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KON4M 99
October 1999

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Trance Formation of America

Book Review


Jaye C. Beldo (

If you are bored out of your mind with the usual Pamela Anderson Lee 'power fuck' porn, I suggest grabbing a copy of Trance Formation of America and heading to the nearest bathroom with a jar of Vaseline. Why not infuse new life into your worn out sexual fantasies by envisioning some of the scenes spelled out in Cathy O'Brien's supposed exposé of the pedophile shenanigans of our Government officials? I mean, how could you not get excited over picturing Hillary Clinton going down on the author's deformed vagina like a starved wolf while Bill walks in on them and casually ignores them? How can you not get excited about Box Car Willie's penchant for fondling preteens after his cornball shows at the Grand Ol' Opry? Or Dick Cheney using an OZ hour glass as if it were a vibrator on the author, while dry running the next meeting with Prince Bandar bin Sultan through his mind?

Excuse my overt facetiousness, but this is one hard book to swallow, pardon the pun. I cannot help but get the impression that Cathy is, at times, really no different from some of the questionable UFO abductees making extravagant claims of being transported to other solar systems and back again. Obviously something happened to her of a traumatic nature (her wary demeanor and tremulous voice reminds me very much of Bill Cooper when he talks about the Kennedy assassination). You can hear the trauma in her voice. How she has chosen, whether unconsciously or not, to manifest the effects of the trauma deserves some responsible scrutiny from the reader.

I have trouble fully believing her harrowing story for a number of reasons. Firstly she starts out her book with the following sentence:

"Mind Control is absolute." I can hear Robert Anton Wilson rolling over in his non-local indeterminate grave, shuddering, in subatomic fashion, upon hearing the word is as well as absolute! With statements like these, obviously there are no chinks in O'Brien's armor. Her version of the Great Wall of China is firmly in place and there are no peep holes, no opportunities for us to make our own conclusions. (Please see my review of David Icke's book, The Biggest Secret posted on The Konformist web site for further elaboration on this phenomena of how paranoia compels authors to fill all available space with wall to wall facts.)

However, considering the sordid reputation our government officials have, as spelled out in many other conspiracy books, I truly want to believe at least some of O'Brien's stories. I want to believe that Sparky Anderson, the manager of the Detroit Tigers is/was a pedophile. I want to believe, more than anything, that Gerald Ford made Cathy give him head in the most savage of fashions.

The details Cathy gives are convincing and deeply disturbing if not because they actually happened then because they are the overt manifestation of some other painful experiences she suffered through in her past. I wonder how could she invent all of the relentless scenarios of sexual abuse chronicled in Trance Formation. If she did, I at least hand it to her for having a more than vivid imagination. She seems to have an imagination that may possibly help her cope with the pains of sexual abuse, whether it be from family members or politicians. The details are as convincing as those found in a well written Cloak and Dagger novel. (I'm not suggesting False Memory Syndrome but rather that she may be accessing, via her imagination, the lower astral plane which is rife with ethereal perversions, the very plane that attempts to control us through low vibrational thoughts).

Truth Seekers Books ( who have been kind enough to send me most of their excellent conspiracy related titles also sent me a video of Cathy and her intelligence insider 'rescuer' Mark Phillips giving a talk on the subject. I attempted to willingly 'suspend my disbelief' to allow the subjective reality of Cathy and Mark into my inscape but something just did not intuitively click or ring true with their story. Strangely, as Mark preambled on for Cathy, he did not go into any extensive details of how he rescued her from the CIA's MK-Ultra lair. I really wanted to know more about it so I could be more thoroughly convinced by her story.

I tried to avoid psychoanalyzing Cathy while watching the video. However, I did notice that she used some NLP techniques to enhance her persuasive potential, such as the voice roll, nodding the head to emphasize certain words, widening the eyes at key moments and other tricks that most politicians and T.V. Evangelists use to put their audience members in a suggestive state. I wonder where she learned these techniques from. Did she learn them from her supposed tormentors at the CIA? If so she needs to hone the skills a bit more to make them less obvious.

I suggest that the reader of Trance Formation regard the work as an elaborate albeit disturbing metaphor of the effects of sexual abuse on young children and how it manifests later on in their lives. Cathy's work may very well provide us with a useful perspective on how trauma can embody itself, how it can be projected upon political figures (and also how political figures can project their perverted sexuality upon us which then manifests in our imaginations. I highly recommend reading Ioan Couliano's work, Eros and Magic in the Italian Renaissance. He describes how those holding power manipulated the masses via images of a sexual nature. Same old, same old. He was later assassinated in a bathroom on the campus of the University of Chicago.)

What I mean is that the very people she chronicles as having abused her could represent/embody, in a way recognizable to her and us, the very deep, ultimately core pathology in the heart of the American psyche. I have little doubt that some of the horrific things she mentions actually happen on a day to day basis. Completely denying them would be folly. However the web Cathy weaves must be skirted with much caution. The gravity of her argument could very well suck us into territory hard to escape if we don't take the necessary precautions.


Jaye C. Beldo is a writer, intuitive counselor, and spiritual anarchist. He has been published in FATE, Green Egg, Magical Blend, Mythos Journal, Electric Dreams, etc.

He can be reached at

Trance Formation Of America:



On August 3rd, 1977 the 95th U.S. Congress opened hearings into the reported abuses concerning the CIA's TOP SECRET mind control research program code named MK Ultra. On February 8th, 1988, an MK Ultra victim, Cathy O'Brien, was covertly rescued from her mind control enslavement by Intelligence insider Mark Phillips. Their seven year pursuit of Justice was stopped FOR REASONS OF NATIONAL SECURITY. Learn the shocking details behind this coverup in their newly released book, TRANCE Formation of America.

In the presentation that I am transcribing and publishing, Mark Phillips and Cathy O'Brien summarize their stories and answer questions from the audience. After the entire transcription has been posted, I will add my personal observations made during and after this presentation, as well as provide the results of two attempts I made to verify their story.

I am striving to provide this information as objectively as possible, so that the reader may come to his or her own conclusions.

Mark Phillips and Cathy O'Brien may be reached at the following address:

Mark Phillips/Cathy O'Brien

PO Box 158352

Nashville, TN 37215

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