Between Two Towers: How the CIA Undermined a President and Looted an American Church.

Between Two Towers: How the CIA Undermined a President and Looted an American Church.

by Ted Seay

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With American politics in a state of flux epitomized by the transition from Jimmy Carter to Ronald Reagan, and both the economy and the national spirit rebounding from a prolonged post-Vietnam malaise, the 1980s promised to be a time of great transitions.

In Washington DC in 1981, Major Oliver North, USMC, was appointed a Deputy Director of the National Security Council (NSC); his duties came to include preparations for the continuance of US government functions following an extreme disaster such as nuclear war, an area known since the 1960s as Continuity of Government (COG) operations.

Three years later, John. H. "Jack" Hoagland, Jr. (Yale '51), a CIA alumnus whose father had held the same position in the 1940s, became Manager of the Christian Science Publishing Society. For the Christian Science Church in America, the transitions mentioned above came harder and faster than for most institutions.

Faced with declining membership and readership for its flagship outreach vehicle, the highly respected Christian Science Monitor, Hoagland used his position with the Publishing Society to convince Church leadership to make dramatic moves into new media which cost, in the end, not only several hundred million dollars, but left the Church's new electronic media empire in ruins by the early 1990s.
By the start of the 1990s, meanwhile, Oliver North was convicted of obstructing a Congressional investigation, fined, and given hundreds of hours of community service.

As interesting as their respective stories might be, it is in the juncture of North's and Hoagland's activities in the 1980s that a truly incredible tale can be found: How an out-of-control Intelligence Community (IC) conspired with Oliver North and his associates in and around the NSC to sell arms to the radical Islamic regime in Iran, help drive America's savings and loan industry into the ground (in many cases aiding and abetting known Mafia figures), fund the Contra movement in Central America (introducing crack cocaine in the process into poor black neighborhoods across America), and, least-known of all, empty the coffers of a small but cash-rich religious movement in America in order to, inter alia, establish state-of-the-art COG communications facilities without alerting an aroused Congress.

All these steps were undertaken without the knowledge or consent of the serving President, although it appears clear that several groups of actors who circled close to the pinnacle of American power – as high, perhaps, as the office of Reagan's Vice President, George Herbert Walker Bush (Yale '48) – took it upon themselves to further these operations, even as they helped hide them from then-President Reagan.

(The parallels to modern-day America cannot be ignored, as the CIA continues to operate beyond the bounds of its legal limits – and occasionally at cross purposes with its Commander-in-Chief – within and outside of the US. This book will examine the 2016 election campaign and aftermath to draw out the parallels with the 1980s events noted above.)

The book's author has undertaken extensive research, and in the process invoked his personal experience as a Foreign Service Officer with the U.S. Department of State from 1985-2011. His sources include interviews with: Veterans of the Iran-Contra affair and U.S. Continuity of Government (COG) operations; Christian Science Church members intimately involved with the events portrayed; and shortwave radio experts from several countries. He has also consulted Church records and histories, technical and historical references on shortwave radio, and the biographies of all the major figures in the Iran-Contra period of the Reagan and Bush 41 presidencies.

This is a story told between two towers: Literally, they are the vast shortwave radio tower which arose, incongruous, from the quiet woods outside Scotts Corner, Maine; and the Tower Commission, constituted by Congress to investigate the Iran-Contra abuses.

(Metaphorically, of course, the two towers in question were God and Mammon, with the latter apparently winning the competition for the Christian Science Board of Directors' loyalties hands down.) This book's findings, while sure to be controversial, underline the total disregard with which the CIA treated the Constitution during the 1980s and '90s – and point out that things have clearly not improved much since then.

Whatever one may think of Mary Baker Eddy and the church she founded, its treatment at the hands of John H. Hoagland, Jr., his cronies, and organs of the American IC and "Continuity of Government" programs, constitutes a shameful story of, inter alia, the undermining of a sitting President, the further degradation of trust in public institutions, and not least, government interference with the free exercise of religion.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781987010015
Publisher: Barnes & Noble Press
Publication date: 11/10/2018
Edition description: Second Print (2019)
Pages: 124
Sales rank: 51,369
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x 0.29(d)

About the Author

Edmond E. (Ted) Seay III is an Arms Control/Disarmament Consultant offering 26 years’ experience as a U.S. diplomat. Ted holds a Master’s degree in Strategic Intelligence, and broad public speaking and writing experience on arms control, disarmament, missile defense and nonproliferation-related topics.

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Anonymous 11 months ago
Don’t be fooled by this book's deceptions. It’s a credit to the anonymous review on the book’s Nook page that the author chimed in to defend himself. But he can no longer hide behind these old lies. Thanks to dissidents & defectors from Russia’s special services networks throughout Eastern Europe both before & after the Soviet Union’s collapse, Russia’s age-old disinformation tactics has been exposed. Between Two Towers is a textbook example of KGB hands in these tactics, which lives on under different acronyms. We now know that after the Soviet Union’s collapse, Communism put on a Western-friendly face so it would be accepted as social democracy, democratic socialism, even gain acceptance in conservative circles. But as Eastern European Communism was collapsing, the West’s favorite “reformer” President Mikhail Gorbachev said just before the Mother Church’s doomed TV venture was launched, “I am a Communist, a convinced Communist… it is my main goal” (International Herald Tribune, 1990). Russia's special services have been infiltrating Western intelligence since the Bolshevik Revolution. CIA was MIA on every major incident with Russia—JFK assassination, fall of the Berlin Wall, Soviet Union’s collapse, 9/11, Trump/Russia collusion hoax. The old Soviet spy masters learned a century ago they could influence world opinion by spinning tales around bits of truth & repeat them over & over to shape narratives favorable to their aims—in this book’s case, disguise its own hand in criminal activity against The Mother Church by blaming the anti-Communist Reagan administration for the actions of a probable double agent for the KGB. See the words of Stalin’s head of the murderous NKVD Lavrent Beria in an address to American students at the Lenin University: “A psychopolitician must work hard to produce the maximum chaos in the fields of ‘mental healing.’ He must labor to increase the personnel and facilities of ‘mental healing’ until at last the entire field of mental science is entirely dominated by Communist principles and desires… the psychopolitician must crush every ‘home-grown’ variety of mental healing in America. Actual teachings of James, Eddy and Pentecostal Bible faith healers amongst your mis-guided people must be swept aside. They must be discredited, defamed, arrested, stamped upon even by their own government until there is no credit in them and only Communist-oriented ‘healing’ remains” (THE SOVIET ART OF BRAINWASHING. A synthesis of the Russian Textbook on Psychopolitics). The results? This KGB active measures operation succeeded in nearly bankrupting The Mother Church. The once thriving Christian Science Center in Boston is effectively a public square. The Board of Directors are now prime real estate holders challenging the express wishes in Mrs. Eddy’s will that they conduct church business and use her Deed of Trust funds to promote Christian Science as she established it, not create & dictate their own policies. Our once independent Mother Church with its unique form of government via Mrs. Eddy’s Deed of Trust to ensure continuity of Christian Science stands in jeopardy as it waits in observer status to be officially absorbed into the National Church Council (NCC), a former KGB front organization rife with Marxists & its liberation theology. NCC membership would require the dissolution of the Deed of Trust & end the Christian Science Movement as we know it. Was not this NKVD head Beria’s above-stated objective at the start?