In addition to the mentioned Twitter account, they also have two websites the "official " site and another which is the link most often distributed to the public. They also have accounts on Facebook, Vine (I guess to appeal to teenagers who may wish to join), Google+ (for some reason), Instagram and a YouTube channel where they posted this really well-made video.
This seemed to be harmless enough. I followed them on Twitter for awhile until I got bored and unfollowed them. I'm still on their email list (handled by Mailchimp) which I ignored, until recently.
One day out of curiosity, I revisited the Twitter feed to see what they were up to and I really can't say that I was surprised by what I found: they were selling stuff.
When I say "stuff", I'm not talking just about their book. They're also selling medallions and even a nifty box to keep them in, as well as some items which have been discontinued, such as "Banner of Light" for members to hang on their wall, etc.all of which is sold via their Department of Distribution. The Department's website is given as departmentofdistribution.com but it simply redirects to here.
Their book "Illuminatiam: The First Testament Of The Illuminati" is sold through Amazon and Illuminatiam is listed as the author. You are able to read an excerpt of the book online, but the entire book was uploaded to the Internet by an unknown third party who apparently got their hands on a copy, photographed the pages and uploaded the pictures. Unfortunately, that link is no longer available.
So, how to find out who these people are? One way to start is to try to discover to whom the websites are registered.
8549 Wilshire Blvd
Beverly Hills, 90211
8549 Wilshire Blvd
Beverly Hills, 90211
IlluminatiOfficial.org is registered anonymously through Domains By Proxy. No surprises there.
DepartmentOfDistribution.com is simply listed as registered by Helen Milano of Illuminatiam LLC, with no address provided. However, there is an Illuminatiam LLC registered in Wyoming to Dan Keen. The name Dan Keen is associated with numerous companies registered in Wyoming, not just Illuminatiam. One reason to have a registered agent out of the state you live in could be for tax purposes. Wyoming is considered much friendlier than California when it come to business taxes and whoever is running Illuminatiam had better be paying taxes with all the stuff they are selling to their followers.
Okay, so let's take these one at a time:
The address 8549 Wilshire Blvd in Beverly Hills, CA appears to simply be a mail drop service. However, a phone number is also provided: 310-883-4423 and finding who the phone number belongs to is simple enough. It is currently being used as the business number of Spees Fitness, which is owned by Tanner Spees. You can visit his website, Facebook and Istagram pages.and the same phone number is used as in Illuminati.am's WhoIs record.
So, who is Tanner Spees? He's a circuit training instructors based in Los Angeles. He's got a nice website, I must admit. I couldn't find any connection between him and Helen Milano, aside from his phone number associated with a website she registered.
Hellen Milano claims to work for a public relations company called Lirim and her company supposedly handles public relations for Illuminatiam. I found the company website, Twitter and Facebook pages. The company makes this claim about themselves
Lirim is a public relations firm specializing in image management, branding, and global marketing strategies for religious and governmental heads of state.Even though the website is registered in California to a person named Dana Camden, but using the same address given for Illuminati.am, I could find no listing of it as a registered business in that state. I couldn't find anything about who their past or present clients are, which is odd because you'd think that glowing reviews from their clients would attract new clients. The only client they appear to have is Illuminatiam, though they claim to have a large number of them. I'm rather suspicious about their claim to be working on behalf of "religious and government heads of state" because people in such positions already have subordinates to handle public relations on their behalf and wouldn't normally need to hire from the outside.
Helen Milano posted this in her Twitter feed and pinned it at the top, so it's the first thing you see when you get there
Fair enough. Although it is never explained why the Illuminati would even need a public relations company, especially one which doesn't seem to be very well-known. You'd think that they'd hire a larger firm with more resources.Clearing up confusion: I am not the author of the Illuminatiam Testament. I'm the PR director at @LirimPR and @Illuminatiam is our client.— Helen Milano (@HelenMilanoPR) January 11, 2015
So, why register the website under her own name, using a rented mailbox and another business' phone number? Well, that may simply be one of the services Lir.im provides. However, I couldn't find any other websites registered under her name or using that particular address except for IlluminatiTestament.com and one other site which I will discuss shortly.
Illuminatiam doesn't seem to do very much, aside from offering items for sale to their followers and occasionally posting what I suppose are uplifting messages to encourage their flock.
In fact, they even boast about shutting down what they call "fake Illuminati profiles"
No proof is offered to prove any accounts were ever shutdown by Illuminatiam's followers. But, if that has actually occurred, it would be a rather disturbing development. This makes it look like Illuminatiam is trying to assert itself as the real Illuminati and is trying to silence the competition. After all, there is very little that excites people more than being a member of an elite, semi-secret organization. It gives them a sense of purpose and a feeling that they are better than the unwashed masses around them. This isn't always a bad thing. It is usually just harmless self-indulgence on the part of the gullible. But sometimes, groups like this can become quite dangerous. Sometimes, the leaders of such groups inspire their followers to commit crimes and in other cases, followers do things on their own while thinking that the leaders may approve.In 2015, our associates closed over 475 fake Illuminati profiles. Beware impostors. Visit https://t.co/A9R2zAcxLK for our official pages. ▲— Illuminatiam ❂ (@ILLUMINATIAM) December 29, 2015
So far, Illuminatiam hasn't asked their followers to do anything except buy their products.
Recently, Illuminatiam posted this on their Twitter feed
I suspect that Illuminatiam will release an "Illuminati Bible" in 2016, the initial Testament having been released to see how many people would actually purchase a book they were selling. Perhaps, sales of that book, as well as the medallions and other items they've sold in the past, were good enough that they may feel that it's a potential gold mine waiting to be exploited.An important announcement will be made in 2016. Follow the Illuminati's official pages to ensure you receive it. ▲ https://t.co/tfR2pb2RSe— Illuminatiam ❂ (@ILLUMINATIAM) December 14, 2015
Add to that the fact that the domain IlluminatiBible.com has already been purchased and it's simply waiting to be built-up makes me pretty certain that this is what's going to happen next year. Here's the WhoIs report for that site.
Domain Name: ILLUMINATIBIBLE.COM
Registrar URL: http://www.godaddy.com
Registrant Name: Helen Milano
Registrant Organization: Lirim Public Relations
Name Server: NS09.DOMAINCONTROL.COM
Name Server: NS10.DOMAINCONTROL.COM
In my opinion, Illuminatiam is a money-making scheme cooked-up by a few people who can build a decent website, make a good video, spread themselves over social networks, post some esoteric verbiage on their Twitter feed and market some junk to sell to the gullible. Sadly, they seem to have some people who post that they are "always loyal" to the Illuminatiam on Twitter, as well as actually buying whatever they're selling.
The people running Illuminatiam aren't stupid enough to tangle with the Tax Man and have registered themselves as an LLC in Wyoming, which taxes businesses at a lower rate than California, where Illuminatiam seems to have its base.
I've seen a lot of websites that claim Illuminatiam is some sort of cult or is actually the real Illuminati. Personally, I don't suspect anything of the sort.
In my opinion, it has all the marks of a money-making scheme, nothing more. The most frequent complaint I have seen about buying their swag is that it takes several weeks for them to actually ship the products to buyers. So, despite their supposed power and influence, the Illuminatiam can't mail t-shirts in a timely manner.
Over a year after I posted this entry, I discovered that it had been used as source material for an episode of the Quinnsider, which is rather cool, even though they got my last name wrong. The host, Quinn Wolf, disagreed with my belief that Illuminatiam is likely just a money-making scheme because they seem to have gone to too much effort for that to be the case. But, I think that the simplest explanations are often the most accurate.
Illuminatiam now has an online forum for its members to participate. Since I'm still receiving their emails and I received an invitation, I tried to join. I tried to join, but apparently they don't want me in their forums because they seem to have rejected my attempts to create an account and log-in, likely because of this blog post you are reading.
Yeah, I'm just crying myself to sleep over that.
I'm still subscribed to their email list and I'll probably stay on it, just to see what else comes down from these clowns, unless they realize their oversight and kick me off.