It appears that it is not only American Christian Fundamentalism, given brand-name recognition by the likes of John Ashcroft, Pat Robertson and Jerry Falwell, which shows the influence of religion on the administration of law and justice at the highest levels.
On the same day he released the official report on January 29th which determined that Dr. David Kelly died of suicide, after presiding over a lengthy inquiry which began last August into the microbiologist’s death, Lord Brian Hutton was profiled in the Church of England Newspaper. The article identified him as being a member of the Anglican congregation at Holy Trinity Brompton.
Aside from St. Paul’s Cathedral itself, it is doubtful that any Anglican church would be more readily recognized worldwide. Holy Trinity Brompton is famous for being the birthplace of “The Alpha Course,” authored by its pastor, The Rev. Nicky Gumbel, a key figure in “The Holy Laughter Movement”.
Since the late 1990’s, over 5,000 Alpha courses have run annually in the United States, sponsored by churches of many backgrounds, including Baptist, Presbyterian, Roman Catholic, Salvation Army, Lutheran, Methodist, Assemblies of God, and Episcopal denominations. About 1,000,000 people in American and Canada have already participated, while overseas, the material has been translated into several languages.
It was in the early 1980’s that Holy Trinity Brompton first achieved notoriety in England, after reports of people being lifted up in mid-air and supernatually thrown against walls. These unusual phenomena occurred during meetings featuring the guest ministry of the late John Wimber, an American specialist in church growth, who founded the Vineyard Church, an ecumenical mini-denomination headquartered in Anaheim, California. Wimber refined both his techniques and his theories when he later taught a controversial course called “Signs and Wonders,” at the prestigious Fuller Theological Seminary.
The manifestions in England, controversially ascribed to the Holy Spirit, were enthusiastically welcomed by Rev. Gumbel as a validation of his church’s new level of spiritual advancement. Christian authors Rev. John Mumford and Rev. David Pytches publicized these events. Mumford and his wife Eleanor founded a Vineyard Church in London, England. It was during this time that Rev. Gumbel developed the first version of “The Alpha Course” for his own parishioners.
In January 1994, the Vineyard-affiliated Toronto Airport Church, conveniently located adjacent to Pearson International Airport, claimed to experience Christian “renewal”. The same phenomena witnessed at Holy Trinity Brompton were now regarded as ‘a new thing’ in Canada, with the addition of those in attendance slithering on the floor like snakes, barking like dogs, and knocking their heads against the walls. Now, however, visitors from Rev. Gumbel’s congregation, where many similar supernatural signs and wonders had been witnessed ten years before, began to travel back and forth to Toronto in order to bring back to Britain the way to a deeper relationship with God, which they claimed to receive through the power of a technique which the Airport Church called “soaking prayer”. A kind of cross-pollination seemed to have occurred.
Thousands of thrill-seekers flew into Toronto to attend the meetings, and by September 1995, it was estimated that about 600,000 people, including approximately 20,000 Christian leaders from virtually every nation in the world, had arrived to “catch the fire,” as the revival was called. Several television news stories in Canada and abroad featured the church, capturing on video a characteristic involuntary abdominal spasm which afflicted many as a souvenir of their experience. That same year it was reported that 4,000 churches in the U.K. had joined Holy Trinity Brompton in receiving what was described by its adherents as a “transferable anointing”: the “The Toronto Blessing”.
Although details of Lord Hutton’s church attendance cannot be obtained, it is probable the events at Holy Trinity Brompton are well-known to him. After the death of his wife in 2000, Hutton married a widow at Holy Trinity Brompton, and the couple today are well-known at the church in London’s fashionable Belgravia district.
Lord Hutton is past president of the Northern Ireland Association for Mental Health.
Born in Ulster in 1931, Lord Hutton took a first in jurisprudence in 1953 at Balliol College, Oxford, then returned to Northern Ireland to continue his studies at Queen’s College, Belfast. He was called to the Northern Ireland Bar in 1954, becoming Junior Jounsel to the Attorney General in Belfast in 1969, a QC (Northern Ireland) in 1970, and a Senior Crown Counsel in Ulster from 1973-79. He was a member of the joint law enforcement commission of 1974. He was appointed Judge of the High Court of Justice (Northern Ireland), 1979-88; Lord Chief Justice of Northern Ireland, 1988-97; and Lord of Appeal in Ordinary, 1997-2004. In 1997, he became a Law Lord. Following the Hutton Inquiry, he announced his official retirement.
Britain has been condemned internationally for human rights abuses in Northern Ireland during the years of Lord Hutton’s career as both government prosecutor and member of the judiciary, a period known as ‘The Troubles’. It was an era of shocking violence, and the British authorities used torture as an interrogation tool. In 1978, Hutton represented the British Government before the European Court of Human Rights, defending it against a ruling that it abused and maltreated detainees.
Lord Hutton represented British soldiers at the Widgery Inquiry. It was in April 1972 that the former brigadier Lord Widgery published his now notorious report into the killing of 14 unarmed civil rights demonstrators by British paratroopers in Northern Ireland three months earlier, on what became known as “Bloody Sunday.” Lord Widgery cleared the soldiers of blame, insisting, in defiance of a mass of evidence, that they had only opened fire after coming under attack. The Widgery Report was so widely seen as a flagrant establishment whitewash, and continues to be such a focus of nationalist anger, that a quarter of a century later Tony Blair felt compelled to set up another “Bloody Sunday” inquiry under Lord Saville.
Hutton again became headline news in connection with the 1999 “Pinochet Affair”. Another senior judge, Lord Hoffman, had contributed to the decision to arrest and extradite the notorious former dictator of Chile during his visit to Britain. As a Law Lord, Hutton led a right-wing attack on Lord Hoffman, on the excuse that Hoffman’s links to the human rights group Amnesty International invalidated Pinochet’s arrest. If Lord Hoffman’s ruling were not overturned, Lord Hutton said, “Public confidence in the integrity of the administration of justice would be shaken.”
More recently in 2002, Hutton was one of four Law Lords who participated in the ruling that David Shayler, the former MI5 agent, should be denied his application to use as his defence that he had been acting in ‘the public interest’ by revealing secrets. Shayler was prosecuted under the Official Secrets Act after passing documents in 1997 to the newspaper “Mail On Sunday,” exposing the fact that the British Security Service had investigated Labour Party ministers Jack Straw, Harriet Harmon, and Peter Mandelson for political reasons. He was sentenced to six months in jail.
Adding to the many questions about Lord Hutton’s past performance is the conjecture that he is a Freemason. In 1997, Tony Blair’s election manifesto promised that his government would compile a register of Freemasons in public life. In February 1998 Blair’s new government (in a policy issued by then Home Secretary Jack Straw) required all new appointments to the judiciary, police, legally qualified staff of the Crown Prosecution Service, and probation and prison services, to declare membership in Masonic organizations. Existing government employees in those categories were encouraged to voluntarily announce such membership. Few have come forward.
If Lord Hutton is indeed a Mason, he is still not legally required to make a public admission of the fact, and he has made no statement on the subject to date.
Masonic affiliations are said to be common amongst Ulster’s judiciary. Hutton’s successor as Lord Chief Justice of Northern Ireland in 1997, Sir Robert Carswell, has been investigated as a possible Freemason and member of the related semi-masonic Orange Order. On January 13, 1997, the following exchange took place in the House of Commons, one year prior to the requirement for public disclosure of Masonic affiliations:
Mr. McNamara: To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor’s Department, if the next Lord Chief Justice of Northern Ireland is or has been a member of (a) the Masonic Order, (b) the Orange Order and (c) other societies membership of which must be declared. 
Mr. Streeter: Judicial appointments are made on professional and personal merit. The Lord Chancellor does not require candidates for, or holders of, judicial office to declare membership of any lawful organisation.
The Ministry of Defence has also been associated with a high degree of Masonic involvement. Best-selling British historian Anthony Beevor was reportedly told by a leading Freemason in 1991 that all thirteen members of the Army Management Board were Masons. The Board comprises a mix of politicians and top Army officers. It exercises authority over all forms of appointments, ranking, and promotion in the British Army.
The Hutton Inquiry formally received into evidence information about a police action called “Operation Mason.” This was the name assigned by the Thames Valley Police
(TVP) to a project described on a listing as: “TVP Tactical Support Major Incident Policy Book.” The interesting aspect to this document is the time noted for commencement of police activity, namely 1430 (2:30 p.m.) on July 17, 2003, the date of Dr. Kelly’s disappearance. This appears to be one hour before Dr. Kelly reportedly left his house for his daily afternoon walk. The record closes at 930 (9:30 a.m.) on July 18, 2003, close to the time when Dr. Kelly’s body was discovered in the woods. The actual contents of this “policy book” have not been made public.
Links between American and British intelligence services and church groups have been investigated by journalists Anton Chaitkin and the late Jim Keith. Mr. Keith documented the Naval Intelligence background of Jim Jones prior to the Jonestown tragedy in Guyana, which has been called a CIA mind-control program ‘gone wrong’. Mr. Chaitkin has explored the infiltration of the Pentecostal Movement in America and South Africa by British intelligence, going back to the beginning of the 20th century. Christian apologists Tim and Barbara Aho have researched the Christian affiliations of death squad groups in Central America and have identified intelligence operatives involved in these covert operations going back over 30 years.
It has been conjectured that the reason for this activity in Latin America was to enable U.S., British, and Israeli intelligence agencies to study and then fine-tune techniques for effective national destabilization work, using new religious movements particularly of the “signs and wonders” type.
Widely publicized in the 1980’s, for example, were the massacres in Guatemala of thousands of indigenous civilians of Mayan ancestry. During the previous decade a protracted civil war had been funded by the CIA and the United Fruit Company. A successful military coup in 1982 installed Gen. Efrain Rios Montt as President. Montt was an early Christian convert when the Church of the Word (“El Verbo”) was planted in Guatemala by California missionaries of an organization which became known as Gospel Outreach, who came to supply humanitarian aid to the country following the devastating 1976 earthquake.
Montt directed a Leadership Training School of 1,000 members as an elder in Verbo Ministries. Upon his taking power, he was supported throughout the 1980’s by Pat Robertson, Jerry Falwell, Jimmy Swaggart, and Loren Cunningham of Youth With A Mission.
In June 1982, Amnesty International issued a report entitled: “Massive Extrajudicial Execution in Rural Areas Under the Government of General Efrain Rios Montt,” detailing a “partial listing of massacres,” totalling more than sixty. More than a thousand Mayan communities were abandoned or destroyed, and it is estimated that tens of thousands died in brutal genocidal sweeps conducted by Montt’s army. According to the Covert Action Bulletin, the State of Israel provided substantial financial aid to Guatemala between 1977 and 1986, and Israeli intelligence recruited members to assist agents in espionage and torture from Gen. Montt’s Verbo Church, which had grown to represent 250 congregations across the countryside.
The most well-known contemporary proponent of both “church growth” and the “Third Wave Wovement,” now embraced by evangelicals and charismatics alike as a genuine visitation of the Holy Spirit in the modern age, is C. Peter Wagner, a former friend and colleague of the late John Wimber at California’s Fuller Theological Seminary.
What is not widely known is Wagner’s extensive missionary background in Bolivia from 1954 to 1970. A CIABASE report on Bolivia states: “Between October 1966-68 Amnesty International reported between 3,000 and 8,000 people killed by death squads.” Bolivia was also used as a resettlement location for Southeast Asian refugees who fought for the CIA before and during the Viet Nam War.
A blueprint for American policy in Latin America was published in 1980 by the Council for Inter-American Security (CIS), originally titled: “Inter-American Relations, Shield of the New Order and Sword of the U.S. Ascent to World Power.” This paper, which became known as the “Santa Fe Document” was analyzed by Burn Fouchereau in his book “The Sect Mafia,” in which he stated that the report set forth plans to create religious sects on a worldwide scale, with a mission to corrupt the collective conscience of Christians to willingly accept a free market agenda for the financial advantage of global corporations. According to this strategy, evangelical organizations such as Rios Montt’s Church of the Word would be used as fronts for the CIA to “take charge of the initiative of ideological struggle” through religious phenomena, i.e. psychological warfare operations for inculcating the desired ideology, and that Christian groups resisting this influence would be neutralized through ‘divide and conquer’ programs. “The experience acquired in Viet Nam, thanks to the work done in population control, was exported to Latin America, and particularly to Guatemala, by numerous agents of A.I.D., and of other U.S. services. Certain sects were created by psychological warfare specialists and entrusted with control of the political forum and control of conscience.”
Pastor John Arnott of the Toronto Airport Church has revealed that it was a visit to Argentina in late 1993, to visit Claudio Freidzon, pastor of King of Kings Church in a suburb of Buenos Aires, which refreshed him spiritually and brought his ministry into new level of anointing. This, he claims, led directly to the “Toronto Blessing” phenomena which began in January 1994. At the time, Arnott was affiliated with John Wimber and the Vineyard Church in California. The Argentine sect, the Divine Universal Church, has been identified by Professor J. Garcia-Ruiz of the Department of Ethnology and Anthropology at the University of Paris as another beneficiary of the largesse of Pat Robertson, as well as having received funds from the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, and from Worldvision.
The murderous upheaval in Northern Ireland which took place in the 1970’s occurred simultanously with the havoc wrought in Central America. It is to be hoped that other researchers will have success in probing intelligence links to Christian figures either on the Protestant or Catholic side of the conflict. It should be born in mind that members of the priesthood of the Roman Catholic Church would be highly susceptible targets of blackmail in situations where pedophile activity had been detected. This sort of blackmail is widely used to recruit undercover staff for clandestine operations.
Infiltration of churches and parachurch organizations goes back at least as far as World War II. According to the “Torbitt document” (by William Torbitt, pseud., in discussing the conspiracy to assassinate President Kennedy), it is stated that J. Edgar Hoover’s friend and agent, Carl McIntire, a Fundamentalist pastor from Collingwood, New Jersey, organized an espionage and intelligence unit under the cover name “American Council of Christian Churches” (ACCC), which placed operatives posing as ministers and missionaries throughout the United States and most Latin American countries. Albert Osborne, alias John Howard Bowen, alias J. H. Owen, under the personal direction of J. Edgar Hoover from 1943 to 1964, described himself as an itinerant preacher, member of the First Baptist Church of Laredo, Texas, and missionary for ACCC, while supervising a team of highly trained professional marksmen based in Mexico and used by espionage agencies of the U.S. and other countries all over the world for political assassinations. During those years Mr. Osborne was believed to operate a charitable school for 25 to 30 boys in Pueblo, Mexico.
As American Secretary for the Foreign Relations Department of the ACCC, noted Christian author and teacher Dr. Francis Schaeffer took several European trips during the war years 1942-45, and then moved with his family to Switzerland in 1948. Schaeffer founded a Christian resource and retreat center named L’Abri outside of Lausanne in 1955, which attracted visitors from all over the world, reaching its peak of popularity in the volatile 1960’s and 1970’s.
The British connection to efforts to develop an ersatz spiritual base for the growing manipulation of societies goes back to the work of Col. Sir Vivian Gabriel, a British Air Commission attache in Washington during World War II, who established a group called
International Christian Leadership. In the 1960’s, the president of International Christian Leadership’s British branch was Ernest Williams, who was both a member of the directing staff of the British Admiralty and a member of the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Commission on Evangelism. He worked closely with Harald Bredesen, a British intelligence operative who went on to personally mentor Pat Robertson in the United States.
In 1978 an important global meeting at Canterbury was held under Queen Elizabeth’s Archbishop Donald Coggan, for the purpose of launching a crusade to spread the practice of Charismatic “Gifts of the Spirit” around the world under the guidance of the Anglican Church. Leading a group of American Charismatics who attended the meeting was Gen. Ralph E. Haines, Jr., the former vice chief of staff of the U.S. Army 1967-8. Haines had been in charge of a counterinsurgency military takeover program called “Operation Garden Plot,” prepared in the event black ghetto riots and anti-war demonstrations required the implementation of martial law in America. No longer on active duty, Gen. Haines had been in close association with Harald Bredesen since 1971.
Another British group active in Charismatic fellowships, particularly in African war zones, is Christian Solidarity International (CSI), headed by Baroness Caroline Cox, whose reports from the Sudan have led many in the American government to contemplate military action in that country.
When faulty intelligence regarding chemical ‘weapons of mass destruction’ prompted President Clinton to bomb a Sudanese aspirin factory a few years ago, the embarrassing mistake only mildly dampened the enthusiasm of the clique supporting such a venture. Profiled in the Pentecostal U.S. magazine “Charisma” in August 1997, Baroness Cox said that she and many CSI board members enjoy “the sort of robust and very expressive forms of worship” at the “charismatic end of the church spectrum.”
It may be significant that John Wimber of the Vineyard, a group whose name became synonymous with very expressive forms of worship, held the first meeting of the small church where he first assumed the position of pastor in a rented Masonic hall. An original member of his congregation has recalled that he told the people repeatedly that he was interested in their activities as “an experiment”. By 1980, at a historic Mother’s Day service in Anaheim, California, Wimber’s brand of ‘power evangelism’ was characterized by uncontrollable shaking, people collapsing in the aisles, and “drunkenness in the Spirit”. Many years later the Holy Laughter Movement was popularized by evangelist Rodney Howard-Browne, known as “God’s Bartender.”
It may also be significant that a Vineyard Church, located in an upscale mall near Columbine High School, allegedly had a very active outreach to youth in the area, prior to the tragic shootings on campus which garnered worldwide attention. Researchers have faced a tangled assortment of eyewitness accounts plainly irreconciliable with official findings. The term “cover-up” was used recently in a meeting held for parents of the deceased teens, which presented masses of previously withheld evidence.
The missing link in this far-reaching story is the scientific data which would explain what forms of hypnotism and suggestion have been utilized in all these events, and surely such effects could have been enhanced in recent years by remote electrical stimulation of the brain, as well as by designer drugs distributed by intelligence agencies since the 1960’s, both for human experimentation and for financial gain. Counterfeit expressions of Christian worship and joy can fool many, as the high ratings of televangelists prove. But this is now the stuff of deliberate social engineering, turning human beings into guinea pigs whose lives are cheap.
Those of us in non-compromised Christian work have weathered criticism for many years regarding the paradox between Christian love, as displayed in the New Testament, and centuries of bloodshed down to modern times, with countless crimes against humanity
committed in the name of God. But many realize today that the source of the ongoing carnage has always been in the political arena, using religion as a shield, or a scapegoat.
Most recently, investigations into the history of violence in Northern Ireland have revealed instances of covert operations undertaken by British intelligence, for which both Protestant and Catholic factions have taken the blame. And yet the terrible killings in Northern Ireland have been used over and over again to attempt to deny any legitimate value to Christian faith and practice Perhaps this was regarded by the perpetrators as a desirable plus.
On Sunday, Lord Brian Hutton will likely be found sitting in church at Holy Trinity Brompton. It is to be remembered with what poignant solemnity he began the Hutton Inquiry by calling for a respectful minute of silence, in memory of the dead Dr. David Kelly. However, better Lord Hutton had remained silent, than to have committed himself publicly in releasing a final report which bears so little resemblance to the true circumstances of Dr. Kelly’s final moments of life on this earth.
“And there shall be, like people, like priest…” (Hosea 4:9).
Given his background as an advocate for mental health, civil rights, and law and order, Lord Hutton is probably regarded by his fellow parishioners as a credit to Holy Trinity Brompton and their renowned pastor, The Rev. Nicky Gumbel. And both Vineyard and Toronto Blessing groups have made several trips over the past decade to Lord Hutton’s native Ulster, with the stated goal of seeking peace and bringing Christian Renewal to Northern Ireland.
We do not know how effective those ministry teams have been, nor what they were really sent to achieve. But we can speculate that the overall end result of the many efforts to extend covert political control, using ‘religious experiences’ as a tool and a mask, will ultimately fulfill the words of the Apostle Paul, who spoke of “the unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they shall believe a lie” (2nd Thess. 2:10-11).
The time is coming, I believe, when each one of us will inevitably come to the place where we will have to search our consciences, to answer two questions posed long ago in the Gospels, where Jesus asked:
“Shall not God avenge his own elect, which cry day and night unto him?… Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth?” (Luke 18:17-18).
Jim Keith, “Mass Control: Engineering Human Consciousness” (IllumiNet Press, 1999)
“British Subversion of America: The Militias and Pentecostalism” by Anton Chaitkin
“Fruit of the Jesus Revolution,”
“Nomenclature of An Assassination Cabal” by William Torbitt (pseud.)
Material by Jim Carrey,
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