Okay so intelligence agencies are not a copy-paste of traditional religion but something very different. The "state religion" as such today is much larger than one agency, and the intelligence agency or intelligence university serves a very particular function in the state. It is not, as the fascists would try to tell you, the singular seat of legitimate thought, and the smart intelligence operatives have been aware of this from the start. Fascism is always an ideology for the slaves, those who are inclined by their nature to abase themselves most readily; and this is the case for ideology generally. A Marxist would appreciate the role of an intelligence agency, since the establishment of such a thing is inherent to the Marxist conception of history and truth and so on, but the intelligence agency is not uniquely Marxist. Every intelligence agent who knows their shit would be familiar with Marx and what the Marxist conception of communism entailed, and so the intel agencies had lines to the communist movement from an early stage. There was never a truly independent communist movement from the national security state; rather, the communists were one of many factions vying for supremacy in what was effectively a one-world system. The world wars were not wars between nation-states which just-so happened to conflict, but were battles within this one thing for control of the world market, and through it, the world.
What the intelligence agency actually does is operations and operational research. Its influence over ideology is always a means to an end; no one competent actually takes ideology as their purpose for doing what they do, and they're smart enough not to fall into the narrative traps. Everyone who tries to sell you these narratives holds you in contempt. We used to not allow these people to lie so shamelessly, but now the lie perpetuates so much and is given sanction. The lying is always done to a group of people selected to die, and those selected to live know never, ever to break ranks from the lie. This is the standard Hilterian strategy. The idea itself does not hold any authority; the intelligence operative is one of many who ensure the ideas are made true by praxis, and the intelligence agent does not do this alone. In effect, the intel community are state planners, or amount to it. The way the US did it was not as straightforward as it was in a communist country, but neither was the CIA so incomprehensible that they always got away with it. Really, the CIA has been able to operate so brazenly because there is nothing of substance opposing it. They can dance and cheer as they assassinate Bobby Kennedy and no one dares to go against it. There are many reasons why they know they can do this, and the brazenness became their calling card. Flagrant disregard for past conceits of law, order, decency, and so on shows the strength of the institution, when it comes to advancing their goals.
The spiritual authorities in the US are the unviersities, the scientific elite, certain professions which were given a state monopoly on knowledge and authority in certain respects, certain cults and societies that were present before the national security state, and a fairly large network that is interested in this project. A full description could not be limited to one class or a small set of institutions, but neither is this structure so impossibly complex that it cannot be described, and it does not subsume everyone equally. You are still dealing with a fairly large segment of the global population that is fully aware of what they constructed and their long-run mission. Eugenics is not merely an idea unmoored from history, but institutions which were able to conduct a coup of governments around the world and effectively seize imperium, or the power of life and death. If a eugenic interest can say "retarded" and that person is immediately a ritual sacrifice, that is a very effective basis for an empire, and they're never going to give up something that is as free as shouting the word and making it real. The spiritual authority in America, and for most of the world, is oriented around this eugenic idea of what humanity should be, and such an idea has supplanted any other idea that could guide humanity. It has imposed itself on us generation after generation, and with each generation, living memory of a world without eugenics is destroyed.
The claim of eugenics is that it is eternal and will arrest history. The truth, and this is known by a few people in one way or another, is there will come a time where eugenics has killed enough people and has modified human behavior so much that overt eugenism will be unnecessary. At that point, you'll see more of what this really was and what the contending parties want as the next thing. I can't say when this will happen, but I would guess near the end of this century, with a tentative date of around 2070-2080. If this plan fails, they expect to throw the nukes, or they regress into full eugenism and everyone and everything is cannibalized. There is enough interest among those in the know to ensure that eugenics serves this purpose, but eugenics precludes that any of us have any role in the future society. That has been locked in. Also locked in is what eugenics did to us. We have already effectively formed the castes of the future society, which follow roughly the Brave New World model. The Epsilons were the first broken off and it has been widely accepted who the retards are, and the Deltas have formed from the wretches of the working/soldier class who think of nothing but revelling in blood in the present situation, and whose thought has been reduced to a few crude utterances, beneath that of even the typical Ingsoc follower. The Gamma caste is the nerd / soyface archetype, Betas are the degenerate sectors of bourgeois decadence, and the Alphas are the favored caste who nonetheless are modified to strip away the last vestiges of prior humanity. A small group is pulled aside to perpetuate the caste system, which is taken as a fait accompli and unchangeable. It is easy enough to take a few malcontents or people with special training and pay them handsomely to support the system, and there is no incentive of anyone to fight it. Any concept that humanity could avert this has become inadmissible as a serious idea. The only way it could be changed from this is if humans conceived of themselves and their functions in society very differently, and the caste arrangement has built-in incentives maintaining it. It would require not just a spiritual transformation that has yet to take place, but very likely humans would be materially and intellectually very different, and see themselves very differently. It would require basically the end of humans viewing themselves as individuals, and not in a socialist sense of self-abasement to an abstraction of "society" or any form socialism or communism took thus far. It would be something very alien, and one manifestation of it would be humans dissociating regularly and behaving in ways that are incompatible with present working life. Of course, part of the present society has been to weed out anyone who isn't broken into a small number of permissible roles, and to limit as much as possible any idea or practice that would inhibit the present course of action. We're locked in for depopulation, and the only thing that is possible at the moment is bitter survival without any hope that humanity will be other than it has proven itself to be.