In the late 1800s an American named D.M. Bennett made a pilgrimage to Russia in order to meet Helena Petrovna Blavatsky, a well-known "mystic" who was born of nobility. She was the founder of the Theosophical Society and publisher of Lucifer magazine, and claimed to communicate telepathically with a group of "ascended masters" -- a coded reference to members of the masonic cult, who are said to be "raised" (ascended) to the degree of master mason.
Bennett returned to America and founded his own institution called the Truth Seeker Company. The fact that his organization shared the same two initials with Blavatsky's Theosophical Society is notable.
Truth Seeker Company still exists today. It has financed many promoters of "new age" propaganda including Jordan Maxwell, David Icke, Jon Rappoport, the late Zecharia Sitchin, and others.
Interestingly, today it is Russian state-sponsored media, such as the English-language TV network Russia Today (as opposed to the American state-sponsored "corporate" media), that regularly features stories detailing the excesses of the US government. I wonder why that is.