were initiates of Skull and Bones: George W. Bush and John Kerry 10. With only fifteen new members initiated every year, what are the chances that both presidential candidates would be initiates of the same secret society?
The following is comprised of segments about Skull and Bones from Antony C. Sutton’s Introduction to the Order of Skull and Bones (emphasis added) 11:
“Most CFR [the Council on Foreign Relations – discussed later in this chapter] members are not involved in a conspiracy and have no knowledge of any conspiracy… However, there is a group within the Council on Foreign Relations which belongs to a secret society, sworn to secrecy, and which more or less controls the CFR [whose] meetings are used for their own purposes.
“These members are in The Order. Their membership in The Order can be proven. Their meetings can be proven. Their objectives are plainly unconstitutional. And this ORDER has existed for 150 years in the United States.
“Those on the inside know it as The Order… It was also once known as the “Brotherhood of Death.” Those who make light of it [Ed. note: such as competing secret societies]… call it “Skull & Bones.”… For legal purposes, The Order was incorporated as the Russell Trust in 1856…
“The American chapter of this [secret] 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. Chapter 322 is a secret society whose members are sworn to silence… Its members always deny membership (or are supposed to deny membership). Above all, The Order is powerful, unbelievably powerful…
“What is the significance of the “322” in Chapter 322?… [One] interpretation is that The Order is descended from a Greek fraternal society dating back to Demosthenes in 322 B.C.… Bones records are dated by adding 322 to the current year, i.e. records originating in 1950 are dated Anno Demostheni 2272…
“In the past 150 years, about 2500 Yale graduates have been initiated into The Order. At any one time about 500-600 are alive and active. Roughly about one-quarter of these take an active role in furthering the objectives of The Order. The others either lose interest or change their minds.
“Entry into The Order is accompanied by an elaborate ritual… The neophyte’s name is changed… like a monk or Knight of Malta or St. John, [he] becomes Knight so and so. The old Knights are then known as