Tsarist Occupation Government (T.S.O.G.)
The Creature That Ate the Constitution
by Robert Anton Wilson
How, how, how did we ever get ourselves in a predicament where an
Oriental-style despot controls American medicine and most doctors fear
to prescribe what they think best for their patients? Why, over 200
years after a war to liberate ourselves from a half-mad king, have we
allowed our lives and health to come under the rule of a totally mad
Tsar? And has this monstrous tumor destroyed most of the Constitution
only "by accident," or did its creators have that intent all along?
Well, here's my theory:
Most people think the TSOG [Tsarist Occupation Government] began its
infestation of America with George Bush Sr., when he appointed a Tsar to
discombobulate our previously democratic form of government; but Bush
had a long C.I.A. career behind him and the C.I.A. had a long, long
Tsarist history before they came out in the open with a public and
blatant Tsar, a functionary not endowed or permitted by any clause in
Actually, the TSOG began replacing representative democracy in the
U.S. way back in 1945, when Gen. Rheinhard Gehlen, Hitler's Chief of
Soviet Intelligence, surrendered to the U.S. Army, after first
prudently burying several truckloads of "inside information" about the
Soviet Union at a secret location.
Gehlen was not only a master spy but a wizard negotiator. Within a
week, he was out of his Nazi uniform and into a U.S. Army General's
uniform; the U.S. intelligence services, in return, got the info about
the Soviets, including access to Gehlen's agents in the Soviet
government -- a group of Mystical Tsarists who had infiltrated both the
Red Army and the KGB.
You see, their leader and Gehlen's major "asset," General Andrei
Vlassov, had a fervent belief, not just in common or garden Tsarism, but
especially in the "mystical Tsarism" espoused in the later half of the
19th Century by the anti-Semitic novelist Dostoyevsky and even more by
Konstantin Pobedonostsev, an advisor to two Tsars [Alexander III and
Pobedonostsev, popularly called "The Grand Inquisitor" because of the
vast platoons of spies, snoops, agents provocateur and informers he
unleashed upon the Russian people , combined theological obsessions with
reactionary politics, always an explosive and nefarious mixture.
"Mystical Tsarism" deserves a whole book in itself.
Especially since it now rules our own country; but we must be brief
here. This holy religion, or superstition -- as you will --has two
major tenets: (1) The Tsar is guided by God and can do no wrong (2)
Reason is "cold" and inhuman, faith is "warm" and human; therefore we
should ignore reason and guide ourselves by faith in the Tsar, our
"Little Father." I don't think any of Pobedonostsev's crew actually
believed in the Tooth Fairy, though.
Besides, Roman Catholics of the old school have similar attitudes,
but merely prefer a Pope to do their thinking for them instead of a
Tsar, and most of us consider them sane, but just "weird."
Gen. Gehlen and Gen. Vlassov formed what became the Gehlenapparat,
the CIA's main source of info on Soviet affairs; Gehlen became the
fulcrum of the CIA's "Soviet penetration" sector, working under James
Jesus Angleton, Chief of Counter-Intelligence, breeder of prize orchids,
lover of the arts, and a devout Catholic.
Since the U.S. government based its foreign policies on CIA reports,
and the CIA based its Soviet reports on Gehlen and some other former
Nazis, plus a crew of Mystical Tsarists, as filtered and interpreted by
a Papist intellectual, the U.S. government's ideas and actions became
increasingly "weird, " bizarre and frightening, in the view of the rest
of the world. The results are very sad and very funny. In a nutshell,
most of the world thinks we've gone batshit crazy. "Tsarists and Nazis
and spooks, oh my!"
Although James Jesus Angleton was Gehlen's alleged supervisor, data
indicates that the Gehlenapparat engaged in many activities, including
kidnapping, extortion, murder etc. about which Angleton either did not
know or devoutly did not want to know.
But James J. Angleton was a pathological case of some sort himself;
he often hid his middle name because it revealed his half-Hispanic
genes. An exceptionally intelligent and sensitive student of modern
literature while at Yale, Angleton adored Ezra Pound, Wallace Stevens,
I.A. Richards, e e cummings and other SuperStars of Modernism; he met
most of them personally. They collectively influenced Angleton's
fascination with multiple perspectives, labyrinthine ambiguity and the
eternal uncertainty of all inferences and "interpretations." These
modernist tendencies, which also appeared in science and philosophy at
the same time, blossomed into obsessions and, perhaps, raging madness
when Angleton systematically applied them to the spy-game. After all,
modernism really begins with Wilde's "The Reality of Masks" and Yeats's
hermetic mystique the world we know emerging from interactions of Mask,
Anti-Mask, Self, and Anti-Self: which may or may not fit all of us or
all the world but certainly fits the world of spooks and snoops that
Another CIA officer, Edward Petty, described Angleton as "a lone
wolf" and "a strange bird"; every other source I have found bluntly
calls him "paranoid." He suspected everybody else in the CIA, and in
"our" government generally, of being KGB moles, and operated with so
much modernist ambiguity and hidden trapdoors that, in Petty's words,
"nobody really knows" what he was doing most of the time. In short, he
became as esoteric as the poets he admired, and remade the C.I.A. and,
increasingly, our whole nation into a theatre of impenetrable mystery.
A.J. Weberman, a leading Kennedy assassination buff, thinks Angleton
personally organized the JFK hit, an idea also strongly hinted at by
Norman Mailer's documentary novel, Harlot's Ghost, in which Angleton
appears as "Hugh Montague." [Angleton's father was named Hugh;
Angleton's code name was "Mother," and Montague's is "Harlot."Work on
that, ye seekers of multiple meaning. ]
If James Jesus really arranged the JFK assassination, he had probably
decided that Kennedy was the top Soviet mole of all.
Why not? Angleton had Tsarist agents in all sorts of nooks of the
Soviet system, and he knew the KGB was smart enough and tireless enough
to reciprocate by planting their own Masks and Anti-Masks in his own
backyard, or maybe under his bed at night. According to Edward Jay
Epstein, J.J.A.s endless search for Soviet moles nearly destroyed the
C.I.A. itself. Certainly, everybody in "the Company" learned to
distrust everybody else.
Imagine a U.S. Caine with not one Queeg as captain, but a whole crew
of Queegs, each worrying about what the others might be plotting.
Angleton created that ship of shape-shifters in the C.I.A. and then by
osmosis it spread through the government, evolving into the TSOG.
In short, the government cannot trust us, because it can never know
with absolute certainty what mischief we may hatch; and every sentence
we speak into a bugged phone may have as many possible meanings as
Eliot's "The rose and the fire are one."
In William F. Buckley Jr.'s docu-novel Spytime: The Undoing of James
Jesus Angleton occurs a scene that epiphanizes the TSOG's looped and
relooped logic. Angleton and an associate discuss 17 or 37 possible
interpretations of a bit of information [or disinformation] passed on by
a possible Soviet defector [who might be a Soviet mole.] At the end of
the discussion, J.J.A. points out one more "reading" that the associate
hadn't considered: namely, that Angleton himself might be the top Soviet
mole of all. You can't learn more about ambiguity and irony in a
seminar on the poetry of Empson.
In the same vein, after the death by drowning of "Montague"[Angleton]
in Harlot's Ghost, the CIA systematically investigates such alternative
scenarios as: he's not dead, and another water-rotted corpse has been
foisted on them; the Soviets did it and have him full of truth serums
already; he went over to the Soviets willingly; he was working for the
Reds all along.
"Trust No One," the motto of X Files, seems the only safe rule in the
world Angleton created.
Tsarism represents an intermediate form between European monarchism
and Asian despotism, being, possibly, closer to the latter of these two.
-- Leon Trotsky, Russia's Social Development and Tsarism
The TSOG stalketh the land and the serfs bow and worship it.
It stealeth property, it burneth neighborhoods, it killeth
all opposition. Ye think it only doth its violence to
black people, or Hispanics, or kooks with odd religions,
but its hand is at your own throat even now. TSOG fthagn!
What, are ye stupid, or something?
--- Abdul Alhazred, The Tsaronomicon
I'm only kidding -- not!
-- Madonna, Truth Or Dare
In any case, Angleton had an alliance with Italian fascists and the
Mafia, dating from 1944 when he was an O.S.S. officer in
Italy. "Operation Gladio," a CIA project to control Italian elections,
was based on Angleton's fascist-Mafia connections, and employed
techniques as varied as hiring Sophia Loren to do TV commercials for
politicians the CIA liked, bribing liberal/left politicos to move toward
more right-wing positions, and employing the Mafia to assassinate some
who couldn't be bribed, e.g. Prime Minster Aldo Moro.
In recruiting for Gladio, Angleton had a secret meeting with his old
friend Ezra Pound, in Genoa. Pound, under indictment for radio
broadcasts that he called "personal propaganda on behalf of the
U.S. Constitution" and the Department of Justice called "treason," did
not get recruited into Gladio and instead spent 13 years in a hospital
for the criminally insane, for expressing his views about bankers over
the wrong radio station.
J.J.A. had better luck with a former Gestapo informant named Licio
Gelli, who formed a secret society called P2 within the Grand Orient
Lodge of Egyptian Freemasonry and eventually infiltrated over 950 agents
into the Italian government. Through P2 connections and Roberto Calvi, a
P2 member and president of Banco Ambrosiano in Milan, Gladio merged the
Mafia's drug laundering system with ongoing CIA projects, using as
screens the Vatican Bank and 200 "ghost banks" which existed only in
Calvi's ledgers. The Tsarist-CIA-Mafia chieftains then had almost total
control over both the multi-billion dollar illegal drug business and the
even more profitable anti-drug business.
It worked like this: among the 200 "ghost banks" that existed only as
a postal drops, a few real, or tangible, banks existed. One, the
Cisalpine Bank in the Bahamas, jointly owned by Roberto Calvi of Banco
Ambrosiani and Archbishop Paul "The Gorilla" Marcinkus, served as the
major funnel for money laundering. Its primary links were the Franklin
National Bank, owned by fellow Gladio asset Michele "The Shark" Sindona,
and the World Finance Corporation, owned and managed by 8 "former" [or
allegedly "former"] C.I.A. officers.
Cocaine profits generally went through the World Finance Corporation,
in Miami, and thence via Cisalpine, into the maze of ghost banks, and
thence through Ambrosiano and the Vatican to numbered Swiss bank
accounts. Heroin profits ran through the Nyugun Hand Bank, also run by
"former" C.I.A. agents and thence into the same labyrinth.
Some of the drug money bought guns for terrorists and generally
financed what Washington Post journalist Bob Woodward called "the
undeclared wars of the C..I.A." The rest was sheer gravy, for those high
in the TSOG, and it ran into billions a year for the Gladio group alone.
Meanwhile, the TSOG drug cartel scored psycho-political gains as well
as stuffing those numbered bank accounts. By flooding the U.S with
crack, they were able to create a mob hysteria that surpassed
McCarthyism and now ranks beside the medieval witch-hunts; in the smoke
and mirrors, only a few noticed that the Constitution is being
dismantled plank by plank.
As William S. Burroughs wrote 30 years ago, "Drug control is a thin
pretext, and getting thinner, to increase police powers and to brand
dissent as criminal." A voice crying in the wilderness.....
Angleton was finally removed from the CIA in 1974 when caught
meddling in U.S. elections -- something that the CIA is only supposed to
do in other countries. Calvi of Banco Ambrosiano was assassinated by the
Mafia, for unknown reasons, in 1982. His secretary fell or was thrown
out of her office window the same day Calvi was found hanged. Michele
"The Shark" Sindona, another of the Gladio/P2/Mafia inner
circle--remember? -- was convicted of 64 counts of stock and currency
fraud in New York, and of murdering a bank examiner in Rome; he was
poisoned in prison while awaiting trial on other charges. Archbishop
Paul "The Gorilla" Marcinkus was replaced as president of the Vatican
Bank, when his role in Gladio drug-money laundering was revealed in the
trials of lesser culprits, and later he got booted out of the Vatican
Licio Gelli stood trial for conspiracy but was acquitted. Later,
evidence showed that Gelli was working for the KGB as well as the CIA;
which side he double-crossed most often remains unknown. But then Gelli
had worked for the Communist Underground in WWII, while also on the
payroll of the Gestapo, and nobody claims to know which side he betrayed
most often in that case either.
Mino Pecorelli, the first journalist to expose Gladio/P2 infiltration
of the Italian government, was killed on a street in Rome, shot through
the mouth -- the sasso in bocca, traditional Mafia punishment for
informers. The same fate befell Sam Giancana,Mafia boss of Chicago,
when subpoenaed by a congressional committee on assassinations --
another sasso in bocca. Johnny Roselli, another Mafioso often involved
in Tsarist/CIA projects, simply disappeared when he got his
subpoena. His body was found floating in a barrel in the Gulf of Mexico.
The major open functions of Mystical Tsarism now are the Drug
Enforcement Administration [DEA] and the Food and Drug Administration
[FDA.] You all know about the DEA and its vast army of snoops and
informers -- a vision to gladden the heart of Pobedonostsev himself. The
FDA operates similarly but with less publicity; it was described in
these terms by Saul Kent of the Life Extension Foundation: "The FDA's
strong-arm tactics are used to intimidate and terrorize Americans into
toeing their police-state line on health care and medicine."
In 1957, the FDA burned all the books of dissident physician Wilhelm
Reich, M.D., smashed his laboratory equipment with axes, and threw him
in jail, where he died.
Lately, their major targets have been midwives, herbalists and others
who offer safer and cheaper health care than the TSOG itself.
Although our first official and open Tsar was appointed during the
brief, bloody reign of George Bush, the Tsar's powers only reached
tyrannical status under Bill Clinton, a hillbilly with a perpetual
Our recent Tsar, General Barry McCaffrey, recently stated the
theology of Mystic Tsarism in an article for the Denver Post. I condense
a bit because, like most Tsars, Mac the Knife is a bit of a windbag:
"Each week, millions of Americans attend religious services to seek
guidance, reaffirm moral values, offer charity and obtain a sense of
community. Each of these four elements underscores the importance of
faith-based organizations .... Educating young people ... requires us
to guide them and teach them values. .....On May 10, I traveled to
Colorado Springs to stand with Dr. James Dobson and the Young Life
Christian Ministry. The ministry's youth programs are model efforts for
how faith-based organizations can play a critical role in helping our
young people choose the right path....[blah blah blah]... The One Way 2
Play program of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes is another example
of how faith groups help young people ..... The One Way 2 Play program
uses sports to teach the importance of a healthy lifestyle and a
commitment to faith. .. ... As British Theologian Dean William Inge
said: 'If we are to safeguard our children and communities, rabbis,
priests, clerics, deacons, sisters, brothers and cantors must help lead
the way'" ...[emphasis added]
Faith and docility are the bulwarks of Tsarism; any hint of
scientific knowledge, rationality or even plain "horse sense" among the
serfs are its major worries, and it blocks them every way it can. No
Tsar will ever lavish such praise on scientists or other professional
skeptics as McCaffery lavishes on the faithful and the sheep-herders who
lead and fleece them.
And so, the Constitution in tatters, spies everywhere, we inhabit
"one nation under surveillance with wiretaps and mail covers for all;"
and everybody is terrorized about whether their houses and property will
be seized next. In short, we find ourselves, as Trotsky found the
Russians a century ago, midway between European monarchism and Asiatic
It comes as no surprise that McCaffery stands accused of war crimes,
under the Nuremberg rulings.
Bill Clinton may be 77 kinds of sonofabitch, as most of us now agree,
but he is no fool. When he picks a Tsar he finds the right kind of man
for the job. The only way Bore or Gush can improve on Mac the Knife is
if, with further advances in genetic engineering, they dig up the bones
and clone the most famous, mystical and murderous Tsar of them all, Ivan
the Terrible, who alternated between murdering masses of people and
retiring to monasteries for meditation and prayer.
For more info on the Gehlenapparat, see The Yankee and Cowboy War by
Carl Oglesby, Berkeley Medallion, NY, 1977; and Everything Is Under
Control by RAWilson,
Harper, NY, 1998. The best overview of TSOG/CIA operations in general
is Norman Mailer's docu-novel
Harlot's Ghost, Random House, NY, 1991, in which Angleton appears as
"Hugh Montague" and Gehlen has a walk-on under his own name.
On the Gladio/P2 side of the TSOG, excellent books include The
Strange Death of God's Banker, Foot and della Torre, Orbis, London,
1984; The Calvi Affair, by Larry Gurwin, Pan, London, 1984; The
Brotherhood, by Stephen Knight, Grenada, London, 1984. The Calvi "ghost
banks" and their strange links with real banks, including Chase
Manhattan, are discussed amply in In Banks We Trust, Doubleday, NY,
1984, by Penny Lernoux, who leaves open the question of how many of the
real banks were unwitting accomplices and how many knew what was going
on and just kept mum while raking in the profits.
In God's Name, by David Yallop, Cape, London 1984, covers all this in
greater depth, and also explores Licio Gelli's role in creating fake ID
for Nazi war criminals, whom he later farmed out to the CIA death
squads. It also adds Pope John Paul I to the list of mysterious deaths
involving the Vatican Bank, along with Pecorelli, Moro, Calvi et. al.
My current acceptance that the Mafia killed Calvi [in previous
writings I was unsure] rests on the confession of Calogero Ganci, a
Mafia hitman turned informant, who says he strangled Calvi himself. See
London Times, 20 June 1996. Ganci was never told why the mob wanted
"God's banker" dead; his job was to kill people, not to ask rude
questions. Mrs. Calvi, the widow, still claims the orders came from the
Our current Tsar's war crimes are documented in "Overwhelming Force,"
by Seymour Hersh, The New Yorker, 22 May 2000.
The best depth analysis of Mystical Tsarism remains The Mass
Psychology of Fascism, by Wilhelm Reich, M.D. Farrar, Strauss and
Giroux, New York, 1970. Although Dr Reich doesn't analyze Tsarism in
particular, he relates Fascism to the dogmatic religions, faith in
"leaders" ["little Fathers"]and sexual misery of all the "Patriarchal
Authoritarian" regimes throughout history, and his major
bio-psychological theorems describe both Russian and American Tsarism as
neatly as they fit the Holy Inquisition or German-Italian Fascism.
Or -- you can find most of this data, in one form or another by
simply surfing the web. Set your search engine for "Rheinhold Gehlen," "Cisalpine
Bank,""Licio Gelli," "Gladio" and all the other individual and group
names in this synopsis, and you'll be astounded at how many Dirty
Secrets are now open to the light of day.
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