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Monday, February 12, 2007

Richard Cheney Strikes Out

B. Thomas Cooper - Editor

There's an old saying that if one should throw a rock over a high fence into a yard full of dogs, one can safely asume the dog that yelps is the dog you struck with the rock.

I received a rather odd and blatantly inappropriate e-mail a few days back.
What makes the unsolicited correspondence newsworthy is the source of the e-mail, none other than that fowl mouthed, self serving war profiteer, vice president Richard Cheney.

I have repeatedly pressed the White House for a reasonable explanation, but none has been forthcoming. Therefore, I see no reason why I shouldn’t share the correspondence with my readers, as you certainly have a right to know how the vice president reacts when his behavior is subject to scrutiny.

My assistant and I were researching a lead for a possible article on Bohemian Grove, sight of an annual conclave attended by various power brokers, including George Bush and Richard Cheney, when suddenly, and without provocation, the following e-mail appeared in my box:

Since your so damn curious about our meetings, So here.

Inside Bohemian Grove

When Dirk Mathison, San Francisco bureau chief for People
magazine, infiltrated the exclusive Bohemian Grove retreat
this summer, he got a view into the U.S. elite that very
few reporters have glimpsed. Unfortunately, that elite
includes the management of Time Warner, the owner of
People, which prevented Mathison from telling his story.

Bohemian Grove, a secluded campground in California's
Sonoma County, is the site of an annual two-week
gathering of a highly select, all-male club, whose
members have included every Republican president since
Calvin Coolidge. Current participants include George
Bush, Henry Kissinger, James Baker and David Rockefeller
-- a virtual who's who of the most powerful men in
business and government.

Few journalists have gotten into the Grove and been
allowed to tell the tale (one exception is Philip Weiss,
whose November 1989 Spy piece provides the most detailed
inside account), and members maintain that the goings-on
there are not newsworthy events, merely private fun. In
fact, official business is conducted there: Policy
speeches are regularly made by members and guests, and
the club privately boasts that the Manhattan Project was
conceived on its grounds.

Thanks Dick, I’ll spread the word.

B. Thomas Cooper - Editor

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