“What is the Greatest Intelligence Agency in the World?”
Prepared by Darryl Eberhart, Editor of ETI & TTT Newsletters // Website: [use https://archive.org/web/ search for http://www.toughissues.org/]
A 5-Page Handout // All emphasis is mine unless otherwise stated. // February 10, 2011
QUESTION: What is the greatest intelligence agency in the world?
ANSWER: Some folks might conclude that the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) is the greatest intelligence agency in the world. Others might believe that the former Soviet KGB (now called the Russian FSB/SVR) is the greatest intelligence agency in the world. A few folks might believe that the Israeli Mossad is the greatest intelligence agency in the world. Some folks might say that British Intelligence (i.e., MI-6) is the best. But they would all be wrong! All of the above intelligence agencies together do not even have one tenth – or even one hundredth – of the information gathering capabilities of the world’s greatest intelligence agency, the VATICAN! Please consider the following quotations:
“The Vatican has access to a large volume of diplomatic information, owing to its official status [Ed.: as an independent state, called “Vatican City”], as well as to an immense amount of information which…is provided by a global news service operated by the [Ed.: Roman] Catholic hierarchy in all corners of the earth…
No other power or religion can be compared with the Vatican in this respect. …The efficiency of this news service is due to the hierarchical working of the vast machinery of the [Ed.: Roman] Catholic Church, which has transformed all its officials – namely, hundreds of thousands of priests, bishops, archbishops, and members of religious orders – into its spiritual [Ed.: i.e., religious] and political agents, newsmen, informers, representatives, propagandists, at one and the same time.
It is no exaggeration to say that the Secretariat of State of the Vatican has in every devout [Ed.: Roman] Catholic access to a potential source of news, and in every intelligent priest a trained informer. One of the main tasks of a priest is to keep his finger on the pulse of his people, not only in religious, but also in social, political, and even economic matters. This enables him to acquire an inside knowledge of the real conditions of his village or parish, unmatched by that of any local authority. [Ed.: The priest certainly has the capability of gleaning important information for his superiors from what transpires in the confessional booth. Such opportunities present themselves when the the priest hears the deepest secrets, sins, and desires of those individuals whose confessions he hears! The so-called “confidentiality” of the confessional is ignored when important information needs to be passed up through the Roman Catholic hierarchical “chain of command”.]
Whatever is judged useful is imparted to the local [Ed.: Roman Catholic] hierarchy, whence it is passed to the bishop, who, in turn, takes it to the Vatican. When to this is added the sundry information collected by the numerous semi-religious institutions operating in Christian and non-Christian countries, through [Ed.: Roman] Catholic laymen who are organized into societies or political parties in close touch with – and often under the direction of – priests, as well as the information gathered through the usual diplomatic channels, it then becomes evident that the Secretariat of State of the Vatican is one of, if not the, best-informed news agencies in the world.
The Vatican can safely be considered the most ancient and most experienced State Department in existence. No other institution has dealt with so many races, nations, kingdoms, empires, and rulers throughout the length of almost twenty centuries and the width of five continents.”
– Avro Manhattan (“The Dollar and the Vatican”; Ozark Books; 1988; Pages 7, 8)
“…The pope has thousands of secret agents worldwide. They include Jesuits, the Knights of Columbus, Knights of Malta, Opus Dei, and others. The Vatican’s Intelligence Service and its field resources are second to none.” – Dave Hunt (“A Woman Rides the Beast”; Harvest House Publishers, Eugene, Oregon; 1994; Page 87) [Ed: The Jesuit Order is by far the most powerful Roman Catholic order. The Sovereign Military Order of [the Knights of] Malta (SMOM) is a Roman Catholic religious-military order that is under the direct command of the Jesuit Superior General,
a.k.a. the “Black Pope”.]
“…The [Ed.: Roman Catholic] Church has developed a diplomatic system [Ed.: and intelligence network] that is the envy of all countries on earth. No government can point to centuries of experience in seeking, obtaining, and compiling information such as the Vatican.” – Wilson Ewin (Canadian Christian writer and author)
“There is literally and in truth no area of life that is exempt from the scrutiny and supervision of the [Ed.: i.e., Roman Catholic] priest. ‘Knowledge is power’, and that power can be wielded in many ways, to direct people along lines that will promote the church program, or for the personal benefit of the priest himself. It is perfectly evident that the priest, to whom a person has confessed his thoughts, desires, and every sinful action just as it occurred, has placed that person [Ed.: i.e.,
the penitent] largely under his control. For some that means little less than slavery. This is particularly true of women and girls who have even destroyed their self-respect in so surrendering themselves to the priest [Ed.: in the confessional]. The result is a sense of shame, worry, and of being at the mercy of the priest. Through the confessional, [Ed.: Papal] Rome has been able to exercise an effective control not only over the family, but over political officials of every grade, teachers, doctors, lawyers, employers and employees, and indeed over all who submit to that discipline [Ed.: of auricular confession].” – Dr. Loraine Boettner (“Roman Catholicism”; The Presbyterian and Reformed Publishing Company, Phillipsburg, New Jersey; 1962; Pages 201, 202)
“Above all things, Jesuits are ‘confessors’. Their services unto the royalty were urged as a ‘need’, as they became assigned to hear the confessions of the aristocrats, emperors, kings, queens, princes, princesses, [Ed.: “royal”] mistresses, those in every level of government – they all revealed their secret plans, their intimate sins, their inner-most thoughts, as their lives became virtually an open book to the Jesuits.
…Through various means of diplomacy, Jesuits worked their way into offices of State, climbing up to be the counselors of kings, and shaping the policy of nations. But it was ‘religion’ and its sacred duties of hearing the confessions of their penitents, and being their religious ‘wise’ guides, that was the key to their success. Without the ‘need’ of a religious confessor, the history of the Jesuits may have been quite different. And the Jesuits made very sure that it was they who filled that need as confessors [Ed.: especially to the rich and power elite] instead of the other orders of priests, by providing a most attractive policy of leniency as an enticement for their penitents.” – John Daniel (“The Grand Design Exposed”; CHJ Publishing; 1999; Pages 67, 68) [Ed.: The “confessional” is an excellent source of information, especially when priests hear the confessions of presidents, prime ministers, generals, kings, queens, etc.]
“Not content merely to send Jesuit agents into other denominations [Ed.: to infiltrate and gain control of them], Vatican headquarters was closely monitoring the lives of its own priests, workers, and officials. This [Ed.: Roman] Catholic KGB-like operation got its start with Pope Pius IX’s ‘Syllabus of Errors’ of 1864, in which [Ed.: he] denounced modern ideas and began the publication of a frequently updated book, the ‘Syllabus’, listing publications which the faithful were forbidden to read.” – Vance Ferrell (“The Murder of John Paul I”; Harvestime Books) [Phi Beta Iota: link is to the free online 69 page version of the “book” under Pilgrims Books imprint. See also the more recognized book by David Yallop, In God's Name: An Investigation Into the Murder of Pope John Paul I, Basic Books, 2007]
“Surnamed ‘Intrepid’ and ‘the Quiet Canadian’, Knight [Ed.: of Malta, Sir William S.] Stephenson [Ed.: of British Intelligence] was one of the fathers of the [Ed.: Jesuit] Order’s CIA and thus the Black Pope’s [Ed.: i.e., the Jesuit Superior General’s] Masonic International Intelligence Community. [Ed.: Stephenson] was the senior British MI6 officer for the entire western hemisphere during WWII. Fully anticipating US entry into the war after Masonic FDR and Masonic Hirohito’s 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor, his office of British Security Coordination (BSC) was set up in 1940 at the [Ed.: Jesuit] Order’s Rockefeller Center, New York City, just across the street from Archbishop Spellman’s ‘Powerhouse’, St. Patrick’s Cathedral. As Churchill’s personal representative to FDR, ‘Intrepid’ [Ed.: i.e., Knight of Malta Stephenson] recommended brother Knight of Malta ‘Wild Bill’ Donovan to head the newly formed OSS [Ed.: i.e., Office of Strategic Services, the predecessor to the CIA], vitally linked to Churchill’s SIS.” – Eric Jon Phelps (“Vatican Assassins”; Third Edition; Lowvehm, Inc., 2007; p. 1194)
“William Joseph ‘Wild Bill’ Donovan, 1883-1959, [Ed.: was the] founder of the OSS [Ed.:
i.e., the Office of Strategic Services – the predecessor to the CIA, and was the] father of the CIA. This devoted Irish Roman Catholic and Knight of Malta was completely loyal to the Black Pope [Ed.: i.e., the Jesuit Superior General], the Papal Caesar [Ed.: i.e., the pope] and the Archbishop of New York, Francis Cardinal Spellman. He provided high technology to [Ed.: Jesuit-trained Joseph] Stalin’s NKVD [Ed.: i.e., the predecessor to the KGB] and was the link between ‘Dirty’ Harry Truman’s Central Intelligence Agency and ‘Uncle’ Joe Stalin’s KGB. [Ed.: Knight of Malta William Joseph] Donovan’s formal link to the high command of the KGB was through his archfiend and [Ed.: CIA] Chief of Counterintelligence, Knight of Malta James Jesus Angleton [Ed.: who sat the “Vatican Desk” at the CIA]. Here, in the words of Anthony Cave Brown, ‘Donovan’, previously given the Pope’s Lateran Medal, ‘is visiting Pope Pius XII to receive the Medal of St. Sylvester, the Vatican’s highest award, for a lifetime of public and secret services to the [Ed.: Roman] Catholic Church.’ This notorious American traitor aided the Jesuit Order in perfecting its Holy Office of Inquisition’s International Intelligence Community…” – Eric Jon Phelps (“Vatican Assassins”; Halycon Unified Services; 1st Edition, 2001; Page 395)
[Ed.: Author Eric Jon Phelps is here describing Soviet GRU General Prince Anton Turkul, who was a Knight of Malta]: “As [Ed.: Jesuit-trained Joseph] Stalin’s foremost intelligence officer [Ed.: during WWII], advised by Jesuit priest George Romanov and using Jesuits like Pere Michel as couriers escorted by his [Ed.: Soviet] GRU [Ed.: i.e., “Main Intelligence Directorate”] during World War II, he [Ed.: i.e., Anton Turkul] had broken up the anti-Bolshevik groups after World War I along with Jesuit Theodore Maly… [Ed.: He had] used the Vatican Ratlines for Soviet intelligence during the Cold War… This Maltese Knight of the Pope’s Vatican Empire was one of [Ed.: Jesuit-trained Roman Catholic] Cardinal Agagianian’s secret Inquisitors of the ‘USSR’.” – Eric Jon Phelps (“Vatican Assassins”; Third Edition; Publisher: Lowvehm, Inc., 2007; Page 1271)
“For his obedience, [Ed.: German general] Reinhard Gehlen [Ed.: a Knight of Malta who was responsible for German intelligence on the Eastern Front during WWII], along with FDR’s Ambassador to the Vatican, Myron C. Taylor, received the highest award that could be given by the openly anti-communist Knights of Malta, the Gran Croce al Merito con Placca. Thus the Knights [Ed.: of Malta] maintained the open policy of fanatical anti-communism; but the prime movers of the ‘Bolshevik USSR’, both commercially and politically, were British and American Knights [Ed.: of Malta]. Gehlen betrayed his own German armies in the east; while in Bavaria, protected by Munich [Ed.: Roman Catholic] Archbishop Michael Cardinal von Faulhaber, surrendered to the [Ed.: Jesuit] Order’s OSS [Ed.: the Office of Strategic Services – the predecessor to the CIA]; was flown to the US and entered into the Secret Treaty of Fort Hunt bringing his entire Nazi [Ed.: Intelligence] Network under the aegis of [Ed.: Papal] Rome’s CIA; and built Israel’s Mossad and West Germany’s BND [Ed.: intelligence services] secretly tied to the East German SSD and Moscow’s KGB [Ed.: intelligence services].” – Eric Jon Phelps (“Vatican Assassins”; Third Edition; Publisher: Lowvehm, Inc., 2007; Page 1275)
“[Ed.: U.S. President Harry S.] Truman established the ubiquitous [Ed.: i.e., appearing to be omnipresent] Central Intelligence Agency via the National Security Act of 1947. For this…Truman was awarded ‘The Sword of Ignatius Loyola’ [Ed.: Loyola was the founder of the Jesuit Order] by the [Ed.: Jesuit] Order’s St. Louis University in 1966. …Greatly aided by Georgetown [Ed.: University’s] Jesuit Edmund A. Walsh and manned by notorious Knights of Malta such as Francis Cardinal Spellman [Ed.: the Jesuit-trained Archbishop of New York, and head of the American branch of the Knights of Malta], William J. Donovan [Ed.: head of the Office of Strategic Services (OSS) during World War II], Allen W. Dulles, James Jesus Angleton, John C. McCone, Frank C. Carlucci and George J. Tenet, the CIA, with its ‘Vatican Desk’, would build the Black Pope’s [Ed.: i.e., the Jesuit Superior General’s] Cold War International Intelligence Community now directing all Masonic leaders of the Moslem world.” – Eric Jon Phelps (“Vatican Assassins”; Third Edition; Publisher: Lowvehm, Inc., 2007; Page 361)
“…[Ed.: Lieutenant General Pavel] Fitin [Ed.: who was the head of the Soviet NKVD – the predecessor of the KGB] demanded…the names of all OSS [Ed.: i.e., the American Office of Strategic Services] personnel in Bulgaria and in any other territories occupied by the Soviets. [Ed.: Roman Catholic Irish-American Knight of Malta OSS chief William J.] Donovan surprisingly agreed, handing over lists of [Ed.: OSS] agents in not only Bulgaria, but [Ed.: also in] Romania and Yugoslavia, and those [Ed.: OSS agents who were] planning to enter Czechoslovakia. [Ed.: This was an act of treason!]
Identifying covert agents to anyone outside an organization is heresy in secret operations; treasonable in the eyes of most. It could lead to [Ed.: covert] agents being neutralized or even worse, murdered. Yet [Ed.: Knight of Malta William J.] Donovan did it…” – Robert K. Wilcox (“TARGET: PATTON: The Plot to Assassinate General George S. Patton”; Regnery Publishing, Inc., 2008; Page 145)
“The book’s [Ed.: i.e., “The Murder of General Patton” by Stephen J. Skubik] introduction begins: ‘It is my intention to explain the circumstances which lead me to believe:  that General George Smith Patton, Jr., was murdered;  that the [car] accident which took place on December 9, 1945 was set up by the Soviet NKVD…in collusion with the American OSS (Office of Strategic Services);  that Patton died at the Heidelberg Military Hospital on December 21 [Ed.: 1945] at the hands of an assassin.’ On page ninety-seven of the book…he [Ed.: former Counter Intelligence Corps (CIC) Special Agent Stephen J. Skubik] writes, ‘However historians do research, they are not trained investigators. As a trained Counter Intelligence Agent I have no doubt that General George S. Patton, Jr. was murdered.
Like [Ed.: American] OSS agent [Ed.: Douglas] Bazata, CIC agent Skubik implicates not only [Ed.: the] OSS, but [Ed.: also] its chief, [Ed.: Knight of Malta William] ‘Wild Bill’ Donovan [Ed.: in the murder of General George S. Patton, Jr.]” – Robert K. Wilcox (“TARGET: PATTON: The Plot to Assassinate General George S. Patton”; Regnery Publishing, Inc., 2008; Page 106)
PDF (5 Pages): Vatican Intelligence (2011)
ROBERT STEELE: First off, there is a huge difference between information (including privileged information) and intelligence (decision-support). There is also a difference between organic covert action capabilities including the ability to assassinate with impunity, and unholy alliances with criminal organizations as well as all manner of state and non-state organs whose elements can be appropriated for direct action as needed. The author does not appear to understand these distinctions but does understand the pervasiveness of the Catholic Church as an entrenched full partner in the “deep state” that is itself stateless.
I have called for a formal religious counterintelligence capability for over a decade. I have also pointed out that intelligence communities and their individual agencies are not monolythic. There are for example, at least seven distinct CIA's; others have written about the “deep state” and its embedded networks within the US Government and particularly the secret agencies. We all now know that J. Edgar Hoover was a pedophile plied with small boys by the Mafia and probably also the Vatican, and that pedophilia and other forms of deviance are one means by which the worst of the elite celebrate their elite status while also rendering others subject to blackmail. In my view the FBI has been flawed from its inception, in part because of a deviant director and in part because political traitors have always conspired to avoid anyone being held accountable for being true to the public interest. Financial, ideological, and religious traitors are the termites of grand strategy — until we can clean house, and also achieve electoral reform and intelligence reform (elevating evidence-based strategy, policy, operations and acquisition) government will continue to be grand, expensive, toxic theater.
The capacity of the Vatican to achieve intelligence (decision-support) with integrity will vary in relation to time, place, and issue. It certainly has the oldest archives and the oldest networks, with the Israeli Mossad as its modern counterpart, able to call on many — not all — Jews worldwide to become sayonim or “helpers” in betrayal of their localized obligations and loyalties. On balance I consider the Vatican a bureaucracy that has — like CIA — some very toxic and lethal elements able to steal, murder, and deceive with impunity. On balance I believe the Jesuits have been gutted in the past few decades — they are half in number what they once were — and I believe the intelligence of the Vatican to be over-stated, but not its toxicity (or its benevolence — I am a devout believer in liberation theology).
The capacity of elements of the Vatican to mandate direct action (for example, the overt assassination or a death wrongfully attributed to “natural causes”) is without equal. Elements of the Vatican associated with international criminal organizations, state-based secret services, and even ostensible terrorist organizations (most of which have varied forms of state “parent”) are able to launder money, smuggle anything including children in mass, and alter judicial and other decisions, with relative impunity.
Finally, at a meta level, I cannot ignore the compelling evidence that most of the gospels that underlay the Catholic Church's dogma are fraudulent. Eric Zuesse in Christ's Ventriloquists offers a great deal of substance for reflection. Jesus was an original. He was betrayed, not only by Judas in the moment but by Paul in the laying of false foundations. Most of what guide's mankind's behavior today is a lie — scientific reductionism, corporate criminality, banking fraud, government corruption, mediocre rote education, broken families. In my view humanity is at a cosmic moment, and 2016 — the US election particularly — is an opportunity for a Come to Jesus moment of epic possibility.