Conspiracy Nation -- Vol. 2 Num. 61

("Quid coniuratio est?")


With the purpose of fairness, I now present Dr. Michael Aquino's response to portions of the "Son of Uncle Sam" series.

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Dear Mr. Redman:

I have read your transcript of David Emory's talk through CN #II- 59. Since this talk contains considerable false and defamatory information concerning the Temple of Set and myself, I request that you cease further distribution and promotion of those parts of the Emory talk which refer to the Temple of Set or myself. I further request that you include this response of mine in a future issue of CN, so that the record may be set straight.

The talk from Emory appears to have been given back in late 1987, when the effort to promote the "Satanic crime/molestation" myth was still fairly new, when law-enforcement agencies were still uncertain as to whether there were any substance to it, and when "therapists" were running wild with completely unsubstantiated "diagnoses" of "Satanic ritual abuse" in order to line their own pockets.

Within a few years the myth - instigated by the Michelle Remembers book which was itself later exposed as a fraud - was completely discredited by all but persons with a financial or fundamentalist/religious interest in seeing it promoted. As reported by the FBI's National Center for the Analysis of Violent Crime in 1992, after an 11-year study:

"There are many children in the United States who, starting early in their lives, are severely psychologically, physically, and sexually traumatized by angry, sadistic parents or other adults. Such abuse, however, is not perpetrated only or primarily by satanists. The statistical odds are that such abusers are members of mainstream religions ... For the last eight years American law enforcement has been aggressively investigating the allegations of victims of victims of ritual abuse. There is little or no evidence for the portion of their allegations that deals with large-scale baby- breeding, human sacrifice, and organized satanic conspiracies." (Investigator's Guide to Allegations of "Ritual" Child Abuse, January 1992)

In 1987 My wife and I were accused of kidnapping and child rape by an Army Christian Chaplain, who had been among the instigators of a "day care abuse" scam at the Presidio of San Francisco. The subsequent investigations by the San Francisco Police Department and the U.S. Army revealed not only that Mrs. Aquino and I had been in Washington, D.C. at the time of the alleged incident, but that, upon medical examination at the Army's Letterman Hospital, the child in question was established to be a virgin "showing no evidence of molestation". The chaplain's evident motive for his deliberately false accusation was the $3 million fraudulent claim against the government that he filed in connection with it.

At the end of both SFPD and Army investigations, no charges whatever were filed against Mrs. Aquino or myself. On the other hand, I twice preferred court-martial charges against the chaplain, both of which were illegally suppressed in order to avoid embarrassment to the Corps of Chaplains and the Army Medical Corps (to which the "therapist" who aggravated the Presidio scam belonged).

Certainly not a single child at the Presidio was involved in any "Satanic abuse" whatever involving myself, my wife, or the Temple of Set. According to all publicly-available information to date, there is further no evidence that any child was abused at the Presidio. There was only the repeated coaching of the "therapist", who as revealed in her own notes refused to accept denials from the children and pressured them until they gave responses supporting her agenda.

The Temple of Set has been incorporated as a legitimate religion since 1975, and has never been involved in any criminal activity. [And Mrs. Aquino and I have never been involved with any criminal activity.] No form of life, human or animal, is harmed at any Temple activity. The Temple accepts no members under the age of 18, and has no activities at which persons under 18 may even be present. This is not because there is anything improper at our activities, but because from our founding we have believed that children should not be indoctrinated into any religion, but should receive a secular education in morality and ethics and then decide religious questions for themselves when they reach responsible adulthood.

Michael A. Aquino, Ph.D.
High Priest
Temple of Set

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