Skull and Bones and the Illuminati
Can the existence of the Skull and Bones, truly, be traced to the Illuminati? Conspiracy theorists say "absolutely," pointing to the beginnings with the Russell family tree. Around the late eighteenth century, the clan moved to Germany from Scotland. As the plot thickened, individuals with the surname, Russell, appear significantly constant throughout the many levels of the New World Order. Several other Russells validated prominent memberships with the Illuminati, Masons, and groups controlling the plans of the New World Order, mainly dominating the business as merchants and lawyers (Springmeier, par. 14-5). The actual Skull and Crossbones symbol, the one associated with the flags sailing on the pirate ships (also on the Russell Trust Association's fleet during the opium trade!), waves the message of a "double cross" (Goldstein and Steinberg, par. 49), and happens to be the official crest of the Illuminati (Marrs, p. 91). The resemblances are far too striking to be coincidental. Both follow the rampant motif of "constructive chaos" (Goldstein and Steinberg, par. 6), emitting contradictions on every crucial issue while keeping their agenda hidden (Goldstein and Steinberg, par. 6). The Bonesmen hold tightly to "constructive confusion" (Goldstein and Steinberg, par. 15), purposefully leaking "conflicting mythologies to spring up about the origins and history of their secret fraternity" (Goldstein and Steinberg, par. 15).
Common similarities between the organizations evidently point to a strong connection. The Illuminati and the Order both designate "secret" names for their initiates following induction; names known only to the members within the group (Marrs, p. 91). Rituals, tight bonds to authoritative figures, and philosophy encompass three, shared traits of the fellowships, but the code of ethics, explicitly for the Skull and Bones, elevates apprehension. Their rites of passage ceremony involves a masquerade demonstrating an "idolization of death, and attainment of power by killing" (Wikipedia, "Skull & Bones" par. 8). Associated with the fact that an asymmetric amount of Bonesmen graduate into the CIA, an agency which promotes "torture and murder to achieve its ends" (Wikipedia, "Skull & Bones" par. 8), surfaces the assumption that the Order formats a precipitated adherence to iniquitous, lewd behavior and ethics (Wikipedia, "Skull & Bones" par. 8). Conspiracy theorists lose their minds over the phenomenon of the Nathan Hale statues on Yale's campus, CIA headquarters in Langley, VA (Oldenburg, par. 25), and Phillips Academy, Andover Massachusetts (Millegan, par. 3), one of two preferred training grounds for future enrollment in Skull and Bones (Goldstein and Steinberg, par. 30).
Conspiracy theorist Kris Millegan sees a link between Skull and Bones and the Illuminati. According to a publication on Meta-Religion.com, section nine, " The Illuminati: Subverting the Body Politic," Proofs of Conspiracy, is heavily referenced. The book was written in 1798 by John Robison, member of a Freemason Lodge and professor of natural philosophy at Edinburgh University in Scotland. Within the text, "an association has been formed for the express purpose of rooting out all the religious establishments and overturning all existing governments... the leaders would rule the World with uncontrollable power, while the rest of the world would be employed as tools of the ambition of their unknown superiors" (Millegan, par. 96-9). Ceremonial highlights of initiation into the "Recent Degree" (Millegan, par. 99) in Illuminism, included in the article, mentioned "a skeleton pointed to him [the initiate], at the feet of which are laid a crown and a sword. He is asked, 'whether that is a skeleton of a king, nobleman, or beggar.' As he cannot decide, the president of the meeting says to him, 'the character of being a man is the only one that is important" (Millegan, par. 99). Funny... similar writing can be found in the Tomb of the Skull and Bones, ironically, inscribed in German: "Wer war der Thor, wer Weiser, Bettler oder Kaiser? Ob Arm, ob Reich, im Tode gleich." translation: "Who was the fool, who the wise man, beggar, or king? Whether poor or rich, it's all the same in death" (Millegan, par. 100).