P. 2: Skull & Bones 

By DeVita Brown, Edited by Lee Warren

2000 PLIM Retreat, (c) 2000 PLIM REPORT, Vol. 8 #6

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Part One of this article primarily dealt with the secret society of the Freemasons and their history and influence in the United States. Before examining any more aspects of a secret society, one has to first understand the basic purpose of Yahshua the Messiah and His Mission.

          Many secret societies want to establish a “utopian kingdom” upon earth not realizing the spiritual kingdom of Yahshua has already been established at Pentecost. However, because it was established first in the hearts and minds of men, it is invisible to carnal men on the earth. The Messiah told the Pharisees: “The kingdom of God does not come with observation; nor will they say, ‘See here!’ or ‘See there!’ For indeed, the kingdom of Elohim (God) is within you (Lk. 17:20-21).”

          No organization can bring true divine peace to the earth or within men’s hearts and minds. The Messiah told His disciples: “Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid (Jn. 14:27-28 NKJV).” Yet many secret organizations believe that if all nations are united as one government body, then mankind will have peace.

Due to the space in this magazine, the focus of this article will be on one secret society: the American Skull and Bones.

One of the most influential secret societies in America is Yale University’s Skull and Bones (S&B). Although most Americans have no knowledge of the organization, thisYale‑based secret society has spread its tentacles throughout the highest echelons of government, finance, law and education, to name a few industries. The Order of Skull and Bones has existed for over 150 years and has furnished the United States with three Presidents: President Taft (27th 1909-1913), President George Bush (41st 1989-1992) and his recently elected son, President (43rd) George Bush Jr.  There has been at least ten Senators and also numerous Congressmen and Supreme Court judges that were members of the Skull and Bones.

 What is the intent of this article?

The intent of this article will be to briefly explore the tentacles of the Skull and Bones organization and its origin.

Two of the main reference sources will be an article by Kris Millegan called “The Boodle Boys” at and Antony C. Sutton’s book America’s Secret Establishment: An Introduction to the Order of Skull & Bones.

Dr. Sutton is the foremost authority on the Skull and Bones. He received a book while he was a professor at Stanford University in 1983. One of its members who was very disgusted with the behavior of the Skull and Bones anomalously sent Dr. Sutton the membership book and gave Professor Sutton twenty-four hours to copy the book and return it. The book contained a secretive membership list and information on Skull and Bones members. It was published in 1986.

On page 27, this book revealed famous politicians and figures that are “Skull and Bones men.” The membership includes Prescott Bush - George Bush’s grandfather, George Bush - former President, and his son, George W., newly elected President.

Origin and Founder of the Skull and Bones

 William H. Russell received permission to set up Chapter 322 on the Yale campus from the German secret society, while he was studying for a year in Germany. Chapter 322 is the only branch of the Skull and Bones that we know about in the USA.

William H. Russell and Alphonso Taft, the father of president Taft, formed the Skull and Bones in 1832-33 on the Yale University campus.  There was a total of fifteen class members that formed the “The Order of the Scull and Bones,” later changed to “The Order of the Skull and Bones.” It is also known as the “Order” and the “Brotherhood of Death.” More formally for legal purposes, The Order was incorporated as The Russell Trust in 1856.

 Membership in the Skull and Bones

One cannot ask to join this organization. Membership is by invitation only. Members of the Skull and Bones are selected or “tapped” from the junior class of Yale University. Each year seniors who are members of the Bones, select 15 members from the junior class. Selections are made after personal information, which includes family history, is gathered on each new member.

It is alleged that new members of the Skull and Bones have to go through some initiation rituals. Kris Millegan in his article on the Skull and Bones entitled Boodle Boys states that their rituals are similar to those of the Illuminati, which we will discuss in future articles. In 1876 a group called the “File and Claw” broke into the Skull and Bones’ building called the Tomb on the Yale campus (see p. 32). Their meetings were held in this windowless building built by the Skull and Bones. The break-in by a rival group revealed something about the Skull and Bones’ rituals, which allowed Mr. Millegan to show the similarities between the Skull and Bones and the Illuminati.

Some researchers say each initiate is given $15,000 and a grandfather clock. The student is referred to as knight. Kris Millegan said that new members are given a new name, which is usually Greek.

 Families of the Skull and Bones

Now the majority of the Bones members are from White Anglo-Saxon Protestant (WASP) families. These are the most powerful, elite families in America who were some of the initial settlers to come to America from England. Some of these names are immediately recognizable, such as Lord, Whitney, Taft, Jay, Bundy, Harriman, Pinchot, Rockefeller, Goodyear, Sloane, Stimson, Phelps, Perkins, Pillsbury, Kellogg, Vanderbilt, Bush, Lovett and Weyerhauser.

These are primarily New England eastern establishment families, who intermarry and have a great deal of influence in government. Minorities and women were brought into the Order and the business within the last 25-30 years. 

Skull and Bones is not Fraternity

Antony C. Sutton, in his book America’s Secret Establishment: An Introduction to the Order of Skull & Bones states: “The Order is not just another campus Greek letter fraternal society with passwords and handgrips, common to most campuses.” Sutton said the Skull and Bones is a secret society for each member must swear to an oath of secrecy. “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 initiates as outsiders or vandals. Its members always deny membership... Above all the Order is powerful, unbelievably powerful.”

The book Hope of the Wicked by Ted Flynn reveals some of the founding fifteen members of the Order and their influence in politics. Rufus Hart entered the Ohio State Senate. Aasel Hooker Lewis entered the Ohio Legislature. Samuel Marshall entered the Illinois State Legislature. William Taft was the only man to become President of the United States and Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. Fredrick Mather entered the New York Legislature.

 Philosophy of the Skull & Bones

Far from being a campus fun-house, the group is geared more toward the success of its members in their post-collegiate endeavours. “Historically, operations of The Order have concentrated on society, how to change society in a specific manner towards a specific goal: a New World Order. We know the elements in society that will have to be changed in order to bring about this New World order, ...

They have planned and orchestrated every major historical event for centuries, including fomenting revolutions, wars, and subversive movements that they benefit from and which weakens the nations, etc.

These elite who manipulate both the so‑called “right” and the so‑called “left” have deliberately created the current world situation. 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 problem is “solved” with an outcome that is invariably favorable to the goals and agendas of the Global Power Elite.” America’s Secret Establishment, by Antony C. Sutton, pg. 31-32. 

Influence of Skull & Bones In Finance and Foundations

There are many well-known Wall Street investment firms that were formed by members of the Skull and Bones family, such as Harriman, Payne, and Whitney. Many of these firms are household names and have been very influential in the history of United States. Due to the space we will just discuss them with some important facts.

Today one of the largest and oldest banks on Wall Street is Morgan-Guaranty Trust. It was created by a number of bank mergers over that last 130 years. The Guaranty Trust Company was the initial parent company formed in 1864 and the initial capital that formed this company came from the following families: Vanderbilt (S&B family), Rockefeller, Whitney (S&B family), and Harriman (S&B family).

The Harriman family started the Union Pacific Railroad, which was very successful. Members of the family started the W. A. Harriman investment firm on Wall Street that later merged with Brown Brothers, which was a private international banking firm.  This new firm was called Brown Brothers, Harriman. According to Ted Flynn’s book Hope for the Wicked this new firm brought in nine partners who were S&B. 

One of the most famous partners of this firm was Prescott Bush (initiated into the Skull and Bones 1917). He was the father of former President George Bush senior and the grandfather of President George Bush Jr., who was also made a partner of this firm.

Many Skull and Bones members of the Brown Brothers, Harriman and the Morgan Guaranty Trust helped to finance Hitler and the Russian Revolution. Kris Millegan’s website on Skull & Bones said the Federal government seized stock of the Union Bank ten months after the bombing of Pearl Harbor. The Union Bank was used as a front to trade with Hitler. Many S&B members owned stock in this bank and were members of the board of director. Prescott Bush was a director of this bank and the Harrimans owned about a third of the stock.

Kris Millegan said the following about the S&B aiding the Russian Revolution in 1917. “Averell invested in the USSR soon after the revolution in defiance of federal laws and regulations. The investment firms, Guaranty Trust and Brown Brothers, Harriman—both dominated by “Bonesmen”—were involved in the early financing of Communist Russia. They financed industries, established banks and developed oil and mineral resources. (” These are just a few examples of the S&B influence in the affairs of the world.

 Influence of Skull & Bones in Politics

Although a secret organization, the Skull and Bones has exerted an enormous influence in the politics and foreign policy of this country for at least 150 years. The only way this can be proven, since many of the motives and records are secret, is to examine the political appointments of various presidents. A pattern of power is revealed when Skull and Bones members are identified as filling many of these appointments. Kris Millegan’s web site The Bobble Boys: reveals a few examples. He quotes historian and special assistant to JFK, Arthur Schlesinger, Jr. “These men helped establish a distinguished network connecting Wall Street, Washington, worthy foundations and proper clubs. The New York and legal community was the heart of the American Establishment. Its household deities were Henry L. Stimson and Elihu Root* ; its present leaders, Robert A. Lovett and John J. McCloy; its front organizations, the Rockefeller, Ford and Carnegie foundations and the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR). “

William Taft (initiated into Skull and Bones in 1878) was elected president of the U.S. in 1909 and President Harding appointed him Chief Justice of the Supreme Court in 1921, which he served until his death in 1930.

Henry L. Stimson (initiated into the Skull and Bones 1888) was appointed to seven high government positions by seven presidents. His first appointment was Secretary of War by President Taft. His last appointment was Secretary of War under President Roosevelt and Truman. Mr. Millegan states at his web site: “He was “ultimately responsible” for the internment of Japanese-American citizens in WWII and oversaw the Manhattan Project, America’s atomic bomb program. Stimson also took credit for swaying Truman into dropping “the bomb” on Japan.”

In the JFK administration Skull and Bones members played an important role in dictating policy. According to the paper entitled George Bush, Skull & Bones and the New World Order by Paul Goldstein & Jeffrey Steinberg, it states that Kennedy had personally asked Robert A. Lovett, a partner in the Wall Street investment firm of Brown Brothers, to join his Cabinet. Robert A. Lovett did not want to become a part of JFK’s administration. Instead, he recommended a number of Bonesmen into the critical posts. McGeorge Bundy was appointed Kennedy’s National Security Adviser. Averell Harriman was made Under Secretary of State for Asian Affairs, a position that placed him in charge of many of the most critical decisions along with the disaster in Vietnam. William Bundy remained in a senior post at CIA (see website

These men and others in JFK’s administration had more control over foreign policy than JFK did as president. There was a network of secret societies besides Skull and Bones, such as Council of Foreign Affairs (CFR) that also dictated policy.

Two quotes in the book Rule by Secrecy by Jim Marrs confirms this. Special Advisor to JFK John K. Galbraith said: “Those of us who had worked for the Kennedy election were tolerated in the government for that reason and had say, but foreign policy was still with the Council of Foreign Relation people (p. 127).” The Former Ambassador to Saigon, Frederick F. Nolting said: “The axis of Lodge (CFR) and Harriman (CFR) was too strong for President Kennedy to thwart or overcome (p. 130).”

These are just a few instances of the CFR’s influence in the world of U.S. politics. This should be proof to the skeptic that there are secret organizations that dictate polices of the country without the consent of the American people.

 Influence of Skull & Bones in Education

The stealth and cunning control Skull and Bones members have over the direction and foundation of education in America, especially higher education, is frightening. In fact it is impossible to write about the true history of education without including the Skull and Bones members who directed it.

Many problems that exist today in the American educational system can be traced back to the Bones’ socialist agenda. It was the Order that determined the basic philosophy of education and produced John Dewy, who is considered the father of American education. John Dewey stated in 1899: “Children who know how to think for themselves spoil the harmony of the collective society which is coming where everyone is interdependent.” So the purpose of education 100 years ago was to encourage and influence the children to work in the New World Order.

 There were two Bonesmen who were very instrument in sitting up higher education in America. They were Daniel Gilman (initiated in Skull and Bones 1852) and Timothy Dwight (initiated in Skull and Bones ’49). According to an article by Kris Millegan entitled The Order of Skull and Bones (, he states that Gilman was very instrumental in getting the Morrill Land Bill through Congress which President Lincoln signed.

This bill donated land to the state colleges for agriculture and science. Yale was the first college to take advantage of this bill. Now Gilman was the first president of the University of California. He also helped found The John Hopkins University and was its first president.

According to the book Hope for the Wicked, Daniel Gilman hired the philosopher George S. Morris, Ph.D. who was John Dewey’s teacher at The John Hopkins University. Professor Morris taught the Hegelian philosophy. It states that “…education was not meant to be child-centered, but rather State-centered. For Hegel, the child has no value as an individual except as he or she performs a function of society (p. 65).” This was the foundation for Dewey’s philosophy in America education. Dewey “believes that the child does not go to school to develop individual talents but rather are prepared as “units” in an organic society (p. 65).”

Professor Morris was also the first president of the Carnegie Institution and was involved in the founding of the Peabody, Slater and Russell Sage Foundations.

Kris Millegan describes another influential Bonesman. “Andrew D. White, was the first president of Cornell University (which received all of New York’s share of the Land Grant College Act), U.S. Minister to Russia, U.S. Ambassador to Berlin and first president of the American Historical Association. White was also Chairman of the American delegation to the first Hague Conference in 1899, which established an international judiciary.”

Antony C. Sutton writes about the S&B’s great influence in various fields and how they got this control in his book America’s Secret Establishment. He states: “How is this accomplished? By Bones members and their colleagues either founding or controlling the foundations - i.e. - They got all the big ones - Carnegie, Ford, Peabody, Russell Sage, etc. Their goal was to be first to get into these foundations then to steer its future direction (pg. 27).”… “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. These are key associations for the conditioning of society.” Finally, the Skull and Bonesmen have caused numerous changes in society by controlling many of the large foundations such as the Ford Foundation, etc.

Dr. James W. Wardner in his book Unholy Alliance sums up the Order of Skull and Bones’ areas of influence as follows (149-50):

1.       The Order founded the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).

2.       The Order promoted the Bolshevik Revolution.

3.       The Order has influenced the seminaries.

4.       The Order has control of education.

5.       The Order has links to the Federal Council of Churches.

6.       The Order has as its member - George Bush.

7.       The Order has control of the CIA.

8.       The Order began and controls the in Peace Research Institute.

9.       The Order founded the Institute for Policy Studies

10.    The Order controls both the” conservative” Republican elements and the “liberal” Democratic elements.

11.    The Order has control of Masonry.

12.    The Order finances Communism.

13.    The Order financed Hitler.

14.    The Order with its European counterparts control international banking.

As you can see, the Order of S&B has spread its tentacles in every major facet of American life and continues to brainwash the populace toward fulfilling their one world government agenda.

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