In the November, 2003 issue of High Times, then-editor-in-chief Steven Hager admitted we may never know who ultimately pulls the strings on world events, but that the existence of a powerful multi-generational cabal is obvious to those who study the machinations of secret societies.
Major historical events, such as revolution, assassination, and war, are usually presented as random events created through chaos and chance. Should anyone suggest these seminal events are more likely the result of plots hatched in secret, they are quickly dismissed as conspiracy-theory crackpots. Yet anyone who studies the difficulties of absorbing and maintaining power soon understands it’s far more likely war and political assassination are the result of hidden conspiracies than random accidents involving isolated loners.
The true study of history is largely a study of secret societies. Not surprisingly, there is no mention of these societies in history books, at least not in any school textbooks. However, a few hours on the Internet may be enough to convince a person of their importance.
By far the oldest and largest secret society is that of Freemasonry, which claims more than four million members worldwide, most of which are in the United States. Today, Masonry is a fraternal group that supports many charities. Overwhelmingly, its members are decent, honest people who enjoy the theatrical and symbolic trappings of the organization. The average Freemason is not an evil Satanist, as some church groups would have you believe. However, Masonry has been manipulated as an intelligence asset for centuries. The organization has a remarkable ability to create spin-off societies that claim no connection to Masonry but could be examples of freestanding, off-the-shelf operations possibly under control of high-ranking Masonic councils. Some of these spin-off organizations have undoubtedly become among the most dangerous in the world.
Rudyard Kipling’s The Man Who Would Be King was made into a brilliant film by John Huston. It tells the story of two Freemasons, former members of the British Army, stranded in India, who decide to invade Afghanistan for the purpose of crowning themselves kings of a land not conquered since Alexander the Great. They are fully prepared to bribe, murder, pillage, and plunder, but they are also devout Freemasons.
In the Beginning
The first historical record of a Masons’ guild comes from Germany. In 1080, the Steinmetzen, or stone masons, organized a craft guild with rules, ceremonies, and titles. In the Middle Ages, most craftsmen were organized into such guilds and jealously guarded the secrets of their profession.
Fifteen years later, the first (and only successful) Crusade was launched. At the conclusion of that Crusade, the world’s most influential secret society was born: the Poor Fellow Soldiers of Christ and the Temple of Solomon, otherwise known as the Knights Templar. Only men 21 years and older could receive the highly secret initiations. Although sworn to poverty and celibacy, they organized the first international banking system and became among the richest men in the world, building and maintaining an elaborate network of castles throughout Europe. The Holy Roman Empire had forbidden moneylending, but the Templars created loopholes in these rules and employed them to become the bankers of Europe, with the power to create war and fund the Crusades. For 194 years they dominated trade between East and West.
John J. Robinson, author of Born in Blood: The Lost Secrets of Freemasonry, claims the Knights Templar “were known to maintain intelligence agents in the principal cities of the Middle East and the Mediterranean coast, and they would necessarily have employed covert means of communication. International financial dealings required total secrecy.”
Eventually, the pope and the king of France concluded that the Templars had become too powerful, and in 1306, Pope Clement V requested a conference with Grand Master Jacques de Molay as a means of luring him into a trap. On October 13, 1307, when de Molay appeared in France, all known Templars were ordered arrested and subjected to torture, whereupon many confessed to the crimes of homosexuality and devil worship. Five years later, the pope outlawed the Templars and seized their assets. After nearly seven years of torture and imprisonment, de Molay was burned at the stake on March 18, 1314. As legend goes, an armada of Templar boats filled with gold managed to escape to Scotland, where they found refuge with the enemies of the king of France. They allegedly were instrumental in helping Scotland win its independence from Britain in 1327, through their financial support of Robert the Bruce. According to Masonic lore, it was during this period that the Templars created Freemasonry as a secret society, with special handshakes and codes of identification—a society that would remain completely underground for nearly 400 years, until its public emergence in 1717.
Europe in the 17th and 18th centuries was a dangerous place for progressive ideas. The continent festered with secret police, spies, and informants, and inquisitions and pogroms could be convened at any moment to deal with rabble-rousers who threatened the status quo. Secret societies developed as a result of this persecution. “Liberty, equality, and fraternity” were the principles of revolutions that swept through Holland, North America, and France, as well as the early Masonic secret societies.
Masonic lodges became the primary incubators of revolutionary thought because most carried no dogmas and allowed lodges to create and interpret ritual through their own consensus.
They also allowed people of different religions and backgrounds to mingle freely as equals. Consequently, Freemasonry was able to morph as it spread through Europe and North America. But it always maintained a pyramidal structure that allowed a small upper cell to conduct intrigues not revealed to the general membership.
“Because of the increasing effectiveness of the political police, secret societies tended to move even further underground,” writes James H. Billington in Fire in the Minds of Men: Origins of the Revolutionary Faith. “Historians have never been able to unravel the tangled threads of this tapestry—and in recent times have largely given up trying. The most important recent study confines itself to tracing the history of what people thought about secret societies rather than what the societies in fact were…. The story of secret societies can never be fully reconstructed, but it has been badly neglected—even avoided, one suspects—because the evidence that is available repeatedly leads us into territory equally uncongenial to modern historians in the East and the West.”
The oldest still-existing Masonic lodge was established in Edinburgh on July 3, 1600, a year that also saw the creation of the East India Company, a firm that would become infamous for opium running and slave trading. For centuries the East India Company would be closely linked to British intelligence and Freemasonry. In 1664, Edinburgh Lodge No. 1 admitted Lord Alexander and two other nobles. English royalty would eventually dominate the upper councils of British Freemasonry.
In 1694, the Bank of England was created. Four years later, the first public leaflets warning the populace about the dangers of Freemasonry appeared in London. In 1719, two years after Freemasonry went public (and all lodges were organized around a central Grand Lodge), the Hell Fire Club was created by two prominent Freemasons, the Duke of Wharton and the Earl of Litchfield. Devoted to debauchery and sinful activities, Hell Fire Clubs spread throughout England, Scotland, and Ireland, exclusive secret societies for those of noble birth. The Dublin chapter was organized by the Earl of Rosse, who would later be named Grand Master of Ireland’s Freemasons. The clubs became notorious for drug use, black masses, and orgies.
Although the Hell Fire Clubs were officially condemned by the Grand Lodge (as well as the English churches), the fact that the Duke of Wharton was named Grand Master of the English Grand Lodge there in 1722 may have been a hidden connection. The duke would also introduce Freemasonry to Spain and later become Grand Master of French Freemasonry. Did the public emergence of Freemasonry demand the creation of new secret societies submerged from public view?
Anti-Masonic sentiments first erupted when the Society of Gormogons appeared in London. Outspoken critics of Freemasonry, the Gormogons claimed the emperor of China as their founder and the czar of Russia as their most powerful initiate. Disaffected Freemasons were encouraged to burn their aprons and gloves and become Gormogons. Strangely, the Duke of Wharton was a prominent member. And thus begins the saga of anti-Masonic groups, some of which seem to have been secretly controlled by Freemasons. (One must always keep in mind that the creation and manipulation of two sides of a conflict would become standard operating procedure for secret societies.)
According to books released recently, the most prominent of which is Holy Blood, Holy Grail by Michael Baigent, Henry Lincoln, and Richard Leigh, the highest initiates of British Freemasonry are taught that Jesus was king of Britain and that he was stoned to death at the location of St. Paul’s Cathedral. While Jesus’ evil twin brother, Judas Thomas, was killed by the Romans, the true Jesus sought refuge in England, where he learned the secrets of the Druids, married four women, and produced many children. The current Prince of Wales is a direct descendant, as are much of Europe’s royalty. While this fanciful story may seem ridiculous, no doubt it was taken seriously by some royal Freemasons, since it firmly established their divine right to rule. And no doubt a few believe this tale even today.
Revolution & Rothchilds
In 1790, Mayer Amschel Bauer was an anonymous merchant specializing in rare coins and antiques who lived in the crowded Jewish ghetto of Frankfurt, the banking hub of Germany. Ten years later, he was one of the richest men in Germany and would go on to create the Rothschild dynasty, one of the most powerful multigenerational banking families in the world.
Whenever one finds such a meteoric rise to wealth, the potential influence of secret societies needs to be examined. Bauer had a powerful patron in Wilhelm IV, reportedly one of the leading royal Masons of his day. In fact, Jewish culture became an inseparable part of Masonic tradition from the beginning. Because Jews were exempt from the Vatican ban on usury, they could be helpful in waging war or establishing monopolies in commerce. Many Masonic rituals seem taken straight from the pages of the Kabala, a school of Jewish mysticism some scholars trace back to 1 ad. Some historians believe Pythagoras received his training from the Kabala, and Pythagorean numerology played a major role in the occult rituals of secret societies during the Revolutionary period. According to Jacob Katz’s Jews and Freemasons in Europe, 1723-1939, the Rothschilds began appearing on Masonic membership lists in 1811. “Special Jewish lodges were created,” writes Katz, “such as the ‘Melchizedek’ lodges, named in honor of the Old Testament priest-king.”
The Rothschild dynasty has also been suspected of being a major supporter of Grand Orient Freemasonry, the primary incubator of the French Revolution, which ultimately brought Napoleon into power. Napoleon’s membership in the Grand Orient was never proven, but his brothers and sons all became initiates. Napoleon’s island home, Corsica, has a long history of conspiratorial activity, as does Sicily (more on that later).
Grand Orient, or “French” Masonry had the same codes, secret handshakes, and rituals as English Masonry. In fact, members of either organization were always welcome at each other’s ceremonies, which made Freemason lodges the ideal setting for spy activities. French Masonry was the more rational, since it permitted atheists to join. In Germany, however, the Masonic movement went the opposite direction, becoming more magical and occult-based. German Masonry was also mixed with elements of the secret Rosicrucian Brotherhood, which claimed access to secrets of the East and an unbroken chain of Grand Masters almost as long as the Templars’.
As the story of secret societies unfolds, a pattern becomes clear. Whenever a new lodge or branch of Masonry was created, there was often an attempt to create a fictional history linking the new society to the Crusades or biblical times. Napoleon went further. After conquering Egypt, he became initiated into an Egyptian secret society supposedly older than the Templars. Or was this just another Masonic spinoff trick?
The Rothschilds have also been suspected of funding the Illuminati, perhaps the most notorious Masonic-style organization founded in Germany, by Adam Weishaupt, a Jesuit-trained Jew and expert in Catholic law who had also been initiated into the Rosicrucian Brotherhood and Freemasonry. After Martin Luther’s Reformation shook the foundations of Catholicism, the Church responded by creating the Society of Jesus (Jesuits), whose primary job was to roll back the Reformation. This operation was realized largely through the creation of universities throughout Europe, schools that undoubtedly became breeding grounds for Jesuit attempts to undermine Masonry from within. No one can be certain whether Weishaupt was a Jesuit secret agent or a real revolutionary. In fact, many Masons of the time often wondered if their lodges had fallen prey to Jesuit conspiratorial control.
Aside from the Jesuits, the Vatican had a military order under its command, known as the Hospitallers of St. John of Jerusalem. Naturally, this order traced its origins to an earlier date than the Templars. They became known as the Knights of Rhodes in 1309 and have been called the Knights of Malta since 1530, according to their Website, smom.org. However, the Malta Knights split into many Masonic-style organizations over the years, most of which were never recognized by the Vatican. The most infamous lodge was created after Napoleon invaded Malta. This order sought refuge in Russia and later, after the Russian Revolution, in Pennsylvania. Although branded as a “false order” by the pope, the Shickshinny Knights of Malta of Pennsylvania are legendary for their far-right political activities, as well as for having members of British and Russian nobility in their membership.
Weishaupt was one of the only secret society leaders ever convicted of plotting world domination, in a trial that created reverberations in Masonic lodges around the world. A Bavarian court outlawed the Illuminati (and all other secret societies) in 1785, but most historians believe the highly publicized case only drove the organizations deeper underground. Today many researchers understand the importance of Freemasonry in the American Revolution. The Boston Tea Party was organized out of St. Andrew’s Lodge, of which Paul Revere was a prominent member. Revere would later become Grand Master of Massachusetts. George Washington was Grand Master of Virginia, and 33 of his generals were members of the secret society, as were the two most prominent nobles arriving from Europe to support the Revolution, Marquis de Lafayette and Baron von Steuben. Technically, the American lodges separated from their British affiliates during the war but were reinstated to British Freemasonry after the conflict was settled.
Masons & Mormons
One of the more interesting episodes in Masonic history concerns the simultaneous creation of the Anti-Masonic Party and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, or the Mormon church.
After Ret. Captain William Morgan signed a contract with the publisher of the Batavia Advocate of New York to write an expose on Freemasonry, he was arrested, kidnapped from his jail cell on September 19, 1826, and taken to Canada, where he disappeared. His expose, Illustrations of Masonry, was published in his absence, with all proceeds going to his wife, since it was presumed Morgan had been murdered by Masons.
With all the publicity surrounding Morgan’s disappearance, Illustrations of Masonry led to the creation of the Anti-Masonic Party, the first third party in the United States. The new party grew rapidly, electing members to national and local offices mostly in the Northeast, and campaigning on the belief that Masonry was controlled by European aristocrats working with old Tory families in a royalist plot to take back America. Today the Anti-Masonic Party is remembered primarily for creating the first political convention featuring open voting on candidates. The party also created the first national party platform and required candidates to support it.
On September 22, 1827, Freemason Joseph Smith claimed to have been visited by an angel named Moroni, who directed him to uncover some golden tablets buried near Palmyra, NY. These tablets became the basis for the Mormon religion. Due to hostility toward both Masonry and Mormonism, Smith was forced to move his lodges west, first to Ohio, then to Nauvoo, IL.
The story took an even stranger twist when William Morgan’s widow, Lucinda, married Freemason George W. Harris on November 23, 1830, which just happened to be the same year Smith founded the Mormon Church in a nearby New York town. The couple moved to Nauvoo and converted to Mormonism, leaving some to wonder if the entire Morgan affair had not been stage-managed for some hidden purpose.
Antagonism toward the Mormon/Mason lodges in Illinois was so intense that a neighboring town decided to invade Nauvoo with the intention of killing Smith and his followers. At the time, Smith was being held in protective custody in jail. A mob descended upon the jail and murdered Smith as he displayed the secret Masonic sign of distress in a failed bid for rescue.
The Mormons moved on to found Council Bluffs, IA, a key strategic point for crossing the Missouri River into Nebraska, and what would later become Salt Lake City, where they created a new state (Utah) founded on Mormon principles. Located near their grand temple is an almost equally grand Masonic temple, built around the same time.
Masonry continued to leverage astonishing political power in North America. In fact, the Civil War may have been a Masonic plot to divide the country. The Rothschilds, who had departed Germany to take up primary residence in London, loaned money to both sides during the Civil War, and British agents of the East India Company helped foment antagonism on both sides. Bostonian Albert Pike rapidly ascended to the leadership of American Freemasonry and became a general of the Confederacy, charged with enlisting the help of the Native Americans in joining the South. Pike also created the Knights of the Golden Circle, whose initiates included members of the Confederate Secret Service, as well as John Wilkes Booth and Jesse James. Legend has it that after the war, these knights took a stash of gold to Canada to fund their secret attempts to revive the Confederacy. (Or was that gold taken to Mexico? Like many tales involving Masonry, alternative versions compete for historical accuracy.)
After President Abraham Lincoln was assassinated, President Andrew Johnson, a Freemason, pardoned Freemason Pike for his role in organizing Native American attacks on northern towns. This pardon was seminal in sparking impeachment hearings against Johnson. After Johnson won his impeachment trial, Pike allegedly helped create a new secret society designed to foment terror in the northern-controlled South—the Ku Klux Klan. He would go on to rewrite most of the Masonic rituals and re-create Masonry as we know it today in America. An 11-foot bronze statue of Pike stands at Third and D Streets in downtown Washington, D.C., although few outside Masonry seem to know anything about him. The statue has been owned and maintained by the National Parks Service since its placement was mandated by a joint session of Congress on April 9, 1898.
Skull & Bones
In 1833, William H. Russell and Alphonso Taft created an elite secret society at Yale University that has become known as Skull and Bones, after the emblem worn by its members. Most of what we know about this society comes from the work of the late Antony C. Sutton, former research fellow at the Hoover Institute of Stanford University.
In 1968, Sutton published Western Technology and Soviet Economic Development, a book that documented enormous technological transfers between the United States and the (former) Soviet Union. Sutton proved that Russia at the end of World War II was a backward, bombed-out shell of a country, and her rise to international power was accomplished only through hidden assistance from the US. When Sutton promised to continue his research, he was fired from the Hoover Institute and warned not to “break his rice bowl.” Sutton would go on to write 26 books detailing the corruption of US financial, medical, educational, and political systems. Although these books would sell tens of thousands of copies, none would ever be reviewed in any newspaper in America.
Harvard Professor Richard Pipes writes in Survival Is Not Enough: Soviet Realities and America’s Future: “Sutton comes to conclusions that are uncomfortable for many businessmen and economists. For this reason his work tends to be either dismissed out of hand as ‘extreme’ or, more often, simply ignored.”
Sutton suspected a secret cabal was orchestrating events, but the key to unlocking its identity did not arrive until the early 1980s, when he received a letter asking if he would care to examine the membership list of Skull and Bones.
“It was a ‘black bag’ job by a family member disgusted with their activities,” revealed Sutton. The membership list arrived in two volumes, black-leather bound. Living members and deceased members were listed in separate volumes. “I kept the stack of Xerox sheets for quite a while before I looked at them,” recalled Sutton. “When I did look—a picture jumped out: THIS was a significant part of the so-called establishment.”
As Sutton investigated the Skull and Bones apparatus, he was shocked to discover that the society had played important roles in funding the rise of the Nazis, as well as in assisting the Russian Revolution, which had been organized primarily through Masonic lodges in Switzerland, England, and Russia. (Karl Marx, Friedrich Engels, Vladimir Lenin, Leon Trotsky—Freemasons all.) Since Skull and Bones was a chapter of a German-based secret society based on the philosophical principles of Georg W.F. Hegel, Sutton began documenting how war and revolution had been manipulated for profit. Although Skull and Bones was dominated by old-money families, two new-money families—the Harrimans and the Rockefellers, respective patriarchs of the Democratic and Republican parties—had taken on important roles.
Near the end of World War II, the occult- and Masonic-styled Nazi SS secretly surrendered to General Allen Dulles in Operation Sunrise. The massive transfer of Nazi war criminals to safety in North and South America was handled with the assistance of the Vatican. Churches became sanctuaries for Nazi spies and scientists, many of whom would end up inside the newly created American Gestapo, the CIA, of which Dulles was placed in charge. The escape was orchestrated through the Knights of Malta. Not only was Hitler’s intelligence chief, General Reinhardt Gehlen, a Malta Knight, but so were Dulles and many highly placed members of US military intelligence. The Nazis who were spirited to safety included experts in rocket science and mind control. Brainwashing had been a major field of study at the concentration camps, and the results of these grisly experiments had obviously been deemed of important national interest.
Scandal in Italy
Although countless Masonic lodges throughout the world have undoubtedly participated in political plots, few have been unveiled since Weishaupt was disgraced in Bavaria. The one notable exception is Italy’s P2 scandal.
The story starts with the rapid ascension of Licio Gelli to Grand Master of Propaganda Massonica, a lodge recognized by the English Grand Lodge in 1972. Six years later, a journalist and disgruntled member published an article titled “The Great Vatican Lodge,” which claimed that the Vatican Bank was being manipulated by 121 Freemasons inside the church. The list included cardinals, bishops, and high-ranking prelates. (Since numerous papal bulls had forbidden Catholics to become Masons, these allegations were big news in Italy.) While investigating the bank’s financial improprieties, police stumbled onto P2’s complete membership, which included three cabinet ministers, eight admirals, 43 members of Parliament, 43 generals, heads of all three of Italy’s national security agencies, numerous judges, made Mafia members, and hundreds of public servants and diplomats. The public officials were forced to resign after the lodge became linked to assassinations, terrorist attacks, drug-running, and a plot to stage a Fascist takeover of Italy. Their sordid list of activities included the kidnapping and murder of Prime Minister Aldo Moro, and perhaps even the untimely death of Pope John Paul I, who’d supported the investigation and whose reign lasted a suspicious 33 days, the most important number in Masonic numerology.
According to a 1993 report on Mafia influence in Italian politics, “The admission of members of la Cosa Nostra, even at high levels, in Masonry is not an occasional or episodic one, but a strategic choice. The oath of allegiance to la Cosa Nostra remains the pivot point around which ‘uomini d’onore’ [men of honor] are prominently held. But the Masonic associations offer the Mafia a formidable instrument to extend their own power, to obtain favors and privileges in every field: both for the conclusion of big business and ‘fixing trials,’ as many collaborators with justice have revealed” (Commissione Parlamentare Antimafia, Relazione sui rapporti tra mafia e politica).
Pedophile Priests & Mind Control
In 1990, the US version of the P2 scandal threatened to unfold in Omaha, NE, after the collapse of a relatively unknown bank, the Franklin Credit Union. Although this scandal could have brought down the leadership of the Republican Party, news never reached far outside of Nebraska. Most of what is known about the case comes from The Franklin Cover-up: Child Abuse, Satanism, and Murder in Nebraska, by former state senator John W. DeCamp, a book that has sold tens of thousands of copies, despite never having been reviewed in any newspaper in America.
After several children in the Omaha area independently revealed to different police agencies that they’d been subjected to sexual abuse, torture, and illegal drug use, the cases were quietly swept under the rug. But on February 8, 1984, Edward Hobbs, a teller for five years at the Franklin Credit Union, wrote a memo to state banking officials detailing massive fraud and improprieties inside the bank, which was controlled by Lawrence E. “Larry” King.
King immediately fired Hobbs, and his allegations would not be investigated for another four years. When the bank was finally raided by federal agents, it was discovered that $40 million was missing. The agents also discovered that King had built a bedroom inside the bank, stocked with child pornography. At the time, King was widely celebrated as the fastest-rising black star of the Republican Party, a man who had been permitted to open the National Republican Convention twice by singing the national anthem. Knight of Malta and CIA head William Casey was Larry King’s personal friend and mentor.
By 1990, Gary Caradori, who’d been hired by the banking committee of the state legislature to investigate the case, documented more than 30 children who claimed to have been subjected to occult brainwashing, sexual abuse, and drug addiction. His research revealed that many of the children had been recruited directly out of Boys Town, the most famous Catholic orphanage in America. Boys Town had several accounts at the Franklin Credit Union, and the wife of Warren Buffet (second richest man in America) worked at the credit union. On June 11, 1990, Caradori was killed in a suspicious plane crash. His briefcase, reportedly containing highly explosive photographs, was never found. However, most of Caradori’s videotaped interviews with the children remained. Here is what Paul Bonacci told Caradori on May 14, one month before Caradori was killed:
“We were picked up by a white limo and taken to a [Sacramento, CA,] hotel…. Nicholas and I were driven to an area that had big trees—it took about an hour to get there. There was a cage with a boy in it who was not wearing anything…. They told me to fuck the boy and stuff. At first I said no, and they held a gun to my balls and said do it or else lose them or something like that…. We were told to fuck him and stuff and beat on him. I didn’t try to hurt him. We were told to put our dicks in his mouth and stuff and sit on the boy’s penis and stuff and they filmed it. We did this stuff for 30 minutes or an hour when a man came in and kicked us and stuff in the balls and picked us up and threw us. He grabbed the boy and started fucking him and stuff…. The boy was bleeding from his rectum, and the men tossed him and me and stuff and put the boy right next to me and grabbed a gun and blew the boy’s head off.”
Bonacci was examined by psychiatrists and found to be suffering from multiple personality disorder, a splintering of the mind that occurs when children are subjected to sexual abuse, trauma, or brainwashing.
Enormous forces were mobilized in Omaha to shut down the Franklin investigation. The children were threatened if they did not recant their stories. People involved in the case began mysteriously dying all over Nebraska.
The children had identified many notables (including Omaha’s police chief, newspaper publisher, a prominent judge, and the treasurer of Ak-Sar-Ben, an exclusive Masonic-style organization for Omaha’s business elite) as being involved in their torture and abuse, but only Larry King would be convicted of child abuse. Strangely, one of the two children who refused to recant, Alicia Owen, would spend more time in jail than King, after being convicted of perjury by a kangaroo grand jury. According to DeCamp, the mechanism for controlling the jury came from the Union Pacific Railroad, a company built by E. H. Harriman using Freemason Rothschild funds. Harriman’s two sons would go on to become members of Skull and Bones. “Executives of the Union Pacific Railroad have been known for two things,” remarks DeCamp. “Homosexuality and Freemasonry.”
In 1959, 44-year-old Richard Condon published his second novel, The Manchurian Candidate. Condon had spent 22 years as a publicist, most notably for Walt Disney. His novel was written after several US soldiers captured in Korea signed statements supporting Communism while in prison camps. Most Americans had never heard of brainwashing until these cases were revealed in the newspapers. Condon detailed much of the science behind brainwashing, but mostly he wrote a savage indictment of America’s ruling elite.
The villain of his story was a 50-something Nordic beauty, a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution and of the Eastern Star (a Masonic society created for wives of high-ranking Freemasons). In the book, she mainlines heroin, holds parties for the leaders of both political parties, meets with the pope, orchestrates multiple assassinations, and employs her 25-year-old brainwashed son as a sex slave. The book created an enormous sensation in Washington. Strangely, no Hollywood studio would touch it.
Director John Frankenheimer heard that Frank Sinatra was a fan of The Manchurian Candidate and bought the film option for very little. He signed Sinatra to play a lead role, and Sinatra’s involvement was the only reason the film got studio funding. When Sinatra called President John F. Kennedy to tell him the news, JFK had one question: “Who’s going to play the mother?”
The film appeared to mixed reviews in 1962. One year later, immediately after the assassination of JFK, the book and the film disappeared for 25 years. Why? Because they came far too close to the truth. (The book is being rereleased this fall by Four Walls Eight Windows, and a remake of the film is scheduled for a 2004 release.)
In 1970, “Nomenclature of an Assassination Cabal,” a.k.a. the “Torbitt Document,” was circulated in Washington. Written under the pseudonym William Torbitt by a Texas lawyer who did not wish to be identified, the document claimed that the JFK assassination was orchestrated by Division Five of the FBI, working with the Defense Industrial Security Command. The head of the FBI (and Division Five) was homosexual Freemason J. Edgar Hoover, the first and only public official to create a Masonic lodge inside a federal building. Throughout his career Hoover held Masonic ceremonies on Monday nights in his office building, and it was widely believed that promotions depended on participation in these ceremonies. According to Torbitt, the assassination was funded through Swiss company Permindex and tunneled through a liaison in Canada, L.M. Bloomfield, a sexual deviant. After more than 33 years of scrutiny, the Torbitt document remains perhaps the definitive research article on JFK’s assassination.
After the Franklin scandal erupted, DeCamp was visited many times by former CIA head William Colby, who encouraged the investigation and monitored it closely. Colby had run the CIA’s largest assassination program in Vietnam and was the attorney of the Nugan-Hand Bank, which had close ties to the heroin syndicate that flooded the US with drugs during the Vietnam War. Colby knew about the CIA’s MK-Ultra brainwashing program, undertaken with the assistance of Nazi scientists, and told DeCamp the program had gotten out of control.
“Children were only supposed to be used with the permission of their parents,” said Colby. Eventually, however, Colby warned DeCamp to get away from the investigation. “This is much bigger than you ever dreamed,” he said. “Sometimes things are too big, too powerful, and the best thing we can do is survive. Write everything you know in a book, and then there’ll be no reason to kill you.”
After DeCamp self-published his book, Colby sent a copy to Attorney General Janet Reno, urging a full investigation. Shortly afterward, Colby mysteriously turned up dead.
Today most researchers on the JFK assassination agree that Lee Harvey Oswald was a real Manchurian Candidate, first subjected to mind control in 1955 when he entered the Louisiana Civil Air Patrol at age 15 and fell under the command of hypnotist and sexual deviant David Ferrie, whose library card would be found in Oswald’s wallet eight years later at the time of his arrest in Dallas.
On June 6, 2003, Lawrence Teeter, lawyer for Sirhan Sirhan, the convicted assassin of Robert F. Kennedy, announced that Sirhan had been a victim of hypnotism and mind control and requested a new trial. Sirhan has been incarcerated for 35 years and has no memory of the assassination, despite having pled guilty.
Meanwhile, Vice President Dick Cheney, a Freemason, is a former director of Union Pacific Railroad. President George W. Bush is a third-generation Skull and Bonesman who flew to the headquarters of the Strategic Air Command on September 11, 2000, where he met Warren Buffet, one of the largest stockholders in ABC and the Washington Post. The Strategic Air Command is located near Omaha, NE, the city with the most documented cases of multiple personality disorder, as well as the highest percentage of CIA personnel in the country.