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Article ID: 4672
Age Group: Adult
Posted: September 16th. 2002
by Kerr Cuhulain
On the "About Your Instructor" page in the NASS course web site, Alford includes a list of "Additional Certifications/Education" that does not appear on the "Introducing Dr. Clifford N. Alford..." page:
"Red Cross Training - CPR Instructor, Multi-media First Aid Instructor, Disaster Services, Damage Assessment, Mass Feeding, Family Counseling.
"Go-kyu Albujutsu Ryu Jujitsu. Blue Belt and Certificate - Haggert's Gym, Midwest City OK.
"Texas Tech University, Lubbock TX - Sociology with emphasis in Criminology
"Lubbock Christian College, Lubbock, TX - Emergency Medical Technical Course.
"Commissioned Security Officer Course, State of TX, Lubbock, TX Physical, store & industrial security, basic Police Law, Handgun, Marksmanship, safety and maintenance.
"Central Texas College, Overseas Ext., W. Germany - Police/community relationships Diploma.
"Universal Detective Academy, Universal City, CA - Civil & Criminal Investigations Diploma.
"Northeastern State University, Natchitoches, LA - major in Vocal Music Education, minor in Military Science."(74)
One of my Officers of Avalon associates did a search for Universal City, California, schools. They were unable to find a "Universal Detective Academy." The closest match was the University of California, Los Angeles, which is situated at 1000 Universal Center Dr. You won't find a "Yunisia Medicine Society" in an internet search either. You won't find Alford listed in any capacity on any of the lists of resource personnel on the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism's detailed web site either.
One of the qualifications missing from these two detailed resumes is a claim that Alford formerly made. Alford once claimed to be a former member of a "coven of sorcerers" which he calls the "Coven of Irsei." Alford claimed that this coven practiced "neo-pagan sorcery." This is the experience that he claims to draw upon to declare himself an expert qualified to teach police about the occult. The following excerpts from his manual are very revealing:
"...While my purpose in writing this manual is not to preach, I want to make one thing clear: I would not be able to survive this type of activity without faith in Jesus Christ. Anyone who takes a stand against the occult, eventually begins receiving threats...
"Perhaps the greatest consideration for a police officer is the fact that these people are totally given over to a spirit of rebellion and anarchy... these occultists have a great liking for edged weapons which they constantly practice the use of. Both small children and the elderly, if involved in Satanism, Voodoo or neo-paganism, will probably attack you when confronted as you represent law and order, the right hand path, or God's way. Those who are teenagers or young/middle aged adults should only be approached with the most extreme caution, and always with a back up [emphasis in original].
"Remember that you are dealing with people whose words are totally divergent to those of normal people in our society. What they say, and what you say to them, is often perceived from a totally different view of reality. 'Good is evil and evil is good.' What is normally a non-threatening attitude, may just as easily be a prelude to a violent confrontation.
"Still another consideration is that the occultist is practicing a form of religion which is as important to them as that of any Christian, and there is no scriptural constraint here to 'love your enemies' or 'do good to them who spitefully use you'. Many Satanists will defend their ritual sights [sic] to the death, and those of the larger, better organized groups will have three perimeter defenses. Anyone who dies (whether and attacker or defender) at their ritual sight [sic] is considered a sacrifice to Satan."(75)
"We have all heard of suspects being considered 'armed and dangerous' and have received the admonition to 'use extreme caution'. Nowhere is that more true than with suspects in occult related crimes. Everything symbolized by your shield and uniform is something that they hate...This is a hard fact of life, but this is also the result of a strong psychological warfare program. This is what you need to realize: We are engaged in a war within society...When you approach an occult crime suspect, always have your holster strap or flap undone and your hand around the grip with your thumb over the hammer ready to draw and fire."(76)
"...the well versed occult investigator must...be adept at spiritual warfare...".(77)
"Some of you who read this manual will not believe that demons are real, and I wish that you were right. However, after twenty-five years experience with the occult, I can say without hesitation that they do exist.".(78)
"Police officers and ministers represent authority, the law, the right-hand path of God, etc., and, therefore, you can expect [Satanists] to attack without warning, just to show others how 'cool' they think they are. Its like Vietnam; even the kids will try to take you out."(79)
"Whether there is involvement through games such as 'Dungeons and Dragons', rock videos, tarot, ouija boards, or active participation in a coven, you should know that there really is no such thing as a 'dabbler'. Just as a Christian is a Christian and a witch is a witch; even so, a Satanist is a Satanist, is a Satanist. To forget that could easily cost you your life. Everything else in the occult is an offshoot or splinter from this aberrant position. Some are worse that others as you may discuss; nevertheless, keep sight of the fact that they are all bad."(80)
You can clearly see that one of the major purposes of Alford's manual is to try to instill in the police investigator a strong sense of fear of anything which may be classified occult, which in Alford's opinion is anything not Christian. It's ironic that Alford is accusing "occultists" of "psychological warfare." Pscyhological warfare is precisely what he is up to here. Alford is depicting Pagans as crazed martial arts experts who will go berserk at the sight of a police officer. Alford repeatedly states that "occultists" love "edged weapons" in his manual in an obvious attempt to get the reader to think that Wiccan athames are weapons rather than symbolic ritual tools. What concerns me most about this is that if someone approaches a Pagan group with this hair trigger mentality and misinterprets the situation in the light of the misinformation in Alford's manual, someone is very likely to get seriously hurt. Also, as a police officer, I wouldn't recommend walking around with your finger on the trigger and your thumb on the hammer as Alford suggests either. Anyone with police experience can tell you that is a good way to accidentally shoot yourself in the foot if you are startled. It is quite a surprising tactical suggestion coming from someone alleging the police and military background that Alford outlines in his resumes.
It is also ironic that Alford is suggesting that Pagans do not have any "scriptural restraint here to 'love your enemies' or 'do good to them who spitefully use you'." Spiteful is a very good term to describe the misinformation Alford is presenting here. A lack of restraint is exactly what Alford is calling for. It is also very odd that Alford should be advocating "love your enemies" and "spiritual warfare" in the same manual. The Wiccan Rede ("An it harms none, do what you will") is a "spiritual restraint" in the same way that the Golden Rule is. Of course Wiccans understand the difference between good and evil, but it is not clear whether Alford does.
Alford's warnings that Satanists will attack ministers and police officers without warning and that they will defend their ritual sites to the death are figments of his overactive imagination. I am not aware of a single case of Wiccans responding violently to police officers in these sorts of situations. On the other hand, there have been many situations in which police officers, following the suggestions here, have approached Wiccan groups with guns drawn. Alford appears to be very threatened by the idea of anyone rebelling against his way of life. Alford obviously considers them to be a serious threat and is seeking here to have police officers share his paranoia.
I find it abhorrent that Alford is suggesting that police officers represent "the right hand path of God." While police officers definitely are authority figures and do represent law and order, it is definitely stretching matters to suggest that law enforcement officers ought to represent one particular religious persuasion. Police officers represent the law, not Christianity. Many of the police and military personnel defending North America are Pagan.
Alford's obviously very limited knowledge of Wiccan beliefs seem to have been obtained mostly from the teachings of Gavin and Yvonne Frost's Church and School of Wicca. Like Schnoebelen, Sanguinet, and Todd, Alford admits to taking their course in a letter to Children of the Earth Mother, which is reproduced later in this chapter. In the same letter Alford claims to have been trained in "Celtic Wicca" from the age of seven. "Celtic Wicca" is a term used by the Frost's Church and School of Wicca. Alford repeatedly uses other terms such as "Side", "Flamen" and "Flamenca" that are peculiar to "Frosties" in describing what he calls Wiccan activities. Alford does not say anywhere who else taught him. In light of the information that Alford imparts in his manual, it is unlikely that he received any Wiccan training outside of the Frost's correspondence course. That Alford considers the Frosts to be representative of the entire Wiccan community is evidenced by the following excerpt from his manual:
"Most of Wicca's covens in the Western hemisphere fall under the authority of the Church and School of Wicca, which is headquartered in New Bern, North Carolina. The world recognized leaders of this religion are Gavin Frost, PhD, D.D. and his wife, Yvonne Stone Frost, D.D....
"...Yvonne...is recognized as the premiere psychic healer and Arch-High Priestess (flamenen) in the modern occult world."(81)
Most of the Wiccans I know would be very surprised to hear this. The Church and School of Wicca practices a variation of Wicca which many of the Wiccan community considers to be outside of the mainstream. For example, unlike the rest of the Wiccan community, the Church and School of Wicca uses the Roman terms "flamen" and "flamenca" to denote priest and priestess. This mail-order Witch school is hardly the "world leader" of Wicca. Wicca isn't organized that way: Wicca has no world leader and little structured organizational hierarchy.
The "W.I.C.C.A. Letters" myth is prominent in Alford's manual. Alford states:
"Wicca is a Gaelic word which means 'wise' and is the name for the religion also known as Celtic Witchcraft. This religion is often wrongly connected with the Witches Coven Council of America, which uses W.I.C.C.A. as it's organizational name and embraces covens other than just those involved in the Wiccan religion."(82)
Wicca is not a Gaelic word, it is a Saxon one. The term Wicca doesn't mean "wise." To the Saxons it meant "sorcerer." I debunked the "W.I.C.C.A. Letters" myth and outlined the etymology of the word "Wicca" in detail in my book The Law Enforcement Guide to Wicca. Basically the "W.I.C.C.A. Letters" are a modern version of the "Protocols of the Elders of Zion" with the word Wicca substituted for the word Jew. Here are some further examples from Alford's manual showing just how limited and confused Alford's perceptions of Wicca are:
- "We will examine their doctrinal beliefs and consider the similarities to each other as well as their tendency to provide antithesis to mainstream Christianity."(83)
NOTE: Tendency to provide antithesis? Wicca is not the antithesis of Christianity; It is simply different.
- "During the interval between each life, Wiccans believe that they go to a place called 'Side' (Gaelic: Sidhe) where they assimilate the lessons learned in the previous lifetime and then become a 'spirit guide' to someone in a physical incarnation. This service lasts until that person dies, then the spirit guide is free to be reincarnated in a new body and continue the quest to reach 'Ynss Wytrin' (the place to which all paths lead) and become one with 'the God'".(84)
NOTE: This is straight out of the Church and School of Wicca course. Most Wiccan traditions refer to the place where the dead go to rest as the "Summerland" not "Side." Except for the Church and School of Wicca, Wiccan traditions don't teach that they become "spirit guides" in the Summerland.
- "...Wiccans...also believe that mythological gods, such as Zeus, Pan, Thor, Hercules, Medusa, etc., are ancient idols with even greater power, while Satanists believe that these mythological gods are the demonic offspring of angels who had sex with human females (Genesis 6:4). Many ex-Wiccans believe that practicing Wiccans are deceived and are actually channeling energy (power) into demonic forces."(85)
NOTE: Most of these "ex-Wiccans" are "warlocks" of the likes of Alford.
- "While Wiccans are normally pacifists, there are plenty who claim to follow the 'Old Religion', but have abandoned the first half of the rite. Instead of saying, 'If it harm none...,' they simply progress to a new, more perverted activity and say, 'Let it be done!".(86)
NOTE: The "rite" to which Alford refers here is not a rite, it's the Wiccan Rede. The Rede is a way of life, a sort of Wiccan Golden Rule: "And if it harms none, do as you will." The "Let it be done" may be an erroneous interpretation of a common Wiccan phrase: "So mote it be." This expression means "Let it be so." It is used in the same fashion as many Christians use the word "Amen," which translates from Hebrew as "So be it." Neither of these expressions endorse perverted activity. Alford gives no examples of this so-called perversion to corroborate his claims.
- "Tantra involves the use of sex rituals, and both animal and human sacrifices as power raising techniques, which are also used in Celtic Witchcraft and Sorcery as well as in Voodoo and Satanism."(87)
NOTE: Tantra has nothing to do with animal or human sacrifices. Tantra is a Yoga practice originating in India that is wholly concerned with the raising of sexual energy. It is not traditionally associated with Wicca or Voodoo but has been incorporated into the teachings some Wiccan traditions. Alford seems to think that anything sexual is Tantric, which is incorrect. "Sorcery" is not a religion or a religious path.
- "In Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, a group known as the 'Universal Light Center' is known to be recruiting teenagers in central and southern Oklahoma into neo-paganism (a deadly cross between Celtic Witchcraft and Satanism) and into Ninja Death Cults, which are used as enforcers to discipline those who attempt to escape from the occult...The leaders of the New Age Movement say that they intend to decrease the world population to 2.5 billion people by the year 2,000 A.D. It may well be such Ninja cults that will spearhead this world-wide slaughter as they are being taught and conditioned through willing demonic possession to divorce themselves from all forms of emotion. Their training is reminiscent of Hitler's SS troops and they share a similar motto of 'Death before Dishonor'. These groups are currently moving to infiltrate police departments and the U.S. Armed Forces. The martial art form known as Kuji-kiri Ninjutsu (or 'the Way of Shinobi') involves a type of Japanese sorcery. Ninjas specialize in the use of double edged weapons, various organic poisons, espionage, sabotage and assassinations".(88)
NOTE: Here again Alford demonstrates his basic misunderstanding of terms such as neo-paganism. Neo-pagan ("new pagan") is a term used to describe a family of earth based religions including such religions as Shinto, North American Indian beliefs and Wicca, not Satanism. Ninjutsu is a Japanese martial art with no connections to Satanism or "Japanese sorcery." Ninjas were professional assassins in ancient Japan. Alford doesn't specify which "leaders of the New Age Movement" are lobbying for population reduction. It is more likely that Alford is misinterpreting the efforts of various sectors of society to lobby for zero population growth. There are many people within the New Age Movement who are concerned about overcrowded cities and over-stressed ecosystems. Advocating birth control to achieve zero population growth to address these concerns does not make a person Satanic, but Alford obviously doesn't see it this way. Alford's assertions here are simply paranoid nonsense.
Alford's manual gets even stranger as it progresses. Alford announces: "I am going to list for you the ritual tools and organizational structure of the coven of sorcerers, which I was a part of before my conversion to Christianity,"(89) which he calls "The Coven of Irsei."(90) As you can see from the following excerpts from this description, "The Coven of Irsei" was not in any way what one could call a Wiccan coven and sounds more like a ceremonial magickal group with Judeo/Christian influence than a Neo-Pagan group. Alford also makes it sound as if the "Coven of Irsei" is a large organization of national scope:
"THE COVEN OF IRSEI"
"(Neo Pagan Sorcery)" It is interesting to note in Alford's description of the Athame that he makes a point of stating that it is not a Wiccan Athame to which he is referring. We can then logically infer that his group was not Wiccan. This is reinforced by the fact that Alford uses the titles Grand Master, Queen Mother, Prince of the Sword, Devil, Arch-Druid, Grand Druid and Grand High Druid, none of which are used in Wicca. Note how the highest rank in Alford's "Coven of Irsei" is held by a male, which is the opposite of the common Wiccan practice. Alford also uses the term "witch marriages" when the proper Wiccan term for this is "handfasting." It is also odd that Alford should refer to such universal events as life, death, creation and destruction as "basic white and black magic rituals." These are not names of Wiccan rituals.
"1. Grand Master- high priest
"2. Queen Mother- high priestess
"3. Maiden of the Coven- Grand Master's female assistant
"4. Prince of the Sword- Priest over death rituals/master of psychic combat
"5. Devil- district supervisor
"6. Arch-Druid- supervisor of several districts
"7. Grand Druid- regional supervisor
"8. Grand High Druid- Sorcerer over a nation
"B. Ritual Tools
"1. Altar- any flat surface of the appropriate size...or any part of the sky-clad Maiden of the Coven from her shoulders to her crotch.
"2. Wand- a straight branch...obtained from a tree in a church yard or cemetery...
"3. Athame (Athalme)- a black-handled, double edged dagger with a magnetized blade (totally the opposite from a Wiccan athame)...
"7. Chalice (Drinking Horn)- Container for sacrificial wine or holy water; used in various rituals or with the athame during witch marriages...
"10. Charm (Conjure) Bags- filled with items which are said to be magical (i.e.(sic) herbs, gems, metal, coffin nails, graveyard dust, etc.) and kept in a small draw bag made of red flannel or leather containing an odd number of objects from one to thirteen, but excluding the number eleven (which represents Jesus' righteous disciples)...
"C. Basic Rituals
"1. Drawing Down the Moon- drawing down the power of Diana into the Queen Mother.
"2. Raising the Cone of Power- invoking the power of the coven through dancing, chants, meditation, sexual manipulation, etc.
"3. Life, death, creation or destruction- basic white and black magic rituals adaptable for various purposes.
"4. Initiation of new converts- the initiate is welcomed, given an oath of secrecy, anointed with water, blood, and wine, given an occult name, is ceremonially scourger, and then permitted to wear a robe."(91)
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