I have no doubt that these ruling elite have some secret knowledge, however that does not mean that the knowledge is unknowable to all. Additionally, I have no doubt that extra-terrestrials exist, and indeed may possibly be in contact with the power players here on earth. However, I seriously doubt that the above circumstances are the source of the ruling elite's power and riches. What if the source of their power and riches is simply our ignorance?
Our inability to release the cultural/governmental and religious stories we've been told for millennium.
Imagine if you will, a small group of families desires to impose their will on the people of the world.
What would be the first order of business?
I posit that their first task would be to make the people forget who they are, to obliterate any ideas of their (our) divine origin and being. To induce people to project their inner sacred, divine identities onto fantasy, distant, all powerful many times angry, male, vengeful 'Gods'.
Then the presumed rulers over human beings would need to become the arbiters between the people and this vengeful, angry god(s). They would construct a cultural/governmental/religious system, with themselves in control of course, to sell the masses divine reprieve and the necessities of life...food, shelter etc. The fundamental, bedrock element of this imposed system would have to be obedience, an obedience that is dependent on the whims of those that have constructed and profit from the system in place.
Lastly, there would need to be some psychological self policing that people impose on themselves. Conformity, which is very effectively imposed by those who are designated (but ignorant) benefactors of the imposed system of mass control. What makes the designated controlling benefactors so consistently effective self-policing agents is their total committed belief in the system in place. They literally can not imagine another way. These people are invaluable to the ruling elite. These system control agents span all segments of society; however, you will majorly find them in the military (including police force), clergy, media and entertainment, and 'successful' corporate execs and business owners. They attribute their attainment of societal position and comfort to their dutiful obedience to the system in place. There are many people who are not as accomplished or prosperous that attribute their heretofore lack of success to their not yet being obedient enough. They can not imagine the possibility that the system itself may be the problem.
Now The Good News
Almost a generation ago the internet age came into being. People became connected like no other time in known human history. This global connection enabled the spread of previously hidden knowledge, knowledge of ourselves, the exposure of historical fantasies, fallacies and postulations of our origins. The accumulated knowledge of philosophy, science, spiritual, technical and psychological learning became available with a mouse click...now a simple swipe on your phone.
Whole university libraries can be accessed online now. Previous ancient wisdom from masters who you otherwise may never even heard of, share their knowledge of your and my divine nature online. The world has become smaller and our collective mind is becoming opened, albeit slowly, opened; but there is a momentum to the awakening now that couldn't have been imagined even five years ago. One would think a smaller, more connected world would make humanity more easily manageable to the ruling elite, and maybe it did for a while. But their insatiable greed, corruption and their exploiting or manufacturing fearful, divisive events to maintain control have become too obvious now.
I am reminded of a story I once heard (or read). A spiritual seeker went to a monastery on a distant mountain top to 'find god'. This seeker studied with the monks, many who knew god. The seeker studied under them dutifully for years. When he was deemed ready, the monks took him to meet god. They took a day long hike to a distant little house in the wilderness. It was a serene little one room dwelling. The monks instructed the seeker to go into the house, which was only furnished with a table with a box sitting on it. The seeker was told to go to the table and open the box, where he would find god. The seeker did as instructed...when he got to the table and opened the box he found a mirror. He went back out to ask the monks what this was all about...the monks were gone. It took the seeker a few more years to understand what he found.
You have just become Illumined.