Nestled in the woods of California, 2,700 acres of pristine land is 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.
While strange rituals are performed, the elite discuss their plans. The public is not allowed inside this elusive and secret event, but protesters have been in attendance outside the event for years.
While some think it is just a getaway, a bit of relaxation for the elite, drinking and whoring and generally having fun, the protesters know different. Policy is discussed here, and major decisions are made.
, co-founder of Bohemian Grove Action Network (interviewed in the above video last year), has unearthed 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. The saga in Afghanistan continues, as we all know.
Bohemian Grove is joining the fray, protesting outside of the event with its strange ceremonies.
Bohemian Grove has been shrouded in secrecy for over a century. In the past no one knew what went on inside, and beneath, it. Now hundreds of people are expected to turn out in Monte Rio, California in protest against the erosion of a democratic society.
The Occupy Bohemian Grove
website reads: “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.”
While the list
of attendees is a state secret, Newt Gingrich, Dick Cheney, Henry Kissinger and President Bush (and his father) have attended in the past.
Peter Phillips, a sociology professor at Sonoma State University tells RT, “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.”
Phillips apparently wrote his dissertation on the Bohemian Club in 1994. He was invited to attend for four days and witnessed first-hand the opening event, "the Cremation of Care".
symbolic, or possibly satanic, ceremony the elite leave their cares behind, beneath a statue of Mollock the Owl.
The video below was taken by Alex Jones, who managed to sneak into an actual Cremation of Care ceremony a few years ago:
While protests have been small in past years, this year is going to be different. Besides Occupy Bohemian Grove, demonstrators to be in attendance outside the event are Code Pink
, Peace and Justice Center
, ANSWER Coalition, Veterans for Peace
and others. Protesters will be rallying for a change in the U.S.'s attitudes towards human rights and international and domestic issues.
“Representatives from these organizations and more will speak joining in coalition to create a vast cornucopia of care as a counter to the one-percent elites less than a mile away,” the Occupy Bohemian Grove