In December, 1975, we brought you the exclusive story how the
federal intelligence agencies were "bugging" the confessionals in
St. Peter's Church, around the corner from Chicago's City Hall!
The unit that was doing it was operating out of the office of the
U.S. Attorney here, Jim Thompson, who went on to become Illinois
governor [CN -- also noted in connection with the Moose Island
situation], and later by his co-hort, Sam Skinner. In charge of
these dirty tricks was Tyrone Phaner(?) [or Saner(?)], who went
on to become head of state law enforcement and later to become
Illinois Attorney General.
This federal gestapo was not legitimately gathering data of any
alleged violations of federal law, but rather, grabbing up
political dirt! They were doing such things, instead of running
after the fraudulent oil companies! Thompson and his gang used
this to stop those who stood in their way.
At the time, a priest at St. Peter's said:
If the Attorney General's office "bugged" our confessionals,
there'd be Hell to pay!
The U.S. Attorney in Chicago, who at the time was Jim
Well there would be *Hell* *to* *pay* if he did! I would be
suspended, just that quick, if I would condone anything like
that. That's absolutely a violation of the confession. And
that is part of the things that any ordinary *priest* cannot
violate. So if he cannot tell it himself, he certainly would
not be able to permit something with which anybody else could
get the information.
How often do you believe the mayor [CN -- apparently the late
Mayor Richard J. Daley, father of current Mayor Richard M.
Daley] came to the church, for whatever reason, to pray or
Hmmm... I would say at least once a week, or even more
It's against the whole, the whole teaching of the Catholic
Church! I mean, the seal of confession, I mean even the Pope
can't, has no right to ask a priest what he heard in
confession. I mean, this has, this has been recognized by all
I just can't even, I can't even *believe* that this happened,
that anybody would be that *stupid*!
They were anxious to get things on Mayor Daley and others.
I'm sure you're aware that other public officials come and
use your church.
Oh, right! No there's no question about it...
The "bugging" of the confessional was just one of many rotten
practices of Jim Thompson, a pal of the infamous Nelson
Rockefeller, *and* Phaner and Skinner! As federal prosecutors,
they ran a "massage parlour" on North Broadway. Also, with
government funds, they operated the Town and Country Motel and
Restaurant in Calumet City [CN -- south of Chicago]. In that
motel, through 2-way mirrors, they videotaped politicians in
compromising sexual positions. This is all done *not* for
legitimate prosecution purposes, but for blackmail and to gather
In more recent years, the motel and restaurant was used by
British intelligence, in dirty games against supporters of the
IRA [Irish Republican Army] in the Chicago area. In September,
1979, arsonists finally put the torch to this notorious Cal City
[i.e., Calumet City] spy deal.
Are such things still going on, but at other locations? Yes! We
More recently, the mass media would have you believe that the El
Rukn dope mess is [unclear] limited to perjury and sex. Actually,
it is the tip of a corrupt operation of the chief federal
prosecutor's office in Chicago, involving, for example, bribing
federal prosecutors [unclear] some who escape being prosecuted in
a thing called "The Dope Underground" permeating the federal
Assistant federal prosecutor William R. Hogan(sp?), jr., has been
accused in the El Rukn mess of misconduct. He counter-attacks by
saying six federal judges here take bribes.
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