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Book Review: Tell Me What You See Remote Viewing Cases from the World’s Premier Psychic Spy By Major Ed Dames & Joel Harry Newman

08/01/2012 05:44PM ● Published by Denise Brown

Book Review By Delphine Lucas

Even for us diehard readers, those of us who would rather read than do just about anything else, it happens only every couple of years or so that we find a book we can’t put down. This is one of those books.

It was sent to us by the author, the late Joel Harry New- man, who lived in Morongo Valley before his untimely death this year. I read it on a road trip. I pulled it out of my bag every time my husband stopped to fill up for gas, in the hotel at night, and every chance I got in between.

The book is not only well-written, but the topic is unbelievably compelling. It is a autobiography of sorts, written in Dame’s first person voice, and recorded by Newman, the biographer, about the life of a psychic spy, as if it were even possible to write a biography of a spy.

Spies are close-lipped. They slide in and out of different realities and lead you toward assumptions that may not be real. At least Major Ed Dames does. It was not easy for Newman to write the book because Dames volunteered little about himself, and the author had to figure out how to fill in the gaps. According to Newman, when the book was completed, Dames adopted the story as his new identity, one that had slightly shifted.

As a former cold war spy for the U.S. in Russia, Major Ed Dames should know about shifting, or shape-shifting, be- cause this is what he does. He is a remote viewer. He was put in charge of a highly secret remote viewing unit by the United States government whose mission it was to gather information in places none of them had ever been before in person. It was accomplished by a technique that allows the unconscious mind to travel across time and space, gathering impressions that are turned into sketches. These sketches show the location of objects or people. This information was collected without leaving the office. Dames taught a select group of people a very specific step-by-step technique and among their tasks, for example, were to look for weapons of mass destruction in the middle east.

Dames has retired from government service. He got tired of working with incompetent psychics brought onto his team by the government. He is now using his remote viewing skills to help find missing children, both in the United States and in the Ukraine, where he spends time with his Ukranian wife. The book includes an account of the search for Christina White, a child who disappeared several years ago in eastern Washington. He describes in detail the method he and his team used to look for her. In the book are the sketches provided by team members of the place where they saw her bones.

The author of the book, Newman, was a staff reporter and editor for the Los Angeles Herald Examiner and has contributed articles to some mainstream magazines we all pick up from time to time. He comes from the “old school” style of journalism; smart, passionate, irreverent, and honest. In other words he was real. My husband and I met him at a party in Yucca Valley and we clicked immediately. He asked us if we would like to meet the spy, although he might be difficult to find.

Some time passed, and my husband and I met Newman at the end of December, 2011 at Ma Rouge in Yucca Valley to have him autograph a copy of his book for a gift. I found out later this was the last time he appeared in public alone. We had no idea he did not have long to live.

Not long afterwards we attended Joel’s memorial service, a gathering of Joel’s, and his wife Feryat’s friends and family, at his Morongo Valley home. While having a lengthy conversation with an innocuous gentleman, my husband suddenly grabbed me as I walked by and asked, “Do you want to meet Ed Dames?”

Major Ed Dames is the sort of man that I would never notice. I hadn’t noticed him at the party talking to my husband, and I wouldn’t have noticed him in a restaurant or anywhere else for that matter. I had never met a spy before and couldn’t wait to talk to him. He was charming, somewhat of a ladies’ man, actually, and was open to answering questions. I asked, “What are you doing now?” “Do you still teach remote viewing to people who want to learn the technique?”

Dames told me that he is using his skills to find gold stashed in the desert and using the sale of the gold to fund his searches to find missing children. And yes, he gives workshops on remote viewing in Reno for those of us who might want to learn the technique.

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