Honesty Is The Best Policy
Deutsche Version: Ehrlich Währt Am Längsten
In October 2005 I sent the owners of an Australian website named gaiaguys.net an address-list for the Australian branch of the O.T.O. Why?
Previous HistoryThe two proprietors of this website were of the opinion that there were paedophile rings made up of Freemasons and Satanists, believing that occult child-abusers could be found at every important level of politics, the law, and the police, where their influence prevented any prosecutions. This conspiracy-theory grew up mainly in the USA in the 1980s, but after some time spread to pretty much every country on the planet. In a nutshell, people came to believe in an apparently consistent theory concocted out of various bits of fact and fantasy: individual claims, unattributable plots, and particularly a number of well-known organisations. It seemed certain things could be deduced from this — the existence of specific groups, youths vandalising and desecrating cemeteries, individuals engaged in criminal activities, and paedophilia — so suggesting that there was a far-reaching conspiracy in whose coils almost anyone might be caught. A host of otherwise unconnected names and organisations were introduced into this ramshackle mixture of fact, theory, opinion, fantasy and paranoia, as new information. New-age religions and occult orders were lumped together under the labels of ‘Satanism’ and ‘Paedophilia.’
This sort of attributing guilt by association is not so far removed from racism, persecuting minorities, and antisemitism. Viewed rationally, most of these ‘revelations’ are irrelevant, but in association with media exposés they are still questionable (if not actually dangerous) because they are promoted through blatant information-manipulation.
But to return to the owners of gaiaguys.net: they publicly asserted that the O.T.O. was part of a paedophile network, besides both opining that all Aleister Crowley’s writings and O.T.O. literature was harmful and sexually doubtful. As a result, in 2004 they published articles on their website — a vast accumulation of fact and fantasy — which further advanced their claims that judges, lawyers, policemen, media figures and politicians were all part of the plot and that this conspiracy was the reason that the O.T.O. was able to carry out its alleged dark machinations. The Gaiaguys maintained that the O.T.O. practised human sacrifice and murdered infants; soon they were besieging politicians, prosecutors and child-protection organisations in Australia with their supposed revelations of the O.T.O’s alleged crimes. Consequently, two local Australian O.T.O. members filed suit in February 2005.
When the case was tried in 2005, however, neither of the owners of gaiaguys.net appeared in court to support their claims. They were found guilty in absentia of being unable to prove their accusations, and ordered to pay compensation. For the Gaiaguys the circumstances of their being found guilty was just more proof that the O.T.O. was undermining justice, the entire police-force, and political leaders, as well as the entire media.
Meanwhile the Gaiaguys’ US server refused to take down their website, which cost the O.T.O. a lot of money.
These events induced me to get in touch with the Gaiaguys, because:
1. As a researcher and publicist of the O.T.O. phenomenon, I’m interested in material. As the proprietors of the Gaiaguys website were publicly involved in a court case concerning the O.T.O., I wanted to look into all the evidence.
2. Also at this time I was co-authoring a book with lawyer Andreas Huettl; we used police, state prosecutor and court evaluations of the evidence to try and clear up child-abuse and ritual murderer cases which had been sensationalised by journalists, writers, and religious spokesmen.
So I contacted both owners of the Gaiaguys website and informed them that I had no knowledge of any paedophile ring, either in the O.T.O. or among its membership. In due course they sent me a whole boxful of documentation, and in return on October 2nd 2005 I sent the Gaiaguys a list of people belonging to the O.T.O. which I had been compiling for some years from various sources; information which I thought anyone with an interest in the O.T.O. already had.
So I was hoping for evidence of accurate research and analysis from the Gaiaguys owners — namely that they could prove that there really were all these judges, lawyers, police, media moguls and politicians inside the O.T.O., as they’d claimed — which was why I had given them a comprehensive list of names and addresses. Otherwise I was putting myself at some risk of seeming to spread manipulated data of the sort fostered by the Gaiaguys’ conspiracy-fantasies. For me this list had no more significance than as a study-tool, and was not provided with the intention that it should be published.
“Oh, the world’s so big,/
Not long after they received my list, a link to an address-list was published on the Gaiaguys website. I quickly requested that this list be shut down, and also sent out an e-mail to the O.T.O.’s main protagonists to put them in the picture about these events, expressing my regrets over the Gaiaguy’s actions, and offering to make them public.
An Extended Commentary on THE BOOK OF THE LAW
by Aleister Crowley"
Edited with an Introduction
By Israel Regardie
"Moreover, the Beast 666 [Crowley] adviseth that all children shall be accustomed from infancy to witness every type of sexual act." [page 114]
[After they repeatedly failed to appear before the judge, at the end of 2007 the Gaiaguys were imprisoned for contempt of court. Eventually, they removed their website and were released.]
The revision of the data-protection law mentioned earlier duly came into effect, and I was cleared on August 13th 2008. Since they'd lost their case, William Breeze and Stephen King were left to pay their own lawyer's bills, while I got financial compensation. I have a very good legal insurance policy, which means I can face litigation with confidence; my expenses here amounted to zero.
Breeze had blithely assumed from the start that he would win — this was why, on the 17th of July, a month before he lost against me — he announced publicly that his OTO was "litigation free" (http://www.oto.org/news.html. Viewed on 17th July 2008.).
Behind the scenes, the 'Caliphate''s usual spin–doctor William Heidrick was adding to this public disinformation campaign, and refused to alter his stance even after the true facts emerged: "The statement of June [?] stands." (William Heidrick 20th October 2008).
This was Breeze's fourth lazily lacklustre legal attempt against me (more details in "Der O.T.O. Phänomen RELOAD").
"That’ll learn ye!"
In summary, the O.T.O. fell under suspicion — not for the first time — of being part of a paedophile conspiracy. I had placed certain information at the disposal of those who’d made the accusations, to see if they could prove their allegations were true (they couldn’t.) The O.T.O. filed complaint, and I was acquitted.