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FBI trying to suss out CIA? vice versa?

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Someone has thrown me into a tizzy in recent times, pushing hard on just how it is that when I was still in high school I was being brought into the CIA so as to be invited to be assigned to the Vatican. Not an everyday question. Hmm. I’ll have to think about that. It’s all shameless humint baiting, of course. I’m always happy to oblige when it comes to nostalgia.

Meanwhile, some people come to mind:

  • Our much loved Headmaster. Upon many zillion question psych exams, and seeing that I came up with 11.2 on a 1 to 10 scale for leadership – the scenarios presented for that, so very many, were sooo subtle – he took me under his wing for special training in leadership. The school had leadership camps for kids, which I never went to, despising them, I guess. But I made up for this by special tutoring. This headmaster taught me, of all things in the last few years of high school, counterintelligence. This training went on for years. Very intense. About eight hours each session. Going step by step, with ever more complexity. So intense did it get that he used real names once in a while, apologizing for this. All exhilarating for me. He wanted to make sure that I could never be duped by anyone for any reason in any way because of seeing through whatever I came across. He was super young for the position he had, in perfect health, but then dropped dead of a “heart attack” shortly after I graduated.
  • A guy I’ll call “The Janitor.” Military. Brilliant weapons guy. He shadowed me everywhere, right around the countryside. He was going to help me build my teenage version of a hermitage but my dad wanted me to build it by my own ingenuity. But the shadowing got to be annoying. I learned how to take evasive action, which is what he wanted, of course. When I asked him about it, sometimes pressing him on this – and many times over the years – he would steadfastly only give me the non-answer that I would see in the future what my future would be, but that this had everything to do with what others were assessing of me. He denied everything I guessed, which left me flummoxed. I’m guessing he’s long dead by now.
  • Peter Paul Strzok II. Just as an aside, I’m guessing that I met another alumnus, a present nemesis, of later counterintelligence / counterterrorism / military / FBI infamy, that is, if he had ever as a youngster come over to my parish school for a “Spanferkel” experience so as to get him recruited while being at one of the many levels of leadership camps we had. We had lots of language schools as well.
  • FBI agents a dime a dozen. From the time I was a little kid, then in Junior High School, then High School, then the first couple of years in the Seminary, my dad, himself very high profile, would invite FBI agents to town all the time for the elite crowd there, and go out of his way to make sure I was there so that he could introduce me to them, making sure that I was on their radar.

Anyway, I’m mulling over the question.

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Ringwraith stabbing: my trip to Rome. Hilaire Belloc “On Irony” ;-)

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Did you ever see the Lord of the Rings? Do you remember when Frodo Baggins was stabbed by the poisonous sword of the Ringwraith?

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It wasn’t those to whom I spoke. It wasn’t those about whom I was speaking. The “Ringwraith” in this case was the political atmosphere storming about Vatican hill. Get near that in any serious way as I did when I went up into the Apostolic Palace the other week to deliver some packages going to the heart of the current crisis and you’ll get stabbed by that Ringwraithness. Again, this doesn’t at all refer to those to whom I spoke or about the packages so delivered.

Getting stabbed doesn’t necessitate becoming a Ringwraith. It just means that you have to struggle a bit. I’m sure we all have an experience like that of Frodo. And we all have “Elvish medicine” by which to conquer.

I’d like to think of that medicine as giving a flower to the Immaculate Conception. After all, she saw her own Son get crushed by Satan and all the powers of hell and saw Him risen from the dead.

To put it another way: When Jesus lays down His life, it is in that very action that He also lays down our lives with His, we being members of the Body of Christ, we being children of Jesus’ good mom, you know, like the Master so the disciple. That’s for all of us.

But that is a burden to carry in this world. I don’t know how those on the straight and narrow in the Vatican can survive. It’s all God’s grace. They carry an enormous burden. They are getting stabbed by Ringwraithness on a continuous basis, 24/7/365. For them: Hail Mary…

But there is more. There is irony. It is so fierce that people can scream running away. Don’t run. Don’t be afraid. Perhaps a re-read of some irony will help:

hilaire bellocTo the young, the pure, and the ingenuous, irony must always appear to have a quality of something evil, and so it has, for […] it is a sword to wound. It is so directly the product or reflex of evil that, though it can never be used – nay, can hardly exist – save in the chastisement of evil, yet irony always carries with it some reflections of the bad spirit against which it was directed. […] It suggests most powerfully the evil against which it is directed, and those innocent of evil shun so terrible an instrument. […] The mere truth is vivid with ironical power […] when the mere utterance of a plain truth labouriously concealed by hypocrisy, denied by contemporary falsehood, and forgotten in the moral lethargy of the populace, takes upon itself an ironical quality more powerful than any elaboration of special ironies could have taken in the past. […] No man possessed of irony and using it has lived happily; nor has any man possessing it and using it died without having done great good to his fellows and secured a singular advantage to his own soul. [Hilaire Belloc, “On Irony” (pages 124-127; Penguin books 1325. Selected Essays (2/6), edited by J.B. Morton; Harmondsworth – Baltimore – Mitcham 1958).]

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[Update: Victory!] Vatican gender bender racist pedophile betrayal of Jesus for 30 silver pieces

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Directly outside the Basilica of San Lorenzo in Damaso and the annexed highest tribunals of both justice and mercy in the Church rises the specter high above the tented food market of the dark and loathsome political heretic Giordano Bruno, whom the whole world wanted dead, with the Catholics obliging by handing him over to the state to be burned at the stake. He was.

Heading back to the buses on the other side of the Basilica the scaffolding covering the entirety of the massive building was impossible not to notice. It’s protective canvassing sports a number of building size advertisements which of course lower the cost of the work to a not-negligible degree.

Let’s take a look! This one is over the entrance for the Tribunals of the Church. Looking through the entrance across the courtyard and up you’re looking at the Sacred Penitentiary.

Nice, that. They take him for a ride. Let’s walk down a bit more…

I think those are Mass times over the main entrance of the Basilica of Saint Lawrence…

Yep. Mass times. But what was that last advertisement? Let’s take a look. Remember that this entire property is extra-territorial, meaning that it’s basically Vatican City State.

So, the Vatican is covering one of it’s most ancient and revered churches with United Colors of Benetton pro-gender-bender pro-child-abuse (scandal) advertisements. 40×80 feet perhaps. The guy is in a transparent if multilayered chiffon dress while the pre-pubescent[?] minor s/he child is being hugged tightly. His shirt reads: colors don’t have gender, meaning that black, brown, olive, whatever colored people have no gender specificity. What a vicious racist insult.

“But hey! We’re the Vatican. We’ve got a high IQ. We can spin this as a contractual problem, that we’re the victims here, although we are raking in those 30 pieces of silver.”

I have a scheduled and confirmed appointment with the Pontifical Family tomorrow, Thursday, 5 April. We’ll see what happens. I was warned about possibly encountering difficulties. Apparently, that might happen around the obelisk.

  • The question is: Do I care?
  • The answer is: No, I don’t care.

Speaking truth to power is supposed to be part of what a Missionary of Mercy does. I go to sign in and get my credentials as a Missionary of Mercy early Thursday at our Pontifical Council before heading up to the Pontifical Family, hopefully through the Apostolic Palace. It will be an interesting day.

To the KRYPTOS crowd: do you see the iqlusion yet? Are you still not paying attention to what KRYPTOS is made from?

I could make a joke about Giordano Bruno’s nickname, but I’ll refrain.

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That didn’t take long. Take a look:

Now, I admit I underestimated the defrayal of the cost of the renovation by way of the advertising. The truth is, the entire cost if financed in this way:

Eating the cost of that advertisement for as long as it was supposed to stay up (it looked new) would come out to really quite a lot. I bet I’ve made not just a few enemies in the Holy See. That’s OK. What can they do? Ask my Bishop to move me to a smaller parish? I’m already in the smallest parish in North America. And that’s where Pope Francis wants his Missionaries of Mercy to be. Besides that, I know how to play politics. I’m evil and bad. And I pray for a good outcome, always.

Do you see stuff you don’t like? Do something! You can do it! So far:

  • I’ve stopped the Holy See from making a nominal donation to UNICEF, one of the biggest pushers of Abortion in the world.
  • I’ve stopped the Holy See from putting on a light show over the Basilica favoring an anti-autistic-persons group.
  • I’ve had this advertisement taken down.

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US-FISC FISA Warrants. Questions: 1st Amendment free exercise of religion

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The green light for Foreign Intelligence Surveillance involving foreign actors or even U.S. citizens comes in the form of a F.I.S.Act warrant at the U.S. F.I.S.Court. When this involves U.S. citizens about U.S. citizens by way of the Holy See, the Vatican, then what we are also talking about involves infringements on the first amendment of the Constitution of these United States regarding the free exercise of religion. After all, this isn’t about criminals or terrorists or bad-actors. These are citizens in good standing.

Some years ago, when Cardinal Ratzinger was Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, the Holy Office of the Holy See, the Vatican – and then when he was immediately followed in that prefecture by the American citizen Cardinal William Levada – yours truly threw a wrench in the F.I.S.A. works, spooking out a U.S. State Department arranged and CIA/USArmy trained and CIA appointed foreign intelligence surveillance officer. The trainer-guy, who I got to know only years later, is a good friend. My spooking out the surveillance guy was confirmed by the head of security for the Vatican just recently, himself a one-time top-level intelligence agent for his country of origin. The spy had worked his way into the most sensitive because most naively trusted low-level position which, however, gave him access for 40 minutes a day to every office, every archive, every shredder, every trash can, every computer, every phone in the massive building. The Holy Office was always subject to spying and thievery and prestidigitations. A computer of my own was the target of one break-in which instigated Tom Monaghan – yes, that one – to beef up the security of the Holy Office. The reason for nefarious activities is because the Holy Office follows every case of every episcopal candidate in the world, having veto powers over against the Congregation for Bishops. The single hard-copy files of candidates can, of course, be manipulated so as to arrange either weak episcopal candidates for countries for whom the spy works, or strong candidates for, say, communist countries. No government wants a Karol Józef Wojtyła to become a Saint John Paul II who brings down regimes at will. These things also happen at the Congregations for Bishops, for Clergy, for Religious. Just sayin’

My questions regard the legality of reach of a FISA warrant:

  • If a U.S. citizen works for a foreign government, the Holy See, does he give up his rights not to be surveilled when there is no cause?
  • When a priest is a candidate to become a bishop and has a file in the archives of foreign government, the Holy See, does he give up his rights not to be surveilled when there is no cause?
  • In these circumstances does a religion have the right not to suffer the interference of a secular government, that is, within the parameters of the law of these United States, that is, when there is no cause?

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