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322, or bare bones…

Discussion in 'Channel Zero' started by imported_SecretAgentX9, Sep 24, 2002.

  1. George W. Bush and the Brotherhood of Death
    'Secrets of the Tomb'
    Skull and Bones, the Ivy League, and the Hidden Paths
    of Power
    By Alexandra Robbins

    Wednesday, 4 September, 2002

    Inside a cold, foreboding structure of brown sandstone
    in New Haven, Conn., lives one of the most heavily
    shrouded secret societies in American history. Yale's
    super-elite Skull and Bones, a 200-year-old
    organization whose roster is stocked with some of the
    country's most prominent families: Bush, Harriman,
    Phelps, Rockefeller, Taft, and Whitney. Journalist
    Alexandra Robbins, herself a member of another of
    Yale's secret societies, interviewed more than a
    hundred Bonesmen and writes about the rituals that
    make up the organization. Read an excerpt from her
    book ‘The Secrets of the Tomb' below.

    The Legend Of Skull And Bones

    Sometime in the early 1830s, a Yale student named
    William H. Russell--the future valedictorian of the
    class of 1833- traveled to Germany to study for a
    year. Russell came from an inordinately wealthy family
    that ran one of America's most despicable business
    organizations of the nineteenth century: Russell and
    Company, an opium empire. Russell would later become a
    member of the Connecticut state legislature, a general
    in the Connecticut National Guard, and the founder of
    the Collegiate and Commercial Institute in New Haven.
    While in Germany, Russell befriended the leader of an
    insidious German secret society that hailed the
    death's head as its logo. Russell soon became caught
    up in this group, itself a sinister outgrowth of the
    notorious eighteenth-century society the Illuminati.
    When Russell returned to the United States, he found
    an atmosphere so Anti-Masonic that even his beloved
    Phi Beta Kappa, the honor society, had been
    unceremoniously stripped of its secrecy. Incensed,
    Russell rounded up a group of the most promising
    students in his class-including Alphonso Taft, the
    future secretary of war, attorney general, minister to
    Austria, ambassador to Russia, and father of future
    president William Howard Taft-and out of vengeance
    constructed the most powerful secret society the
    United States has ever known.

    The men called their organization the Brotherhood of
    Death, or, more informally, the Order of Skull and
    Bones. They adopted the numerological symbol 322
    because their group was the second chapter of the
    German organization and founded in 1832. They
    worshiped the goddess Eulogia, celebrated pirates, and
    plotted an underground conspiracy to dominate the

    Fast-forward 170 years. Skull and Bones has curled its
    tentacles into every corner of American society. This
    tiny club has set up networks that have thrust three
    members into the most powerful political position in
    the world. And the group's influence is only
    increasing-the 2004 presidential election might
    showcase the first time each ticket has been led by a
    Bonesman. The secret society is now, as one historian
    admonishes, " ‘an international mafia'. . .
    unregulated and all but unknown." In its quest to
    create a New World Order that restricts individual
    freedoms and places ultimate power solely in the hands
    of a small cult of wealthy, prominent families, Skull
    and Bones has already succeeded in infiltrating nearly
    every major research, policy, financial, media, and
    government institution in the country. Skull and
    Bones, in fact, has been running the United States for

    Skull and Bones cultivates its talent by selecting
    members from the junior class at Yale University, a
    school known for its strange, Gothic elitism and its
    rigid devotion to the past. The society screens its
    candidates carefully, favoring Protestants and, now,
    white Catholics, with special affection for the
    children of wealthy East Coast Skull and Bones
    members. Skull and Bones has been dominated by about
    two dozen of the country's most prominent
    families--Bush, Bundy, Harriman, Lord, Phelps,
    Rockefeller, Taft, and Whitney among them--who are
    encouraged by the society to intermarry so that its
    power is consolidated. In fact, Skull and Bones forces
    members to confess their entire sexual histories so
    that the club, as a eugenics overlord, can determine
    whether a new Bonesman will be fit to mingle with the
    bloodlines of the powerful Skull and Bones dynasties.
    A rebel will not make Skull and Bones; nor will anyone
    whose background in any way indicates that he will not
    sacrifice for the greater good of the larger

    As soon as initiates are allowed into the "tomb," a
    dark, windowless crypt in New Haven with a roof that
    serves as a landing pad for the society's private
    helicopter, they are sworn to silence and told they
    must forever deny that they are members of this
    organization. During initiation, which involves
    ritualistic psychological conditioning, the juniors
    wrestle in mud and are physically beaten--this stage
    of the ceremony represents their "death" to the world
    as they have known it. They then lie naked in coffins,
    masturbate, and reveal to the society their innermost
    sexual secrets. After this cleansing, the Bonesmen
    give the initiates robes to represent their new
    identities as individuals with a higher purpose. The
    society anoints the initiate with a new name,
    symbolizing his rebirth and rechristening as Knight X,
    a member of the Order. It is during this initiation
    that the new members are introduced to the artifacts
    in the tomb, among them Nazi memorabilia--including a
    set of Hitler's silverware-dozens of skulls, and an
    assortment of decorative tchotchkes: coffins,
    skeletons, and innards. They are also introduced to
    "the Bones whore," the tomb's only full-time resident,
    who helps to ensure that the Bonesmen leave the tomb
    more mature than when they entered.

    Members of Skull and Bones must make some sacrifices
    to the society--and they are threatened with blackmail
    so that they remain loyal--but they are remunerated
    with honors and rewards, including a graduation gift
    of $15,000 and a wedding gift of a tall grandfather
    clock. Though they must tithe their estates to the
    society, each member is guaranteed financial security
    for life; in this way, Bones can ensure that no member
    will feel the need to sell the secrets of the society
    in order to make a living. And it works: No one has
    publicly breathed a word about his Skull and Bones
    membership, ever. Bonesmen are automatically offered
    jobs at the many investment banks and law firms
    dominated by their secret society brothers. They are
    also given exclusive access to the Skull and Bones
    island, a lush retreat built for millionaires, with a
    lavish mansion and a bevy of women at the members'

    The influence of the cabal begins at Yale, where Skull
    and Bones has appropriated university funds for its
    own use, leaving the school virtually impoverished.
    Skull and Bones' corporate shell, the Russell Trust
    Association, owns nearly all of the university's real
    estate, as well as most of the land in Connecticut.
    Skull and Bones has controlled Yale's faculty and
    campus publications so that students cannot speak
    openly about it. "Year by year," the campus's only
    anti-society publication stated during its brief
    tenure in 1873, "the deadly evil is growing."

    The year in the tomb at Yale instills within members
    an unwavering loyalty to Skull and Bones. Members have
    been known to stab their Skull and Bones pins into
    their skin to keep them in place during swimming or
    bathing. The knights (as the student members are
    called) learn quickly that their allegiance to the
    society must supersede all else: family, friendships,
    country, God. They are taught that once they get out
    into the world, they are expected to reach positions
    of prominence so that they can further elevate the
    society's status and help promote the standing of
    their fellow Bonesmen.

    This purpose has driven Bonesmen to ascend to the top
    levels of so many fields that, as one historian
    observes, "at any one time The Order can call on
    members in any area of American society to do what has
    to be done." Several Bonesmen have been senators,
    congressmen, Supreme Court justices, and Cabinet
    officials. There is a Bones cell in the CIA, which
    uses the society as a recruiting ground because the
    members are so obviously adept at keeping secrets.
    Society members dominate financial institutions such
    as J. P. Morgan, Morgan Stanley Dean Witter, and Brown
    Brothers Harriman, where at one time more than a third
    of the partners were Bonesmen. Through these
    companies, Skull and Bones provided financial backing
    to Adolf Hitler because the society then followed a
    Nazi-and now follows a neo-Nazi--doctrine. At least a
    dozen Bonesmen have been linked to the Federal
    Reserve, including the first chairman of the New York
    Federal Reserve. Skull and Bones members control the
    wealth of the Rockefeller, Carnegie, and Ford

    Skull and Bones has also taken steps to control the
    American media.

    Two of its members founded the law firm that
    represents the New York Times. Plans for both Time and
    Newsweek magazines were hatched in the Skull and Bones
    tomb. The society has controlled publishing houses
    such as Farrar, Straus & Giroux. In the 1880s, Skull
    and Bones created the American Historical Association,
    the American Psychological Association, and the
    American Economic Association so that the society
    could ensure that history would be written under its
    terms and promote its objectives. The society then
    installed its own members as the presidents of these

    Under the society's direction, Bonesmen developed and
    dropped the nuclear bomb and choreographed the Bay of
    Pigs invasion. Skull and Bones members had ties to
    Watergate and the Kennedy assassination. They control
    the Council on Foreign Relations and the Trilateral
    Commission so that they can push their own political
    agenda. Skull and Bones government officials have used
    the number 322 as codes for highly classified
    diplomatic assignments. The society discriminates
    against minorities and fought for slavery; indeed
    eight out of twelve of Yale's residential colleges are
    named for slave owners while none are named for
    abolitionists. The society encourages misogyny: it did
    not admit women until the 1990s because members did
    not believe women were capable of handling the Skull
    and Bones experience and because they said they feared
    incidents of date rape. This society also encourages
    grave robbing: deep within the bowels of the tomb are
    the stolen skulls of the Apache chief Geronimo, Pancho
    Villa, and former president Martin Van Buren.

    Finally, the society has taken measures to ensure that
    the secrets of Skull and Bones slip ungraspable like
    sand through open fingers. Journalist Ron Rosenbaum,
    who wrote a long but not probing article about the
    society in the 1970s, claimed that a source warned him
    not to get too close.

    "What bank do you have your checking account at?" this
    party asked me in the middle of a discussion of the
    Mithraic aspects of the Bones ritual.

    I named the bank. "Aha," said the party. "There are
    three Bonesmen on the board. You'll never have a line
    of credit again. They'll tap your phone. They'll. . .

    . . .The source continued: "The alumni still care.
    Don't laugh. They don't like people tampering and
    prying. The power of Bones is incredible. They've got
    their hands on every lever of power in the country.
    You'll see--it's like trying to look into the Mafia."

    In the 1980s, a man known only as Steve had contracts
    to write two books on the society, using documents and
    photographs he had acquired from the Bones crypt. But
    Skull and Bones found out about Steve. Society members
    broke into his apartment, stole the documents,
    harassed the would-be author, and scared him into
    hiding, where he has remained ever since. The books
    were never completed. In Universal Pictures' thriller
    The Skulls (2000), an aspiring journalist is writing a
    profile of the society for the New York Times. When he
    sneaks into the tomb, the Skulls murder him. The real
    Skull and Bones tomb displays a bloody knife in a
    glass case. It is said that when a Bonesman stole
    documents and threatened to publish society secrets if
    the members did not pay him a determined amount of
    money, they used that knife to kill him. This, then,
    is the legend of Skull and Bones.

    It is astonishing that so many people continue to
    believe, even in twenty-first-century America, that a
    tiny college club wields such an enormous amount of
    influence on the world's only superpower. The breadth
    of clout ascribed to this organization is practically
    as wide-ranging as the leverage of the satirical
    secret society the Stonecutters introduced in an
    episode of The Simpsons. The Stonecutters theme song
    included the lyrics:

    Who controls the British crown? Who keeps the metric
    system down? We do! We do. . .

    Who holds back the electric car? Who makes Steve
    Guttenberg a star? We do! We do.

    Certainly, Skull and Bones does cross boundaries in
    order to attempt to stay out of the public spotlight.
    When I wrote an article about the society for the
    Atlantic Monthly in May 2000, an older Bonesman said
    to me, "If it's not portrayed positively, I'm sending
    a couple of my friends after you." After the article
    was published, I received a telephone call at my
    office from a fellow journalist, who is a member of
    Skull and Bones.

    He scolded me for writing the article--"writing that
    article was not an ethical or honorable way to make a
    decent living in journalism," he condescended --and
    then asked me how much I had been paid for the story.
    When I refused to answer, he hung up. Fifteen minutes
    later, he called back.

    "I have just gotten off the phone with our people."
    "Your people?" I snickered.

    "Yes. Our people." He told me that the society
    demanded to know where I got my information.

    "I've never been in the tomb and I did nothing illegal
    in the process of reporting this article," I replied.

    "Then you must have gotten something from one of us.
    Tell me whom you spoke to. We just want to talk to
    them," he wheedled. "I don't reveal my sources."

    Then he got angry. He screamed at me for a while about
    how dishonorable I was for writing the article. "A lot
    of people are very despondent over this!" he yelled.
    "Fifteen Yale juniors are very, very upset!" I thanked
    him for telling me his concerns.

    "There are a lot of us at newspapers and at political
    journalism institutions," he coldly hissed. "Good luck
    with your career"--and he slammed down the phone.

    Skull and Bones, particularly in recent years, has
    managed to pervade both popular and political culture.
    In the 1992 race for the Republican presidential
    nomination, Pat Buchanan accused President George Bush
    of running "a Skull and Bones presidency." In 1993,
    during Jeb Bush's Florida gubernatorial campaign, one
    of his constituents asked him, "You're familiar with
    the Skull and Crossbones Society?" When Bush
    responded, "Yeah, I've heard about it," the
    constituent persisted, "Well, can you tell the people
    here what your family membership in that is? Isn't
    your aim to take control of the United States?" In
    January 2001, New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd
    used Skull and Bones in a simile: "When W. met the
    press with his choice for attorney general, John
    Ashcroft, before Christmas, he vividly showed how
    important it is to him that his White House be as
    leak-proof as the Skull & Bones ‘tomb.'"

    That was less than a year after the Universal Pictures
    film introduced the secret society to a new
    demographic perhaps uninitiated into the doctrines of
    modern-day conspiracy theory. Not long before the
    movie was previewed in theaters--and perhaps in
    anticipation of the election of George W. Bush--a
    letter was distributed to members from Skull and Bones
    headquarters. "In view of the political happenings in
    the barbarian world," the memo read, "I feel compelled
    to remind all of the tradition of privacy and
    confidentiality essential to the well-being of our
    Order and strongly urge stout resistance to the
    seductions and blandishments of the Fourth Estate."
    This vow of silence remains the society's most
    important rule. Bonesmen have been exceedingly careful
    not to break this code of secrecy, and have kept
    specific details about the organization out of the
    press. Indeed, given the unusual, strict written
    reminder to stay silent, members of Skull and Bones
    may well refuse to speak to any member of the media
    ever again.

    But they have already spoken to me. When? Over the
    past three years. Why? Perhaps because I am a member
    of one of Skull and Bones' kindred Yale secret
    societies. Perhaps because some of them are tired of
    the Skull and Bones legend, of the claims of
    conspiracy theorists and some of their fellow
    Bonesmen. What follows, then, is the truth about Skull
    and Bones. And if this truth does not contain all of
    the conspiratorial elements that the Skull and Bones
    legend projects, it is perhaps all the more
    interesting for that fact. The story of Skull and
    Bones is not just the story of a remarkable secret
    society, but a remarkable society of secrets, some
    with basis in truth, some nothing but fog. Much of the
    way we understand the world of power involves myriad
    assumptions of connection and control, of cause and
    effect, and of coincidence that surely cannot be
  2. angry xbox

    angry xbox Guest

    FIRST!!!! bush isa rotten puppet but ill read it later right now i got calls coming in through my asshole //////
  3. My best friend is in one of those crazy secret societies at Yale, I've hung out with them. All that stuff up there is a bunch of BS. Beer,

    El Mamerro
  4. as i know one as well, i will say some of it could be bullshit, but some of it is not.
    sure you can argue the conspiracy, but fuggit. i'm not typing that one out.
  5. fr8oholic

    fr8oholic Veteran Member

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  6. No, I know what you mean, it exists and stuff, and they're powerful people no doubt, I was referring to the whole goddess worshipping and temple rites and ultra masonic world domination thing. Good mindfuck material though. beer,

    El Mamerro
  7. say word.


    I sure am glad I'm a Free Mason.


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    Bullshit, save that for the movies.

    MISTA POOKY New Jack

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