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Skull and Bones, with all its ritual and macabre relics, was founded in 1832 as a new world version of secret student societies that were common in Germany at the time.Since then, it has chosen or "tapped" only 15 senior students a year who become patriarchs when they graduate -- lifetime members of the ultimate old boys' club."Skull and Bones is so tiny. "There are only 15 people a year, which means there are about 800 living members at any one time."But a lot of Bonesmen have gone on to positions of great power, which Robbins says is the main purpose of this secret society: to get as many members as possible into positions of power."They do have many individuals in influential positions," says Robbins."And that's why this is something that we need to know about."President Bush has tapped five fellow Bonesmen to join his administration.When 60 Minutes first reported on Skull & Bones last October, conspiracy theorists, who see Skull and Bones behind just about everything that goes wrong, and even right, in the world, were relishing the unthinkable - the possibility of two Bonesman fighting it out for the presidency.Over the years, Bones has included presidents, cabinet officers, spies, Supreme Court justices, captains of industry, and often their sons and lately their daughters, a social and political network like no other."You can spend it, if you have a privileged background, enjoying yourself, contributing nothing, or you can spend it making a contribution."And plenty of Bonesmen have made a contribution, from William Howard Taft, the 27th President; Henry Luce, the founder of Time Magazine; and W. "And it's something that they may ignore for 30 years of their life, as George W.
Bush seemed to successfully ignore it for quite a long time. Bush, like his father and grandfather before him, has refused to talk openly about Skull and Bones.
Finally, the Bonesman is shoved to his knees in front of Don Quixote as the shrieking crowd falls silent.
And Don Quixote lifts his sword and taps the Bonesman on his left shoulder and says, 'By order of our order, I dub thee knight of Euloga.'"It's a lot of mumbo-jumbo, says Robbins, but it means a lot to the people who are in it.
"We're supposed to do things out in the open in America.
And so that any society or institution that hints that there is something hidden is, I think, a legitimate subject for investigation."His investigation is a 30-year obsession dating back to his days as a Yale classmate of George W. Rosenbaum, a self-described undergraduate nerd, was certainly not a contender for Bones. And during the initiation rites, you could hear strange cries and whispers coming from the Skull and Bones tomb."Despite a lifetime of attempts to get inside, the best Rosenbaum could do was hide out on the ledge of a nearby building a few years ago to videotape a nocturnal initiation ceremony in the Tomb's courtyard.
Ron Rosenbaum, author and columnist for the New York Observer, has become obsessed with cracking that code of secrecy."I think there is a deep and legitimate distrust in America for power and privilege that are cloaked in secrecy.