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Jun 19 2013

Url Geller: Super Spy

Uri Geller, the spoon-bending “psychic” con man from Israel, is now claiming to have been a CIA agent during the Cold War, helping the CIA counter the Soviet Union’s non-existent ability to use their minds in warfare. And apparently there’s a whole new documentary about it.

“The Secret Life of Uri Geller-Psychic Spy,” by Vikram Jayanti, says Geller used his powers against Russia, including erasing Soviet floppy discs and changing the mind of an unnamed Russian leader in order to convince him to sign a nuclear arms reduction treaty, The Independent reported…

“When Jimmy Carter was elected President, one of the first things he did was to have Uri Geller give him a four-hour briefing on the Soviet psychic threat,” Jayanti told the Independent.

“America didn’t want a psychic gap, and Uri was the go-to guy about these things.

“Sometimes you wonder whether Uri’s entire public career has actually been a front for his shadow world activities.”

You do? Who does? Geller’s entire public career has been a fraud, a way for him to earn a great deal of money fooling a credulous public. And given his penchant for self-aggrandizing lies, one would be justified to be as skeptical of this claim as one should be about every other claim he’s made.

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  1. 1
    d.c.wilson

    The Pentagon did flush away a lot of money on psychic research in the 60s and 70s, it’s possible that Geller got a piece of that.

  2. 2
    David Marjanović

    …You might want to correct the title, though.

  3. 3
    theschwa

    Is that why so many American spoons were bent during the 80s? Whole dining sets ruined in the psychic warfare phase of the cold war!

  4. 4
    Francisco Bacopa

    I find Geller’s claim highly plausible. First I heard of this was in Jon Ronson’s The Men who Stare at Goats. In an interview with Ronson, Geller claimed that he not only worked for the CIA in the past, but that he was also going to be working with American intelligence in Iraq. Ronson was unable to find anyone who could confirm this, but given the nutty things he actually was able to document, I think Geller could be telling the truth.

    BTW, this is an excellent book. Don’t let the movie keep you from reading it.

  5. 5
    Trebuchet

    BTW, this is an excellent book. Don’t let the movie keep you from reading it.

    I assume you’re referring to The Men who Stare at Goats, not the Geller one!

  6. 6
    kantalope

    Won’t The Incredible Randi’s face be red….errr pink…o…..err, won’t Randi be embarrassed now.

    Wonder if Jimmy Carter will remember the briefing or if Uri erased his mind. Should have picked a dead President there guys.

    Too bad there wasn’t a camera crew there for the Jedi-mind trick on “Some unnamed Russian leader” who signed an arms treaty. (Because you know all these decisions are made without checking with anyone else – and how many of these treaties were there and how many Russians signed them?)
    — “These are not the concessions you are looking for.”

  7. 7
    Bronze Dog

    “When Jimmy Carter was elected President, one of the first things he did was to have Uri Geller give him a four-hour briefing on the Soviet psychic threat,” Jayanti told the Independent.

    If true, this would question Jimmy Carter’s judgement, rather than legitimize Uri Geller.

    Of course, I suspect he’s making the briefing up by default, but I don’t find it all that implausible that Geller was involved the CIA’s silly psychic espionage projects. Again, this brings the competence of that era’s CIA into question, rather than legitimize Geller.

  8. 8
    Raging Bee

    Hey, you’d be a fake psychic too if the most likely alternative was being sent to fight a losing war in Afghanistan. I’m willing to bet that was the main reason why those guys made up all that “psychic warfare” stuff in the first place — a great opportunity to stay away from any actual front while getting paid to pretend to be the wave of future warfare.

    And once one country does it, the justification for such nonsense becomes self-reinforcing: they’re doing it, so there must be something to it, so we can’t afford to let ourselves fall behind (wink wink).

  9. 9
    slc1

    Apparently, the infamous video of Johnny Carson embarrassing Geller on national television had no effect on the fucktards at the CIA who funded this crap.

  10. 10
    Modusoperandi

    slc1 “Apparently, the infamous video of Johnny Carson embarrassing Geller on national television had no effect on the fucktards at the CIA who funded this crap.”
    That was a counter-intelligence project to throw the pinkos off the scent. Obviously.

  11. 11
    Aliasalpha

    Why would you need a psychic to erase floppy disks? They did that by themselves when you looked at them funny.

    Or looked at them normally

    Or when the wind changed

    Or at the full moon

    Or when a butterfly on the other side of a planet in another universe flapped its wings

  12. 12
    Marcus Ranum

    “When Jimmy Carter was elected President, one of the first things he did was to have Uri Geller give him a four-hour briefing on the Soviet psychic threat”

    … and President Carter, in an unexpectedly hawkish display, screamed, “THAT’S IT!!! SEND GELLER OVER THERE TO BEND THEIR FUCKING SPOONS!!! NOW!!! BEND. THEIR. FUCKING. KGB! SPOONS!!!!!”

    After that the KGB couldn’t eat their ice cream (no spoons) and that was why they called it “the cold war”

  13. 13
    Marcus Ranum

    Geller claimed that he not only worked for the CIA in the past, but that he was also going to be working with American intelligence in Iraq.

    YES! THIS IS TRUE!! GELLER BENT THE IRAQI CALUTRONS! Tjat’s why there were no WMD! Geller BENT THEM ALL!

    But it’s all classified. I’m amazed they’re talking about such highly secret stuff. Everyone wants to be a whistle-blower, huh?

  14. 14
    Marcus Ranum

    (Sorry I shouted. I just kind of lost it with admiration for Geller, there. I just realized that he’s like some kind of lame version of Andre Breton: he doesn’t just bend spoons he bends surrealism itself. in fact, he bent Chuck Norris. And all the internets.)

  15. 15
    davem

    Geller claimed that he not only worked for the CIA in the past, but that he was also going to be working with American intelligence in Iraq.

    This does rather explain the ‘weapons of mass destruction’ better than any American general/politician ever has. Uri must be right.

  16. 16
    caseloweraz

    This just in: Uri Geller is going to team up with Viscount Monckton. Geller will defeat America’s enemies by the power of mind alone, and the TVMOB will cure all the world’s diseases.

  17. 17
    Scott Hanley

    “Sometimes you wonder whether Uri’s entire public career has actually been a front for his shadow world activities.”

    Wow, staying undercover by demonstrating your unusual abilities for the whole world? That would make James Bond look like a master of anonymity by comparison.

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