From Steve Asher@3:800/432 to All on Wed Mar 22 00:42:05 2006
Digging up the Skull and Bones connection
By Mark Coulton, New York
March 18, 2006
IF PRIME Minister John Howard ever wants anything from the new United
States ambassador, Robert McCallum, here's a suggestion: don't mention
That is the code used by members of one of the world's most powerful
and elite secret societies. President Bush is alleged to have used its connections to get his first job.
Both George Bush and Robert McCallum are members of Skull and Bones,
the Yale society with a fixation on the symbols of death. The society
is said to have the skull of the Apache chief Geronimo, dug up by Mr
Bush's grandfather Prescott Bush, in a glass case.
Its members have included presidents, generals, journalists and
businessmen. General William Huntington Russell founded the society
Bonesmen, as they are called, are sworn to secrecy. Tradition demands
that if someone mentions Skull and Bones its members should leave the
room. Mr Bush, in his autobiography A Charge to Keep, wrote: "My
senior year I joined Skull and Bones, a secret society. So secret,
I can't say anything."
One of the stranger rituals is that the 15 new members are required
to give their full sexual history to the other 14, starting with their
first masturbatory experience. This helps reinforce the extreme code
of silence that surrounds the society.
Before she stopped counting, Robbins says she knew of at least 11
fellow Bonesmen that Mr Bush has appointed to government posts. These
include three members of his class of 1968.
In fact, ambassador-designate McCallum is coming to the position from
his previous post of assistant attorney-general. Other 1968 Bonesmen
that Bush has appointed are Roy Austin, who became ambassador to
Trinidad and Tobago, and Dr Rex Cowdry, associate director of the
National Economic Council.
One of the more interesting Bonesmen appointments is that of Jack
McGregor, to the St Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation advisory
board. Skull and Bones owns Deer Island, in the St Lawrence, and uses
it for an annual retreat.