'Caliphate' Capers

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'Caliphate' Capers

The following post was not written by Peter-R. Koenig, but by Anthony Naylor before he lost his case against the 'Caliphate'. It's based on a text by James Graeb

For the first time, 15 years after they elected their 'Caliph', the voting Ninths are called by James Graeb IX° and Head of the XI° to meet again. At the same place: the Holiday Inn in Concord, California, on August 5, 2000.

    Appendix July 4th: due to the online posting of this website, the meeting was postponed until Spring 2001

The following topics of concern were be discussed:
  • Amendment of the Bylaws according to Californian Law
  • Re-assurement that William Breeze was elected the 'Caliph' and not OHO.
      Can the IX° (who elected Breeze) be considered to overrule the OHO in confirming/disapproving initiation into the hermit triad? Only the peer-group of the X° can vote in or out the OHO. Breeze could have been X° but he passed that on to David Scriven in 1996. So what authority does Breeze rightfully have as no convocation of X° voted upon him as OHO?
  • A close observation of the pending legal case 'Caliphate' vs. Naylor, especially the role of William Breeze, William Heidrick and Marcus Jungkurth.
      It is amazing the level of distrust that is rampant between Breeze and his Trustees. Breeze did not inform the IX° or provide them with documentation of the Court case vs. Naylor. It was Naylor who provided the information. Who can imagine having to obtain legal information from the opposing side? It does say a great deal about Mr. Symonds' and Mr. Naylor's character in that they were willing to share the information.
  • Definition of the relationship between the O.T.O. and A.·. A.·.
      Does Breeze think that both Orders are connected through the XI°, like Motta did?
  • Discussion of the Order's international policy

What happened since Grady Louis McMurtry's death in 1985? The affairs of his O.T.O. and the Bylaws have been so radically changed ad nauseum, and numerous surprising items "voted in" that even those in the Upper Degrees are ignorant of all the changes (having never received any written updates, etc.).
  • The 'Caliphate' is involved in endless law suits
  • The incorporation is invalid and in open violation of the law
    • Directors of bodies must be elected every 4 years by the voting members (i.e. IX°s) according to Californian Law. Breeze, Heidrick and Jungkurth (the Supreme Council) are not empowered to act as directors (Californian Corp. Code §§ 7210 et seq.)
    • Directors cannot be appointed or removed at will by the Chief Executive Officer
    • An independent Board of Directors must exist
    • Lack of procedural safeguards regarding membership. Code §§ 7340 et seq. of the California Corp. demands "fair play" for accused members. Decisions and information must be open. In the past, requesting these led to immediate suspension (violation of Code §§ 8310-8338)
    • Self Dealing and Ultra Vires.
      Self Dealing: Breeze as an editor of Crowley books makes a living doing so. This is against the corporation as a non-profit body.
      Ultra Vires: The Corporation must have the voting members to elect a Board of Directors, which in its turn will elect the officers. Breeze, Heidrick and Jungkurth acted without approval: they made themselves personally responsible and liable under civil law for the lost or spent monies.
      Combination of Self Dealing and Ultra Vires is both a criminal and civil act: California Corp. Codes §§ 6810 et seq. 28 U.S.C. § 4942 et seq.
  • All grades of VII° or less have been transferred to OTO-USA (to the respective National corporation for a given country). This formality resulted from the movement of "Grand Lodge" or the Hermit Triad outside the control of the O.T.O.-USA. Since all members of the Grand Lodge were not allowed to be members of O.T.O.-USA they automatically remained members of O.T.O. (now termed International). All members of the first two triads remained Lodge-bound to the newly formed USA Corporation.
    In other words: if a Minerval assumes themselves to be a member of the 'Caliphate', (s)he only is a member of the local/national body but not O.T.O. International = 'Caliphate' (i.e. VII° or less in England is a member of Ordo Templi Orientis Limited: an English Limited Liability company with a different legal identity) while the 'original Caliphate' only has VIII° and IX° degrees: this O.T.O. has simply 25 members (sole VIII° and IX° are true members of the O.T.O.)
  • The 11 Elector Ninths are blocked (the actual number of IX°s is 15)
  • Role of the IX° body: should it confirm VII°, VIII°, X° and XI° appointments?
    The X° is elected by the locality's IX°. Beyond this it is up to each branch of the O.T.O. but Breeze has blown this away as well. He appointed David Scriven himself, not elected or not voted upon generally. Breeze was elected by a group of IX°.
  • XI° is blocked
  • EGC has been dissolved
    The separate incorporated church group of the EGC was dissolved and absorbed by the O.T.O. Inc. An EGC had been established as a separate legal entity when McMurtry did not know if he would win the Motta lawsuit in 1985 as a means of not losing everything. Breeze dissolved it as no longer being necessary.
  • 'Banned organizations' and individuals: Any other than Motta's A.·. A.·. is prohibited, also the Temple of Thelema, H.O.O.R. and S.O.T.O. — There is a (unofficial) rule that prohibits any member of the 'Caliphate' from entering the V° (or above) who belongs to such a "Banned Organization"
    Contact with P.R. Koenig "is grounds for Order-wide bad report" ==> censorship
  • Long-standing members have been suspended or expelled
    Ben Fernee VII°, Marcelo Santos who quit FSR by himself (Frater Superior Representative is a title that makes you as responsible as a Xth, but you do not have the degree), Jerry E. Cornelius VIII°, James Graeb IX°
      Graeb spoke with Naylor and was suspended. Other IX°'s such as Heidrick and Clive Harper have been in communication with Naylor as well but they weren't expelled or suspended. Quote Breeze to Graeb: "But the present suspension is for good cause. The cause is your letter to Anthony Naylor of Mandrake Press."
  • The archive has been transferred out of the US and beyond US jurisdiction. This is against California Corporation Code §§ 7910 et seq.: The IX° are the trustees and legally responsible for the assets.
    Breeze is in Berlin where a German Court Case found that there is no legal identity for the 'Caliphate' according BGHst 6, 186
  • Oaths and rituals have changed

Further reading :

O.T.O.-USA and O.T.O. are both incorporated as "501c(3)" under the "religious" category. You can get some information about them both at http://www.guidestar.org/ ==> search 'Ordo Templi Orientis'

The OTO itself, mother corp, CA Corp # is CO914362
Federal Employer Identification Number is EIN #33-0715197
It has $0 Asset and $0 Income as "This organization is not required to file an annual return with the IRS because it is a church"

The O.T.O.-USA is also listed with the same description but with EIN#33-0715197

The IRS registration is for Religion but the CA Corporate Registration WAS NonProfit Public Benefit although may have been recently changed after James Graeb's letter was issued on 2nd June 2000
Note: If this status was changed then Breeze was acting unlawfully in the past and under the new status he cannot now be ratified (i.e. his position is no longer elected).

Date of this posting: End of June 2000

Anthony Naylor lost his case against the 'Caliphate', see links below.

Kenneth Grant Aossic Typhonian Ordo Templi Orientis
Kenneth Grant
John Symonds Aleister Crowley The Great Beast King of the Shadow Realm
John Symonds
Francis King
Francis King
Karl Johannes Germer
Karl Germer

Items of Historical Interest

In 1930, Karl Germer sent a description of the Aleister Crowley LTD. to Fernando Pessoa.
Aleister Crowley: This is the Last Will.
Karl Germer, Louis Wilkinson and Lady Frieda Harris.
National Grandmasters and OHOs of the O.T.O.

Some background information

Lawyers and Historians: The 'Caliphate' versus the Truth? — Introduction.

The Maine Decision 1984   [to the disfavour of the 'Caliphate']      |      The California Decision 1985   [to the favour of the 'Caliphate'].
Purchase of the copyrights on Aleister Crowley from the Official Receiver (OR).
The 1999 Particulars of Claim ['Caliphate'].
Financial Reports 1996-1999 of the 'Caliphate'.
Erraneous opinion on theInternational Copyright Situation. Text by Anthony Naylor before he lost his case against the 'Caliphate' in 2000.
What the 'Caliphate' does not want you to know. Text by Anthony Naylor before he lost his case against the 'Caliphate' in 2000.
Crowley's Probate. Text by Anthony Naylor before he lost his case against the 'Caliphate' in 2000.
'Caliphate' Capers. Text by Anthony Naylor before he lost his case against the 'Caliphate' in 2000. Based upon a draft by James Graeb.
Structure, Constitutions and Money. Partly written by Anthony Naylor before he lost his case against the 'Caliphate' in 2000.
Anonymous: Burning Down The House. 'Caliphate', Argenteum Astrum, James Wasserman, Donald Trump — Written in 2021.
Library of Congress, letter dated September 6, 2000.
2000, July: An analysis of the Bylaws of the 'Caliphate' and its Board of Directors. By James Graeb.
2000, July: Incorporation of O.T.O., Argentum Astrum and E.G.C..
2000: "Caliphate-O.T.O. Win" and the The Writing on the Wall. Text by Anthony Naylor before he lost his case against the 'Caliphate' in 2000.
Court Order of October 2000.
James T. Graeb, co-founder and IX° of the 'Caliphate', a lawyer, calls the 'Caliphate' a "Puppet Show Piece" and files suit vs William Breeze, William Heidrick, Marcus Jungkurth et alii in 2001.
The 2002 Ruling.
The Summary so far.

Ordo Templi Orientis - Trade Mark - Starfire Publishing Limited.

Some Things

Court Case Hermann Joseph Metzger vs Walter Englert in the 1970s.
1991 Opinion of a German prosecuting attorney's office on the body of the 'Caliphate'. Erfahrungsbericht eines O.T.O.-Mitglieds im Zusammenhang mit dem Gerichtsprozess 'Caliphat' gegen Hänssler-Verlag, 1990. Unsuccessfull attempt in Yugoslavia.
Censorship in the UK.
The 'Caliphate' Book Patrol: Fahrenheit 418.
Paul Joseph Rovelli versus the 'Caliphate', New York January 2000.
1998, July 17 - 2000 October Austrian situation on Copyrights     [German and English].
Trademark O.T.O.. By Leslie Anne Childress.
2007 'Caliphat' Kasino in Deutschland. English translation: 2007 'Caliphate' Casino. 2008: Honesty is the best Policy: 'Caliphate' O.T.O. / William Breeze lost in a legal case. Deutsche Version: Ehrlich währt am Längsten: Warum der O.T.O. gegen P.R. Koenig verlor.

Other Background

The 'Caliphate'.
Discussion about the instrument of succession. An introduction to the background, followed by a transcript of this discussion.
Minutes of the 11 IX°s 'Caliphate' election in 1985 where it was clearly said that the 'Caliph' is not the juro OHO.
Playgame of an O.T.O.-Fatamorgana — Statistics, Censorship, Name Dropping. 2011. Gaps in the Script of Esotericism: Hypocrisy and Hypercrisis – Oscar Wilde: Ambition is the last resort of failure.
Fetish, Self-Induction, Stigma and Rôleplay. 2011.

More about all this in: Andreas Huettl and Peter-R. Koenig: Satan - Jünger, Jäger und Justiz

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