Conspiracies on Campus


"The very word 'secrecy' is repugnant in a free and open society; and we are as a people inherently and historically opposed to secret societies, to secret oaths, and to secret proceedings."

-- President John F. Kennedy, April 27, 1961

Tim Russert: "You were both in Skull and Bones, the secret society."

President George W. Bush: "It's so secret we can't talk about it."

-- NBC television, February 8, 2004

Tim Russert: "You both were members of Skull and Bones, a secret society at Yale. What does that tell us?"

Sen. John F. Kerry: "Not much, because it’s a secret."

-- NBC television, August 31, 2003

Since at least 1832, with the formation of the Skull and Bones Society at Yale University, mysterious fraternal orders have been operating in secret on the campuses of America's universities. Yale, the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Virginia are just a few of these universities, and the societies from each described on this site are just the most well known at each. However, with the 2004 presidential election pitting Skull against Skull, it is a starting point in a wider inquiry that must take place into just who, or what, is reaching into the highest levels of power in this country.