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Five spooky, scary things from CIA’s history

Five spooky, scary things from CIA’s history

The popular imagination has conjured a Central Intelligence Agency of stealth and shadows, but sometimes the Agency’s spookiest moves are the ones that really happened.

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Here's why there's a flyer for a creepy wax museum in the CIA archives

Here’s why there’s a flyer for a creepy wax museum in the CIA archives

Back in January, when it was first announced that the Central Intelligence Agency’s declassified archives would finally be made accessible to the public, media outlets searched for strange and notable documents to pique said public’s interest. One document in particular that received considerable coverage was the seemingly inexplicable flyer for a wax museum. We did a little digging, however, and it turns out there’s a perfectly reasonable explanation for the flyer: time-traveling psychics.

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The Pentagon collected research that warned Soviets with “super-human abilities” could shoot lightning out of their hands

The Pentagon collected research that warned Soviets with “super-human abilities” could shoot lightning out of their hands

As late as 1990, reports collected by the Pentagon show the U.S. Government was willing to take seriously reports that the Soviets were able to manifest “ball lightning” by using the brain as a “superconductor.”

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Did CIA psychics predict a Trump presidency?

Did CIA psychics predict a Trump presidency?

30 years ago, CIA remote viewers channeled Donald Trump’s Newsweek cover and got a “Alfred E. Neuman” vibe - and a possible glimpse of his eventual political ascendance.

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Before NSA's slides were made with PowerPoint, they looked like this ...

Before NSA’s slides were made with PowerPoint, they looked like this …

Included in the release of the NSA’s psychic research program is a document labeled “Chart Depicting Interaction/Dependencies Acting on Parapsychology.” The hand-drawn chart is the only thing in the document, and it looks awfully familiar …

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