Is Tom Ridge Calling up the Psychic Hotline?

New York Magazine reports on a number of psychics who claim that the Federal government has contacted them for help in the ongoing terrorist investigation. If this sort of claim had been made say 10 years ago, I’d have dismissed it out of hand, but the reality is that until 1995 the CIA was throwing American tax dollars at psychics as part of an exploration of the potential intelligence uses of “remote viewing,” so it’s not inconceivable that this could be going on.

Psychic Prudence Calabrese claims that she has been in contact with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, but then again Calabrese also claims she has been in contact with 3-foot-tall alien as well. The FBI denies using Calabrese, but New York Magazine quotes an unnamed former Justice Department lawyer as claiming that Calabrese has been taken seriously by the government before.

Lyn Buchanan, who was one of the psychics involved in the CIA research, claims that the CIA renewed its contacts with him after the 9/11 attacks.

(And aren’t you glad the CIA spent that money on psychics rather than trying to apprehend Osama Bin Laden in the 1990s?)


Psychic Ops. Geoff Gray, New York Magazine, January 21, 2002.

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