Rule by Secrecy: Hidden History That Connects the Trilateral Commission Freemasons, and the Great Pyramids

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What secrets connect Egypt‘s Great Pyramids, the Freemasons, and the Council on Foreign Relations? In this astonishing book, celebrated journalist Jim Marrs examines the world‘s most closely guarded secrets, tracing the history of clandestine societies and the power they have wielded – from the ancient mysteries to modern–day conspiracy theories.

Searching for truth, he uncovers disturbing evidence that the real movers and shakers of the world collude covertly to start and stop ...

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Overview

What secrets connect Egypt‘s Great Pyramids, the Freemasons, and the Council on Foreign Relations? In this astonishing book, celebrated journalist Jim Marrs examines the world‘s most closely guarded secrets, tracing the history of clandestine societies and the power they have wielded – from the ancient mysteries to modern–day conspiracy theories.

Searching for truth, he uncovers disturbing evidence that the real movers and shakers of the world collude covertly to start and stop wars, manipulate stock markets, maintain class distinctions, and even censor the news. Provocative and utterly compelling, Rule by Secrecy offers a singular worldview that may explain who we are, where we came from, and where we are going.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780060931841
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 3/1/2001
  • Series: Harper Perennial
  • Pages: 467
  • Sales rank: 135,631
  • Product dimensions: 5.31 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 1.08 (d)

Meet the Author

Award-winning journalist Jim Marrs is the New York Times bestselling author of The Trillion-Dollar Conspiracy, The Rise of the Fourth Reich, Rule by Secrecy, Alien Agenda, and Crossfire—which served as the basis for the Oliver Stone film JFK.

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Chapter One

Modern Secret Societies

Secrecy is the freedom zealots dream of: no watchman to
check the door, no accountant to check the books, no judge
to check the law. The secret government has no constitution.
The rules it follows are the rules it makes up.
-- Bill Moyers

Secret societies not only exist, they have played an important role in national and international events right up to this day.

In considering the reach of modern secret societies, it is instructive to first look at America's immediate past presidents and the people and events surrounding them.

While many Americans popularly viewed President Bill Clinton as a youthful saxophone player with an eye for the ladies, most were unaware of his connection to three of the most notorious of modern secret societies: the Trilateral Commission, the Council on Foreign Relations (take particular notice of the initials CFR as they crop up incessantly in the study of U.S. policy decisions and world conflicts), and the Bilderbergers.

The Trilateral Commission publishes its membership as well as position papers, but its inner workings are secret. The CFR also publishes a membership roll, but members are pledged to secrecy regarding its goals and operations. The Bilderberg group keeps both its agenda and membership a secret.

Prominent members of the Clinton administration who belonged to the council included former CFR president Peter Tarnoff, Anthony Lake, Al Gore, Warren Christopher, Colin Powell, Les Aspin, James Woolsey, William Cohen, Samuel Lewis, Joan Edelman Spero, Timothy Wirth, Winston Lord, LloydBentsen, Laura Tyson, and George Stephenopoulos. Former Trilateral members included Bruce Babbitt, Stephen W. Bosworth, William Cohen, Thomas Foley, Alan Greenspan,' Donna Shalala, and Strobe Talbott.

Publisher John F. McManus noted that in the fall of 1998, as impeachment loomed over him, Clinton hurried to New York to seek support from his CFR friends. "Bill Clinton knows well that he serves as president because the members of the 'secret society' to which he belongs chose him and expect him to carry out its plans," wrote McManus.

Clinton was not the only recent president with connections to these groups.

President George Bush was a Trilateralist, a CFR member, and a brother in the mysterious Order of Skull and Bones. President Ronald Reagan, a former spokesman for General Electric, did not officially belong to these groups, but his administrations were packed with both current and former members as will be detailed later.

President Jimmy Carter's administration was so filled with members of the Trilateral Commission that conspiracy researchers had a field day. Even the Establishment media began to talk.

THE TRILATERAL COMMISSION


By the early 1970s, thanks to burgeoning communications technology, many Americans were becoming more aware of secretive organizations such as the Council on Foreign Relations. Former CFR chairman David Rockefeller, apparently in an effort to deflect public attention from CFR activities, instigated the creation of a more public offshoot organization: the Trilateral Commission.

Both the commission and its predecessor, the CFR, are held out by conspiracy researchers as the epitome of covert organizations which may be guiding public policy in directions opposite to those either in the best interest of or desired by the public.

The concept of the Trilateral Commission was originally brought to Rockefeller by Zbigniew Brzezinski, then head of the Russian Studies Department at Columbia University. While at the Brookings Institution, Brzezinski had been researching the need for closer cooperation between the trilateral nations of Europe, North America, and Asia.

In 1970, Brzezinski wrote in Foreign Affairs, a CFR publication, "A new and broader approach is needed -- creation of a community of the developed nations which can effectively address itself to the larger concerns confronting mankind.... A council representing the United States, Western Europe, and Japan, with regular meetings of the heads of governments as well as some small standing machinery, would be a good start."

Later that year, he published a book entitled Between Two Ages: America's Role in the Technetronic Era. Within those pages, Brzezinski spelled out his vision for the future.

He prophetically foresaw a society "... that is shaped culturally, psychologically, socially, and economically by the impact of technology and electronics -- particularly in the area of computers and communication."

Brzezinski's visions would raise the suspicions of those opposed to the consolidation of world political and economic power. Declaring "National sovereignty is no longer a viable concept," he predicted "movement toward a larger community by the developing nations ... through a variety of indirect ties and already developing limitations on national sovereignty. " He foresaw this larger community being funded by "a global taxation system."

In explaining that a cooperative hub, such as the Trilateral Commission, might set the stage for future consolidation, he reasoned, "Though the objective of shaping a community of developed nations is less ambitious than the goal of world government, it is more attainable."

Brzezinski's hope for a global society did not exclude nations then under the rule of Marxism, which he described as "a further vital and creative stage in the maturing of man's universal vision" and "a victory of the external man over the inner, passive man, and a victory of reason over belief."

Brzezinski's plan for a commission of trilateral nations was first presented during a meeting of the ultrasecret Bilderberg group in April 1972, in the small Belgian town of Knokke-Heist. Reception to Brzezinski's proposal reportedly was enthusiastic. At that time international financiers were concerned over Nixon's devaluation of the dollar, surcharges on imports, and budding détente with China, all of which were causing relations with Japan to deteriorate. In addition, energy problems were growing in response to price increases by the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC).

With the blessing of the Bilderbergers and the CFR, the Trilateral Commission began organizing on July 23-24, 1972, at the 3,500-acre Rockefeller estate at Pocantico Hills, a subdivision of Tarrytown, New York. Participants in this private meeting included Rockefeller, Brzezinski, Brookings Institution director of foreign policy studies Henry Owen, McGeorge Bundy, Robert Bowie, C. Fred Bergsten, Bayless Manning, Karl Carstens, Guido Colonna di Paliano, Francois Duchene, Rene Foch, Max Kohnstamm, Kiichi Miyazawa, Saburo Ikita, and Tadashi Yamamoto. Apparently these founders were selected by Rockefeller and Brzezinski.

The Trilateral Commission officially was founded...

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  • Posted March 10, 2009

    Hope is a good thing...probabaly the best of things.

    Some books inspire us...few stimulate our intellectual curiosity, fewer still convince us to research the subject further...hardly anyone can be accredited for changing the way we look at the world & our existence in it. This book does all four.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 16, 2009

    WOW!

    I'm still in the process of reading through this book because of the amount of information, and because of the depth of reporting and fact-finding. Typically I'm a fast study, but you will find yourself re-reading some sections because of unknown links between groups/families/entities that were never publicized. There's a lot of information here, but it's well worth the time to go through it all.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 5, 2008

    Hey 'You've got to be kidding'!

    You cannot be serious! All you have to do is look around and get your head out of the sand to realize that what Jim Marrs writes in this book is 100% truth. This book nails it and unless we all wake up we are doomed by the secret societies that run this world! Wake up you narrow minded FOOL!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 22, 2010

    I have read better

    I have been obsessed with this subject every since I read a book called "old world secrets the omega project codes" by Brandon Levon. I looked to Jim because he is so well known but was disappointed with the fact that he does not seem to know how any of this works.

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  • Posted September 27, 2009

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    Pretty good read by Marrs

    This is a good book, but a superior read written by the aforesaid is Rise of the Fourth Reich. It contains much more discerning information that is fascinating. Moreover, it has more in-depth research and is written in a better pace. Although book are good read, the later is superior to the former.
    In this, Marrs writes about the Elite that runt he world; referring to the NWO, PNAC, Nazism, etc.; however, his prior book is a Bible and is thoroughly exacted.
    A must read for the concerned citizen and for those who do not believe that Kings, Emperors, or tyrants should not be in power and subjugate their people via oppression, which every government and known country has done, because those are founding principles to a new "free" nation of "democracy"....

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  • Posted September 12, 2009

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    This Book will answer question you never thought you would ask.

    I bought this book with the understanding that it would broaden my mind to things in the government that we are not told and i was not disappointed. If your having questions about our past or if you think your not being told the whole story i truely say you should read this book

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  • Posted June 29, 2009

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    Great insight

    this book is very enlightening. It is a bit rough to read but it truly makes you think about the US Government and how it is run. Controversial insight to the world around us all. It truly makes you think.

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  • Posted June 23, 2009

    Conspiracy theory lovers heaven

    Very detailed associations between various people and orginations laid out for your concideration. If all the information is in-deed fact then none of us are free and we are all being directed by a select few. Interesting read, if you have ever wondered about all of the suspected conspirancies this is the book for you, it has them all.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 26, 2009

    GREAT READING!!

    This is one of the most informative and interesting books I have ever read. It took me awhile to get into it the first time I read it. I had just read Behold a Pale Horse. I keep picking this book up and each time I learn something I didn't get before, I am reading again, now. It is a book EVERYONE should read, and I am not a political person.If more of us in this country would have more interest in what is happening, maybe we wouldn't be in the mess we are in now. We need to be aware of what is happening everywhere, not just at home.

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  • Posted March 29, 2009

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    My All Time Favorite Book, It Sucked Me In

    This is seriously the best book I've ever read. I was completely enthralled. I find myself talking about thing I read about in Rule by Secrecy.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2009

    Oops

    Did I just get put on some kind of watch list for viewing this book? Oh, balls, I DEFINITELY shouldn't have written a review. Goodbye, cruel world.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 20, 2008

    Wake Up

    If the masses got theres hands on this & actually approached the subjects raised in the book with an insightful, unbiased and open mindedness that is unheard of in todays multimedia saturated society there would be a world wide revolution overnight. And with good reason! Viva La Revolution!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 22, 2006

    You've got to be kidding me

    Hack conspiracy theory at it's finest. There isn't a shred of truth anywhere in this book. These kinds of stories would make excellent fiction, but the fact that people actually believe them is downright frightening.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2005

    The greatest book written

    I would put this book almost on the same level as the Bible or Koran. Jim Marrs connects the dots for us and that's no easy task as it goes back thousands of years in time. 'Be forewarned. If you are perfectly comfortable ... with your own ... view of humankind, religion, history, and the world, read no further.', the book begins with and it could not be more correct. After reading this book my mind broke down, my entire world view of reality fell apart before my eyes. I ended up calling the author and nearly crying on the phone, after that it took about 2 years to adjust. If the Matrix were real this would be one of the keys to 'wake up'. From the Knights Templar to modern day power centres Mr. Marrs links them all together. In closing, I have spent many years researching some of the topics Mr. Marrs includes in 'Rule by Secrecy', had I known about the book a few years ago it would have saved me so much. I have found nothing on the Internet or in print that comes close to it. If you are a seeker of truth this book is for you.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 22, 2004

    My first adverture/a must read.

    This is my first read into the (secrets of society's) I should of read it first before William Coopers --Behold a Pale Hourse' I would have understood it better. Meaning..There was /or must have been a reason thai I left the circle/family/camaradri of reconigized Religion at 13 yrs of age. I had no reason at that time cept' I really thought that there was something wrong with the system.It is nice to read of someone that has some alternative thinking,AND not afraid to speak their mind. HINT___HINT___I would,before I croke,like to have just 1 Hr.with Mr,Marrs..and (at my level) examine his mind. Mine is a little twichey.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 14, 2002

    Who would of thought it!

    All the subjects brought up in this book from the present back towards the birth of mankind is very mind grabbing.Really makes you think of the real and not so-real,what you can see and what you CANNOT see.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2001

    A complete directory tying together almost every secret society you could think of!

    A very thorough book breaking down each of the secret societies, explaining them, and then tying them together again into one comprehensive whole. A must read for any avid researcher of the true history of this world!

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