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"Events seem to be ordered into an ominous logic."
|- Thomas Pynchon
Finally! You're here---and just in time.
Unlike Pasolini, who was a great director (but not, perhaps, a great investigator), I've got lots of clues. (What I don't have is proof.)
"Clues to what? Proof of what?" Exactly! These are exactly the right questions.
What I can tell you is that the clues include details of Ezra Pound's incarceration in the national lunatic asylum at St. Elizabeth's more than 50 years ago; a photograph of Jim Jones posing with Fidel Castro, a year after the Bay of Pigs; the real key to the Watergate break-in; and lots more.
It's like Desmond Tutu said when people told him it was time to turn the page on South Africa's past. "Yes, but we should read it first."
Indeed, we should.
Some of the clues I'm talking about can be found in The Magdalen Cipher, a novel that one reviewer aptly described as "a unified field theory of conspiracy." (Click on the cover, and you can read the opening chapters.)
Still other clues---pictures and links, bits of journalism and copies of documents---are tucked away in the various crooks and crannies of this website. Which, by the way, is very much a work in progress. Over the next few weeks, and after, I'll continue to add material. So if you click on a link that doesn't take you anywhere, consider it a part of the investigative experience---and come back tomorrow.
The idea is to create a place in which you and I, as reader and writer, can get to know each other. (And if, in the course of things, a book is sold...mazel tov!)
Parapolitics is a serious business even, or especially, when it's fiction. Still, there's no reason not to have fun with it. In The Magdalen Cipher, for example, our hero discovers that the CIA is itself just a cover, a kind of Matrioshka doll that conceals within itself a series of smaller dolls, or secrets, each of which is darker and more dangerous than its predecessor.
It's an interesting idea, you'll agree, but is there any reason to think it might be true? Well, yeah. Here's what OSS officer Carleton Coon had to say in an after-action report, code-named "The Invisible Empire," written to "Wild Bill" Donovan at the end of the Second World War. (Coon was a Harvard anthropologist turned spook, the real-life "Indiana Jones." And Donovan, of course, was the Wall Street spy who founded the Office of Special Services, America's first foreign intelligence agency - unless you count the work of The ROOM.)
(S)ome other power, some third class of individuals aside from the leaders and the scholars must exist, and this thrd class must have the task of thwarting mistakes, and nipping the causes of potential disturbances in the bud. There must a body of men whose task it is to throw out the rotten apples as soon as the first spots of decay appear...
A body of this nature must exist undercover. It must either be a power unto itself, or be given the broadest discretionary powers by the highest human authorities....
One never knows, do one? Welcome, reader, and enjoy.