The larger psychological and spiritual lives of people, nations and cultures are also part of the basic aspects of everyday living. Philosophies of life, of right and wrong, combine with decisions to work for peace, fight in war, choose to hate, choose to love.

Intelligence, too, plays a key role. Intelligence in the sense of tactical and strategic information. Intelligence in terms of the ability of individuals to think clearly, logically and independently. Intelligence about the human race and our history. Intelligence about the natural world, science and how the universe works. Intelligence about what is really going on, both those things in plain sight and found in “open source intelligence (OSINT)” and things that are hidden, covert and behind the veil.


In past decades, the United States and the American people were often looked to as sources of many of these kinds of intelligences. Now, the image of the United States around the world is a mixed one.

On one hand, the U.S. is still a land of economic opportunity, personal liberty and cultural creativity. On the other hand, some seem to see the U.S. as economic exploiter and imperial aggressor.

According to some recent surveys, the people of many nations do not now have a favorable view of the U.S. Or, to be more clear, they don’t have a favorable view of U.S. foreign policy and some aspects of the way the U.S. Government and society have been working in recent years.

It’s fair to say that many Americans feel the same way. Immediately after the trauma of the 9/11 attacks, America felt unified and purposeful. Now, a majority of Americans report in surveys that they do not believe the U.S. is going in the right direction. What this means when broken down into specifics is unclear.

Undoubtedly some of the factors include the invasion of Iraq and the subsequent guerilla war, inaccurate prewar information that was used to justify it, the suspected real reasons for the Iraq war, the deaths of over 2,000 U.S. troops and injuries to over 15,000, the accompanying torture of prisoners, questions about whether the 9/11 attacks were what they appeared to be and other issues.

American cultural influences, too, get mixed reviews at home and internationally. These influences are diverse and have many aspects to them. Some movies, TV and pop music are, arguably, not the most enlightening and uplifting creations. However, there are much deeper and more authentic factors in American culture, though we do not always see them and the international community does not always learn about them.

As a result of concerns that America is no longer as widely viewed as a leader, but sometimes rather as a danger in one way or another, efforts in “public diplomacy” have been launched. Some of these endeavors are aimed at the international community. And many similar communications efforts have targeted American citizens. Obviously, the situation is far deeper than simply a public relations problem. And it will require more than PR spin and psychological operations (PSYOP).


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In the 20th century and in the previous centuries of human existence on this Earth, we have waged war, killed each other and destroyed. Humans have also loved, created beauty and discovered knowledge of all kinds. These behaviors sometimes occur in waves, sometimes simultaneously, sometimes in no apparent pattern.

However, we like to think, hope and pray that the human race has made progress over the centuries. That we have learned. That we are more intelligent in many ways. That we understand more about Nature, Earth, the creatures on it, the universe and how things work in it. That we have advanced as a species and as creatures in this universe of ours.

Is this wishful and delusional thinking? Are we, as a race, still primitive barbarians? Fearful, dangerous, prone to destroy rather than to build, to hate rather than to love?

It seems clear that the human race has not yet advanced to a level where we can be sure we have left these very dangerous characteristics behind, or at least turned the corner.

As a race, we still seem to frequently kill each other, with whatever weapons are available, small and large. The detonation of nuclear weapons, whether “loose nukes” in the hands of terrorists or nuclear weapons launched by misguided government officials could create damage we can barely imagine. Biowarfare and bioterrorism could unleash weapons just as terrible.

A goal then, might be to raise our sights. No, I don’t mean shooting the enemy in the head instead of the chest. I mean gaining scientific and metaphysical intelligence that can contribute to the advancement of the human race. Getting to the next level. Even making a breakthrough of some kind.

To accomplish this successfully, we can make good use of OSINT, PSYOP, spiritual viewpoints, military tactics and strategies, and communication and education modalities.


Military or other kinds of special operations forces are tasked to deal with unconventional situations and using unconventional means. These efforts are done side by side with conventional approaches.

Likewise, unconventional intelligences blend with conventional intelligences. They work side by side and represent a continuum of information, perspectives and opportunities.

For example, “remote viewing” would surely fall into the category of an unconventional approach to intelligence gathering, communication and understanding. At least it is unconventional in our modern cultures. In ancient Native American Indian philosophy and psychology, for example, getting valid intelligence information from dreams, vision quests, animal spirits and similar sources was considered normal.

Remote viewing, a name given to a fairly specific protocol of methods and guidelines, was developed by the U.S. Army, CIA, Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) and private scientific contractors. They are certainly not the first people to discover than sometimes information coming from deep within can be quite valid and quite helpful.

Another example of reports of useful unconventional experience might be those people who have had near-death experiences (NDE) when they have been clinically dead or mighty close to it. They report going through a tunnel of light, of meeting loved ones who’ve passed on. Of getting to a very, very nice place.

Even reports of UFOs might offer some opportunity to get a perspective on the human condition. Millions of people all over the world are fascinated by this topic. From China to India, from Russia and Europe to the United States people report encounters with UFOs from far away, and from close range.

The intelligence agencies and militaries of many nations have conducted significant investigations into UFOs, as have scientists. Some of what they have learned has been made public and is available in OSINT sources in books, movies and on the Web. It’s probably accurate that not all knowledge about UFOs is OSINT. That is, all the information about this phenomena is not out in the open.

How do we integrate these unconventional matters with the serious and deadly real-life challenges we face? How can intelligence of this kind help us with wars, peace, power struggles between nations and cultures, natural disasters, disease, starvation, poverty, energy crises?

The first step might be seeking information, knowledge and intelligence about the conventional and unconventional. Common denominators, common ground might emerge. OSINT tools, platforms and methods of communication, education and empowering PSYOP might be identified and deployed.

Conflict resolution could result. Conflict resolution and maybe something greater, maybe something bigger. Maybe something more wonderful and beautiful.

About the Author

Steve Hammons is the author of two novels about a U.S. Government and military joint-service research team investigating unusual phenomena. MISSION INTO LIGHT and the sequel LIGHTโ€™S HAND introduce readers to the ten women and men of the โ€œJoint Reconnaissance Study Groupโ€ and their exciting adventures exploring the unknown.

This article first published by Steve Hammons November 7, 2005