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July 13, 2012 (TSR) - The world’s most elite 2,000-3,000 rich and wealthy men will meet in secrecy for the annual Bohemian Grove gathering this week in Monte Rio, California from July 14 to 29. And although the public won’t be allowed inside the elusive summer event celebrated for 133 years in a private 2,800 acre ancient redwood retreat, Occupy Bohemian Grove protesters will be on the other side of the fence.
Demonstrators from around the world will descend on a plot of land around 70 miles north of San Francisco, California this week, but they won’t be granted access to see what actually happens between the members of one of Earth’s most unknown secret societies: Bohemian Grove. That shroud of secrecy that has surrounded the gathering since its start over a century ago — and what happens beneath it — such as holding a cremation of care ceremony on July 14, where the Bohemian Grove invitees and their guests symbolically burn the cares of the world before a giant owl in a bizarre annual ritual. A good reason enough to exactly why hundreds are expected to turn out to protest the ongoing erosion of a society.
Although Bohemian Grove has spawned demonstrations outside the property in the past, the spirit of the Occupy Wall Street movement will be represented this time around as protesters rally against the so-called one percent.
“Occupy groups across America, and increasingly the world, are working to expose the one percent in control of global resources who are bringing human rights repression, environmental destruction and war to humankind,” the Occupy Bohemian Grove website reads.
Although the roster of attendees that are on the guest list is kept largely classified, Dick Cheney, Newt Gingrich, Henry Kissinger and both Presidents Bush have been tied to the gathering in the past.
But while the identities of those in attendance this year can be expected to be hidden from the public, those rallying against the meeting are speaking up in droves. Among those that the group expects to turn out this weekend are representatives from Code Pink, Peace and Justice Center, ANSWER Coalition, Project Censored, Bohemian Grove Action Network, Veterans for Peace, National Lawyers Guild, Round Valley Indians for Justice, and various others groups focused on key issues in America’s attitudes towards human rights and both domestic and international issues.
Bohemian Grove mystery broken down (Source: RT)
It’s nestled among the Redwoods in the woods of California. 2,700 acres of pristine land broken down into dozens of camps.
And for two weeks every July since the 1880s, they have been filled with some of the most wealthy and powerful men in the world.
Many of them arrive on their corporate jets at the nearby Sonoma County Airport. Others arrive in fancy cars which fill the on-site parking lot. At its height, there is said to have been more than 2,000 men who attended and, as you can imagine, they are well protected by a trove of police. Access is by invitation only, and most pay more than $15,000 to attend.
For more than 35 years, protesters have stood at the entrance gates.
“Our concern is not what’s going on inside the Grove, but what’s happening outside the Grove with the people that are in here,” Brian Romanoff, a picketer, tells The History Channel.
According to several reports, this is where for the idea for the Manhattan Project was conceived back in 1942. It’s also where every Republican president since the 60s has spent time before actually becoming the nominee.
“We know for sure that Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan sat down and had conversation about who was going to run for president when and they made a deal,” said Sonoma State University sociology professor Peter Phillips.
Phillips wrote his dissertation on the Bohemian Club in 1994 and was invited to attend for four days. He witnessed first-hand the opening event — the Cremation of Care, where the power elite leave their cares behind in a symbolic ceremony beneath Mollock the Owl.
Jed Jenkel said he was a paid employee of the Grove and drove the horse and buddy that carried a casket during the ceremony.
“The casket represented their cares and they would actually burn it along the lake with music,” said Jenkel.
Mary Moore, co-founder of Bohemian Grove Action Network, unearths a photograph from the summer of 2007, when a talk was given called “Afghanistan, the unexpected upside.” Seven months later, President Obama called for 20,000 new troops to be sent overseas.
There are other connection to be made as well, between the lakeside talks and public policies that follow.
There are rumors of extreme drunkenness, prostitutes and homosexual activities by members. But for the most part, it is the secret back room agreements critics say should be brought to light.
For Mary Moore, who has been researching Bohemian Grove for more than three decades, what happens inside here is symptomatic of a much larger problem.
“We’re all told that we elect representatives…they go to Washington, we have total influence of them and they make decisions that are in the best interests of us,” says Moore.
“Then we start growing up and if we pay any kind of attention we find out that none of this is true.”
Despite the protests, the rich and powerful elite continue to make their way to the woods of California for the annual retreat. And who has found their way to Bohemian Grove this year? Radio host Alex Jones infiltrated the camp-out in the past and says that his insiders are revealing a who’s who in America.
“You’ve got more and more of the leadership of Google, Yahoo, Microsoft and Apple . . . at the Grove, and more and more of the establishments counting on their technocracies,” says Jones.
“It is a 15 day retreat with music, alcohol, plays, ritualistic behavior,” says Jones, who released a documentary on Bohemian Grove in 2000.
Also, says Jones, male prostitutes are shipped in internationally to service the party goers.
“Richard Nixon told Harpers magazine,” says Jones, “that it is basically a gay meeting.”
He adds, however, that some of the attendees leave the smoke-filled cabins of the Bohemian Grove woods only to go into town where female prostitutes are flown to serve as entertainment.
Jones says, though, that it is more than just a party.
World leaders and CEOs come together for the two-week fest, where Jones says some of the biggest decisions in the world are ironed out, including the Star Wars SDI program and the atomic bomb.
“Why would these heavy hitters, the most powerful people in the world, travel and spend weeks together for just a party?” asks Jones. “It is a partying atmosphere where they try to . . . submit a consensus for an agenda.”
“It’s very pro-world government,” adds Jones, who says the rich and powerful network and try to come to agreement on a massive global agenda.
“These are the power brokers,” says Jones. “And they want to be left alone.”