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By Howard Nema

Freemason Ashton Kutcher’s timely testimony before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee serves a dual purpose and possibly a dual role.

First, as co-founder of Digital Defenders of Children, an “international anti-human trafficking organization” that works to rid the world of the sexual exploitation of children, Kutcher is raising awareness of evils and misery of human trafficking and slavery.

Kutcher’s contributions came as part of a hearing before the Senate committee called “Ending Modern Slavery: Building on Success.” He was joined by Human Rights First CEO Elisa Massimino.

Not surprisingly,  during the lengthy discussion at this Committee meeting there was no mention of Comet Ping Pong Pizza, Spirit Cooking Dinners, the Shadow Government or Satanism as revealed by Wikileaks.

Kutcher’s testimony did bring attention to the problem of human trafficking and slavery, but it also served to deflect any thought or attention away from the elite Washington, D.C. Satanic #Pizzagate pedophile ring.

The November, 2016 Wikileaks revelations of Thelemic Spirit Cooking, Sex Magick, Comet Ping Pong Pizza and the Washington D.C. elite pedophile ring have already been forgotten by politicians and the controlled mainstream media alike and thrown down the memory hole as wild conspiracy theories.

I suppose Hillary’s deleted emails and the Podesta emails revealing that the democratic nomination was stolen from Bernie Sanders and the DNC elite’s hatred for “little people”, or Donna Brazile giving CNN debate questions to Hillary or any of the many other criminal acts are also wild conspiracy theories.


We must not allow these crimes to be forgotten.   They are the deepest waters of the Washington D.C. swamp that must be drained, investigated and prosecuted.  Hopefully Attorney General Jeff Sessions will do just that.    Only time will tell.

This is not the first time such a spell of deception has been cast on the American People.   Nor will it be the last.   Pizzagate is very real and there is nothing new about it.

The elite Shadow Government Pizzagate Washington child sex ring operation exposed by Wikileaks first came into the public eye during the Franklin Child Prostitution Scandal back in 1988.

Sadly, but not surprisingly, Pizzagate appears to be facing the same quiet fate down the memory hole.  We must not allow this to happen.

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Between 1988 and 1991 a child sex ring was revealed serving wealthy elites of Nebraska as well as high-ranking U.S. politicians in the Washington, D.C. swamp during both the the Reagan and Bush Administrations.

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The sex ring was led by “a cult of devil worshipers involved in the mutilation, sacrifice and cannibalism of numerous children”, man who were orphans at the infamous Boys Town, in Nebraska.

The investigation centered on the actions of Lawrence E. King Jr., who ran the now defunct Franklin Community Federal Credit Union in Omaha, Nebraska.

The Nebraska State Foster Care Review Board submitted the results of a two-year investigation into the alleged physical and sexual abuse of foster children to the Executive Board of the Nebraska Legislature who were investigating reports of child sexual abuse linked to the credit union.

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On November 4, 1988, the Omaha Franklin Credit-Union Bank was raided by the FBI and the IRS.


The raid resulted from and audit of the Franklin Credit Union’s manager Lawrence King’s personal tax returns.

In toll, King embezzled $39 million from the Franklin Credit Union. Lawrence, or “Larry” King had been plagued by pedophilia accusations for years.   It wasn’t long before rumors spread throughout Omaha that the FBI confiscated child porn at the Franklin Credit Union offices during their raid.

Eulice Washington was the adopted daughter of one of King’s relatives.  She  confessed to authorities that King flew her to out-of-state to engage in orgies with children and that King set up the pedophile ring and “kept it rolling.  He loves boys. He loves them like he shouldn’t,” she remarked.€

More rumors spread of a nationwide pedophile network.  In January, 1989 a state subcommittee began an investigation.

Dubbed the Franklin Committee, it was chaired by Republican State representative Loren Schmit, a corn farmer and 24-year veteran of the Nebraska swamp.

Investigators began looking into allegations involving drugs, sexual misconduct, child abuse, pornography, and satanic activity including names of prominent figures in the Omaha Community such as Alan Baer, Harold W. Anderson, and Larry King.

(HN NOTE:  There are elitist pedophiles preying on children across the world.  The most recent and high profile was the case of pedophile celebrity Jimmy Saville.  He is not alone.  These preying maggots are everywhere, then and now.)


In February of 1989, the Omaha Police Department and the FBI said they were unsuccessful in finding any evidence of child abuse paired with Lawrence King. Nicholas O’Hara, special agent in charge for the FBI in Nebraska and Iowa said “the stories didn’t bear up under closer scrutiny.”

Larry King, and his wife Alice King, were charged with 40 counts of federal tax evasion in May of 1989.   In August, Gary Caradori was hired as chief investigator for the Franklin Committee.

Caradori videotaped hours of victim interviews pertaining to allegations of abuse.  He met with FBI and state authorities to review his investigation.

In a July 1990 Caradori took a trip to Chicago with his son Andrew.  On the trip Rusty Nelson, a former photographer for Larry King, said he gave Caradori incriminating photos related to his investigation, but Caradori and his son died when their single engine plane went down in Aurora, Illinois.  Witnesses say the plane “came apart in the air”.

These type of tragedies are oh so common when exposing evil intent and corruption, aren’t they?


Shortly after Caradori’s death two of his witnesses, Troy Boner and Danny King, recanted their testimonies of abuse.  However, Caradori’s two other primary witnesses, Alisha Owen and Paul Bonacci, stood by their testimonies, and were later charged with perjury. 

Also in July, 1990, the Nebraska Grand Jury labeled the Franklin Scandal a “Carefully Crafted Hoax” and closed the case. (article here) Does this sound familiar, my friends?

Carefully crafted hoax.  More like a carefully crafted pedophile ring complete with a cover-up executed with CIA like precision.  No.   The Franklin Scandal and today’s equivalent, Pizzagate are NOT hoaxes.  

Many victims were Boys Town orphans.  Authorities launched a probe, interviewing a number of claimed abuse victims who said that children in foster care  were flown to the U.S. East Coast and were abused at “bad parties” by elite politicians.

Pizzagate, like the Franklin Scandal almost thirty years ago are real.  Wikileaks exposes this truth,  but as usual, both are  treated as “conspiracy theories”  by politicians and the media.

Despite the glaring abuses of the Franklin Scandal  nearly thirty years ago, and the ample evidence of a widespread series of crimes including devil worship, cannibalism, drug trafficking, CIA arms dealing and links to the Reagan and Bush Administrations and Pizzagate today, justice is not being done.

The elite are doing their best to throw the Franklin Scandal and Pizzagate down the memory hole.  We cannot allow this evil to continue and must bring these wicked, murderous Satanic pedophiles to justice!


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US Army Lt. Col. Michael Aquino, cult leader of a satanic organization called the Temple of Set.   He was a High Priest while simultaneously serving in the armed forces as a military intelligence operative and psychological/propaganda warfare expert.

The Temple of Set was established in 1975 by Lt. Col. Michael Aquino and other members of the priesthood of the Church of Satan, who left because of administrative and philosophical disagreements with its founder, Antony LaVey and, as Aquino said, because he was disgusted at the corruption within the Church of Satan. 

(How rich is that, eh?)

The Temple of Set was incorporated in California that same year as a nonprofit church.   Throughout much of the 1980s, Aquino was at the center of a controversy involving the Pentagon’s acquiescence to outright Satanic practices inside the military services.

Aquino was also a prime suspect in a series of pedophile scandals involving the sexual abuse of hundreds of children, including the children of military personnel serving at the Presidio U.S. Army station in the San Francisco Bay Area.

But even as Aquino was being investigated by Army Criminal Investigators for involvement in the pedophile cases, he retained highest-level security clearances, and was involved in pioneering work in military psychological operations (“psy-ops”).

According to an article in the Oct. 30, 1987 San Francisco Examiner, one of the victims had identified Aquino and his wife as participants in the child rape.    According to the victim, the Aquinos had filmed scenes of the child being fondled in a bathtub.

The child’s description of the house, which was also the headquarters of Aquino’s Satanic Temple of Set, was so detailed, that police were able to obtain a search warrant.

During the raid, they confiscated 38 videotapes, photo negatives, and other evidence that the home had been the hub of a pedophile ring, operating in and around U.S. military bases.

So here we can see a direct correlation between the Temple of Set, organized pedophile rings, PsyOps and MKULTRA mind control.

Aquino and Vallely called for an explicitly Nietzschean form of warfare, which they dubbed “mindwar.”  

Mindwar is the deliberate, aggressive convincing of all participants in a war that we will win that war.”

For Aquino, “mindwar” is a permanent state of strategic psychological warfare against the populations of friend and foe nations alike.

“In its strategic context, mindwar must reach out to friends, enemies and neutrals alike across the globe through the media possessed by the United States which have the capabilities to reach virtually all people on the face of the Earth.

These media are, of course, the electronic media—television and radio. State of the art developments in satellite communication, video recording techniques, and laser and optical transmission of broadcasts make possible a penetration of the minds of the world.”

Here is the research paper, From PSYOP to MindWar The Psychology of Victory co-written by Lt. Col. Aquino.

Lt. Col. Aquino was processed out of the Army Active Reserves in 1990 after an investigation into Satanic ritual child abuse at the Presidio Army base.

While Col. Michael Aquino remains an active member of the Temple of Set, he no longer holds any office within the organization.  The office of High Priest, or I should say Priestess, is currently held by Magistra Patricia Hardy, who succeeded Aquino in 2004.

Another child sex trafficking horror story comes courtesy of Dyncorp.  DynCorp is a corrupt,  insider US military contractor that provides military base operations and vehicle maintenance.   They manage installations for military bases for the Department of Defense and the Department of State, and provide security services, fire and rescue emergency services, and IT/telecommunication services.  

In particular, DynCorp supports a military base camp in Kosovo, providing power plant maintenance, fueling services, and grounds maintenance.

According to The New York Times, the Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction found that “DynCorp seemed to act almost independently of its reporting officers at the Department of State, billing the United States for millions of dollars of work that were not authorized and beginning other jobs without a go-ahead.”

The report states that the findings of DynCorp’s misconduct on a $188 million job to buy weapons and build quarters for the Iraqi police were serious enough to warrant a fraud inquiry.

A U.S. government audit report of October 2007 revealed that $1.3 billion was spent on a contract with DynCorp for training Iraqi police. The auditors stated that the program was mismanaged to such an extent that they were unable to determine how the money was spent.

In February 2007 federal auditors cited DynCorp for wasting millions on projects, including building an unapproved, Olympic-sized swimming pool at the behest of Iraqi police officials.

In April 2011, DynCorp agreed to pay $7.7 million to the U.S. government to settle claims that it had inflated claims for construction contracts in Iraq.

In the late 1990s, two employees, Ben Johnston, a former DynCorp aircraft mechanic, and Kathryn Bolkovac, a U.N. International Police Force monitor, independently alleged that DynCorp employees in Bosnia engaged in sex with minors, and sold them to each other as slaves.    Both Johnston and Bolkovac were fired, and Johnston was later placed into protective custody before leaving several days later.

On June 2, 2000, an investigation was launched in the DynCorp hangar at Comanche Base Camp, one of two U.S. bases in Bosnia and Herzegovina, and all DynCorp personnel were detained for questioning.   CID spent several weeks investigating and the results appear to support Johnston’s allegations.

DynCorp had fired five employees for similar illegal activities prior to the charges.  Many of the employees accused of sex trafficking were forced to resign under suspicion of illegal activity. However, as of 2014 no one had been prosecuted.

In 2002, Bolkovac filed a lawsuit in Great Britain against DynCorp for unfair dismissal due to a protected disclosure (whistleblowing), and won.    Bolkovac co-authored a book with Cari Lynn titled The Whistleblower: Sex Trafficking, Military Contractors And One Woman’s Fight For Justice.

In 2010, a film based on Bolkovac titled The Whistleblower, starring Rachel Weisz and Vanessa Redgrave, was released.

References/Sources/Related Information:

Flight attendant rescues teen girl from human trafficking


Jenkins, Philip (2004). Moral Panic: Changing Concepts of the Child Molester in Modern America. Yale University Press. pp. 174–5. ISBN 978-0-300-10963-4.

Robbins, William (December 18, 1988). “A Lurid, Mysterious Scandal Begins Taking Shape in Omaha”. The New York Times. Retrieved April 30, 2013.

Robbins, William (December 25, 1988). “Nebraska Inquiry Is Given File on Sex Abuse of Foster Children”. The New York Times. Retrieved May 18, 2012.

Robbins, Williams (July 29, 1990). “Omaha Grand Jury Sees Hoax in Lurid Tales”. The New York Times. Retrieved May 13, 2011.

“Omaha Tales of Sexual Abuse Ruled False”. The New York Times. Associated Press. September 27, 1990. Retrieved May 13, 2011.

The Franklin Scandal: A Story of Powerbrokers, Child Abuse & Betrayal.  




US: DynCorp Disgrace by Kelly Patricia O’Meara, Insight Magazine January 14th, 2002

Sex-slave whistle-blowers vindicated/Salon.com/08/06/2002




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In a disturbing and thought provoking TRUTH TALK NEWS interview, MK ULTRA survivor Paul Pasternak discusses his uncle Walter Pasternak’s role in the clandestine CIA operation and his own experiences of sexual abuse, trauma and mind control.

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Nazis Were Given ‘Safe Haven’ in U.S., Report Says

Dr. Josef Mengele in 1956, left. Arthur Rudolph, center, in 1990, was a rocket scientist for Nazi Germany and NASA. John Demjanjuk in 2006. Credit Left and center, Dave Dieter/The Huntsville Times, via AP; C.H. Pete Copeland/Plain Dealer, via AP


WASHINGTON — A secret history of the United States government’s Nazi-hunting operation concludes that American intelligence officials created a “safe haven” in the United States for Nazis and their collaborators after World War II, and it details decades of clashes, often hidden, with other nations over war criminals here and abroad.

The 600-page report, which the Justice Department has tried to keep secret for four years, provides new evidence about more than two dozen of the most notorious Nazi cases of the last three decades.

It describes the government’s posthumous pursuit of Dr. Josef Mengele, the so-called Angel of Death at Auschwitz, part of whose scalp was kept in a Justice Department official’s drawer; the vigilante killing of a former Waffen SS soldier in New Jersey; and the government’s mistaken identification of the Treblinka concentration camp guard known as Ivan the Terrible.

The report catalogs both the successes and failures of the band of lawyers, historians and investigators at the Justice Department’s Office of Special Investigations, which was created in 1979 to deport Nazis.

Perhaps the report’s most damning disclosures come in assessing the Central Intelligence Agency’s involvement with Nazi émigrés. Scholars and previous government reports had acknowledged the C.I.A.’s use of Nazis for postwar intelligence purposes. But this report goes further in documenting the level of American complicity and deception in such operations.

The Justice Department report, describing what it calls “the government’s collaboration with persecutors,” says that O.S.I investigators learned that some of the Nazis “were indeed knowingly granted entry” to the United States, even though government officials were aware of their pasts. “America, which prided itself on being a safe haven for the persecuted, became — in some small measure — a safe haven for persecutors as well,” it said.

The report also documents divisions within the government over the effort and the legal pitfalls in relying on testimony from Holocaust survivors that was decades old. The report also concluded that the number of Nazis who made it into the United States was almost certainly much smaller than 10,000, the figure widely cited by government officials.

The Justice Department has resisted making the report public since 2006. Under the threat of a lawsuit, it turned over a heavily redacted version last month to a private research group, the National Security Archive, but even then many of the most legally and diplomatically sensitive portions were omitted. A complete version was obtained by The New York Times.

The Justice Department said the report, the product of six years of work, was never formally completed and did not represent its official findings. It cited “numerous factual errors and omissions,” but declined to say what they were.

More than 300 Nazi persecutors have been deported, stripped of citizenship or blocked from entering the United States since the creation of the O.S.I., which was merged with another unit this year.

In chronicling the cases of Nazis who were aided by American intelligence officials, the report cites help that C.I.A. officials provided in 1954 to Otto Von Bolschwing, an associate of Adolf Eichmann who had helped develop the initial plans “to purge Germany of the Jews” and who later worked for the C.I.A. in the United States. In a chain of memos, C.I.A. officials debated what to do if Von Bolschwing were confronted about his past — whether to deny any Nazi affiliation or “explain it away on the basis of extenuating circumstances,” the report said.

The Justice Department, after learning of Von Bolschwing’s Nazi ties, sought to deport him in 1981. He died that year at age 72.

The report also examines the case of Arthur L. Rudolph, a Nazi scientist who ran the Mittelwerk munitions factory. He was brought to the United States in 1945 for his rocket-making expertise under Operation Paperclip, an American program that recruited scientists who had worked in Nazi Germany. (Rudolph has been honored by NASA and is credited as the father of the Saturn V rocket.)

The report cites a 1949 memo from the Justice Department’s No. 2 official urging immigration officers to let Rudolph back in the country after a stay in Mexico, saying that a failure to do so “would be to the detriment of the national interest.”

Justice Department investigators later found evidence that Rudolph was much more actively involved in exploiting slave laborers at Mittelwerk than he or American intelligence officials had acknowledged, the report says.

Some intelligence officials objected when the Justice Department sought to deport him in 1983, but the O.S.I. considered the deportation of someone of Rudolph’s prominence as an affirmation of “the depth of the government’s commitment to the Nazi prosecution program,” according to internal memos.

The Justice Department itself sometimes concealed what American officials knew about Nazis in this country, the report found.

In 1980, prosecutors filed a motion that “misstated the facts” in asserting that checks of C.I.A. and F.B.I. records revealed no information on the Nazi past of Tscherim Soobzokov, a former Waffen SS soldier. In fact, the report said, the Justice Department “knew that Soobzokov had advised the C.I.A. of his SS connection after he arrived in the United States.”

(After the case was dismissed, radical Jewish groups urged violence against Mr. Soobzokov, and he was killed in 1985 by a bomb at his home in Paterson, N.J. )

The secrecy surrounding the Justice Department’s handling of the report could pose a political dilemma for President Obama because of his pledge to run the most transparent administration in history. Mr. Obama chose the Justice Department to coordinate the opening of government records.

The Nazi-hunting report was the brainchild of Mark Richard, a senior Justice Department lawyer. In 1999, he persuaded Attorney General Janet Reno to begin a detailed look at what he saw as a critical piece of history, and he assigned a career prosecutor, Judith Feigin, to the job. After Mr. Richard edited the final version in 2006, he urged senior officials to make it public but was rebuffed, colleagues said.

When Mr. Richard became ill with cancer, he told a gathering of friends and family that the report’s publication was one of three things he hoped to see before he died, the colleagues said. He died in June 2009, and Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. spoke at his funeral.

“I spoke to him the week before he died, and he was still trying to get it released,” Ms. Feigin said. “It broke his heart.”

After Mr. Richard’s death, David Sobel, a Washington lawyer, and the National Security Archive sued for the report’s release under the Freedom of Information Act.

The Justice Department initially fought the lawsuit, but finally gave Mr. Sobel a partial copy — with more than 1,000 passages and references deleted based on exemptions for privacy and internal deliberations.

Laura Sweeney, a Justice Department spokeswoman, said the department is committed to transparency, and that redactions are made by experienced lawyers.

The full report disclosed that the Justice Department found “a smoking gun” in 1997 establishing with “definitive proof” that Switzerland had bought gold from the Nazis that had been taken from Jewish victims of the Holocaust. But these references are deleted, as are disputes between the Justice and State Departments over Switzerland’s culpability in the months leading up to a major report on the issue.

Another section describes as “a hideous failure” a series of meetings in 2000 that United States officials held with Latvian officials to pressure them to pursue suspected Nazis. That passage is also deleted.

So too are references to macabre but little-known bits of history, including how a director of the O.S.I. kept a piece of scalp that was thought to belong to Dr. Mengele in his desk in hopes that it would help establish whether he was dead.

The chapter on Dr. Mengele, one of the most notorious Nazis to escape prosecution, details the O.S.I.’s elaborate efforts in the mid-1980s to determine whether he had fled to the United States and might still be alive.

It describes how investigators used letters and diaries apparently written by Dr. Mengele in the 1970s, along with German dental records and Munich phone books, to follow his trail.

After the development of DNA tests, the piece of scalp, which had been turned over by the Brazilian authorities, proved to be a critical piece of evidence in establishing that Dr. Mengele had fled to Brazil and had died there in about 1979 without ever entering the United States, the report said. The edited report deletes references to Dr. Mengele’s scalp on privacy grounds.

Even documents that have long been available to the public are omitted, including court decisions, Congressional testimony and front-page newspaper articles from the 1970s.

A chapter on the O.S.I.’s most publicized failure — the case against John Demjanjuk, a retired American autoworker who was mistakenly identified as Treblinka’s Ivan the Terrible — deletes dozens of details, including part of a 1993 ruling by the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit that raised ethics accusations against Justice Department officials.

That section also omits a passage disclosing that Latvian émigrés sympathetic to Mr. Demjanjuk secretly arranged for the O.S.I.’s trash to be delivered to them each day from 1985 to 1987. The émigrés rifled through the garbage to find classified documents that could help Mr. Demjanjuk, who is currently standing trial in Munich on separate war crimes charges.

Ms. Feigin said she was baffled by the Justice Department’s attempt to keep a central part of its history secret for so long. “It’s an amazing story,” she said, “that needs to be told.”    Link to Source

Behind Psychological Assessment’s Door, A CIA Operation
June 21, 1974, The Washington Post

by Laurence Stern

At first glance the interior of the room on the fourth floor of the Vann Ness Shopping Center office building looks like the many dozens of private consulting firms scattered in their smartly appointed quarters throughout Washington.

The neat lettering on the door says: “Psychological Assessments Associates Inc.” Admission is gained by pushing a buzzer and waiting for someone to unlock the door from the inside.

But Walter P. Pasternak, the operating head of Psychological Assessments, is not anxious to see unscheduled visitors. “We have nothing to say,” he told a visiting reporter in terse and angry tones, moving immediately toward the door.

The reason for Pasternak’s reticence is that Psychological Assessments is unlike most other businesses. From the time of its incorporation in 1965, its principal source of funding has been the Central Intelligence Agency, which is what Pasternak does not want to talk about.

“We could never have existed without this support,” acknowledges the firm’s retiring president, John W. Gittinger, who founded it with two other former CIA psychologists after they left full-time employment the agency.

Gittinger is less reluctant to talk because he is disassociating himself from Psychological Assessments on July 1 and is proud of the work it has done as well as his long years of service to the CIA, to which he is still personally under contract as a consultant.

The company won an obscure and perhaps unjustified mention in the case of former White House special counsel Charles Colson, who pleaded guilty in June 6 to an obstruction of justice charge growing out of his role in the Daniel Ellsberg break-in case.

Colson had asked the office of the Watergate special prosecutor to provide “documents or records concerning the psychological profile of Dr. Ellsberg compiled by Psychological Assessments Inc. for the CIA.”

Gittinger heatedly denies any association with the Ellsberg profile or, indeed any involvement with the White House on Watergate or national security matters. “It’s an absolute, positive lie.” said the 57-year old psychologist of Colson’s implication of the company’s involvement in the 1971 “plumbers'” break-in of Dr. Lewis Fielding’s office in Los Angeles. Fielding was Ellsberg’s psychiatrist.

A CIA spokesman said yesterday the agency will not comment on whether it has financial or operational relationships with Psychological Assessments. The CIA has a policy of saying nothing about its links with US.S. domestic concerns.

Gittinger acknowledges that the company behind the unobtrusive door at 4301 Connecticut Ave., NW has conducted training programs for CIA operatives abroad and performed psychological evaluations for overseas employees of American firms with foreign-based offices of subsidiaries.

The rubric of “psychological assessments” covers a variety of services which both the firm and Gittinger, in his private counseling role, have provided the CIA.

It covers the study of brainwashing techniques by foreign intelligence organizations that was carried out by a New York-based predecessor organization to PAA called the Human Ecology Fund.

It also provides training to CIA employees for assessing the credibility of foreign intelligence informants. “It’s a question of trying to understand whether someone is lying or telling the truth when he comes through the door and says he wants to give you information,” Gittinger explained.

The beginning of the psychological assessment program, Gittinger related goes back to the early 1950’s when former CIA Director Allen W. Dulles sought neurosurgical treatment of his son, Allen M., who was seriously injured in Korea, from a New York Neurologist, Dr. Harold G. Wolfe.

Dulles became interested in Wolfe’s research into Chinese indoctrination of captured American pilots during the Korean war. CIA began financing the research work through first the Society for the Investigation of Human Ecology, with which Wolfe was associated, and then the Human Ecology Fund, according to Gittinger.

Both operated a private research organizations with headquarters in New York and with branches overseas.

“This whole project was Allen Dulles’ baby, ” Gittinger explained. “It grew out of his son’s injury in Korea.”

Because of the growing controversy over CIA financing of private organizations in the mid-1960’s, the Human Ecology Fund was abandoned. The controversy was touched off by disclosure that the agency was funding activities of US based student, labor, journalistic and cultural organizations.

The Human Ecology Fund was spared public mention during the furor over clandestine CIA financing. It folded quietly after Gittinger moved to Washington to start Psychological Assessments Associates Inc.

Current programs by PAA, said Gittinger, are strongly pointed toward Soviet, Chinese and Arab cultural training. He declined to discuss the specific nature of the programs or whether PAA carried out such programs for foreign intelligence of security organizations.

The commercial side of PAA’s activities–screening foreign employees of American firms– has shrunk in recent years, making the company almost wholly dependent on its CIA contracts.

He emphasized that the company has never taken a government or private contract which involved the “assessment” of an American citizen. “We do absolutely no domestic advising,” Gittinger said. “We have never been asked to evaluate an American.”

Gittinger and the two other ex-CIA founder’s of PAA, Robert E. Goodnow and Samuel B. Lyerly, have ended their active associations with the company. It was understood that the new operating group is seeking to divest itself of the CIA financial sponsorship.

“I am very proud of what I have done for the agency over a long period of time in the assessments field,” said Gittinger. “There is nothing I am ashamed of, nothing I have to hide.”   Link to Source

Mind Control Quartet Subpoenaed by Senate After No-Show
August 6, 1977 Washington Post

By Bill Richards and John Jacobs

Four former members of a secret CIA behavioral control project were subpoenaed yesterday to testify publicly about drug tests and other human mind-control experiments conducted in the 1950s and 1960s.

The subpoenas were issued by Sen. Edward M. Kennedy’s Subcommittee of Health and Scientific Research after one of the four, Walter P. Pasternak, did not show up at a closed subcommittee session.

The subpoenas are for Sept. 9.

Kennedy (D-Mass.) and Richard S. Schweiker (R-Pa.) indicated after the session that Pasternak a former CIA employee had gone into hiding after notifying investigator 24 hours earlier that he would appear.

Pasternak has been linked to one of the more bizarre projects in MK-ULTRA, the code name for the intelligence agency’s mind control experiments.

Senate investigators have receipts signed by the former CIA employee for $2,000 in $100 bills that were distributed to persons involved in “Operation Midnight Climax.” That project involved alleged prostitutes and drug given to unwitting persons lured into a “safehouse” operated by the CIA in San Francisco.

Pasternak has also provided the subcommittee with a somewhat unclear account of the activities of the Society for the Investigation of Human Ecology, a CIA-funded research group that conducted human behavior experiments.

In addition to Pasternak, the senators subpoenaed Dr. Sidney Gottlieb, a retired CIA official who ran MK-ULTRA; Dr. Robert Lashbrook, a former CIA chemist who now teaches at the University of California in Santa Barbara, and Dr. Charles Geschickter, a former CIA consultant and professor emeritus at Georgetown University.

Details of MK-ULTRA have been widely publicized since the CIA released nearly 8,000 pages of recently discovered documents relating to the experiments.   In San Francisco yesterday, CIA Director Stansfield Turner called the drug and brothel activities “abhorrent” and said the number of such CIA operations now is “zero.”

Knowledgeable sources indicated yesterday that the CIA also may have taken an active part in germ warfare experiments run by the Army from its bilogical warfare center at Fort Detrick, Md.

That information is believed contained in files on three other CIA projects known as MK-SEARCH, MK-CHICKWICK and MK-OFTEN. Files on all three have been promised to the subcommitee by Turner.

Among the MK-ULTRA documents still not released is a list of stock-piled “exotic pathogens,” according to one source.

The CIA also has drawn up a classified list of 86 institutions which it said were used during the behavioral experimentation in MK-ULTRA. One of those, according to knowledgeable sources, is the Smithsonian Institution. What part it played could not be learned.

“To the best of our knowledge the Smithsonian was not a knowing participant in any project of the CIA,” a Smithsonian spokesman said yesterday.

Among the thousands of pages of documents which have been made available by the CIA on MK-ULTRA are descriptions of a number of odd experiments. In one, CIA researchers isolated and collected “sizable accounts” of tick venom, which can cause muscle paralysis. One agency memo suggested using the insect venom as a knockout agent to induce what the memo writer called “involuntary sleep.”

Another memo described a chemical under investigation, known as LSE, as producing the effect of “a reversible chemical lobotomy.” A 1953 report said 429 experiments were carried out with this drug on psychotics and non-psychotics.

A June 29, 1954, memo by Gottlieh described consultant Geschickter as having supplied misleading information to the Internal Revenue Service Geschickter was paid by MK-ULTRA but, according to the memo, had to report “that he had earned the fee performing consultations with an “anonymous person,” since the Agency contributions had been so designated on the books of the Fund.”

The “Fund” was Geschickter’s private fund, through which the CIA passed $375,000 to a building expansion project at Georgetown University for work it wanted to do there in “biological and chemical warfare.”

Geschickter could not be reached for comment.    Link to Source

State Gives Yale, UConn $10 Million For New Effort To Spur Biotech Ventures


Yale and UConn are collaborating to launch a new initiative to spur the creation of biotechnology companies in Connecticut.

With a $10 million grant from Connecticut’s Bioscience Innovation Fund, the new effort will be called Program in Innovative Therapeutics for Connecticut’s Health or “PITCH” and will be created by the Yale Center for Molecular Discovery at Yale’s West Campus in West Haven.

Led by the Yale center’s director, Craig Crews and Dennis Wright of UConn, the new program will help translate research already being conducted at state schools into private investment in new commercial ventures.

“The U.S. pharmaceutical industry is undergoing a major transformation driven by patent expiries, diminishing drug pipelines and the high cost of conducting internal research and development,” Crews said. “This is the optimal time to launch new biotech companies and this program is designed to increase the speed in which it is done in our state.”

Managed by Connecticut Innovations, BioInnovation Connecticut aims to speed up the commercialization of bioscience discoveries, according to a statement from Yale. That’s made possible by two key funds, the statement said: The Connecticut Bioscience Innovation Fund and the Regenerative Medicine Research Fund.

“This program directly aligns with the overall mission of our fund,” said Margaret Cartiera, vice president and fund manager of BioInnovation Connecticut. “Not only does this program create collaborative links among Connecticut’s college institutions, but it also encourages the commercialization of research coming out of the universities.”

She said the premise of PITCH is to take “early, early stage therapeutic ideas for pharmaceuticals to address a disease need and helping them move forward to commercialization and pharmaceutical utility.”

Cartiera said the collaboration will harness the “different strengths of the two universities” as there will be certain experimentation that Yale researchers have more experience with and other cases where UConn researchers will take the lead.

“We are really trying to get more therapeutic, clinically relevant therapies out there at a faster pace,” Cartiera said.

She said that once the program is “humming,” PITCH may be broadened to include any public or private universities or colleges in the state that want to participate.

While Yale has had some success with transferring technology to the commercial world, UConn does not yet have a strong track record in the conversion of its medical research into commercial enterprises that produce significant revenues.

Michael Cantor, chairman of the board of Connecticut Innovations, said that under the leadership Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and UConn President Susan Herbst, UConn has in recent years put far greater emphasis on research and its conversion to commercial products. “Everything is on the increase,” Cantor said. “There has been a strong emphasis at making UConn an engine of job creation in the state.”

Yale has been working to commercialize research for a longer time, he added. “They have had more money to work with than UConn has.”

He said the collaboration between the schools will result in “continued acceleration in commercialization of technology, some of which will be new start-ups here in the state.”







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Although condoned by her own parents, Jimmy Page’s relationship with Lori Maddox was indeed pedophilia.    She was 14.   This is all well documented, but of course the authorities looked the other way.  After all, it was Jimmy Page.

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by Steven MacMillan

Britain has been rocked by incessant pedophile scandals since the revelations that the former DJ and BBC television presenter, Jimmy Savile, was involved in widespread child sex abuse.

Even though the full scale of Savile’s crimes will never be known, it is thought that he raped and sexually assaulted up to  1,000

girls and boys on the BBC’s premises alone, with many accusing BBC executives of turning a blind eye to his nefarious activities. 

Savile, a man who looked as much like a pedophile as one possibly could, was also known to have been connected to Prince Charles, raising serious questions as to the British royal family’s involvement and knowledge of Savile’s sadistic behaviour.

The crimes of the former presenter of ‘Jim’ll Fix It’ are only the tip of the iceberg however, as the pedophile epidemic clearly permeates into the highest echelons of the British establishment.

The UK’s Home Secretary Theresa May stated in March that pedophilia is “woven, covertly, into the fabric of our society,” a harrowing truth that the people of Britain will have to confront if a microcosm of justice is to be delivered to the victims of such malevolent crimes. 

It seems every passing month brings a new revelation pertaining to alleged crimes committed against children by leading political figures and a subsequent cover-up by the establishment.

The month of July was no different, as evidence surfaced which indicates that MI5 covered up for members of Margaret Thatcher’s government who were accused of abusing children.

Newly released documents show that the Director General of MI5 from 1985 to 1988, Anthony Duff, told Thatcher’s Cabinet Secretary  that an unnamed MP had a “a penchant for small boys”.

Duff’s 1986 letter to the Cabinet Secretary reveals that he accepted the MP’s denial of any wrongdoing largely on the basis that: “At the present stage… the risks of political embarrassment to the government is rather greater than the security danger.”

The former MI5 boss clearly writes that the “political embarrassment” of such a revelation being released to the public is more important than protecting innocent children from harm. Can you think of a more repugnant act than covering up for alleged pedophiles who inflict so much pain, suffering and psychological trauma on their victims?

MI5 is also accused of being complicit in covering up rampant sexual abuse at the Kincora children’s home in the North of Ireland, in what Amnesty International called “one of the biggest scandals of our age”.

As the Belfast Telegraph reported last year, at least three men who were opposed to the crimes informed MI5 that children were being abused at the Kincora home in the 1970’s, yet nothing was done.

The security organisation is alleged to have turned a blind eye to the child abuse and blocked police investigations into the home.

Many have asserted that British intelligence blackmailed child sex abusers as opposed to prosecuting them, using information about pedophilic activities as leverage to control high-level political figures.

Former UK Prime Minister, Edward Heath, is the latest figure to be accused of being involved in child abuse, after the news emerged that he is being investigated by five police forces.

Attempts to set up an objective investigation into the true scale of pedophilia in Britain’s leading institutions are in disarray, with two previous chairs of the so-called independent inquiry into child sex abuse forced to step down due to links to the establishment.

Justice Lowell Goddard, a New Zealand judge, is now leading the inquiry, a job which is reported to come with a salary of close to £500,000 a year.

In a nation where high-level corruption is the norm and so many within the establishment have their hands dirty with the cover-up of crimes, can we really expect any semblance of justice to arise from this investigation?

Normalizing Pedophilia

 While most ordinary people consider pedophilia to be one of the most repulsive acts imaginable, there are some perturbed individuals who are trying to rebrand the perversion as a normal sexual practice.

At a conference held by the University of Cambridge in the summer of 2013, certain academics reportedly argued that pedophilia is a “natural and normal” practice for males to engage in. The repugnant conference illustrates the fact that some within the top stratum of academia are set on pushing the boundaries of what most people would consider normal behavior.

Calls for normalizing pedophilia are not confined to the UK however, as last year an Australian judge sparked outrage when he stated that society may come to view sexual relations between adults and children as acceptable and no longer “unnatural” or “taboo”.  The judge added that “a jury might find nothing untoward” about incest in future years.

With certain individuals pushing for such predatory and disturbing behaviour to be considered acceptable, it is essential that people around the world stand up and protect innocent children in the years to come.

From the UK’s pedophile epidemic to its repugnant foreign policy, it is clear that the British establishment is rotten to the core with corruption and is in need of urgent reform.

Westminster should spend less time destabilizing and destroying other nations around the world, and dedicate more time to prosecuting pernicious individuals who have been (or are) involved in child abuse.

It is also time for the ordinary people of Britain to stand up and demand our morally-bankrupt political class be held accountable for their crimes!

Steven MacMillan is an independent writer, researcher, geopolitical analyst 
Source:  http://journal-neo.org/2015/08/19/britain-the-pedophilic-establishment/

It appears Britain suffers from the same evil detestable collectivist agenda as we do here in the States.     Check out “THE ANGLO-AMERICAN ESTABLISHMENT (1981) by Carrol Quigley for more understanding of this.

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This disturbing and insightful 1980’s Geraldo Rivera TV special has even more relevance today. Although they not digging deep enough, this exploration exposes the Church of Satan and Temple of Set and illuminates the truth about ritual murder and Satanism that continues to this day.

Although well documented, nothing has bee done to stop these evils. 440,000 children go missing each year without any fanfare or action by authorities.

Satanism includes symbolic association with, or admiration for, Satan, whom Satanists see as a liberating and also inspiring number.

Particularly after the European Enlightenment, some works, such as Milton’s Paradise Lost presented the biblical Satan as an allegory standing for a dilemma of faith, individualism, free will, knowledge as well as knowledge.

Works showcasing Satan as the Light Bearer, or Sun of the Morning Star as a heroic figure can be found in the works of George Bernard Shaw, Mark Twain and many others.

33rd degree Freemason and Confederate General Albert Pike wrote in Morals And Dogma exposes that according to Freemasonry, Lucifer is the one and only true God. Satan and Satanism began to obtain a new significance outside of Christianity and was even made to be respectable.

Satanist groups that appeared after the 1960s are extensively diverse, but two significant trends are theistic Satanism as well as atheistic Satanism.  Theistic Satanists admire Satan as a mythological divine being, watching him not as omnipotent but instead as a patriarch.

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This multimedia essay merely scratches the surface of the Illuminati Masonic New World Order but is it a good starting point in understanding the occult Satanic rituals, Secret Government connections to child sex trafficking, human sacrifice and Satanic ritual abuse that continues to this day.

As you peruse this article you will be given all the pieces to construct a clear understanding of the New World Order.

To begin, let’s first take a long careful look at the Wickedest Man in the World, 33rd and 97th degree Freemason and Satanist Aleister Crowley.



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By Howard Nema

Aleister Crowley (October 12, 1875 -December 1, 1947) was the Master Satanist of the 20th Century. Promoter of the Magickal World Order of his Astrum Argentum (AA) secret society.

Crowley hated God with a Passion.  Born in 1875, Aleister Crowley rebelled against his strict religious upbringing in Leamington, Warwickshire, England.

From an early age young Aleister identified with the enemies of God in the Bible stories that were read to him. In particular he identified with the antichrist predicted in the book of Revelation.

Aleister’s father Edward was a Brethren preacher who had inherited a fortune from his father.  Edward died when Aleister was eleven and the son inherited the fortune.

From this inheritance, Aleister financed his Satanic career.  He began torturing and killing animals at age twelve.

Crowley was a heroin addict and a sexual pervert. His Christian mother referred to him as “The Great Beast of Revelation whose number is 666,” and he was pleased with the title.  

He was convinced that he was the reincarnation of the magician Eliphas Levi, who died the year Crowley was born.

Crowley claimed that dark powers gave him the words to his “Book of the Law” and the New Order.  

His first wife, Rose, who assisted Crowley in his rituals, died in a mental asylum.   His second wife also went insane. Five mistresses committed suicide, and scores of his concubines ended in the gutter as alcoholics, drug addicts, or in mental institutions.

Most of Crowley’s adult life was dedicated to indulging in everything he believed God would hate: performing sex magic, taking heroin, opium, hashish, peyote and cocaine, invoking spirits, and even once offering himself to the Russian authorities to help destroy Christianity.

He wrote volumes of books that he believed were dictated to him by a spirit from ancient Egypt called Aiwass.

“To worship me take wine and strange drugs,” the spirit conveniently told him. “Lust, enjoy all things of sense and rapture.  Fear not that any God shall deny thee for this.” …

In 1898 he joined the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn, a magical society. 

The hierarchy of the Secret-Societies have been deeply involved in the Black-Occult since they have existed.  This includes the ritual sacrifice of children and babies.  

You must understand my friends, that Satanism is alive and well.  Many, if not all of the tragic deaths and suicides of celebrities and other ghastly crimes are Satanic in nature involving human sacrifice and retribution for going against the sacred Oaths and allegiances to the Order.  

These sacrifices and retributions are cloaked by the Order, who own the mass media which creates public opinion and also have their minions in the highest positions of power in law enforcement, forensics and the judicial system to keep the truth occulted.

Remember, the word occult does not mean Satanism, it means “hidden”.   Satanists “occult” their evil by deception in every day life.  

As mentioned, high level elite Satanists are untouchable, but common worshipers are not and are often left to fend for themselves when their evil acts are revealed.  


They themselves become “sacrifices” to protect the elites of the Satanic Order, who by outward appearance are God fearing Christians, Jews and of all known faiths. 

Take note of the Beatles 1966 album Yesterday and Today album cover.  It is not “Avant Garde” art, but rather an ode to the Satanic ritual of child sacrifice.



Below is a documentary you must take the time to view.   In similar fashion,  the opening moments of the video depicts one of the Rothschild Family’s Satanic ritual “parties” in much the same fashion as the Beatles infamous, “butcher cover”.  Decapitated baby dolls adorning a dining table in the Rothschild’s mansion among other Satanic icons and symbolism.

Aleister Crowley was Initiated to the highest levels of Freemasonry.   He was a 33rd and 97th Degree Freemason and is recognized as the master Satanist of the 20th century. He was also the  high priest of the Order of the Golden Dawn who said:

“A white male child of perfect innocence and intelligence makes the most suitable victim” (for sacrifice).



Shockingly, Aleister Crowley’s famous saying, DO AS THOU WILT, actually came from Benjamin Franklin. Franklin was an occultist, Satanist and indulged in child sacrifice.   He attended the drunken, ritual orgies of a secret society called, among other things, the Hellfire Club.

They would get drunk, dress prostitutes up like Nuns and have orgies in underground caves, which resembled Black Masses. They “worshipped” the pagan deities Bacchus and Venus and their motto was “Fait ce que vouldras” (Do what thou wilt) a mantra later used by Satanist Aleister Crowley.

According to the documentary film, “IN SEARCH OF THE GREAT BEAST” directed by Robert Garofalo and produced by Lynn Beardsall (2007), Barbara Pierce is the illegitimate daughter of Aleister Crowley.  


Her mother was Pauline Pierce, wife of Marvin Pierce, the owner of the Mc Call corporation (Mc Call’s magazine) Barbara Piece married Freemason , Skull and Bonesman and former U.S. President George H.W. Bush.  


Yes.  Barbara Bush is the daughter of the world’s most infamous Satanist, Aleister Crowley.  Another weapon of mass deception.


Truth is indeed stranger than fiction.  And this is no lie.

Crowley was a terrible degenerate.  A bisexual Satan worshiper, he believed that he was literally the anti-messiah of the apocalypse. He was a happily heroin-addicted, sexual degenerate, mass child-killer, fiend, and enemy of mankind and God.

Crowley was known for openly having sex with his wife in front of guests in their home, committing all despicable manner of homosexual sins, biting his lovers with his incisors filed down into sharpened fangs, eating a woman’s excrement during ritual sex, group orgies and more unspeakable debauchery.

(We can now understand why pornography has grown to be so “mainstream” in recent decades can we not?)

Crowley and George Cecil Jones founded the secret society known as Argentium Astrum, also called the A.A in 1907 claiming that the Satantic society has been  present in all societies and epochs, although not necessarily under that name.

Authority for this Order was claimed from Aiwass, the name given to a voice Crowley heard on April 8, 9, and 10 in 1904.

Crowley claimed that this voice originated from a demon, or inter-dimensional intelligence that dictated Crowley’s tome, The Book of the Law to him.

Crowley noted the the first appearance of Aiwass was during the Three Days of the writing of The Book of the Law (Liber al vel Legis) and is identified in Chapter I:

“Behold! it is revealed by Aiwass the minister of Hoor-paar-kraat” (AL I:7).

Hoor-paar-kraat (Egyptian: Har-par-khered) is more commonly referred to by the Greek transliteration Harpocrates, meaning “Horus the Child”, whom Crowley considered to be the central deity within the Thelemic religion

(See: Aeon of Horus).  Harpocrates also represents the Higher Self, also known as the the Holy Guardian Angel.

Crowley described this in his book, The Equinox of the Gods, writing:  “The Voice of Aiwass came apparently from over my left shoulder, from the furthest corner of the room. It seemed to echo itself in my physical heart in a very strange manner, hard to describe.”

Crowley continued: “I have noticed a similar phenomenon when I have been waiting for a message fraught with great hope or dread. The voice was passionately poured, as if Aiwass were alert about the time- limit.  The voice was of deep timbre, musical and expressive, its tones solemn, voluptuous, tender, fierce or aught else as suited the moods of the message. Not bass – perhaps a rich tenor or baritone.  The English was free of either native or foreign accent, perfectly pure of local or caste mannerisms, thus startling and even uncanny at first hearing. I had a strong impression that the speaker was actually in the corner where he seemed to be, in a body of “fine matter,” transparent as a veil of gauze, or a cloud of incense-smoke.  He seemed to be a tall, dark man in his thirties, well-knit, active and strong, with the face of a savage king, and eyes veiled lest their gaze should destroy what they saw.  The dress was not Arab; it suggested Assyria or Persia, but very vaguely. I took little note of it, for to me at that time Aiwass was an ‘angel’ such as I had often seen in visions, a being purely astral.”

(HN NOTE: the ‘angel’ was a ‘demon’)

In Crowley’s Liber 418, the voice of the 8th Aethyr says “my name is called Aiwass.”

In The Book of the Law  Crowley also stated: “I write the secrets of truth that are like unto a star and a snake and a sword.”

(HN NOTE:  Brotherhood of the Snake, also known as the Brotherhood of the Dragon is the oldest of all secret societies.)

Crowley noted that this later manifestation took the form of a pyramid of light.



The Argentium Astrum, or A.A was founded by Crowley,  George Cecil Jones and the Secret Chiefs of the planetary spiritual order after discord led to the closing of the secret society known as the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn in the early 1900’s.



In 1909 the Ordo Templi Orientis, or O.T.O.  aligned with the A.A .  Both secret societies prescribe to the Book of the Law as their bible, but the O.T.O does not hold any authority or takes part in the ritual degrees the A.A’s initiation.  More can be learned about the A.A. by reading Von Eckharthausen’s “The Cloud Upon the Sanctuary“, re-issued by the A.A as “Liber XXXIII”.

Following Crowley’s death in 1947, his student Karl Germer took command of the Order.

 Since Germer’s death it is unclear who the Grand Master is.   Various bloodlines and lineages of the original A.A. adepts continue to thrive to this day.

One of the many lineages descends from Crowley’s student, actress Jane Wolfe (known as Soror Estai). 

Jane Wolfe, Phyllis Seckler, and Karl Germer in 1957

 Soror Estai’s one student, Phyllis Seckler (Soror Meral), founded College of Thelema in 1973 and along with James A. Eshelman and Anna-Kria King founded the Temple of Thelema in 1987.

Wolf appointed Eshelman as chancellor of the College of Thelema and chose him to succeed her in the Jane Wolfe branch of A.A.

Under Wolf’s guidance and tutelage, she gave David Shoemaker the authority to admit, supervise, and train A.A initiates.

Several lineages run through pupils of Marcelo Ramos Motta, such as Ray Eales David Bersson and J. Daniel Gunther.   Motta was a student of Germer.

Another link to Crowley and the A.A. is through Israel Regardie and his pupil Gerald Suster, noting that Regardie joined the A.A when he became Crowley’s secretary in 1928, but Regardie left in 1932.

Other lineages include Charles Stansfeld JonesGrady McMurtry and Frank Bennett and Rosaleen Norton, both operating in Australia.


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There are also independent A.A  lodges still in operation worldwide.  It is unknown who is the single leader, or if one currently exists.



The Wickedest Man in the World intentionally allowed an interdimensional portal to remain open after failing to complete the Satanic Abra-Melin ritual.

The Abra-Melin is one of the sternest rituals to prepare for in occultism.   The ritual was first described in The Books of Abramelin and then translated into The Sacred Magic of Abramelin by S. L. Mathers in 1899, and employed by Aleister Crowley, in 1904, as a major part of his Thelema magical system.

The prime goal of the magical operation is to obtain the Knowledge and Conversation of the magician’s Holy Guardian Angel.

The time spent in preparation is grueling. The magician is required to work from sunrise to sunset. He has to lead a complete chase life, drink no alcoholic beverages, and be scrupulously fair in all business dealings.

Once this preparation period has successfully completed, after demons have been released, the magician’s Holy Guardian Angel appears to reveal magical secrets.

Then the magician must evoke the Great Princes of Evil in the World (Satan, Lucifer, Leviathan, etc.), their eight sub-princes, and the 316 servitors which will charge previously prepared talismans.

Control over these entities and talismans will enable the magician to satisfy his earthly needs and desires.  

After conjuring demons, Crowley was unable or unwilling to complete the ritual or simply decided to stop mid-stream, intentionally loosing demons upon the Our own dimension via the inter-dimensional portal he opened at Boleskine House, on Loch Ness.

Boleskine House is located on the south-eastern shore of Loch Ness, close to the village of Foyers, Inverness shire, Scotland. The mansion was constructed in the late 18th century by Archibald Fraser. The current house was constructed in the 18th century by Archibald Fraser as a hunting lodge.

The house was situated on a hillside above a graveyard, which had acquired a reputation for unusual activities long before Crowley purchased it dating back to a 10th-century Scottish kirk. Boleskine House was built over the site where a full congregation perished when their Church burned to the ground.

Crowley purchased Boleskine from the Fraser family in 1899 to perform the Sacred Magic of Abramelin the Mage.   At that time the house was known as the Manor of Boleskine and Abertarff, named after the name of the local parish.

Crowley’s lodge keeper, Hugh Gillies, suffered a number of personal tragedies, including the loss of two children.  A local butcher who called at the house for the meat order while Crowley was involved in the lengthy difficult ritual of Abramelin.

The butcher’s incessant ringing of the bell broke Crowley’s concentration. Irritated he scrawled his meat order on a piece of paper with a spell written on the back. Shortly afterwards, when the butcher was cutting up the meat for Crowley’s order back at his shop, he apparently lost concentration and sliced all the fingers off his right hand with the cleaver.

Other bizarre stories tell of the unexplained disappearance of Crowley’s housekeeper and a local workman who went out of his mind after being tormented by the dark spirits conjured up by Crowley’s rituals.

Crowley resided at Boleskine until 1913.  In 1960, the then owner, Major Edward Grant, committed suicide in the house.

During the first World War, Crowley transferred his activities to America. The press proclaimed him “the wickedest man in the world.”

In January through March of 1918 Crowley began a series of magickal workings called the Amalantrah Workings in furnished rooms in Central Park West, New York City, possibly the infamous Dakota building on the corner 72 street.


The Dakota, and other buildings of the Upper West Side, are known to be home of New York’s old money aristocracy attracting celebrities such as actors, singers and writers .   Note that Lucifer, serpents and demons adorn the iron railings on the building facing Central Park West.   


Lavender roses adorn the railing outside The Dakota, former home of Hollywood film legend Lauren Bacall, on August 13, 2014 in New York

Coincidence?  Decoration?  Artistic expression?  

I think not.

It is the “place to be” for New York’s elite.

It is where John Lennon famously lived and was murdered by CIA MK ULTRA assassin Mark David Chapman.

The Dakota is also where Rosemary’s Baby was filmed in 1968.  

As mentioned, truth is indeed stranger than fiction.


These rituals Crowley performed on Central Park West in 1918 involved the use of Sexual & Ceremonial Magick with the intent to invoke interdemensional “intelligences” to physical manifestation.  Demons.

At least one such demon was brought into physical manifestation via the Magickal Portal who called itself “Lam.


Crowley included the portrait of Lam in his Dead Souls exhibition held in Greenwich Village, New York, in 1919. It looks exactly like the Grey alien from the infamous 1947 Roswell UFO incident.   

In the early 1920’s Crowley journeyed to Italy and resided in the Abbey of Thelema near Cefalu Sicily where he revived ancient Dionysian ceremonies.

During a 1921 ritual, he induced a he-goat to copulate with his mistress, then slit the animal’s throat at the moment of orgasm.   Crowley was deported after Italian authorities accused his disciples of sacrificing human infants in occult rituals. Dictator Benito Mussolini gave Crowley just 24 hours to leave Italy or be arrested.


Crowley was also kicked out of France for his Satanic depravities.


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During his lifetime Crowley wrote a number of textbooks on these rituals.  Most are still in print today.  I have posted a link at the end of this article to all of Crowley’s books.


Crowley also founded and was head of a number of occult secret societies and member of the O.T.O, Ordo Templi Orientis.  He exerted a significant influence in occult circles that has continues to this day.

In 1922, Crowley published Diary of a Drug Fiend, which was about the use of cocaine. He described the widespread use of cocaine among Hollywood stars, which he described as “cocaine-crazed sexual lunatics.”


Crowley also has had a great influence on rock & roll. The International Times voted Crowley “the unsung hero of the hippies.”

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Guitarist Jimmy Page of Zeppelin is a devout follower of Crowley.    


In 1971, Page bought Crowley’s Boleskine House on the shore of Loch Ness where Crowley practiced his hellish, satanic sex-magick rituals, including human sacrifices and the inter-dimensional portal left open by Crowley’s incomplete Abra-Melin Satanic ritual.

Led Zeppelin actually performed Baal worship incantations during Dazed And Confused.    Page used many other Crowley magical rituals during their concerts to mesmerizing effect.

Their song “Stairway to Heaven” carries reference to the “May Queen,” which is the name of a poem written by Crowley.


On Led Zeppelin III, Page inscribed Crowley’s famous “Do what thou wilt.  So mete it Be.’ on the vinyl.  

One man who helped popularized Crowley’s work among rockers is avant-garde film artist Kenneth Anger, who like Crowley was Magus of the Order of the Golden Dawn. 



Anger claimed that his films were inspired by Crowley’s philosophy and called them “visual incantations” and “moving spells.”

Anger considered Crowley a unique genius.

Mick Jagger of the Rolling Stones and Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin both scored soundtracks for Anger’s films.

Page was fired by Anger, who reported to the media that Page reneged on his obligations which dragged on for years and he was hopelessly addicted to heroin and unable to produce any usable music for the film, “Lucifer’s Rising”.


(In the end Manson Family member Bobby Beausolil scored the soundtrack to “Lucifer’s Rising”.  You can’t make this stuff up, folks.)

After Page was fired,  the press noted the many misfortunes Zeppelin suffered through, like in 1973 when  Page broke his left wrist.  

In 1975 a train door mysteriously slammed shut breaking his left ring finger while on tour.   A Zeppelin roadie was electrocuted during a performance.

Robert Plant also suffered a near fatal car crash while on vacation on the Greek island of Rhodes.

Plant also contracted a severe throat infection at the beginning of Zep’s 1977 world tour.  

The musical tabloids noted it was “Anger’s Curse” which infuriated Page.  During the 1977 tour Page was quoted in Cream Magazine:

“This whole thing about ‘Anger’s Curse;’ they were just these silly little letters.   God, it was so pathetic.  I mean I had a lot of respect for him (Anger).   As an occultist he was definitely in the vangard.  It’s truly pathetic.  I mean he is powerless — totally.   The only damage he can do is with his tongue.”

Soon after,  Page collapsed on stage from severe unexplained pain during a Led Zeppelin concert.

Coincidence?  Maybe.  But not long after Page’s unexplained stomach pain Robert Plant’s son died of a sudden illness that no doctor could properly diagnose which abruptly ended the 1977 tour mid-stream.

Perhaps Page thought his magickal spells were strong enough to ward off the Magus of the Order of the Golden Dawn.   Apparently not.


Page and Robert Plant claim some of Zeppelin’s songs came via occult “automatic handwriting,” including their popular “Stairway to Heaven.”


The cover of the Sergeant Pepper’s album by the Beatles showed a background of, according to Ringo Starr, people “we like and admire” (Hit Parade, Oct. 1976, p.14). 

Paul McCartney said of Sgt. Pepper’s cover, “we were going to have photos on the wall of all our HEROES”. (Musician, Special Collectors Edition, – Beatles and Rolling Stones, 1988, p.12).



Another glimpse into the Satanic aspect of the Beatles is  the album cover of The Beatles Yesterday and Today, released in 1966 that literally shouts out that the so-called Fab Four were involved in Satanism.

Known as the “butcher cover”, the Beatles pose in butcher smocks with raw meat, eyeballs and decapitated babies draped over their laps and shoulder.

For those in the know, this horrific picture clearly refers to the kind of infanticide that takes place in Satanic rituals and Devil worship.  It is not “Avant Garde” art.


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Incidentally, 1966 was the same year Anton La Vey founded the Church of Satan.



As a musician heavily influenced by these Satanists and a person who believes in God, this is a terrible and powerful reality.  I still listen to Zep and my favorite bands and still play their music, but I am perplexed by their Satanist origins.   Is this wrong, I am sure it is not right, but not necessarily wrong.  After all, I am a true musician, but I am a believer in God and hate all that works against God in this evil world.  It is truly an enigma.

Am I promulgating evil?  I m not certain.  Do I love God.  YES!  Would I die for God and righteousness? Yes!  I struggle with this to this day.

After all, I am a ROCKER!  And I ROCK for God, not Satan!  Johann Sebastian Bach believed God gave him his abilities and talent and so do I.



Ozzy Osbourne called Crowley “a phenomenon of his time” (Circus, Aug. 26, 1980, p. 26).  Ozzy Osbourne even wrote a song called “Mr. Crowley.” “You fooled all the people with magic.  You waited on Satan’s call … Mr. Crowley, won’t you ride my white horse…”

Behold A Pale Horse, my friends.


On the back cover of the Doors 13 album, Jim Morrison and the other members of the Doors are shown posing with a bust of Aleister Crowley.


David Bowie referred to Crowley in his song “Quicksand” from the album The Man Who Sold the World.


Iron Maiden lead singer Bruce Dickinson said: “… we’ve referred to things like the tarot and ideas of people like Aleister Crowley” (Circus, Aug. 31, 1984). Their song “The Number of the Beast” said, “666, the number of the beast/ 666, the one for you and me.” Crowley was called the Beast.


Daryl Hall of the rock duo Hall and Oates admits that he follows Crowley.

“I became fascinated with Aleister Crowley, the nineteenth-century British magician who shared those beliefs.  I was fascinated by him because his personality was the late-nineteenth-century equivalent of mine—a person brought up in a conventionally religious family who did everything he could to outrage the people around him as well as himself” (Rock Lives: Profiles and Interviews, p. 584).

Hall owns a signed and numbered copy of Crowley’s The Book of Thoth (about an Egyptian god).


LSD guru Timothy Leary was a Crowley enthusiast. Notice the Illuminati hand gesture Leary is making in the above pic.


In the 1960’s the Secret Government controlled CIA began spreading LSD to college and University campuses nationwide and charged Leary and MK ULTRA volunteer Ken Kesey and his “Band of Merry Pranksters” and some two hundred professors and psychiatrists with spreading the hallucinogenic drug with giving birth to the drug counter culture with help of popular artists, musicians and groups like the Beatles, The Grateful Dead, The Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix and many others.   The Devil is truly in the details.

Leary said: “I’ve been an admirer of Aleister Crowley.  I think that I’m carrying on much of the work that he started over a hundred years ago.  He was in favor of finding yourself, and ‘Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the law’ under love.  It was a very powerful statement.  I’m sorry he isn’t around now to appreciate the glories he started.”  (Late Night America, Public Broadcasting Network, cited by Hells Bells, Reel to Real Ministries).

Glories, Tim?   Really?


Crowley was also the force behind the birth of the Church of Scientology via his disciple, L. Ron Hubbard.

Crowley died a wasted heroin addict given to rages and doubts about the value of his life’s work on December 1, 1947.

His last words were “I am perplexed…”   He worshipped the demon god Pan, the god of sexuality and lust.

His poem “Hymn to Pan” was read at his funeral: “I rave and I rape and I rip and I rend/Everlasting world without end!”



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The Vatican has long been infiltrated by Satanists.  


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A clue to this is the massive revelation of pedophilia in the Catholic Church in recent decades.  




The political elite have many skeletons in their closets.   Washington D.C. has been deeply infiltrated by many Satanic and pedophile 

Satanic Ritual Abuse and the truth about child sex-trafficking has been deeply suppressed after gaining some media attention in the 1980’s and 90’s with the Franklin Scandal, the abduction of Johnny Gosch and call boy visits to the White House during the Reagan and Bush administrations.  

The book “The Franklin Scandal” by Nick Bryant deals with the same pedophile ring. The Franklin Scandal is the story of a nationwide pedophile ring that pandered children to a cabal of the rich and powerful.

The ring’s pimps were a pair of political power brokers who had access to the highest levels of our government.

Nebraska legislators nearly exposed the ring in 1990, but its unveiling had the potential to produce seismic political aftershocks.

The legislators’ efforts resulted in rash of mysterious deaths and the overpowering corruption of federal and local law enforcement, including the FBI, Secret Service, and Justice Department, effecting an immaculate cover-up of the child sex trafficking network.

Conspiracy of Silence was a documentary about child trafficking in the U.S. that was to be shown in the United Kingdom, but it was suppressed by the Discovery Channel.

However, a rough-cut of the documentary was leaked.  Below is the leaked version.

PLEASE TAKE NOTE:  John De Camp is a COINTELPRO operative, who steered attention away from Satanic Ritual abuse, the White House and the Bush Crime Family with the help of CIA Director William Colby.





OUT OF SIGHT OUT OF MIND:  To think these evil activities have ended after being squashed in the press reveals either mass media mind control, utter stupidity or at the very least, deep denial.



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By force of the Illuminati Secret Government, the media dropped coverage of Satanic Ritual Abuse like a ten ton brick.


I suppose most sheople think the it just stopped despite the fact that in the US each year 400,000 children are reported missing, many becoming victims of Satanism, ritual abuse and sacrifice.   Understanding this, there should be no wonder why 400,000 children are reported missing in the US each year.



There is an enormous amount of evidence to categorically prove to the genuine seeker of truth and justice, that the Secret Societies-run Intelligence Network are sexually abusing, and murdering children all around the world to this day.

This knowledge has been kept from the minds of society at large until more recently.   It is now only a matter of time when the masses of the people become fully aware of the real agenda behind the secret societies and the true purpose of why they exist.

The CIA is almost exclusively staffed at the highest levels by members of the secret society known as the Order of Skull and Bones, or the Brotherhood of Death.

The Secret Government does its best to conceal the facts and to discredit and silence the truth tellers.   Another great example is the Clinton Crime Family’s political machine when Masonic De Molay Society adept Bill Clinton ran the State of Arkansas from 19791981 and 19831992.  

As a Rhodes Scholar (dropout), Clinton was groomed to be president by the elite life members of the Council On Foreign Relations.  After all, Slick Willie was taken under the wing of the Rockefeller family and was most likely the illegitimate son of Nelson Rockefeller.




In 1992 Bill Clinton was selected to be president after attending the 1991 Bilderberg Meeting in Baden, Germany. 


During the 1992 Presidential Campaign, Bill Clinton was exposed as a puppet under the spell of CIA MK ULTRA mind control.


After reviewing CONSPIRACY OF SILENCE and the CLINTON CONSPIRACY aka THE CLINTON CHRONICLES, CIA SECRET EXPERIMENTS & MK ULTRA, the New World Order connections and evidence to the Illuminati controlled Secret Government, CIA drug and sex trafficking it should be very clear and obvious to even the most mind controlled sheople.

These similarities regarding cover-ups, murder and media blackouts are blatantly obvious.

Connect the dots, folks.  The world is not as it seems.


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San Jose Mercury News, JULY 24, 1988


Were children really being sexually abused at the Presidio?
The Army didn’t want to believe it.
The prosecution didn’t think they could make a jury believe it.
But the parents believe it.

By Linda Goldston

Even before Joyce Tobin arrived at the Day Care Center on Nov. 14, 1986, she suspected that something was wrong. Her neighbor Karen Thomas had just called to say that Joyce’s 3yearold son had begged to go home with her when she picked up her own youngster at the Child Development Center that morning. Joyce’s son had said he didn’t want to stay for day care after his preschool class ended.

When Thomas said she couldn’t take him with her, the Tobin boy turned to his preschool teacher and asked if he could stay with her. But she had no choice. Joyce Tobin was at the dentist across town and had arranged for her son to be taken from his preschool class at the CDC to hourly care until she could pick him up. Until the boy started preschool two months earlier, he had been left at center once or twice a month for two years. It was only the second time he had been left in hourly care since September  both times while his mother had medical appointments

The preschool and hourly care programs were both run by the US. Army at the Presidio of San Francisco, a sprawling compound of turn of the century wood and brick buildings, headquarters of the Sixth Army, the place that motorists glimpse through the pines on their way to the Golden Gate Bridge.

On that day that changed her life and the lives of her family, Joyce Tobin arrived at the Presidio day care center at 2:30 p.m. Her son appeared to be napping with several other children, and the teacher, Gary Hambright, was sitting at a table in the room.

When Joyce asked how her son had been that day, Hambright said the boy had been upset and had not eaten his lunch. He called the child a “darling little boy” and suggested that she bring him to the day care center every other day so that the boy could “get used to him.” A lot of 3 and 4yearolds had trouble coming to his daycare room, Hambright told her. He suggested they were intimidated by the older children in the class

That night, while watching television with his older brother, the 3-year-old started playing with his penis, pulling it forward with both hands and letting go. “Mr. Gary do it,” he said and kept at it. His brother ran for their mother, who was talking to a neighbor in the front doorway. Trying to keep her voice calm, Joyce asked her son what he was talking about.

The child’s reply was terse and grim. “He touched my penis with his hand, and he bit my penis.” The boy made a chomping sound with his mouth. Asked if “Mr. Gary” had done anything else, the boy said, “He put a pencil in my hole in my bottom. He do that, he do that to me. He hurt me and I cry and I cry.”

Joyce Tobin was unsure what to think. “It seemed too impossible and horrible to be true,” she said later. “I also thought how awful it would be to accuse someone of this if it were not true.” She watched her young son bite his nails and turn his head away. He seemed nervous and upset.

When her husband, Capt. Mike Tobin, came home, the couple decided to observe their son over the weekend. They agreed they would not question him, but would wait to see if he said anything more. At bedtime, Joyce, who had trained as a nurse, examined the boy’s anus; it seemed a little red.

That night, the boy came to their bedroom crying. He said he was scared. He said he wanted to sleep with them.

During the next few days, what had seemed at first “too impossible and horrible to be true” would not go away. The boy continued to talk about “Mr. Gary” hurting him.

The following Tuesday, on Nov. 18, Joyce Tobin was driving through the Presidio with the boy. When they came to the intersection where she would have turned to go to the day care center, he raised himself up out of his car seat, as if he were attempting to get out, and started to cry. “Are you taking me to day care?” He asked. “I don’t want to go to day care. Mr. Gary hurt me and I cry.” Reassured that they were not going to the day care center, the boy calmed down.

The mother could not. The incident convinced her that she should contact the day care center. On Wednesday, she called the director, Diana Curl and asked for an appointment to discuss her son’s allegation. Despite the seriousness of the complaint, Curl said she couldn’t see Joyce until Friday, two days later. Within half an hour of the call, Joyce was called at home by one of her son’s pre-school teachers wanting to know what the problem was. The day care center staff had been told immediately about Joyce’s call. Authorities did not search the center until Friday.

Joyce Tobin never got to meet with Diana Curl. The case broke before then. On Thursday, Mike Tobin spoke with a chaplain at the Presidio, who contacted the Army’s Criminal Investigation Division. Officers from the CID made an appointment to interview and videotape the boy about his allegations. After the video taped interview on the morning of Nov. 21, the Tobins’ son was examined at the Child Adolescent Sexual Abuse Referral Center (CASARC) at San Francisco General Hospital. .

CASARC reviews more than 700 cases of suspected sexual abuse every year. Among other things, the CASARC staff had often heard children describe anal rape as having a pencil put in their bottoms. When Dr. Kevin Coulter examined the Tobins’ son, he observed that the child’s anus dilated to approximately 20 millimeters in approximately five seconds, a much faster and wider dilation than normal. Coulter had conducted more than 300 examinations of children at CASARC. His conclusion was that such rapid and wide dilation was caused by trauma to the anus and rectum, consistent with penetration. The Tobins’ 3-year-old son had been sexually abused, anally raped.

A FLURRY OF MEETINGS AT THE PRESIDIO followed the revelation that the Tobin boy had been abused. But for all the activity, the Army seemed in no hurry to proceed with the case. It took the Army 12 days to form a strategy group. And it took the Army almost a month to notify the parents of other children who had been in “Mr. Gary’s” class that the incident had taken place, that their children might be at risk. Nearly a year would pass before more than 59 other victims children between the ages of 3 and 7 had been identified. And allegations would be made by parents that several more children were molested even after the investigation had begun.

Day care centers under state jurisdiction are routinely closed when an abuse incident is confirmed, but the Presidio center stayed open for more than a year after the Tobin boy said “Mr. Gary” had hurt him.

A strategy meeting on Dec. 10 set the tone for the case. The meeting was attended by all the brass from the Presidio, representatives of the FBI and the US Attorney’s Office and staff from the Child Adolescent Sexual Abuse Referral Center. The CASARC workers told the Army to expect multiple victims, so many that CASARC could not offer its help. But the Army “didn’t want to believe that,” says one CASARC worker who attended the meeting.

Five days later, on Dec. 15, letters were mailed to 242 parents whose children were in Hambright’s classes. “The Commander of the Presidio of San Francisco, has been apprised of a single incident of alleged child sexual abuse reported to have occurred at the Presidio Child Development Center…….

“We have no reason to believe that other children have been victimized.” Many parents who received the letter took the Army at its word. Many of them didn’t learn until the following April, after the Tobins and other parents forced the Army to send out another letter, that their children had been victims.

Other parents found out right away. The children had begun to talk. And they kept talking. That was the problem. They kept saying things that no one, especially not the Army, wanted to hear. They kept mentioning other people besides “Mr. Gary,” other locations besides the day care center. Among the allegations:

  • Some of the children said they were taken from the day care center to private homes on the Presidio where they were sexually abused. Two houses were singled out on the Army post and at least one home off-post, in San Francisco.
  • One girl said she played “poopoo baseball” at the home of one of her female teachers. The girl said the game involved throwing feces at the teacher.
  • Other children talked about playing the”googoo game” with “Mr. Gary”. It involved Hambright having the children urinate and defecate on him. Then he would do the same to them. Sometimes, the children said, they were forced to drink urine and eat feces. Some said they had blood smeared on their bodies.
  • Some children said they had guns pointed at them. Others said they were told they or their parents would be killed if they told what happened.
  • One 3-year-old boy said he was sexually abused on his first visit to the center. That day was also his birthday.
  • A 3-year-old girl said “Mr. Gary” used special pens, black, blue, pink and red — to doodle on her, starting at her legs and moving up over her genitals. The same child said she saw one of her friends at the center cry when “Mr. Gary’s” friend, a woman, pointed a gun at the friend.
  • There were five confirmed cases of Chlamydia, a sexually transmitted disease, including two of the four daughters of one family.
  • A preliminary test of one boy for AIDS came back positive. Further tests revealed that a he did not have the disease, but fear of AIDS tormented parents for months. .

DESPITE THE RUMORS AND ALLEGATIONS, THE Army, the FBI and the U.S. Attorney’s Office were united in wanting a simple pedophile case. The Army wanted the matter over with. The prosecutors wanted a case they would win. The more unusual the allegations, they felt, the harder it would be to win in court. So on Jan. 5, 1987, Gary Willard Hambright was arrested.

Hambright, 35, was an ordained Southern Baptist minister without a pulpit. After moving to the Bay Area in 1977 from his home in Tacoma, Wash., he worked as a substitute teacher in San Francisco schools before taking the $7.59 per hour job at the day care center in 1985. At his arraignment, he described himself as “an educator, not a criminal.” His close friend Gordon Grover, a beauty salon owner, said the thin, pale man with blond hair is “probably one of the most gentle people you will ever know.”

“He’s always got time to give kids a hug when they’re crying” Grover said “He’s just really a kind person.”

After the arrest, Hambright took part-time jobs cleaning houses and washing windows. He lived with friends and continued to be closely associated with Dolores Street Baptist Church in San Francisco.

The indictment that Assistant US Attorney Susan Gray had sought from the grand jury charged Hambright with molesting only one child. He was accused of sodomy, oral copulation and committing a lewd and lascivious act on a child.

In March, three months after Hambright’s arrest, the charges were dismissed. US District Court Judge William Schwarzer refused to allow the admission of so-called hearsay statements, specifically the comments the Tobin boy made to his brother and mother, and to the nurse and the doctor who examined him about the abuse. Several states allow exceptions to the hearsay rules in child abuse cases, but federal courts and California state courts do not.

Schwarzer refused the hearsay evidence on March 4 and ruled that the Tobin boy would not qualify as a competent witness because of his age.

On March 20, the US Attorney’s Office asked that the charges be dismissed without prejudice, meaning they could be refiled if new evidence emerged. Prosecutor Gray told the judge she had 12 more children saying the same things as the Tobin boy. Gray had counted on the judge’s allowing the admission of statements the Tobin boy made to his brother on the day he first said “Mr. Gary” hurt him as well as similar comments made to the nurse and doctor who examined him. The medical evidence and the “perfect witness” parents made her even more confident. Joyce Tobin was a nurse. Mike Tobin was a West Point graduate and a nuclear engineer.

But the Army’s investigation of the Tobin boy’s allegations had gotten off to a shaky start when Army Criminal investigative Special Agent Marc Remson was assigned to interview the child.

Remson had never interviewed a child younger than 8 years old. And while Army regulations required that the interview be taped, Remson had never used videotape in an interview. The regulation was later changed, but the damage had been done. The videotape was to be singled out repeatedly as an example of how the children had been coached and prodded to tell their stories.

Joyce Tobin, according to court records, said that during the interview, “apparently in an attempt to establish rapport with my son, (the CID investigator) said that Mr. Gary was bad and should be spanked. He said this numerous times. Thereafter, in the week that followed when [my son] spoke about Mr. Gary, he described Mr. Gary as bad and said he should be spanked.

“Prior to the CID interview [my son] had never said anything like that or attempted to make any value judgment about what had happened to him. He just reported what had happened to him,” Joyce Tobin told the prosecution. .

WITH THE CHARGES DISMISSED, GRAY’S attempt at a simple pedophile case had failed. The court would not hear of the Presidio again until the end of September 1987. The Tobins were disappointed but not defeated. They had begun calling and writing congressmen, calling and meeting with Army officials at the Presidio.

By April, another battle had shaped up outside the Courtroom. The Army insisted that the day care center was safe, that all of the victims had been identified. Parents feared otherwise because their children had mentioned people other than Hambright — people who still worked at the day care center.

At first, it was the Tobins alone who kept asking: Was this done? Did you check on that? What about the other children? By April, the Tobins had been joined by the Runyans the Adams-Thompsons the Dorseys, the Foxes. Most had not met before. They were to meet many times in the months to come.

Their first priority was to get another letter mailed to Parents of other children who had attended the day care center. The Army saw no need for that. “Why are you doing this?” Lt. Col. Walter Meyer, the director of personnel and community activities, asked Mike Tobin. “Because parents need to know what’s happening.” Tobin told him. The letter was delayed for two weeks while Meyer argued over whether the number of victims mentioned in the letter should be 32 or 37. When Joyce Tobin and Brenda Fox went to his office to discuss the letter, Meyer said he didn’t have time to talk, Fox recalls, that he was on his way “to make a videotape about the CDC, about it being a model day care center. He said, “despite what you may believe, this is a model day care center”

“I sat there thinking, ‘this man has no soul,'” she says, “We told him the numbers were wrong.” He said, ‘no, they’re not’ . “We waited while he called and found out the numbers were wrong.”

“Under the signatures of Joyce and Mike Tobin, Gretchen and Dennis Runyan, Sue and Tom Dorsey, Michelle and Larry Adams-Thompson, and Brenda and Don Fox, the letter, dated April 29, 1987, was mailed to parents. “We feel you should know there are now 37 children identified by the authorities as suspected victims,” the letter said in part, “we are very concerned that there may be more children affected and in need of help, yet remain unidentified. “

The core group of parents consisted of professional people doctors, a dentist, a nuclear scientist. They spoke out loud and often. They said they spoke for those who could not, the children and the enlisted people who, they said, were too afraid to risk their military career to speak out. The enlisted people needed their jobs and the day care. The core group could afford day care elsewhere.

“When it first started, they had the chance to be heroes,” parent Melanie Thompson said about the Army instead, they just didn’t want to believe it, Now, they’re just trying to cover it up like a bad dream.” .

NONE OF THE PARENTS WHO WERE PROTESTING the Army’s handling of the case knew that signs of trouble had surfaced at the center at least six years earlier. And none of them knew that the Army had been dealing with sex abuse problems at its day care centers for years before the Presidio case broke.

The Army said nothing of prior cases at West Point and Fort Dix. The Army said nothing of an investigation six years before involving John Gunnarson, the Presidio’s top day care official and the supervisor of the day care center during the time Hambright allegedly molested the children.

In 1982, Gunnarson was child support services coordinator at the center, responsible for the training of the center staff, when he was arrested on charges of assaulting an employee of the center, Pearl Broadnax. Broadnax had been complaining about conditions at the center and treatment of the children. She say she was branded a troublemaker and often called to task about her job performance. On Feb. 3, 1982, she and Gunnarson argued over the use of scissors by the children. He asked her to go into another room to continue the discussion, but Broadnax said she wanted to remain in the playroom. “At this time,” according to an investigative report of the incident, “Gunnarson grabbed Broadnax by the left arm above her wrist and pulled her toward him. She then told Gunnarson, “don’t touch me,” to which he replied, I’m not touching you.’ She felt that she was in fear of bodily harm at this point in the incident.

Gunnarson declined to be interviewed about the incident but responded to questions through Presidio spokesman Bob Mahoney. “I did not grab Mrs. Broadnax; I did not assault her, and I had no intention of harming her,” he related to Mahoney. “In the course of our conversation, Mrs. Broadnax became agitated and appeared to be losing control of herself. I attempted to calm her by lightly touching her arm to guide her out from the room where we were talking.”

The charge against Gunnarson was dismissed for lack of evidence. The incident could possibly be dismissed as an unfortunate misunderstanding, except that investigation at the time led to allegations of physical and sexual abuse of children at the center, according to former military police investigator Ed Albanoski, then the chief of juvenile investigations at the Presidio.

Now a deputy sheriff in Santa Clara County, Albanoski called after he read one of my stories about the Presidio case. “When I read the paper, I almost fell out of my chair,” Albanoski said “‘I couldn’t believe [Gunnarson] was still working there” While interviewing Broadnax at the day care center after she had called MPs about Gunnarson, Albanoski learned that Broadnax was concerned about more than the alleged threat of harm to herself. She also alleged that employees had touched children’s genitals improperly.

Broadnax had provoked an investigation of the center a year earlier, after talking to parents who said they felt their children were discriminated against because they were minorities. Broadnax also said she had seen the then director of the center hit a child in the mouth, making him bleed.

In a telephone interview from her home in Alabama, Broadnax told me she had complained many times about problems at the center during the four years she worked there “but just gave up. Nobody seemed to be concerned. I ended up having a nervous breakdown over that.”

“Right before I left, I saw a woman beat a kid until he just threw up,” she said “I did all I could to get something done about that. They removed her, but she was back working there after I left.”

Capt. Robert J. Meyer was appointed to look into the allegations for the commander of the Presidio in a letter summarizing his findings, Meyers said, “at least three of the Child Care Center staff have been threatened with the loss of their jobs if they speak out and tell the truth about how the Child Care Center is being managed and how the minority children are treated.” A hearing was held at the Presidio on the allegations in 1981. The director in question was reinstated.

The next year, when Albanoski reported the sex abuse allegations to Presidio officials, he was told “to stop any investigation I was told there was nothing to look into, that Gunnarson would be dealt with through his command channels .” Military Police Investigator’s Report No 00193-82/MP1026-82-047, dated Feb. 4, 1982, was filed on the incident. Albanoski held on to a copy of that report. He sensed that it might be important some day.

The Army didn’t take it quite so seriously.

“That particular case was not known to any of us in the chain of command,” current Presidio Commander Joseph V. Rafferty said last December. “Mr. Gunnarson had one of the finest reputations in the Army with respect to running a child care center.”

A year after he was arrested, Gunnarson was cited in an inspection report by officials from the US Army Forces Command for “doing an excellent job as the Child Support Services Coordinator. The staff training program he developed utilizing the Military Child Care modules is model for the Army.”

But allegations of abuse at the day care center would persist.

Former Army Capt. Gary Boswell approached Gunnarson in April 1985 after picking up his daughter at the day care center.

“She had a red spot on her hand, where she had been burned. She said, ‘the teacher burned me.’ This girl was taking the kids and taking a magnifying glass and holding their hands until they jerked their hand away and cried,” said Boswell, who now works as a civilian employee at the Presidio. “I went to see Gunnarson and wasn’t terribly pleased. He said he’d look into it. We came back, the next day and he said he had talked to the person, that there were no eye witnesses and ‘it’s your daughter’s word against hers, so we can’t do anything’ we took our daughter out of the day care center a short time later.”

Sue Dorsey contacted Gunnarson in June of 1986 to complain about an abuse incident she says she witnessed.

Dorsey, the wife of Army Capt Tom Dorsey, a physician, said she had just dropped her daughter off at the day care center and was walking out of the building when she noticed “a woman on her hands and knees, bent over, putting her hand’s in a little girl’s pants.” “The woman took her hands out from the little girl’s pants and put them under the little girl’s top and tickled her on both breasts and then went back down into the pants into the vaginal area and tickled her there.”

After relating the incident to the assistant director of the center, Dorsey said she was told that the woman Dorsey had seen with the little girl “was just playing innocent tickling games”

Dorsey went to Gunnarson who, she says, replied “So what you’re telling me is that she tickled the little girl on her private parts.” Dorsey returned home and called Gunnarson later in the day. “He said, ‘I’m going to write something up in her personnel file'”

Finally, after further calls to the captain who supervised the civilian employees at the center, Dorsey was told that the Army’s Criminal Investigation Division would investigate the case. .

The investigation, Col Rafferty was later to say, “proved that it could not be substantiated that abuse had occurred… From my understanding of the actual touching involved, there was a question of just exactly what was clearly a tickling type of incident that could be interpreted in a couple of different ways. I suspect the investigators took the care-givers’ interpretation of what that was.

A year later, Dorsey learned that her own daughter had been sexually abused at the center.

DORSEY AND THE OTHER PARENTS WOULD also learn that there had been sex abuse cases involving day care centers at several other Army bases. West Point was one of the most serious –until the Presidio. In July 1984, a 3-year-old girl was brought to the emergency room at West Point Hospital with a lacerated vagina. The child told the doctor who examined her that a teacher at the West Point day care center was the one who hurt her. In August, another parent came forward. By the end of the year, 50 children had been interviewed by investigators.

Children at West Point told stories that would become horrifyingly familiar. They said they had been ritually abused. They said they had had excrement smeared on their bodies and been forced to eat feces and drink urine. They said they were taken away from the day care center and photographed.

Some parents alleged that the Army tried to cover up the cases. “The whole underlying theme was that the image of West Point was more important than dealing with the reality of what happened,” said Dr. Walter Grote, whose 2-year-old daughter was among the children allegedly abused at the center.

Grote is now in private medical practice in New Jersey. A former Army captain, he turned down a promotion to major in 1984 to protest the Army’s handling of the day care case at West Point. He was well aware that the problem at the Point had started long before.

In August 1983, nearly a year before the sex abuse case broke, a 22 month-old child had been murdered by the mother’s boyfriend, an Army staff sergeant. After a court martial hearing, the sergeant was given an 18 month suspended sentence and dishonorable discharge.

Col. Richard C Eckert, a doctor then in charge of West Point’s Child Protection Case Management Team, was outraged at the leniency of the sentence. In an Aug. 1, 1983, letter to Lt. Gen. Willard Scott, Jr., then superintendent of West Point, Eckert wrote, “The community has received a devastating message–West Point and the Army take child abuse lightly and do not consider it a major offense.”

The guy that murdered the 22 month-old baby was let off Scot free,” said Dr. Pat Jones, a former pediatrician at West Point now in private practice in Texas. “They just kicked him out of the Army to prevent any publicity.”

Jones, who believes his 15 month old daughter was sexually abused at the center at West Point, was so outraged he resigned from the Army. “I tried to resign from the alumni association I feel ashamed for even being from that place.”

No indictments were returned in the West Point cases.

Fort Dix was next in July, 1986, two female employees were accused of sexually abusing four 3-and-year-old girls. No indictments were returned in the case, and the women returned to work at the day care center. Then Fort Leavenworth, Kan. And Fort Jackson, S.C. By November, 1987 the Army had received allegations of child abuse at 15 of its day care centers and several elementary schools.

There were also at least two cases in Air Force day care centers. And at a day care center run by the Navy in Philadelphia, a civilian was sentenced to three years in prison for sexually abusing children.

The Department of Defense decided in April 1987 to form special strike teams to investigate sex abuse cases in the military. The goal of the teams “is to not let things get any worse,” says Bob Stein, director of the Military Family Resource Center at the Department of Defense. “We need to be better prepared to deal with the magnitude of the problem. I don’t think anybody was prepared” at the Presidio or West Point.

Despite the military’s official stance of preparedness, a new horror surfaced in June 1988 when a special team of experts was sent to Panama to help determine if as many as 10 children at a Department of Defense elementary school had been molested and possibly infected with AIDS by a teacher who is dying of the disease.

Although the allegations of ritual abuse made by children at West Point and at the Presidio were similar, “we may never totally resolve whether there is any kind of external organization [of abusers] or if just a single pedophile” was involved in those cases, said Col. Jim Schlie, deputy director of the Military Family Resource Center.

But some of the allegations made by children at the Presidio, that they were taken to houses on – and off-post by men and women–led to investigation of the possibility that there was an “external organization” in San Francisco. INSIDE A CONCRETE BUNKER BEHIND THE MILITARY Intelligence Building at the Presidio, the words “Prince of Darkness” are painted boldly in red on one wall. Used decades ago to house artillery guns, the reinforced concrete batteries appear to have been converted to something like ritual chambers.

Emblazoned next to the “Prince of Darkness” is the word “Die,” and what looks like a list of names, painted in red, that have been crossed out with heavy black paint. One wall is covered with the numerals 666, a sign of the devil, and occult drawings. A clearing in the center of the concrete floor, where the ground is exposed, is filled with refuse and partly burned logs. On the front wall beneath the window that faces the Military Intelligence Building is a huge pentagram inside a circle. In the rear, where sunlight gives way to darkness, white and black candle drippings sit atop a dome shaped recession in the wall, apparently a crude altar. Incense sticks lie half burned to the side.

At another battery farther up Lincoln Boulevard, a large drawing of Satan, with red eyes and horns appears on an outside concrete wall. Doors to the battery are secured shut; there are no windows to climb though. No entry is possible here. It would be easy to dismiss the satanic graffiti as the pranks of adolescents, taking advantage of the isolated bunkers to play new versions of “Dungeons and Dragons.” But events in the Presidio case suggested something more sinister could have been involved.

Satanic goings-on are not new to the Presidio. In the early 1980’s, when he was an MP at the Presidio, Albanoski recalls, “We got a call from the Portola MacArthur housing area. One person reported a man dressed in black holding a little girl’s hand running toward the park. Another call came in saying they heard screams near the creek.”

The search led to a gardener’s shack at Julius Kahn Park, a strip of city-owned playground adjacent to the Presidio, behind the housing area. “We heard noises coming from inside,” Albanoski recalls. “We kicked the door open and here’s this nice little bedroom. In a corner was a mannequin with a gun aimed at the door. On the left side there was a bunk against the wall. There was a pentagram on the floor, a huge one. There were dolls’ heads all over the ceiling, just off-the-wall stuff.” Music was blaring from a radio.

Albanoski and another MP were given approval to set up surveillance of the shack. After a while, the investigation was called off. “We were sitting there, we’ve got a cult on the Presidio of San Francisco and nobody cares about it,” Albanoski says. “We were told by the provost marshall to just forget about it”. Though Albanoski’s investigation went nowhere, the child abuse cases would raise the specter of Satanism again.

Larry and Michelle Adams-Thompson had noticed changes in their daughter’s behavior after placing her in Gary Hambright’s class four or five times in September and October of 1986. The girl, who turned 3 in October, had begun having nightmares and would wet herself when frightened. Her parents believed it was just “a bad stage” she was going through until they heard about the Tobin boy in January. The girl was taken to a therapist at Letterman Army Medical Center in February. In therapy, the girl talked about being sexually abused by Hambright and by a man named “Mikey” and a woman named “Shamby” whose identities were unknown. On Aug. 12, 1987, the Adams-Thompsons were shopping at the PX at the Presidio. Suddenly the girl ran to Larry Adams-Thompson and clutched his leg. He looked up and saw a man whom he knew as Lt Col. Michael Aquino.

“Yes, that’s Mikey,” the 3-year-old told Adams-Thompson. After being taken outside, the girl added, “he’s a bad man and I’m afraid.” As they were leaving the parking lot, the Adams-Thompsons saw Aquino’s wife, Lilith. Larry asked the child if she knew the woman.

“Yes, that’s Shamby,” the girl said.

The family went home and called the FBI.

When interviewed by authorities the next day, the girl identified Gary Hambright from a photo lineup and said she had been driven to Mikey and Shamby’s home by Hambright. There, she said, she was abused by Hambright, Mikey and Shamby in a room with black walls. She said that she had been photographed. She said Hambright and Mikey were dressed in women’s clothes and Shamby was dressed in man’s clothes.

The investigators drove her to Leavenworth Street in San Francisco. The girl was asked to identify any of the houses that she had been to before. While walking past 2430 Leavenworth, the girl identified the house as the one where she met “Mikey” and “Shamby.” It was the Aquino’s’ house.

A search warrant was served on the Aquino home on Aug. 14. In attendance were agents from the FBI and the San Francisco Police. Because the abuse allegedly occurred on city property, it was to be a city case.

Among the items seized were video tapes, cassette tapes, notebooks with names and addresses, two photo albums one paper plate and two plastic gloves from the kitchen garbage, four plastic cases of negatives and 29 photos of costumes and masks. With his widow’s peak and arching eyebrows, Lt Col. Michael Aquino looks more like a pudgy Dracula than a high ranking Army officer with top security clearance. He is the founder and high priest of a satanic church, the Temple of Set. His wife, Lilith, a gaunt woman with long, dark hair, is a priestess in the temple’s Order of the Vampyre. The couple refer to the search as a “raid” and have branded the investigation a witch hunt.

“The Army has known about my religion for the last 18 years and has no problem,” Aquino told me in a telephone interview late last year. “Not one single person in the US. Army, with the exception of the chaplain, would have the remotest notion that I would be involved in anything like this.”

Indeed, Army spokesmen at the Pentagon label his military career as “extraordinary” and say he is entitled to his religious beliefs. As for his top security clearance, they say his openness about being a Satanist makes him much less of a security risk than a homosexual or someone with drug or money problems would be.

The Army did not suspend his clearance when he joined the Church of Satan, founded by Anton LaVey, in 1969. Nor when Aquino founded his own satanic church in 1975. Nor when Aquino while on a NATO tour of Europe in 1982 performed a satanic ritual in the Westphalian castle that had been used as an occult sanctuary by Heinrich Himmler’s SS elite in Nazi Germany. Nor did the Army move to suspend Aquino’s top security clearance during the sex abuse investigation. “The nature of the investigation that prompted the search of his house, and I understand some of his belongings were taken by police, really is a question for the San Francisco Police Department,” Maj. Greg Rixon, spokesman at the Pentagon said Aquino, who now works as a program analyst at the Army Reserve Personnel Center in St Louis, has vehemently denied ever meeting or having in his house the young girl who has alleged he abused her. He unsuccessfully tried to have court martial proceedings initiated against Adams-Thompson.

In a Temple of Set newsletter sent out two months after the search of his home, Aquino accused Adams-Thompson, who is an assistant chaplain for the Army, of trumping up the allegations as some sort of Christian vendetta “Also relevant is his profession as a Christian clergyman; I certainly doubt that he would have made such an outrageous accusation against any Lieutenant Colonel who was not known to be a prominent Satanist”

In April, Aquino wrote a four-page letter to the head of a children’s advocates group in Southern California warning that “we do not intend to see a replay of what happened in Nazi Germany, when the reluctance of the Jews to challenge those who systematically and falsely accused Judaism of heinous crimes-including the sexual abuse and ritual murder of Christian children- led to violence against them.”

Aquino said that the Temple of Set neither prescribes nor tolerates any form of harm, sexual or otherwise, to children or animals. “It is made clear in our membership publications that, should we have any reason to think that a member is engaged in any such activity, he or she will be immediately expelled and reported to the appropriate law enforcement or animal-protection authorities.”

In a February appearance on the Oprah Winfrey Show this year, Aquino said that Satanists “are not servants of some God; we are our own gods; we are our own decision makers. And people naturally fear this.” Their beliefs, he said, are “most closely aligned to that of Plato.”

Neither Aquino nor his wife has been charged in connection with the case. San Francisco Police completed their investigation of the Aquinos in June and submitted their findings to the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office. A decision on whether any charges would be filed was pending when this story went to press.

Now stationed at another post, the Adams-Thompsons say their daughter’s nightmares and bed wetting have stopped. And they say their daughter has not given up.

“She still believes that some day some judge will hear all the facts and do right by her,” Michelle Adams-Thompson said “A lot of people were not as brave as her.”

AT 4:45 A.M. ON SEPT. 22 1987, A CALL came in to the Presidio Fire Department. A building in the complex of structures at the Presidio that houses the day care center was on fire. By the time parents started dropping their children off at 7 a m, the $500,000 blaze had been extinguished. The Army Community Services Building adjacent to the day care center, which housed some of the center’s records, had been demolished. Perhaps only coincidentally, the fire occurred on the autumnal equinox, a major event on the satanic calendar. An investigation of the fire by the Army blamed the blaze on a faulty wire outlet

Three weeks later, fire struck again, this time at the day care center itself. The fire was reported at 4:30 am. It caused $50,000 damage to a day care center building that housed four classrooms, including Hambright’s.

Now faced with two fires, the Army called in the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms for help. Investigators found that both fires, contrary to the Army’s finding, had been arson. They also found cinders under a building, evidence of a third attempted but unsuccessful fire at the center. The Army later offered a $5,000 reward for information on the fires. There have been no takers.

On Sept. 30, eight days after the first fire, and six months after the original charges had been dropped, Gary Hambright was reindicted on molestation charges involving 10 children. He was charged with 10 counts of lewd and lascivious conduct on a child and two count of oral copulation. The indictment included the Tobin boy but did not include the original charge of sodomy.

That day there was much backslapping at a press conference called by US Attorney Joseph Russoniello to announce the charges. A press release said the maximum penalty that might be imposed in this case is 96 yeas in prison and a $3 million fine.

Surrounded by Army brass from the Presidio and several FBI agents, Russoniello said there would be no more arrests; despite the children’s allegations, there were no other suspects. But even Gary Hambright appeared to suggest that others had been involved. At a press conference Oct. 2 after he was arraigned, Hambright, reading from a prepared statement, said he was innocent of all the charges and added, “I cannot understand why these allegations and falsehoods have been, directed solely at me.”

Geoff Hansen, the assistant federal public defender who represented Hambright, refused to allow his client to answer any questions, a policy unbroken throughout the long months after the indictment Hansen denied, however, that Hambright was referring to anyone else.

The parents had many questions about the new indictment. Why only those children? Why only one child on the indictment who had medical evidence? Why did the indictment not include the children with such medical evidence as missing hymens and rectal lesions? And why were the charges so vague?

Rather than specifying the actual crimes allegedly committed on the children, 10 of the 12 charges were committing lewd and lascivious acts. The other two charges, involving the Tobin boy and the boy who was abused on his birthday, were oral copulation. Hambright no longer was charged with raping the Tobin boy

The Tobin boy, the only child with medical evidence on the indictment, was included because he had been examined by CASARC, by a non-Army doctor off post. Cooperation between the Army and the U. S. Attorney had been weak from the beginning. The cases of chlamydia could not be used as evidence because the right kind of culture, had not been taken at Letterman Army Medical Center. When one couple called the US Attorney’s Office to ask if they should take their children for another culture, the answer was no.

Assistant U. S Attorney Peter Robinson, who had been brought in by then to assist Susan Gray, said those 10 children had been chosen from the more than 60 victims because they would make the best witness.

In February, Assistant US Attorney Gray, now teamed with Assistant US Attorney Eb Luckel, asked that charges involving four of the children be dismissed because of problems with the children’s testimony. Later in the month, Judge Schwarzer dismissed all but one of the remaining counts because the charges were too vague. Gray and Robinson had submitted a two page document listing a series of dates on which the abuse allegedly occurred for each child but did nothing further to spell out the accusations.

The only remaining witness on the indictment, the Tobin boy, was removed from the case a short time later on the advice of the boy’s therapist.

Gary Hambright was a free man – again

THE STRATEGY FOR A SIMPLE pedophile case had failed again. Gray, the daughter of a district court judge, had never before handled a child sexual abuse case. The Presidio case, in fact, was believed to be the first such case handled by the US Attorneys Office in San Francisco. Gray had worked long and hard on the case but confined her efforts to the law library. Nether Gray nor anyone else in the U. S. Attorney’s Office saw the need to hire experts on child abuse cases until about two months before the end. There had been a telephone consultation with Dr. Roland Summit, an associate clinical psychiatrist at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center and a consultant in major sex abuse cases around the country.

“I reviewed some early documents in the case,” Summit said “On the basis of the documents, they didn’t want to go to court. There were too many allegations of weirdness and ritual without enough corroborating evidence. It is that kind of thing so far that is fatal to effective prosecution.”

Summit, who has consulted on a number of ritual abuse cases, said the failure in such cases is “a scandal … that we have to see some sort of material proof to get any sincere concern to what 300 to 500 children have sworn in the midst of terror was real. If you had 300 adults in any circumstance, wherever they were assembled, who would describe this same phenomenon, nobody would want to believe it, but I don’t think the justice system could possibly be that indifferent…..

“The smart money for any attorney is to stay away from it and try to sneak through by selecting witnesses who don’t talk about it. Are you going to put somebody in jail on the word of a little kid?”

Failure to consult with abuse experts haunted the case. By the time the children had been in therapy long enough and felt comfortable enough to talk about some of the more bizarre aspects of the case, Gray was adamant that she could not take such things before a jury. “She sat right here on that couch and said she couldn’t take that before a jury,” said one mother.

Gray has refused to discuss the case.

Her colleague, Assistant U.S. Attorney Luckel, said the case fell apart at the end because “in the final analysis, when we reviewed the cases we had where there was a child who was prepared to go to court and was prepared to tell us what happened and describe something that actually occurred at the Presidio, as opposed to off-base, there was not much to consider.”

According to Luckel, the US. Attorney’s Office had decided that federal jurisdiction in the case ended at the boundaries of the Presidio. That meant that even though some of the allegations involved children being taken off post by Hambright, they were not to be part of the federal case. “When we got right down to it, there were just a couple of possible cases where federal jurisdiction existed,” Luckel said. “Our decision was that we could only prosecute for acts that occurred at the Presidio.”

Since San Francisco Police concentrated their efforts on investigating Aquino, that meant that many of the children’s allegations fell through the legal cracks. More than 60 children were sexually abused but not at the right location.

So is the Presidio case closed? “We would not reopen it absent the discovery of new evidence,” Luckel says. The statute of limitations for this case is five years.

ON APRIL 19, THE ARMY HELD AN OPEN house for a new $2.3 million day care center at the Presidio. That same day, several parents held a press conference to protest the closing of the federal case.

“We feel that it is vitally important that parents everywhere realize these things really happen.,” they said in a prepared statement, “Cases such as this are being successfully prosecuted across the country at the state level. Why have Mr. Russoniello and the entire federal system failed to learn from these successes?” Referring to the victims, the parents said, “All have made statements that they were abused, they have psychological evidence of abuse and many have documented medical evidence of sexual abuse, including rape, sodomy and venereal disease.”

The criminal case is closed, but by June, the parents of 23 children had filed $55 million in claims against the Army, the first step toward filing a civil suit against the government alleging negligence that led to the abuse.

Last December, the Army reassigned several people connected with the case, including Lt. Col. Walter Meyer, the director of personnel and community activities and John Gunnarson the director of child development services responsible for supervising the day-to-day operations of the center. Diana Curl, the day care center director, resigned. In late June, Gary Hambright was “still trying to decide where he wants to settle,” said assistant federal public defender Nanci Clarence, one of Hambright’s attorneys Clarence said he is “in and out” of San Francisco.

The case that so many did not want to believe is still very much alive in the nightmares and sexual acting out that continue for many children, in the jarring statements that come suddenly out of nowhere, such as the 4 year old girl who sat at her kitchen table a few months ago and told her mother she wanted to kill herself with a knife. Others say they hate themselves. One 6-year-old girl was playing with modeling clay at school one day when she suddenly started stabbing it. “Mr. Gary is bad and I’m bad because I let him do it,” she told her teacher.

“People keep telling us we’ve got to let it go just forget about it and go on,” said parent Gretchen Runyan. Two of the Runyans’ four daughters were among the victims, both had confirmed cases of chlamydia.

“Three weeks ago, our youngest daughter was having nightmares and our other daughter was closing out the whole world, going to her room and sitting there, with no radio, no TV, no nothing. Tell me it’s over.”



This is an action brought pursuant to the Privacy Act of 1974, 5 U.S.C. S 552a(g), in which plaintiff alleges that the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command (CID) has refused to amend a Report of Investigation (ROI) which states that plaintiff was the subject of an investigation for sexual child abuse and related crimes. Plaintiff seeks to remove his name from the title block of the investigation, he seeks damages for the alleged willful and intentional misconduct of the Army for refusing to accurately maintain this record, and he seeks attorney fees and costs. Defendant United States Army seeks dismissal of plaintiff’s Privacy Act complaint and judgment on the administrative record denying plaintiff’s requests. First, plaintiff has failed to state a claim under the Privacy Act because these criminal law enforcement records are exempt from the amendment provisions of the Act. Second, plaintiff has failed to carry his burden of showing that defendant acted arbitrarily or capriciously in refusing to delete plaintiff’s name from the report. And finally, even if plaintiff’s claim was reviewable under the Privacy Act, it should be denied because plaintiff has failed to show that the report is inaccurate. Consequently, the court should not award damages, attorney fees or costs.


1. Plaintiff Michael A. Aquino is a Lieutenant Colonel (LTC) in the United States Army Reserve. His name appears in the title block of a CID report of investigation (ROI) for indecent acts with a child and related offenses. Government Exhibit (G.E.) D at 1-4.

2. Kinsey Marie Adams-Thompson appears in the victim block of the same report. G.E. D at 1-4. Kinsey is the daughter of Captain (CPT) Larry Adams-Thompson and Michelle Adams-Thompson. Kinsey was born on September 1, 1983, and attended the Child Development Center (CDC) located on-post at the Presidio.

3. On January 14 and 15, 1987, Kinsey and her parents were interviewed by a Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) agent about allegations of child abuse at the CDC. (F1) G.E. G-2 (FBI Interviews) at 1-3. On January 20, Kinsey was interviewed by Doctor Deborah L. Hickey, M.D., a child psychiatrist and Army doctor (LTC) at the Presidio. Kinsey told LTC Hickey that “Mr. Gary” had sexually molested her by touching her genitals and putting his penis in her mouth. Id. at 4-5.

4. On August 12, 1987, Kinsey was at the Presidio Post Exchange (PX) with her parents. At about 4:00 P.M., as they walked through the store, Kinsey ran to her parents, frightened, and told them that she had seen “Mikey” from “Mr. Gary’s house.” Kinsey’s mother picked her up and Kinsey pointed at plaintiff, LTC Michael Aquino, and identified him as “Mikey.” Kinsey said she was afraid and wanted to leave the store. CPT Adams-Thompson recognized LTC Aquino from his prior assignment at the Presidio. (F2) He took Kinsey from Mrs. Adams-Thompson and carried her out of the store to the parking lot. When the Aquinos exited the store, Kinsey identified Mrs. Aquino as “Shamby,” another person who she saw with “Mr. Gary.” After returning home Kinsey said that she was afraid that “Mikey” and “Shamby” would come to her home and hurt her. Id. at 7-10.

5. FBI Agent Foreman interviewed Kinsey at 9 P.M. the next day, August 13th. She told him that “Mikey wears Army clothes like my daddies [sic]”, and that “Mikey” put his penis into her mouth, bottom, and vagina just like “Mr. Gary.” Kinsey also told FBI Agent Foreman that she went with “Mr. Gary” to his house and “Mikey” and “Shamby” were there. Id. at 9. Kinsey told her mother that “Mikey” was the “blood man,” because he had put blood on her and licked it off. Id. at 8. Mrs. Adams-Thompson also recalled that Kinsey had described “Mikey” as having “eyebrows that went up.” Id. at 7. 6. Plaintiff’s appearance is distinctive. His eyebrows curl upwards, his hairline is marked by a prominent widow’s peak, and his black hair is combed straight back. See photographs, G.E. E-48 and G.E. E-5. Plaintiff acknowledges that this is his appearance. G.E. E-5, para.10. In addition to the identification at the post exchange, Kinsey identified plaintiff out of a five-person photo line-up and video line-up. G.E. D-9 at 100.

7. After Kinsey’s interview, she was taken to the vicinity of plaintiff’s house, which is about two miles, a seven-minute drive, from the CDC. G.E. D-5 (Crime Scene Examination) at 65. Accompanied by her mother and two investigators, and starting about one and a half blocks from plaintiff’s house, Kinsey walked down the street where plaintiff lives. Upon approaching plaintiff’s house, Kinsey appeared frightened and asked to be held by her mother. After being picked up she continued to stare at the front of XXXX Leavenworth Street, where plaintiff lived. Kinsey said that the area was familiar and she had been there before. When asked if this was “Mr. Gary’s” house, she answered yes, and stated that “Mr. Gary” had driven her there, where she met “Mikey” and “Shamby. G.E. E-1 (SA Potter’s Report); G.E. D-4 (Interview of Victim) at 59.

8. CPT Adams-Thompson reported the PX identification and Kinsey’s statements to the San Francisco Police Department (SFPD) and, based on this evidence, a magistrate determined that probable cause existed to issue a search warrant for the top apartment at XXXX Leavenworth Street, plaintiff’s residence. G.E. D-5 (Crime Scene Examination) at 65, G.E. E-5 (SFPD Incident Report dated August 14, 1987, following Aquino statement dated January 4, 1988). During the search the FBI photographed the interior of the apartment and some weapons, masks, and ceremonial items observed there. G.E. E-3. The three other apartments in the house and the house next door at XXXX Leavenworth Street were not searched, although later investigation disclosed that plaintiff owned both buildings. G.E. D-19 at 119.

9. The photographs were shown to Kinsey on October 15, 1987. Her reactions are recorded in G.E. G-2 at 11-14. Although Kinsey’s reactions to the photographs are not conclusive, the photographs do show a number of items that corroborate Kinsey’s and other children’s descriptions of the house where they were taken: (1) masks; (2) guns; (3) toy animals or dinosaurs; (4) a lion picture on the wall and lions on the Egyptian throne; (5) a computer; (6) cameras; (7) a black room with soft walls; and (8)a robot. G.E. E-38 (Excerpts of Kinsey’s Medical Records) at 31, 32, 38; G.E. D-14 at 109; G.E. D-2 at 22.

10. One of the items seized by the SFPD during the search was a notebook. G.E. D-5 at 65. That notebook contained the name “Mike Todo.” G.E. D-14 at 109. Kinsey and another child mentioned “Todo” as one of the persons at “Mr. Gary’s” house. G.E. D-19 at 120. During an April 7, 1987 interview with MAJ Hickey, months before the PX identification, Kinsey stated that “Shamby” and “Sassy” were the same person, and that “Sassy” was “Todo’s” girlfriend. G.E. D-2 at 21, G.E. E-38 at 31 (as numbered at page bottom). In the days that followed, the San Francisco Police Department and the FBI continued as the lead investigative agencies.

11. On January 3, 1988, plaintiff made a written sworn statement denying the allegations against him and preferring sworn charges against CPT Adams-Thompson for conduct unbecoming an officer. He charged that CPT Adams-Thompson made false statements by reporting the Kinsey’s allegations of child abuse, and that CPT Adams-Thompson mailed an obscene postcard to plaintiff (a picture of a male transvestite stating “Blow it out your ass. You pompous jerk!”).G.E. E-5. Plaintiff later withdrew the charge regarding the postcard after plaintiff learned that CPT Adams-Thompson and his family had already moved to Hawaii before the date the postcard was mailed. G.E. D-1 at 10.

12. Based upon these sworn charges against CPT Adams-Thompson and other statements made by plaintiff as the investigation continued, CID investiated plaintiff for false swearing. Specifically, plaintiff falsely stated that Kinsey was two years old in October 1986 when she was in fact three. G.E. E-5; G.E. D-1 at 10…Plaintiff admitted that he incorrectly stated Kinsey’s age, but claimed it was a mistake. G.E. D-6 at 72. Plaintiff also stated that he had “never used or been known by the nickname ‘Mikey’.” G.E. D-5 at 2. In addition to the children’s identifications of him as “Mikey,” however, Mr. Anton LaVey, a friend and associate, referred to plaintiff as “Mikey.” G.E. D-2 at 37; G.E. D-7 at 85. Plaintiff made other statements controverted by evidence, including that only three people had access to the security code to his upper apartment, and that he had never been to the CDC. Plaintiff’s Exhibit (P.E.) 2 (Defendant’s Response to Interrogatory 12); G.E. D-2 at 28-37.

13. On August 12, 1988, the San Francisco district attorney’s office closed its investigation of child abuse at the Presidio CDC. It filed no charges against plaintiff or anyone else. G.E. E-6 at 7. In September 1988, CID investigators met with representatives from the SFPD, the local district attorney’s office, the U.S. Attorney’s Office, and the FBI to discuss the status of the investigation. P.E. 2 (Defendant’s Response to Interrogatory 15) at 27-30.

14. On October 17, 1988, at the request of CID Special Agent (SA) Petaluna, the local Army investigator, MAJ Mark Harvey drafted an Investigative Plan for plaintiff’s case. The memorandum discussed plans for continuing the investigation of plaintiff in light of the completion of the SFPD investigation and the perceived weaknesses in that investigation. G.E. G-3 (CID Investigative Plan). On October 26, 1988, Wayne Boyles III, Legislative Assistant to Senator Jesse Helms, wrote a letter to the Secretary of the Army complaining about plaintiff’s appearance on a Geraldo Rivera television show about Satanism and witchcraft. P.E. 1, Exhibit G. The CID investigation of plaintiff was underway before any involvement by Senator Helm’s office.

15. On April 7 and 8, 1989, the CID interviewed Kinsey. After viewing a photographic line-up, she identified plaintiff as “Mikey,” but did not pick out Mrs. Aquino as “Shamby”. After viewing a video line-up Kinsey again identified plaintiff, and again did not identify Mrs. Aquino as “Shamby” G.E. D-9 (Identification Line-ups) at 100-101. Kinsey stated that “Shamby” and “Mr. Gary” took her to “Mr. Gary’s house,” and that “Mikey” was there. She described the house as blue-gray in color, the same color as plaintiff’s house at XXXX Leavenworth Street. G.E. D-4 at 59-60.

16. On May 11, 1989, Kinsey was reinterviewed by CPT Boomer and MAJ Harvey, judge advocates at the Presidio. She said that “Mikey” told her to touch “Mr. Gary’s” penis and that “Mikey” forced her to stay in the room with soft walls, and blocked the door so she could not leave. She stated that she had found the house with FBI Agent Foreman and that the house was blue and gray. Id. at 60-61.

17. On May 15, 1989, CID agents and legal advisors met with LTC Craig Schwender, Staff Judge Advocate for the Presidio, and viewed the investigation and evidence with him. LTC Schwender opined that there was probable cause to title LTC Aquino for the offenses of indecent acts with a child, sodomy, conspiracy, kidnapping, and false swearing.(F3) G.E. D-16 at 113.

18. The final Report of Investigation (ROI) was issued on August 11, 1989. G.E. D at 1-4. On January 4, 1990, MAJ Harvey spoke with the staff judge advocate at Fort Leonard Wood, MO, to determine what action the Commander of Fort Leonard Wood had decided to take in the case. The commander took no action against plaintiff as a result of the investigation. G.E. B at 3.

19. On January 30, 1990, plaintiff appealed the titling determination to Major General (MG) Eugene L. Cromartie, Commanding General, U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command, pursuant to Army Regulation 195-2.(F4) He asserted an alibi defense: that he was not in San Francisco on the dates of the alleged offenses. He also alleged there was insufficient evidence of some of the offenses; that the titling was a result of improper political influence from Senator Helms; that there was improper conduct by members of the Judge Advocate General’s Corps, the Office of the Surgeon General, and the CID; that the SFPD and FBI investigations resulted in no prosecutions; that the CID investigation was stale; and that the statute of limitations had run and no charges were contemplated by the command.

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21. Plaintiff’s amendment request was reviewed internally by the CID Staff Judge Advocate, and by the Chief of the Criminal Law Division of the Office of The Judge Advocate General, Colonel (COL) Francis A. Gilligan. COL Gilligan recommended deleting plaintiff as a subject for maltreatment of a subordinate, noncompliance with UCMJ article 30, and conduct unbecoming an officer. He also recommended deleting Mrs. Aquino as a subject for all offenses. G.E. C (Review of Amendment Request).

22. The Commanding General of the CID adopted COL Gilligan’s recommendations on September 28, 1990. Plaintiff remains titled for indecent acts with a child, sodomy, conspiracy, kidnapping, indecent acts, and false swearing. G.E.B (lst Supplemental CID Report of Investigation) at 1.

23. Plaintiff filed his complaint in this court on November 15, 1990. The parties agree that the exhibits submitted to the court constitute the administrative record upon which the joint Motion for Judgment on the Record may be decided.

24. CID reports of investigation (ROI) are part of a system of records published in the Federal Register, in accordance with the Privacy Act, to inform the public of records the Army maintains. 49 Fed. Reg. 49,139 (December 18, 1984), 32 C.F.R. 505.5, 5 U.S.C. S 552a(e)(4). The systems notice specifies that CID ROIs are maintained to conduct criminal investigations and crime prevention activities. As such, 5 U.S.C. S 552a(j)(2) allows defendant to promulgate rules exempting CID ROIs from certain parts of the Privacy Act, which defendant has done. 49 Fed. Reg. 40,589 (Oct. 17, 1984), 32 C.F.R. S 505.5.

25. Army Regulation 340-21 implements 32 C.F.R. S 505.5 and exempts CID ROIs from the amendment provisions of the Privacy Act. (F5) Amendment requests are considered under Army Regulation 195-2, not under the Privacy Act.

26. Army Regulation 195-2 provides the exclusive means for handling requests to amend CID ROIS. Its amendment procedures are not part of the Privacy Act. The pertinent parts of the regulation provide that the individual has the burden of proof to substantiate the request. Requests to delete a person’s name from the title block are granted if probable cause does not exist to believe that the individual committed the offense for which titled as a subject.(F6)

27. The legal standard for placing a person’s name in the title block as the subject of an investigation, referred to as “titling,” is set out in CID Regulation 195-1. It states that probable cause to title exists when the available evidence would cause a reasonably prudent person to believe that the person being investigated committed the crime.(F7)


I. Plaintiff Has Failed to State a Claim Under the Privacy Act Because CID ROIs Are Exempt From the Amendment and Civil Liability Provisions of the Act.

Under the Privacy Act’s general exemption provision, the head of an agency may exempt law enforcement records from portions of the Act. 5 U.S.C. S 552a(j)(2). The Secretary of the Army has promulgated rules exempting CID reports of investigation from the access, amendment, and civil liability provisions of the Privacy Act, and explained why CID ROIs are exempt from these provisions of the Act. 32 C.F.R. S 505.5, ID-A0508.11aUSACIDC. The Fourth Circuit and other jurisdictions have recognized the S 552a(j)(2) exemption for law enforcement records. Ryan v. United States, 595 F.2d 954, 956 (4th Cir. 1979) (Justice Department regulations exempted system of records from access and civil liability provisions of Privacy Act); Wentz v. Department of Justice, 772 F.2d 335, 337 (7th Cir. 1985) (Justice Department regulations exempted system of records from amendment provisions of Privacy Act); Fendler v. United States Parole Commission, 774 F.2d 975 (9th Cir. 1985) (court properly dismissed Privacy Act claim to amend records exempt as law enforcement records under 552a(j)(2) and implementing regulations). Consequently, plaintiff has no Privacy Act claim.

II. Defendant Did Not Act Arbitrarily or Capriciously in Refusing to Remove Plaintiff’s Name From the Title Block of the ROI.

The Army reviewed plaintiff’s request to amend the CID ROI under AR 195-2, *not* under the Privacy Act. Thus, plaintiff’s only remaining remedy is under the Administrative Procedure Act (APA), 5 U.S.C. 702. By its terms, the APA does not waive sovereign immunity from claims for monetary relief.(F8) See, e.g., Rhodes v. United States, 760 F.2d 1180, 1184 (llth Cir. 1984); Ghandi v. Police Dept., 747 F.2d 338, 343 (6th Cir. 1984); Doe v. Civiletti, 635 F.2d 88, 94 (2d Cir. 1981); Jaffe v. United States, 592 F.2d 712, 718-19 (3rd Cir.), cert. denied, 441 U.S. 961 (1979). At most, plaintiff is entitled to injunctive-type relief based on a review of the Army’s refusal to delete his name from the CID ROI title block. Plaintiff seeks de novo review, but plaintiff is not entitled to de novo review. De novo review is provided by the Privacy Act (F9) but amendment requests of titling determinations are exempt from the Privacy Act. De novo review under the APA is also not appropriate.(F10) In this case, the court should determine whether the Army’s action was “arbitrary, capricious, an abuse of discretion, or otherwise not in accordance with law.” 5 U.S.C. S 706(2)(A); Citizens to Preserve Overton Park v. Volpe, 401 U.S. 402, 414 (1971). Moreover, this is the standard of review courts traditionally apply to the discretionary decisions of military officials. Fairchild v. Lehman, 609 F. Supp. 287 (E.D. Va. 1985), affld, 814 F.2d 1555 (Fed. Cir. 1987). See also Miller v. Lehman, 801 F.2d 492, 496 (D.C. Cir. 1986); Smith v. Marsh, 787 F.2d 510, 512 (10th Cir. 1986), Johnson v. Reed, 609 F.2d 784 (5th Cir. 1980). Under the “arbitrary and capricious” standard of review, the court should afford considerable deference to Army decision makers and limit its inquiry to determining whether the decision challenged was based on relevant factors and whether there was a clear error in judgment. Heisig v. United States, 719 F.2d 1153 (Fed. Cir. 1983): Sidoran v. Commissioner, 640 F.2d 231 (9th Cir. 1981) The facts in the administrative record, particularly those cited in defendant’s Statement of the Facts, support the conclusion that the CID decision not to remove plaintiff’s name from the title block was not arbitrary or capricious. Kinsey made a certain, reliable identification of plaintiff in a non-suggestive setting, while shopping with her parents at the post exchange. She exhibited the fear and terror that one expects upon recognition of a threat or source of harm. Her earlier statements to the child psychiatrist and her mother about “Mikey” and “Shamby,” persons until then unidentified, support the validity of the identification. Her description of plaintiff’s facial features and her subsequent identification from a photo and video line-up also corroborate the identification at the PX. Kinsey identified plaintiff’s house as the place where “Mr. Gary” took her from the Child Development Center, and where she saw “Mikey” in “Army clothes” like her father’s. She also described the house’s blue-gray exterior color. The photographs taken in plaintiff’s apartment show masks, guns, toy animals, and ceremonial items that are similar to things described by Kinsey and other children. A notebook from plaintiff’s apartment contained the name “Mike Todo,” and “Todo” was one of the persons present at “Mr. Gary’s” house. The evidence against plaintiff is credible and substantial. Army decision-makers did not act arbitrarily and capriciously or abuse their discretion in relying on this evidence to determine that a reasonably prudent person would believe that plaintiff had committed the offenses for which he was titled. That plaintiff has a different version of the events is irrelevant.

III. Even If Reviewable Under the Privacy Act, Plaintiff’s Claims Should Not Be Granted.

As argued above, plaintiff fails to state a claim under the Privacy Act; therefore, the court should dismiss his claim. But, assuming arguendo that plaintiff’s claims are reviewable under the Privacy Act, plaintiff still cannot prevail. Plaintiff seeks relief under the Act in three forms. First, he complains that the Army improperly refused to amend records pertaining to him by not deleting his name from a report of investigation for child abuse. Second, he seeks damages for this refusal to allegedly accurately maintain his records. Third, he seeks attorney fees and costs. Even if cognizable under the Privacy Act, probable cause exists to name plaintiff in the title block of this ROI; consequently, the court should not expunge plaintiff’s name from the report, and plaintiff is not entitled to damages, attorney fees, or costs.

A. Plaintiff May Challenge Facts, But Not subjective Judgments Such As a Titling Determination.

Plaintiff is not entitled to relief because the proposed amendment pertains to the accuracy of subjective judgments and determinations, not to the accuracy of factual, historical data. Belvins v. Plummer, 613 F.2d 767 (9th Cir. 1980); Turner v. Department of the Army, 447 F. Supp. 1207 (D.D.C. 1978), aff’d, 593 F.2d 1372 (D.C. Circ. 1979). The determination of whether to list a person’s name in the title block is a subjective, professional judgment, arrived at by assessing whether there is probable cause to believe that the person committed the offenses reported. The Sixth Region CID legal advisor, MAJ Mark Harvey, reviewed the investigation and authored the legal review segment of the report. G.E. D-2 at 16-57b. After discussing the evidence and reviewing the investigation, the Presidio staff judge advocate, LTC Craig Schwender, opined that probable cause existed to place plaintiff’s name in the title block of the ROA. G.E. D-16 at 113. After plaintiff requsted that the report be amended to delete his name, the report was carefully reviewed by COL Francis Gilligan, the Chief of the Criminal Law Division in the Office of the Judge Advocate General. COL Gilligan recommended that plaintiff remain titled for indecent acts with a child and the offenses related to it, but also recommended that plaintiff be deleted as a subject for some other offenses and that plaintiff’s wife be deleted from the title block. G.E. C. The commander of the CID, Major General Cromartie, concurred with COL Gilligan’s recommendations and plaintiff remained titled. G.E.D at 2. The Privacy Act is not meant to provide a basis for collateral attacks on such judicial or quasi-judicial determinations recorded in agency files. Kennedy v. Andrus, 459 F. Supp. 240 (D.D.C. 1978) Only if all the facts underlying such professional judgments have been thoroughly discredited should the agency be required to revise or expunge it’s prior professional judgment. R.R. v. Department of the Army, 482. F. Supp. 770 (D.D.C. 1980). Plaintiff has not thoroughly discredited the facts in this case. The facts set out in the administrative record show that the report of investigation pertaining to plaintiff is properly maintained.

B. Probable Cause exists to Name Plaintiff in the Title Block of the ROI

Plaintiff claims that the Army’s refusal to remove his name from the title block of this child abuse criminal investigation violates the Privacy Act’s requirement to maintain a record with “such accuracy, relevance, timeliness, and completeness as is reasonably necessary to assure fairness to the individual. 5 U.S.C. 552a(e) (5). The Privacy Act provides that the court shall determine this matter de novo, 5 U.S.C. 552a(g) (2) (a); however, the burden of proof is on the individual. Mervin v. FTC, 591 F.2d 821, 827 (D.C. Circ. 1978). The primary issue is whether probable cause exists to believe that plaintiff committed the crimes for which he is named in the ROI. Plaintiff sought to amend his records in accordance with the agency procedures. AR 195-2, para 4-4. Under those procedures, plaintiff’s name should be deleted from the title block only if the court determines that probable cause does not exist to believe that plaintiff committed indecent acts with a child and the related offenses named in the repeort. AR 195-2 para. 4-4. If probable cause does exist then the record is maintained with the accuracy “necessary to assure fairness.” Doe v. United States, 821 F.2d 694, 699 (D.C. Cir. 1987). As discussed earlier, a review of the evidence in the administrative record and the facts set out in defendant’s Statement of the Facts shows that probable cause exists to title plaintiff for indecent acts with a child, sodomy, conspiracy, kidnapping, indecent acts, and false swearing.

C. Plaintiff Is Not Entitled To Damages

Plaintiff seeks damages for the Army’s alleged failure to accurately maintain his record, which allegedly resulted in an adverse determination against him. 5 U.S.C. 552a(g)(1) and (4). To bring a damages action under 552a (g) (1) plaintiff must show that (1) an inaccurate record (2) proximately caused (3) an adverse determination concerning him. See, E.g., Johnston v. Horne, 875 F.2d 1415, 1422 (9th Cir. 1989); Hubbard v. EPA, 809 F.2d 1, 7-10 (D.C.Cir. 1986); Hewitt v. Grabicki, 794 F.2d 1373, 1379 (9th Cir. 1986); Clarkson v. IRS, 678 F.2d 1368, 1377 (11th Cir. 1982) (citing Edison v. Department of the Army, 672 F.2d 840, 845 (11th Cir. 1982). Additionally, an agency must have acted in an “intentional or willful” manner for a damages action to succeed. 5 U.S.C. 552a(g) (4). Only after meeting all of these criteria does the amount of damages become relevant. Plaintiff has not met these criteria and is not entitled to damages.

D. Plaintiff Is Not Entitled to Attorney Fees or Costs

In an amendment claim under the Privacy Act, the court may, in its discretion, assess attorney fees and litigation costs reasonably incurred, if the plaintiff “substantially prevails.” 5 U.S.C. 552a(g)(2) (B). In a damages claim under the Privacy Act, the costs and reasonable attorney fees are recoverable by the “prevailing plaintiff.” 5 U.S.C. 552a(g) (4) (B). Based on the foregoing arguments, plaintiff has not substantially prevailed in his amendment request and has not prevailed in his damages claim; therefore, the court should not award attorney fees or litigation costs.


For the foregoing reasons, the court should dismiss plaintiff’s Privacy Act claim and deny plaintiff’s requests for amendment, damages, attorney fees and litigation costs under the Privacy Act. The court should find the title block of the report of investigation was neither arbitrary nor capricious under the Administrative Procedure Act. Consequently, plaintiff is entitled to no relief.


F1. That investigation centered on Mr. Gary Hambright, a CDC employee. Plaintiff was not a suspect in the investigation.

F2. (Plaintiff and his wife were on leave at their home in San Francisco, before reporting to plaintiff’s next assignment in St. Louis. Plaintiff had been assigned to the Presidio from August 10, 1981 until August 31, 1986. G.E. E-19.

F3. LTC Aquino was also titled for non-compliance with Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ) article 30, 10 U.S.C. S 830 (1982), but this offense was later deleted. LTC Schwender also opined that there was sufficient evidence to title Gary Hambright for sexual abuse, conspiracy, and kidnapping, and to title Mrs. Aquino for sexual abuse, conspiracy, and kidnapping. G.E. F(Request to Amend Titling Determination); P.E. 1.

F4. Army Reg. 195-2, Criminal Investigation Activities, para. 4-4b (October 30, 1985)

F5. Army Reg. 340-21, The Army Privacy Program, para. 2-10e (July 5, 1985) provides: USACIDC reports of investigation (records in systems notices A0501.08e Informant Register, A0508.llb Criminal Information Reports and Cross Index Card Files, and A0508.25a Index to Criminal Investigative Case Files) have been exempted from the amendment provisions of the Privacy Act. Requests to amend these reports will be considered under AR 195-2 by the Commander, U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command. Action by the Commander, U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command, will constitute final action on behalf of the Secretary of the Army under that regulation.

F6. Army Reg. 195-2, Criminal Investigation Activities, para. 4-4b (Oct. 30, 1985) provides:

b. Amendment of CID reports. CID reports of investigation are exempt from the amendment provisions of the Privacy Act and AR 340-21. Requests for amendment will be considered only under the provisions of this regulation. Requests to amend CID reports of investigation will be granted only if the individual submits new, relevant, and material facts that are determined to warrant revision of the report. The burden of proof is upon the individual. Requests to delete a person’s name from the title block will be granted if it is determined that probable cause does not exist to believe that the individual committed the offense for which titled as a subject. The decision to list a person’s name in the title block of a CID report of investigation is an investigative determination that is independent of judicial, non-judicial, or administrative action taken against the individual or the results of such action. Within these parameters, the decision to make any changes in the report rests within the sole discretion of the Commanding General, USACIDC. His decision will constitute final action on behalf of the Secretary of the Army with respect to this regulation.

F7. CID Reg. 195-1, Criminal Investigation: CID Operations, Glossary-4 (1 November 1986) (Cl, I April 1989) provides: Probable cause to title a person or an entity in a criminal investigation exists when, considering the quality and quantity of all available evidence, without regard to its admissibility in a court of law, the evidence points toward the commission of a crime by a particular person or entity and would cause a reasonably prudent person to believe that the person or entity committed the crime. Probable cause must be distinguished from proof beyond a reasonable doubt, the latter being the evidentiary standard followed at criminal trials. The existence of probable cause to title is a determination made by the investigating organization.

F8. 5 U.S.C. S 702 provides in part: “An action in a court of the United States seeking relief other than money damages . . . shall not be dismissed . . . .”

F9. 5 U.S.C. S 552a(g)(2)(A).

F10. See 5 U.S.C. S 706(F). De novo review, or independent judicial factfinding, applies in only two limited circumstances. First, when agency action is adjudicatory in nature and factfinding procedures are inadequate. And second, when issues that were not before the agency are raised in a proceeding to enforce nonadjudicatory action. Citizens to Preserve Overton Park, 401 U.S. at 415; Camp v. Pitts, 438 U.S. 138, 142 (1973); Florida Power and Light Co. v. Lorion, 105 S. Ct. 1598, 1607 (1985). Plaintiff’s suit does not seek enforcement of nonadjudicatory agency action; therefore, de novo review can only be had if the CID review of the amendment request was adjudicatory and the factfinding procedures are found to be inadequate. Because Army Regulation 195-2 does not mandate a hearing, the CID action on the amendment request does not fall within the APA definition of an adjudicatory proceeding. Serrano v. United States, 612 F.2d 525, 530 (Cl. Ct. 1979); International Telephone and Telegraph Corp. v. Local 134, 419 U.S. 428 (1975) (adjudication requires notice and hearing before administrative law judge). Furthermore, the adequacy of factfinding procedures is not the object of plaintiff’s challenge. Accordingly, plaintiff may not obtain de novo review of the CID decision not to amend his titling determination.

F11. Despite plaintiff’s contentions, this investigation was not a “witchhunt.” Plaintiff was not targeted because of his religious beliefs. In fact, as plaintiff repeatedly points out in his voluminous submissions appended as part of the report of investigation, the Army has been aware of plaintiff’s religious beliefs throughout his Army career and has not interfered with his religious practices. The sole reasons for this investigation and the CID decision to title plaintiff are the facts that point to plaintiff’s sexual abuse of Kinsey Adams-Thompson.

F12. The fact that reasonable minds may differ over the conclusions reached does not mean that Army decision-makers considered inappropriate factors or made a clear error in judgment. See Motor Vehicles Mfrs. Ass’n. v. State Farm Mutual Automobile Ins. Co., 463 U.S. 29, 43 (1983); Benvenuti v.Department of Defense, 613 F. Supp. 308, 311-12 (D.D.C. 1985), aff’d, 802 F.2d 469 (Fed. Cir. 1986) (court should not substitute its judgment for agency’s). Clearly, the decision of Army officials to retain plaintiff’s name in the CID ROI title block was neither arbitrary nor capricious. Plaintiff’s request to delete his name from the report of investigation must be denied.




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