On this week’s edition of Real Politik we are joined by Kris Millegan, publisher of that modest yet significant book imprint, TrineDay. Millegan discusses how in the late 1960s his father, a veteran OSS and CIA operative, explained to him that the world’s major institutions were greatly influenced by “secret societies.”
Since then Millegan has embarked on a 45-year project examining America’s hidden history. This led to the founding of TrineDay in 2002, when the fledgling entity published Daniel Hopsicker’s Barry and the Boys: The CIA, The Mob, and America’s Secret History, and reprinted historian Antony Sutton’s 1983 title, America’s Secret Establishment: An Introduction to the Order of Skull and Bones.
As Millegan puts it, TrineDay is a home for “interesting, well-researched and well-written books with but one key ‘defect’: a challenge to official history that would tend to rock the boat of America’s corporate culture.”
TrineDay’s catalog now consists of over sixty titles, including works by authors such as Daniel Estulin, John Loftus, Judith Vary Baker, Douglas Valentine, and Peter Levenda.
TrineDay’s initial foray into examining Skull and Bones was deemed unacceptable by corporate news outlets. “Fox News called me when we did Fleshing Out Skull and Bones, and I told producer what I was going to say. He said, ‘Fine.’ I get on there with the talent. She asked me a couple of questions. She was wrong about something. I didn’t want to correct her at first. But then she was wrong again. I said, ‘Well, OK. I’d better correct her.’ She asked me a question, and I [brought up] drugs. She said, ‘Drugs?!’ I explained my thing. Then she came back and said, ‘Well, we’re out of time.’ I was told I was going to have seven-to-nine minutes. I ended up with about three or four.”
When Millegan was coming of age in the late 1960s his father began to explain the underlying political-economic contours of Western nations’, many of which were influenced by covert alliances such as those represented in Skull and Bones. “My father had been in intelligence since the thirties,” Millegan recounts,
and during the war he got involved in deep politics in ’43. One thing he told me was, “They’re out to opiate your whole generation.” It stands out still today because it was the first time I had ever heard the word “opiate.” I knew what it meant, but it wasn’t a word that was used in conversation in the late sixties. I was growing my hair long and being a hippie. My dad and I were having a discussion out in the driveway. He says, “How come there’s all you kids [getting stoned]? How come this is happening at the same time? What’s going on here?”
Millegan’s father then followed this exchange with a more formal one. “The first words out of his mouth were, ‘The Vietnam War’s about drugs. There are these secret societies behind it.’ And then he says, ‘Communism’s all a sham. There’s these same secret societies behind it all.’ He went into Vietnam and explained how they were playing out a loose scenario. Then he went into psychological warfare and propaganda. He conducted this discussion with a professor from Vanderbilt, Dr. D. F. Fleming. It soon became very apparent that I had no frame of reference. I had no understanding of what they were saying.”
Nevertheless, the discussion planted the seeds for Millegan’s lifetime independent research into “the subject I call ‘CIA drugs,'” he recalls. “I had been researching the subject of the Kennedy assassination because it just didn’t seem right.” In the early 1970s men’s magazines such as Playboy and Penthouse were among the few places where in-depth investigative journalism on political assassinations and the drug trade was appearing.
“‘CIA drugs’ wasn’t supposed to exist,” Millegan observes. “This dynamic that I’m talking about has to do with the fact that the boomer generation wasn’t supposed to cohere as a generation. We were supposed to be a peaced-out, drugged-out generation, as an anti-thesis to our parents war generation.” This provided the context to “start the drug war, dismantle the Constitution, scare the people in the suburbs, and all the stuff they could hang their psychological warfare hats on.”
Ironically, however, the boomer generation did advance intellectually in various ways, laying the groundwork for mass awareness evident in today’s alternative media and journalism.
We did cohere. We cohered as hippies, around a joint being smoked around a circle, with a little bit of LSD sprinkled in … What came out of the hippies was the personal computer and the internet. Those are the tools that we as a society are using to fight this corruption. Because that’s all it is is just people lying and cheating and stealing. They might be doing it in fancy ways, but that’s what it is. The personal computer to make a book. It allows you to have a radio show. It allows people to make videos. It engenders creativity. Instead of just sitting around being slobs and having the percentage of people to think and write letters to each other continually going down, with the personal computer people are sitting there typing, they’re thinking, and they’re being creative. This creativeness surpasses the sophistry the secret societies use to control us with. And it’s a proven fact that if you understand your control mechanism you can rise above it.
Such networks operate a three-tiered system to maintain their physical, emotional and spiritual control of the world’s population. “It’s a leviathan of three levels,” Millegan explains,
and each level has three parts. The top level is mining, metal and money. It kind of makes sense, because if you control the mining, then you control the metal that comes out of it and the money based on it. The next level is drugs, guns and oil. They use the theater of war for urban renewal. Skull and Bones is intimately involved in all three of those things. The only reason we go to the oil store is because they own it. And where the rubber meets the road is media. They basically have virtual control through that television and through the media. Then, the next is movies/music; they’ve gotta effect those as much as they can. [Out of the third tier comes] “magic”–the ability to hoodwink us to make us think that something else is going on, and their preponderance on using mass trauma to scare the crap out of us!
Addressing the power of alternative media to ferret out hidden forces, Millegan notes that recent efforts by major Hollywood producers to adopt TrineDay titles have been actively fought through strong-arm economic and even flagrantly criminal tactics. “They don’t like me publishing books,” he points out.
They’ve tried to put me out of business. I’ve had to go to federal district court, then they play mercantile games with me … A bunch of people have tried to make movies out of The Franklin Scandal, out of Dr. Mary’s Monkey, out of Me and Lee, out of A Terrible Mistake–quite a few of these books. They had financing. They had production. They had distribution. They had everything. So they were working on three of the books. First [the producers’] place got broken into. They got surveilled. They got computerized phone messages that showed [how their computer screens were being monitored and how] they knew what they were doing. This would have been about three years ago.
Finally, when nothing else was working–they tried a bunch of things, sequestering their bank accounts, openly surveilled them–[then] somebody stopped [a film company’s executive vice president’s] wife on the street and said, “If your husband doesn’t stop I’m going to kill you and your husband. Then what are your children gonna do?” He calls me up and says, “Well, I guess I’m taking a sabbatical.” And he goes away for two weeks. He calls me back and says, “Well, I guess were just making Will Ferrell movies.” So there’s active suppression.