23. THE FULL MOON STORY
Many people believe that the Unification Church, sometimes referred
to as the "Moonies," is a small cult that uses brainwashing
techniques to convert young people to their religion, but few are aware
of the international cope of the organization and its political and
economic influence here in the United States.
Its founder, the Reverend Sun Myung Moon, established the organization
in South Korea after fleeing North Korea in the '50s on morals charges.
It became institutionalized under the repressive Park regime of which
Moon was a strong supporter. Moon came to the United States in 1973
to establish a Unification Church in every state and also rallied to
the support of President Richard Nixon.
Today critics say the Unification Church is a very large and powerful
covert political machine which has strategically established outposts
throughout the world and uses the U.S. as its base. With the many ties
the church has with the Korean CIA, allegations that it was founded
by the KCIA are being explored.
Moon's interpreter, Bo Hi Pak, whose name also is linked with the KCIA,
was recently indicated by the Securities and Exchange Commission for
trying to gain secret control of a Washington, D.C. bank. He was charged
with a similar operation involving Tongsun Park of "Koreagate"
The Freedom Leadership Foundation (FLF), one of the church's known
front groups, was said to have been established to influence Congress
on national security matters. Senator Strom Thurmand was an American
delegate to the World Anti-Communist League, a pseudonym for the FLF,
which was sponsored by the Unification Church.
One covert front group for the church was recently exposed. It was
a seemingly innocuous carpet cleaning firm which won jobs cleaning the
carpets for FBI offices and several top security U.S. Army bases by
charging incredibly low rates.
Aside from the millions in his personal fortune, Moon is also said
to own or control an eleven million dollar budget, an $8 million mansion
in Westchester, 300 acres in New York alone, a $1.2 million university
club in New York, all Korean ginseng products, business interests with
titanium and shotguns, and machine shops in Korea that manufacture parts
that fit M-16 rifles.
The paucity of reliable information reported by the mass media about
the vastness and conspiratorial nature of the Unification Church qualifies
this story for nomination as one of the "best censored" stories
New a May 1976, "A Look at Sun Myung Moon's Appeal, Power and
Tactics of Conversion;" San Francisco Chronicle, Mar. 7 and Oct.
29, 1979; The Wall Street Journal, May 2, 1979.