Mark your calendars: In July, the National Archives intends to publicly release over 1,000 pages of records from the George W. Bush administration pertaining to Skull and Bones, the Yale secret society that counts both the former president and his former president father as members. If we’re lucky, maybe we’ll learn whether Dubya’s grandfather Prescott Bush—also a Bonesman—really dug up and stole the skull of Geronimo from the Apache warrior’s grave, as Skull and Bones legend holds he did one night in 1918.
The National Archives and Records Administration sent a letter to representatives of the Obama and Bush administrations last month announcing its intent to make 3,404 pages of Bush-era records available to the public. The records, which will be stored at the George W. Bush Presidential Library in Dallas, include 1,650 pages relating to The Skull and Bones Society, according to the letter.
A brief Skull and Bones primer for the uninitiated: the society, founded in 1832, meets in a windowless brick building on Yale’s campus known as “The Tomb.” Members are sworn to silence about what goes on inside, and are bound by tradition to leave the room whenever a non-Bonesman mentions the group’s name in their presence. Despite this shroud of secrecy, rumors have leaked out about occult-style rituals and Busch Light-soaked traditional college parties alike. In addition to the Bushes, the society counts Time magazine founder Henry Luce, conservative icon William F. Buckley, and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, W.’s 2004 presidential opponent, as members.
According to Politico, a FOIA request from the conspiracist author Robert Gaylon Ross Sr. prompted the National Archives to release the Skull and Bones records. Ross, whose books include Who’s Who of the Elite : Members of the Bilderbergs, Council on Foreign Relations, & Trilateral Commission and The Elite Serial Killers of Lincoln, JFK, RFK & MLK, will have plenty of material to chew over.
The records will become public July 12, unless either Bush or Obama moves to block the release, Politico reports. Here’s hoping they don’t. I really want to know whether the getting-naked-and-lying-in-a-coffin stuff is true.