But recent events may have caused the government to renew its interest in remote viewing. Several media outlets have reported the claims of a West Coast psychic named Prudence Calabrese, who says the FBI has contacted her several times in the wake of Sept. 11. Other psychics have also reported being contacted by federal officials, who are apparently looking for all the help they can get in finding Osama bin Laden. The FBI and CIA have refused to comment on the reported use of paranormal operatives, but the agencies admit that Attorney General John Ashcroft has urged them to "think outside the box."
All of which galls Bay Area Skeptics President Tully McCarroll, who would prefer the government use more shoe leather and fewer 800 numbers in the search for terrorists. "When you think about Reagan making global decisions based on his horoscope, it's just heart-rending," McCarroll says. "People have tried and tried to prove these things for millennia, since the beginning of recorded history, and no one has ever been able to prove anything. If all of this is true, why hasn't anyone gotten rich off this?"
Ah, but some people have -- via government contract.