11/04/2005

The Order of Skull and Bones

As some of you may know I am intrigued by secret societies. As a member of Sinn Féin I am banned from membership of any secret society, not that I would want top join one in the first place. That said I find the whole concept fascinating and I believe it is the secrecy that gives them their mystique. I have already looked at the Freemasons and would now like to look at the Order of Skull and Bones.
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This Order was founded at Yale University in 1832 by William Huntington Russell and Alphonso Taft, two students who were not admitted into Phi Beta Kappa at Yale University, in New Haven, Connecticut.

The Skull and Bones Tomb was rumoured to hold Geronimo's skull, which inspired Native American activist and Apache chief Ned Anderson to try to force a search and a DNA test. He would face many obstacles. As a Yale student in 1918, Prescott Bush, former Connecticut Senator, father of President George H. W. Bush and grandfather to President George W. Bush, had dug up the skull himself with two other students from its federal burial ground at Fort Sill, Oklahoma and presented it as a gift to the fraternity.

Both John Kerry and George W. Bush are members of Skull and Bones. Bush refused to talk about their common membership in the Order of Death during his February 9, 2004 appearance on NBC's Meet The Press.

In another interview, when Kerry was in turn asked what could he reveal about Skull and Bones, Kerry said: "Well not much, because it's a secret... Sorry, I wish there was something I could manifest..." and then quickly changed the subject.

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