Dollar Bill Conspiracy Theories Put to Rest?

Interesting article below regarding the $1 bill.  (Link to the article . . .

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Great Seal secrets revealed!

By MATTHEW LEE, Associated Press WriterTue Feb 12, 4:03 PM ET

Conspiracy theorists take note: The myths surrounding one of America's oldest and most enduring national symbols are about to be debunked ... if you believe the government, that is.

The keepers of the Great Seal of the United States, the familiar emblem on the back of the $1 bill, want you to know what it is not. It is not a sign that Freemasons run the country, it has nothing to do with the occult, and it does not contain clues to a fabulous hidden treasure.

It is rather the nation's stamp of authority, sovereignty and power, gracing our cash and embossing the most important of documents from its home at the State Department, which has held it since the days of Thomas Jefferson, the first secretary of state.

Not that the Seal's symbols — the all-seeing eye, the unfinished pyramid, the Latin phrases, the bald eagle clutching an olive branch and arrows and the number 13 — aren't powerful.

They are, historians say. Yet their meanings have been misidentified, misunderstood and misrepresented almost since the Continental Congress first commissioned the Seal in 1776.

It would be another six years before the original design was approved and another 128 before it evolved into its current form. Along the way, a movement to decipher the Seal's meaning with ancient Egyptian, mystical and otherwise otherworldly explanations has gained currency.

The Internet age has seen an explosion in such conspiracy theories, many which have now been ingrained in public consciousness through the popular "National Treasure" movie franchise that serves up a combination of Masonic lore and historical myths in blockbuster Hollywood fashion.

Among them:

_That the Seal proves the domination of the United States by a powerful, quasi-religious cult. The Ancient Scottish Rite of Freemasonry is a perennial favorite of conspiracy theorists as some Founding Fathers were Masons and the Seal uses several Masonic symbols.

_That the Seal draws on Satanism or polytheistic ritual to promote a universal new world order under which Earth would be ruled by a single omnipotent government.

_That repeated references to 13 — the number of steps in the unfinished pyramid, stars in the constellation over the eagle's head, arrows in the eagle's claw, stripes on the eagle's shield, letters in the phrase "Annuit Coeptis" — demonstrate the power of 13 American families.

_That there are two seals: one in which the eagle's head faces the arrows for times of war and another in which the eagle's head faces the olive branch for times of peace.

All rubbish, according to historians, who say the Seal's symbolism is far less ominous or revelatory than many believe.

Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, the Seal's 66th and current custodian, on Tuesday inaugurated a new exhibition to commemorate its 225th birthday and trace the history and evolution of the symbolism.

"This exhibit honoring the Great Seal affirms our continued belief in the values of our founding," she said. "The Great Seal symbolizes the unity, strength and independence of a new nation, the United States of America."

The Seal will remain at the State Department but the interactive exhibit is designed to travel and curators hope it will dispel the rumors and educate Americans about the real meaning of the symbols.

Among the highlights:

_That known Masons like the first U.S. president, George Washington, and Benjamin Franklin had no role in designing the final seal, which uses elements of traditional heraldry, such as the unfinished pyramid to symbolize a work in progress, arrows for war and an olive branch for peace. Masons share some of those symbols, but they have never been exclusively the domain of the order.

_That the phrase "Novus Ordo Seculorum" below the Roman numerals for 1776 at the base of the pyramid translates as "A New Order of the Ages" that began with independence and does not imply the United States will be the lynchpin of a sinister "New World Order."

_That the words "Annuit Coeptis" ("Providence favors") and the eye of providence that hovers over the pyramid refer to unexpected interventions of fate that assisted the colonists in creating a new country.

_That the references to 13 refer to the number of colonies that formed the original United States.

"People are just not aware of the complexity and intent of the symbolism and what our Founding Fathers were trying to do with it," said Priscilla Linn, senior curator at the U.S. Diplomacy Center. "The hidden treasure in the Seal is the courage and presence of mind of the people who created it and created these values for the whole country."

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davelambert's picture

...I could almost believe it, except for the fact that Condoleeza Rice said it. I guess her boss was too busy that day to be bothered putting conspiracy theories to rest.


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lefty-dave's picture
Greetings All,
First and foremost, anything that comes under Ass ociated Press (reuters), I read diligently, and believe just the opposite !!!
And, anything Condi Rice says, guessed it.....bovine sciatology !!!!
To deny the overwhelming evidence that Masons had and have tremendous influence on our society is absurd. From the design of Washington, DC, to the dollar bill, right up to the fact that Obama is a Mason, as was many presidents and others of authority can not be denied.....
Having said that,... (for those of you who need further examination ....look to Jordan Maxwells' studies....The Naked Truth, and you'll be surprized at how much influence has been wielded by this organization),... I don't see why the PTB go to so much effort to deny such influence. Most Masons have mostly good in their hearts, are always there for each other, and until they reach the upper levels of their 'club', have no idea about the satanic, luciferian, or kabalistic influences housed in their history and heirarchy.
Grandfather was a 32degree Mason, the one and only thing he left me upon his earthly departure, was his masonic ring. His life was dedicated to doing good for his family and his 'brothers' at the masonic hall...he gave many many of them jobs, loans, gifts, etc all his life...94 years..
We've got a lot more hidious associations to worry about these days....mostly think tanks, NPO's, corps, and councils.....hhhmmm!!
Blessings all


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davelambert's picture

Sounds like the start of a song, doesn't it...okay sorry, I'll be serious. Both of you made a really good point. The focus of our intent is absolutely the most important aspect of what stands before us at this time. I am in awe of the people who have come here intending to do this together. Ajo!

Dave, I haven't really delved into the Masonic morass partly because something within tells me what you just said...they aren't all bad people by any means, and we have bigger fish to fry. I've known Masons and I have been invited twice to become one. I declined mostly because I'm not a joiner. When I do join up I make a commitment. I'm not a dues-payer, either. If you want my money more than my commitment, you're asking the wrong guy. I give my money voluntarily or else you take it from me. There is no other way for it to leave my hand and wind up in yours.

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