Hail to the Moon kingThe deeply weird coronation of Rev. Sun Myung Moon in a Senate office building -- crown, robes, the works -- is no longer one of Washington's best-kept secrets.By John Gorenfeld
Jun 21, 2004
You probably imagine your congressman hard at work in the Capitol debating legislation, making laws -- you know, governing. But your newspaper probably didn't tell you that one night in March, members of Congress hosted a crowning ritual for an ex-convict and multibillionaire who dressed up in maroon robes and declared himself the Second Coming.
On March 23, the Dirksen Senate Office Building was the scene of a coronation ceremony for Rev. Sun Myung Moon, owner of the conservative Washington Times newspaper and UPI wire service, who was given a bejeweled crown by Rep. Danny K. Davis, D-Ill. Afterward, Moon told his bipartisan audience of Washington power players he would save everyone on Earth as he had saved the souls of Hitler and Stalin -- the murderous dictators had been born again through him, he said. In a vision, Moon said the reformed Hitler and Stalin vouched for him, calling him "none other than humanity's Savior, Messiah, Returning Lord and True Parent."
To many observers, this bizarre scene would have looked like the apocalypse as depicted in "Left Behind" novels. Moon, 84, the benefactor of conservative foundations like the American Family Coalition -- who served time in the 1980s for tax fraud and conspiracy to obstruct justice -- has views somewhere to the right of the Taliban's Mullah Omar. Moon preaches that gays are "dung-eating dogs," Jews brought on the Holocaust by betraying Jesus, and the U.S. Constitution should be scrapped in favor of a system he calls "Godism" -- with him in charge. The man crowned "King of Peace" by congressmen once said, according to sermons reprinted in his church's Unification News: "Suppose I were to hit you with the baseball bat to stop you, bloodying your ear and breaking a bone or two, yet still you insisted on doing more work for Father."
What, exactly, drew at least a dozen members of Congress to Moon's coronation? (By the Unification Church's estimate, 81 congressmen attended, although that number is probably high.) The event was the grand finale of Moon's coast-to-coast "tear down the cross" Moonification tour, intended to remove Christian crosses from almost 300 churches in poor neighborhoods -- the idea being that the cross was an obstacle to uniting religions under Moon. Yet the Dirksen ceremony was sold as a celebration of world peace. According to a cheery promotional video released by Moon's International and Interreligious Federation for World Peace, the ceremony marked the dawn of "the era of the Eternal Peace Kingdom, one global family under God." Moon's coronation also cured God's pain, the announcer explains.
*******CounterPunchJanuary 14, 2003Moon ShadowThe Rev, Bush & North Korea
by Wayne Madsenhttp://www.counterpunch.org/madsen01142003.html
When President Bush added North Korea to his list of "Axis of Evil" nations, the influence of the self-declared reincarnation of Jesus Christ, the "Reverend" Sun Myung Moon of the Unification Church, loomed largely over the White House decision-making process. The decision by Bush to throw into the trash heap of history eight years of a joint American-South Korean-Japanese dialogue with the reclusive Communist regime would ultimately result in Pyongyang returning to using the rhetoric of bygone years.
Bush, a self-described "born again Christian" who has maintained close links to Moon, hired David Frum as one of his speechwriters. Frum apparently came up with the term "axis of evil" for Bush's 2002 State of the Union address but it seems likely that Bush, heavily influenced by the propagandists of the rabidly anti-Pyongyang Washington Times, decided North Korea's "Dear Leader" Kim Jong Il was Satan reincarnate. Years before North Korea announced it was restarting its nuclear enrichment facility at Yongbyon, The Washington Times splashed front page headlines about North Korea being a threat while other major newspapers and wire services treated the sensationalistic reports as a non-story or more probably, plain disinformation masked as "intelligence reports" and "leaked" by anti-Clinton Pentagon officials.
For twenty years, Moon's main policy laundering enterprise for his incessant influence-peddling has been The Washington Times, the money-losing newspaper he owns outright through New World Communications, Inc., the paper's parent publishing company.
Moon launched The Washington Times in 1982, just a few years after one of Moon's associates, Tongsun Park, was indicted for paying bribes to a number of U.S. politicians. The paper, which has a dearth of advertising revenue, has lost more than $1 billion dollars since its inception. Nevertheless, it has become a powerful conservative voice throughout Republican ranks in both the White House and Congress. In 1996, former President Bush, who has taken millions of dollars in speaking fees from Moon, spoke before a Moon audience in Argentina and declared Moon to be a "man of vision." Bush 41, who could never really grasp the "vision thing," decided Moon had it.
Moon's own background, which reportedly includes links to both the Korean CIA and its American counterpart, parallels that of other ethically-tainted individuals who have once again found sanctuary in a Bush administration: Elliott Abrams, John Poindexter, Otto Reich, and John Negroponte, all of Iran-contra infamy. The Washington Times was a leading supporter of the Nicaraguan contras and a chief apologist for the perpetrators of the arms-for-hostages scandal. Violating one of the main canons of journalism -- that newspapers should not become part of or create their own stories -- the Washington Times established the Nicaraguan Freedom Fund to funnel hundreds of thousands of dollars to the contras circumventing the Boland Amendment that prohibited Federal money for the rightist guerrillas. Moon was also one of the few influential people who continued to defend Richard Nixon even as the President was resigning over the Watergate scandal.
Moon's mass marriages of unwitting American males to Korean wives, while humorous on the surface, nevertheless managed to trap Zambian Roman Catholic Bishop Emmanuel Milingo. At least one pre-eminent Washington Times reporter is said to have been enticed into one of his boss's mass marriage ceremonies.
At the 20th anniversary celebration of The Washington Times held last year in Washington, Moon seemingly endlessly spoke in Korean at the alcohol-free affair. He said The Washington Times would "spread the truth about God to the world." But in Moon's world, he is God. President Bush sent a message to the banquet stating, "Since 1982, people across America and throughout the world have relied on The Washington Times as a distinguished source of information and opinion."
Bush seems to value Moon's commitment to family values. Bush named David Caprara, the head of Moon's American Family Coalition, as the director of VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America). Moon's commitment to family values was exemplified at his 20th anniversary celebration of The Washington Times. The keynote speaker was Dr. Laura Schlessinger, the holier-than-thou radio talk show host who is the psychiatric part of the daily ration of right wing AM radio venom that is complemented by the political indoctrination of Rush Limbaugh and his clones. Schlessinger's own commitment to family values was highlighted recently when she claimed the body of her 77-year-old mother from the Los Angeles County morgue after it had remained there for ten days after her unattended death in her condominium. Schlessinger, who lectures callers on how to keep their families together and wholesome, had not seen her own mother since 1984.
To Moon, however, disowning one's parents is a hallmark of his brainwashing techniques. In 1973, while a college student in Mississippi, I was once lured into a Moon recruiting function. I met a young Jewish girl from New Jersey who was traveling around the country in a van with her fellow Moon adherents. As a native of New Jersey myself, I asked the young woman what her parents thought about her roaming about the country. She replied, "Parents, I have no parents. Reverend Moon is my family." I wanted to call the nearest rabbi to help the poor girl get home to her parents who must have been worried sick. Nevertheless, Bush believes that Moon's family value system is credible enough to appoint one of his adherents to head VISTA.
But Moon is not only a danger to young people. While Bush accuses Kim Jong Il of all kinds of evil affronts he seems to ignore some of Moon's more bellicose and threatening comments. According to a 1978 House of Representatives investigation of Moon some of the more outrageous comments include:
Unification Church members are to regard Korea with great reverence and look
forward to the day when the Korean language will be spoken throughout the world.
---Members are to maintain a view to establishing a "unified civilization" of the whole world, to be centered in Korea and "corresponding to that of the Roman Empire."
---God was helping Moon to set up a final battle involving the United States, Russia, China, North Korea, South Korea, and Japan.
---Moon's plans are to manipulate seven nations at least, to get hold of the whole world: the United States, England, France, Germany, Russia, and maybe Korea and Japan. "On God's side, Korea, Japan, America, England, France, Germany, and Italy, are the nations I count on in order to gain the whole world," Moon stated.
"The House of Representatives report on the activities of the Korean CIA in the United States found evidence that the Moon organization had violated a number of Federal and state laws. In 1984, Moon was convicted of income tax violations and spent 13 months in prison. But remember, in 1996, Bush pere referred to Moon as a "man of vision." It should be noted that while Bush was head of the CIA, Moon was organizing a number of pro-American and anti-communist rallies and front organizations around the world. Moon was a convenient agent of influence for the CIA and Mr. Bush.
According to intelligence insiders, North Korean intelligence has quite a dossier on Reverend Moon and his payments to politicians in the United States and abroad. Some of the intelligence may prove embarrassing for some politicians, including the Bush family. So, here we are again. Noriega of Panama had the goods on the Bushes. He is now in a U.S. Federal prison; Sadaam knows what the Reagan-Bush administration sold him in the way of components for weapons of mass destruction. We are about ready to go to war against him. And Kim Jong Il has the juicy bits on Moon's financial links to Bush pere and dauphin. Kim is now a member of the "axis of evil," a man who George W. Bush hates because he "starves his own people."
Congress investigated Moon's operations in the late 1970s. It was at a time when Moon was involved with smaller scale influence peddling and brainwashing young college students into joining his cultist Unification Church, popularly known as the "Moonies."
Now, at a time when Moon may be influencing United States foreign policy vis a vis North Korea, a known nuclear power, and risking a nuclear war in northeast Asia and hundreds of thousands and possibly millions of deaths, it may be time for Congress to once again launch an investigation of a man whose sole purpose is to unify the world under his direction. It has been over 60 years since the world heard a man talk like that: his name was Adolf Hitler.
Pushing celibacy, marriage counseling under Bush plan
Don Lattin, Chronicle Religion Writer ( San Francisco)
03 October 2004
President Bush has some new troops in his crusade to promote "healthy marriage" and teen celibacy with federal funds -- followers of the Rev.Sun Myung Moon, the controversial Korean evangelist and self-proclaimednew world messiah. At least four longtime operatives of Moon's Unification Church are onthe federal payroll or getting government grants in the administration'sHealthy Marriage Initiative and other "faith-based" programs.
Two of those Moon associates were in Oakland last week leading dozens oflocal pastors and social workers enrolled in a "Certified Marriage Education Training Seminar" at the Holiday Inn next to the Coliseum.
In some ways, Moon is an unlikely ally for President Bush's crusade topromote traditional family values.
The 85-year-old Korean is perhaps best known for presiding over massmarriage ceremonies for devotees whose unions are arranged by Moon orother church leaders. After marriage, Unification Church couples are given detailed instructions for their honeymoon, right down to the sexual positions they are supposed to assume during their first threeconjugal couplings.
According to Unification Church teachings, the children born from thesemarriages are "blessed children,'' who, unlike the rest of humanity, are born without original sin.
"We don't ask people's religious affiliation before we hire them,'' said Wade Horn, assistant secretary for children and families at theDepartment of Health and Human Services.
"But if someone uses federal funds to proselytize, that would be aviolation,'' Horn said. "It doesn't matter whether they are Baptist, Presbyterian, Jewish, or even members of the Unification Church."
Last week's crash course on marriage education was sponsored by theCalifornia State Healthy Marriage Initiative, an organization founded two years ago by the Rev. Dion Evans, pastor of Chosen Vessels Christian Church in Oakland.
Last month, Evans and his partners won a $366,179 grant from the Bush administration's Compassion Capital Fund -- part of the latest $45 million in social service contracts given to churches and community groups from the program this year.
Moon has also partnered with the Bush administration in support of theKorean evangelist's strong teachings against premarital sex. Free Teens USA, an after-school program in New Jersey promoting abstinence until marriage, has been given $475,000 by the federal Health Resources and Services Administration, another part of the Department of Health and Human Services. Free Teens is led by Richard Panzer, another alumnus of Unification Theological Seminary. Panzer was also a leader in the American Constitution Committee, one of many political organizations affiliated with Moon.
Sunday, 13 February, 2000, 15:17 GMT
In pictures: Moonies' mass weddinghttp://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/641588.stm
Some 60,000 members of the Unification Church, also known as Moonies, were married at a mass wedding in Seoul on Sunday. Church officials said people from 150 countries around the world took part in the event.
Being the world's savior, Moon preaches that no one can enter Heaven without his explicit blessing. But he is only willing to bless married couples. Which is where those Guinness Book mass weddings come in.
In a Moonie marriage, the choice of a partner is handled for you. Church elders make the seemingly-random selections by pairing up photos of prospective brides and grooms. Maybe they shuffle Polaroids like a deck of cards. Sometimes the lucky couples wind up with a common spoken language. Sometimes not.
Rev Moon and his wife Han Hak Ja sprinkled holy water on the couples, wedding vows were repeated, and the phrase "I do" reverberated across the stadium. The event ended with gun salutes and colourful fireworks.
Japanese members of the church hold pictures of their partners who were unable to attend the ceremony. Church officials said "hundreds of thousands" of others renewed their vows while
watching the ceremony through the Internet and on live TV via satellite.
Wedding pictures from other events:
The Unification Church has held similar mass weddings to recruit new members. Church officials say the Rev Moon plans to "match and bless" some 400 million couples through future mass weddings.
October 11, 2000
Rev. Moon, North Korea & the BushesBy Robert Parry
The Rev. Sun Myung Moon's business empire, which includes the conservative Washington Times, paid millions of dollars to North Korea's communist leaders in the early 1990s when the hard-line government needed foreign currency to finance its weapons programs, according to U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency documents.
The payments included a $3 million “birthday present” to current communist leader Kim Jong Il and offshore payments amounting to “several tens of million dollars” to the previous communist dictator, Kim Il Sung, the partially declassified documents said.
Moon apparently was seeking a business foothold in North Korea. But the transactions also raise legal questions for Moon and could cast a shadow on George W. Bush’s presidential campaign, given the Bush family’s longstanding financial and political ties to Moon and his organization.
Besides making alleged payments to North Korea’s communist leaders, the 80-year-old founder of the South Korean-based Unification Church has funneled large sums of money, possibly millions of dollars as well, to former President George H.W. Bush.
One well-placed former leader of Moon’s Unification Church told me that the total earmarked for former President Bush was $10 million. The father of the Republican nominee has declined to say how much Moon’s organization actually paid him for speeches and other services in Asia, the United States and South America.
At one Moon-sponsored speech in Argentina in 1996, Bush declared, “I want to salute Reverend Moon,” whom Bush praised as “the man with the vision.”
*******Moonstruck: Unification Church in AmericaBy Bob Waldrep
One of the primary means of gaining credibility employed by Sun Myung Moon and the Unification Church is the many conferences and programs presented through its front organizations. These are usually presented as if unconnected to the Church. Yet Moon or his wife, or both, will frequently play a prominent role at the function. Typically they will bring the keynote address, in which they will present Unification theology.
In order to ensure that these programs are well attended, the organization will go to great expense to hire high-profile celebrities, from various fields, to participate in the program. This also draws non-members who otherwise would not attend. Besides boosting attendance, this enables Moon to associate himself in the public mind with prominent business, entertainment, and political personalities, thus lending credibility to the event, to himself, and to his church.
Current evidence of the degree to which Moon involves himself with such personalities can be seen by the roll of speakers at recent events sponsored by Moon's organizations. Some of these highly visible persons are:
Maureen Reagan (daughter of former President Reagan); former President Gerald Ford; George and Barbara Bush; comedian Bill Cosby; Marilyn Quayle (wife of former vice-president Dan Quayle); Republican vice-presidential candidate, Jack Kemp. Even knowing the Moon connection, Kemp continues to speak at Unification sponsored functions. (Washington Post, October 14, 1996 p. C3)
Other participants include Olympic gold medalist and speed skater, Dan Jansen; wife of the late Martin Luther King, Correta Scott King; ABC News anchorwoman, Barbara Walters; film actor, Christopher Reed; astronaut, Sally Ride; and former British Prime Minister, Sir Edward Heath.
Also speaking were highly visible religious and Christian leaders such as Robert Schuller, Senior Pastor of the Crystal Cathedral; Ralph Reed, executive director of the Christian Coalition; Beverly LaHaye, president of Concerned Women of America; and singers Pat Boone and Family. (The Washington Post, July 30, 1996, p. E1 and August 1, 1996, p. C2)
In the aforementioned lists of names, Barbara Walters and Bill Cosby publicly expressed concern when they learned the event was hosted by Moon. Walters has stated she will never again speak at an event sponsored by Moon. Cosby tried to back out of his commitment when he learned of Moon's involvement. He ended up performing after being threatened with litigation for failing to honor his contract, but gave only a brief performance and refused to be photographed with Moon. (Ibid., p. E10) Ralph Reed and Beverly LaHaye have privately stated that they did not know it was a Moon related event. Reed states he has since donated his fee to a charitable cause. (Ralph Reed letter to Frederick Miller at True Light Ministry, August 28, 1996; Watchman telephone interview with Carmen Pate, Vice President, national office of Concerned Women of America, January 5, 1996)
Many of the participants listed simply refuse to take responsibility for their involvement - unable or unwilling to see that, at the least, their participation is helping Moon gain credibility and recruits. A case in point is former President and Mrs. Bush. The Canadian magazine, Maclean's, maintains Bush is the most outspoken defender of involvement with these front organizations. (October 23, 1995 p. 49)
Neither Bush's representatives nor Moon's group would reveal how much was paid for their appearances. However, estimates have run as high as one million dollars for his six appearances. In 1995 more than 50,000 people paid from $105 to $196 each to attend a Bush speech at the Tokyo Dome in Japan, in an event sponsored by Moon's organization. (The Washington Post, August 4, 1996, p. A30)
During her speech, Mrs. Moon taught that Jesus was, not the virgin-born son of Mary, but rather the illegitimate son of Mary and her cousin's husband, Zecharias. Mrs. Moon was giving no new teaching, but standard Unification Church theology. In his February 7, 1995 address in Washington D.C., Moon stated, "Who was the father of Jesus? Zachariah." He continued, "The result of the relationship between Zachariah and Mary was the birth of Jesus Christ." (Today's World, April 1995, p. 12)
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"In early July I spoke in five cities around Korea at rallies held by the Women's Federation for World Peace. There, I declared that my wife, WFWP President Hak Ja Han Moon, and I are the True Parents of all humanity. I declared that we are the Savior, the Lord of the Second Advent, the Messiah."
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LaRouche: Moonies Are Target Too Big To Be Missedby Jeffrey Steinberg
This article appears in the Nov. 1, 2002 issue of Executive Intelligence Review.
During an Oct. 19 webcast with Democratic candidates, Lyndon LaRouche responded to a question about how to force a purge of the lunatic neo-conservative and Christian Zionist apparatus from the Bush Administration, and, thus, stop the pending U.S. imperial military mis-adventure against Iraq. LaRouche's response undoubtedly shocked most among the 300-plus participants in the Internet broadcast:
"I think, if you wanted to clean up the snake-pit," LaRouche began, "what you'd do is, you'd hit it on the flank.... The place to hit, is the Moonies. The most important, and most significant nut-factor, which is a serious threat to our political order, inside the United States, is the Moonies." Reverend Moon bought up Jerry Falwell, Richard Viguerie, the whole racist far right in the country, LaRouche said, and now Moon is buying up many African-Americans. "You pull that out, and I guarantee you, the biggest factor of loose, religious, and other kinds of nuts, in the United States, will scamper. And the rest of the mess will be cleaned up."
Grovelling for Drug Money
As reported in the Oct. 25 issue of EIR ("Democrats Now Venture to the Dark Side of the Moon"), from the early 1980s onward, the Asian and South American dirty-money and rogue intelligence apparatus centered around the deranged personality of Rev. Sun Myung Moon, spent hundreds of millions of dollars to buy up the entire so-called "Christian Right" in America. This started with the William F. Buckley Jr.-linked Richard Viguerie, the so-called wizard of direct mail solicitation, who found himself bankrupt, circa 1987.
Col. Bo Hi Pak—the controller of the Moon apparatus, a founder of the South Korean KCIA, and South Korean military attaché in Washington—paid $10 million to Viguerie, via the purchase of a piece of Northern Virginia commercial real estate worth a fraction of the "purchase price."
By 1994, the Moonies had bailed out the self-professed Christian Zionist, Rev. Jerry Falwell, whose "Elmer Gantry" lifestyle had bankrupted his Lynchburg, Virginia Liberty University, and bilked his own followers out of $73 million. The Moonies bought up Falwell's debt for pennies on the dollar, effectively morphing the pudgy televangelist into a grinning prop for Moon's alphabet soup of front groups.
Before the dawn of the 1990s, every significant name on the Christian Right—Pat Robertson, Tim and Beverly LaHaye, Gary Bauer, James Dobson, Robert Schuller—had been taken over by Moon and turned into even bigger con artists than they had been before they went grovelling for narco-dollars.
The main question for the Christian Right was, and still is: What was more embarrassing—having to associate with a stark-raving lunatic who proclaimed that Jesus Christ had failed in his mission, and that God had anointed Moon as the actual "King of Kings," the "True Parent" of a new master race; or, knowing that they were being bought off by offshore dirty money, much of it linked to international narco-terrorism?
Moon 'Family Values'In 1994, the year that Moon bought up Falwell, the U.S. Congress passed a bill establishing "Parents Day" as a new national holiday, designated on the fourth Sunday of July. The leading Congressional sponsor of the Moon-instigated legislation was Rep. Dan Burton (R-Ind.), one of the most fanatical of the House "Clinton-bashers." Long-time Moon functionary Gary Jarmin did the legwork for the legislation push.
While no one could dare protest the idea of "Parents Day," many Christian, Jewish, and Islamic theologians have serious problems with Reverend Moon's particular views on "parenthood." According to Moon, he and his (fourth) wife, Hak Ja Han Moon, are the "True Parents." Moon claims that Jesus Christ failed in his mission, because he was crucified before he had children, and therefore mankind was not freed from the original sin, which, in Moon's world, derived from Eve having had a sexual union with Satan. Jesus came to Moon, this fractured fairy tale continues, and bestowed upon him the task of completing his failed mission—by staging lavish mass-marriage ceremonies, in which Moon's "pretty girls" from Korea and Japan are paired with unsuspecting targets.
In a posting on the Unification Church website, Rev. Michael Jenkins, who heads the entire Moon organization in America (now called "the Holy Spirit Association/Unification of World Churches USA"), wrote bluntly that "Unless we are cleansed of the original sin, human beings, from the moment of conception, are not in their original state. In order for us to be cleansed of the original sin, we should be reborn. The method of rebirth is to receive the Marriage Blessing with the Reverend Moon as the officiator. That is the best way to be cleansed of the original sin. This cleansing remains to be done for all humankind. Only after having gone through this cleansing can we personally stand before God and grow as original human beings." Later, he added, "Reverend Sun Myung Moon is one anointed to fulfill the mission that Jesus was unable to complete."
On July 4, 2002, the Moon-owned Washington Times ran a full-page ad from one of Reverend Moon's front groups, proclaiming him the Messiah. The ad "quoted" Jesus Christ: "Reverend Sun Myung Moon! Thou art the Second Coming who inaugurated the Completed Testament Age! The 120 people, who have brought light to the history of Christianity, pledge to take part in all that the True Parents do, and resolve to strive toward the ideal, the original garden where there is no original sin, through the guidance, the words of the Completed Testament, and the Unification Principle, of the Savior and Messiah, the Reverend Sun Myung Moon."
In the same blasphemous ad, God was also quoted: "As you, the True Parents, have now succeeded in everything and have raised everything to its true level, you are now the Savior, Messiah and King of Kings of all humanity!!!"
Was it for this insanity, that the Congress established "National Parents Day"?
For someone proclaiming himself the true Messiah, the North Korean-born Moon has a rather checkered past. In the post-World War II period, when Moon migrated to southern Korea, he became involved with a mystical sect called Israeli Suo-won, which practiced a strange "purification" ritual, in which women achieved purity by having intercourse with the sect's ministers. In both North and South Korea, Reverend Moon was charged with morals violations, according to an FBI report, obtained by reporter Robert Parry under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). Moon landed in a South Korea jail in 1955 for his sexual missionary work.
Moon might have simply wandered around the Korean countryside, dodging the law and practicing "sexual purification" on young girls, but for the intervention of two of the Korean CIA's founders—Kim Jong-Pil and Bo Hi Pak—and their patrons in the radical right wing of Anglo-American intelligence. Those ultra-right-wing Anglo-American intelligence networks were pivotted around William F. Buckley, Jr. and the Carlist, nominally Catholic, fascist apparatus he was building, under the cover of his National Review magazine, and the Young Americans for Freedom (YAF) anti-Communist youth movement.
According to a CIA report, dated Feb. 26, 1963, "Kim Jong-Pil organized the Unification Church while he was director of the ROK Central Intelligence Agency, and has been using the church, which had a membership of 27,000, as a political tool."
Kim Jong-Pil was also in charge of rebuilding South Korean ties to Japan, as part of an overall American and British-backed effort to build an Asia-wide anti-Communist apparatus, pivotted on South Korea, Japan, and Taiwan, and making use of the vast Asian secret society-based organized crime apparatus, which was more than willing to fight the Communists, in return for a license to steal. Among Kim Jong-Pil's best Japanese contacts were two convicted Japanese war criminals, Yoshio Kodama and Ryoichi Sasakawa.
Sasakawa was a leading figure in the Yakuza, Japan's organized-crime secret society, which was employed in the post-war period by the CIA to counter the Communists and trade union radicals. According to David Kaplan and Alec Dubro, authors of a respected history of the Yakuza, "Sasakawa became an advisor to Reverend Sun Myung Moon's Japanese branch of the Unification Church."
In June 1964, Kim Jong-Pil, Bo Hi Pak, and Reverend Moon were among the founders of the Asian Peoples' Anti-Communist League. APACL created a student front, the Free Asia Youth Alliance (FAYA), which, from its inception, was formally linked to Buckley's Young Americans for Freedom, which had established its own international youth federation, the International Youth Freedom Foundation. YAF/IYFF and FAYA signed a "Declaration of Common Purpose" in their first months of existence.
The Iran-Contra "secret parallel government" operation afforded the Moonies the opportunity to do what they do best: launder vast sums of cash from undisclosed offshore enterprises into the hands of rogue anti-Communist spooks. The largest recipient of Moonie largesse was Lt. Col. Oliver North. Moon's and Bo Hi Pak's CAUSA International became a prime source of funding for North personally, and for the Iran-Contra gang more broadly.
Ronald Godwin, the vice president of the Washington Times Corp. and the former director of Falwell's Moral Majority, set up a Moon front, Interamerican Partnership, which was one of the first fronts to funnel cash into North's "Enterprise." Another Moon-sponsored group, the American Freedom Coalition, produced a North promo video, "Ollie North: Fight for Freedom," and paid to air it 600 times on over 100 TV stations, according to Bob Parry. The AFC, according to one eyewitness report, received $5-6 million from Moon to boost the North covert wars in Central America.
By all public accounts, the Moon apparatus spends billions of dollars—perhaps tens of billions of dollars—a year on its worldwide front operations. Estimates of Moon's annual losses at the Washington Times Corp. alone, with its string of money-losing publications, range from $30-100 million. A recently compiled, single-spaced list of Moon's front organizations in the United States alone runs to 27 pages.
There are no credible reports of where the Moon empire gets its dough. There are many credible reports, linking the groups to the very "asteroid" intelligence networks that dominate the international crime scene, facilitate the world's biggest drug-trafficking operations, and protect the offshore banks that launder the estimated $1 trillion annual black market trade in illegal weapons and drugs.
[To read the entire article go to: http://www.larouchepub.com/other/2002/2942moonie_targt.html]
Also check out: Dark Side of Rev. Moon: Buying the Right
Dark side of Jerry Falwell: Being bought off! - By Robert Parry http://www.greatdreams.com/revelation/another_anti_christ.htm
On Jan. 28, 1995, a beaming Rev. Jerry Falwell told his Old Time Gospel Hour congregation news that seemed heaven sent. The televangelist hailed two Virginia businessmen as financial saviors of debt-ridden Liberty University, the fundamentalist Christian school that Falwell had made the crown jewel of his Religious Right empire.
"They had to borrow money, hock their houses, hock everything," enthused Falwell. "Thank God for friends like Dan Reber and Jimmy Thomas." Falwell's congregation rose as one to applaud. The star of the moment was Daniel Reber, who was standing behind Falwell. Thomas was not present.
Left unmentioned in the happy sermon was the identity of the bigger guardian angel who had been protecting Falwell's financial interests -- from a distance and without publicity. That secret benefactor was the Rev. Sun Myung Moon, the self-proclaimed South Korean messiah who is controversial with many fundamentalist Christians because of his bizarre Biblical interpretations and his brainwashing tactics that have torn thousands of young people from their families. Moon also has grown harshly anti-American in recent years.
Rev. Moon & His 'Green Card'
By Robert Parry
Rev. Moon & His 'Green Card'
By Robert Parry
Rev. Sun Myung Moon received his status as a U.S. "lawful permanent resident" nearly 25 years ago, during President Nixon's administration, according to a Justice Department document recently released under a Freedom of Information Act request.
In a letter dated April 7, 1975, James F. Greene, then deputy commissioner of the Immigration and Naturalization Service, listed the date when Moon obtained his "green card" as April 30, 1973. But it was unclear from the released document whether Moon received any preferential treatment from the Nixon administration.
By 1973, Moon already was a controversial figure. The South Korean theocrat was under public criticism for brainwashing impressionable young Americans who were recruited into Moon's Unification Church. Moon also was raising INS concerns by bringing hundreds of foreign followers to the United States on tourist visas and then assigning them to mobile fund-raising teams.
But Moon was making himself useful to the Nixon administration by organizing support for the Vietnam War and later for Nixon's defense against the Watergate scandal. Moon's pro-Nixon activities led to a face-to-face White House meeting between the South Korean and the besieged U.S. president on Feb. 1, 1974.
Though the Justice Department released no documents about how Moon gained his resident alien status, Nixon did have a history of assisting political patrons with immigration problems. According to Seymour Hersh's The Dark Side of Camelot, Nixon received a $100,000 bribe from Romanian industrialist Nicolae Malaxa, a Nazi collaborator who moved to the United States in 1946. Nixon battled to gain preferential treatment for Malaxa so he could stay in the United States, which Malaxa did until his death in 1972. Hersh reported that the Central Intelligence Agency had a copy of the $100,000 check made out to Nixon.
According to a 1978 congressional investigative report on the "Koreagate" influence-buying scandal, "Moon had laid the foundation for political work in this country prior to 1973 [though] his followers became more openly involved in political activities in that and subsequent years." The report added that Moon's organization used his followers' travels to smuggle large sums of money into the United States in apparent violation of federal currency laws.
That flow of money helped transform Moon into possibly the U.S. conservative movement's most important source of financial support. Since the early 1970s, Moon has poured billions of dollars into conservative causes, including an estimated $100 million a year to subsidize the daily Washington Times newspaper. Moon's organization also funnelled money to many conservative political figures, including Rev. Jerry Falwell and former President George Bush. [See The Consortium series last year.]
According to other Justice Department records released under FOIA requests, Moon's legal alien status has protected him and his movement from government investigations into their sources of money and other legal questions.
Though eligible for citizenship in 1978, Moon never became a U.S. citizen. Then, about two years ago, frustrated by the apparent decline in his church's membership, Moon began denouncing the United States as "Satanic" and reviling Americans as individualistic. In 1996, Moon moved his base of operation to Uruguay.
Nevertheless, Moon has not renounced his "green card," according to U.S. officials familiar with his case.
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Honoring Reporters Who Just Can't handle the Truth
February 7, 2008
For reporting that is an embarrassment to the profession of journalism, and for being beholden to corporate paymasters rather than the citizens of America.
Wealthy progressives have not really caught on to the importance of media ownership in influencing public opinion. One need just look at Rupert Murdoch to understand how financial investments in news outlets yield enormous power to shape American public opinion.
Of course, many people don't realize that the mysterious Rev. Sun Myung Moon has poured millions and millions of dollars into the Washington Times in order to offer a right wing outlet in Washington -- and, of course, to curry favors from Republicans as a result. When Republicans want to leak something damaging to Democrats (whether true or not) -- or helpful to a Republican White House or Congress -- the Washington Times is one of the "go-to" media outlets.
For Rev. Moon, the Washington Times isn't there to make money (he does that through a large number of international businesses, some of them on the shady side). It's there to enrich him through political favors, and to advance the right-wing cause of making the wealthy wealthier by providing misinformation that is transmitted to America's working class via secondary news pickup.
Media Matters noted that the Washington Times ran a story on February 5 about Sen. Barack Obama's presidential candidacy and the "galloping horse of history" ran under the headline "Black horse." On the front page of the same edition were two of what are called "hang dog photos": one each of Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton. Because the photos were "above the fold," they appeared in news boxes throughout D.C.
In a February 1 editorial, the Washington Times, according to Media Matters, "falsely claimed that Sen. Barack Obama 'argu[ed] cold-bloodedly on the Illinois Senate floor that babies who survive botched late-term abortions should not be considered 'persons' because this would be tantamount to admitting 'that they are persons that are entitled to the kinds of protections that would be provided to a -- a child, a 9-month old -- child that was delivered to term.' In fact, he was not discussing 'late-term abortions' in the remarks the editorial highlighted; Obama was asserting that the bill in question, which was not limited to late-term abortions, would 'essentially bar abortions.'
"This was in regards to a floor debate during Obama's Illinois state Senate days. The bill in question was one of those anti-choice strategies to have state legislatures pass laws that would define a fetus as a person. Thus, if an abortion was committed, the physician could be charged with murder. That is what Barack Obama was opposing. But never let the facts get in the way of a propaganda megaphone for the right-wing agenda, masquerading as a legitimate news organization.
Rev. Moon is one of the weirdest, creepiest, most mysterious Republican patrons, with longstanding ties to the Bush family in particular. He tends to keep a low profile, except for when he wants to be coronated by elected officials (but that's another story).
The Washington Times does have occasional articles of interest written by journalists doing their jobs, but mostly it's as fair and balanced as FOX News.
One thing the Washington Times does well, however, is save the Republican National Committee a lot of money. The RNC doesn't have to print a daily paper itself in the nation's capital; it's got Rev. Moon with deep pockets to cover the cost for it. And the Washington Times more than deserves this week's BuzzFlash Media Putz Award.
His flirtation with mind control techniques is legendary. Parents have spent millions trying to deprogram their children from the effects of Moon's Pavlovian brain bending methods.