Puppets & Players V: Skull & Bones

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The logo of Skull and Bones (wikipedia)

 “The method they use is that of the Hegelian Dialectic: Thesis, play it against an anti-thesis which leads to a synthesis. In other words, for Hegel, for history to make progress you have to have conflict. And when you look at the key people in the order you will find that they generate conflict … Conflict leads to the New Synthesis …”

Anthony C. Sutton


Firmly in the Anglo-American Establishment camp and an express pathway to power for those deemed useful on the Chessboard, Skull & Bones (or Brotherhood of Death) is an American secret society which started in the bowels of undergraduate Yale University. Known as “Bonesman” and sworn to secrecy and silence, members represent a mix of Bilderberg-meets-Illuminati-meets-American Pie.

Members have included most of America’s white, protestant, all-male Power Elite of the last 150 years. Each Skull & Bones class convenes every Thursday and Sunday night during the senior year, with new members elected every spring as part of Yale University’s “Tap Day”, a public day for to replenish membership which has taken place since 1879. Since 1992 women have now been allowed to enter the society. Fifteen men and women are selected or “tapped” to join the Society’s ranks annually.[1] Since the early 1990s every occupant of the White House has held a Yale degree with over 2,500 members on the Skull & Bones roster. [2] There are also rumours that all these allusions to gothic, pagan, black magick and Nazism stems from the affiliation and homage to the Thule and Vril Societies two secret fraternities which have been integral in securing Hitler’s rise to power and providing the inspiration for subsequent occult experiments conducted by Heinrich Himmler’s SS. [3]

Originally going by the name of the “Order of the Skull & Bones,” the society was founded by William Huntington Russell and Alphonso Taft in 1832 and the successor of the 1790 society of Phi Beta Kappa which ran along much the same pseudo-gothic lines. In 1856, The Russell Trust was founded by Russell and Daniel Coit Gilman, member of Skull and Bones and later president of the University of California, first president of Johns Hopkins University and the founding president of the Carnegie Institute – all bastions of Elite world ordering. (In 1943, the trustees didn’t need to file corporate reports like every other company suggesting significant string pulling from the Secretary of State.) [4] From 1978 to the present day, the Russell Trust Association was overseen by Brown Brothers Harriman & Co. partner John B. Madden who had worked with Senior partner Prescott Bush as far back as 1946. Russell’s cousin, Samuel, earned a fortune from his forays into US opium smuggling-trade with China, allowing the Trust to construct the Skull & Bones Hall otherwise known as the “Tomb,” a Gothic, mausouleum-type structure built out of Portland brownstone in an Egypto-Doric style. [5]

Prominent alumni read like a catalogue of presidents and top-brass from the conservative corporate and military Establishment including William Howard Taft, Son of Alphonso Taft and Former President and Supreme Court Justice; George H. W. Bush and his son, George W. Bush; James Jesus Angleton, chief of the CIA’s counterintelligence (CI) staff from 1954 to 1975; Henry Stimson, U.S. Secretary of War (1940-1945); Robert A. Lovett, United States Secretary of Defence, who directed the Korean War; Senator John Kerry; Austan Goolsbee, Chairman of President Obama’s Council of Economic Advisers; Harold Stanley, co-founder of Morgan Stanley and Frederick W. Smith, founder of Fedex.

John Kerry

Current US Secretary of State and “Bonesman” John Kerry

The significance of the number 322 as the emblem of its Chapter has fuelled all kinds of speculative theories, the most popular and logical of which is the year, 322 B.C. which refers to the death of Alexander of Demosthenes who was a prominent Greek statesman of ancient Athens and seen by many as one of the greatest orators that ever lived. He has been a source of inspiration for the authors of the Federalist Papers (a series of 85 articles arguing for the ratification of the United States Constitution) and for the major orators of the French Revolution, which is entirely in line with Illuminist philosophy where oratory forms one of the greatest tools to sway the mass mind and initiate Revolution for the Elite, rather than for the people.

Documents found in the Society hall in the early part of the last Century were found dated to “Anno-Demostheni” [6] Or, perhaps more simply, 1832, as the founding year. “32” and the extra “two” refers to the idea that Skull and Bones is in second place to a larger international Lodge thus completing “322”. There is also the possibility of “one” = a German Lodge “two” = the Skull & Bones Lodge and “3” = another US lodge . [7]There was thought to be only one chapter which existed outside of Yale at Wesleyan University 40 years later called the Beta of Skull and Bones, only to become independent a few years later revamping itself as Theta Nu Epsilon. [8]

Though senior societies are unique to Yale, there are other supposedly rival societies at Yale called The Scroll & Key and Wolf’s Head founded in the mid-19 the century. According to author Anthony C. Sutton these are part of the same network and: “… that anyone in the Eastern Liberal Establishment who is not a member of Skull & Bones is almost certainly a member of either Scroll & Key or Wolf’s Head.” Sutton goes on to say that: “The most likely potential member is from a Bones family, who is energetic, resourceful, political and probably an amoral team player. … Honors and financial rewards are guaranteed by the power of The Order. But the price of these honors and rewards is sacrifice to the common goal, the goal of The Order. Some, perhaps many, have not been willing to pay this price.” [9]

The same old family lineage is in operation here, as in many freemasonic lodges acting as a conveyor belt to positions of power should members have the required character flaws useful for the Order’s designs. Among these Sutton lists “Whitney, Perkins, Stimson, Taft, Wadsworth, Gilman, Payne, Davidson, Pillsbury, Sloane, Weyerhaeuser, Harriman, Rockefeller, Lord, Brown, Bundy, Bush and Phelps.” [10] Author and journalist Alexandra Robbins has described the nature of high-level membership which is both juvenile and chilling where: “Members are assigned nicknames. ‘Long Devil’ is assigned to the tallest member; ‘Boaz’ goes to any member who is a varsity football captain.

Many of the chosen names are drawn from literature (‘Hamlet’,’Uncle Remus’)and from religion and myth. The banker Lewis Lapham passed on his nickname, ‘Sancho Panza’ to the political adviser Tex McCrary. Averill Harriman was ‘Thor’, Henry Luce was ‘Baal’, McGeorge Bundy was ‘Odin’, and George H. W. Bush was ‘Magog’. [11]

Bonesman meet and discuss their plans in a lodge on Deer Island next to the St. Lawrence River in upstate New York. The Russell Trust has owned the island for several decades though a centre of opulence it is not. Robbins tells us: “The 40 acre retreat is intended to give Bonesmen an opportunity to ‘get together and rekindle old friendships.’ A century ago the island sported tennis courts and its softball fields were surrounded by rhubarb plants and gooseberry bushes. Catboats waited on the lake. Stewards catered elegant meals. Although each new Skull and Bones member still visits Deer Island, the place leaves something to be desired.” One of Robbins’ interviewees wistfully exclaims: ‘It’s basically ruins,’ whilst another Bonesman says: “… that to call the island ‘rustic’ would be to glorify it. ‘It’s a dump, but it’s beautiful.’” [12]

Somehow, rekindling “old friendships” isn’t the only thing that went on at these meetings given the nature of what we know about a Society that was once known as the “Brotherhood of Death.” It is the perfect breeding ground for virtually any kind of financial, social and political fraud and deception that may offer itself. It has a Skull and Bones as an emblem, obvious allusions to Egypt, Gothic influences, nicknames from Gods and Goddesses associated with evil and a list of lineage families connected with financial corruption, corporate psychopathy and social engineering as long as your arm. You don’t have to be deep in the shadows of conspiracy reflex to be suspicious with a resume like that.

Some believe Russell had been given the job of founding the freemasonic offshoot and satanic Order of the Illuminati in America. Separate investigations by various journalists, researchers and authors such as Alexandra Robbins, Kris Millegan, Paul Goldstein, Jeffery Steinberg and Fritz Springmeier show compelling connections in Skull & Bones symbolism, initiations and rituals, as well as frequent indications of masonic and Illuminati influences featuring heavily in the Russell bloodline. Anthony C. Sutton opines that there is an Illuminist flavour to the organisation of the Order which is based on the same cellular construction used by the Jacobites during the French Revolution and in a similar way the Skull & Bones might be seen as the continuance of corporate and political thugs for hire. [13]

When Russell studied for a year in Berlin, soaking up the philosophy of Hegel which was doing the rounds of Europe at the time, he was armed with a philosophical and perhaps familial mandate which in turn led to contacts with the 19th Century version of the Bavarian Illuminati. [14] Towards the end of the 18th Century the Russell clan moved to Germany from Scotland and as time passed the Russell family name kept cropping up in relation to World State and Masonic World Order ideology. And we also have the Pirate icon of the Skull and Crossbones symbol so clear in the Illuminati Crest of Arms and just happens to have been on the Russell Trust Association fleet when they participated in the opium trade. The promotion of conflicting mythologies is a hallmark of Illuminati subterfuge just as it is with many PSYOPS operations of the present day.[15]

clip_image004Skull & Bones 1947. George H.W. Bush stands on the left of the clock.

Like the Illuminists, Bonesman keep a tight rein on the lineage which has been handed down through White Anglo-Saxon Protestant (WASP) elite (Anglo-American Axis) which grew in stature during the Age of Reason and beyond. It now forms a network of cloistered aristocracy and members of the East coast Liberal and Conservative Establishment model. Though American Zionists have entered the Society there is apparently a traditional mistrust on both sides, which keeps Jewish membership to a minimum. [16]

Ron Rosenbaum, a Jewish sophomore insider (a significance that is not without importance) wrote the ground-breaking article “The Last Secrets of the Skull and Bones” for Esquire in 1977, filling in many of the details of the bizarre induction sessions and rituals taking place within the inner circle. According to the article, one session from 1940 reads: “New man placed in coffin-carried into central part of the building. New man chanted over and ‘reborn’ into society. Removed from coffin and given robe with symbols on it. A bone with his name on it is tossed into bone heap at start of every meeting. Initiates plunged into mud pile” The juniors are, almost, “beaten to death,” which was designed to be a metaphor for the death of the individual in order to be reborn into something new – quite what that was, remains a mystery.[17]

(It is not a coincidence that  very similar rituals occur within Navy circles as described by Kay Griggs – see: Satan’s Little Helpers VIII: Weimar, Magick and Cherry Marines).

Whether this is true is open to debate. It is far more likely to be a red herring where true rituals would be carried out at a location far more secure and undisturbed by prying eyes. As with any occult secret society members have to be kept in line and secrecy assured as well as the possibility of blackmail as a back-up. The ritual of masturbation whilst lying in a coffin and spilling the beans of their sexual history is seen as a test of their will – not least their capacity to resist humiliation and to seal in their membership with a commitment and loyalty fitting for such a role. [18]  This takes on a new significance when we realise that Yale alumni have featured strongly in the presidential race for almost 40 decades culminating in the position of president or vice-president.

All this certainly fits with the evidence that Skull and Bones is a glorified Klan of WASP Nazism with elements of Aryanism predicated on a New World military Order. It is the same old romance of the Teutonic mythology; Nazi eco-fascism, at one with the Gods of hunting and warrior-hood; laced with visions of homo-erotic manliness that would forge a New Revolution of authoritarianism by stealth. This is why military service is greeted with gold stars by senior Bonesmen and older members of the Bush family. [19]

All of which explains the close links with Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) Trilateral Commission (TC) and the Big Daddy of Anglo-American Elite: the Bilderberg Grp (BB) from which the Skull & Bones’ originate. As such, it is a clearing house for the fascistic WASP elite and the continuation of malleable power brokers for the future, tinctured with a distinct bloodline of Neo-Nazi/Illuminist leanings.

See also: Antony Sutton – The Order of Skull and Bones [Brotherhood of Death]

 


Notes

[1] ‘Tombs and Taps: An inside look at Yale’s Fraternities, Sororities and Societies’ Yale University Archives. The url can no longer be found so http://www.conspiracyarchive has a copy here: /www.conspiracyarchive.com/NWO/Tombs_and_Taps.htm
[2]. ‘Is There a Yale Presidential Conspiracy?’ By H.D.S. Greenway, The Boston Globe, 10 Sep. 2004.
[3] ‘Peter Levenda and the Magickal Roots of Nazism.’ An interview by Tracy R. Twyman wwwamericanbuddha.com | See also: Unholy Alliance: A History of Nazi Involvement with the Occult By Peter Levenda.
[4] op. cit Robbins (p. 56)
[5] ‘Yale’s Lost Landmarks’ at http://www.yalealumnimagazine.com.
[6] p. 340; Cyclopedia of Fraternities: A Compilation of Existing Authentic Information and the Results of Original Investigation as to the Origin, Derivation, Founders, Development, Aims, Emblems, Character, and Personnel of More Than Six Hundred Secret Societies in the United States. E. B. Treat and Company. By Albert C. Stevens, New York: E. B. Treat and Company 1907.
[7] op. cit. Marrs (p.91)
[8] ‘History of Theta Nu Epsilon and connection to Skull & Bones’ Wesleyan Argus, February 7, 1992, (p.6).
[9] America’s Secret Establishment: An Introduction to the Order of Skull & Bones By Anthony C. Sutton, Published by Trine Day 2004. | ISBN-10: 0972020748 (Preface).
[10] Ibid.
[11] ‘George W., Knight of Eulogia’. By Alexandra Robbins,The Atlantic Monthly, May 2000.
[12] Ibid.
[13] Bloodlines of the Illuminati by Fritz Springmeier 1998 | ISBN-10: 0966353323
[14] ‘George W.Bush and the Brotherhood of Death ‘Secrets of the Tomb’ Skull and Bones, the Ivy League, and the Hidden Paths of Power.’ Truthout, 4 Sep. 2002. | Fleshing Out Skull and Bones: Investigations into America’s Most Powerful Secret Society By Kris Millegan Published by Trine Day 2004. ISBN-10: 0975290606.
[15] op. cit Millegan, Robbins, Springmeier.
[16] ‘George Bush, Skull & Bones, and the New World Order: A New American View – International White Paper.’ By Paul Goldstein, and Jeffery Steinberg. Executive Intelligence Review, April 1991.
[17] ‘Last Secrets of Skull and Bones.’ By Ron Rosenbaum, Prison Planet, Sep. 1977. |‘Inside George W’s Secret Crypt.’ The New York Observer, March 1st 2000.
[18] op. cit Robbins.
[19] op. cit Goldstein; Steinberg.
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