The despicable and inhumane things done or caused to be done by these groups and their membership are simply to degrade and rot their human souls and bring them more securely into the domain of The Dark Master.
I concur, based on my own decade-long study of the phenomenon.
At every level of this conspiracy we have been able to penetrate thus far -- including the little bit that Brice Taylor disseminates re "The Council" -- the players involved are all deluded in some fashion and able to rationalize their actions in terms of establishing some sort of secular humanistic utopia.
At the pinnacle of the pyramid there resides something very, very evil indeed -- possibly beyond our ability to comprehend. Something that will use, abuse and eventually doublecross everyone
involved in the plot, because it is only interested in the destruction of the human race.