In the court of Cyrus, the great Persian emperor, the Prophet Daniel is told by the king, “surely my god Bel is real. We leave food in his temple and in the morning he has eaten it.”

Daniel tells the king to perform a test. He will seal up the temple and, if in the morning the food is gone, Daniel will die, but if the food remains, the king must kill all of the priests of Bel and worship the Jewish god.

In the morning, the king brings Daniel to the temple, and says, “look the food is gone.” But Daniel say, “look, I put ash on the floor and you can see the footprints of the priests, who came in through a secret passage, and ate the food themselves.”

Cyrus, enraged at the priests for their trickery, orders all the priests and their families killed, and makes Daniel his highest priest. The king throws down the altars of Bel and begins to worship the Jewish god.

Journalist Edward Hunter was the first to sound the alarm. “Brain-washing Tactics Force Chinese Into Ranks of Communist Party,” blared his headline in the Miami Daily News in September 1950. In the article, and later in a book, Hunter described how Mao Zedong’s Red Army used terrifying ancient techniques to turn the Chinese people into mindless, Communist automatons. He called this hypnotic process “brainwashing,” a word-for-word translation from xi-nao, the Mandarin words for wash (xi) and brain (nao), and warned about the dangerous applications it could have. The process was meant to “change a mind radically so that its owner becomes a living puppet – a human robot – without the atrocity being visible from the outside.”

When he was shot down over Korea and captured in 1952, Colonel Frank Schwable was the highest ranking military officer to meet that fate, and by February 1953, he and other prisoners of war had falsely confessed to using germ warfare against the Koreans, dropping everything from anthrax to the plague on unsuspecting civilians. The American public was shocked, and grew even more so when 5,000 of the 7,200 POWs either petitioned the U.S. government to end the war, or signed confessions of their alleged crimes.

The final blow came when 21 American soldiers refused repatriation. Suddenly the threat of brainwashing was very real, and it was everywhere. The term had multiple definitions that changed depending on who used it. For Hunter – who turned out to be an agent in the CIA’s propaganda wing – it was a mystical, Oriental practice that couldn’t be understood or anticipated by the West, Melley says. But for scientists who actually studied the American POWs once they returned from Korea, brainwashing was altogether less mysterious than the readily apparent outcome: The men had been tortured.

The True Story of Brainwashing and How It Shaped America

Youtube censorship is a trip. Ever since the panic over “fake news” and “Pizzagate” they started to put warnings on “conspiracy theory” videos. So if you search Youtube for a video about how Taylor Swift is in the Illuminati, you’ll get a warning and a link to the Encyclopædia Britannica’s article on the Bavarian Illuminati of Adam Weishaupt.

Catholic intellectual E. Michael Jones has done some great writing about the actual Bavarian Illuminati and what they were doing. Taking Jones’ Catholic bias into account, you realize that Weishaupt was just doing what the Roman Catholic Church has done for millenia.

Book reveals pope’s secret spy network during World War II

Human nature is unchanged since we evolved from apes. The seven deadly sins – pride, greed, wrath, envy, lust, gluttony, and sloth – are universal to mankind. We all engage in these sins constantly.

When a priest hears the confession of a teenage boy, the priest knows all of the sins teenage boys commit, because the nature of teenage boys hasn’t changed since the dawn of civilization. The priest can tell a lot about the boy by what he confesses to, and what he doesn’t confess to. There’s an unequal power relationship; the priest, as an adult, understand human nature and the boy does not.

The priest doesn’t need to “break the seal of confession” to share information up the ladder to his superiors. The children, and later adults, have all been trained since birth to trust priests and to confide in them.

Adam Weishaupt was essentially creating an underground intelligence agency to promote certain ideals, among them, republicanism. Under a guise of what we would today call “personal growth” he had the members write “confessional” letters to their superiors in the organization, who would then write reports to Weishaupt about what kind of men they were: their personalities, their ambitions, their vices. By understanding the “type” of person they were, the organization was able to influence them, and tailor their influence to the individual based on their personality profile.

Weishaupt recruited from the ranks of an already existing “secret society” – the Freemasons, itself a more general version of the Illuminati created for much the same reasons.

Isaac Newton was one of the greatest figures of history, all but personally discovering the laws of physics. Newton was also profoundly religious; to him, there was no difference between religion and science; they were different aspects of nature. An almost contemporary, John Dee, was much the same as Newton. An advisor to Queen Elizabeth I, Dee coined the term “British Empire” and was involved in Elizabeth’s intelligence network. Dee was one of the founders of what developed into “the British system of intelligence.” He was also an “occultist” and an astrologer.

According to wikipedia, “To 21st-century eyes, Dee’s activities straddle magic and modern science, but the distinction would have meant nothing to him.”

Supposedly, James Bond’s “spy number,” “007” is based off a symbol that Dee would use as a signature on his reports to the British crown. Two circles side by side with a line on the top and side – it looked a bit like two eyes with a hand over them, as if peering into the distance, or saluting.

What we can see is that way back in the 15th century there was no clear distinction between “science” and “the occult” – just as there was no real difference between a “secret society” and an “intelligence agency.”

And no clear distinction between “the occult” and what in the modern age we call “spycraft.”

It’s all there: encryption, codes, secret methods of communication, recruiting assest, building personality profiles, and using what the CIA uses today: “MICE” – money, ideology, conscience, and ego – to recruit and manipulate assets.

So it’s rather amusing when reading the modern fans of people like John Dee, unable to put his “occult” activities in the context of his “intelligence” activities.

Dee would travel Europe, teaching nobles the “occult” practice of “angelic communication” – a secret method of communication.

It’s very clear that Dee truly did believe in supernatural “angels” and “demons.” But it’s also pretty clear that if, say, a German nobleman agreed to work as an asset of the British, Dee would probably describe that as him being “visited by an angelic spirit” and consequently if a British nobleman started to work clandestinly against Elizabeth, Dee would likely refer to him being “possessed of a demonic spirit.”

“Communicating with angels” becomes a lot more interesting than just religious mumbo-jumbo and superstition, now doesn’t it?

John Dee’s later years were tragic. The political winds had turned against his political faction, and he was taken in by a con artist who preyed on Dee’s superstitions, a con man who would eventually steal Dee’s wife and his prized book collection – a fortune in those years.

By the time British agent Alastair Crowley came along, the “British method of intelligence” had become a lot more scientific and a lot less superstitious. But it likely still used language and ideas and even methods from the John Dee days.

Let me try to illustrate by this example.

Let’s say a woman is interested in a man. So she puts on a little black dress and “slutty heels” and goes to a cocktail party the man will be at and flirts with him. What is she trying to do?

She is trying to invoke the spirit of lust in that man.

We call it “feminine wiles” but you could also call it “magic” – a kind of “social magic.”

Andrea Nolen relates a famous story about Alastair Crowley and puts it in context. The context is the fight between American and British intelligence over a highly prized asset, American rocket scientist Jack Parsons.

Jack Parsons, like Issac Newton and John Dee before him, was both a brilliant scientist and utterly superstitious.

A woman who knew Parsons was sending her “magical reports” to Aleistair Crowley about Parsons, describing his personality, even mentioning that she thought he might be “at least bisexual.” Crowley was eventually introduced to Parsons and played on his superstitions, his sexuality, and his fondness for drugs. Parson was convinced that Crowley was a great magician and could teach him his system of “magick.”

Everything was going great for Crowley. He had the complete trust of his highly placed American asset, who was at the center of the American military’s rocketry research.

But then, in stepped one of America’s greatest and most legendary con men: former Naval officer L. Ron Hubbard.

Hubbard had created his own kind-of “secret society” that would eventually be called “Scientology.” It worked in a similar fashion as Crowley’s “O.T.O.” But Scientology dispensed with the “magick” and religious legacy of past groups and instead sold thier group as a kind of “science” based on psychology. Instead of “ancient magick” it was about futurism.

Parsons wrote in his “magick reports” to Crowley about his new friend, and Crowley smelled trouble.

Eventually, Hubbard ran off with Parson’s true love, and Crowley convinced him that he could use “magic” to “incarnate the feminine goddess” to become his new girlfriend. Parson spent months in a drug and sex fueled frenzy, performing “occult rituals” prescribed by Crowley’s “Thelemite magic.”

Then, what do you know, a mysterious woman – a former employee of US Naval Intelligence’s propaganda department – Marjorie Cameron – appears, as if by magic, and jumps into bed with Parsons and bones his brains out for two weeks straight. She joins Parson’s branch of Crowley “O.T.O.” and spends the rest of Parson’s life with him, helping run the American wing of Crowley’s “magical society.”

Looks like Naval intelligence got one over on MI6. Americans, 1, British 0. Suck it, limeys!

Magicians use sleight of hand. They get you to look at one hand while they use the other hand to perform the trick.

Modern fans of Crowley place a great deal of importance in Crowley’s “magick” without really understanding it, they take it at face value, in a very superficial way.

One might look at Crowley’s life and notice a different kind of pattern. Crowley’s “rituals” always employed sex, drugs, and a kind of psychological conditioning. Early in Crowley’s career, he was recruiting working class British single mothers and “former” prostitutes, and promoting a “sexually liberated” ethic of promiscuity. In a society that was still quite Christian, the British tabloids – no doubt at the prompting of Crowley’s MI6 pals – played up his “satanic” image and called him “the Beast 666.”

So, you have an author, a tabloid star, surrounded by sexually available women, travelling the world recruiting men into his “occult” group, using drugs and psychological conditioning on the members, conditioning designed to not only break the prevailing religious taboos of the time, but also to isolate the members from normal family relationships.

Crowley’s group was of a kind with the operation that Ghislaine Maxwell and Jeffrey Epstein were running.

Scientology would do something similar, but with a science fiction gimmick instead of a religious, “occult” gimmick, using a straight up modern form of operant conditioning, without the sex and the drugs.

In the 1960s, another of these kinds of groups appeared, run by a character of a similar kind as L. Ron Hubbard, that used Christianity first, and then straight up Marxism, to recruit for a cult using by this time very well understood phychological techniques and operant conditioning.

This cult leader was a childhood friend of one of the CIA’s most notorious torture specialists, a “literal demon” you might say, named Dan Mitrione.

The “Hollywood Illuminati” conspiracy theory allows this system to hide and operate in plain sight. Do you see the trick yet?

Look at the magician’s other hand.