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Project Monarch: The Tangled Web

By Martin Cannon

June 1996


Since 1991, Mark Phillips and Cathy O'Brien have alternately
appalled and enthralled their audiences with tales of mind
control, programmed prostitution, ritual abuse, and worse. The
handsome couple from Tennessee initially told their story to a
select group of writers and journalists. Now, they are spreading
the word via right-wing periodicals and outside-the-mainstream
radio programs.

Cathy claims to be a victim of the Monarch Project, an insidious
CIA/military/Satanist plan to use ritual abuse victims as mind
controlled guinea pigs. Victims of the plot, almost always
female, are the children of multi-generational Satanic groups.
Sold by their parents to government brainwashers, Monarch kids
are intentionally "split" into directed multiple personalities,
which can be used for various criminal purposes -- as spies, as
drug mules, as prostitutes, and so forth. The well-developed
primary personality never realizes what was done by, or to, the
alter personalities. We are told that powerful individuals with a
taste for sexual excess choose their playmates from the ranks of
Monarch graduates, the better to avoid after-the-fact
blackmailers and tattle-talers, a la Vicki Morgan and (if you
believe certain writers) Marilyn Monroe. For example, O'Brien
describes in detail how one important aide to Ronald Reagan
enjoyed raping her anally while using a stun device to prod her
body with electric convulsions. This is the precisely sort of
fetish that might cause some concern among the voters, if ever
they learned the truth. Hence, Monarch.

Little about the basic Monarch theory struck me as technically
implausible -- indeed, this putative project seems, in many way,
the logical extension of MKULTRA. I therefore initially found the
O'Brien/Phillips story quite intriguing. But I also found Mark
and Cathy exceptionally frustrating to deal with.

Mark Phillips has offered varying descriptions of how he first
learned about Monarch programming. At one point, he said he had
worked for an unnamed "DIA contractor," in which position he came
across various materials detailing the government's mind control
projects. But in a letter to me (June 1, 1991), he claimed to
have discovered the operation during his "tenure in the '60s and
'70s at NASA (Huntsville, Alabama) and Woodland Hills R&D
(Woodland Hills, California...)" I have lived near Woodland Hills
most of my life, yet have never heard of any such corporation,
which also remains mysterious to everyone else I have consulted.
(A call to Directory Assistance came up goose eggs.) Phillips
seems rather too young to have worked in a sensitive position at
NASA in the 1960s. He claims to have "retained" copies of
classified documents detailing "harmonics, electroshock, hypnotic
programming, mind/body conditioning (torture), (limited) drug
applications for programming and deprogramming, and the names and
backgrounds of the expendables (victims)." Peculiarly, he has
never produced any of this confirming documentation. Nor has he
produced any evidence that he ever worked for any government
contractor. Independent background checks have revealed only that
he has held far less impressive jobs, such as selling
recreational vehicles.

He also briefly joined forces with a Tennessee businessman named
Alex Houston. Houston, in a telephone interview with researcher
Mike Knight, claims that he was married to Cathy O'Brien in 1988
-- a fact never noted in her voluminous autobiographical writings,
although she has frequently labeled Houston an operator within
Project Monarch. (He denies this accusation.) Houston reports
that he and Phillips once traveled to China to sell capacitors,
and were briefly detained on suspicion of espionage by the
Chinese government. After returning to the United States, Houston
found that Cathy had gone off with Mark.

Mark Phillips claims that his "inside knowledge" allowed him
immediately to spot Cathy's status as a Monarch victim. He
therefore whisked her away and embarked on a deprogramming
operation -- although his description of "how to deprogram" seems
unnervingly similar to descriptions I have read of how to instill
programming. The couple traveled to Alaska, where, Cathy claims,
they gave the FBI testimony concerning various entertainment
figures who were part of the Monarch drug conspiracy. In 1991,
the couple began distributing "documented proof" of the scheme to
their network of journalists, researchers, and interested

The "documentation" consists of non-sworn testimony written by
Cathy O'Brien, in which she accuses various political and
entertainment figures of participation in the plot. Throughout
1991-93, those on her mailing list regularly received two-to-ten
page short-stories-from-hell, which detailed the horrific deeds
(mostly involving sex and drugs) perpetrated by the likes of
Ronald Reagan, George Bush, and Cathy's bete noir, Senator Robert
Byrd. The entire program, she averred, was commanded by the
occultist I have already labeled "Mr. A." Cathy also identified
other putative Monarch victims, such as Country singer Loretta
Lynn, and Dodger pitcher Fernando Valenzuala, who supposedly owed
his baseball prowess to hypnosis. (Apparently, the trance wore
off.) Even comedian Jack Benny was murdered by the conspiracy.

On one occasion, she claims, she was taken to a rural retreat
where she serviced the eldritch sexual needs of then-vice
president George Bush and one of his chief aides. This story's
high point depicts Bush "kissing the sky' while strung out on
heroin, as he repeatedly gurgles to his comrade: "You look just
like Elmer Fudd!"  (A wicked part of me almost wishes it were

I once told Mark that I was impressed by Cathy's willingness to
name names, thereby placing the couple at some legal risk. Mark
became nervous, and, rather less-than-gallantly, observed that
his name didn't appear as author on any of the accusatory
material, leaving him in a position protected from libel action.

Many objective journalists, such as freelance writer Civia
Tomarkin (who has followed the ritual abuse controversy), quietly
studied the O'Brien/Phillips "paperwork." But, as Tomarkin
observes, "there's a difference between testimony and proof," and
the couple never has brought forth the proof they have promised.
Cathy asserts that her body bears many marks, wounds, and
"cancerous moles" which corroborate her tales of torture -- yet
she refuses to make available probative photographs or other
medical evidence. Neither will she provide documentation proving
that she has ever had cancer. Everyone who meets her notices that
her fashion-model good looks remain unflawed by any visible
scars. Cathy often describes the genitalia of the famous
politicos she has serviced -- but no journalist could hope to
validate these descriptions, unless he possesses a talent for
furtive glances in the Senate restroom.

The couple use familiar tactics to counter their critics: After
Tomarkin's interest turned to skepticism, Mark Phillips asserted
that the journalist was herself part of the Great Monarch

It is apparently a very powerful conspiracy indeed. We are told
that Hollywood animators deliberately place hypnotic cue images
into children's television shows, such as Disney's Duck Tales.
Rock-and-roll Monarchists deliberately include hypnotic cue words
in the lyrics of many popular songs. When asked why they don't
bring civil charges against Byrd, "Mr. A.," and other
Monarchians, Mark and Cathy insist that "they" -- the Satanic
plotters -- control the entire court system. Just as "they"
control the presidency, much of Congress, the entertainment
industry, and large sectors of both the Mormon and Catholic

I backed away from this tale in September of 1991, when Cathy
sent a letter begging me to "rally the troops" in support of Mark
Phillips, who had been called to testify before a Federal Grand
Jury in Tennessee. "We nervously anticipate a set-up," Cathy
wrote, apparently hoping her network would start a "Free Mark"
movement. I didn't bite. Soon thereafter, Mark Phillips told me
that the Grand Jury had falsely accused him of threatening
President George Bush. This assertion made no sense: Anyone
accused (even falsely) of posing a presidential threat would
first confront the Secret Service, not a Grand Jury. Later still,
I discovered that the Grand Jury had merely called in Mark
Phillips as a potential witness in a completely unrelated matter.
Why, then, the call-to-arms?

In 1991, O'Brien and Phillips inundated their network with
"paperwork" naming the crimes of numerous American political
figures, especially those hailing from the south. Yet they never
mentioned Arkansas governor Bill Clinton, either in writing or in
telephone interviews. That situation changed after the 1992
Democratic convention, which chose Bill Clinton as the party's
presidential candidate. At that point, Cathy distributed a
two-pager titled "Clinton Coke Lines" (allegedly "compiled 3/89,"
although, for mysterious reasons, never released previously.) In
this paper, Cathy claims to have met then-governor Clinton in
1984, at a contributor's mountain retreat. All parties did mounds
of cocaine while they discussed using a fleet of trucks
("Clinton's Coke Lines") to run CIA drugs through Arkansas.

Thus spake Bill, as per O'Brien: "Bottom line is, we've got
control of the drug industry, therefore we've got control of them
(suppliers). You control the guy underneath ya, and Uncle has ya
covered -- what have ya got to lose?" Soon after making this
observation, Clinton insisted that Cathy (apparently present to
supply "entertainment") had to leave the room, even though she
was a "presidential model" capable of keeping state secrets.

Cathy O'Brien claims that Arkansas entertainment director H.B.
Gibson was present at this meeting. In 1993, investigator Mike
Knight telephoned Gibson. Knight, no fan of the man he will
always call "Slick Willie," undoubtedly wanted to prove this
story true. But Gibson seemed genuinely bewildered when he heard
the names Alex Houston and Cathy O'Brien. After lengthy,
carefully-phrased questioning, Knight reluctantly decided Cathy
had witnessed no such meeting involving Bill Clinton.

And that's the bottom line: However persuasive or outlandish,
Mark-and-Cathy tales never come backed by hard evidence. When
Cathy claimed on the radio that a Virginia Senator had sexually
abused her in an L.L. Bean store located in that state, a caller
pointed out that the L.L. Bean company maintains no stores in
Virginia. Cathy rationalized the problem away. There's always a
rationalization. But there's never any validation.

Just to make matters perfectly surreal: Mark Phillips has
privately admitted to at least one researcher that he (Phillips)
concocted the name "Project Monarch," just to see who would pick
it up.

At this point, an honest investigator can only feel aggravated
and dispirited -- which may be the entire point of this charade.
In fact, ritual abuse claimants throughout the country had spoken
darkly of a "Project Monarch" well before Mark and Cathy came on
the scene. Now, skeptics can posit that Mark Phillips
contaminated the testimony of others, even though the chronology
argues against this scenario.

How, then, do we assess the "Monarch" story? Some believe that
Cathy's testimony is basically true, while others damn it as a
pack of lies. Still others suspect that Mark and Cathy have
played out a clever disinformation gambit, mixing fact and
fiction  in order to discredit any genuine victims who "break
program." Worth noting: "Mr. A" has never attempted to sue the
couple, even though they have accused him publicly of numerous
crimes, and even though he is notorious for having his lawyers
write to anyone he perceives as injuring his reputation.

At the end of the day, we can only contemplate Shakespeare's
famous phrase: "Oh, what a tangled web we weave..." The sentiment
has never seemed more appropriate.

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