To the editors:
Last week [Cecil Adams] mentioned the Illuminati twice in [his] column [November 6]. In regard to [his] answer to the question about the Trilateral Commission, he stated that "an organization that everybody already knows about hardly qualifies as 'secret.'" If you know anything at all about the workings of the Illuminati, you must surely know that they virtually always hide their "secrets" in plain sight. They do this as a sign of their power to the illuminated ones, and also as a great cosmic joke at the expense of the public (or robots as they are condescendingly referred to!) because they know that the vast majority of people are too "dim" to pick up on it.
All the clues are right under everyone's noses and always have been. The people have only to open their eyes. An example is the very "3172" you referred to at the end of the first response. It's a numerical anagram of the 17/23 correlation.
Secondly, this is also an ideal way to protect itself. Anyone who is perceptive enough to figure out what is going on is immediately branded a crackpot theorist and censured by the public, or worse, a paranoid schizophrenic and is thereby censured by the state, i.e. hospitalized, where Illuminati trained operatives have special techniques designed to actually drive the person insane.
Cecil, it puzzles me how a man of your intelligence and knowledge could scoff at the Illuminati and compare the TLC conspiracy to a fad like the "hula hoop." Have they gotten to you too?
Just in case, and to avoid any further attention from the Secret Chiefs of the Order, I'll sign this,
Cecil Adams replies:
The 17/23 correlation?