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Typesecret society
Interest ofAnders Breivik, Henry Makow

Freemasonry in the UK and many other countries, is a significant secret society.[1][2]


The first UK lodge was founded on 24 June 1717.


Criticism of Freemasonry is known to masons as anti-masonry.[3] The Catholic Church has a history of condemning Masonry and "affiliated" societies via so called papal bulls,[4] the best known being Humanum Genus, which states in 1884: "the sect of Freemasons grew with a rapidity beyond conception in the course of a century and a half, until it came to be able, by means of fraud or of audacity, to gain such entrance into every rank of the State as to seem to be almost its ruling power".

Propaganda Due

The Propaganda Due (P2) lodge was a significant vehicle to implement Operation Gladio in Italy.


The UK/Army[5][6], as well as the US/Army[7] do have masons in the service. Jessica L. Harland-Jacobs concluded that by 1930, Masonry had a strong presence in the Army of the British Empire,[8] while regimental/military lodges were already common by the mid 18th century.[9]

Exact numbers are not available, but according to some accounts the influence in the US Army is also considerable.[10]


An example

Page nameDescription
Propaganda Due"A state within a state", the Masonic lodge most deeply involved in Operation Gladio, apparently used by the CIA to subvert the Italian state.


Related Document

TitleTypePublication dateAuthor(s)Description
Document:Why the secret handshake between police and Freemasons should worry usArticle2 January 2018Duncan CampbellSuccessive Met Commissioners have tried to end the society’s influence. It is as clear as ever that membership of both bodies is incompatible with public service.