- What if you were tapped -- invited to join the world's
most powerful secret society -- the Order of Skull and Bones -- a membership
so exclusive that it virtually guarantees success in the material world?
- What if you could join the ranks of global movers and
shakers like George Herbert Walker Bush (Director of CIA, US Ambassador
to the UN, and President of the United States), George W. Bush (party animal
and cokehead screw-up, Governor of Texas and future President of the United
States), and other members of the Power Elite of industry, education, banking
- Would you do it? And what would be the consequences?
- Written by John Pogue (US Marshalls) and directed by
Rob Cohen (Dragonheart, Daylight), "The Skulls" is an entertaining
albeit cursory look at the hidden world of secret societies.
- Luke McNamara (Joshua Jackson, "Dawson's Creek")
is a working class guy, who happens to be the varsity crew team captain
at an Ivy League school, obviously Yale University.
- His best friends are Will (Hill Harper), a student journalist,
and the rich and blonde Chloe (Leslie Bibb).
- Invited to join a super-secret society called the Skulls,
Luke's priorities and friendships start to change.
- His soul-mate -- he's bonded to a Skulls' chum by revealing
his most intimate secrets -- is Caleb Mandrake (Paul Walker), a rich kid
with a strong track record for getting into trouble and getting bailed
out by his father, Litten (Craig T. Nelson). It's really hard not to think
of Bush Jr. and Bush Sr.
- Senator Leveritt (William Petersen) is Litten's own soul-mate,
who is blackmailed when he doesn't want to play ball with Mandrake anymore.
- When his friend Will is killed, Luke's world is turned
completely upside down.
- The real life analogue of the Skulls is the Order of
Skull and Bones, a Yale-based secret society which has spread its tentacles
throughout the highest echelons of government, finance and industry.
- America's Secret Establishment: An Introduction to the
Order of Skull and Bones (Liberty House Press, Box 80650, Billings, MT
59108) by former Hoover Institution historian Antony C. Sutton remains
the classic must-read history of this group and its inordinate influence
in global affairs.
- "Those on the inside know it as the Order,"
Sutton begins. "Others have known it for more than 150 years as Chapter
322 of a German secret society. More formally for legal purposes, The Order
was incorporated as The Russell Trust in 1856. It was also known as the
Brotherhood of Death. Those who make light of it, or want to make fun of
it, call it Skull and Bones, or just plain Bones."
- "The American chapter of this German order was founded
in 1833 at Yale University by General William Huntington Russell and Alphonso
Taft who in 1876 became Secretary of War in the Grant Administration. Alphonso
Taft was the father of William Howard Taft, the only man to be both President
and Chief Justice of the United States."
- "The Order is not just another campus Greek letter
fraternal society with passwords and handgrips, common to most campuses,"
Sutton continues. "Chapter 322 is a secret society whose members are
sworn to silence. It only exists on the Yale campus. It has rules. It has
ceremonial rites. It is not at all happy with prying probing citizens known
among inititiates as outsiders or vandals. Its members always deny membership...
Above all the Order is powerful, unbelievably powerful. If the reader will
persist and examine the evidence to be presented [in the book] which is
overwhelming, there is no doubt his view of the world will suddenly come
sharply into focus with almost frightening clarity."
- In real life, The Order meets on Deer Island in the St.
Lawrence River and "the most likely potential member is from a Bones
family who is energetic, resourceful, political and probably an amoral
team player. A man who understands that to get along you have to go along.
A man who will sacrifice himself for the good of the team."
- According to Sutton, who in 1983, received an eight-inch
batch of documents including the membership list, the Order is a secret
society dominated by old line American families and new wealth which has
existed from 1833 to the present.
- These families include: Lord (1635, Cambridge, Mass),
Bundy (1635, Boston, Mass) Phelps (1630, Dorchester, Mass), Whitney (1635,
Watertown, Mass), Perkins (1631, Boston, Mass), Stimson (1635, Watertown,
Mass), Taft (1679, Braintree, Mass) Wadsworth (1632, Newtown, Mass), Gilman
(1638, Hingham, Mass), Payne (Standard Oil), Davison (JP Morgan), Pillsbury
(Flour Milling), Sloane (Retail), Weyerhaeuser (Lumber), Harriman (Railroads)
and Rockefeller (Standard Oil).
- Sutton writes that The Order has penetrated every segment
of American society -- law, education, media, publishing, business, industry,
commerce, church, banking, Federal Reserve System, foundations, think tanks,
policy groups, legislatures, political parties and the White House-executive
branch of the US Government.
- "Among academic associations, the American Historical
Association, the American Economic Association, the American Chemical Society
and the American Psychological Association were all started by members
of the Order or persons close to the Order," writes Sutton.
- "These are key associations for the conditioning
of society," Sutton emphasizes. "The phenomenon of The Order
as the first on the scene is found especially among foundations."
- The Carnegie Institution, the Peabody Foundation, Slater
Foundation, Russell Foundation, Sage Foundation and Ford Foundation were
all associated with Daniel Coit Gilman, a member of the Order who was also
the first president of Johns Hopkins University.
- Interestingly enough Sutton points out that "during
the past one hundred years any theory of history or historical evidence
that falls outside a pattern established by the American Historical Association
and the major foundations with their grant making power has been attacked
or rejected -- not on the basis of any evidence presented, but on the basis
of the acceptability of the argument of the so-called Eastern Liberal Establishment
and its official historical line."
- Likewise, alternatives to the politically correct version
of news events and history is typically condemned as "conspiracy theory."
- The reality, however, remains that despite the Big Media
Cartel's cover stories, alternative history provides an independent appraisal
of realpolitik and the real-life criminal conspiracies, treacheries and
intrigues of the Power Elite.
- "There is an Establishment history, an official
history, which dominates history textbooks, trade publishing, the media
and library shelves," writes Sutton. The official line always assumes
that events such as wars, revolutions, scandals, assassinations are more
or less random unconnected events. By definition events can never be the
result of a conspiracy. They can never result from premeditated planned
group action. An excellent example is the Kennedy assassination when, within
9 hours of the Dallas tragedy, TV networks announced the shooting was not
a conspiracy regardless of the fact that a negative proposition can never
be proven and that the investigation had barely begun."
- Every thinking man and woman must now decide between
two paradigms -- the Randomness of History (taught by Establishment teachers)
vs. the Conspiracy of History (taught by Real Life experience).
- Do events just happen? Or are they often "programmed"
by unseen hands?
- The most important point of Professor Sutton's book is
his contention that the Order can manipulate history itself through the
control of the so-called Hegelian dialectic process.
- "The operations of the Order cannot be explained
in terms of any other philosophy," Sutton affirms. "Therefore
the Order can not be described as 'right' or 'left,' secular or religious,
Marxist or Capitalist. The Order and its objectives are all of these and
none of these."
- The current world situation has been deliberately created
by these elites who manipulate both the so-called "right" and
the so-called "left." By controlling the resulting "synthesis"
-- the end result of Hegelian "thesis" and "antithesis"
-- a Globalist New World Order is produced. You can call it techno-fascism
or techno-feudalism, but the result is the same -- a global consolidation
and mega-corporate transnational centralization of power, capital and resources.
- And how does it work? By using "managed conflict"
or "crisis management." a crisis or problem is produced. Then
the crisis is "managed" and the porblem is "solved"
with an outcome that is invariably favorable to the goals and agendas of
the Global Power Elite.
- "College textbooks present war and revolution as
more or less accidental results of conflicting forces," writes Sutton.
"The decay of political negotiation into physical conflict comes about,
according to these books, after valiant efforts to avoid war. Unfortunately,
this is nonsense. War is always a deliberate creative act by individuals."
- "Revolution is always recorded as a spontaneous
event by the politically or economically deprived against an autocratic
state," he continues. "Never in Western textbooks will you find
the evidence that revolutions need finance and the source of finance in
many cases traces back to Wall Street."
- Professor Sutton's prodigious body of work includes the
heavily referenced history, Wall Street and the Rise of Hitler, which explains
how investment bankers, including Skull and Bones member Prescott Sheldon
Bush, fatherof George H.W. Bush and partner of investment banking firm
Brown Brothers, Harriman, financed the Nazi War Machine through New York
City-based Union Banking Corporation, a joint Thyssen Bank-Harriman operation.
- Professor Sutton's landmark history entitled Wall Street
and the Bolshevik Revolution describes how Wall Street bankers initially
financed the communists, and The Best Enemy Money Can Buy describes how
the Power Elite continued to financially support the Soviet Empire during
the historical charade called "The Cold War."
- In America's Secret Establishment, Professor Sutton writes
that "just as we found the Bush family involved with the early development
of the Soviet Union, then with financing the Nazis and behind the scenes
in Angola, so we find a Bush active in construction of the new dialectic
arm: Communist China."
- When President Nixon appointed George "Poppy"
Bush (The Order 1948) as US Ambassador to the United Nations in 1971, the
scene was set for the development of China as the next superpower -- with
the help of advanced American technology.
- Note: The Order specializes in long-range global planning.
- Since then, "Poppy" George's older brother,
Prescott Bush, has been managing Bush Family investments in China. Using
Asset Management International Financing & Settlement, Ltd and other
corporate fronts, he has brokered deals with Los Angeles based Hughes Aircraft
as well as other joint ventures with the repressive, human-rights abusing,
murderous Chinese government.
- Sound familiar? Remember the Bush Family's involvement
with the thugocracies of Nazi Germany and the Soviet Empire. It's all in
the family -- so to speak.
- "Are you ready to be reborn?" the secret society's
initiate is asked in the movie.
- Then the elaborate rituals and male-bonding ceremonies
of illuminati-style networking begin -- being caged with your fellow 'soul-mate"
and asked to reveal your worst fears, then covering up the crimes and murders
of your secret society buddies. After all even the younger Mandrake confesses,
"My father always covers for me."
- Though disparaged by mainstream reviewers, "The
Skulls"is an entertaining look at a dark and disturbing subject. With
the golden hues of an affluent youth, the film reflects the charmed lifestyle
of the young and the elite -- expensive cars, unlimited bank accounts and
even the ubiquitous sex slaves, babes in illuminati land, who march in
during the Skulls' festivities.
- And, for the eternally optimistic, it even has a happy
ending. You can walk away from the illuminati. And even live.
- "If it's secret and elite, it can't be right,"
Luke concludes. As author C. Wright Mills says in The Power Elite, these
are the elite groups which network for the rest of their lives.
- Don't hold your breath for Barbara Walters to ask George
Bush Jr. about his membership in the Order, though.
- He really can't answer that question -- you know.
- It's against the rules.
- Copyright © 2000 Uri Dowbenko. All Rights Reserved.
- Uri Dowbenko is CEO of New Improved Entertainment Corp.
He can be reached by e-mail at email@example.com
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