When the Pichel Knights mimic Ordre of Malt I assembled a ‘Military Affairs Committee’ that included retired military officers from the CIA, including retired Gen. Charles Willoughby and Colonel Philip J. Corso. Admiral Sir Barry Domvile, interned by the British during World War II for his fascist sympathies, was listed as the Knight’s ‘Honorary Grand Admiral.’Yet another Knight with far-right connections was Prince Mihail R. Sturdza, a former leading member of the interwar Romanian fascist movement Iron Guard Foreign Minister under the Antonescu dictatorship. Thus some of the Knights may have served as a ‘cover’ or liaison to émigré groups the Army wished to use. Some of these, the Shickshinny Knights, may have operated as a cover for sections of the US military who were still committed to a vision of using far-right émigré networks for special warfare operations despite strong resistance from the CIA and OPC (Office of Policy Coordination) in particular. Through the Knights, elements in the military maintained their off-the-books version of the Volunteer Freedom. The article also contains a section about the so-called Episcopi vagantes (Latin for ‘wandering bishops’ or ‘stray bishops’).
The hidden history of the Order of Malta and Orders of St. John Part Five.
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