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Texe Marrs, a retired USAF officer, taught at the University of Texas at Austin from 1977 to 1982 and is the author of some thirty-five books on Bible prophecy, secret societies, the New Age movement, and world affairs. He is president of Power of Prophecy Ministries and RiverCrest Publishing in Austin, Texas and was editor of a bi-monthly newsletter, "Flashpoint."
Although little is publicly known about Marrs, Craig Earl Capehart, a business counselor and attorney in Indianapolis, Indiana is reputed to have compiled an extensive report on his personal life in 1997. This undated photo was probably taken in the early 1980s.

Texe Marrs, anti-mason
Circle of Intrigue
First published in 1995 by Living Truth Publishers, Circle of Intrigue was republished in 2000 by RiverCrest Publishing. Both imprints are operated by Texe Marrs from the same Austin, Texas address. The cover art replaced a central swastika with the reverse of the USA seal but is otherwise the same book, although this edition fails to note that it is a reprint.
Texe Marrs would have us believe that Bible scripture warns us that ten "Wise Men", whom he labels the Inner Circle of the Illuminati, meet twice a year "to mold the world into a totalitarian New Age Kingdom by the magical year 2000" [p. xi.]. One assumes that in his more recent writings he has moved the deadline.
"Led by spirit beings from another dimension—a grotesque and shadowy 'otherworld'— [p. 16.] they "dealt with" John F. Kennedy, Robert Maxwell, and others [p. 17.]
Marrs has concluded that his ten Illuminati leaders are scattered around the Western world, with two members in the U.S.A., one member in Canada, three members in France, one member in Austria, one member in Great Britain, one member in Spain and one member in South Africa. Rather than simply identify them, he uses most of his book describing people whose actions meet his definition of an Illuminati agenda of world government: Baron Edmond de Rothschild, Baron Eric de Rothschild, Lord J. Rothschild, Baron Guy de Rothschild, David Rockefeller Sr., John (Jay) D. Rockefeller IV, Laurance Rockefeller, Archduke Otto von Habsburg, Archduke Karl von Habsburg, King Juan Carlos, Edgar M. Bronfman, Sr., Lord Peter Carrington, Harry Oppenheimer, Giovanni Agnelli, Robert Murdoch, Heinrich von Pierer, Prince Bernhard of the Netherlands and Prince Philip of England.
He avoids making specific claims by noting: "The very nature of a successful conspiracy is that the names of the perpetrators remain unknown and hidden from view." [p. 73.]
His complete inability to provide documented proof of his "research" or "investigation" has not stopped him from providing a detailed description of the agenda, goals and operations of the Illuminati—all without any proof that such an organization exists other than in his own mind.
Among his collection of unrelated facts, opinions and conclusions, several glaring errors stand out. His claims regarding the Knights Templar and the Baphomet are gleaned from Nesta Webster and have no historical basis or scholarly support
Unsubstantiated claims for masonic membership are made for Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagon, Bill Clinton, Newt Gingrich and Colin Powell although no masonic affiliation has ever been proven. The B'nai B'rith and Skull & Bones Yale fraternity are both described as masonic lodges although neither have any masonic link. Albert Pike’s Morals and Dogma is noted as "frequently touted as the 'Bible' of Freemasonry" although only anti-masons ever describe it as such [p. 96.] Marrs mentions Alabama Governor George Wallace but fails to mention he was an active freemason [p. 137.]
Marrs makes a number of unsubstantiated and historically inaccurate claims that are breath taking in their scope: "Evidence, however, indicates that the U.S. Army’s biological warfare laboratories may well have created the AIDS virus and that the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) may have engineered its spread in Africa and elsewhere." [p. 105.] "The sun sign is universally a symbol of Lucifer...." [p. 195.] "The Star of David is not now, nor has it ever been, a holy symbol. It is an ancient, magical sign of immense evil." [p. 200.] "Now since, in its ignorance and superstition the Masonic Lodge worships Lucifer, also known as Satan, we can thus infer that the Deity, or god, of Freemasonry is none other than the devil himself." [p. 211]
Marrs has looked far and wide for endorsements of his conspiracy theories. From a collection of Woodrow Wilson’s 1916 campagn speeches he extracts the following:
"Since I entered politics, I have chiefly had men’s views confided to me privately. Some of the biggest men in the United States, in the field of commerce and manufacture, are afraid of somebody, are afraid of something. They know that there is a power somewhere so organized, so subtle, so watchful, so interlocked, so complete, so pervasive, that they had better not speak above their breath when they speak in condemnation of it." [p. 235.]
Marrs backdates the publishing date by three years and neglects to give a page number, but more damning, Marrs insists that Wilson is talking about the same Illuminati-inspired global conspiracy. In context, Wilson is actually concerned about domestic "stock companies", "great allied corporations with special interests" [p. 24.], "public-service corporations" [p. 106.], "big trusts" [p. 133.], "private monopolies" [p. 135.] and railroad combinations [p. 48.]. Wilson later says:
"...I do not suspect that any man has deliberatly planned the system. I am not so uninstructed and misinformed as to suppose that there is a malevolent combination sonmewhere to dominate the government of the United States. I merely say that, by certain processes, now well known, and perhaps natural in themselves, there has come about an extraordinary and very sinister concentration in the control of business in this country." [p. 145.]
There is nothing to recommend about this book. Like David Icke, Marrs is derivative and unoriginal, not even having the entertainment value of an original imagination.

Circle of Intrigue, Texe Marrs. Austin, Texas : RiverCrest Publishing, 2000. ISBN: 1930004052. tp 303p. 1. The New Freedom, Woodrow Wilson. William Bayard Hale, ed. London, Paris & Toronto : J. M. Dent & Sons Ltd. The Wayfarer’s Library. 1916. The Temple Press, Letchworth, England. 287p. p. 15.

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