In recent years the most powerful men in America have attended the July retreat at the Bohemian Grove in Monte Rio along the lower reaches of the Russian River. Government types with names like Bush & Powell & Kissinger & Rumsfeld rub elbows with the Lee Iacoccas & Bill Gates of this world. With its combination of power and wealth, the Bohemian Grove has long been the target of several protests, some highly charged.
Mary Moore, a former beauty queen turned left-wing activist, has spearheaded the Bohemian Grove Action Network of Occidental, California. She held her own “Resurrection of Care” ceremony to impress upon the political officials that they SHOULD care about the infiltration of corporations into the American government. The B.G.A.N. has also aided journalists who wished to penetrate the secret surroundings of the Grove. Phillip Weiss of Spy magazine once said: “You know you are inside the Bohemian Grove when you come down a trail in the woods and hear piano music from amid a group of tents and then round a bend to see a man with a beer in one hand and his penis in the other…” Ron Jenson in a five-part Channel 4 documentary, Secret Rulers of the World, said that there was an overwhelming presence of Elvis impersonators, pseudo-pagan spooky rituals, and heavy drinking. In 2002, 37-year-old Richard McCaslin had heard on a Texas radio station that officials were burning children upon an altar at the Bohemian Grove in northern California. He came heavily armed, wearing a skull mask and outfitted with “Phantom Patriot” written across his chest. After setting several fires and squaring off against the local Sheriff’s department, he surrendered and was arrested. Boys will be boys.