2. Using psychics to try to gather intelligence...for 17 years
Intelligence agencies collect as much info from as many sources as possible so our leaders can make informed decisions about global and domestic threats. It just so happens that one of those sources was, for a time, essentially Miss Cleo.
The Stargate Project wasn't just the name of your dad's '70s prog-rock band. It was a military program, later handed off to the CIA, designed to determine whether or not psychic powers such as remote viewing—seeing events occurring in another part of the world—could be used by the government as a means of gathering information.
This wasn't some fringe group that spent a week studying the phenomena either. The program began in 1978 and didn't end until 1995, when the CIA admitted, "Even though a statistically significant effect has been observed in the laboratory, it remains unclear whether the existence of a paranormal phenomenon, remote viewing, has been demonstrated. The laboratory studies do not provide evidence regarding the origins or nature of the phenomenon, assuming it exists, nor do they address an important methodological issue of inter-judge reliability."