Monday, November 11, 2013

Mystery Babylon



MYSTERY BABYLON

"Lady of all the divine powers, resplendent light, righteous woman clothed in radiance, beloved of An and Urac! Mistress of heaven, with the great pectoral jewels, who loves the good headdress befitting the office of en priestess, who has seized all seven of its divine powers! My lady, you are the guardian of the great divine powers! You have taken up the divine powers, you have hung the divine powers from your hand. You have gathered up the divine powers, you have clasped the divine powers to your breast. Like a dragon you have deposited venom on the foreign lands. When like Ickur you roar at the earth, no vegetation can stand up to you. As a flood descending upon those foreign lands, powerful one of heaven and earth, you are their Inanna."
- from the "Exultation To Inanna" ancient Sumeria, author unknown

As we head towards the new year, our culture grows more and more oriented toward the mysteries of the feminine. The Goddess is a powerful driving force of civilization, fickle but mostly fair, at times directing fierce lust and vengeance. She implores women to adorn themselves with facial make-up like sexual warpaint. She encourages lust and want, both representing an urge toward that as well as representing a force that absorbs and gains power from such emotions. In the truest sense, she is immortal, a lust that is never satiated that is fed over centuries over the bodies of humans who underestimate the fleeting nature of mortal existence. She is the Goddess that governs our world and our culture, the secret myth revealed upon itself through the daily existence of men.
In the East, she is known as Kali, the destroyer. Her blood-red lips and extended tongue have become the logo for the British rock band The Rolling Stones, a once-relevent, now geriatric group of men doomed to live out their adolescence until death. She smiles and laps up the returns. Hell's Angels stabbing a man to death in a crowded melee, attempted statutory rape at a friend's house, acting like an idiot on Saturday Night Live, she watches over and protects her investments. What might seem like a harmless rock and roll band works as an agent of social change with the Goddess' own seal of approval. Her earliest names are Lili, Lilitu, Loli/Lola, Inanna, Ishtar. Her reoccurring motifs are the owl and the crescent moon. Her temple is sacred prostitution, sexual exploration, homosexuality, transformation of the human form. An alchemical relationship with the human body. If Wilhelm Riech had been a little less paranoid, a little more of a team player (like Kinsey was), he would have gone far in the furthering of her goals. Instead, he remains one of the only people to have their written works burned by the United States Government.
In Mesopotamian culture the Lilitu were said to be demons that caused unwanted sexual feelings to arise... Pazuzu was a wind spirit whose power was able to chase away the Lilitu, harpy-like female beings with human-bird hybrid bodies. These demonic, lustful characters seem to be the inspiration for the Hebraic character of Lilith, who actually emerges from a parodic text written by someone from that culture. A famous image, called the Burney Relief, depicts a female figure whose identity is disputed. Her breasts are bare, and she has wings and the feet of a bird. Owls are by her side and in her hand is a rod with a ring in the middle. She grips it and stares directly ahead at the viewer...
Inanna and Ishtar are the names that were given to the Goddess in two manifestations of the Mesopotamian culture, and in Greek and Roman civilizations many of her attributes co-incide with those of Aphrodite and Venus (respectively). The eight-pointed star is her symbol, possibly due to the appearance of Venus as it occulted the Sun during ancient times. The moon is often depicted as her symbol, and culturally-relevant imagery ranging from Katy Perry sitting on a crescent moon to the Virgin Mary with the crescent at her feet seem to reference her power. In Jean Genet's memoir of living among the Palestinians, he mentions seeing a procession of individuals carrying a banner of a virgin with a crescent moon, and falsely assuming it to be the Virgin Mother of the Christian pantheon. He was surprised to discover that she was a local deity of the nearby community of fishermen, and that she was "Our Lady Of The Lake." As Isis, she gave birth to a saviour God/man long before the emergence of the Roman Catholic faith. Some say that an Assyrian queen named Semiramis is the basis for these myths, but it seems that she is yet another persona of history to be swept up into the character of Our Lady. Her ancient power predates historical conjecture.
She is a symbol of new life, and as such also the destruction of the old way. Those who stick stubbornly to the old ways will perish, not understanding how to exist in the environment of the future. She will provide opportunities for growth and change, and it is up to the individual to heed the lessons.

"If thou openest not the gate to let me enter,
I will break the door, I will wrench the lock,
I will smash the door-posts, I will force the doors.
I will bring up the dead to eat the living.
And the dead will outnumber the living."
- Ishtar's dialogue to the gatekeeper of the Underworld in the myth of Her descent into the Underworld.

Much like the Christian promise that the dead shall rise again at the end of time, the Goddess is in control of the undead legions. The weak of mind can be swayed by her guile, and she is never short of fodder for her Army. In the "Exultation Of Inana," she is descibed as the lady who rides upon a beast. In the Christian Book of Revelations, it is said that there is a lady in Heaven (the Virgin Mother Mary ala Isis) whose foot is on the head of the serpent, crushing it. One is also reminded of the story of Europa and the bull- a woman ravaged by a "sea bull," creating an unholy union of human and monster that apparently spawned the European peoples according to some obscure lore. She has always encouraged singing and praise, with the out-loud recitation of prayer being a powerful way to connect to the Goddess. She consumes the sorrow and praise of her worshippers and gives back in the form of love and understanding.
A form similar to the Burney Relief is what has been called the "Snake Goddess" of Knossos, a threatening Kali-like woman holding aloft a pair of snakes... researchers have connected the statue to artwork of both Astarte as well as Venus, but the exact identity of the deity depicted in the image is not known.
Some have traced the Goddess Worship cult back to the wife of Babylonian king Nimrod, Queen Semiramis. Semiramis was initially a brothel-keeper in a town called Erech, where she met Nimrod, and the two of them rose to power together somehow after founding a religious system based around astronomy. Semiramis was the controller of the religious hierarchy that was developed under Nimrod's rule, and she taught of a great serpent that was the world's creator, a powerful force of energy behind all things. The concept of the Lilith/Lilitu is different in many ways from the Goddess imagery that is directly associated with Inanna, Ishtar, and Semiramis, but both figures share certain animal symbolism as well as similar poses depicted in their carved effigies.

"You are bound and sealed,
all you demons and devils and liliths,
by that hard and strong,
mighty and powerful bond with which are tied Sison and Sisin....
The evil Lilith,
who causes the hearts of men to go astray
and appears in the dream of the night
and in the vision of the day,
Who burns and casts down with nightmare,
attacks and kills children,
boys and girls.
She is conquered and sealed
away from the house
and from the threshold of Bahram-Gushnasp son of Ishtar-Nahid
by the talisman of Metatron,
the great prince
who is called the Great Healer of Mercy....
who vanquishes demons and devils,
black arts and mighty spells
and keeps them away from the house
and threshold of Bahram-Gushnasp, son of Ishtar-Nahid.
Amen, Amen, Selah.
Vanquished are the black arts and mighty spells.
Vanquished the bewitching women,
they, their witchery and their spells,
their curses and their invocations,
and kept away from the four walls
of the house of Bahram-Gushnasp, the son of Ishtar-Hahid.
Vanquished and trampled down are the bewitching women --
vanquished on earth and vanquished in heaven.
Vanquished are their constellations and stars.
Bound are the works of their hands.
Amen, Amen, Selah."
- exorcism of Lilith found on a Persian bowl.

Warrior-like strength and magical witchery is a common theme in the early variations of the Goddess, keeping her in line with the concept of the Lilitu. Female power was scorned as demonic in a brutal society where patriarchical domination was the family structure and incest was a common reality. Lilith seems like an amorphous fiction, a transforming demonic force that represents the fears of a society that wished to demonize the female power of sexuality and extra-sensory perception. She is inhuman, and her power owns the night, seeping into everyone through their dreams and fantasies.
The earliest representation of the Goddess seems to be Inanna, a Sumerian figure. As in the Burney Relief, Inanna is depicted with her arms extended forward, palms flattened and fingers all pointed upward. An early depiction of her is on the Uruk Vase, where she is being brought food and drink by a cadre of naked men (not unlike Mae West). In her time, Inanna was referred to as the "Queen Of Heaven," much like the Catholic Virgin Mary... she has been at times associated with a Hurrian Goddess named Hannahannah, possibly being a variation or development of the same persona. The eight-pointed star, later associated with Venus, first became used as a symbol specifically for Inanna during the Sumerian period- it is thought that the symbol was an approximation of the appearance of Venus (the planet) somehow occulting the sun during an historical celestial event. She is called both the "Morning Star" as well as the "Evening Star" due to her prominent location in the sky, names that are also at times associated with Lucifer. Similar to Lucifer, Inanna has both light and dark qualities: she is considered the Goddess of both physical lust and violence, as well as both growth and destruction. She is associated with childbirth and lustful activity, but not marriage. One of the most important factors that Inanna had on her side was knowledge... she got a great deal of knowledge from a particular incident involving Enki, the hero of the Epic Of Gilgamesh.
Back in the time of ancient Sumerian civilization, the Gods (off-planet beings? inter-dimensional entities? humanoids from the deep? there are many interpretations) supposedly kept all of their knowledge stored in archives called "Mes." Inanna was able to subdue Enki by getting him drunk and managed to make off with many of his Mes, giving her a vast amount of knowledge that had been previously unavailable to her people before then. It seems that Enki had gaurded the Mes very closely in order to retain his power, and Inanna's act of thievery was a significant advancement in the Democratization of sacred knowledge similar to Prometheus' theft of fire. Despite attempting to defeat her and retain the Mes using the aid of sea monsters, Enki was ultimately at a loss and Uruk would have the knowledge that he had so closely gaurded. A significant myth involving Inanna's descent into the underworld is used by the Sumerian people as an explanation for the seasons, similar to the story of Persephone in Greek Mythology. Ironically, in this story it is Enki who saves Inanna, despite her theft and deception. Her descent is marked by hard-headed and forthright action, and her reward is a violent death at the hands of Ershkegal, a hag-like manifestation of the Underworld who acts as a deliberator of mortality. In the end, Inanna ascends back to the land of the living, resurrected much in the manner of the disappearance and re-emergence of Venus in the sky... her story is an eternal saga of death and rebirth that acts as a lesson of mortality and a reminder of our connection to the spirit world.
Ishtar is the Babylonian and Akkadian manifestation of the spirit of Inanna, and it was in her courts that the temples of Sacred Prostitution were opened. Babylon has become synonymous with decadence and a certain level of debauchery, and it was under the auspices of the priests of Ishtar that this reputation was developed. Like Inanna, her gate was marked with lions and the eight-pointed star. Her descent into the Underworld was much more victorious than Inanna's, with Ishtar threatening to raise the dead in order to take what she believes is hers. As she descends into the Underworld, all sexual activity on the Earth ceases completely, suggesting that the Babylonian people believed that She was inherently tied into the current of all sexual energy on the Earth. This connects directly with the stories of the energy-symbolic serpent that Inanna's religion seems to refer to, a concept of "dragon energy" that sees the serpent as a symbolic representation of a more intangible energetic concept. Together, Ishtar and Inanna form the very core of the "Queen Of Heaven" concept that outlines the basic tenets of the Goddess.
She next shows up as the naked Mediterranean deity known as Astarte (also translated to Ashtaroth and mistaken for a demonic entity). Astarte is known for fighting off Ba'al, a similar role to the "Queen Of Heaven" in Revelations who fights off the serpent. Largely recognized as a nature deity, Astarte is the early predecessor to the Wiccan Mother Goddess talked about by many practitioners of modern witchcraft. On her head rests a crescent that acts as horns, and on her belly is a jewel that shines like fire.
Simultaneously, the lady seems to have split into the Greek and Egyptian pantheons as Aphrodite and Isis, respectively. The warlike qualities are reduced in these instances (and in Ancient Greece carried on with the image of Athena, who also bears the owls that are symbolic of Ishtar), and both Goddesses are played up in their connection to sensitivity and amorous love, perhaps due to the increasingly peaceful nature of civilization. As culture becomes less desperate and more focused on mutual understanding, the nature of the Goddess and her gifts of survival become less horrific. Greek culture had a creature called the Lamia who served much the same purpose as the Lilitu of ancient times, a cruel and sexually obsessed beast. The Lamia were known for ravaging humans for their sexual energy as well as seeking to eat the flesh of children. In many ways, as the Goddess became kinder and less bloodthirsty, the villanous aspects of Her were continuously represented in these demonic female creatures who thrived on the night-time prooduction of sexual energy. Connected to the Goddess' unending cup of kindness is the error of want that is hungry for the errant and fallen dreams of man and woman alike.
A gruesome myth is reflected in this story. Some believe that the earliest states of humanity were completely brutal and violent, with humans living cannibalistically and consuming one another for energy. It is believed that the early lords of man were deeply connected to the sexual current of power in the world, and that the Goddess in some way is symbolic of the tapping into that current. These readings of the myths of Inanna see her as interrupting a conspiracy of blood-drinking, cannibalistic high priests who dominated humanity like cattle. She managed to attain power and use her authority to benefit humanity with knowledge and a way out of pyramidal slavery, but thus was acheived through suffering and certainly no easy victory. It could be that her son (Tammuz, Horus, Christ) is the key to the alchemical union, a living product of humanity and divinity that in many versions of the myth must carry on his mother's suffering, at times for the sake of human good.

THE COSMIC CRUCIFIXION

In the Norse pantheon, Nanna is the wife of Balder, who is the Christ figure (the son of a God who dies due to the mechanations of a devil-like figure... the whole world is said to have wept at Balder's death) of that belief system. Suffering seems to be a constant necessary fact of living in this world, and often the Goddess and her loved ones suffer immensely for their actions in favor of sharing knowledge and love with humanity. Just as Lilith sends erotic thoughts and fantasies through dreams, Ishtar/Inanna sends knowledge and thoughts of sympathy and understanding during slumber. She rules the night and it reflects her passions. The Sumerians believed that Inanna gave them all of the things necessary for civilization including the awareness of speech, reading, art, agriculture, all forms of communication and sharing, the attributes that elevate humanity beyond animalistic desire... there are similar stories in India of a Goddess incarnation known as Sarasvati who brought similar gifts to humanity, elevating us from the simian level and educating our species for a life beyond slavery during a pivotal juncture in human development.

"At your battle-cry, my lady, the foreign lands bow low. When humanity comes before you in awed silence at the terrifying radiance and tempest, you grasp the most terrible of all the divine powers. Because of you, the threshold of tears is opened, and people walk along the path of the house of great lamentations."

Her gifts are the power of feminine sexuality and the awareness of self. When opened to the light of awareness, superstition and phobia become illuminations of ones own fears. There are no barriers with Her, but there is a journey of strength and understanding that comes with an awareness of suffering. As the pain of birth is reflected in every waking moment, so is Her kindness, Her love, Her understanding, Her infinite fury, Her infinite wisdom, potency, and sense of awareness. She is a union between the spiritual and natural world that defines humanity's very existence, and if there is any meaning to be found in the pain of this world, Her story has given us the key to unlocking it.

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Going Over The Rainbow


GOING OVER THE RAINBOW

"Singer Brandy has one of the last messages ever delivered by Whitney Houston — but she’s not telling anyone what it says. On Feb. 9 in Los Angeles, Houston approached the younger singer as she and fellow singer Monica and mentor Clive Davis were conducting an interview with E! A post on RyanSeacrest.com says Houston “crashed” the interview, then goes on to say “Whitney seemed a bit manic as she told Monica about swimming ‘two hours a day,’ and conspicuously handed a note to Brandy before hugging Davis.” When E! later asked Brandy directly what the note said, she replied “I’m going to just not say what it was and just keep it to myself for my own personal reasons.” She also told the network “Whitney meant everything to me... She’s the reason that I sing.”- Source: MSNBC

After the demise of pop queen Whitney Houston, a large number of commentators unsurprisingly expounded upon her death for their own purposes. Conservative fist-pumpers used her early death as an opportunity to prostheletize about the decline of morality. Some within the music industry have taken the opportunity to show their anger and rage at the music establishment, pointing fingers at the shadowy handlers who pushed Whitney to excess, denying her the help that she really needed. Further out into the field of theoretical analysis is the ever-growing contingent of internet commentators who see a mystical synchronicity in the actions of celebrities that is directed by a shadowy cabal of master mind-manipulators. To wit, a flood of low-quality Youtube video-makers and armchair journalists have devoted their time and effort for this purpose, creating surreal and perplexing short videos highlighting the supposed "Illuminati symbolism" to be found in all sorts of mainstream entertainment. Although the myths and symbolism of antiquity are indeed important to the elite of the world, internet commentators and bloggers bend over backwards to hysterically decry the work of artists such as Lady Gaga, Pink, Jay-Z, Rihanna, and many others, due to the recent explosion in popularity of the use of esoteric and occult symbolism in popular music videos. Popular tropes in this vein include such imagery as the eye in the pyramid, the unfinished pyramid, two pillars, and checkerboard floors, all of which are Hermetic icons and not necessarily indicitive of the worship of "evil." This distrust of the pop industry seems to come from the prepondence of unnatural deaths related to pop figures in recent years (Michael Jackson, Heath Ledger, Whitney Houston, Brittany Murphy, etc), in conjunction with the increasing vapidity of pop product. Websites focused on these issues make endless speculation on the nature of pop icon imagery as it relates to a rich tapestry of symbolism, focusing on Masonic/Esoteric imagery and, most intriguingly, a complex and seemingly unrelated series of memes that all can be grouped under the banner of the alleged "Monarch Mind Control Program."

"Children in day care centers are reporting small boxes with wires that electroshock them during programming." - Fritz Springmeier

The stories and claims relating to this particular strain of writing are intriguing: on military bases and underground bunkers are sci-fi-like laboratories where mind-controlled sex slaves are cultivated through a complex series of hypnotic procedures. The victims of this mind control are alleged to be exposed to both physical violence and forced sexual encounters, in descriptions that often mirror those of Satanic Ritual Abuse allegations. The reasoning for this is that the trauma from these sessions creates a split in the personality of the victim, resulting in a malleable mental state that can be programmed using various psychological triggers. Theoretically, because of the mind-expanding capabilities of the mind control procedures, this process is used to create puppet individuals, who can be presented before the public as entertainment and spectacle. This spectacle is used to dazzle and suspend disbelief while particular subliminal triggers and cues are pushed down the gullets of the audience, all for the purposes of social control. Essentially, a form of hypnosis and control can theoretically be exerted upon the audience at large through the use of controlled individuals. The control of individuals is alleged to extend to body and mind alteration through invasive surgery. Imagery that is considered a "sign" of Monarch control by researchers can be infinite in nature, but popular tropes include (but are not limited to by any means): cat/kitty imagery (indicative of what Springmeier calls a "sex kitten" alter personality), the Monarch butterfly (when the bottom half of the brain is seen from above, with the top removed, apparently it makes a pattern that closely resembles the shape of a butterfly... hence the Monarch being symbolic of control of the hall-of-mirrors nature of the human mind construct), reptilian eyes (very popular in the Youtube videos of this nature are "eye transformation videos"), trapped in a cage symbolism (self-explanatory), and puppet/robot symbolism.

“I think we all, as artists, because we’re highly sensitive people, and this machine around us, this so-called ‘music industry,’ is such a demonic thing. It’s sacrifices people’s lives and their essences at the drop of a dime... I had a manager once say to me, ‘You know you’re worth more money dead than alive.’" - singer Chaka Kahn on the death of Whitney Houston.

Popular analysis of this Monarch concept is largely influenced by the work of a researcher going by the alias of Fritz Springmeier. Springmeier, whose name seems to be a clever pseudonym with mystical connotations, has written a series of widely distributed documents that claim to demonstrate a large-scale mind control project enacted on some United States citizens called the "Monarch Program," a phenomenon about which there is not much outside information (beyond Springmeier's voluminous efforts and some other assorted "first-hand" accounts). According to Springmeier, program consists of the kidnapping and brainwashing of certain individuals, who are then used to enact a large-scale hypnosis of the population. This hypnosis, and the techniques used to achieve it, is performed according to specifications that relate to the realm of ritual magic. The end result of this process is a sort of alchemical transformation of reality, through the re-emergence of ancient and long-forgotten powers that date back to the earliest forms of human civilization. Whether making direct reference by name to Springmeier, or simply repeating his ideas practically verbatim as if they are fact, a multitude of commentators across the internet have been quite busy popularizing and expounding upon Springmeier's nightmarish view of the entertainment and media world. For many, it makes sense to see the large-scale influence of the media as a monopoly run for the purpose of ritualistic programming.

"They have found that ELF and VLF electro-magnetic waves can be used to control people’s thoughts. Harmonic generators (code named "ether-wave") are able to imbed detailed commands which are linked to audible triggers. This is one of the standard features of the Monarch program. It allows the slaves to be controlled by trigger words which make no sense or seem to carry no negative connotation to outside listeners. For instance the words, "Mr. Postman wait and see" (a Marionette command) might set off an access sequence so that a slave living away from its master goes to its master (also called a handler)." - Fritz Springmeier, from "The Illuminati Formula To Create An Undetectable Mind Control Slave."

This author first encountered Mr. Springmeier's work in the early 2000s, on a website where his book "The Illuminati Formula To Create An Undetectable Mind Control Slave" was printed in its entirety. This was not uncommon, as Springmeier's work is often quoted verbatim as fact on anonymous sites on the internet, sometimes without even acknowleging the source of the information. In this document is a disorienting and overall confusing array of information depicted a complex conspiracy involving intergenerational bloodlines, the Disney corporation, the CIA/US Military, the world banking organizations, and apparently Satan to enslave humanity using ancient mind control technology that has been perfected with modern technological capabilities. Similar in scope to the story of Cathy O'Brien, but with a stronger basis in science and more easily provable claims, Springmeier's work shows an intense knowledge of the mind and of the teachings of the Mystery Religions that he claims to stand against. According to Springmeier, from a very young age, candidates are chosen and controlled with media, electroshock, drugs, disorienting and conflicting viewpoints, and more sinister methods, all for the purpose of being puppets to be used by various handlers for a larger alchemical purpose. Their minds are disassociated such that within them is trapped a controlled set of dreams and desires, to be squashed or illuminated at the will and command of their controllers.
One of the highlights of "The Illuminati Formula To Create An Undetectable Mind Control Slave" is a detailed, minute-by-minute analysis of how the Disney film "Fantasia" is used by covert government mind programmers to instill visualizations in children during the process of brainwashing. Often this will take on a spiritual or metaphysical dimension, and Springmeier seems to suggest that various "demons" develop within the consciouness of the recipients of this particular form of mind control. This demonological view of the entertainment industry spreads to all levels, with a multitude of controlled "slaves" utilized by the media to trigger reactions in particular members of the audience. For those who are not the target of specific commands in media, it seems that a larger social agenda is still pushed in the material that provides a more subtle, subliminal set of commands to the average recipient of programming. Society is molded by popular opinion, which is dictated by programmed individuals who are presented to us in the media in order to facilitate the direction of culture. The significance and structure of the control is based around the concept of outside influence, a spiritual and invisible influence working through suggestion and ritual through generations of human beings. Like in "Twin Peaks," the entities act through human beings in order to feed off their energy from another realm. The control structure is protected by the "need to know" nature of the organizational hierarchy of power. On a metaphysical level, Springmeier's work has an eerie ring of truth. The faceless nature of the expectations of mass market consumerism cause the product that is shoved down our throats to become more homogenized and less oriented to the inclination of the individual. We sell our souls in order to entertain our children, allowing them to be educated into a lifestyle of expectations that will never be met. The ideal consumer gives up his emotions freely, played like a piano by marketing minds who line their pockets on the hopes and dreams of others. The cynicism belies an inhuman lack of compassion.

"The Jokers - The everyday demons who the alters have to contend with if they step out of line, are the Jokers. Jokers can jump out of the mirrors and drag an alter into the looking glass world. Alters going into the system away from their assigned living quarters end up in mazes of mirrors. The mazes of mirrors can’t be broken because demons are placed behind the mirrors. However, deliverance methods work well to destroy the power of these demonic protected mirrors. Many, if not most of the occult world do not view spirits as evil. Illuminati children are taught that these spirits are playmates. Since the child is not allowed real friends, they are happy to have demons to play with inside their mind." - Fritz Springmeier, from "The Illuminati Formula To Create An Undetectable Mind Control Slave."

Upon first glance, Springmeier's "Illuminati Formula..." seemed very similar to me in some ways to the famously sensationalistic work of David Icke. A troubling point in Springmeier's work is his insistence on the use of the term "Illuminati," as well as his insistence on the domination of Earth by "Satanists" (despite a continued insistence that their practices pre-dating Christianity). The Illumnati brand name seems to use Adam Weishaupt's historical anti-royalist, pro-liberty organization the Illuminati as a catch-all name for a vast conspiracy of the elite. It seems to be a stand-in word referencing the highest levels of the elite in the world of finance, military, and entertainment (worlds where family dynasties often do exist, and the players often intertwine). It is generally presented in an alarmist and discomforting manner that pushes what could be called an "end-times" agenda. It appeals to an inherent emotional feeling that there is inherently something "wrong" with our society, a perceived but undefinable impurity. Like Icke, Springmeier's research is often rife with "first-hand accounts" from unnamed sources, offhandedly declaring the truth of controversial assertions, such as the employment of Auschwitz scientist and SS Officer Dr. Josef Mengele by the US Government. In Springmeier's version of history, Mengele survived his death in 1979 to work for the United States as the mysterious "Dr. Green," a well-travelled pioneer of mind-control technology. The immense powers attributed to this cabal are attributed to service to an entity that Springmeier calls "Satan" or "Lucifer."

World events that are seemingly unrelated yet similarly thrown into the public eye, such as the OJ Simpson murder trial or the JonBenet Ramsey disappearance, are attributed to the orchestrations of this cabal for the purpose of social control. There is evidence that an attourney involved in the OJ Simpson case (Kardashian) may have been involved in the purchase of an assassin in an incident relating to the case, possibly involving Nicole Simpson. Interesting. Dark Shadows fans should take not that the alleged Grande Dame of Illuminati Vampirism is named Collins in Springmeier's pantheon. She has a crescent-moon shaped throne that she can rotate with a foot pedal. Now that is very interesting. Self-aware of the nature of disinformation, Springmeier goes so far as to categorize the various types of disinformation agents that one might encounter in their search for the truth:

"AGENT OF INFLUENCE--These agents can be unwitting, under mind-control, or ideologically motivated to use their positions of influence to sway the minds of others. Examples of Agents of Influence are anchor men on T.V., journalists, labor leaders, TV commentators, academics quoted by the media, & some politicians.
CONFUSION AGENT--An agent whose job is to produce confusion by disseminating confounding information.
CONTRACT AGENT--These are the rogue agents, such as the mob, who the CIA get to do particular jobs on contract. Their connections can be denied.
DEEP COVER AGENT--A sleeper agent (often a programmed multiple or person with mind-control programming) who has been a long term sleeper agent.
DISINFORMATION AGENT--This is a highly placed agent who passes disinformation to other governments.
NOTIONAL AGENT--A fictitious non-existent "agent" which is created with a real-looking identity to mislead.
PROVOCATION AGENT--An agent sent in to provoke & destabilize the target group to do foolish things.
SPOON-FEEDER AGENT--Someone who dribbles out legitimate information, this is often done to build up a person's credentials (bona fides)."

It is difficult to ascertain exactly which category Fritz himself would fall into, if any. A strange and recent development in the case of Fritz Sringmeier is that he was arrested and convicted in the early 2000s of armed bank robbery, and was released in March of 2011 by a judge who looked at the case and ascertained that there was no evidence against the man. Was Mr. Springmeier himself the victim of a conspiratorial disinformation campaign? It was during his incarceration that his literature was most widely disseminated, having the distinct allure of a persecuted and in fact jailed man.*

"The Monarch victims of today are the tail end of centuries of efforts by the Kaballists, Freemasons, and the Illuminati adepts to completely control other human beings. The following quote comes from a communist manual on how to brainwash a nation. It could just have well been written by Monarch Mind-Control Programmers. "The first thing to be degraded in any nation is the state of Man, himself. Nations which have high ethical tone are difficult to conquer. Their loyalties are hard to shake, their allegiance to their leaders is fanatical, and what they usually call their spiritual integrity cannot be violated by duress. It is not efficient to attack a nation in such a frame of mind. It is the basic purpose of [mind-control] to reduce that state of mind to a point where it can be ordered and enslaved. Thus, the first target is Man, himself. He must be degraded from a spiritual being to an animalistic reaction pattern. He must think of himself as an animal, capable only of animalistic reactions. He must no longer think of himself, or of his fellows, as capable of ‘spiritual endurance,’ or nobility... " As it seems in foreign nations that the church is the most ennobling influence, each and every branch and activity of each and every church, must, one way, or another, be discredited. Religion must become unfashionable by demonstrating broadly, through pyschopolitical indoctrination, that the soul is non-existent, and that Man is an animal." - Fritz Springmeier, from "The Illuminati Formula To Create An Undetectable Mind Control Slave."

Not all of Springmeier's information is correct. For example, he states that the pop artist Madonna is a mind-controlled servant of these same evil masters who have employed Dr. Mengele for the doctor's twilight research. The evidence for this claim is based on the existence of what he states is "a real life film (that) was made of her being raped... and then her cult family taking the rapist and sacrificing him" sold for 19 dollars US by a company called Vidimax. The reality of this situation is that Madonna (under the name Louise Ciccone) appeared in a very low budget "art film" of no discernable quality titled "A Certain Sacrifice." The film is similar to those of John Waters or Andy Warhol, depicting bohemian excess and other general silliness, including a mock "Satanic sacrifice" at the end of the film. Vidimax indeed traded in films that alleged to be "snuff" (including the Michael Findlay filmed-in-South-America shlockfest "Snuff," a movie so silly that not even Springmeier could mistake for the real thing), although all of their products were of course fictional depictions of cannibalism and other sort of sensationalistic subject matter. Vidimax was simply another fly-by-night VHS company that popped up in the 80s to make a quick buck- the filmmakers involved with "A Certain Sacrifice" used Madonna's fame to make some money off of their low-quality product, and the intentional insinuation on the part of Vidimax seems designed to provoke and fascinate moralists such as Springmeier. Instead of analyzing the film for what it truly is, Springmeier simply states that it is a true-to-life snuff film, thus unfortunately and rather definitively discrediting himself. He makes many of these glaring errors with rather stunning regularity, especially in regard to the field of entertainment and media. The juxtaposition of factual scientific information next to glaring sensationalism and often innacurate, unresearched reporting makes Springmeier's work startlingly inconsistent to the average reader.

PSY-OPS

"I married Fritz, because I was in love and I felt he was a devoted Christian and a victim of his first wife. The fact remains, however, that Fritz is a convicted felon, and he spent time in prison... He was on the run with his son by his first marriage, James, for almost four years. During this time he used false identification under 6 or 7 names... Fritz is trained as a grapho-analyst, and is a talented graphic artist. He has made his own driver's licenses before and a trusted friend says he has created more false ID. He saw Fritz with a current Canadian passport and credit cards under the name of "Amos Eicher," one of the aliases he used on the run... I don't even know who this man is anymore." - from a letter by Gail Springmeier, estranged wife of Fritz.

The man known now as Fritz Springmeier was born in Garden City, Kansas on September 24, 1955. The name on his birth certificate reads Victor Earle Schoof, which he had legally changed in 1987 to "Fritz Artz Springmeier." He was the child of a man who worked as an agricultural engineer for the United Nations, and the young Victor Schoof got to travel to exotic locales like Nepal and Hawaii from a very young age. He claims in his book "Be Wise As Serpents" to have been a graduate of West Point Academy, although there are no records of a Fritz Springmeier or Victor Schoof ever having attended the elite military institution. At some point during his young adulthood, he and his first wife got involved in the Jehovah's Witness organization, which eventually led to the end of his marriage and his abandoning the Jehovah's Witness faith, which he viewed as a product of mind control efforts to create a racist doomsday cult. It was at this point that Fritz abducted his son went into hiding for several years before being captured by the FBI and placed in federal prison. After spending some time behind bars in the federal clink, Fritz re-emerged in the Oregon area, working with a cult rescue and deprogramming organization focusing on combating the Jehovah's Witness religion. It was during this time that he began to work on what would be his most important calling, attempting to compile a blueprint of the control system that he felt was oppressing his fellow Americans. His experience with the Jehovah's Witness organization seemed to mark a major turning point for the career path of Fritz, and it was at this point that he began to cultivate himself into the hard-line anti-"Illuminati" defender of the Christian faith that he still presents himself as to the world today. During this time he married again, jokingly telling his wife Gail that he had married her because of her elite bloodline. After the birth of their son, Springmeier decided to work full time on his "ministry," a Christian oriented series of pamphlets, books, and speaking appearances that were designed to warn others about the evils of the emerging new era of Anti-Christian debauchery.

Fritz's first book, "Be Wise As Serpents," is a relatively straightforward expose regarding several supposedly Christian organizations and their ties to hypocritical financial dealings, mind control experiments, social engineering, New Age ideals, and secret societies. He discusses the Jehovah's Witness church, the Mormons, televangelists such as Jimmy Swaggart etc, and many other large moneymaking Christian organizations, illustrating many valid links within those entities to corruption and hypocrisy. It seems almost like an answer to the work of William Cooper, who shared a similar expose of corruption in his book "Behold A Pale Horse" that implicated the Catholic Church in a worldwide conspiracy involving secret societies seeking to create a new world order. Pretty standard stuff for this sort of field, but Springmeier's extensive research and ideosyncratic style stuck out even on his earliest work. The fact that his earliest work seems to exist to undermine and question the popular forms of organized Christianity, he appears in the early days to be very much the wolf in sheeps clothing, planting doubts in the mind of true believers in the name of protecting them from the impending "Antichrist." He followed his early work up with "Bloodlines Of The Illuminati," which proports to be an encyclopedic compendium of the "13 Illuminati bloodlines" that rule the world.
It is filled with inflammatory and impossible history that works along a particular and intriguing logic. The O.J. Simpson case was an orchestrated affair to flare racial tensions in America. Each of the 13 Illuminati families is presided by a "Mother Of Darkness" who drinks the blood of children on certain occult holidays. Almost everything is a front for "Satanism." "Fantasia" was created by Disney as a mind-control effort, thus the reasoning behind releasing it almost twice every decade through the 90s into theatres. Perhaps one of the most epic sections of Springmeier's work is his detailed analysis (nearly frame-by-frame) of mind control triggers located throughout the animated Disney film "Fantasia."

"It's not only multiples who are programmed - the world is programmed. We are programmed to believe our presidents are men of honour, men of great integrity. Our presidents are rotten bastards - they are pedophiles, they are drug addicts, they practise high magic, they practise ritual. They think nothing of live sacrifice of small children. They think nothing of having their own slaves available to them. That's the way it is, that's the truth." - Cisco Wheeler, in a radio interview with Wayne Morris from 1998

There is a great deal of truth in Springmeier's depiction of the psychiatric industry as a nightmarish, Nazi-like mind control machine, however, and much of his history regarding these matters is actually quite sound. Springmeier's historical research in the "Bloodlines Of The Illuminati" book is actually quite sound and informative, surprisingly so, in fact. When compared to the large-scale generalizations declared in the works of David Icke or Texe Marrs, the factual historical evidence compiled by Springmeier is impressive to say the least, putting him closer in touch with more knowledgable researchers like Alex Constantine (who work is based on actual evidence and not mere connect-the-dots "isn't it obvious people?" kind of lurid speculation). During the time that he is promoting these books, Springmeier also was giving many live speaking engagements regarding what he referred to as his ministry. To this end, Springmeier would appear in various church-organized public appearances for the purpose of promoting his work. Through developing a persona of a righteous man fighting against a perceived Luciferian influence in the world at large, Springmeier has exposed many Bible-Thumping traditionalists to the concepts of Ancient Mysticism, Demonology, the Quabalistic Tree Of Life, violent and disturbed sexuality, extreme violence, Satanic imagery, and some of the most cutting-edge psychological mind-wizardry that has been recently developed. Like the work of Dr. Wilson Bryan Key (who saw sexual subliminals in all forms of art, sometimes literally drawn in by Key himself), Springmeier scintillates and disturbs the reader, sometimes going too far with speculation of which there is no logical truth. In this way, Springmeier speaks in a twilight language of disinformation that often attains both poetic heights and sensationalistic depths. Somewhere, buried among the intentionally murky and disturbed sci-fi realms of awareness, is much more than a simple kernel of truth: it is an alternate history of the modern era and America's influence on the rest of the world. It is the story of how ideas and images can be used as magical tools in a battlefield wrought with confused signals, double agents, traps, and dissassociation.

"One 1955 MKULTRA document gives an indication of the size and range of the effort; this document refers to the study of an assortment of mind-altering substances described as follows:
1. Substances which will promote illogical thinking and impulsiveness to the point where the recipient would be discredited in public.
2. Substances which increase the efficiency of mentation and perception.
3. Materials which will prevent or counteract the intoxicating effect of alcohol.
4. Materials which will promote the intoxicating effect of alcohol.
5. Materials which will produce the signs and symptoms of recognized diseases in a reversible way so that they may be used for malingering, etc.
6. Materials which will render the induction of hypnosis easier or otherwise enhance its usefulness.
7. Substances which will enhance the ability of individuals to withstand privation, torture and coercion during interrogation and so-called "brain-washing".
8. Materials and physical methods which will produce amnesia for events preceding and during their use.
9. Physical methods of producing shock and confusion over extended periods of time and capable of surreptitious use.
10. Substances which produce physical disablement such as paralysis of the legs, acute anemia, etc.
11. Substances which will produce "pure" euphoria with no subsequent let-down.
12. Substances which alter personality structure in such a way that the tendency of the recipient to become dependent upon another person is enhanced.
13. A material which will cause mental confusion of such a type that the individual under its influence will find it difficult to maintain a fabrication under questioning.
14. Substances which will lower the ambition and general working efficiency of men when administered in undetectable amounts.
15. Substances which promote weakness or distortion of the eyesight or hearing faculties, preferably without permanent effects.
16. A knockout pill which can surreptitiously be administered in drinks, food, cigarettes, as an aerosol, etc., which will be safe to use, provide a maximum of amnesia, and be suitable for use by agent types on an ad hoc basis.
17. A material which can be surreptitiously administered by the above routes and which in very small amounts will make it impossible for a person to perform physical activity.
A secretive arrangement granted the MKULTRA program a percentage of the CIA budget. The MKULTRA director was granted six percent of the CIA operating budget in 1953, without oversight or accounting.[24] An estimated $10 million USD or more was spent." - from the Wikipedia page on Project MKULTRA.

Springmeier is deadly accurate about the intentions of some of the top names in the recent history of the American Psychiatric Industry. Although there is no documentation to corroborate the existence of Project Monarch, there are deep roots for the ideology and practice that it describes in the history of the US Goverment's post-World War Two research into mind control. The United States Government, and specifically the Central Intelligence Agency became very focused during this time on research into what can only be called mind control. The intentions given openly for the project include the creation of super-soldiers, study for social control, and (most predominantly) the development of "interrogation techniques." Most famously, several different umbrella projects were developed with "Project MK-" as a pre-fix... the most famous sufix ULTRA is simply a military term that dates back to World War II that indicates the most secret of secret projects. MKULTRA existed alongside a multitude of others, MKNAOMI, MKOFTEN, MKDELTA etc, many of which are permanently classified due to the destruction of the majority of the related files in the late 1970s. One of the most unsettling aspects of the MK projects is that the disturbing aspects of it that are known are only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the larger implications of the projects.
Under the orders of top level members of the CIA, extreme secrecy surrounded a series of projects, including an early one for which the drug LSD (Lysergic Acid Diamethylene) was developed. There were many hopes for the uses of the now-illegal psychedelic, ranging from an "ultimate truth serum" to something that could simply be used to scramble someone's brain. An intriguing aspect of the LSD experience is that one is apt to find profound meaning in mundane commands delivered at the hieght of a "trip." This technique was used in Government studies by American scientists such as Dr. Ewen Cameron and Dr. Sidney Gottlieb. Interestingly, CIA director Alan Dulles (who was instrumental in the development of many of these projects) seems to have been aiding in the existence of similar experiments during World War II in his extensive and well-documented efforts to financially support and sustain the National Socialist Party of Germany. Facts such as this give particular creedence to the bizarre claims by Springmeier and some other supposed "former mind-control victims" that Auschwitz doctor Joseph Mengele had been protected by the United States Government and utilized in top secret experiments, possibly as part of the well-known Project PAPERCLIP (where many former rocket scientists who worked for Adolf Hitler during the war were given immunity and hired by the United States Government. It would not be the first time, either, as Shiro Ishii, mastermind of the atrocities at the Japanese biological weapons testing facility Unit 731, was granted immunity by the feds in exchange for some of his knowledge of deadly gases. There is even strong evidence stating that Ishii actually moved back to the United States to continue his research at a Maryland biological warfare research laboratory. Such stories provide the seed for evidence, but Springmeier's claims are far more extraordinary.

"The Monarch Mind Control was carried out in large airplane hangers on the base which have been able to house thousands of tiny cages just large enough for human babies. Lots of 1,000 babies was a small batch. According to people who worked in the hangers helping program, many batches were 2,000 or 3,000 babies. Many survivors remember the thousands of cages housing little children from ceiling to floor. The cages were hot wired (electrified on the ceiling, bottom and sides) so that the children who are locked inside can receive horrific electric shocks to their bodies to groom their minds to split into multiple personalities. These cages are called Woodpecker Grids." - Fritz Springmeier, from "The Illuminati Formula To Create An Undetectable Mind Control Slave."

Although Springmeier's first couple of books resemble more traditional conspiracy lore, it is the "Formula To Create An Undetectable Mind Control Slave" series that really raises eyebrows. His first couple of books seem to come completely out of left field, just representing ones man's personal research into the world of symbolism, wealth and power. Springmeier would travel the country giving talks to church groups, warning them of the impending apocalypse and destruction of society at the hands of the Antichrist. Somewhere, at some point, he meets a woman with a rather incredible story named Cisco Wheeler. Cisco Wheeler says that she is a former Monarch slave who has access to memories, and Springmeier being a "de-programmer" and her strike up a business relationship.

He unearths her "memories," they write it all down, and go around the country and tell the people about it all. Obviously this put a strain on both of their marriages, but the results of this collaboration speak for themselves... several epic-sized volumes of some of the most out-there material that you are ever likely to encounter in the field of mind control research.
The scope of what is being described in the literature makes much of the world sci-fi pale in comparison. High-tech wizards keep society in control through an elaborate series of recorded concepts and tropes, used to create a worldview that cannot be escaped. Hundreds of thousands of people are kept for bizarre experments far below the earth. Demonic entities engage in mental possession excercises with large groups of children through televised cartoons and entertainment. It is not dissimilar from the world we live in, but familiar things are placed in the proverbial fun house mirror and expectations are turned upside down. Virtually every organized group in existence has their fingers in the Illuminati pie in Springmeier's world... he just lives with the knowledge, preparing for Judgement Day.
An elaborate aspect of Springmeier's work is the NLP-like use of "Monarch" language derived from certain entertainment programs that are allegedly used in mind control. For example, going "over the rainbow" (a reference to "The Wizard Of Oz," apparently a major force in the Monarch mileau) seems to have a resonance with piercing a veil into another dimension, allowing some sort of forces to join with you or perhaps enter you. This demonological aspect of Springmeier's story is unusual, and belies a knowledge of ritual magic and Enochian magic.

"The broadcast of the 1995 Miss Universe Contest did a very unusual freeze-framing of the show while it was on. The screen was mysteriously freeze-framed 9 times, this was a trigger for Illuminati Mothers of Darkness alters. A Mother of Darkness type throne was sat upon by the winner of the contest. An all-seeing-eye was flashed up on the screen with the code A MAY ZING written on it. This is the type of puns that the programmers enjoy. The winners of the contest came from INDIA, CANADA, and the USA. The order and names of those countries have to do with end times programming. The names were a code to certain Mothers of Darkness systems. India wore a Mother of Darkness type garment. Canada wore black and white, and USA wore Red. Miss India gave another code during the interviews, "If someone wants to put monkey’s on your back, if you stand up they get on your back." - Fritz Springmeier, from "The Illuminati Formula To Create An Undetectable Mind Control Slave."

An intriguing aspect of Springmeier's work is his view on the connection between the US Government and the supposed UFO abduction phenomenon. Fritz says that there are no aliens, and that the whole thing has been a psychological operation to create fear and wonder in the people. To wit, he connects many occurances of such phenomena to ritual magic, suggesting that there are ancient alchemical answers to these phenomena and that the idea of spacemen coming to us in a metal can from far, far away is simply a smokescreen for this nefarious collaboration with interdimensional intelligences. Springmeier also goes into great and accurate detail regarding technology that uses low-frequency waves and electrodes to affect human thought. His research into this field is impeccable and extremely well-documented to many highly legitimate sources. Intricate examples of ELF and other sound technology that can affect the human nervous and muscular system is presented. The vast scope of information contained in the literature seems designed to cause insanity. The intricate and lengthy (hundreds of pages) of descriptions of various aspects of the mind control are completely numbing. Once you start wrapping your head around what "porcelein face programming" is, you'll want someone to come along and just wipe the slate clean, end this misery of information.

"I think he's a double-agent working for the other side. Fritz never gets to the bottom line of what it takes to get people free of this stuff. He tells a lot of truth but complicates it and leaves a lot of people feeling hopeless and confused... I saw a video of when he spoke at the Prophecy Club about the CIA programming Amish boys for assassinations. He slipped up and almost said, "we" do this and quickly changed it to, "they" referring to the CIA. It seemed to un-nerve him a little bit... He says he's a Christian yet leaves his family and moves in with a MONARCH woman, who he says he's deprogrammed but the reality is she's still being controlled. And this is not just my opinion but also therapists who specialize in MPD or what they now call, DID [Dissociative Identity Disorder]. Some of these experts in the field who have evaluated him during his presentations say that he has the characteristics of a programmer and someone under mind control... He had gone to a church near Portland [Oregon] telling the pastor they have an Illuminati family in their congregation and would like to talk to them about it. My question is, "How did he know they were Illuminati without even knowing them?". What I think they are trying to do is gain trust by exposing the secrets but even in his book he says the Illuminati put out their secrets and plans up front" - Marion Knox on Fritz Springmeier

Science can the primary outlet for an uncaring and unsympathetic intelligence that wishes to corral and contain the free will of humanity. It can also be our only light in the dark in a universe of blackness, a guiding light symbolic of humanity's constant struggle with the forces of darkness and ignorance. Throughout history, it has been utilized by the elite in order to control the masses. This includes the field of entertainment. The earliest forms of music, dance, and theatre were alchemical and mystical exercises designed to align us with the "spirit world," "the Gods/Goddesses," "the Aesir," whatever you want to call it. Throughout civilization, techniques have been lost and regained, constantly resurfacing in our collective memory. It is an interesting aspect of the early MK projects that they coincide with some of the earliest sightings of what has been referred to as "Unidentified Flying Objects." There is no reason to believe that contact with the divine mysteries, and the rituals that accompany them, has simply disappeared. Instead, they have been assimilated into the structure, forming religions and governments founded on the wisdom of antiquity. Science is a mystery of its own, dating back to ancient Egypt, and can be used for a variety of reasons not easily defined as good or evil. However, oddly enough "evil," whatever the meaning one may apply, was in fact a specific, stated motivation on the part of some of the participants in MKULTRA and related projects. To wit: "CIA's Operation OFTEN was also initiated by the chief of the CIA's Technical Services Branch, Dr. Sidney Gottlieb, to "explore the world of black magic" and "harness the forces of darkness and challenge the concept that the inner reaches of the mind are beyond reach". As part of Operation Often, Dr. Gottlieb and other CIA employees visited with and recruited fortune-tellers, palm-readers, clairvoyants, astrologists, mediums, psychics, specialists in demonology, witches and warlocks, Satanists, other occult practitioners, and more" (from the Wikipedia page on CIA Project MKOFTEN). Towards the end of his life, Dr. Gottlieb said that all of his research was completely useless, and he spent the last days of his life working at a leper colony with his wife, seeking some sort of repentence for his life near the bitter end.

"'Top Secret - Classified - For The Board - The Elite - The Initiates -' Are these the words of the all-powerful boards and syndicates of the Earth? These are the words of words of liars, cowards, collaborators, traitors. Liars who want time for more lies... Sold the ground from unborn feet forever. Traitors to all souls everywhere... They are poisoning and monopolizing the hallucinogen drugs." - William S. Burroughs, quoted from "Nova Express."

Many of the programs were quite sinister in the sense that they were performed on unwilling US citizens and involved methods that left behind many catatonic shells of humanity in their wake. Dr. Cameron was famous for his "psychic driving" technique, in which statements would be repeated over and over again on a "driving tape" while the subject was forced to listen to the same statement over and over again. This, in conjunction with other psychological methods (such as hypnosis, drugs, and mind games) was used with the (apparently successful) intention of erasing previous memories/thoughts and replacing them with new ones. Apparently the technique works, and it happens to be very similar to the methods described by Springmeier in his writing. Also, anyone familiar with the story of Jonestown will note that it is the exact same method that was used via a loudspeaker in order to control the residents of Jonestown en masse with paranoiac and suicidal messages during the final days of that particular social experiment. One particular experiment that we have some knowledge of involved the dosing of an entire French village (Pont-Saint-Esprit) with LSD, resulting in deaths and institutionalization for some residents. A CIA researcher named Frank Olsen who was involved with the MKULTRA scenario seems to have been murdered (dosed unwittingly with LSD, bludgeoned in head and thrown out a window, initially ruled a "suicide") in order to keep him from informing the world at large of the reality of the particularly irresponsible events at Pont-Saint-Esprit.

"In 1951, Gottlieb joined the Central Intelligence Agency. As a poison expert, he headed the chemical division of the Technical Services Staff (TSS). Gottlieb became known as the "Black Sorcerer" and the "Dirty Trickster." He supervised preparations of lethal poisons and experiments in mind control..." - from the Wikipedia page on Dr. Sidney Gottlieb.

Much of what we know about MKULTRA and related projects does indeed seem to be reminiscent of what Fritz Springmeier and numerous "former slaves" have said about what they refer to as Project Monarch. The depths of the technology that Springmeier speaks up seems unreal, possibly even a psychological device in order to create further paranoia. However, great leaps have been made in technology just even through the past ten years. Interestingly, abductees from UFO encounters who are able to pinpoint and extract "implants" from themselves never betray an "alien" source- the implanted objects are always made with ore and technology readily available on Earth. It is no surprise that a poplar conspiracy theory is that these experiences are fabricated, using powerful mind control technology in order to freak out the populace with stories of extraterrestrial life, instilling an odd sense of fear and religiousity. It certainly would be a strange and wonderful excercise in examining the gullibility and sense of wonder still inherent in the common people of America.

"High level Illuminati, who will gather together in Atlanta in the summer of 1996, under the cover of the '96 Olympics will carry out high level rituals to open up a large hole for the materialization of hordes of demons to complete their push toward a world dictator. The use of the name Saturn is an example of how Satanism operates under the cover of layers of deception." - Springmeier

Further MKULTRA stories bear even more similarities to the horrors described by Springmeier, particularly the techniques of Dr. Cameron. Some of his schemes were extremely similar to things that Springmeier describes: "Using CIA funding, Cameron converted the horse stables behind Allen Memorial into an elaborate isolation and sensory deprivation chamber which he kept patients locked in for weeks at a time... Several of the children who Cameron experimented on were sexually abused, in at least one case by several men. One of the children was filmed numerous times performing sexual acts with high-ranking federal government officials**, in a scheme set up by Cameron and other MKULTRA researchers, to blackmail the officials to ensure further funding for the experiments" (from the Wikipedia page Unethical Human Experimentation in the United States).
This example of Cameron's methods of acquiring funding sounds very similar to accusations that were made by some of the children related to the Larry King/"Franklin Cover-Up" scandal, where allegedly children were being taken from the streets and used in sex parties in order to control and corrupt important businesspeople and politicians. The use of kidnapped and otherwise acquired persons in sexual abuse scenarios with ritualistic overtones is a staple of Monarch lore. If Dr. Cameron (who was the first chairman of the World Psychiatric Association, among a multitude of other accolades) and his methods represent the mentality and aims of the higher eschelons of the psychiatric community, it is not unfeasable to imagine that hidden projects such as MKULTRA could have gone even further underground and expanded quite significantly. After about ten years of research regarding the effects of the Central Intelligence Agency on the human mind, it seems that it was time to take their experiments with LSD and mind control further into the general public arena.

"The songs the slave hears on the radio, will for instance have code words. The Programmers, due to the corruption of the music industry, know what hit songs are coming out, and they will haul their slaves in and program them according to the lyrics of the soon-to-be hits. The lyrics will be written so that programmed meanings can be attached to certain words and lines." - Fritz Springmeier, from "The Illuminati Formula To Create An Undetectable Mind Control Slave."

It is reductive and foolish to regard the emergence of esoteric symbolism in pop music as evil. Despite the presence of the Statue Of Liberty on the East Coast, Hollywood, California is the current home of American Goddess Worship. Babylon is rebuilt and destroyed in the time it takes to build up or break down a set and clear out the extras. Nearby Laurel Canyon is home to a research facility that is used by intelligence operatives within the United States Military, and has a long history of collaboration with the entertainment elite. The disturbed allure of the Hollywood hills, the atmosphere of murder and infernal mystery, has been documented in film from Billy Wilder all the way up to the most recent works of David Lynch. The land itself holds an allure, a power, an undefinable mystery that draws a certain type of person toward its axis. There is an invisible influence in the world of American Cinema that seeks to rebuild the world using the force of the collective will, which has been actively working toward this goal since the dawn of recorded history, and even before that. The past hundred years has seen such a boom in technology and cultural crossover that the world is indeed changing, and in an increasingly media-dominated society our choice of entertainment often seeks to define who we are in the name of commerce.

"The Monarch Mind Control programming is simply the sophisticated application of what has been done to humanity on a large scale being scaled down and applied to a single human body." - Fritz Springmeier, from "The Illuminati Formula To Create An Undetectable Mind Control Slave."

* Somewhere around this time, when this author was living in New Orleans, some friends and I took a trip out to Houston, Texas... We were going to the Alamo Draft House to see a showing of George Lucas' cult classic dystopian sci-fi picture "THX-1138" hosted by controversial Austin radio personality Alex Jones. As many of you may know, Mr. Jones has since become famous for his activities as protests surrounding events such as the Bilderberg Summit and the meeting of the G-8 Committee. In short, Jones is akin to a one-man propaganda machine for a growing contingent of dissastified Americans who feel that they are being lied to on some deep innate level by the elite profit-holders of the world. For those curious about his character, I will share the following anecdotes from my memory for your scrutiny:
- Jones hosted the event and gave a short talk before playing his conspiracy film "9/11: The Road To Tyranny." Interesting viewing, if a little heavy-handed, tempered by the director/orator's distinct and irascable personality, and his speech was tasteful and punctuated by bits of humor and self-awareness... definitely not the "extremist" that he is at times painted out to be.
- Journalist and researcher Hutton Gibson, father of actor Mel Gibson, was present at this event. He was given gracious and extremely kind treatment by Mr. Jones, who treated him as an equal for his years of intense research and passion for uncovering the truth. Mr. Gibson was quite old and this was likely one of his last public appearances, but there was at no time any feeling of exploitation from Jones, simply the honorable respect for an elder befitting to a younger man in a similar field.
- During the period before the showing of "THX:1138," Jones manned a merchandise table and was happy to answer questions for the curious. I talked with him for a short period of time and found him to be an extremely friendly and jovial character with a strong sense of his position in life. A wide variety of different types of people approached him throughout the course of the event, and he seemed eager to listen to what they all had to say, but with a fair degree of caution and reserve befitting a man who has had threats made on his life by those who oppose his work.
Jones had a copy of Springmeier's book "Bloodlines Of The Illuminati" for sale out of a cardboard box full of copies that was delivered directly to Jones by Springmeier's wife. Since I had encountered Springmeier's work and was somewhat skeptical about it, I asked Jones if he thought that this guy was really "on the level" and "for real" with his research. Jones' reply was informing me of the arrest of Springmeier and the apparently trumped-up nature of the charges, citing these facts as evidence of the reality behind Springmeier's worldview. What can I say? I bought a copy from him right then and there, and went back home to devour the contents of this forbidden tome eagerly not long after.

** THE FALSE MEMORY SYNDROME FOUNDATION

"The youth room was pitch black when the lights were out, she said, but the room was equipped with a black light. When Bernard turned it on, the light revealed writings on the walls from ceiling to floor. “Every inch, from top to bottom, was writing,” Freitas said. The writing consisted of songs, lyrics and Biblical verses. Some of the words were inverted or changed, she said. - from the Federal criminal investigation report on the Hosanna Church made by prosecutor Lisa Marie Frietas.

"The idea that there are a few cunning, secretive individuals in positions of power somewhere in this country regularly killing a few people as part of some satanic ritual or ceremony and getting away with it is certainly within the realm of possibility... (I am) outraged that, in some cases, individuals are getting away with molesting children because we can't prove they are satanic devil worshippers who engage in brainwashing, human sacrifice, and cannibalism as part of a large conspiracy. " - from "Satanic Ritual Abuse," a report made for the FBI by Kenneth V. Lanning.

Daycare sexual abuse, church meetings where participants drink human blood, and after school care parties where children are forced to drink and eat mysteriously colored substances, these are the nightmare scenarios associated with stories of multiple-offender/multiple victim sexual abuse situations. Thanks to the efforts of organizations such as the "False Memory Syndrome Foundation," the widespread accusations of ritualized child sexual abuse that exploded throughout the 1980's and 90's have been actively contested and kept under wraps. This has been pushed even to the point of intense ridicule from the press and widespread disinformation regarding the reality of such claims. An example of one of these cases would be a recent investigation that was made regarding the Hosanna Church in Ponchatuola, Louisiana. Shortly after a woman living in Ohio called and registered a complaint with police making similar allegations, the pastor of the church visited local law enforcement and told a vivid story of group sex and ritual activity that occurred during off-hours at Hosanna. He had taken over the church from his father, who was in his own day a famous local preacher known for his positive impact on the community. After a series of excommunications against church members who angered him (including tresspasses such as visiting other churches), the younger preacher in time turned Hosanna into something resembling a Dionysian mystery sex cult more than a Protestant church. Members would engage in dramatic prayer sessions that would result in members literally vomiting while gyrating about, supposedly expelling sins or even demonic beings from their bodies. Late night adult/child orgies would occur in a dark back room (ironically occurring in the "Youth Center"), which according to initial investigators was covered in writing that could only be seen in the darkness under a blacklight. When the church was raided by police, strange markings that appeared to have been messily cleaned up by someone were found, including a noticeable pentagram still seen on the floor. A disturbing aspect of the man's confession was that he did not seem to think that he had committed criminal acts himself, despite the fact that he was the ringleader of the entire operation that he was describing to the police. This shows you the extent of the self-righteous "holy roller" Protestant mentality, where one can commit acts of unspeakable depravity with the forgiving power of Jesus Christ providing a safety net to assist in burying one's conscience. Although called "Satanic," the crimes that occurred at Hosanna Church were straight out of the Christian bible, particularly reminiscent not only of Lot's neighbors in Sodom but also his own subsequent actions of incest with his daughters (on his God's instruction) after his wife was turned to salt.

"Cultural rituals could include such things as what a family eats on Thanksgiving Day, or when and how presents are opened at Christmas. The initiation ceremonies of fraternities, sororities, gangs, and other social clubs are other examples of cultural rituals." - from "Satanic Ritual Abuse," a report made for the FBI by Kenneth V. Lanning.
"One night, he said, he heard a woman screaming that she'd "beat the sins out of them," followed by "hooting and hollering" and other sounds. "I'm a Catholic," Mr. Normand said. "I got the heebie-jeebies."" - from the news article "Sex Charges Follow Church's Collapse" by Rick Lyman New York Times 2005

Presumably because the case spanned several states, the federal government was quickly called in to investigate the case. Many people stepped forward to corroborate the claims without therapuetic or psychiatric intervention, but oddly enough a representative of the False Memory Syndrome Foundation in the form of Dr. Richard Ofshe showed up from Berkeley, California to defend the accused. Although that organization exists to purportedly to combat the phenomenon of "recovered memories," this was simply a case where people were recalling events that had occurred very recently and that were remembered without the aid of "recovered memory" therapy. The organization has made it a point throughout their history to show up at many legal disputes involving what one FBI agent (Kenneth V. Lanning, in his 1992 FBI report "Satanic Ritual Abuse") has referred to as "multi-dimensional sexual abuse." The "multi-dimensional" aspect comes from the fact that large groups of people, both offenders and victims, are involved in the cases, which extend to dimensions that are complex and baffling, sometimes including bizarre details that seem impossible from a logical standpoint. Lanning identifies a controlling network of fear around these cases, along with a factor that he dubs as "multi-dimensional" motivations for the abuse (that is, motivations going beyond the immediate act of sexual gratification). The victims in the cases are controlled and kept silent through fear of violent acts, which they claim to have either have been threatened against them, or in some cases claim to have witnessed first-hand. This could be an initiatory or even somehow spiritual/ritualistic aspect to the crime that takes it beyond the realm of more common criminal motivation.

"Perhaps strangest of all, was the testimony of one boy who said that the McMartin teachers took students to a cemetery where the kids were forced to use pickaxes and shovels to dig up coffins. Once the coffins were removed from the ground, according to the child, they would be opened and the McMartin teachers would begin hacking the bodies with knives." - from The McMartin Preschool Abuse Trial: A Commentary by Doug Linder (2003)

One can imagine how frustrating it would be to attempt to succeed in prosecuting a child molestation ring that consists of every adult member of a town, such as what Lanning encountered in Scott County, Minnesota in 1984. An entire community in Minnesota named after the Biblical river Jordan was swept up in allegations that divided the town by age. Cut-throat teams of lawyers and mental health experts descended upon Jordan in a situation that repeated many times throughout the 1980s, a time which contained an explosive concentration of what Lanning referred to in his report as "these kinds of cases." One of the most significant of these was the McMartin Preschool Trial, which also occurred in the early part of the Reagan decade. It was the most expensive trial in the United States until that of Oranthal J. Simpson. An ex-wife of Raymond Buckey (the grandson of the school's founder) accused him of sodomizing their young son, and quickly other allegations spread about the practices that were alleged to occur on the premesis. The woman who started the initial accusations was dead before the trial even began. Bizarre allegations of impossible events were described by the children, such as being flushed down toilets into secret rooms and descriptions of abusers with powers of flight. Tunnels that led to secret ritual chambers were described, and later researchers (including FBI agent Ted Gunderson) indeed found (widely contested) evidence of underground tunnels beneath the site of the school, agreeing with testimony given by the children. "Suggestive interviewing" was blamed for the accusations of the children, however in this case and many others of a similar ilk there is indeed physical evidence of abuse on the children themselves. Throughout the 1980s such cases became rampant, as similar situations were either brought to light or dramatically recreated in people's imaginations repeatedly until the early 1990s. A large problem with the identification and prosecution of such crimes is the fact that Satanism in its most "official" capacity in the United States is not a religion so much as a reactionary organized response to the perceived ill effects of Christianity on Western Civilization. Accusing people who are operating child abuse networks (which do, in fact, exist, in a multitude of platforms) of being part of a cult that serves interdimensional beings brings a court case into realms which are deemed laughable by the general public. The difficulty in prosecuting such crimes is often used as evidence of their non-existence. Often, claims such as "assaulted by a clown in a magic room" (an actual allegation from the Fells Acres daycare abuse trial) will be laughed at and pushed aside, with the brazen declaration that "no forensic evidence was found." Metaphysical crimes, it seems, are the hardest to cases to solve, especially when the universe that they exist in seeks to hide itself from the overarching authority.

"Sacrilegious actions and rites were not only performed on Christ’s altars, but had the connivance or at least the tacit permission of certain Cardinals, archbishops, and bishops. In total number they were a minority—anything from one to ten percent of church personnel. But of that minority, many occupied astoundingly high positions or rank…. The facts that brought the Pope to a new level of suffering were mainly two: the systematic organizational links — the network, in other words, that had been established between certain clerical homosexual groups and Satanic covens. And the inordinate power and influence of that network.” - Father Malachi Martin, from his book Windswept House

There is a resilience and constancy that many of the stories have to those who are willing to listen. Many of the accusations of the children that seem fantastical are still deeply disturbing on a strongly intuitive level. The fears seems to coalesce with shared childhood anxieties stemming from a nascent understanding of some of the darker and more confusing aspects of the adult world. The accusations become a Boschian tapestry of a Midaeval depiction of Hell, a sodomic Sabbat where incantations are read and blood is spilled over innocent bodies. Many of the stories stretched belief in that they involved human sacrifice and cannibalism, hard crimes to prove when presenting no actual evidence of any such activity. More than anything, the accusations hold up a mirror to the society that they emerged from, with the children speaking as conduits for the most depraved sins imaginable in our age. Much like the accusations of the existence of Bloody Mary (say her name three times in a mirror in the dark and she will appear), the stories took on a metaphysical life of their own to the children, encapsulating all of their fears of the nightmarish and stiltedly bureaucratic hypocrisy inherent within the world of American adulthood. The explosive sexuality and animalistic sadism buried underneath the polite surface culture of grown-ups became manifest in the increasingly metaphysical accusations of the children. With the reality of whatever abuse initiated the inquiry being buried amidst the public display. Many of the cases seem to emerge not from "Satanic" backgrounds, but often Churches and daycare centers that are ostensibly "family-oriented" and wholesome. To call the crimes satanic is to do a great disservice to the inherent culpability of "fine upstanding individuals" who hide behind a veil of respectability in order to get closer their victims. Ironically, the person accused of SRA (as Satanic Ritual Abuse is often dubbed) is usually not some derelict miscreant at odds with the world around them, but instead well-respected pillars of the community. To those familiar with the crimes and lifestyles of individuals such as John Wayne Gacy and Dennis Rader, this should not come as a surprise, but to the average person the moniker of "satanic" crime lends an unneccessary and confusing aura of drama to already complex and very real issue. Often those who refute these crimes cite the lack of evidence of human sacrifice or organized Satanic groups as proof that multi-dimensional child abuse cases cannot exist, but this is like saying that there are no muggings in New Orleans because no one can find the missing wallets after the fact. The goal of an organized criminal effort is to commit the acts and to not be caught, not to leave behind fantastical evidence to impress skeptics that wish to turn a blind eye to the abused and molested in favor of promoting the concept of "false memories" to explain when bad things happen.

"..."false memory" (is) seemingly sophisticated, but mostly contrived and often erroneous. (It has been created by) accused, convicted and self-confessed child molesters and their advocates (to) negate their abusive, criminal behavior."- C. Whitfield, "The "False Memory" Defense Using Disinformation and Junk Science In and Out of Court," Journal of Child Sexual Abuse March 2002

The tide of "anti-Satanic" hysteria began to crest and wane going into the new decade. Wikipedia cites an HBO made-for-TV movie (a film about the McMartin case that casts Ray Buckey as a victim of a witch hunt) as an important turning point for public opinion. Perhaps the proponents of SRA stories should have made their own made-for-TV film from their perspective and the momentum would have continued. In 1992, the False Memory Syndrome Foundation (or F.M.S.F. for short) operates under the principle that the human mind is a deceptive, boobytrapped landscape that overzealous psychiatrists can tap into, causing people to remember things that did not occur. They maintain that mental health professionals are able to implant "false memories" in their patients, who then go on to accuse innocent people of abuse that did not occur. Unfortunately, the organization also does not provide any way to scientifically determine the difference between a "true" memory and a "false" one, so presumably one must keep their mind open to the idea that almost all memories could be false, implanted memories. The idea that a vast cross-section of therapists all decided to force fake memories on people for unknown reasons seems to this author far less plausible than the existence of well-established and hard working pedophile organizations who seek to protect their own members. Although they publicly claim to oppose only cases where "repressed" memory is uncovered, the F.M.S.F. often donates members of its Scientific Advisory Board to any court case that resembles so-called Satanic Ritual Abuse accusations. Their job is to aid the defense in convincing the jury of the impossibility of the crimes and accusations. The "false memory" concept was introduced by several doctors, based theoretically around the idea that recovered memory therapy is creating an epidemic of false memories of sexual abuse in the American population, leading to false accusations. The husband and wife duo who founded the group did so after their daughter directed allegations of sexual abuse against them. They proceeded to defame their own daughter in a non-peer-reviewed but widely distributed article as preparation for the formation of their new crusade against false memories. Another founding member of the group was Ralph Underwager, former member of the F.M.S.F. Scientific Advisory Board, who was quoted in a journal distributed among pedophiles extolling the positive aspects of adult/child sexual relations. After this, he was forced to resign from his post for the sake of the foundation's reputation, but he was most likely expressing a sentiment shared with his colleagues, albeit an unpopular one among larger society. The F.M.S.F. seems to exist simply to combat the specific concept of organized pedophilic child abuse anywhere in the United States, acting as a line of expert witness defense for properly-networked pedophiles under prosecution for their "multi-dimensional" crimes. In the particular instance of Dr. Ofshe arriving in Tangipahoa Parish to presumably refute allegations of abuse that the defendant himself made, a local judge actually prevented the good doctor from appearing in court on grounds of unsound science. The preacher who was apparently behind the Hosanna church scenario is currently serving four life sentences in a row in prison. Although there were extensive interviews with the accused ringleader conducted by the Federal prosecuters involved in the case, none were recorded for posterity.

"Even if only part of an allegation is not true, what then is the answer to the question "Why are victims alleging things that do not seem to be true?" After consulting with psychiatrists, psychologists, anthropologists, therapists, social workers, child sexual abuse experts, and law enforcement investigators for more than eight years, I can find no single, simple answer. The answer to the question seems to be a complex set of dynamics that can be different in each case. In spite of the fact that some skeptics keep looking for it, there does not appear to be one answer to the question that fits every case. Each case is different, and each case may involve a different combination of answers." - from "Satanic Ritual Abuse," a report made for the FBI by Kenneth V. Lanning.

"One child said that as the game was being played the children sang, "What you see is what you are, you're a naked movie star!" - from The McMartin Preschool Abuse Trial: A Commentary by Doug Linder (2003)