John McCaslin

The Pentagon says it's not out of the realm of possibility.

We're talking about teleportation. What Capt. Kirk and his "Star Trek" crew accomplished in virtually every show. Modern man vanishing in Washington and reappearing seconds later in Tora Bora, or wherever else he might need to go.

Fueled by private research in Austria and Italy verifying quantum teleportation (transferring properties of one quantum particle to another, regardless of distance), Uncle Sam has been examining this previously unthinkable mode of transportation.

And why stop with one being? Why not beam entire troop divisions and their tanks to distant places -- or even galaxies? Sound impossible?

Not to the military minds at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio, home of stealth and laser technology, and researchers at Edwards Air Force Base in California, which last year completed the Air Force Teleportation Physics Study - detailing theoretical methods leading to the physical teleportation of objects and people.

The other day, The Beltway Beat reviewed the U.S. military's special report on the study, in which lead author Eric W. Davis praises Edwards Air Force Base Air Force Research Laboratory senior scientist Dr. Franklin B. Mead Jr. for his "professionalism and excellent rapport with 'out of the box' thinkers, (which) excites and motivates serious exploration into advanced concepts that push the envelope of knowledge and discovery."

A press conference will be held this week to announce the results of the first private-sector analysis of the military's study, specifically examining post-Sept. 11 national security implications. Speakers will appear - arriving on foot, for now.


One of the aggravations when you're the president of the United States and attend a sporting or cultural event is you seldom get to see - or hear - the final score.

Sunday night's Kennedy Center Honors, paying tribute to the likes of Tony Bennett and Robert Redford, was no exception.

"In the evening's only disappointing moment, the pool (White House reporters trailing President Bush) was escorted out of the Kennedy Center just as the Rev. Al Green was launching into his concluding rendition of Tina Turner's 'Let's Stay Together.' We had to sing along on the way to the press van," reads the official White House pool report.


Given a growing "war on Christmas" waged by the American Civil Liberties Union against Americans, one group is enlisting 100,000 people to send "Merry Christmas" cards to the national offices of the ACLU.

John McCaslin

John McCaslin is a contributing columnist on and author of Inside The Beltway: Offbeat Stories, Scoops, and Shenanigans from around the Nation's Capital .

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