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Disinformation and production of emergencies in view of the 2000 Jubilee:
from the Musti-Blissett affair to the planetary strategies of the
Monotheist International.


1. Dialectics of Unconstitutionality
2. The Rhetoric of Emergencies
3. Fuck Voltaire and Turn Out The Lights!
4. Towards The Absolute Emergency

1. Dialectics of Unconstitutionality

The title of this piece is also that of the conference that will take place
in Bologna on May 31st, 1998, co-organized by the Luther Blissett Project
(North-Etruscan Unitary Command) and the Link Project center. Several
semiologists, Internet activists, cultural workers and victims of religious
persecution will meet up and talk about the new cultural "emergencies".
Since the Seventies, in the Italian political discourse "emergenza" means a
re-definition and re-description of the "public enemy", by which a
suspension of the rights formally warranted by the 1948 Constitution is
made not only acceptable to the "public opinion", but even necessary and
desirable in order to 'defend democracy'.
In 1975 some ultra-restrictive bills on public order, detention and
imprisonment were passed under the name Legge Reale. Since then Italians
have been living under the so-called 'emergency legislation', which was
never abrogated.
The emergency legislation was palmed off on the "public opinion" as
indispensable in order to fight "terrorism". Actually the Legge Reale
allowed the police to shoot and kill with impunity strikers, demonstrators
and passers-by, which happened several times since then.
In some way, the emergency legislation established a judicial language
which echoed that of the Holy Inquisition, e.g. the "terrorists" who
surrendered were called 'pentiti' [repentants]. The main consequence was
the so-called 'cultura del sospetto' [culture of suspicion]: the word of a
"repentant" was (and still is) enough to keep people in jail for years
without a trial, in despite of the 'presumption of innocence' warranted by
the article 25 of the Constitution.
You don't need to be an ultraleftist affected by an 'infantile disorder' to
realize that 'formal constitutions' are no effective obstacle to the
unfolding of 'material constitutions' towards a society of global control
and moral panic. There's always a big emergency to justify
unconstitutionality. "Democracy" as the rule is little more than a hoax,
emergencies as the exceptions are the real thing.
The only reason why this cannot be called pessimism is that we'll never
accept things as they are. Luther Blissett has thrown herself heart and
soul into counterinvestigation and the exposure of emergencies.
The Legge Reale set the precedent and provided the blueprint for any
subsequent emergency law. An emergency bill is overtly unconstitutional and
written in a hurry, under the pressure of media sensationalism. The
parliament - no matter its composition - always passes the bill with one
consent and almost no emendation. Sometimes the bill is not even discussed
in the parliament: the government - no matter its political stance - simply
emits a decree (e.g. the infamous, shamelessly unconstitutional Decreto
Maroni against soccer hooliganism, 1994).

2. The Rhetoric Of Emergencies

In the mid-eighties, "terrorism" was gradually replaced by a more manifold
emergency: organized crime, drugs and political corruption (bribery). In
the early nineties magistrates became popular heroes owing to the 'Clean
hands' inquiry on corrupted politicians. The more magistrates fostered the
culture of suspicion, the more the "public opinion" would love them.
In 1996 started the euro-emergency of "pedophilia" and child porn. The
culture of suspicion snowballed into the craziest moral panic and caused a
homophobic shockwave, the parliament passed an emergency bill on child porn
and censorship was proposed as the solution to any problem. The
intrusiveness of the judiciary reached new heights of absurdity. Social
control is invading the soundings of individual personality. The latest
emergencies are being constructed in order to scan and discipline cultural
During the emergency of "terrorism" the state appealed to 'the citizens'
duty', 'the rigor of the law' and 'the reason of State'. Those values and
virtues were immanent to public life.
During the emergency of crime and corruption the state still appealed to
public virtues, but the most popular concept was 'honesty'. Everybody would
talk about that evanescent, indefinable value. As a virtue, "Honesty" is
not entirely public: it is on the borderline between private and public
life, a transcendent thing that has to do with the "soul".
During the emergency of "pedophilia", the disgusting nice-ism of the Ulivo
culture can only give us simplistic, tautological non-explanations: the bad
guys aren't bad for any ideological reason (terrorists), nor because of
greed and cupidity (bribed politicians, drug smugglers). No, they're bad
simply because they're bad, there's nothing else to say, they're monsters,
they're wicked, the evil ones, they're different from "us". "We" are good
people, "we" are "normal". These notions of monstrosity and normality are
introduced as *absolutely transcendent*, they have neither a history nor an
evolution. They are considered *eternal*. Enter the "spiritual" emergency -
alternative religions, 'neo-paganism' and 'crazy cults'.

3. Fuck Voltaire And Turn Out The Lights

The Musti-Blissett affair is the logical evolution of the Children of Satan
affair: the emergency reflects (upon) itself. Our book 'Lasciate che i
bimbi' deconstructed the theories behind a case of arbitrary detention,
cultural persecution and character assassination, explaining that the
judiciary scam had been organized in the catholic milieux and was backed by
the Curia of Bologna [the local ecclesiastic authority].
That affair had a microcosmic importance. Bologna has always functioned as
a symbolic key-point and a laboratory of repression. She's always been
administered by the old "Communist" party and described as a commendable
example of social-democracy. This party propaganda "won" the attention of
P2/fascist/state terrorists (the 1980 train station bombing, two other
train bombings in 1974 and 1984, the gang of the White Uno in the early
Bologna also attracts the symbolic and material investments of the Catholic
church: a  town whose inhabitants are considered pleasure-loving, godless
and even a little bit too decadent can't help having the most reactionary
Curia, the new Inquisition represented by the GRIS [Group of Research and
Information on Cults] and the religious intolerance that provoked the
arrest and detention of the Children of Satan. That trial was the prelude
to a national witch hunt that's starting these days, which explains why the
Public Prosecutor Lucia Musti has just filed an appeal against the
acquittal of the defendants and wants to ban our book. They can't afford
losing the trial, because they're investing their credibility on a national
The Ucigos (one of our numberless intelligence agencies) has just released
an official report on cults commissioned by the Ministry of Internal
Affairs. This alarmist document is so much based upon the grossest
ignorance that the list of potentially dangerous cults in view of the 2000
Roman Jubilee (i.e. the Holy Year of Christianity, a colossal luna park
that will attract pilgrims from every corner of the world) includes
innocuous cultural associations, New Age groups and even psychotherapeutic
schools (e.g. the Associazione Italiana di Ontopsicologia). Anyway, this
report is against the freedom of creed formally warranted by the
Constitution at the articles 8 and 19.
The Ucigos was certainly prompted by Cardinal Ratzinger's Congregation of
Doctrine and Faith (i.e. the former Holy Office). The report to the
Internal Affairs is simply a lay version of the imminent encyclical against
New Age, neo-paganism, neo-sincretism etc. The grandious project of the
Monotheist International (the reunion of the Christian religions and a
planetary agreement with Islamism and Hebraism) must not be disrupted by
people who profess other values. The Pope needs a new emergency.
Look at the European continent: the Vatican City is the only absolutist
gerontocratic monarchy built upon the exclusion of women.
Our politicians consider Italy a Vatican colony. Our false left wing has
never been so subaltern to the Church.
We have a government whose Minister of Health is a 50-year-old virgin (she
made the Vow of Chastity!) who is against abortion, condoms and
Thanks to the spectacle of the Jubilee, we have witnessed opportunistic
conversions to Catholicism (e.g. that of the Mayor of Rome, formerly a
member of the staunchly anti-clerical Radical Party), the capital is being
devastated and plundered by the lansquenets of building societies, and
public funds are dissipated for this obscene circus.
Priests and pious humbugs always get the last word about drugs, censorship
and many other social and cultural issues. We also got a brand new Code of
TV Self-Regulation written up by a bunch of sexophobic bureaucrats. A
Sicilian priest who claims to be 'a hunter of pedophiles on the Internet'
has become one of the main consultants of the Parliament on the issue of
electronic communications.
Dr. Richard Barbrook has got a point: sometimes we feel as the last heirs
and defenders of Enlightenment. Now that you got the picture, we can return
to the latest emergency.

4.  Towards The Absolute Emergency

As we wrote above, the persecution of the Children of Satan in Bologna had
an experimental function. More useful information: on January 1997, a few
weeks before the beginning of the trial, L'Osservatore Romano (the official
Vatican daily paper) started to publish a series of articles about the
dangerousness of Satanism. This series was edited by Giuseppe Ferrari, the
president of the GRIS. Ferrari himself wrote the first piece, titled 'The
Phenomenon Of Satanism In The Contemporary Society'. He described Satanism
as an absolute emergency, drawing alarmist conclusions from a hopeless mess
of rumors, clich=E9s and urban myths. No specific examples, no precedents, n=
statistics. Moreover, Ferrari extended to excess the definition of
'Satanism', including 'other groups that do not intend to present
themselves as Satanists and, for example, claim to practice pagan rituals
in order to harmonize with the occult powers of nature. As a matter of
fact, these groups are suspect and we can include them in the multiform
world of Satanism'. Such a mysterious sentence was aimed at accusing a
whole constellation of various movements, cults and philosofies.
L'Osservatore Romano also hosted an article written by, guess who, Lucia
Musti, who was prosecuting the Children of Satan. Her article, titled
'Legal And Juridical Aspects of Satanism', was a masterpiece of
unconstitutionality, in daring despite of all the articles warranting
freedom of speech, creed and association, let alone the presumption of
innocence. Musti took for granted the raving stories told by her
'super-witness', the false "repentant" Elisabetta Dozza, and turned that
bullshit into a matter of juridical speculation:
'The victims of such actions are usually women, very often made incapable
of understanding and are willing by virtue of having taken adulterated
drinks or stupefacients, or they are minors, even of a tender age. These
latter have a particular significance in satanic rituals, in that the
painful mistreatment of a child, who by definition is pure and close to
God, means causing suffering to God himself and, thus, giving pleasure to

We'd like to know how many other cases Musti happened to handle before
drawing such general and definitive conclusions. Yet more crap:
'Regarding the intimidating power of the membership bond, and of the
condition of subjection and its resulting silence, a phrase taken from Art.
416 of the Penal Code (Mafia-related association), also seems to apply to
Satanism, when one considers the particular condition of the members, who
are tools in the hands of the Satanists, as mentioned above.' And so on.
However, the Church not only represses, she also recuperates. It is
impossible to understand her geopolitical strategy as a transnational
superpower without making this important point and giving some examples.
In 1991, once annihilated the Latin-American 'Teology of Liberation' and
collapsed capital's spectacular sparring-partner ("Communism"), John Paul
II recuperated the phraseology of those movements and ideologies and the
social issues they had pushed onto the stage of history (albeit in a
distorted way). J.P. issued an encyclical called 'Centesimus Annus' (to
mark the hundredth anniversary of 'Populorum Progressio', the first
"social" encyclical). It was a brilliant exercise of hypocritical
anticapitalist rhetoric, which Toni Negri reviewed in an article titled
'The Fifth International Of John Paul II' (no English translation available

In 1997, during the national Eucharistical Congress which took place in
Bologna, Bob Dylan played and sang for the Pope and shook John Paul's hand.
After decades spent claiming that rock is the music of the Devil, suddenly
several bishops and catholic opinion-leaders started to draw distinction
between 'good rock' (or 'white rock') and 'bad rock' (or 'black rock').
They argued that white rock's mass liturgy as ratified in Woodstock, at the
Live Aid etc. effectively creates a community, nay, an ecumene.
Simultaneously, the Church started to attack techno and rave culture, which
is hardly surprising. Catholics cannot recuperate techno, because the
liturgy is too different, there's no stage, no rockstar playing a
sacerdotal role and what's more, no lyrics, no explicit content. Rave
culture is unacceptable. The spectacular function of Bob 'the prodigal son'
Dylan (a converted Jew to boot!) was allowing the beatification of
'granny's rock' and the "demonization" of today's less controllable

To sum up: the "heroization" of magistrates brought about by the previous
emergencies created monsters like Lucia Musti. The emergency of
"pedophilia", thanks to the myth of 'ritual abuse', has made possible the
present attacks on 'dangerous cults'. In their turn, such attacks are
likely to create a global cultural, indeed "spiritual" emergency.
Jesus is coming.
Look busy.

	Luther Blissett Project, 20-21 may 1998

Il caso Musti rappresenta l'offensiva del giudiziario contro la liberta'
d'espressione nel cyberspazio italiano. Occorre una mobilitazione totale
per impedire che venga stabilito un gravissimo precedente legale. Non uno,
ma 100 mirror sites di 'Lasciate che i bimbi' e siti di controinformazione
sul crackdown! Accerchiare gli accerchiatori!

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