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Dec. 17th, 2014


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The Stanford prison experiment (SPE) was a study of the psychological effects of becoming a prisoner or prison guard. The experiment was conducted at Stanford University from August 14–20, 1971, by a team of researchers led by psychology professor Philip Zimbardo. It was funded by the US Office of Naval Research and was of interest to both the US Navy and Marine Corps as an investigation into the causes of conflict between military guards and prisoners.
Twenty-four male students out of seventy-five were selected to take on randomly assigned roles of prisoners and guards in a mock prison situated in the basement of the Stanford psychology building. The participants adapted to their roles well beyond Zimbardo's expectations, as the guards enforced authoritarian measures and ultimately subjected some of the prisoners to psychological torture. Many of the prisoners passively accepted psychological abuse, and, at the request of the guards, readily harassed other prisoners who attempted to prevent it. The experiment even affected Zimbardo himself, who, in his role as the superintendent, permitted the abuse to continue. Two of the prisoners quit the experiment early, and the entire experiment was abruptly stopped after only six days. Certain portions of the experiment were filmed, and excerpts of footage are publicly available.
Zimbardo and his team aimed to test the hypothesis that the inherent personality traits of prisoners and guards are the chief cause of abusive behavior in prison. Participants were recruited and told they would participate in a two-week prison simulation. Out of 75 respondents, Zimbardo and his team selected the 24 males whom they deemed to be the most psychologically stable and healthy. These participants were predominantly middle-class. The group was intentionally selected to exclude those with criminal background, psychological impairments or medical problems. They all agreed to participate in a 7–14-day period and received $15 per day (roughly equivalent to $85 in 2012).
The experiment was conducted in the basement of Jordan Hall (Stanford's psychology building). Twelve of the twenty-four participants were assigned the role of prisoner (nine plus three alternates), while the other twelve were assigned the role of guard (also nine plus three alternates). Zimbardo took on the role of the superintendent, and an undergraduate research assistant the role of the warden. Zimbardo designed the experiment in order to induce disorientation, depersonalization and deindividualization in the participants.
The researchers held an orientation session for guards the day before the experiment, during which they instructed them not to physically harm the prisoners. In the footage of the study, Zimbardo can be seen talking to the guards: "You can create in the prisoners feelings of boredom, a sense of fear to some degree, you can create a notion of arbitrariness that their life is totally controlled by us, by the system, you, me, and they'll have no privacy ... We're going to take away their individuality in various ways. In general what all this leads to is a sense of powerlessness. That is, in this situation we'll have all the power and they'll have none."
The researchers provided the guards with wooden batons to establish their status,clothing similar to that of an actual prison guard (khaki shirt and pants from a local military surplus store), and mirrored sunglasses to prevent eye contact. Prisoners wore uncomfortable ill-fitting smocks and stocking caps, as well as a chain around one ankle. Guards were instructed to call prisoners by their assigned numbers, sewn on their uniforms, instead of by name.
The prisoners were "arrested" at their homes and "charged" with armed robbery. The local Palo Alto police department assisted Zimbardo with the arrests and conducted full booking procedures on the prisoners, which included fingerprinting and taking mug shots. They were transported to the mock prison from the police station, where they were strip searched and given their new identities.
The small mock prison cells were set up to hold three prisoners each. There was a small space for the prison yard, solitary confinement, and a bigger room across from the prisoners for the guards and warden. The prisoners were to stay in their cells all day and night until the end of the study. The guards worked in teams of three for eight-hour shifts. The guards did not have to stay on site after their shift.
After a relatively uneventful first day, on the second day the prisoners in Cell 1 blockaded their cell door with their beds and took off their stocking caps, refusing to come out or follow the guards' instructions. Guards from other shifts volunteered to work extra hours to assist in subduing the revolt, and subsequently attacked the prisoners with fire extinguishers without being supervised by the research staff. Finding that handling nine cell mates with only three guards per shift was challenging, one of the guards suggested that they use psychological tactics to control them. They set up a "privilege cell" in which prisoners who were not involved in the riot were treated with special rewards, such as higher quality meals. The "privileged" inmates chose not to eat the meal in order to stay uniform with their fellow prisoners. After only 36 hours, one prisoner began to act "crazy", as Zimbardo described: "#8612 then began to act crazy, to scream, to curse, to go into a rage that seemed out of control. It took quite a while before we became convinced that he was really suffering and that we had to release him."
Guards forced the prisoners to repeat their assigned numbers to reinforce the idea that this was their new identity. Guards soon used these prisoner counts to harass the prisoners, using physical punishment such as protracted exercise for errors in the prisoner count. Sanitary conditions declined rapidly, exacerbated by the guards' refusal to allow some prisoners to urinate or defecate anywhere but in a bucket placed in their cell. As punishment, the guards would not let the prisoners empty the sanitation bucket. Mattresses were a valued item in the prison, so the guards would punish prisoners by removing their mattresses, leaving them to sleep on concrete. Some prisoners were forced to be naked as a method of degradation. Several guards became increasingly cruel as the experiment continued; experimenters reported that approximately one-third of the guards exhibited genuine sadistic tendencies. Most of the guards were upset when the experiment concluded after only six days.
Zimbardo mentions his own absorption in the experiment. On the fourth day, some of the guards stated that they heard a rumor that the released prisoner was going to come back with his friends and free the remaining inmates. Zimbardo and the guards disassembled the prison and moved it onto a different floor of the building. Zimbardo himself waited in the basement, in case the released prisoner showed up, and planned to tell him that the experiment had been terminated. The released prisoner never returned, and the prison was rebuilt in the basement once again.
Zimbardo argued that the prisoners had internalized their roles, since some had stated that they would accept "parole" even if it would mean forfeiting their pay, despite the fact that quitting would have achieved the same result without the delay involved in waiting for their parole requests to be granted or denied. Zimbardo argued they had no reason for continued participation in the experiment after having lost all monetary compensation, yet they did, because they had internalized the prisoner identity.
Prisoner No. 416, a newly admitted stand-by prisoner, expressed concern over the treatment of the other prisoners. The guards responded with more abuse. When he refused to eat his sausages, saying he was on a hunger strike, guards confined him to "solitary confinement", a dark closet: "the guards then instructed the other prisoners to repeatedly punch on the door while shouting at 416."The guards stated that he would be released from solitary confinement only if the prisoners gave up their blankets and slept on their bare mattresses, which all but one refused to do.
Zimbardo aborted the experiment early when Christina Maslach, a graduate student in psychology whom he was dating (and later married),objected to the conditions of the prison after she was introduced to the experiment to conduct interviews. Zimbardo noted that, of more than fifty people who had observed the experiment, Maslach was the only one who questioned its morality. After only six days of a planned two weeks' duration, the Stanford prison experiment was discontinued.
On August 20, 1971, Zimbardo announced the end of the experiment to the participants. The results of the experiment have been argued to demonstrate the impressionability and obedience of people when provided with a legitimizing ideology and social and institutional support. The experiment has also been used to illustrate cognitive dissonance theory and the power of authority.
The results of the experiment favor situational attribution of behavior rather than dispositional attribution (a result caused by internal characteristics). In other words, it seemed that the situation, rather than their individual personalities, caused the participants' behavior. Under this interpretation, the results are compatible with the results of the Milgram experiment, in which ordinary people fulfilled orders to administer what appeared to be agonizing and dangerous electric shocks to a confederate of the experimenter.
Shortly after the study had been completed, there were bloody revolts at both the San Quentin and Attica prison facilities, and Zimbardo reported his findings on the experiment to the U.S. House Committee on the Judiciary.
In 2010, Inferno Distribution released the film The Experiment, which is an English-language remake of the 2001 film Das Experiment.

Obedience to Authority

The Sanctuary Model - These seminal experiments immediately after World War II, psychologist Stanley Milgram wanted to understand how so many otherwise reasonable people could have willingly participated in the Holocaust. What he found was startling and disturbing: the powerful influence of the group was found to be an important determinate of whether otherwise healthy people could be persuaded to become sadistic and abusive.
Milgram set up an experimental situation in which a subject (the ‘teacher’) on orders from an authority figure, flips a switch, apparently sending a 450-volt shock to an innocent victim (the ‘learner’). Subjects were told they were participating in a study of the effects of punishment on learning. Every day the ‘teacher’ arrived at the laboratory with another person who would be the one receiving the shocks, (the ‘learner’) someone who was actually an accomplice in the experiment. They were instructed to administer the shocks whenever the “learner” – the actual accomplice – gave a wrong answer to a series of questions. The shocks began at low levels of 15 volts and progressed with every incorrect answer to 450 volts.
As the experiment proceeded, the ‘teacher’ could hear cries coming from the learner and they actually believed that they were inflicting serious injury to the ‘learner’. Many became visibly upset and wanted to stop but when the authority figure told them to keep going, most of them did so, despite the tortured outcries from the victim. In fact, 65% of experimental subjects conformed to the demands of authority to the point at which they supposedly inflicted severe pain or possible death on another human being. This was the “I was only following orders” defense of the Nazi leaders. Milgram repeated the experiments many times, in different countries and the results were consistent – two-thirds of people were willing, under orders of an authority figure, to shock to the limit [4]. When assured by apparently legitimate authority that there was a good cause for the experiment, subjects overrode their own sensory impressions, empathic responses and ethical concerns and automatically obeyed authority without questioning the grounds on which this authority was based or the goals of established authority. In his conclusion, Milgram warned, “A substantial proportion of people do what they are told to do, irrespective of the content of the act and without limitations of conscience, so long as they perceive that the command comes from a legitimate authority”

The Third Wave
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Third Wave was a social experiment to demonstrate that even democratic societies are not immune to the appeal of fascism. It was undertaken by history teacher Ron Jones with sophomore high school students attending his "Contemporary World" history class as part of a study of Nazi Germany.
Background to the Third Wave experiment
The experiment took place at Cubberley High School in Palo Alto, California, during the first week of April 1967. Jones, finding himself unable to explain to his students how the German population could have claimed ignorance of the extermination of the Jewish people, decided to demonstrate it to them instead. Jones started a movement called "The Third Wave" and told his students that the movement aimed to eliminate democracy. The idea that democracy emphasizes individuality was considered as a drawback of democracy, and Jones emphasized this main point of the movement in its motto: "Strength through discipline, strength through community, strength through action, strength through pride.".
The experiment was not well documented at the time. Of contemporary sources, the experiment is only mentioned in the Cubberley High School student newspaper, The Cubberley Catamount. It is only briefly mentioned in two issues, and one more issue of the paper has a longer article about this experiment at its conclusion.Jones himself wrote a detailed account of the experiment some nine years afterwards and more articles about the experiment followed, including some interviews with Jones and the original students.
First day
Jones writes that he started the first day of the experiment with simple things such as proper seating and extensively drilling the students. He then proceeded to enforce strict classroom discipline by emerging as an authoritarian figure and dramatically improving the efficiency of the class.
The first day's session was closed with only a few rules, intending to be a one day experiment. Students had to be sitting at attention before the second bell, had to stand up to ask or answer questions and had to do it in three words or fewer, and were required to preface each remark with "Mr. Jones".
Second day
On the second day, he managed to meld his history class into a group with a supreme sense of discipline and community. Jones based the name of his movement, "The Third Wave", on the supposed fact that the third in a series of waves is the strongest, an erroneous version of an actual sailing tradition that every ninth wave is the largest. Jones made up a salute resembling that of the Nazi regime and ordered class members to salute each other even outside the class. They all complied with this command.
Third day
The experiment took on a life of its own, with students from all over the school joining in: on the third day, the class expanded from initial 30 students to 43 attendees. All of the students showed drastic improvement in their academic skills and tremendous motivation. All of the students were issued a member card, and each of them received a special assignment, like designing a Third Wave Banner, stopping non-members from entering the class, or the like. Jones instructed the students on how to initiate new members, and by the end of the day the movement had over 200 participants.[3] Jones was surprised that some of the students started reporting to him when other members of the movement failed to abide by the rules.
Fourth day
On Thursday, the fourth day of the experiment, Jones decided to terminate the movement because it was slipping out of his control. The students became increasingly involved in the project and their discipline and loyalty to the project was outstanding. He announced to the participants that this movement was a part of a nationwide movement and that on the next day a presidential candidate of the Third Wave would publicly announce its existence. Jones ordered students to attend a noon rally on Friday to witness the announcement.
Fifth and last day
Instead of a televised address of their leader, the students were presented with an empty channel. After a few minutes of waiting, Jones announced that they had been a part of an experiment in fascism and that they all willingly created a sense of superiority like German citizens had in the period of Nazi Germany. He then played them a film about the Nazi regime to conclude the experiment.

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If you ever get close to a human and human behavior
Be ready, be ready to get confused and me and my here after
There's definitely, definitely, definitely no logic to human behavior
But yet so, yet so irresistible and me and my fear can
And there is no map uncertain

They're terribly, terribly, terribly moody of human behavior
Then all of a sudden, turn happy and they and my here after
But oh, to get involved in the exchange of human emotions
Is ever so, ever so satisfying and they and my here on
And there is no map and chair too

Human behavior, human behavior
Human behavior, human behavior

And there is no map
And a compass wouldn't help at all
Yeah, uncertain

Human behavior, human behavior
Human behavior, human behavior
Human behavior, human behavior
Human behavior

There's definitely, definitely, definitely no logic
To human, to human, to human, to human


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Frank Sinatra - The Best Is Yet To Come Lyrics

(C. Coleman, C. Leigh)
[Recorded June 9, 1964, Los Angeles]

Out of the tree of life I just picked me a plum
You came along and everything's startin' to hum
Still, it's a real good bet, the best is yet to come

Best is yet to come and babe, won't that be fine?
You think you've seen the sun, but you ain't seen it shine

a-Wait till the warm-up's underway
Wait till our lips have met
And wait till you see that sunshine day
You ain't seen nothin' yet

The best is yet to come and babe, won't it be fine?
Best is yet to come, come the day you're mine

Come the day you're mine
I'm gonna teach you to fly
We've only tasted the wine
We're gonna drain the cup dry

Wait till your charms are right for these arms to surround
You think you've flown before, but baby, you ain't left the ground

a-Wait till you're locked in my embrace
Wait till I draw you near
a-Wait till you see that sunshine place
Ain't nothin' like it here

The best is yet to come and babe, won't it be fine?
The best is yet to come, come the day you're mine

Come the day you're mine
And you're gonna be mine

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Jul 28, 2006 8:53 PM


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Well you know folks, sometimes a person should just keep his mouth shut.

This is one of those times for me. So in what follows, you’ll understand my demon (or daemon) made me do it. I apologize in advance to my common sense which clearly tells me to shut up rather than write this or, worse yet, press the send button.

Perhaps 15 years ago or maybe a mere dozen, Mr. T Allen accused me and Nancy of lying. I had by this time developed a pretty thick skin about myself, but calling Nancy a liar really got under that skin.

And I watched the progress of Mr. T Allen ever since.

He did a credible job at Graeb’s trial.

But I always knew him to be an ass-kissing, brown-nosing, lying son of a bitch.

And I knew that in time, if this was the real O.T.O., my opinion would be validated and Nancy’s honor publicly restored.

And just as she takes her VIIth, this comes down the pike.

If anyone has had more violent disagreements with Sabazius than I have, I challenge him or her to say so. But I respect and love our Grand Master. And he and I continue to have our disagreements. And he is always the first to know my opinion. And that is the way it should be.

Because you see, 30 plus years later, I still affirm this is the real


Sometimes it takes a while. But like Grady always said, we’re just sorting ourselves out here.

Mr. T Allen: Gooodbye and good riddance. You are an asshole.

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Jul 28, 2006 1:42 PM


Dear David,


>I absolutely agree. Dissent - respectfully stated - and designed to

>inform rather than agitate is an absolute right.


Your motivation is not that clear, however.


Well, motivation is a tricky thing, especially to non-mind-readers.  I should think that people could read and judge for themselves. That’s >kind of the point of free speech. The point for me is whether my >fundamental obligations are to individuals or to the Work of the Order,


The oaths you have taken are explicit. I do not accept your story that your love for the Order, or for the Work, required you to denounce me in public. Nor do I accept most of what you said about me in your denunciation.


>I did not “denounce” you—I said what I believed and believe to be true...that you are not a competent administrator, and should step down.  There were no, repeat NO personal attacks, vulgar language or anything about your personal life, nor do I have much of an opinion on same.  I spoke only to the same issues you addressed in your 10 year review, but from a very different point of view.  Was my statement strongly worded?  Moderately, but it stuck to issues of substance. Was my statement in any way an attack on you as a person?  Absolutely not.

>To be specific, if you don’t like what I have to say, don’t attempt to >hide behind ‘impersonal” after-the-fact blanket rules.


There was no attempt to “hide” behind anything. I knew that you would know immediately what I was talking about, and voila. Furthermore, this has nothing to do with whether or not I personally “like” what you have had to say. However, what you have chosen to say, and the way you have chosen to say it, has had specific and unavoidable effects. You have publicly broken faith with your Grand Master, and your offices in OTO depended on maintaining that faith.


It has everything to do with what you “like” and I doubt that you are

so blind as not to see that, having spoken to you in person in your own home, in Austin, and elsewhere on various of these matters long before going public with my concerns, I had exhausted this possibility.  When one sees the problem as upper management, who does one go to?  Properly speaking, you appear so personally hot about this-as well as being the subject of my rather formally worded missive, you should recuse yourself from judging it; you can hardly be objective. Do you really think yourself so above it all that a call for your resignation is something that you can render objective verdict upon?  You should defer to others not so called upon, under, at minimum, the strictures of the oath of a GIC.


I would have been happy to have continued to work with you, and to try to work out our differences. You were once one of my closest allies, or so I thought. I will always be grateful to you for your past service, which was considerable. It was not I who cut you off—it was you who cut me off.


This is playing to the crowd, I think.  I stated, in my missive, that I do not presume to know what is in your heart, nor in Bill’s. You might grant me the same assumption.

I regarded you as the most competent Secretary General the Order has ever had. I believe you to be a victim of “the Peter Principle” and have on the whole served the Order poorly as USGM.  This has nothing to do with personal friendship.

I didn’t consider you an “ally” but a friend, a word I use VERY sparingly. Before your elevation (if that’s what it was) the Caliph told me that I was your biggest booster, as you were mine.  Ask him.  Further, you know very well that I have harbored increasing reservations about the Order’s conduct for years, expressed to you in private (shall I cite dates from my magical diary) to little effect for years, on this and other private Order lists, et al, before feeling I was compelled to become a whistleblower. Further, at another ranking brother’s request, I attempted to meet privately with you on these matters at NOTOCON, hoping to avoid public confrontation.  When that failed to work out, it is my understanding that said ranking brother did meet with you, and was authorized to represent both himself and me with the views expressed in my missive and current book, word-for-word essentially, SIX MONTHS before I went public.  The fact that you equate “allies” with those who agree with you is itself most revealing.  I cannot imagine being further apart on Thelemic philosophy than I am from John Crow - my views are actually closer to yours - but we have remained friends throughout.  The old boy approach which a then very new Acting OHO once told me would be the death of the OTO if it stayed in place - is based in the idea that we cover each other’s backs regardless.  This kind of misses the point of the II* I think, in which the (intended) program of OTO is laid out.

 My motivations are out of love of the essential Work of the Order, not out of personal dislike of anyone.


Your attempts at justification aside, the effects have not been

beneficial. I heard plenty about that last weekend.


“Justification” is one of those loaded terms.  This is my take...I do

not have to justify free speech to you or anyone else, unless I defame your character and I have not.  I merely think you and Bill are WRONG, not “evil”. That said, it depends on how you define “beneficial”.  If it caused your immediate entourage distress, or caused some members to “Question Authority” it is good—better than I had hoped, in fact.


>BTW, I entered OTO as a recognized Bishop in the Gnosis under the

>policy then in place, and representations directly made to me in

>person and in writing as to the ad vitam nature of this office, I

>cannot imagine anyone having the audacity to presume to take from me

>that which was not given to me by OTO, though explicitly recognized

>by the Acting Frater Superior in writing and in person as legitimate

>and as valid as his own credentials.


Whatever you received outside OTO and EGC is not under discussion

here. When I speak of resigning from offices, I mean offices in OTO and EGC.


Then you should so state.  As I recall, among many things we have cross-consecrated, and you sought consecration yourself outside OTO, at a time when you still understood the value of such things.


Also, as you know, one can only resign outwardly from membership in the Order. Any effects on your subtle body, along with your oaths, remain for the duration of your current incarnation.


My “subtle body” is just fine.  I thought it was uncouth to “engage in magical wars” whatever that may be. ;-)

>If you wish me to depart in peace, when I stepped down from what I

>consider managerial positions, in a private letter, that would have

>been a suitable time and place to ask for my stepping down altogether.


That may have been more optimal, but this will have to do. It certainly can’t wait much longer, and there’s no going back now.


I knew that when I wrote it David.  It was a test of your chivalry and

respect for dissent.  You flunked it, sadly.  I am the first to stand up in public, but others will follow.  I think you are ruining the OTO.


As for the private letter part, your denunciation of me was hardly private. At least I restricted this discussion to the body of your peers—and I think they needed to hear it.


“Denunciation”?  Well, I guess we define this very differently.  I have

said nothing about you personally of a negative nature, nor do I especially have anything to say of a negative nature.  See above.  I made every effort to air these matters privately first, at a most difficult time in my personal life.

 The approach taken here is a reflection of the bad taste shown since some symbolic crowns seem to have gone to the head of some adult American citizens who should know better.


This has nothing to do with European versus American attitudes

towards traditional monarchy.


In an organization founded on being a model for civilization (IMO), it has EVERYTHING to do with monarchy, government, fanaticism, free speech and democracy in the post 9/11 reality.  Not understanding this is one of your most glaring failures.


In any American corporation, you would have been fired for doing to your boss what you have done to me.


This is not a corporation, you are not my boss, and in corporate America (which I grew up in BTW) it is rarely that simple. Whistleblowers have a special status under some circumstances, there are no ad vitam chairs of the board, and the board answers to the investors.  None of this applies at all.  BTW, sometimes, in fact, the Boss gets fired.  Today, often, in fact.


>Its a sad day when this is no longer the understanding of the

>National Grand Master General. Perhaps it is not me who should resign.


No, Allen, I’m afraid it’s definitely you. It is necessary that you resign.


You may be able to execute your wish - you are in the position of advantage, but that does not, ipso facto, make you right.


  My resignation, or lack thereof, is not going to topple OTO.  Your resignation might actually save the organization. It is, therefore, necessary.  Whether you do so or not, now or later, is another matter.  You are not the root problem; that lies higher, and is a matter for another forum.

I suggest you do me the same courtesy I would do you, if the situation were reversed, and write me privately asking for my resignation. 


T Allen Greenfield, Bishop



Part One
Part Two
Part Three of Four
Part Four








(Again, note date, note the understanding of term “amenable”, see below)


Part One
Part Two of Four Parts
Part Three
Part Four




“This Order has existed already in the most remote times and it has manifested its activity secretly and openly in the world under different names and in various forms: it has caused social and political revolutions and proved to be the rock of salvation in times of danger and misfortune. It has always upheld the banner of freedom against tyranny in whatever shape this appeared, whether as clerical or political or social despotism or oppression of any kind.”  OTO Constitution

Eulis Lodge, circa 1988.  OTO Members from Southeast USA. All are gone.


Unfortunately, by the early years of the 21st Century, OTO policies had rendered it a more and more bureaucratized, less effective, and, frankly, more dog-eat-dog body. It was destined for the usual one generation “old boy” system that tends not to last any longer than the generation that abuses its prerogatives.  By the time I was prepared to speak at NOTOCON 2005 in Virginia, I was determined to draw a firm line by  (A) Presenting a to-the-point talk,  and  insure I earned my keep as a four-time guest speaker at NOTOCONs; (B) Make a ‘fashion statement’ about the OTO I joined and the OTO today by wearing a tee shirt with “I JOINED FOR THE SEX MAGICK” emblazoned on its front; (C) To throw the best damn NOTOCON party ever. This was intended to make a ‘social statement’ about the true purpose of OTO, built around the themes of ‘the green goddess’ absinthe, and “Carnivale” and (D) Have a one-on-one meeting with “King” Dave Scriven. At this meeting, I intended to present him with what became my “Statement on the OTO” and resign all managerial offices in protest of failed and ill-developed policies.  I was successful in all but the last, thrown off track by a very senior brother and friend who asked to speak with me privately, and told me of his own disillusionment.  We agreed to see Scriven together on Sunday Morning, but after hours of searching for him, as I later found out, he had left town, and when I ran into Scriven, after a most demanding morning of a most demanding weekend, I was not up for doing my original plan at that time. This was August of 2005.

 Part One of Four Parts

Part Two

Part Three

Part Four



"Under Stalin, if you were arrested, at trial the Judge would say. "If you were

not guilty, you would not have been arrested"

For the first time - and from a third party source - I saw the "charges and

specifications" leveled against me and who lodged them. The inquisition in

America deserves public focus....for the members who are subject to it, for the

society it lives within as a legal entity, and from the media. I can see the

National Tattler headline now




"We Can Be Together"

We can be together
Ah you and me
We should be together
We are all outlaws in the eyes of America
In order to survive we steal cheat lie forge  hide and deal
We are obscene lawless hideous dangerous dirty violent and young
But we should be together
Come on all you people standing around
Our life's too fine to let it die and
We can be together
All your private property is
Target for your enemy
And your enemy is
We are forces of chaos and anarchy
Everything they say we are we are
And we are very
Proud of ourselves
Up against the wall
Up against the wall motherfucker
Tear down the walls
Tear down the walls
Come on now together
Get it on together
Everybody together
We should be together
We should be together my friends
We can be together
We will be
We must begin here and now
A new continent of earth and fire
Come on now gettin higher and higher
Tear down the walls
Tear down the walls
Tear down the walls
Won't you try

Jefferson Airplane





The iron fist policies discussed here are apparently worldwide –

 News From Split, Coratia.



 Please note – I have examined carefully various documents between the Acting OHO, the GTG and the V* Brother who wrote me as below, and various other factors.  Clearly, the situation Brother Theba describes is quite similar under the authority of International Grand Lodge that we have found, resisted and been thrown out for speaking up on,  under auspices of the subservient U.S. Grand Lodge.  Mismanagement, heavy-handed draconian rulings concerning senior members who dare to speak up against mismanagement, and similar practices are apparently not confined to U.S. Grand Lodge.  It is systemic, and point again to the need for a review of administrative policies, treatment of members, and the need  for Mr. Breeze and Mr. Scriven to step down from their positions of trust. It wasn't too many years ago when what was then Yugoslavia was the fastest growing territory of the OTO, but like the country itself, that time is gone with the winds of change.  Split in Dalmatia (in Croatia)  is famous for its  surviving villa of  Gaius Aurelius Valerius Diocletianus, who divided the Roman Empire and who became the first Roman Augustus to retire from office voluntarily, to his villa, around which the appropriately-named city of Split grew into being.  Make of this what thou wilt.  The treatment of Brother Theba confirms Philip K. Dick's sage observation, "the Empire never ended".  So far.


From: theba

Sent: Dec 5, 2006 3:15 PM


Subject: Thelemic group from Split - Theba asking you for help


Dear Brother Allen


Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law.


My name is Sergije Vuli. - Fr. IAO V*; 42-years old ex-member of the O.T.O.  - from March ’89- August ’96, former Treasurer of Croatia, ex-Master of ex-Theba Camp-Oasis from ’96-Aug. 2006, ex-Initiator, EGC Priest…


We need your help. Last Summer I was expelled from Ordo Templi Orientis, and Theba Oasis which I was leading closed, still unofficially – with no papers, but by the decision of  Fr. Superior made in August in Zagreb. There wasn’t any meaningful reason, only a bulk of idiotic accusations made behind my back for a years –m ischief and gossip, about which I was never informed, and therefore not  put in a position that I can react and defend myself. The real reason is the usual problem here in Croatia (maybe in O.T.O. worldwide, as I saw from your letter and other brothers’  posts) is  the same old fight for

position by FSR in Croatia and his men, against all which is good and can be synchronized in that fight. This is inequitable, but it is maybe a good resolution for all of us because of the poisoned atmosphere in Croatia. O.T.O. has been, for years, far from any kind of  brotherhood and Thelema, which is irredeemable.


We in our community, Theba Oasis, continuing to work as usual -- Gnostic masses, group ceremonial rituals like the Rites of Elusis, some witchcraft rituals and more, without initiations and any formal system or consecration. I am aware that it is not possible to endure in that state forever, that we must find a new link with the upper triad, secret masters, blessings from real Gnostic bishops, instructions…So we need your help, your advice or information where to ask or find what we need.


In hope that you will find a time and energy to communication that we can find what we are looking for.


Frater Sergije




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