The Secretive Societies

Chapter 2: The Secret Societies




The Taxil Hoax


The history of the New World Order is punctuated by many disinformation schemes undertaken at critical phases of the establishment of the internationalist agenda intended to stifle public acceptance of the truth and further independent research. For the purpose of examining a few case examples, the most notable of these are the Leo Taxil hoax of the late 19th century and the Pierre Plantard hoax of the 20th century. The Taxil hoax has been addressed in The World At War because of Leo Taxil’s presumed influence on Domenico Margiotta, one of William Guy Carr’s discredited sources, a Mason who either betrayed his craft or was simply a liar like Taxil, though there is actually no evidence that Margiotta was in league with Taxil.12 (Taxil claimed to have duped Margiotta and called him a liar but refused to substantiate both claims when called to question. A more likely reason for Margiotta’s silence after the events of 1897 is that he was actually Taxil’s source, and that Taxil had betrayed him with his “confession.”)

Taxil was a Freemason briefly before he engaged in his 12-year disinformation campaign, which strongly implies that he was a member of the Illuminati initiated into Freemasonry for that very purpose. (The Illuminati have historically only participated in Masonry long enough to say they were Masons, but have generally been unconcerned with it because they have already known its secrets and answer to a higher order. Since the subversion of Masonry, there is no reason for the majority of Illuminists to engage in frivolous Masonic pursuits, while some remain a part of it in order for the Illuminati to maintain control of it.) Much ado is given to Taxil’s famous 1897 speech, wherein he asserted that the information he published regarding a sect of Illuminists called Palladists was a hoax. On the surface, it appears that Taxil fabricated every detail of his story in order to cover up what was really going on during the Albert Pike years, exaggerating Pike’s importance. However, there are a number of contradictions which arise from this assessment. No consideration is given, for instance, to the actual content of his ostensibly anti-Illuminati propaganda.

First of all, a transcript of the confession itself was only ever printed in Taxil’s own newspaper, and only translated and reprinted in English in 1996 by the heavily biased Scottish Rite Research Society.13 He also called his confession the “greatest prank of the century,” but this is overlooked, presumably because virtually no one has actually read the transcript of the confession and it is thought that he was referring to the hoax, not the confession. Furthermore, the discrediting of his 12-year propaganda campaign is entirely contingent on the confession, which obviously could have been staged by the conspirators and would not have even required Taxil’s presence, considering how easily the masses are convinced of a lie. The mock trial and staged execution of Saddam Hussein’s doppelgänger, and the superficial, in absentia case against Osama bin Laden for the extermination of Muslims are sufficient to prove this.

Secondly, the testimony of Taxil against his own legacy is also not admissible evidence because of his admittedly low character and pathological lying, as well as the fact that it has never been verified by anyone. He openly admitted lying about many things during the confession, not the least of which was his claim that he was insincere during another confession which was required for his “conversion” to Catholicism (i.e., that he had “confessed” before, and lied under similar circumstances). According to Taxil, he invented so many sins that his confession lasted no less than three days. His testimony is considered to be directed against himself, but in reality it is directed against the Catholic Church, which he had already constantly mocked and despised, and which was a bitter enemy of Freemasonry in the 19th century. This is grossly apparent in the transcript of his confession.

Other complications arise from the notion that Taxil’s legacy was purely fictitious and not meant to discredit the Catholic enemies of Freemasonry. The only people who, according to him, were willing to verify his claims were either dead or co-conspirators. The only living witness was Stefano Canzio, who happened to be the son-in-law of the Papacy’s chief enemy Giuseppe Garibaldi.14 Not only that, but Canzio was named by Taxil in such a manner as to indict Canzio as a co-conspirator, and Canzio never actually even so much as stepped forward to verify the story. This is significant because he was the only person that Taxil claimed was willing to do so, which means he had literally no evidence and no witnesses to the crime.

Apart from Taxil’s alleged conversion to Catholicism being admittedly fake, and therefore, too, his conversion away from Freemasonry, it was to the Illuminati’s Catholic agents that he confessed to being a part of, and it was these same Jesuits who duped the Vatican and published his stories. Without them, he had no base from which to launch his attacks against the Catholic Church. During the confession, he claimed to have told his alleged co-conspirator, “My dear Canzio, I have to tell you, under the seal of secrecy, that in a short while, I shall make a complete and public break. Be surprised at nothing, and keep your trust in me in your heart.” Even assuming the association between Taxil and Canzio, those who know about the Jesuits’ methods should not be surprised by this at all.

Leo Taxil was undoubtedly working on behalf of the Parisian Freemasons’ Anticlerical League, of which he was one of the founding members. The idea that his entire story was merely a hoax, details and all, is impossible and illogical. He knew that it was beyond the capacity of the two men to whom he gave the credit. “Can one believe, for instance, that it was easy to take M. de la Rive for a ride, he, the embodiment of an inquiring mind, who examines the slightest trifles with a microscope and who could beat our best investigating judges? He can boast of having given me trouble!” Another problem is his sensationalism; his favorite subject Albert Pike claims that the notion of the worship of Baphomet is absurd in Morals and Dogma, and yet Taxil was not averse to inserting it into his stories.

The fact is that Luciferianism had already had a continuous, documented existence for thousands of years, as we have seen in The Secrets of Lucifer, going back to Nimrod himself, just as Masons and Illuminists claim. Taxil actually claimed to have invented it himself, and his entire testimony is therefore unacceptable. At the very least, it needs to be recognized that he either was working for or had no inside knowledge of the true nature of the Luciferian conspiracy, because he never made an attempt to expose it at its head (the Vatican), though he certainly had the incentive, as he detested the Catholic Church with his whole being.

It is hard to see how anything which Taxil ever said (except for the information he gleaned from Margiotta) could been seen as anything but disinformation, including the so-called confession he used to undermine it all. To believe otherwise is to believe, without second-guessing, a self-proclaimed prankster. The idea that his alleged associates were guilty of the same crime he attributed to himself is like saying that if Bob robs a bank and then writes a letter to the press saying that Alice robbed it with him, then Alice is obviously guilty of bank robbery, even if the bank is in a place where Alice, who is a public figure and whose absence in her native country would be widely attested, has never been. No court of law in the world would convict these associates without any investigations, criminal charges, subpoenas, indictments, trials, or reasons of any kind. If none of Taxil’s story is true, and the guilt of his alleged associates by implied association is merited, then whatever Pike and his fraternal brothers were really doing in the 19th century remains a secret. It is likely the case that the secret of what they were doing had gotten out (in the form of the Protocols), and that Taxil was charged with silencing it through the manipulation of the public.



The Plantard Hoax


The New World Order’s history has been obscured by another Frenchman with less modest goals than Leo Taxil. (Apart from discrediting the Catholic Church, Taxil’s goal was merely to sell books and gain a substantial income.) Beginning in 1956, Pierre Plantard began inventing a mythos about Freemasonry rivaling that of Taxil’s which appears to have no truth to it at all. In 1962, he teamed up with French fiction writer Gérard de Sède and put his novel onto paper.15 Incredibly, this mythos has become the basis of one of the most widely accepted (as well as disputed) modern conspiracy theories.

In 1979, Plantard began meeting with Henry Lincoln, who then co-authored The Holy Blood, The Holy Grail (Holy Blood, Holy Grail in the US) with Michael Baigent and Richard Leigh in 1982. Plantard claimed that he was the grand master of an extremely influential secret society, and Lincoln and his associates popularized all of his claims. The book became a bestseller and was listed in many bookstores as a non-fiction title. Plantard revised his claims on numerous occasions, and was eventually forced to testify under oath in a French court regarding their veracity, at which point he admitted that the whole story was a lie.16

Another novelist named Dan Brown picked up the story and plagiarized Holy Blood, Holy Grail for his enormously popular 2003 publication The DaVinci Code. Brown had previously developed a fictitious conspiracy mythos regarding the Illuminati which he incorporated into his story. Unlike the authors of the book which had duped him, however, he actually believed Plantard’s story and advocated it to his readers, unapologetically calling the Priory of Sion details “facts” right from the beginning. (Despite the context of his “proven facts” in Holy Blood, Holy Grail, Leigh has subsequently stated that he and the other authors never believed them to be true.)17

According to Plantard and his legacy, the network behind the internationalist movement is a medieval quasi-religious sect known as the Priory of Sion. They allege that the Priory of Sion created the Knights Templar and knew what was under the Temple beforehand.18 (We might not find this too objectionable if a mere change of name were to be assumed, but for the fact that the Priory of Sion was supposed to be a French order, rather than a Scottish one, and this French connection is actually essential to Plantard’s claims.) Albert Pike also finds his way into their theories (through Eustace Mullins) which claim that Freemasonry was sold out to the B’nai B’rith in 1874. This much is probably an accurate assessment of what actually occurred, based on valid research (as opposed to inside knowledge), but the Plantard hoax vastly overestimates the importance of the B’nai B’rith which is just a Rothschilds front organization, and the Rothschilds had already had control of Freemasonry for nearly a century by that time—and this is no secret.

According to Plantard’s mythos, the semi-divine Merovingian kings (descended from Merovi, a 5th century dynast in southern France) were descended from Christ. This gives the allegedly secret, protected bloodline of the Merovingians the divine right to rule the world. Before he introduced the Priory of Sion myth in 1960, Plantard’s claim to the throne of France was actually as a Merovingian descendant of the god-king Dagobert II.18 Like Taxil and his company, the Plantard-led, self-designated Merovingians are extremely anticlerical and blame the Roman Catholic Church for the murder of Dagobert. This was ostensibly done to preserve the Roman apostolic succession of St. Peter (itself a spurious claim) rather than the hereditary succession of Yahshuah’s offspring. Revenge for them essentially amounts to the replacement of the Papacy with a Merovingian institution. So Plantard no doubt had his eyes on the Papacy as well, which makes sense considering his ideology was actually that of the Cathar sect.

Of course, if this was all true, then common sense dictates that nearly the entire population of Western Europe, and all but the exclusively indigenous populations of the Western Hemisphere could then trace their descent to Yahshuah or Dagobert. Nevertheless, common sense has no part in this conspiracy theory. Plantard’s chief claim was that there were only two remaining family lines of the Merovingians: the Plantards and the St. Clairs.19 Naturally Pierre Plantard was the representative of the senior Plantard line, and therefore the rightful heir of Merovi and of Yahshuah and King David, etc. Basically, the entire mythos was invented to substantiate Plantard’s claim of supremacy over the secret societies, and the world.

The Plantard hoax has been used to further the anticlerical (that is, anti-Christian establishment) agenda of the Gnostic Catholic Church through disinformation profiteers such as and Baigent and Brown. (Baigent is a Freemason, and Brown is an active member of the Gnostic Catholic Church, which was created by the Ordo Templi Orientis.) However, many Christians who are also largely influenced by William Cooper have jumped on the bandwagon and unwittingly promoted the same stories by trying to expose them without realizing that they are purely fictional. This, combined with the curiosity of the masses of conspiracists lacking proper direction, is essentially why the Plantard hoax has been the greatest disinformation hoax since at least Sergei Nilus’ publication of the protocols. If there is any truth at all to the Priory of Sion mythos, then the details of the order presented therein are unknown to us, and it is therefore a truly “secret society.”



The Cooper Controversy


Milton William Cooper was a United States Naval Intelligence officer who became a researcher of the UFO phenomenon and a radio broadcaster. He openly criticized the United States government for the unlawful taxation of its citizens and even took the Internal Revenue Service to court, starting petitions against other illegal or unconstitutional government activities along the way. He later recanted his position on UFOs, claiming that they are part of the New World Order’s plot to subjugate the United States (rather than of extraterrestrial origin), which of course is a contradiction of the notion that the United States had already been subjugated, and even created that way.20 He is best known for his expository book Behold, A Pale Horse which outlines the basic premises of his research into the internationalist conspiracy. He also filmed several documentaries about conspiracies and secret government projects, and was finally assassinated by his nemesis, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, in 2001.21

Published in 1991, Cooper’s treatise has received much notoriety and has directly contributed to the gradual awakening of the American population perhaps more than any other single publication. It is also criticized for being full of misinformation and failed predictions. Some of his most important claims, such as those concerning the JASON Society and Majesty Twelve (or Majestic Twelve, or MJ-12), have never seen the light of public scrutiny. With so many people implicated, it does not seem likely that this would be the case, even considering that all those people would necessarily be sworn to secrecy. (Even the exclusive Skull and Bones society which George W. Bush says is “so secret I can’t say anything more [than that I joined it] about it,” on pain of death, has been betrayed by its own members who have allowed the publication of a full membership list from time to time.)

While the existence of MJ-12 is officially treated by the establishment like the existence of the Palladists of the 19th century (with ridicule and dismissiveness, as an alleged hoax), the leaked documents (originally compiled between 1978 and 1984) remain, like the Alta Vendita, something which the establishment will not even touch long enough to rebut, because it would rather not draw attention to them. We are therefore left with an intricate web of conspiracy with gaping holes in it, but which still makes sense. To complicate matters, Cooper was not sure of some of the information he presented, and says things like “whether this is true or disinformation depends solely on the existence of aliens,” the fact of which could be interpreted as evidence either of his objectivity, or of his ignorance.22

Cooper’s sources are varied, and that is probably why there is some truth and some disinformation in the details of his treatise. A well-read researcher will recognize the influence of Antony Sutton, for example, in the assertion that Pope John Paul II was a Zyklon B salesman for I.G. Farben during WWII. To an accidentalist, however, this may seem like a baseless accusation. Thus Cooper’s legacy represents all that is right about conspiracism, and all that is wrong with it. By bogging us down with details and documentation, he would have left us with a myriad of useless facts, but by providing a concise analysis of the available evidence, we are left with an interpretation which is unconvincing and must be taken on faith, thus fueling the ignorant, pejorative ‘paranoid’ label attached to conspiracists.

Like so many New Age-minded researchers, Cooper became so involved in the study of the Luciferian secret societies that he was eventually incapable of distinguishing between the truths and the untruths of their ideology. He correctly assessed that there is a difference in the worship of knowledge and in its study, and that its worship is “Satanism in its purest form.”23 He also correctly identifies the secretive societies, “especially those that practice degrees of initiation,” as “one society with one purpose … a New World Order.”24 His preoccupation with the spiritual, if not mystical side of his subject (for example, one of his documentaries is called Dimensions in Parapsychology), and his stance against Luciferianism make the title of disinformation agent for him unreasonable. The cause of his error is not in his interpretation, but in his source.

Cooper’s greatest error was in his belief, according to the model presented by the secret societies, that the fabled origins of the Society of Ormus (and therefore of the Rosicrucians) are legitimate. Consequently, he apparently overestimated the fabled society’s importance, though not necessarily the importance of Rosicrucianism in general. Just like the JASON Society or the Order of the Quest (which the present author takes to be a reference to the Order of the Golden Fleece), the Society of Ormus is hardly even known to exist apart from Cooper’s legacy. If he was not simply misinformed by a false story invented in the early part of the 17th century, then he was on what was, at the time, the cutting edge of conspiracy research.

The ramifications of the degree of truth to this controversy are not as widespread as those of the Plantard hoax, nor has Cooper’s legacy ever been the sole matter of dispute among conspiracy circles as Taxil’s once was. Most conspiracists and accidentalists are, at least at the outset, religiously motivated, and Cooper applied a fraternal and technological interpretation to his subject rather than a purely religious or spiritual one. This is probably the reason for his failure to be more persuasive. Nevertheless, it had a profound impact on the route which modern conspiracy theories were to take after the Cold War disinformation era. For example, many people recognize the obvious fact that the Apollo moon landings were a hoax and rightly conclude that something is being covered up, and it is a fact that we can only see one side of the Moon from Earth. It stands to reason, then, that there may be secret bases on the Moon as Cooper alleges, yet without verification, this will always be a stretch of the imagination, and it really only serves to discredit the fear-mongering conspiracy theorists who are seen to lack objectivity. Level-headed, rationally-minded conspiracists are the ones who suffer most by the undeserved accumulation of associative guilt.

The dilemma for conspiracists is whether they can trust Cooper’s sincerity enough to base a world view on it. If they are able to extract his spiritual interpretation from the details of his theories, then they certainly can. If there really is an Order of the Quest, then it is not a secret society, because it has been exposed by Cooper, and it is also just a different name for the amalgamation of private societies which we already know so much about. But until the more concise term ‘secretive’ comes into use, and until Cooper is vindicated, his Brotherhood of the Snake will be the most scrutinized of the secretive societies, due primarily to his influence upon the conflict of the paradigms of accidentalism and conspiracism.





The Taxil story is simply unconvincing and irrelevant. William Guy Carr, whose opinions regarding Margiotta must be considered authoritative, makes exactly the same conclusions in his Satan, Prince of This World. See The World At War, endnotes 78 and 254.

13 For the AASR transcript, go here:

14 Taxil named his confidant as “general Canzio-Garibaldi, Garibaldi’s son-in-law.” See previous note.

15-16 “Pierre Plantard,” Wikipedia,

17 “The Holy Blood and the Holy Grail,” Wikipedia,

“Arnaud de Sède, son of Gérard de Sède, stated categorically that his father and Plantard had made up the existence of the Prieuré de Sion, and described the story as ‘piffle.’”

18 “Priory of Sion,” Wikipedia,


20-21 “Milton William Cooper,” Wikipedia,

22-24 Milton William Cooper, “Secret Societies,” Wake Up America,