Sunday, May 21, 2017

Recluse on THC

I'm pleased to announce my second ever podcast, this time of The Higherside Chat. Host Greg Carlwood and I discuss a host of topics over the course of almost two hours. The first hour is presently available for free here while the second can be had with a Plus membership. Greg has interviewed many other great researchers including Peter Levenda, Gordon White and Christopher Knowles that have greatly influenced this blog, so do consider it.

The topics for my podcast included the inevitable discussions on esoteric Nazism and the deep politics behind the Trump presidency. Many topics related to my "Fringe" series were also discussed as well as ruminations on The Nine and Roswell.

I hope you guys enjoy. I'm not sure that it was the best discussion I've ever had on these topics. The interview was recorded a few days after Easter weekend, which had prevented me from cramming to the extent I would have liked. Beyond that, I was EXTREMELY nervous when I did the podcast, leading to a few errors on my part. I unfortunately indicated the SRI remote viewing experiments were a part of Project GRILL FLAME at a few points, when they were in fact they were largely separate operations, for instance.

Hopefully I at least sound semi-coherent.:)

I'd also like to take this moment to give a big, heartfelt thank you to the great Christopher Knowles, who suggested me to Greg. I also thanked Chris on the podcast as well, but it needs to be said again as this is a great opportunity for my blog. So thank you so very, very much Chris.

On a final note, I would like to apologize again to the readership for not more promptly responding to your emails and comments. Many of you have left great responses and I am sorry that it has been taking me months at times to respond. I have been very busy of late, but in honesty I'll also been feeling a bit down for the last few months. When I'm in this kind of headspace, it can make me rather anti-social. I have close friends from Florida that I've known for nearly two decades that I've been putting off calling for a few months now, so don't feel short changed.

But I will try my best to get back to all of you. If you left comments several months ago, it is possible I may have already gotten to them, so please check back periodically.

And with that I shall sign off for now dear readers. I hope you guys enjoy the podcast and one final thank you to Greg and Chris for making it possible. Until next time dear readers, stay tuned.

Friday, May 19, 2017

Another Family Member?

Well, its certainly been an interesting May in Washington thus far.

During the second week of that month in 2017 the sudden firing of FBI director James Comey set Washington ablaze. Comey, in his brief tenure as FBI director, has been a divisive figure of late, to put it mildly. On July 5, 2016, in the midst of the 2016 US presidential contest, he announced that the FBI would not pursue charges against Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton in relation to the controversy surrounding her handling of emails containing classified documents. He was immediately attacked by Republican candidate Donald Trump and other parties hacks for backing down from the Clinton Machine.

Then in late October of the year, just a little over a week before the election, Comey sent a letter of Congress indicating that the FBI was reviewing more emails. These emails came from an allegedly unrelated investigation concerning Anthony Weiner, a close Clinton alley, and the sexting a 15-year-old girl.

Anthony Weiner
The rest, as they say, is history. Comey's October Surprise undoubtedly played a key role in Clinton's defeat. With the FBI director effectively clearing the path to the presidency for Trump, it seemed as though the two were poised to become close allies.

But then came Russiagate. The FBI, in July of 2016 (around the time Hillary was issued a get-out-jail-free card), began investigating potential ties between the Trump campaign and Russia. Hints of this investigation have been surfacing since at least October of 2016, but its revelation by Comey in March of 2017 was presented as a major revelation by the MSM nonetheless.

While the investigation has produced little thus far, it has made Comey a frequent guest before various Congressional committees. Conventional wisdom holds that it was something related to the FBI's investigation of Russia and Comey's testimony, in addition to his refusal to investigate Trump's allegations of being spied on by Obama, that led to Comey's sudden ouster.

James Comey
The White House initially claimed that the move was driven by the recommendations of Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. But then Trump himself later came out and alleged that he had already been planning on removing Comey, indicating that the decision was all his.

But there are indications that Trump was not alone in making this decision. In the aftermath The New York Times made this curious statement: "... Vice President Mike Pence, who was part of the small group of advisers who planned Mr. Comey’s ouster in near secrecy."

Ah, good ole Vice President Mike "Teflon" Pence, who thus far has largely avoided any real criticism for his role in Comey's ousting. But then again, the same could be said about practically everything that has unfolded during the Trump regime. No matter what, Pence always seems to come out smelling like roses.

Mike Pence
As such, don't expect much in depth analysis by either the mainstream media or the "alternative" in regards to Pence's potential role in selecting the man who is currently believed to be the frontrunner to replace Comey as FBI director. This would be none other than long time Connecticut Senator Joe Lieberman.

Lieberman was a long time Democrat who served as Al Gore's running mate in the 2000 election. In 2006 he lost the Democratic primary for his Senate seat but ultimately won the election as an independent. His endless warmongering had alienated much of the progressive wing of the Democratic Party and in 2008 he endorsed John McCain for the presidency and gave a keynote speech at the 2008 Republican Convention. But in 2016 he endorsed Hillary.

This alone makes Trump's potential nomination of Lieberman for FBI director odd, but that's only part of it. Lieberman's background is starkly different than those of other FBI directors. The Hill notes:
"Lieberman would be an unusual pick for the job — past FBI chiefs have either worked at the bureau or served as a federal judge or prosecutor. He was attorney general of Connecticut before being elected to the Senate in 1988." 
Joe Lieberman
The Hill goes on to note that Lieberman currently works for the same law firm as Trump's attorney, but that seems a rather flimsy link for such a crucial posting. With Trump allegedly fighting for his political life, does it make sense to appoint a Hillary backer who was Al Gore's veep in 2000?

But again, the question must be raised: Is Trump really the one making this selection?

It is a very relevant one in light of an especially curious connection Lieberman has to Hillary Clinton. In 2007, Mother Jones noted:
"These days, Clinton has graduated from the political wives' group into what may be Coe's most elite cell, the weekly Senate Prayer Breakfast. Though weighted Republican, the breakfast—regularly attended by about 40 members—is a bipartisan opportunity for politicians to burnish their reputations, giving Clinton the chance to profess her faith with men such as Brownback as well as the twin terrors of Oklahoma, James Inhofe and Tom Coburn, and, until recently, former Senator George Allen (R-Va.). Democrats in the group include Arkansas Senator Mark Pryor, who told us that the separation of church and state has gone too far; Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) is also a regular."
And who sponsored this Senate Prayer Breakfast that Clinton and the Jewish Lieberman frequently attended? Why, the same organization that has sponsored the National Prayer Breakfast, attended by every president since Dwight Eisenhower, for almost seventy years: a Christian cult variously known as The Family or The Fellowship.

Long time readers of this blog are no doubt well aware of The Family. The uninitiated are advised to check out my multi-part series on this bizarre network, which can be found here. For those of you not feeling up to it right now, here's a brief rundown:

Originating in the 1930s as a union busting organization, The Family soon became a regional power around Washington state after it gained the backing of several wealthy patrons. Its influence really took off after WWII, however, when it established ample contacts with the US intelligence community as well as generous financial support from several Europeans linked to the recently defeated Nazi regime. By the 1950s, when the National Prayer Breakfast was established, it emerged as a major political powerhouse.

But nothing can compare to the influence it currently wields in the Trump regime. As I've noted before here, the Family now has members in several key posts including Attorney General (Sessions), Director of National Intelligence (Dan Coats), possibly CIA director Mike Pompeo and certainly Vice-President Mike Pence. And now The Family may have a close associate directing the FBI as well.

If Lieberman is made FBI director, the stage is set for Trump to be replaced by Pence. A shadow Family cabinet is effectively already in place in most of the crucial national security posts to advice Pence.

These developments raise some truly disturbing questions about the 2016 US presidential election to the mind of this researcher. Christopher Knowles of The Secret Sun has recently stated his belief that both Hillary and Trump were selected for their ability to be removed by elements of the deep state. Certainly both were arguably the two most unpopular candidates for the US presidency in the modern era, if ever, and both are riddled with scandal and corruption on every level. Forcing either one out of office before their term had ended would not have been difficult in either case.

Presently Pence and The Family stand to gain from Trump's removal. But would things have gone much differently had Hillary won? While a Clinton victory would not have left a Family man a heartbeat away from the presidency, Hillary herself also has deep ties to The Family and there are reports her allies in the US intelligence community have been working towards a Pence coup. Its likely The Family would have wielded extensive influence on her regime as well and also would have been poised to gain extensively from her removal.

This raises a truly disturbing possibility: Was a stealth takeover by this nefarious Christian cult always on the menu after the 2016 election had passed? Certainly their influence over either candidate was unprecedented in recent elections. And the Clintons certainly seem to be doing their part to put Pence in office.

Certainly there are other forces in play, but few maybe as deadly now The Family. Decades of stealth subversion of the American political process truly seem to be paying off. And be assured, we should all be terrified of this.

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Fringe: The Strange and Terrible History of the Far Right and High Weirdness Part X

Welcome to the tenth installment in my epic examination of the strange netherworld of high weirdness and the far right. Over the course of this series I've used the phrase "high weirdness" as a catch-all for a host of arcane topics including psi, human potential, psychedelics, UFOs, Tesla weapons and so on. As for far right, I've primarily examined this grouping through the prism of various think tanks closely linked to the American military-industrial complex such as the Committee on the Present Danger Mach I and the American Security Council (ASC).

With the first installment I considered the deep political implications of the bizarre 2012 Sikh temple shooting and the general high weirdness behind the 2016 US presidential election. Part two considered the origins of the military-industrial complex and the curious groups surrounding it such as Skull and Bones and the alleged Majestic 12 group (probably a hoax, but something resembling it almost surely did exist).

Part three considered the rise of the far right in the military-industrial complex, a takeover largely driven by a group of military officers that had served under General Douglas MacArthur in the Pacific Theater of World War II and/or Korea. Many of these military officers would end up playing keys roles in the ASC during the Cold War and have long been linked to the Roswell incident, a connection a further explored in part four as well as my theories as to what exactly happened with said incident.

The fifth installment considered the American Security Council's longstanding links to the National Investigative Committee on Unexplained Aerial Phenomena (NICAP), for years the premier civilian UFO organization, as well the curious theories of one of the most bizarre prophets of the far right, Peter Beter. With part six I considered the role of the ASC in spawning the Hangar 18 mythos as well as its patronage of Jacques Vallee, J. Allen Hynek and other leading Ufologists who developed a most esoteric take on the matter.

The seventh installment was a bit of a digression, considering the extensive influence far right sugar daddy William Penn Patrick had on Werner Erhard's est movement, one of the most prominent (and sinister) offshoots of the Human Potential movement. Part eight returned to the old ASC network, focusing on the curious interests of one of its most powerful members, Stefan T. Possony. For years Possony had ample dealings with the UFO question and psi research. Beginning in the 1970s he became a major proponent of space-based weapons, leading many to hail him as the father of the Strategic Defense Initiative (SDI, better known as "Star Wars). Possony also had a keen interest in Tesla weapons, which may have been the ultimate purpose of SDI and projects allegedly related to it such as HARRP.

Stefan T. Possony
The ninth and most recent installment dealt with the ASC's role in spreading the Area 51 mythos via Bob Lazar as well as the notorious Colonel Michael Aquino's alleged involvement with the organization. As I'm sure many of you are aware, Aquino is the founder of the Temple of Set and an Army intelligence officer specializing in psychological warfare.

Also somewhat related is a recent post I did that focused on the role the Unification Church and The Family has played in various New Age topics as well as the dark life of William Shockley. Shockley is the individual widely credited as the inventor of the transistor (a device long reputed to have actually come from the Roswell crash, as was noted in part four) who later became a leading propagandist for the Pioneer Fund, the organization that almost single-handedly kept the eugenics movement alive in these United States in the post-WWII years.

The Warrior's Edge

After addressing Colonel Michael Aquino in the prior installment, I would now like to consider a man Aquino befriended allegedly after retiring from the military in the late 2000s. This individual is another career military man with a keen interest in a host of arcane subjects: Colonel John B. Alexander

Colonel Alexander is a figure that many regular readers are no doubt aware of. In the wake of the film version of The Men Who Stare At Goats Alexander became something of a pop culture staple as he is the man many believe the Jeff Bridges character of "Bill Django" is based upon. This is largely erroneous as the Django character is primarily based upon Lieutenant Colonel Jim Channon, who had an enormous influence on Alexander's later ideas.

Jeff Bridges as "Bobby Django" in Goats
But before we get to that, here's a bit of background on Alexander:
"... Alexander is a former Green Beret. From 1966 through 1969 he commanded Special Forces A-teams in Vietnam and Thailand, earning the moniker Assassin Six. After the war he engaged in a variety of pursuits that kept his brain and body challenged. He climbed mountains in Nepal and swam with whales in Tonga. In an effort to understand human belief systems he studied superstition, sorcery, and witchcraft around the world, interviewing witch doctors in Zimbabwe, shamans in Siberia, and tribesmen in New Guinea who still practiced cannibalism. What interested him most was how people faced fear, and how people feared death. For his PhD in near-death studies, working under the celebrated physician Elizabeth Kubler-Ross, Alexander was a founding board member of the nation's first Children's Hospice International, where he facilitated the development of protocols to help terminally ill children face death without fear."
(Phenomena, Annie Jacobsen, pg. 277)
Alexander is often described as having participated in the Phoenix Program, but this is sketchy. Special Forces A-Teams seem to have been primarily concerned with cross border actions in Vietnam and Alexander's descriptions of his time there in The Warrior's Edge seem to confirm this. Phoenix was primarily concerned with pacifying Vietnam itself, though there was some overlap with the objectives of the A-teams. But certainly Alexander's work with these A-Teams, often commanding foreign mercenaries outside of declared zones of conflict, would have been of a hazy legality at best.

It was in the early 1980s that Alexander's career in the weird and unexplained really took off. It all began after he published a curious article in Military Review entitled "The New Mental Battlefield" in 1980. The piece, which addressed remote viewing (when Alexander was allegedly unaware of the Army's own remote viewing program) and "psychotronic" weapons (among other things). created a buzz in certain military circles. Colonel Michael Aquino and Colonel (later General) Paul E. Vallely were partly inspired to author the infamous "From PSYOP to MindWar" by Alexander's article, for instance.

By 1981 Alexander was in the midst of several of the Army's most esoteric pursuits. One such project was a think tank referred to ask "Task Force Delta" (no relation to the Delta Force). Task Force Delta, while only officially consisting of five members, received patronage from several powerful generals, including General Maxwell Thurman and General Colin Powell. It had many practical, real world purposes, such as developing ways for the Army to rebrand itself after generating intense public loathing in the wake of Vietnam. Reportedly the legendary "Be All That You Can Be" recruiting slogan was developed by Task Force Delta, for instance.

But beyond helping the Army with its image, Task Force Delta went down some truly New Agey roads. Consider:
"Taxpayer dollars were also lavished on something called Task Force Delta, an Army War College project whose mission was to investigate alternative philosophical realms for anything militarily useful. A Lieutenant Colonel Jim Channon and several other like-minded officers from the task force soon came up with an idea for something called the 'First Earth Battalion,' an eco-friendly politically correct warrior-monk vision of the future soldier. Before long, Channon and the others were into role-playing games, acting out the New Age fantasy...
(Remote Viewers, Jim Schnabel, pg. 277)
More on the legendary First Earth Battalion in a moment. For now, let us consider some of the darker avenues Task Force Delta potentially went down.

These Aren't the Droids You're Looking For

While I have not been able to definitively confirm this yet, it would appear that Task Force Delta was responsible for introducing neuro-linguistic programming (NLP) to the Army. As might be expected, Alexander was a major proponent of this project:
"Neuro-linguistic programming (NLP) is defined as a set of techniques used to facilitate individual pattern changes. Techniques found useful by many senior U.S. Army officers are based on this trademarked program. NLP teaches ways to modify behavior patterns that are not useful as well as to install useful behavior patterns.
NLP, formulated by Richard Bandler (a mathematician and computer expert) and John Grinder (a linguist), was introduced to the U.S. Army via a program called New Patterns of Influence. In addition to the NLP basics, this program contains information from the U.S. Army's Organizational Effectiveness School (dissolved in 1984 due to budget constraints), as well as original thinking by Lieutenant Colonel Frank Burns and Bob Klaus on skills required for military leadership.
"This course, carefully packaged as a three-day intensive, was presented to selected general officers and Senior Executive Service (SES) members. Among the first generals to take the course was then-Lieutenant General Maxwell Thurman, who later went on to receive his four-star and become Vice-Chief of Staff of the Army (VCSA) and Commander, U/S/ Southern Command. General Thurman, who distinguished himself as SOUTHCOM's leader during the Dec. 20, 1989 U.S. invasion of Panama, is well known as bright, forward thinking, and innovative.
"It was General Thurman's support that allowed the NLP training group to make inroads with many other generals. In fact, he commissioned a study of human performance by the National Academy of Science, monitored by the Army Research Institute. General Thurman has kept interest allied through his personal influence. 
 "This program was considered effective by a great majority of the several hundred who attended over a period of four years. In 1983, the NLP training group, along with John Alexander, was engaged to teach these skills to several members of Congress, including Al Gore, Jr. and Tom Downey, under the auspices of Congressional Clearinghouse on the Future, a bipartisan activity established to provide information to congressmen when they request it. Gore went on to become a serious candidate in the 1988 presidential primary race."
(The Warrior's Edge, John Alexander, Richard Groller, Janet Morris, pgs. 47-48)
Al Gore at the 1988 Democratic National Convention
Gore of course went on to become vice-president throughout the Clinton years and finally secured the nomination in 2000, only to be defeated by Bush the Lesser (or the US Supreme Court, to be more precise). Gore would also attend several of Alexander's "spoon-bending" parties held in D.C. during the early 1980s. This would be the beginning of a relationship that appears to have lasted to this very day.

But the real point of interest here is neuro-linguistic programming (NLP). NLP is a highly controversial practice, often described a form of self-help and linked to the human potential movement, that has been accused of being a pseudoscience, a quasi-religion and a form of mind control. It purports to use a combination of visualization, mimicry and a selective use of language to influence people and bend them to your will. It is believed to work in a similar fashion as hypnosis, targeting an individual's subconscious after a connection has been established by copying the target's body language, speech patterns, breathing rate and so on. This classic scene from the original Star Wars was almost surely influenced by NLP techniques:

As noted above, Richard Bandler and John Grinder are generally credited as the creators of NLP, but the highly controversial Walter H. Bowart has insisted that the methods originated with the legendary hypnotist Milton Erickson.
"...NLP practitioners, Bandler and Grinder modeled successful therapists who were Fritz Perles (father of Gestalt therapy), Virginia Satir (a remarkably talented family therapist) and Milton Erickson (a victim of polio, genius hypnotist and the true father of the basic NLP breakthrough information = communication is 90% behavioral, 5% tonal and 5% content."
(Operation Mind Control, Walter H. Bowart, pg. 469)
Bowart is not always the most reliable source. But he did, however, know many of the key early personalities in the NLP movement such as Bandler, Erickson and Tony Robbins personally and trained under them for a time. On the whole Bowart seems to have been quite taken with the movement in the 1970s as it was emerging and would continue to use NLP methods as a means for understanding CIA/Pentagon behavior modification techniques up until the time of his death.

Walter H. Bowart
It was apparently totally unknown to Bowart, however, that Milton Erickson had been involved in the CIA/Pentagon's infamous Project ARTICHOKE back in the 1950s. As was noted before here, Erickson worked closely with the infamous hypnotist George Estabrooks in developing effective methods for deploying couriers operating under hypnotic suggestion.

As was noted before here, Estabrooks also had a keen interest in the paranormal. He had been involved in the study of psi since at least the 1920s. Erickson never seems to have been quite as publicly interested, but NLP techniques have frequently been linked to shamanism and folk magic, with critics arguing the process is little more than thinly veiled sympathetic magic.

Milton H. Erickson
But I'm getting off track. One final thing worth pointing out before returning to Alexander is the alleged inspiration for introducing NLP techniques to the Army in the first place. Bowart notes:
"The military as well as major corporations have been very interested in putting NLP to use. The Ford Motor Company, Westinghouse, and the Calvin Klein Fashion House are among scores of major companies that have sent employees for training, according to the New York Times: 'Kevin Garby, an author and researcher on New Age topics in Carlyle, Pennsylvania, sites an army recruiting slogan "Be All That You Can Be" as evidence of what he contends has been the significant influence' of NLP-like disciplines. In the early 1980s, Garby said, 'officers of the Army War College in Carlyle, some of whom were graduates of EST, and were former members of The Radical Students for Democratic Society, conducted a study aimed at creating a "New Age Army." The slogan, a derivative of the "You Create Your Own Reality" orthodoxy of New Age groups, grew out of this work."
(Operation Mind Control, Walter H. Bowart, pg. 255)
Anti-nuclear activist Remy Chevalier has insisted that Task Force Delta member Lt. Col Jim Channon derived much of his inspiration for the First Earth Battalion from est training. This would seem to confirm Bowart's claims, via The New York Times, that est graduates had also introduced NLP to the Army, likely through Task Force Delta. Est apparently appealed to Channon because it reminded him of Army boot camp.

This is hardly surprising. As was noted in part seven of this series, est grew out of two programs launched in the late 1960s/early 1970s era: Mind Dynamics and Leadership Dynamics. The latter, which is recognized as one of the earliest versions of Large Group Awareness Training, was especially brutal and appears to have been based in part upon military basic training as well. It was the inspiration of right wing sugar daddy William Penn Patrick, who was involved with a host of right wing organizations such as the Minutemen and the John Birch Society with extensive ties to the US intelligence community.

So, to recap: est grew out of Mind Dynamics and Leadership Dynamics in the early 1970s just as founder William Penn Patrick was beginning to run afoul of legal authorities, offering a more watered down version of the highly controversial Leadership Dynamics course. By the mid-1970s NLP becomes popular in the same Human Potential Movement that embraced est. Many NLP practitioners dabble in est training and vice versa in this era. Then, in the late 1970s, NLP is introduced to the Army, likely by est practitioners.

And looming overall of this is the possibility that est and NLP were both based upon CIA/Pentagon behavior modification techniques that were released into the general public in the late 1960s for refinement and were then reincorporated back into the Army after a decade in the wild. It should also be noted here that there were extensive links between the CIA's Office of Security, which directed ARTICHOKE, and the old American Security Council network (noted before here and here). Keep this last point in mind.

Alexander and the Far Right

As to what all of this has to do with Alexander and our subjects of inquiry, namely the far right and high weirdness, I shall now address the connection. Or at least one of them, anyway. It involves Alexander's transfer to the Army's Intelligence and Security Command (INSCOM), where the bulk of his official efforts in high weirdness were commissioned. It would appear that said interests were the driving factor behind this transfer:
"... Alexander received word that the deputy undersecretary of defense, a retired Army four-star general named Richard G. Stilwell, wanted to see him. A lieutenant colonel being asked to meet with a four-star general was an uncommon occurrence, since it bypassed the chain of command. Alexander was unsure what to expect. Stilwell was an Army legend. He participated in the Normandy invasion in World War II, served as head of the U.S. Military Assistance Command, Thailand, during the Vietnam War, served in the CIA and as commander in chief of the United Nations Command in Korea. What did Stilwell want to see John Alexander for? he wondered.
"At 12:30 p.m., that same day, Alexander made his way to the general's office, located in the elite E-ring of the Pentagon, for the meeting. 'It was oddly informal,' he recalls. 'The general wanted to discuss various forms of phenomenology I'd written about in my paper.' The conference ended without a specific request, which also struck Alexander as unusual. Walking back to his desk in the Pentagon's C-ring, Alexander wondered what the real purpose of the meeting might have been.
"That afternoon, at a little after 4 p.m., an executive officer approached Alexander and told him this was his last day in the Office of the Inspector General. General Stilwell had arranged for his transfer to INSCOM, at Arlington Hall, Virginia. His new commanding officer would be Major General Albert Stubbleline. 'I'd been moved formally into the psychic realm,' says Alexander."
(Phenomena, Annie Jacobsen, pgs. 280-281)
the insignia of INSCOM
In his book UFOs: Myths, Conspiracies, and Realities, Alexander further elaborates on this meeting, noting that he had met Stilwell briefly in Vietnam while operating out of Thailand but that the general did not remember this encounter when they met in 1981. He also indicates that Stilwell had a keen interest in "unusual topics" and that it was the general's wife who had suggested that he met Alexander.

At the time Stilwell was a member of the American Security Council, hence his interest in "unusual topics" is hardly surprising. He had originally cut his teeth in intelligence work during the Second World War, when he operated out of China and Burma with the OSS. Many of the intelligence officers with a background in China prior to the Revolution were referred to as "China Cowboys" because of their freewheeling ways. At the time two other OSS China Cowboys, General John Singlaub and Ray S. Cline, were deeply involved in the ASC as well (more on the China cowboys can be found here).

On the whole, Stilwell is one of the most mysterious and influential deep state players of this era. Consider some of his accomplishments:
"From the start of the Reagan administration, Gen. Richard Stillwell, who helped form the ISA, promoted the build-up of Special Operations Forces, the official military supplement to the 'private' covert networks. Stilwell, another Asian OSS veteran, took charge of the Far East Division of the CIA's Office of Policy Coordination during the early 1950s' raids against China, but was dismissed when the Nationalist Chinese drug running through Civil Air Transport was exposed. He returned to Southeast Asia to direct the secret war in Laos as commander of U.S. forces in Thailand, where the military leadership had been heavily involved in the opium trade."
(Rollback!, Thomas Bodenheimer & Robert Gould, pg. 99) 
General Richard G. Stilwell
Stilwell had in fact helped organize Civil Air Transport in the early 1950s. The airline would later gain infamy in the 1960s, after it had been rechristened Air America. As I'm sure many of you are aware, Air America played a key role in transporting opium from Southeast Asia to the United States until the early 1970s. Stilwell appears to have still been involved in the opium trade during his time in Vietnam in 1960s, in a region Alexander was also active in during that time frame as well.

For our purposes, his role in creating the ISA and building up Special Operations Forces is even more interesting. For those of you unaware, ISA stands for Intelligence Support Activity, more commonly referred to as The Activity. The Activity is a highly secretive component of the US Army, originally subordinated to INSCOM and tasked with providing intelligence exclusively to Special Operations Forces. It had its origins in an outfit known as the Field Operations Group (FOG) that was launched in the wake of the disastrous Operation Eagle Claw, the failed bid to rescue US hostages from Iran in 1980. Eagle Claw convinced military officials that Special Operations Forces needed more reliable intelligence on the ground if another rescue operation was to be attempted and FOG was the result.

Another rescue mission was never initiated, but the Army was impressed enough to make FOG a permanent unit and it was given its current name and a greatly increased budget in 1981. For the next twenty plus years it would work closely with Special Operations Forces while operating out of INSCOM. In 2003, The Activity was removed from the authority of INSCOM and transferred to the Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC). Presently it is the primary intelligence service of the JSOC and has become extremely powerful in the intelligence community as a result. General Michael Flynn, who oversaw The Activity while directing intelligence for the JSOC, later advanced to Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency and, briefly, as Donald J. Trump's National Security Advisor.

the insignia of The Activity
According to Peter Dale Scott, Stilwell also played a key role in establishing the JSOC as well. As I've noted before here, the JSOC has emerged as a major power within the American deep state over the past ten years and especially with the rise of Trump. It was partly designed, initially, to take on some of the covert functions of the CIA in the wake of the Church Committee, but has increasingly emerged as a rival to the CIA itself. With its own intelligence units, drone strike force and troops drawn from the ranks of the Delta Force, Navy SEALS and Army Rangers, the JSOC has increasingly become the go-to agency for handling black ops overseas.

As was noted before here, the JSOC even appears to have taken the lead role in Copper Green, which may well be a new version of Project ARTICHOKE and other CIA/Pentagon behavior modification experiments. But Copper Green may not have been the extent of the JSOC's forays into consciousness exploration, not by a long shot. In point of fact, the JSOC may have been exposed to some very esoteric concepts at its inception. For these concepts, we will now need to turn our attention to a rather curious project Colonel John Alexander oversaw during his time at INSCOM.

the Jedi Project

The Jedi Project is one of the most enigmatic projects the Army embarked upon during the 1980s, the (official) peak of their explorations into high weirdness. Jedi, the name of which was obviously taken from the Star Wars franchise, is typically overshadowed by the much more well-know Project GRILL FLAME, the Army's legendary remote viewing project. GRILL FLAME was also run out of INSCOM before being passed on to the DIA after General Albert Stubblebine's departure from the agency in the mid-1980s amidst scandal. The scandal was driven in no small part by Stubblebine's obsession with arcane approaches to intelligence.

the famed General Albert Stubblebine
While Alexander was only nominally involved with GRILL FLAME, he oversaw many of Stubblebine's other esoteric interests via the Advanced Human Technology Office, which was part of a program Stubblebine initiated called Beyond Excellence. The Jedi Project appears to have grown out of this program, though its origins likely trace back to Task Force Delta. Of them and the basis of the project, Alexander noted:
"In 1983, the Jedi master provided an image and a name for the Jedi Project, a human-performance modeling experiments based on neuro-linguistic programming (NLP) skills. Sponsored by a U.S. government interagency task force, Jedi used advanced influence technologies to model excellence in human performance. The subjects involved in Jedi were willing to be influenced to acquire desirable skills.
"The Jedi Project grew out of the New Patterns of Influence Program, developed during the early eighties to disseminate NLP skills throughout the U.S. Army, under the auspices of the U.S. Army Intelligence and Security Command and, until 1984, the Organizational Effectiveness School.
"The number of human subjects involved in the Jedi Project was not statistically significant. The experiment was run as a proof-of-principal and, standing alone, the results are impressive."
(The Warrior's Edge, John Alexander, Richard Groller & Janet Morris, pgs. 72-73)
Alexander indicates that this experiment was rather tame, largely focusing on things like mental cues and techniques to help soldiers improve their marksmanship. For this reason perhaps many researchers do not appear to have paid much mind to Jedi until the early '00s, when journalist Jon Ronson interviewed a former Special Forces member who indicated that Jedi was far more ambitious than simply improving marksmanship:
"In the mid-1980s, he told me, Special Forces undertook a secret initiative, codenamed Project Jedi, to create supersoldiers – soldiers with superpowers. One such power was the ability to walk into a room and instantly be aware of every detail; that was level one."
(The Men Who Stare At Goats, Jon Ronson, pg. 14)
Level two was intuition, level three was "invisibility." The soldier then indicated that the level that came after that was the ability to kill a goat or another living thing with one's mind. As you may have guessed, this is what ultimately inspired of Ronson's classic book and the film loosely based upon it.

While it is generally assumed this form of lethal psychokinesis was explored in GRILL FLAME, it appears that this curious pursuit in fact grew out of Alexander's Jedi Project, which was based out of Fort Bragg, North Carolina. As many of you are no doubt aware, Fort Bragg is the training center and home for the bulk of America's Special Operations Forces, and the headquarters of both the Joint Special Operations Command and the Special Forces (more commonly referred to as the "Green Berets").

Another individual involved in the project, Dr. Jim Hardt (who for years ran an office out of William Shockley's old office space in Silicon Valley; as was noted before here, Shockley has his own curious ties to high weirdness and the far right), further confirmed the prior allegations given to Ronson:
"It all began with a visit from a colonel named John Alexander, who turned up one day at Jim Hardt's door with a few other military men. Alexander had headhunted Dr. Hardt, having been deeply moved by Jim Channon's First Earth Battalion Operations Manual. He wanted to know if Dr. Hardt could really turn ordinary soldiers into advanced zen masters in just seven days, and give them the power of telepathy simply by plugging them into his brain machine.
"Dr. Hardt said it was indeed true, and so the quest to create a supersoldier, a soldier with supernatural powers, was set in motion right there in that building in Silicon Valley.
"The colonel told Jim Hardt that Special Forces had, ever since the publication of Jim's manual, invited one peak-performance guru after another from the new-age and human-potential movements of California to lecture the soldiers on how to be more attuned with their inner spirits..."
(The Men Who Stare at Goats, Jon Ronson, pgs. 44-45)
So, to recap: in the early 1980s Colonel John Alexander became involved with the curious Task Force Delta, which received patronage from powerful generals such as Maxwell Thurman and Colin Powell. While nominally involved in more practical projects, such as re-branding the Army after the disastrous Vietnam years, it also explored some very arcane topics. Out of these pursuits emerged Colonel Jim Channon's infamous First Earth Battalion, which Alexander appears to have used as a basis for the Jedi Project he ran out of INSCOM for General Albert Stubblebine.

Colonel John B. Alexander
Curiously, Alexander ended up working for Stubblebine because of the intervention of powerful deep state figure and American Security Council member General Richard Stilwell. Stilwell reportedly had a keen interest in unusual topics. He also was a major backer of Special Operations Forces and helped create the Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) and its eventual intelligence branch, the Intelligence Support Activity.

The JSOC is headquartered out of Fort Bragg and was just getting off the ground as Alexander was reportedly launching his Project Jedi there circa 1983. Project Jedi was based upon neuro-linguistic programming (NLP), a practice widely linked to mind control. It was reportedly brought to the Army by est graduates, another off shoot of the human potential movement linked to right wing extremism and mind control (noted before here). Using this as a basis, Alexander simply sought to incorporate other New Age-derived techniques to induce telepathy in Special Operations Forces with an aim towards lethal psychokinesis.

Its important to note, however, than these techniques have only been likened to Special Forces soldiers (Green Berets, which Alexander was a member of), rather than other Special Operations Forces (such as those in the JSOC). But given that the JSOC is far more concerned with assassinations (and mind control, if Cooper Green is any indication) than Special Forces, it seems likely that components of the JSOC would have also been exposed to Jedi. Certainly both Special Forces and JSOC members are well represented at Fort Bragg.

But the American Security Council connection via Stilwell makes this chain of events even more incredible. Keep in mind dear reader that in part four I noted Christopher Knowles's linkage of the Roswell incident with an ancient Greek myth involving the creation of supersoldiers. As was noted in that installment, and part three, many of the military officers linked to Roswell ended up sitting on the National Strategy Committee of the ASC.

The same National Strategy Committee Stilwell was sitting on in the 1980s when he arranged for Alexander's transfer to INSCOM and thus set him on the path to Jedi and the creation of supersoldiers.

Ah, but there's more. As I noted in a prior series on the CIA's Office of Security (OS), there was extensive overlap between the OS and the American Security Council (noted before here and here). And as noted above, the OS was also the outfit within the CIA that ran Project ARTICHOKE. Specially, it was operated out of the OS's Security Research Staff (SRS), which for many years was overseen by General Paul Gaynor. And Gaynor just happened to be very close to several high ranking ASC officials, as was Morse Allen, the OS-SRS official who oversaw the day to day function's of ARTICHOKE.

This makes for an interesting chain of events:

  • the Roswell incident (or "working", as Christopher Knowles has dubbed it) unfolds in 1947
  • that same year, the US military initiates the first formal post-WWII behavior modification experiments with Projects CHATTER and Pelican
  • eventually all of these projects are rolled into Project BLUEBIRD, later ARTICHOKE, which was very much a joint CIA-Pentagon project. As was noted before here and here, these experiments were deeply concerned with psi. The creation of supersoldier was also an objective, as noted in part four of this series. 
  • after the Rockefeller-sponsored MKULTRA eclipsed ARTICHOKE in 1955, many of the more "out-there" aspects of these experiments were downgraded for over a decade. 
  • meanwhile, the American Security Council is launched around this same time. By the early 1960s it has acquired a National Strategy Committee staffed with numerous generals linked to Roswell and other deep state figures involved in the UFO question as well as maintaining links to various ARTICHOKE personnel
  • In 1966, the CIA and Pentagon launch MKOFTEN, allegedly the most extensive foray into the occult these agencies had ever ventured. Not long afterwards, curious movements such as est and NLP sporting methods reminiscent of behavior modification techniques begin springing up in California
  • in the early 1970s, the famed SRI remote viewing experiments are launched. Numerous figures linked to the far right loom in the background of these experiments and at least one ARTICHOKE veteran (noted before here) also particiapted
  •  around 1977, the Army launches what will eventually become Project GRILL FLAME
  • in 1981, John Alexander is transferred to INSCOM on behalf of the ASC's General Richard Stilwell. He and General Albert Stubblebine waist no time in initiating a host of arcane projects based upon recommendations from the mysterious Task Force Delta while also overseeing GRILL FLAME
  • in 1983, Alexander launches the Jedi Project, potentially initiating the final stage of ARTICHOKE's old objective of creating supersoldiers, a quest that may have begun with Roswell
the fruits of our efforts to create Jedi...
Again, I'm struck by the closeness of the ASC to so many of these events. Certainly the American Security Council was far from the only deep state institution to wade into these murky waters --the presence of the Rockefeller family in these affairs is well-documented as well. But they were clearly one of the major players, a fact that has been largely overlooked by researchers for years now. And that is most unfortunate for not only is the ASC significant, but it may have been involved in a struggle for the hearts and minds with the Rockefeller clique as well.

And with that I shall wrap things up for now dear reader. With the next installment we'll consider Alexander's curious pursuits after leaving the Army. Stay tuned.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

A Fringe Digression: The Pioneer Fund and the Christian Right

Regular readers of this blog are no doubt aware that for the past several months I've been posting regular installment in a series entitled "Fringe: The Strange and Terrible History of the Far Right in High Weirdness." This series has chronicled the exploits of the far right in a host of arcane topics including psi, human potential, UFOs, Tesla weapons and so on. Regarding the far right, I've been examining this elite faction through the prism of various think tanks --but most notably the Committee on the Present Danger Mach I and the American Security Council --that are closely aligned to the American military-industrial complex.

The response to this series among the readership has been overwhelmingly positive and many of you have been sending me various pieces of information related to this topic for the past few weeks. That has put me behind on responding to emails and comments (very sorry about that, BTW) but has provided me with a treasure trove of new information relating to this topic.

Upon reviewing some of my own research on this topic, I've also realized that there were a few key connections that had totally slipped my mind when the original nine installments were being written. I've been accumulating material of this subject for several years now and with the additional material passed on from you readers, I'm a bit overwhelmed with data to sort through and determine how it should be presented.

As I'm still researching part ten of the "Fringe" series I thought I might put some of this information to use that has been passed along to me or that I had previously forgotten to include. As some of you have complained how digressive the series has become, I decided to present this post as kind of an intermission to the broader series rather than part of the series as a whole. As such, I'll try to make this post somewhat sell contained, so those of you just joining me don't have to try and tackle all nine prior "Fringe" installments in order to follow this post.

Before we get going, I would like to provide a big thank you to regular reader and commentor "AW" and Unification Church defector "Don Dilligent" for largely providing the bulk of the information presented in this post on the Christian Right.

The Dark Life of William Shockley

But before getting to the Christian Right I need to once again address a figure that we've already encountered on several occasions throughout this series: physicist William Shockley

Shockley is easily one the most pivotal scientific figures of the twentieth century. While working at the legendary Bell Labs in the late 1940s he managed a research group that was responsible for the creation of the modern transistor. As such, Shockley himself is often created as the inventor of the transistor, though these claims have been hotly debated. Many of Shockley's former colleagues at Bell have accused him of stealing their research to boot. 

What's more, among Ufologists there is a longstanding theory that the modern transistor did not in fact have Earthly origins, but that it had been acquired by humanity from "other sources." As was noted in the Fringe series, the Roswell incident has long been linked to the actual origins of the transistor. The Secret Sun's Christopher Knowles, in his groundbreaking Lucifer's Technologies series, also addresses the linkage of the transistor to Roswell as well as the very murky history of said invention.

a replica of the alleged first working transistor
But Shockley is my concern here and not the transistor per se, so let us return to the matter at hand. By 1954 Shockley had greatly alienated his colleagues at Bell for reasons indicated above. As such, he decided to relocate to the West Coast in 1956 and found his own lab, Shockley Semiconductor Laboratory, in Mountain View, California of the famed Santa Clara County. The parent of Shockley's lab, Beckman Instruments, was the first company working on silicon semiconductors in what would come to be known as "Silicon Valley."

After grossly alienating his subordinates at Bell, Shockley picked right up where he left off in California. In late 1957 several of Shockley's researchers, who would go on to be dubbed the "traitorous eight," left Shockley Semiconductors to form Fairchild Semiconductors. Fairchild would go on to become a pioneer in manufacturing transistors and integrated circuit boards. Twenty years after the traitorous eight deflected from Shockley over 65 new enterprises had emerged in the Valley with employee connections tracing back to Fairchild.

Fairchild was effectively then the parents of Silicon Valley. And that would make William Shockley the grandfather as none of what has played out in Silicon Valley would have come to pass had Shockley not established his own lab there in the mid-1950s.

If Shockley did not in fact then invent the transistor, he was done quite an honor by being widely credited as the inventor of the transistor by TPTB. It gave him a considerable legacy and his efforts in northern California ensured that he will be viewed as one of the most visionary scientists of the modern era for years to come.

All of this makes his post-Shockley Superconductor pursuits all the more disturbing.

For approximately the final two decades of his life Shockley dedicated himself to the promotion of eugenics, a pursuit that he reportedly considered even more important than his work with the transistor. Shockley became obsessed with the notion that the genetically inferior were out breeding their betters, presumably leading to an Idiocracy-esque dystopia. To counter this grim prospect, Shockley became a vocal proponent of voluntary sterilization:
"Under Shockley's proposal, non-taxpayers with an IQ below 100 would have been paid $1,000 for each of their IQ points under 100 if they agreed to be sterilized. Such an intervention in the gene pool was necessary, he argued, to curb what he called 'dysgenics,' overbreeding among the 'genetically disadvantaged.' "

Funding for these pursuits in the early years came from a curious but hardly unexpected source: the Pioneer Fund and its vile founder, Colonel Wickliffe Preston Draper. The scion of a wealthy New England family (with ample doses of Southern gentry), Draper served in Army intelligence during World War I and insisted upon being addressed as "Colonel" for the rest of his life. Draper had ample deep state ties and the great John Bevilaqua has compelling linked him to the Kennedy assassination in the classic JFK -The Final Solution. Much more information on Draper can be found here.

In 1937 Draper founded the Pioneer Fund, a nonprofit organization principally dedicated to the research of eugenics. While such a venture was not especially uncommon in the 1930s, Draper would continue to use Pioneer as a vehicle from promoting his racialist philosophy into the postwar years. As such, Pioneer became the leading source of funding for the American eugenics movement up till the twenty-first century, almost single-handedly sustaining the movement throughout the second half of the twentieth century.

When Shockley began to publicly embrace eugenics in 1965, he was almost immediately identified by Draper's network as a crucial alley. A Nobel Prize winner would lend them unprecedented credibility. As such, Shockley's "research" was being heavily subsidized by Pioneer by the late 1960s, with the Colonel himself providing Shockley with personal "gifts" in addition to the money being handed out by Pioneer:
"... Before Draper's death, the physicist found himself, as had George, Kuttner, Garrett, and others before him, the direct recipient of regular cash gifts, transmitted by Weyher on behalf of an unnamed client who wanted to provide the funds 'as a token of his esteem' for Shockley's work. Shockley's gifts were more substantial than those for previous recipients, coming to more than $22,000 between 1968 and 1970 ($109,000 AFI)... In addition, other gifts in the form of securities from Morgan Guaranty Trust, totaling $76,000 ($370,000 AFI) between 1968 in 1971, were also sent to Stanford to be used for Shockley's 'research,' accompanied by telegrams from same bank official who had forwarded the Colonel's contributions to the Mississippi Sovereignty Commission, requesting as usual that 'the fact and amount of the gift be kept confidential.'
"Finally, there were two types of acknowledged assistance from Pioneer. Between 1969 and 1976, the fund contributed almost $175,000 ($689,000 AFI) in grants to Stanford to support Shockley's 'research into the factors which affect genetic potential.' Pioneer also provided $54,500 ($169,000 AFI) to Shockley's own nonprofit organization to promote eugenics – the Foundation for Research and Education on Eugenics and Dysgenics (FREED) – which had begun with a $10,000 ($44,000 AFI) contribution from Weyher, probably another gift from the Colonel. Although FREED was Shockley's idea, George S. Leonard, previously a member of the CCFAF and one of the attorneys for the intervenors in the attempt to overturn Brown, actually drafted the bylaws and executed the necessary paperwork for its creation. The organization's purpose, according to Leonard's bylaws, was to engage in activities designed to 'further public understanding, legal utilization, and academic acceptance' of scientific information on differences in the 'natures, capabilities, and potentialities of men.' In practice, FREED functioned as a publicist for Shockley, producing a newsletter with descriptions of his public appearances, his press releases, and copies of articles written by and about him. And like any good public relations operation, FREED sought to increase its base, requesting permission from recipients of the newsletter to have their written support for eugenics circulated 'to other people who live in your neighborhood'; apparently Shockley was ready to organize a eugenics movement door-to-door. Between the various gifts and grants, Shockley received $337,500 (almost $1.4 million AFI) altogether from the 'throne in New York.' "
(The Funding of Scientific Racism, William H. Tucker, pgs. 144-145)
William Shockley
Via his contacts with the Draper network, Shockley also forged ties with the broader far right. Early support for his positions on eugenics came from a fellow Stanford staff member, the Hoover Institute's Stefan Possony (who was extensively involved in high weirdness, as was noted before here), a longstanding and well-connected member of the American Security Council who defended Shockley in the pages of Mankind Quarterly (a "scientific" journal dedicated to eugenics that was sponsored by Pioneer for many years) in 1974.

Another key backer was the infamous Roger Pearson. Pearson had founded the Northern League, a neo-Nazi organization, in England in 1958. By the mid-1960s he had relocated to the United States. Not long afterwards he would hook up with the Draper network and would receive substantial funding from Pioneer until the end of the twentieth century. By the 1970s he had become involved with a host of powerful, intelligence-connected right wing organizations.
"... With his move to the capital, Pearson also endeavored to create a new, more respectable image as a mainstream conservative, eventually gaining membership on the editorial boards of such think tanks as the Heritage Foundation, the Foreign Policy Research Institute, and the American Security Council. At the same time, however, he made one more attempt to form a Nazi international, taking control of a new United States chapter of the World Anti-Communist League (WACL) after the old chapter renounced its membership, complaining, in an internal memo, that Pearson had filled the organization with 'neo-Nazi, ex-Nazi, fascist, neo-fascist, and anti-Semitic groups,' including former S.S. officers who have been members of the Northern League. According to two journalist, the numerous ex-Nazi collaborators and war criminals directly recruited to the WACL by Pearson 'represented one of the greatest fascist blocs in postwar Europe.' Previous conservative groups that had been constituent members of the organization resigned, offended by its new direction." 
(The Funding of Scientific Racism, William H. Tucker, pg. 170)
Roger Pearson
The World Anti-Communist League (WACL) was a fascinating network that brought together international arms and drug traffickers, assorted terrorists and religious fanatics and aging Nazi war criminals and budding neo-fascists into contact with a far right wing assortment of US intelligence and military officers. This blog was addressed the WACL in depth before here. Keep it in mind dear reader as we shall be returning to it again before this blog is finished.

Pearson was so radical that the WACL had no choice but to kick him out in the late 1970s. He would go on to become a major backer of Shockley's theories, among other things. Pearson would eventually edit a self-published book that collected Shockley's thoughts on eugenics.

Thus William Shockley, a man whom powerful forces appear to have set up to be one of the most highly regarded scientists of the twentieth century, was also a fanatical supporter of eugenics who eventually fell in with men like Wickliffe Preston Draper and Roger Pearson, the most extreme elements of the far right. There are some truly disturbing implications to this that I don't think need to be spelled out.

The Moonies

Now that I've addressed the sinister legacy of William Shockley, let us move along to the Christian Right and their links to high weirdness. At the forefront of this strange netherworld is a certain cult leader whom regular readers of this blog are no doubt familiar with. Still, a bit of introduction is in order for the uninitiated.

The Unification Church, founded by the charismatic cult leader Sun Myung Moon (the followers of whom are sometimes referred to as "Moonies"), is central to our narrative here, so let us begin by briefly considering the origins of the church and its curious beliefs:
"After studying electrical engineering in Japan during World War II, Moon return to Pyongyang (now the capital of North Korea) to found his first church. 'It was no different from many other unorthodox Christian sects except for the ritual of "blood separation," involving female members of the church. They were required to have sexual relations with Moon, to clear themselves of "the taint of Satan." '
"Moon was arrested by the communist authorities twice and in 1947 was sentenced to five years in Hungnam prison. Although he maintains that he was just another example of communist persecution of religion, other sources, including former Korean government officials, say the charges were in response to the Church's reported orgiastic practices.
"Eventually freed by United Nations troops in their advance north during the Korean War, Moon fled to Pusan, in South Korea. There he founded the Holy Spirit Association for the Unification of World Christianity or, simply, the Unification Church. 
"Moon's ministry found quite a few converts among the homeless and impoverished refugees who flooded Pusan, but the strange tenets he espoused were met with suspicion and hostility by both the rulers of South Korea and the established Catholic clergy. Moon could count among his disciples, however, a number of well-connected young army officers. When he was again arrested in 1955, this time on a morals charge for staying the night in a 'love hotel' with a follower, Moon's military contacts managed to get the charge changed to violation of military conscription law and it was eventually dropped."
(Inside the League, Scott and Jon Anderson, pgs. 65-66) 
Moon's ties to the Korean (and likely US) intelligence services would play a key role in the meteoric rise of the Unification Church from a obscure Christian cult in a (then) poor country to a major international power in the span of just a little over a decade. But more on that in a moment. Here are a few more details on the curious beliefs of Moon as outlined by the Anderson brothers:
"... Moon's life took a dramatic turn when, walking through the hills around his village, he was visited by Jesus Christ. 'You are the son I have been seeking,' Christ informed the startled sixteen-year-old, 'the one who can begin my eternal history.'..
"Unification theology is a potpourri of Christianity, Confucianism, mysticism, patriotism, anti-communism, and Moon's own megalomania. It Moon's eyes, Christ technically falls into the category of a failure, for although he established a spiritual kingdom, he didn't establish a physical or political one. Moon is here to rectify that oversight; he is anointed as the man to complete Jesus' original mission.
"Because it rejected Jesus, Israel is no longer God's chosen land (though the Jews were finally cleansed by suffering six million dead in World War II); God had to find a new Messiah and a new Adam country. Moon and Korea were uniquely designated for this purpose, for one of the most original aspects of Unificationism is its attribution of spirituality and gender to nations based upon their topographically..."
(Inside the League, Scott and Jon Anderson, pg. 64)
Sun Myung Moon
Moon is also reputed to have rituals based upon the glorification General Douglas MacArthur (who was addressed in the Fringe series), whose UN "peacekeeping" mission is what rescued Moon, though I have been unable to reliably confirm these allegations.

As for Moon's ties to the national security establishments of South Korea and the United States, they were quite extensive by the late 1980s:
"The history of the Unification Church is inextricably links with the history of U.S. support for the military government of South Korea and with the post-World War II activities of leading Japanese war criminals and industrialists. By the mid-1970s, the Unification Church was implicated in a scandal called 'Koreagate,' involving Korean government influence buying within the United States. In 1977, a congressional investigative committee chaired by Rep. Donald Fraser (D-MN), revealed that after the 1961 coup which brought Korea's Park Chung Hee to power, the Korean Central Intelligence Agency (KCIA) decided to organize and utilize the Unification Church as a 'political tool' within the United States. KCIA agents were found to have infiltrated the staffs Rep. Cornelius Gallagher (D-NJ) and House Majority Leader Carl Albert (D-OK), and numerous Moonies landed volunteer positions in Congressional offices.
"The Fraser Committee found that one of the early KCIA/Moon projects was the Korean Cultural Freedom Foundation, a supposedly nonprofit organization which was actually a propaganda campaign on behalf of South Korea. By the spring of 1964, KCFF was raising funds from Americans for the Freedom Center; the latter was a project of the Asian People's Anti-Communist League (APACL), promoted and subsidized by the Korean government. The Freedom Center is the secretarial headquarters of the World Anti-Communist League (WACL), a multinational network Nazi war criminals, Latin American death squad leaders, North American racists and anti-Semites, and fascist politicians from every continent."
(Spiritual Warfare, Sara Diamond, pg. 59)
For many years Moon was one of the principal backers of the WACL. This came to a head during Iran-Contra, when Moonies played a crucial role in the Contra supply network principally organized by the WACL with the blessing of the Reagan administration.

Moon was, in other words, a major player in the international far right. In addition to the WACL, he would also massively subsidize the Christian Right in the United States. On the whole, the fundies never had any real qualms about taking Moon's money despite the fact that the beliefs he promoted were far outside the Christian mainstream, to put it mildly. But beyond claims of being divinely appointed to finish the work of Jesus Christ, Moon appears to have held some other beliefs that surely would have horrified the rank-and-file of the Christian Right as well.

Moon and the New Age

Over the years the Unification Church was linked to several New Age-type organizations, many of them deeply interested in parapsychology and Ufology. Along these lines the group most closely associated with the Moonies appears to have been the Spiritual Frontiers Fellowship. Moon received several readings (such as this one) from its founder, Arthur Ford.

Moon was brought into Ford's orbit by Anthony Brooke, the last of the "white rajahs" to rule Sarawak (now part of Malaysia) and British army intelligence veteran of the Second World War. After a brief struggle to retain his meager monarchy petered out in the late 1950s (amidst intrigues) Brooke became an "ambassador of global consciousness." Brooke first encountered Moon in 1964 and was immediately taken with him. He would go on to write glowingly of the Unification founder in Revelation for the New Age and Towards Human Unity.

Anthony Brooke
Brooke spent time at Findhorn Foundation, an early New Age outpost located in Scotland. It was co-founded by Dorothy Maclean, a former employee of the British Security Coordination in New York City during the 1940s that helped establish the Office of Strategic Services (OSS, the precursor the CIA). Beyond this, the founders reportedly believed they were in psychic contact with aliens:
"Yes, aliens. The official Findhorn website states: 'The Findhorn Community was begun in 1962 by Peter and Eileen Caddy and Dorothy Maclean. All three had followed disciplined spiritual paths for many years and had been specifically trained to follow God’s will'. But 1962 was merely when Peter, Eileen and Dorothy moved to Findhorn. The Findhorn Community’s true origins lie in the 1950s, in the maelstrom of post-war fringe ideas and philosophies which eventually settled out as what we now call the ‘New Age’. Central to Findhorn’s origins lies a secret which the current leaders of the community would very much like to play down; flying saucers. For all their talk of the Community being formed by the guidance of God one of the core beliefs held by Findhorn’s founders in the ’50s and 60s was that flying saucers existed, existed and their occupants were in psychic contact with them. It was also an article of faith that physical contact with the saucers was not only possible, it was certain.
Dorothy Maclean
It appears that for a brief time in 1970 Doris Orme, allegedly the first Western Unification convert, taught classes at Findhorn. While there she met her future husband, who left Findhorn with her. Orme was brought there by Brooke, who at this time was prone to referring to Moon as "the messiah" when not trying to contact UFOs.

Unsurprisingly, Moon appears to have had a keen interest in psychic phenomenon that spanned several decades. For instance, in 1974 while kicking off the third annual International Conference on the Unity of the Sciences (ICUS), Moon stated:
"The study of extrasensory perception has drawn the attention of quite a number of scholars in the academic community. In particular, the discovery that a dolphin can communicate with human beings intelligently deserves notice. Along the same lines, it has been observed that plants respond to the love and other emotional states of human beings. These discoveries suggest that our present view that the animal and plant worlds are lacking in consciousness and reason may be limited. We may now as well envision a universe in which a harmonious co-existence may be brought about between human beings and other creatures, where man, being the center of all things, may serve as the spokes of the wheel turning the whole universe in ultimate harmony and oneness."
Much of the interest was expressed via the International Cultural Foundation (ICF), an international umbrella organization that coordinated a variety of Unification projects. The ICF is generally overlooked by many critics of the Unification Church despite some of the curious interests it has promoted and several of its executive members. In 1983, for instance, its editorial board featured Neil Salonen, a longtime Moonie representative at the WACL, and Dr. Jose Delgado, a psychiatrist long linked to CIA behavior modification experiments and a friend of  ARTICHOKE scientist (and channeller of The Nine) Andrija Puharich.

The most well known projects of the ICF were the above-mentioned annual International Conference on the Unity of the Sciences (ICUS) events that sought to build a bridge between science and religion. Frequently they ended up endorsing a host of arcane topics. For instance J.B. Rhine, the famed parapsychologist who operated out of Duke University for many years, addressed one such ICUS confab.

But parapsychology was hardly the extent of Moon's interest in fringe disciplines. Extraterrestrial life was also addressed by the ICUS at least three times at its conferences, first in 1977 (addressed by a committee chaired by longtime American Security Council science adviser Eugene Wigner), again in 1978 with an entire group dedicated to the question this time around (this same group also held lectures on the nature of consciousness, with one being given by Wigner) and finally in 1985.

The 1985 conference featured a discussion led by Bruce Maccabee, a optical physicist long employed by the Navy who worked on the Strategic Defense Initiative (a topic discussed at length during the regular Fringe series). Maccabee has a longstanding interest in Ufology and became a member of NICAP in 1969 and a member of MUFON in 1973 all the while working for the Navy. As was noted in another installment of Fringe, NICAP featured ample representation from the American Security Council, which also provided a lot of the public relations support for the SDI. I suspect Maccabee has probably had ample dealings with the old ASC crowd.

Bruce Maccabee
Another Ufologist associated with the ICUS is journalist Hal Corbett McKenzie. McKenzie joined the Unification Church in 1969 shortly thereafter found himself working with the ICUS. He wrote professionally about UFOs since the 1970s and interviewed several Ufologist linked to the old ASC network such J. Allen Hynek and Budd Hopkins. In 2003 he began running a website, Cosmic Tribune, that focused on UFOs. He was also a member of Exopolitics. Naturally, McKenzie appears to have been a visitor of the World Anti-Communist League as well.

Again, I would like to provide a big thank you to Don Diligent, a Unification defector, for his herculean efforts in uncovering this crucial information in providing insights into the Unification Church's ties to the New Age. All the data in this section was provided by Don.

Edgar Mitchell: Agent of the Christian Right?

By far Moon's interesting tie to the New Age, however, is Apollo 14 astronaut Edgar Mitchell. As I'm sure many of my readers are well aware. Mitchell had a keen interest in psi and UFOs. He reportedly conducted a private ESP experiment from space during the Apollo 14 mission and would remain a public advocate of Ufology all his life. Most recently emails on this topic from Mitchell to John Podesta, the former chairman of Hillary Clinton's 2016 presidential campaign, were revealed by Wikileaks during said campaign and showed Mitchell's advocacy on this topic continued practically up to the time of his death.

In addition to UFOs, Mitchell has been deeply involved with psi for years and played a crucial role in launching the famed SRI remote viewing experiments during the early 1970s. Specifically, Mitchell enabled SRI to test famed Israeli magician Uri Geller under laboratory conditions on behalf of the CIA.
"With the imminent arrival of Uri Geller in November 1972, CIA anticipation was high and secrecy was paramount. Kit Green had been personally handling the Geller matter since he was assigned the job by CIA director Richard Helms. Declassified memos reveal two focused concerns during this time. One was Geller's celebrity, and the other was the presence of Andrija Puharich, who had by now taken on a Svengali-like role as Geller's official manager. Given Puharich's notorious background, the CIA needed to keep him at arms length from any Agency affiliation. This issue was temporarily solved by using Edgar Mitchell's newly formed Mind Science Institute of Los Angeles (later the Institute of Noetic Sciences) as a conduit for payments to Puharich and Geller..."
(Phenomena, Annie Jacobsen, pgs. 140-141)
As was noted above, Puharich was a former ARTICHOKE scientist (noted before here) and the channeler of The Nine, alleged extraterrestrial intelligences supposedly first contacted in the 1950s and which reappeared in the Geller saga (all of which was addressed before here).

But back to the matter at hand. Mitchell would remain involved with the SRI project throughout the 1970s and would show ample deep state connections throughout the process. For instance, when a new project was found to continue funding, SRI asked Mitchell to lobby the CIA. He secured an appointment with a certain director.
"For Puthoff and Targ, a new funding opportunity was now at hand. The SRI scientists called on the ambassador of psychic research, Apollo 14 astronaut Edgar Mitchell, for help. Mitchell had created a nonprofit institute and Petaluma, California, called the Institute of Noetic Sciences, where he worked on metaphysical and consciousness studies full-time. On behalf of Puthoff and Targ, Ed Mitchell was able to secure a meeting with CIA director George H. W. Bush. Mitchell traveled to agency headquarters, in Langley, Virginia, where the CIA director listened intently, Mitchell recalled in 2015..."
(Phenomena, Annie Jacobsen, pg. 200)
Edgar Mitchell
This was not the only time Mitchell had met with Bush in regards to psychic phenomena, either. As I hope all of this has illustrated, Mitchell was a major player in deep state interest in psi during the 1970s and continued to be consulted on topics such as UFOs by insiders up to the time of his death.

With this in mind, it makes Mitchell's ties to the Christian Right all the more curious. His affiliation with the Moonies dated back to the 1970s. In 1973, for instance, he appeared at a Moonies function in California along with long time ASC luminary Stefan Possony. As was noted in the "Fringe" series, Possony had a longstanding interest in UFOs and was reputed to have worked with Mankind Research Unlimited (MRU) during the 1970s, another think tank alleged to be involved in exploring psychic phenomena on behalf of the US intelligence community.

As such, Possony's presence at this event with Mitchell in 1973 is most eyebrow raising as the SRI experiments were in full swing by that point as well. At the time Possony was a fellow of the Hoover Institute, based out of Stanford, which SRI had been a part of until 1970. Was Possony keeping tabs on what was going at SRI around the same time he is reputed to have been involved with MRU?

Stefan T. Possony
But back to Mitchell. During the 1980 ICUS conference Mitchell moderated a group panel on psychic phenomena. He was joined in this endeavor by former SRI scientist and then-president of Noetic Sciences Willis Harman.

And that brings me to the Institute of Noetic Sciences (IONS), where Mitchell's most damning link to the Christian Right resides. A co-founder of IONS and its chief financial patron in the early years was one Paul N. Temple, a former Standard Oil executive. He would go on to serve as the IONS's chairman of the board of directors for seventeen years.

But for many years prior to Temple's affiliation with Noetic Science and the New Age, he had supported quite a different religious agenda: The Family/Fellowship. After beginning as a union busting organization during the 1930s, the Family would emerge by the end of World War II as a wealthy and well-connected international organization with ties to the heart of the emerging deep state. The organization's National Prayer Breakfast has been attended by every sitting US president since Eisenhower. Much more information on The Family can be found here.

It would appear that Temple played a key role in The Family's rise. He was one of the key financial backers for years. In 2002 the L.A. Times noted:
"The Fellowship does not solicit money. A handful of wealthy backers, including Detroit lawyer and GOP donor Michael Timmis, Denver oilman Jerome A. Lewis and former Maryland investor Paul N. Temple, support the Fellowship with personal contributions. Private foundations they control also contribute hundreds of thousands yearly to the International Foundation, tax records show."
Paul N. Temple
This raises some intriguing possibilities, one of which is that Temple, the primary source of funding for Noetic Science in the early years, would have been the one to handle the covert CIA funds to SRI. Thus, we are left with the prospect that a crucial financier of The Family, one of the most notorious cults the Christian Right has yet produced, was a covert supporter of the SRI experiments. The same SRI experiments that were greatly aided by Temple's Noetic Science co-founder and Moonie affiliate Edgar Mitchell.

And less we forget, Possony and William Shockley were also active at nearby Stanford University during this time. And the SRI experiments also featured the participation of ARTICHOKE scientist Andrija Puharich. As was noted before here, several key ARTICHOKE men in the CIA had ties to far right organizations like the American Security Council.

Again, all I can do is marvel at the extent elements of the far right have latched onto New Age-centric pursuits. While sponsorship of the New Age has long been linked to Rockefeller money, I hope this post and the "Fringe" series have helped lay bare the extent that the far right and the closely related military-industrial complex had infiltrated such topics.

The comfort that men like Edgar Mitchell show in both worlds is striking. And this overlap is mirrored by organizations like The Family. As was noted before here, Hillary Clinton, while not a member, is regarded as "friend of The Family." And it was her campaign chairman, John Podesta, whom Mitchell was contact with concerning the UFO question.

But The Family is also close to the Trump administration. As was noted before here, key members of the administration such as Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats, Secretary of Justice Jeff Sessions and Vice-President Mike Pence are also Family members. And yet the Trump campaign certainly put arcane and occultic practices to use on the campaign trail (noted here).

The more one peels back the layers of this netherworld, the more on is left with mysteries wrapped in enigmas shrouded in riddles. And with that I leave you for now dear readers. A big thank you again to "Don Dilligent" and "AW" for their crucial contributions to this post.