Project Stargate: 10 Facts About the US Government Psychic Experiments
Project Stargate: 10 Facts About the US Government Psychic Experiments

Project Stargate: 10 Facts About the US Government Psychic Experiments

Shannon Quinn - July 1, 2018

Project Stargate: 10 Facts About the US Government Psychic Experiments
Some psychics claim that they used tarot cards to channel their powers, but in Project Stargate, they were called “The Witches”. Credit: Wikimedia Commons

A Curious Double Standard

Women are known for having much stronger sense of intuition than men, and they have a higher chance of experiencing psychic phenomenon than their male counterparts. Some believe that since culture allows women to be more in-tune with their emotions, it helps them tap into their psychic powers. So, if that is the case, wouldn’t it have made sense to find a team of female psychics to help with Project Stargate? The unfortunately reality of the situation was that the vast majority of “experts” were male. They had very few women that were brought on to help with the project, and even when they arrived, they were never taken seriously.

It was more than a decade before they even considered to bring in women to help, and some of the remote viewing studies begin to indicate female handwriting, but the names and genders of those participants are conveniently never confirmed. By 1991, The Gulf War had begun, and remote viewers from Project Stargate had gone to do their duty, or they had simply retired out of the military. The project cost $500,000 per year, and the higher-ups were seriously re-considering if they should continue to pay for these psychic experiments out of the military’s budget. They were desperate for new remote viewing talent, so they hired two civilian female psychics named Angela Dellafiora and Robin Dahlgren to come to Fort Meade, Maryland.

They were called “The Witches” by the male members of Project Stargate who felt that their techniques were an insult to the “real” ways of the psychic warrior. They would mostly use tarot cards to predict the future. Many psychics use crystals and tarot cards, because they claim that it helps to channel their energy. But in the eyes of the men, this was a sign that the were frauds.

These female remote viewers were asked to locate Saddam Hussein, but they had absolutely no success. Male authors who later wrote about these two women claimed that they failed because they were “not interest” in the military. Obviously, that had nothing to do with it, because the men could not find Saddam Hussein, either. They never actually accomplished anything helpful to the CIA, and it most likely damaged the reputation of the project, because “The Witches” were often compared to the types of tarot psychics that were seen on TV.

This was a case of the pot calling the kettle black, because, obviously, other so-called psychics, like Uri Geller, were later debunked as illusionists and frauds. But since they were men, the CIA was quick to believe other men’s predictions, calling them ‘experts’ rather than ‘witches’ or ‘wizards’. Other female remote viewers were usually alien enthusiasts, who typically got their information wrong whenever the CIA began to look into their claims. However, again, when two viewers gave equally crazy testimonies, they were far more likely to believe the male subjects over the females, because they were interpreted as being more trust-worthy sources of information. Even to this day, the vast majority of people who show up to remote viewing classes are male.

Project Stargate: 10 Facts About the US Government Psychic Experiments
Photograph of the Hale Bopp Comet. Credit: Wikimedia Commons

Cults and Comets

Two civilian remote viewers, a man named Dr. Courtney Brown and a woman named Prudence Calabrese were asked to examine an object in a photograph near the Hale Bopp comet. They predicted that it was an alien spaceship headed towards Earth. They described that it was a massive sphere-shaped ship, similar to the Death Star in Star Wars, filled with tunnels, corridors, and multiple rooms. Their visions were reported on the radio, and the reporter repeated multiple times that this was not a fictional story, calling it “breaking news”.

Because of this reporting, people who believed very strongly in the existence of aliens clung on to it as proof that what they had believed for years was finally being confirmed. If Brown and Calabrese were to be believed, there was a spaceship headed towards Earth, which may or may not result in an alien invasion. When Prudence Calabrese was interviewed on TV to talk about her predictions, she wore a Star Trek pin. This was obviously a huge red flag, because everyone knew that she was a fan of science fiction, and apparently, she saw nothing wrong with wearing that. But the rest of the world knew that there was no credibility to her statements that aliens were about to invade the planet.

However, for the people who already believed in aliens, they were excited. Brown and Calabrese’s phone was ringing non-stop with people who were interested in working with them. A group of die-hard believers was formed, calling themselves the Heaven’s Gate. This cult believed that when the Hale Bopp comet passed by the Earth, so would the space ship. They all believed that they were going to be taken away, and the only way to do so would be to committed suicide, so that their soul would float into space and get on the ship. They were all wearing identical outfits, down to their black Nike sneakers. One by one, they drank poison, while the cult members who were still alive would drape a purple shroud over their body, until there was only one left.

The shame of this scandal was enough to completely ruin Brown and Calabrese’s integrity, and it was a sign that the CIA needed to give up looking to psychics for answers. The occasional prediction of an alien invasion wasn’t charming anymore. It was dangerous information for people who were mentally ill, and being connected to the military or government in any way gave it too much credibility for them to ignore. This was a sign to the U.S. government that if there actually was any evidence of alien life, it was best to keep silent, because there is no way to know how the public might react.

However, after the attacks in New York city on September 11th, 2001, the FBI went back to Brown and Calabrese for any potential information they could view of the location of the terrorists. They began to predict other attacks, but none of them ever came true, and they lost their credibility yet again. Prudence Calabrese became shunned, even in the remote viewing community, because she was seen as being very unprofessional, and giving them a bad name. Even to this day, people still believe in remote viewing, and Dr. Courtney Brown continues to give his predictions of the future on his YouTube channel.


Where did we find this stuff? Here are our sources:

Project Stargate Declassified Documents. Central Intelligence Agency.

Project Sun Streak Briefing. Central Intelligence Agency.

Crazy Rulers of the World. Psychic Foot Soldiers. Channel 4 Documentary.

The Sorcerer’s Apprentice: A Skeptic’s Journey Into the CIA’s Project Stargate and Remote Viewing. John Herlosky. Body, Mind, and Spirit. 2015.

U.S. and Soviet Spooks Studied Paranormal Powers to Find a Cold War Advantage. Larry Greenemeier. Scientific American. 2008.

Fooling Professional Psychics. Darren Brown. 2016

Remote Viewing Documentary. Strange But True? 1993-1997

Remote Viewers: The Secret History of America’s Psychic Spies. Jim Schnabel. Random House Publishing. 2011.