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

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

by Jim Marrs


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ISBN-13: 9780060931841
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 04/24/2001
Series: Harper Perennial
Pages: 480
Sales rank: 147,933
Product dimensions: 5.31(w) x 8.00(h) x 1.08(d)

About the Author

Jim Marrs is a celebrated journalist and the author of Our Occulted History, The Trillion-Dollar Conspiracy, The Rise of the Fourth Reich, Rule by Secrecy, Alien Agenda, and Crossfire: The Plot That Killed Kennedy. He lives in Texas.

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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.


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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Bill-Iqbal More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
mks27 on LibraryThing 10 hours ago
I greatly enjoyed this one. The themes involve memory, beauty, art, deprivation, love, the body and our physical needs, and the relationship between generations in a family. The author moves us back and forth in time from present day to the siege of Leningrad in the 1940's. It is a love story on many levels. Marina and Dimitri are childhood friends who fall in love and become engaged before he leaves for the front. She stays to protect the Winter Palace and the Hermitage Museum where she works and takes shelter. What ensues is inspiring and heartbreaking. While this story is being told, we also find the couple in their later years living in the United States and coming to terms with Marina's declining memory in which her starving time at the Hermitage is more present to her than the present. 4 stars
suztales on LibraryThing 10 hours ago
I have a hard time understanding all the 4-star ratings. It was difficult to stick with this book to the end. Parts of it were boring, all the detailed art in the museum, etc. It skipped back and forth from present to past too many times. The story was poignant and sad, and the trauma the Leningrad population suffered was well described. It was not my favorite read that's for sure.
hemlokgang on LibraryThing 10 hours ago
This debut novel is the 2012 selection for "If All Rochester Reads.....", and the March 2012 selection for my book club. Consequently, I will have the opportunity to hear the author speak in Rochester this week. This story is a beautifully blended, historically interesting,poignant tale of the siege of Leningrad and its impact on the Hermitage, its artwork and staff, and it is also the story of what it might be like on the inside of Alzheimer's. The author, Debra Dean, does an absolutely marvelous job of making the transitions between the past and the present, using events in either to trigger the mental shift from the past to the present of the protagonist, Marina.
bug_girl on LibraryThing 10 hours ago
It's really hard to separate out my reaction to this book from what was going on in the world when I read this book. The backdrop to my reading was earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear disaster. What I read about was terror, dismemberment, and total loss of control in a world that had gone mad.The format of individual stories was more engrossing than I expected.
bobmoore on LibraryThing 10 hours ago
I have watched many zombie films, and tried to read a few zombie novels. I received this as a gift and found it more readable than the others. It is fairly imaginative, though much of what it envisions has been revealed in movies, and another plot twist strikes me as chemically unlikely (freezing and thawing zombies). It is a series of vignettes, short interviews, showing the war through the eyes of those who fought or simply survived the zombie (invasion doesn't seem like the right word) surge. It doesn't take long to read, as there's no attempt at wordsmithing; no one is going to give this book kudos for its contributions to the English language.
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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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FaceMan More than 1 year ago
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"....
Christen-D More than 1 year ago
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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Independentlady More than 1 year ago
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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xolddudex More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
kshannon88 More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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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