iD #07: The Secret Freemason Files

For centuries members of this clandestine society have been suspected of pulling the strings behind the scenes. Even today Freemasons are still thought of as covertly endeavoring to rule the world. But is it possible they're already in charge?

With purported ties to organizations as diverse as the Mafia, the CIA, and the KKK, and an alleged stronghold in Washington D.C. dating back to the time of America's Founding Fathers, Freemasons are not written about in textbooks but have nevertheless had a tremendous impact on the history of the world.

Its members are sworn to secrecy, so very few things are known about this ancient order. It's also not known what percentage of a government apparatus must be in the hands of an organization for it to control a nation's political system.

Read about Freemason history and their modern potential in this issue of iD, as well as an account of the power of ancient symbols such as the cross, the pentagram, the swastika, and the Eye of Providence atop the pyramid on the back of the one-dollar bill.

Issue: 1202

Cover Date: February 2012



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