Illuminati Defector Tells All!

I have an article in The National Post today about John Todd, a man who traveled the circuit in the 1970s claiming to be a former member of the Illuminati. (Yes, this is another piece based on my book about conspiracy theories.) Here is an excerpt from the story, recounting some of the claims Todd made to a church crowd in 1978:

If it's in a Jack Chick comic book, it must be true.Jack ChickThe Illuminati controlled Standard Oil and Shell Oil, Chase Manhattan and the Bank of America, Sears and Safeway. They controlled the National Council of Churches and the Satanic Brotherhood of America, the Federal Reserve and the American Civil Liberties Union, the Knights of Columbus and the Junior Chamber of Commerce, the John Birch Society and the Communist Party. In the United States, the Illuminati called themselves the Council on Foreign Relations.

Todd was initiated into the Council of 13 and was given a thirteen-state area to run from a base in San Antonio. He was also put in charge of Zodiac Productions, which he told the crowd was the country's biggest booking agency for rock bands. There he learned the secrets of the music industry. (Elton John, for instance, "has never written a song that was not written in witch language.") And he was shown an eight-year plan for the Illuminati to take over the remainder of the world, a scheme scheduled to conclude in December 1980.

Meanwhile, Charles Manson ("an old buddy of mine") was assembling an Illuminist army in America's prisons. "They have been promised weapons," Todd exclaimed. "Military weapons!" Congress was preparing a bill to confiscate Americans' guns, leaving us at the mercy of Manson's army. "Manson," Todd warned, "will either be released next year or the following year, they have not decided yet." Then he and his followers would sweep across the country, butchering a million people and giving the government a rationale for imposing martial law.

Read the rest here. There's only so much space in a newspaper story, so I don't even get to the part where "Philippe Rothschild ordered one of his mistresses to write an eleven-hundred-page book that would describe to all witches how they would take control of the world through the Illuminati. It was called Atlas Shrugged." You'll have to read my book for that bit. Perhaps more important, you'll have to read the book to see how some Toddian ideas that circulated on the fringe in the '70s managed to influence the mainstream in the '80s, when the Satanic ritual abuse scare took off.

Bonus link: This is the second of three excerpts from the book that the Post will be publishing this week. For yesterday's installment, go here.

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  • ||

    Did Jack Chick pay Stacy Keach for permission to use his likeness?

  • fish||

    Sgt. Stedanko! "Hello, Mother Hen, this is operation Hard Hat, come in!"

    "Lard ass?"

    "No, Hard Hat. Operation Hard Hat. "

    "Ohhhhhh. What's up, Lard Ass?"

    "It's Hard Hat!! HARD HAT!!!"

    "OK.... later lard ass!!"

  • NeonCat||

    He will always be Mike Hammer to me.

  • ||

    (Yes, this is another piece based on my book about conspiracy theories.)

    Another?

    Book?

  • Pro Libertate||

    Really, that's a great scam. I'm embarrassed not to have thought of it myself. Hey, everybody, I worked on the Moon Hoax!

  • Hugh Akston||

    I knew the moon was a lie.

  • Brett L||

    How else were the Lizard people going to convince you that weather and tides were natural phenomena?

  • Pro Libertate||

    Yep. Couple of meters across, max.

  • Doctor Whom||

    I was a higher-up in the Rosicrucians before being saved and taking my story to groups of people who have already demonstrated a willingness to be conned want to counter secular lies with God's Truth.

  • Tonio||

    Good one, doc.

  • ||

    Speaking of Lizard people, Obama is making it very clear that he did not set a red line and that his credibility is not on the line. That is not what this is about AT. ALL.

    Jebus, is the guy 12 years old?

  • Hyperion||

    No, but he's the first black president and he's totally convinced by now that he can do or say whatever he wants and nothing else will happen.

  • ||

    That is about the only thing he gets right.

    Oh, and that orange dude is telling us that this (going into Syria ) is something America needs to do. That appears to be the sum total of his argument.

  • Bardas Phocas||

    That Red Line - I didn't build it.

  • sarcasmic||

    You know who else wrote a book?

  • Brett L||

    I wish Matt and Nick would.

  • Brett L||

    So.. There are secretly 52 states so that there can be four 13 state administrative areas, right?

  • Hyperion||

    What? Everyone knows that there are 57 states, our current dear leader has been to all of them.

  • Brett L||

    Lies spread by the Illuminati to deceive you!

  • ||

    Cant you even do basic math? What the enlightened one said was that he had been to 57 states and had one left to go, but he was not going to Ak or Hi.

    60 states.

    Get with it man.

  • Sigivald||

    The Atlantic Territories (Puerto Rico, USVI) and Pacific Territories (Guam, etc.) each get included as a "state"-equivalent.

    Problem solved!

  • Hyperion||

    This John Todd was obviously a fake, since he didn't reveal to the church that Paul McCartney is the Anti-Christ.

  • Brett L||

    I believe it. Nobody can look that good pushing 80 without blood rituals.

  • sarcasmic||

    What are you talking about? Everyone knows that Paul McCartney is dead and replaced with a look-alike.

  • Pro Libertate||

    I happen to know that John Lennon switched bodies with McCartney, then murdered him.

  • Zeb||

    The original McCartney or the replacement?

  • Pro Libertate||

    The spirit of McCartney occupying John Lennon's former body, natch.

  • Jesse Walker||

    This John Todd was obviously a fake, since he didn't reveal to the church that Paul McCartney is the Anti-Christ.

    In the Todd universe, the position of Antichrist had already been filled by Jimmy Carter.

  • fish||

    In the Todd universe, the position of Antichrist had already been filled by Jimmy Carter.

    Nonsensical on its face! A buck toothed peanut farmer (NTTAWWT)?

    C'mon the prince of darkness has a sense of style!

  • Killazontherun||

    Satan was having too much fun then in his Paul Lynde persona to give two shits about running a nation.

  • ||

    Mandrake, have you ever seen a commie drink a glass of water?

  • Robert||

    Have you ever seen one drink a glass of mandrake, for that matter?

  • Aloysious||

    What, no contrails? er... I mean CHEM-TRAILZ!!?!?!

  • Stormy Dragon||

    Philippe Rothschild ordered one of his mistresses to write an eleven-hundred-page book that would describe to all witches how they would take control of the world through the Illuminati. It was called Atlas Shrugged.

    Okay, I was with this Todd guy up until the part about someone wanting Ayn Rand for her body. That's just crazy.

  • The Late P Brooks||

    he was shown an eight-year plan for the Illuminati to take over the remainder of the world, a scheme scheduled to conclude in December 1980.

    They're running a little behind schedule.

    OR ARE THEY?

  • ChrisO||

    Elton John, for instance, "has never written a song that was not written in witch language."

    Does the witch language permit double negatives?

  • Ornithorhynchus||

    This is ridiculous. Elton only wrote the music, Bernie Taupin wrote all the Witch Language words.

  • CE||

    So basically, standard CIA disinformation, burying the truth about the Illuminati and the CFR in a mountain of nonsense.

  • Sigivald||

    Whatever, Operative CE.

    The way you leave out the Trilateral Commission is ... telling.

  • CE||

    Meanwhile, Charles Manson ("an old buddy of mine") was assembling an Illuminist army in America's prisons. "They have been promised weapons," Todd exclaimed. "Military weapons!" Congress was preparing a bill to confiscate Americans' guns, leaving us at the mercy of Manson's army. "

    Then they scrapped the Manson part, and people didn't really go along with the confiscation part no matter how hard they tried, so they just settled on militarizing the police and making sure they outgunned the bitter clingers in the Red States.

  • Finrod||

    Illuminati is a fun boardgame. Too bad I don't know of anyone to play it with any more.

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