The term “the secret government” or “the invisible government” , an idea based on the notion that real and actual political power does not reside with publicly elected representatives (for example the United States Congress or the UK Cabinet) but with private individuals who are exercising power behind the scenes beyond the scrutiny of democratic institutions. According to this belief the official elected government is in reality subservient to the shadow government who are the true executive power. One definition of a shadow government is a “secret government within the government”. This secret government is the “real” government that controls the legitimate and visible government’s agenda. The network of people constituting this secret government are bound by some common agenda known only to each other and/or the people they represent. The agenda may be that of a secret society who have infiltrated the government (examples include Freemasons, Skull and Bones men or Illuminatists). In this case the agenda of the network is known only to those members who are bound by an oath of secrecy. The shadow government is also considered by popular authors to be behind black budget projects and covert operations. One of the most popular conspiracy theories about a shadow government among ideologues of the antisemitic far-right is the notion, “Zionist Government”.