source: Bohemian Grove Blog Jan 28, 2011
Please visit the Bohemian Grove Blog to see Peter Phillips and Mary Moore’s response to the History Channel’s “Decoded”.
Update 2#: Response from Peter Phillips to the History Channel is as follows:
The history channel essentially ignored the extensive data of the networks of power present at the Grove. They gave a few incidents of presidential and cabinet level talks, but failed to describe the extensive interconnectedness of corporate America present at the Grove. I am disappointed in that they tried to make the show more entertainment by sneaking in with shock jock Alex Jones, instead of addressing the networks of power that are facilitated at the Grove.
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Update#1: Me saying that I have very little criticism about the show was not specific enough. In my opinion it would have been very easy for the History Channel to make a mockery of Peter, Mary, Alex or anyone else involved. Everyone was treated with respect on the show, no one was called crazy, nor were any negative labels at all given to any of the guests. That said:
The show did miss a lot. Mary Moore, in response to the show, was very disappointed that so much time was on the show was about trying to sneak in. Focusing on this means that you aren’t hearing about the important “lakeside talks” or “museum talks”. The meat and potatoes are the lakeside talks; who gives them, what they are about, and what do they promote.
While I am happy at not being called crazy, Mary Moore brings up some critical and valid points in an email:
It is not true that Alex is the only person to successfully infiltrate the Grove over the years: in fact he is very late to that claim although that has never stopped him from making it.
We got Rick Clogher in there in 1980, the first year we protested through the help of a union steward with a raised consciousness who we quickly dubbed our “deep throat”. Rick’s extensive and serious article appeared in MOTHER JONES the following year. Then in 1982, Michael Dressler and Garrett Connelly from TIME MAG went in with help from our guide and watched Kissinger give a Lakeside Talk on the “Challenges of the ’80s” They wrote a story that got killed by some editors who happened to be in attendance. Then in 1986 we helped reporter Phillip Weiss get inside and he wrote an excellent article for SPY MAGAZINE that is to this day one of the best ever pieces of reporting on Bohemian Grove. In between and after those three examples many other national, regional and local reporting happened, some superficial and some serious, by journalists who were able to get the word out through research and hard work without setting foot in the place.
It is simply not necessary to “get inside” in order to figure out that the Lakeside Talks are public policy speeches floated without any public scrutiny to the elite of the corporate, military, financial and government circles. The main emphasis of this Decoded show was on “getting inside” the Grove so they could find out the “real truth” like it would all be laid out for them amidst the rustic camps in the middle of winter. I mean, what in the world did they expect to discover? Yet two thirds of the show was taken up with the adventures of these three fools who call themselves the “decoders” and couldn’t decode their way out of a paper bag. So they were quickly arrested after floating down the river (with the help of Alex Jones) and somehow our local newspaper forgot to check the Sheriff files that day so their arrest was never reported. Decoded bailed them out.
And while I don’t disagree with the conclusion of the show’s sage, Brad Meltzer, that the secrecy of the place drives people’s curiosity, that isn’t the final answer when it comes to the Grove. We’ve known that answer since the first year we protested there and anyone actually paying attention knows it too. Like the WikiLeaks cables, the content of the ideas floated each year at the summer encampment (many of which play out in subsequent years) affect you and I and our lives. Caspar Weinberger’s 1981 speech on Rearming America is only one example that got mentioned in this show. There are so many more with implications for the rest of us so yes, the secrecy is
appalling but more important are the topics and the power of the men who talk about them behind closed doors. Decoded did nothing to lift that cover and in fact left the impression that if the secrecy ended all would be cool.
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The History Channel’s “Decoded” covered the Bohemian Grove on Thursday Jan 27th. Overall, I am happy with the show that was put together, I have very little criticism and will say “thanks” to Brad Meltzer. I was cited as an “anonymous” source and if you look on the web for the mentioned 2010 Guest List, you will be directed right back to this, or my other website; The Bohemian Grove Blog!
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And so you know, because the theme seems to be so similar, I made a short informational clip about the Bohemian Grove that includes both Mary Moore and Peter Phillips well before this episode for the History Channel was filmed. That is provided for your viewing pleasure below:
Thanks Brad Meltzer for treating all the people on your show with respect.