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Michael Aquino, Mind Wars and the NSA: YouTube Round Up

Gina Smith
Written by Gina Smith

Getting info on former NSA chief and founder of the Temple of Set Satanic cult Michael Aquino used to be tough. But lately, dozens of videos detailing the notorious 1980s figure are all over Youtube. Here’s a round up.

Back in the 1980s,  U.S. Army Lt. Col. Michael Aquino reportedly faced child molestation charges but officials never charged him. Aquino, an admitted Satanist, founded the Temple of Set in 1975 and also served at The National Security Agency (NSA) with top level security clearance.

Born October 16, 1946, Aquino established the Temple of Set with some members of the priesthood of the Church of Satan. He incorporated it in California that same year as a nonprofit church.

Information about Aquino used to be public — but it was cloaked and hard to find. His Wikipedia page was removed right after an editor created it. But now YouTube users are posting Aquino videos in bulk. Here’s my roundup.


ED: The material in this story is not suitable for office viewing or in homes with young children. Discretion advised.

Aquino wrote a letter to Gunderson, pictured above at the front of the Geraldo video. It addresses the allegations. Its full text is here. Snapshot below. In April 2012, military historian Douglas Dietrich came forward on the UK show Exopolitics with a new round of questions about U.S. mind control experiments and whether Aquino led or was personally involved in mind control experiments and child abuse. That interview is below. Here is a 2005 interview from photographer Rusty Nelson, who adds fuel to the controversy.

The mind control experiments he describes are disturbing, proven or not. He talks about rumors regarding billionaire Warren Buffett. Here is part one of Mae Brussell’s 1987 three-part interview with Aquino on his fascination with Heinrich Himmler, NAZI SS founder under German World War II leader and war criminal Adolph Hitler.

Plus more on The Temple of Set and Satanic cults.

Here is part two of the same interview, below.

Here is part three of the Mae Brussell interview. To put it all in perspective, check out Jeffrey Steinberg’s 1999 piece from Double-Cross. Here’s an excerpt:

During the February 5 hearing, Noreen Gosch stunned the court with sworn testimony linking U.S. Army Lt. Col. Michael Aquino (ret.) to the nationwide pedophile ring. Her son, Johnny, then 12 years old, was kidnapped off the streets of West Des Moines, Iowa on September 5, 1982, while he was doing his early-morning newspaper deliveries. Since his kidnapping, she has devoted all of her time and resources to finding her son — and to exposing the dangers that millions of children in American face from this hideous, literally Satanic underground of ritualistic deviants.

“We have investigated, we have talked to so far 35 victims of this said organization that took my son and is responsible for what happened to Paul, and they can verify everything that has happened,” she told the court. “What this story involves is an elaborate function, I will say, that was an offshoot of a government program. The MK-Ultra program was developed in the 1950s by the CIA. It was used to help spy on other countries during the Cold War because they felt that the other countries were spying on us. “It was very successful. They could do it very well.” Then, the Aquino bombshell: “Well, then there was a man by the name of Michael Aquino. He was in the military. He had top Pentagon clearances. He was a pedophile. He was a Satanist. He’s founded the Temple of Set. And he was a close friend of Anton LaVey. The two of them were very active in ritualistic sexual abuse. And they deferred funding from this government program to use this experimentation on children. “Where they deliberately split off the personalities of these children into multiples, so that when they’re questioned or put under oath or questioned under lie detector, that unless the operator knows how to question a multiple-personality disorder, they turn up with no evidence.”

Below is the set of references from the Temple of Set wikipedia entry — including a link to Aquino’s Church of Satan Temple of Set book. His Wikipedia page was removed several years ago.


       Aquino, Michael (2009) (PDF).

Church of Satan

       (6th ed.). San Francisco: Temple of Set.

“California Secretary of State – California Business Search – Corporation Search Results”. Retrieved 2008-09-25.

^ “Showdown With Satanism (Interview with Bob Larson)”. Anchorage Baptist Temple, Anchorage Alaska. 1997.

“Temple of Set:Disinformation website page for”.

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a b KHPR 001: So you’re thinking about joining the Temple of Set?

“Devil Worship: Exposing Satan’s Underground”. Los Angeles. October 22, 1988.

a b Webb, Don. Xeper: The Eternal Word of Set

Aquino, Michael A. The Temple of Set

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Gina Smith

Gina Smith

Gina Smith is a New York Times bestselling author and an award-winning journalist online, in print, radio and national TV. A former correspondent for ABC News, Gina is the co-founder and editorial director of aNewDomain Media. Email Gina at find her on Twitter @ginasmith888

  • zigazaga

    All this “[neo]-goth” stuff was getting really big in the build-up to the gulf war. anyone notice this? the spirituality section in London book shops had satanist literature represented like never before.