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CBS Sunday Morning Seers Don’t See So Well

JOE NICKELL

On March 18, 2018, CBS Sunday Morning featured O an insufficiently skeptical segment, “ESP: Inside the Government’s Secret Program on Psychic Spies.”

One of the psychics presented— Angela Ford (formerly Angela Dellafiora)—is described as a former Pentagon Project Stargate “psychic spy.” She recalled one of her best assignments in which, allegedly, she psychically tracked down fugitive drug smuggler Charlie Jordan in 1989. Reporter Erin Moriarty simply takes Ford at her word and gushes, “There is no obvious explanation for how Ford obtained the intel that turned out to be accurate.” But was it really accurate?

Actually, the Stargate project’s final report found “reason to suspect” that in “some well publicized cases of dramatic hits” the psychics might have had “substantially more background information” than might otherwise be apparent. Just such criticisms are raised by the Charlie Jordan case and the involvement of Angela Ford. (I was asked to look into the case for the BBC series Mysteries, which aired November 23, 1998. See also my investigative report in the March 2001 Skeptical Briefs, online at https://www.csicop.org/sb/show/remotely_viewed_the_charlie_jordan_case.)

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