The Historical Influence of International Banking
by Herbert G Dorsey III
(Posted here by Wes Penre, February 2, 2004)

The Knights Templar

Knights TemplarThe first International Bankers were the Knights Templar, a secretive society created and sponsored by an even more secret society known as the Priory De Scion during the time of the Christian Crusades to recapture the Holy Lands from Muslim control.  

The Priory De Scion has had considerable historical influence in Europe from the time of the Crusades to the present.  The reason that most persons have not heard of the Priory De Scion is that they work secretly behind the scenes.

Christopher Columbus was a secret member of the Priory De Scion and on his voyage of discovery to the "New World", his Flag Ship   had the Templar Cross emblem on the Main Sail.  This was unusual because the Templars had been outlawed by that time in history.  

A list of the Grand Masters of the Priory De Scion would include such notables as Leonardo Da Vinci and Sir Isaac Newton. This secret organization still wields extraordinary secret power in  modern Europe and has exercised a large influence in creating the present European Union. 

The  Knights Templars were required to take oaths of poverty and chastity to become members.  Their stated mission was to guard the roads to the Holy Land.  Their popularity became so great that they became a political force with which even kings had to reckon.  

They created  safe depositories where lords could leave their treasure in safekeeping while on pilgrimages to Jerusalem.  These early form of banks, which were created across Europe and the Middle East from France to Jerusalem, were the first international banks.

They also developed an early system of checks so that money could be drawn from a "bank" in Jerusalem by a lord writing a check based on his treasure being held in a Paris bank.

On Friday the 13th of 1307, the Templars were Outlawed by a Papal Bull which charged them with Heresy. On this unlucky day all the Knight Templars in France were simultaneously arrested.  Many were surprised by this unexpected turn of events because the knights Templars were considered the army of the Catholic Church.  

In fact, it took considerable effort on the part of the King of France, Phillip IV, to influence the Pope to make this declaration.  Part of this effort included holding relatives of the Pope hostage to insure the declaration was made. 

Phillip IV had his own motives.  He had borrowed heavily from the Templar Treasury to finance his wars against England.  If he could get the Templars outlawed,  not only could the debt be cancelled but the Templar banks with their treasure could be seized.

The Priory De Scion's intelligence network had advance knowledge of the King's secret plan to have the knights Templars outlawed and arrested.  They advised the Templars to give up peacefully.  They were told that they would be protected by the Church and found innocent at a later trial.  

All the treasure in the Templar banks was removed from France accompanied by the best Templar Knights on the Templar Fleet which sailed to Scotland.  Later, this treasure and these fighting knights were allied with Scotland's Fight for independence from England.

While Jacques de Molay , the Templar leader of France, was imprisoned, he secretly directed the establishment of Occult or Hermetic Masonry, establishing four Lodges; one in Naples, one at Edinburg, one at Stockholm, and one at Paris.

The Templars which were arrested were not protected by the Church as expected.  Many were horribly tortured to extract confessions of  guilt.  Their leader,  Jacous De Molay was burned at the stake in a public square of Paris.

Just before his death, De Molay  placed a curse on the King of France and the Pope stating that he would see them before the throne of God before a year passes.  Perhaps due to the secret influence of the Priory De Scion, The Pope and King perished within the year in a strange and sudden manner. Squin de Florin, the chief denouncer of the Templars was assassinated.

Outlawing of the Knights Templars drove them underground as the secret order of the Free Masons through-out Europe.  The Freemasons became the arch enemies of the Catholic Church,  because of the percieved  betrayal of the Templars by the Church, and worked behind the scenes to promote the later Protestant Reformation, and more freedom for mankind.

The Vatican's militant order of the Jesuits was sent to England to fight the heresy of Protestantism. Jesuits diligently searched for heretics to punish, thus guaranteeing that Freemasons would keep their secrets well hidden if they wished to keep their heads.

John Locke, used the Masonic Charges in writing the constitution for the proposed colony of South Carolina, which was to later become a bastion for Freemasonry. Also, the writings of   Sir Francis Bacon demonstrated the philosophies of the Freemasons. The founders of the Virginia Company were also Freemasons.

Later the Masons would make their presence felt in the New World with the Boston Tea Party, organized by the Boston Freemason lodge and the Declaration of Independence. The latter document was composed and signed primarily by Freemasons. George Washington and most of his Generals were also Freemasons. In truth, without the Freemasons there would have been no United States of America!

The Money Lenders of Amsterdam

The next significant impact on history was made by the Jewish money lenders of  Amsterdam.  These money lenders had considerable influence in the "behind the scenes" politics.  The Jewish Rabbi who were the religious and political leaders of the scattered Jewish people and the Jewish money lenders combined their forces in a group known as the "Elders of Zion." 

From 1640 to 1689, These "Elders of Zion" in Holland plotted the English Revolution, and were lending money to the various factions.

These Jewish money lenders used their influence to elevate Mr. William Stradholder to Captain General of the Dutch Forces and then to William, Prince of Orange. Then, they arranged the meeting of William Stradholder with the English Duke of York's eldest daughter, Mary.

The Duke of York was next in line to be the King of England.  In 1677, Prince William of Orange married  princess Mary of York.  When the Duke of York suddenly died,  Prince William of Orange and Mary became the next King and Queen of England in 1689.

Then, King William persuaded the British Treasury to borrow one and a quarter million british pounds from the Dutch bankers who had placed him in power. The terms of the loan were as follows:

1. The names of the lenders be kept secret and that they be granted a charter to establish a bank of England.

2. The directors of said bank be granted the legal right to establish the gold standard for paper currency.

3. That they be allowed to lend out 10 pounds of paper currency for every 1 pound of gold held on deposit.

4. That they be allowed to consolidate the national debt and secure amounts due as principal and interest by a direct taxation of the people.

This form of "fractional banking" would allow 50% yearly return on actual bank assets at an interest rate of 5% per year. And the people of England would pay the bill! A similar banking scheme would later appear in the United States with the Federal Reserve Act of 1913.

These lenders never intended that the loans be repaid for they profited mainly from the interest and the indebtedness gave them political leverage. England's national debt went from 1,250,000 Pounds in 1694 to 16,000,000 Pounds in 1698. 

Mystery often surrounds that secretive center of international banking, the house of Rothschild. In 1750, Mayer Amschel Bauer purchased his fathers banking business in Frankfurt and changed his name to Rothschild. Mayer became married and had five sons and five daughters. His sons names were Amschel, Salamon, Nathan, Kalmann, and Jacob.

His fortunes increased when he came into the good graces of the Prince William IX of Hess-Hanau, whom he was known to have attended Freemason meetings in Germany with.

This prince derived a large income from renting his Hessian mercenary army out to the King of England. These same troops would later combat George Washington's revolutionary army at Valley Forge.

Rothschild became Prince William's trusted banker. When Prince William had to flee to Denmark because of political upheaval in Germany, he left six hundred pounds, the mercenary army's payroll, in Rothschild's bank for safekeeping.

The money was then sent to London with Nathan Rothschild to start a bank there. Gold was brought from the East India Company for use as security.

Fourfold profits were made on paper money loans to finance the Duke of Wellington's military operations, and later, on the sale of the gold which was supposed to be the security for the paper money.

This was the beginning of the great fortune of the House of Rothschild. An international banking operation was started by setting each son with a bank in different countries; Amschel in Berlin, Salamon in Vienna, Jacob in Paris and Kalamann in Naples. Salamon Rothschild was a member of the Freemasons.

Meyer Rothschild made a will which outlined how the family fortune was to be managed. The males would manage the fortune, the eldest son would have the deciding vote when disagreements would arise and all accounting and other records would be kept strictly secret not even open to governments. 

In 1773, Meyer Rothschild held a secret meeting in The House of Rothschild at Jundestrasse, Frankfurt Germany, with twelve wealthy and influential European Financiers to discuss a manual of action to gain eventual control of the entire wealth of the world.

At this meeting, the English Revolution and the means of gaining control of England's wealth was discussed and the formal outline which would eventually be known as the 24 "Protocols of the Elders of Zion" were outlined. These protocols had their roots in the  Sanhedren during the Babylonian captivity of Israel and were develop as a means to covertly destabilise enemy nations.

These Protocols were kept quite secret, but in 1901 these documents fell into the hands of Russian Professor S. Nilus. He had them published in Russian under the title "The Jewish Peril." Victor Marsden then had them translated into english under the title "The Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion" in 1921. These may have changed somewhat since the original meeting in 1773.

The First Protocol stressed the importance of gaining control of money in order to gain control of a nation:

"...Whether a State exhausts itself in it's own convulsions, whether it's internal discord brings it under the power of external foes, in any case it can be accounted irretrievably lost: It is in our power. The despotism of Capital, which is entirely in our hands, reaches out to it a straw that the State, willy nilly must take hold of, if not it goes to the bottom..."

The second Protocol stressed the need to control the press:

"...In the hands of the States of  today there is a great force that creates the movement of thought in the people, and that is the Press..."

The third Protocol shows the means of increasing their power:

"...We appear on the scene as the alleged saviours of the worker from this oppression when we propose to him to enter the ranks of our fighting forces Socialists, Anarchists, Communists To whom we always give support in accordance with an alleged brotherly rule (of the solidarity of all humanity) of our social masonry..."

The fourth protocol states the need to lesson the peoples faith in God:

"...It is indispensable for us to undermine all faith, to tear out of the minds of the Goyim (Gentile) the very principle of Godhead and the spirit, and to put in its place arithmetical calculations and material need..."

The fifth protocol states the need to create confusion:

"...In order to put public opinion into our hands we must bring it into a state of bewilderment by giving expression from all sides so many contradictory opinions and for such length of time as will suffice to make the Goyim loose their head in the labyrinth and come to see that the best thing is to have no opinion of any kind in matters political..."

The sixth protocol states the need to create the desire for luxury in the common man:

"...To complete the ruin of the industry of the Goyim ...we have developed among the Goyim the greedy demand for luxury that is swallowing up everything...We shall raise the state of wages, which however, will not bring any advantage to the worker, for at the same time, we shall produce a rise in prices...In order that  the true meaning of things will not strike the Goyim before the proper time, we shall mask it under an alleged ardent desire to serve the working classes and the great principles of political economy about which our economic theories are carrying on an energetic propaganda."

The seventh protocol states the means to gain control of existing governments:

"The intensification of armaments, the increase of police forces are all essential for the completion of the aforementioned plans. What we have to get at is that there shall be in all the States of  the world, besides ourselves, only the masses of the proletariat, a few millionaires devoted to our interests, police and soldiers..."

The eight protocol shows the means of training and controlling national leaders:

"... Our directorate must surround itself with all those forces of civilization among which it will have to work. It will surround itself with publicists, practical jurists, public administrators, diplomats, and finally with persons prepared by a special superŠeducational training in our special schools...For a time until thee no longer be any risk in entrusting responsible posts in our States to brother Jews, we shall put them in the hands of persons whose past and reputation are such that between them and the people there lays an abyss, persons who in case of disobedience to our instructions, must face criminal charges or disappear. This in  order to make them defend our interests to their last gasp."

The ninth protocol shows the means of using human weakness to create the international super government:

"...And the weapons in our hands are limitless ambitions, burning greediness, merciless vengeance, hatreds and malice. It is from us that the all engulfing terror proceeds. We have in our services persons of all opinions, of all doctrines, restorating monarchists, demagogues, socialists, communists, and utopian dreamers of every kind. We have harnessed them all to the task: Each one of them on his own account is boring away at the last remnants of authority, is striving to overthrow all established forms of order. By these acts all states are in torture; they exhort to tranquility, are ready to sacrifice anything for peace: But we will not give them peace until they openly acknowledge our international Super Government, and with submissiveness."

There are 24 of these protocols and these are but short excerpts from some given to convey the spirit of their method for overthrowing the nations of the world. A complete reading of the Protocols would reveal why the present world is in the present  confused mess.

The Illuminati

After outlining the plan for world domination, the Banking house of Rothschild commissioned Adam Wieshaupt to form the secret Order of the Illuminati.

Adam Wieshaupt was raised in a Jesuit convent and eventually became a professor of Canon law. Later, as he became disillusioned with Catholicism, he became the personal student of the Jewish philosopher Mendelssohn, and was converted to Gnosticism.

Illuminism certainly existed before Adam Wieshaupt made his appearance in the world. The inner circle of initiates of the Rosecrucians order were considered "illumined". This term was in reference to the auric light that surrounded one who was truly bathed in the light of the spirit.

This was considered a very real phenomenon in Europe before the infection of cartesian logic which denied the existence of spirit. For example, certain contemporaries were said to have witnessed the glowing aura of Saint Francis De Assisi. Enlightenment had been considered a worthy quest since the times of Hermes.

However, it was Adam Wieshaupt who formed the secret order of Illuminati which has proven to be a tremendous deception. Here Novitiates were told that the Illuminati held the secrets to many great mysteries which they could gradually be initiated into as they progressed through the degrees and were proven worthy. This "secret knowledge" proved to be an enticing lure to many worthy persons.

The stated purpose of the Illuminati was to eliminate all the evil conditions of society and return man to his natural happy state. Since this meant tearing down the powerful Monarchy and the Church, dangerous enemies would be created. So, secrecy was an important feature of the Order.

The Illuminati was organized as circles within circles, with certain levels of secrecy maintained on the inner circles. Only those in the innermost circles knew the true goals of the Illuminati. Members in the lower degrees were told that they were no higher degrees and their Grandmaster's identity was kept secret.

Deception is the secret of this organization's success and truth it's greatest enemy. The Organization has a global reach today. The outward manifestation of the Illuminati is the "New World Order." However, the men truly at the "levers of control" are safely hidden from the public eye.

This fantastic deception was conceived while Wieshaupt was employed as a professor of Cannon law at the University of Ingolstadt in Bavaria. The Illuminati was formally founded by Wieshaupt on May 1, 1776.

Ironically, this secret order was being formed at the same time as the greatest document to insure human freedom, the United States Constitution. The two have been at cross purposes ever since.

The creation of the United States was largely the work of the true Freemason Lodges.  The organizers of the American Revolution  and signers of the U.S. constitution, were primarily members of freemason lodges.  While on the other hand, the disastrous French and Russian Revolutions with their following reigns of terror and worsening of the human condition, were largely the work of the "Illuminised" Freemason Lodges of continental Europe which were named "Grand Orient Lodges."

Part of the ingenious organization of the Illuiminati likely stemmed from Wieshaupt's early training in a Jesuit order. It must be remembered that the Jesuits were considered the "Vatican's secret service" in the continual war of Protestant suppression. It was a militant religious order that had a long history of murder and intrigue, notable examples being the massacre of the Huguenots in France and the "Gun Powder Plot" in England.

The system of secrecy of the Illuminati was quite simple: The leader worked directly with two men under him. Each of these two men again worked with two men and so on. The lower men in this hierarchy knew their immediate superior but not their superior's superior. Through this chain of command tremendous influence could be wielded without public awareness of the true source of this influence.

To further increase the efficiency of this secret order, many of the most promising were initiated. These often were persons of wealthy families, magistrates or the higher degrees of the Freemason Lodges. The initiated were called "Patriarchs."

Also, a system of spying was developed. "Every person shall be made a spy on another and on all around him... he shall attempt to discover their strong side and their weak, their passions, their prejudices, their connections, and above all, their actions." Adepts, called Insinuants or "Insinuating Brothers", were required to file reports twice a month to their superiors, "So that the Order may know which are the people in each town and village that they can look to for support."

Other purposes were served by this system of spying. Personnel files could established on each Patriarch which would accurately determine his personality profile. Then, each could be placed in  positions where their talents would be of the greatest service to the Order. The more notable indiscretions committed by a Patriarch were also recorded for possible blackmail purposes should the need arise. And, any secret subversion from within the Illuminati Order could be quickly detected and dealt with.

On July 16, 1782, at the Congress of Wilhelmsbad, an alliance between Freemasonry and the Illuminati was sealed. This pact united about 3 million members of the leading secret societies of that time.

One order of business at the congress was to allow Jews to become members. This was at a time when Jews had few rights and were still being sorely prosecuted in Europe.

All that passed at this meeting will perhaps never be known since all attending were sworn to complete secrecy. Comte de Virieu, one Freemason present at the Congress, was asked what secrets had transpired.

He replied, "I will not confide them to you. I can only tell you that all this is very much more serious than you think. The conspiracy which has been woven is so well thought out that it will be, so to speak, impossible for the Monarchy and the Church to escape from it."

Some subversive secrets started to leak from the Illuminati and by October 11, 1785 the Bavarian Elector ordered a raid on the home of Wieshaupt's chief assistant, Herr Von Zwack. Many documents were recovered during this raid which outlined the Illuminati's plan for world wide revolution. The Bavarian Elector Decided to have the papers published as "Original Writings of the Order and Sect of the Illuminati". These papers were circulated as widely as possible as a warning to the European Monarchies.

Wieshaupt was dismissed from his position as professor and went into hiding with another Illuminati member, the Duke of  Saxe Gotha. While allowing the lie that the Illuminati had  been dissolved to be believed, the secret Order continued it's work in secrecy under organizations with other names.

Within a year, The "German Union" surfaced, passing Illuminati propaganda on to the many Reading Societies then in existence. Here the slogan "Liberty, Equality, Fraternity" was born. The Monarchs of Europe were heedless of the danger and soon the French Revolution and the "Reign of Terror" were to follow.

The secret history of the Illuminati claims that Wieshaupt foresaw the French Revolution and wanted to push it on to even greater ends. He is said to be the founder of the first Communist International. Furthermore, the house of Rothschild was the treasurer of the first Comintern. As we shall see, the unlikely alliance between capitalist and communist is a standard modus operandi of the Illuminati.

In 1830, Wieshaupt died at the age of 82. In 1834, Guiessepe Mazzini was appointed as director of the Illuminati. He held this position until his death in 1872. One branch of the Illuminati at that time, known as "The League of the Just" hired Moses Mordecai Marx Levi (alias Karl Marx) to write for them.

While Giuseppe Mazzini was the head of the Illuminati in Europe, he corresponded with Albert Pike, the Sovereign Grand Commander of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry of the Southern Jurisdiction U.S.A.

A letter dated August 15, 1871, Pike gives Mazzini a detailed plan for world conquest in three world wars: The first war would destroy Czarist Russia and place that vast territory under the control of the Illuminati. The second war would be manipulated by the differences between the Political Zionists and the German Nationalists. This would lead to the expansion of Russian power and the creation of a state of Israel in Palestine. The third war would stir up the differences between the State of Israel and the Arab Muslims.

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