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Federico Fellini

Psychic Dictatorship

Alex Constantine

Buenos Aires

Moses Berg
Rio's Attic: Celebrating the Life and Times of a Dearly Missed River Phoenix
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Psychic Dictatorship

by Alex Constantine
First published in 1995.

ISBN 0-922915-28-8 (Paperback, 221 Pages)

Science of mind control, human guinea pigs, electromagnetic-pulse weapons, infra-sound guns, computer-aided mental projection, cranial surveillance devices, electromagnetic brain-blasters, cyborgian psychic driving techniques, ritual child abuse, psychoactive drug experimentation, computer-enhanced subliminal transmissions, etc. No, this is not the script of a popular TV series in which two smart FBI officers, looking for proof of an alien presence on Earth, uncover the machinations of some secret organisation. The author of this book takes his work very seriously as he intends to denounce the implication of both the Pentagon and the CIA in advanced technologies research and experiments on human beings. The human guinea pigs are not volunteers according to Alex Constantine and all those who tried to make this secret war public have just disappeared.

In a 221 page book, after a first part dedicated to radio and electromagnetic control of the brain and before the last section which details several CIA covered operations, the second and largest part, called "Satanism & Cult Abuse of Children," tackles the links between the CIA and several cults in order to experiment psychological abuse. Chapter 8 concerns the radical Christian Cult the Children of God, the group of which River's parents were members from 1970 to 1977. It is here that River's name appears.

The fatal speedball seizure of River Phoenix on Halloween night coincided in the media with the apocalyptic fire storm in Malibu and the death of Federico Fellini. In early September, newspapers in London and Buenos Aires headlined a story that directly concerned River Phoenix but, after the initial burst of coverage, was conspicuously absent from the American press - a raid on the Pilar, Argentina compound of the Family of Love, formerly the Children of God sect.

After a description of what he later calls a "doomsday sect" or a "criminal syndicate," the author proposes what could have been an original hypothesis:

The fatal overdose of River Phoenix on Halloween leaves hanging a host of questions concerning his death. Why is it, for instance, that three days later medical examiners announced that autopsy tests were inconclusive - but ruled out foul play? If the cause of death was unknown, how could the coroner possibly dismiss the possibility of murder? The day after he overdosed, the question reverberated on Hollywood streets: "Who killed River Phoenix?"

Alex Constantine has his own answer:

In fact, the death of River Phoenix coincided with investigations of the Family spreading across Latin America. The last thing the cult needed was a popular junkie film star shattering the news vacuum in the U.S. media by expanding, in some Hollywood fanzine, on his sexual initiation in a cult with notorious international political connections.

In fact, River Phoenix had a reputation for talking too much.

River Phoenix violated the cult’s stricture of secrecy by discussing his early sexuality with reporters. Two years later, on All Hallow's Eve, at the most critical period in the Family's history, he was poisoned with a drug overdose. Had he lived, River Phoenix could have proven to be a dangerous liability to the cult, confirming reports of sexual abuse and child prostitution circulating throughout South America, but largely snubbed by the domestic press. Moses Berg's Family sleeps with powerful political allies.

Did one of them have reason to silence River Phoenix?

That's all and the way the author tells River's story it's the same with the rest of his book. He likes impressive words, audacious opinions, destabilising ideas and mysterious acronyms. Each reader will form his own opinion on Alex Constantine's possible paranoia or on his seriousness. Each one will have to decide if the reasons given for all these secret experiments are satisfactory or not. On a less serious note, the reader cannot help from probably feeling some irony when on page 69, after long chapters on electronic devices and advanced sciences, the author makes a mistake with a simple addition of percentages going up to 105%.

Whatever the reader's opinion on cults or sects, it is difficult to accept that Alex Constantine does not present the beginning of the lesser proof to sustain his allegations. His real knowledge of the facts can be questioned if you focus on little details: for instance, he refers to River's mother as "Arlene." But mainly, even a dumb reader would ask obvious questions that have no convincing answers in the book. If River's famous interview was given in 1991, why did the sect and its "powerful political allies" wait until 1993 to get rid of him as he never talked about that story anymore and there is no evidence suggesting that he ever wanted to mention it again? The author also feels it is not worth mentioning River's later retraction of his statement as "a joke" at all.

And if such a famous young actor like River could have been killed just for the reasons given in the book, it is unclear why such an unknown writer as Mr Constantine who, according to himself, spends his life persecuted by the CIA, has not also "disappeared" like many others if, as he claims, the Agency is almighty.

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