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Mr. Stevens and Mr. O’Keefe had been longtime fishing buddies.

So how does a guy from Louisiana ended up with becoming good buddies with a crooked pol from Alaska? Maybe they met at Bohemian Grove?


Career before and after NASA

Before his jobs at LSU and NASA, O'Keefe served as Deputy Director of the Office of Management and Budget from January to December 2001, a job that strengthened his reputation as a "bean counter" — someone who counts every penny.[15]

Prior to that, O'Keefe served as acting United States Secretary of the Navy from 1992–1993 under President George H. W. Bush. Prior to joining the Bush administration, O'Keefe was the Louis A. Bantle Professor of Business and Government Policy, an endowed chair at the Syracuse University Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs. He was also a Professor of Business Administration and Assistant to the Senior Vice President for Research and Dean of the Graduate School at Pennsylvania State University.

Before serving as acting Secretary of the Navy, O'Keefe had been Comptroller and Chief Financial Officer of the Department of Defense since 1989. Before joining the Department of Defense, he served on the United States Senate Committee on Appropriations staff for eight years, and was Staff Director of the Defense Appropriations Subcommittee.

O'Keefe lightly discussed his membership in the exclusive Bohemian Club to the Louisiana State University student newspaper The Daily Reveille. As a member of the Wayside Log camp, O'Keefe traveled during July 2005, to visit the famous Bohemian Grove near San Francisco, California.[16]



The Daily Reveille Members of a secret fraternal order meet under stately oaks as the sun sets on the University’s enchanted forest. Chancellor Sean O’Keefe belongs to a similar society, the San Francisco Bohemian Club, that is comprised of the world’s intellectual and powerful elite who meet in California every summer.

Beneath towering California redwoods, more than 2,000 of the world's most elite men gather in July each summer. In a secluded male-only camp, former presidents, world-famous entertainers, artists, business moguls and Chancellor Sean O'Keefe fraternize beneath the shelter of the tall redwoods.

“Everyone's equal,” O'Keefe said.

O'Keefe is a member of the historic San Francisco Bohemian Club. California newspaper reporters founded the club in 1872 as an intellectual and social outlet. The club has since evolved into a “who's who” of notable names.

Most, including O'Keefe, travel to San Francisco in July for the annual Bohemian Grove summer retreat. The 2,700-acre Bohemian Grove camp is located about 75 miles northwest of San Francisco.

According to O'Keefe's calendar, which The Daily Reveille obtained, he and Board of Supervisors member Stewart Slack flew from Baton Rouge to San Francisco on Thursday, July 14, 2005. Slack attended the event as O'Keefe's guest because he is not a club member, O'Keefe said.

“It's one of the most unbelievable things I've ever been to,” Slack said about spending several days in the Grove. Slack said he knew O'Keefe was a club member because he saw it on his resume during the chancellor’s hiring process.

The two left California on Monday, July 18, after spending several days in the Grove.

istory, Symbols and Controversy

Peter Phillips, a Sonoma State University sociology professor, wrote his doctoral dissertation at the University of California, Davis, about the club. Phillips' dissertation, “A Relative Advantage: Sociology of the San Francisco Bohemian Club,” outlines the club's history, tradition and controversy.

The club's motto, “Weaving spiders, come not here,” was plucked from Act 2 of Shakespeare's “A Midsummer Night's Dream.”

Phillips writes that the motto illustrates “the inappropriateness of conducting or soliciting business at club functions.”

O'Keefe said he has given various lunch talks to Grove members, including a talk about the Columbia space shuttle disaster in which the seven-member crew died. O'Keefe said many intellectual and political discussions occur each day at the annual retreats.

But Mary Moore, a founder of the Bohemian Grove Action Network, said the Grove does not abide by its motto of refraining from political or business talks. Moore has protested outside of the Grove since 1980.

Moore also cited the Grove's male-only policy as unfair to women.

“This is the ruling class bonding,” Moore said. “It's the ultimate backroom on steroids.”

Slack said he “hadn't really thought about” women having a disadvantage.

Moore specifically disagrees with the Grove's historic “Lakeside Chats,” where notable political figures speak about world issues. Moore said her main issue is that transcripts of these speeches are not available for the public to read.

O'Keefe dismissed the club's reputation as a secret society, calling it instead a “male-only fraternity.”

But O'Keefe confirmed the club does have historic traditions.

The club's owl symbol appears “on all Bohemian materials from matchbook covers and doormats to the most elaborate club publications,” Phillips writes. According to Phillips' dissertation, the owl symbolizes wisdom and friendship. A 40-foot owl stands in front of the lake at the Grove and provides a “ceremonial site for traditional Bohemian rituals,” Phillips writes.

The controversial and elaborate Cremation of Care ceremony's theme is the disposing of care in “a fiery death that symbolizes the initiation of Bohemian friendship,” Phillips writes.

According to a 1989 Spy Magazine article by Philip Weiss, a reporter who infiltrated the Grove with the help of Moore, the ceremony includes Grove members carrying torches and wearing “hooded robes.”

O'Keefe confirmed seeing a large “rock formation that has a resemblance to an owl” at the Grove but denied wearing a robe or seeing the traditional Cremation of Care ceremony.

O'Keefe said he does not understand the criticism and rumors about the Grove.

“They're incredibly overblown,” he said.

Media access to the Grove continues to be limited. According to a San Francisco Chronicle article, “No Trespassing” and “Members and Guests Only” signs cover the grounds, and guards with binoculars and infrared sensors watch the paths.

“[The Grove] does not particularly desire a lot of publicity,” O'Keefe said.

Phillips said the club used to be friendly to the press but changed its policies after the Great Depression. Phillips said this change likely occurred because obvious class differences created tension in the San Francisco area.

“It's considered not in good taste to talk to the media,” Phillips said. Phillips said members may face consequences, such as expulsion from the club, for talking to the media.

O'Keefe's Beginnings

According to the 2004 San Francisco Chronicle article, “The Chosen Few,” 125 separate camps are in the Grove — many with peculiar names such as Dog House, Sons of Toil or Toyland. Famous members include George H. W. Bush, Gerald Ford, Henry Kissinger, Donald Rumsfeld, Clint Eastwood and Colin Powell.

O'Keefe is a 10-year member of the Wayside Log camp. The Wayside Log's 2004 membership list, which was obtained from Moore, includes former director of both the FBI and CIA Williams Webster, singer Jimmy Buffet and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Herman Wouk.

O'Keefe first visited the Grove in 1993 as a guest of fellow Pennsylvania State University faculty member David Shirley. Shirley, who could not be reached for comment, is a nuclear physicist who studied under Nobel Prize-winning chemist Glenn Seaborg.

O'Keefe, as the head of NASA, appointed Shirley in 2002 to a NASA task force. O'Keefe said the position was unpaid.

“That's not a conflict of interest,” O'Keefe said.

Phillips said it is common for many club members to have friendships and political connections.

“The networking of the Grove is a major piece of social power networks,” Phillips said. “People tend to pick people they know and trust.”

Slack said he spoke with the president of the California Institute of Technology about LSU's future. Slack said more club members recognized O'Keefe than Buffett.

“These relationships are extremely important for us for getting to Flagship status,” Slack said. “I'm so amazed at the number of people he knew.”

O'Keefe bypassed the typical 15- to 20-year waiting list to join the club, instead taking a three-year fast track to membership. To join the club, a potential member must be sponsored by two current members. Kevin Starr, state librarian emeritus of California, and Seaborg, now deceased, sponsored O'Keefe. Starr did not return phone calls for this story.

“I got lucky,” O'Keefe said about his fast track to membership.

The Wayside Log

O'Keefe described the Wayside Log camp as a “very pleasant” outdoor environment. During his spare time, he swims in the nearby Russian River and hikes in the redwoods.

Slack said the camp is “very rustic.”

“It's one of the few places you can listen to Henry Kissinger speak,” O'Keefe said. “It's fascinating.”

Wayside Log member Jim Taranik is a former NASA headquarters employee and current director of Mackay School of Earth Sciences and Engineering at the University of Nevada, Reno.

“I met [O'Keefe] through the Grove,” Taranik said. “We've shared a lot of thoughts about the agency.”

According to a 2003 Reno Gazette-Journal article, Taranik then served as head of the NASA Space Grant College Fellowship Program, which provided the University of Nevada, Reno, with $500,000 in college grants.

Taranik first visited the Grove in 1986 as a self-described “apprehensive” guest. Taranik said he pictured himself in a sleeping bag on the ground, but instead the Wayside Log provided him with a bunk bed and an electric blanket.

Taranik described the Wayside Log as a diverse camp with lawyers, bankers, authors, artists and scientists.

“It's very eclectic,” Taranik said. “Everybody checks their titles at the gate.”

Taranik said O'Keefe is a camp member who enjoys attending the musical shows that various camps organize. The Wayside Log has regular poetry readings after lunch and a night musical party featuring Buffett, who is introduced by Wouk, Taranik said. Buffett did not return phone calls for comment.

Taranik described an outdoor party scene with viewers “sitting in the cool shade” to enjoy performances. Slack said he and O'Keefe walked around to different camps and enjoyed musical performances, speeches and even a magician.

“[O'Keefe] takes it all in,” Taranik said. “He doesn't get to bed until 2, 3 or 4 in the morning.”

Taranik said since O'Keefe only visits the Grove for a weekend, he tries to fully enjoy the experience during that time.

“He probably couldn't take a week of that,” Taranik said.

Taranik said many club members own owl-embroidered clothing. Taranik owns an owl shirt, coat and hat, but O'Keefe said he does not collect owl memorabilia

Taranik confirmed the existence of the large man-made hollow owl rock with “electrical stuff” inside.

The Grove had a real owl about 50 years ago in the clubhouse, but when they attempted to find the male owl a female mate, he ate her, Taranik said.

Taranik also confirmed the Cremation of Care ceremony serves as the “opening to the Grove.” Taranik did not provide details but said the ceremony symbolizes ridding the mind of everyday concerns.

Taranik said alcoholic drinks and cigars are “pretty abundant” within the Grove.

“I always have to wash out my clothes when I come home,” Taranik said about the clingy cigar smell.

Taranik said he sees various numbers of protesters depending on his arrival time at the Grove.

But Taranik said he does not understand the protesters' motivation.

Taranik said, if women were admitted to the Grove, it “becomes Club Med.”

“Guys understand this really well,” Taranik said. “Guys tend to socialize differently than women.”

The Artists

Another man who enjoys socializing within the Grove is sculptor Ed Fraughton, a 30-year member of the Wayside Log. Fraughton said he sculpted a small owl as a gift for Wayside Log camp members.

Fraughton described the Grove as “like a big city.” When he returns from his trip to the Grove, Fraughton said he is “floating on a high cloud for a while.”

In a camp with many artistic members, Fraughton said O'Keefe provides an unusual perspective with his science-oriented mind.

“Somebody like Sean has an insight into the creative process from a different point of view,” Fraughton said. “He's a great educator.”

Fellow Wayside Log member Wheatley Allen is also an artistic mind in the camp. Allen sculpts bronze birds. Allen's Web site said O'Keefe owns one of his “Presidential Eagle” sculptures. The eagle represents “power and strength,” according to the site.

Old Guard Status

As a 10-year member, O'Keefe has 30 more years — or until the age of 80 — to become an Old Guard member. Old Guard members, 40-year members of the club, are provided reserved seating and other perks as a sign of respect.


Edited title: Apparently, O'Keefe survived the crash.

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I didn't know Sean O'Keefe was with Dick Cheney on 9/11 watching the attack go down on TV! eek2.gif

Dick Cheney on 9/11
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for posterity, i'd like to include some supplementary information related to the accident-


DILLINGHAM, ALASKA (BNO NEWS) -- Former U.S. Senator Ted Stevens was among five people killed on early Monday evening when a small plane crashed near the city of Dillingham in Alaska, officials said. The fate of former NASA official Sean O'Keefe, who was also on board, was not yet known.

The 1957-build DeHavilland DHC-3 Otter aircraft went down about 20 miles (32 kilometers) north of Dillingham at around 8 p.m. Alaska Daylight Time on Monday evening. The Alaska Air National Guard responded to the scene after another aircraft spotted the wreckage and notified authorities.

Former U.S. Senator Ted Stevens, a Republican, was one of those on board. A spokesman for his family, Mitch Rose, said Stevens had been killed and said his family had been notified.


A spokesman for the European Aeronautic Defence and Space Company N.V. (EADS) said its North American CEO, Sean O'Keefe, was also on the aircraft. His condition was not immediately known. "Local authorities are reporting that there are survivors and a rescue operation is underway," said Guy Hicks, a spokesman for EADS North America.

EADS North American is the North American operation of EADS, an aerospace corporation based in the Dutch city of Leiden. It develops and markets civil and military aircraft, as well as communications system, missiles, space rockets, satellites, and other systems.

Sean O'Keefe, however, is best known as the former Administrator of NASA and led the space agency from December 2001 to February 2005. He also briefly served as U.S. Secretary of the Navy from July 1992 until January 1993.


Federal records showed the aircraft was registered to GCI Communication Corp based in Anchorage, a company that provides cable television service, Internet access, and wireline and cellular telephone service to residents of Alaska.

Ronald Duncan, President, CEO and Founder of GCI, confirmed that one of its aircraft had crashed near Dillingham. "The Alaska Rescue Coordination Center, the State Troopers, the Coast Guard, and other rescue units are responding to the crash, as is the National Transportation Safety Board," he said.

"We are aware of news reports stating that four of the nine individuals on board the aircraft have survived. At this point, I cannot confirm or comment on these reports. We are waiting for authoritative reports from the rescue units," Duncan added.

The CEO and President said all of its energies are focused on working with the rescue units and mobilizing to support the families and friends of the individuals on the aircraft.


Former Alaskan Senator Ted Stevens, 86, has been found dead in a private plane crash in Alaska that reportedly killed four others. The plane, a DeHavilland DHC 3T, went down in bad weather between 7 and 8 PM Monday near the fishing town of Dillingham, the NTSB said.

Among the others in the plane were former NASA Administrator and current EADS North America CEO Sean O’Keefe and his son Kevin. Sources close to the family told NBC News that both were expected to survive, although Sean O’Keefe broke his pelvis and other bones.

Despite all the fun that Steven provided technophiles, our sympathies go out to his family in this time of sorrow. Stevens second wife, Catherine, was not on the plane with him. Ironically, his first wife Ann died in a 1978 LearJet crash that Ted Stevens survived.

some info on the ex-wife's crash (1978):


NTSB Identification: DCA79AA002
14 CFR Part 91 General Aviation
Event occurred Monday, December 04, 1978 in ANCHORAGE, AK
Aircraft: LEAR JET 25C, registration: N77RS

Title: Inlet Marine, Inc., Gates Learjet, N77RS, Century 111, Model 25C Anchorage International Airport, Anchorage, Alaska, December 4, 1978. NTSB Report Number: AAR-79-18, adopted on 12/13/1979 NTIS Report Number: NTISUB/E/104-018

pic of plane:
(SX-CBM ended up as N77RS)

back to the current (2010) crash - not yet recorded here:

but found here:


IDENTIFICATION Regis#: 455A Make/Model: DHC3 Description: DHC-3 Otter (U-1, NU-1, UC) Date: 08/09/2010 Time: 2215 Event Type: Accident Highest Injury: Fatal Mid Air: N Missing: N Damage: Unknown LOCATION City: DILLINGHAM State: AK Country: US

WEATHER: SPECI PADL 092222Z 17010G17 3SM -RA BR SCT008 OVC013 11/19 A2957 OTHER DATA Activity: Pleasure Phase: Unknown Operation: OTHER FAA FSDO: ANCHORAGE, AK (AL03) Entry date: 08/10/2010

some pics of that plane:


set of pics from a fishing trip on august 9, 2007 (exact date the plane crashed! but 3 years earlier),
includes pics from inside the cockpit of that plane:

sample cockpit pic:
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The Alaska Department of Public Safety identified the dead as Stevens, of Anchorage, Alaska; pilot Theron "Terry" Smith, 62, of Eagle River, Alaska; lobbyist William "Bill" Phillips Sr. of the Washington, D.C., area; GCI executive Dana Tindall, 48, of Anchorage, Alaska; and her daughter Corey Tindall, 16, of Anchorage, Alaska. The bodies have been recovered and sent to Anchorage.

Injured were William "Willy" Phillips Jr., 13, son of Bill Phillips Sr.; Sean O'Keefe, 54; his son, Kevin O'Keefe; and lobbyist Jim Morhard, Alexandria, Virginia. Alaska's Federal Aviation Administration office said two survivors had serious injuries and two had minor injuries and were hospitalized in Anchorage.

O'Keefe and his son suffered broken bones and other injuries, the Associated Press reported.

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i wonder if o'keefe was also a member of the bilderberg group.

i ask this because on monday the financial times published a bio of an irish telecom magnate, denis o'brien[page 8].

in the published CV, here was the last entry: "Member of the Bilderberg group."

first time i have ever caught such an entry being revealed. for most of the world's press, there is no such entity as the bilderberg group. and to assert that there is such an entity is to be labeled a "conspiracy theorist". the financial times historically has refused to acknowledge the existence of that entity, by the way.

so this entry into o'brien's cv is quite remarkable.
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Suspicious. Sounds like a possible hit of some sort. For what reasons, we may never know.
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Plane's emergency beacon failed in Alaska crash
By Alan Levin, USA TODAY

A state-of-the-art emergency beacon on board the plane carrying former senator Ted Stevens did not broadcast its signal after the amphibious craft went down Monday in the remote Alaskan wilderness, a federal satellite tracking agency said Thursday.
If it had worked, a satellite passing over the area could have picked up the emergency signal within minutes of the crash and launched a rescue effort, said Chris O'Connors, program manager for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Search and Rescue Satellite Aided Tracking (SARSAT) system.


The newest generation of beacons, known as emergency locator transponders, are highly accurate digital devices that have been credited with scores of rescues. They provide SARSAT with the location of an emergency scene and contact telephone numbers of family members or business associates so rescue attempts can begin promptly.

The devices were credited with rescuing a 16-year-old girl in the Indian Ocean in June after her round-the-world sailing trip was cut short by a large wave. They are particularly helpful for people stranded in the wilds of Alaska, said Lt. Shawn Maddock, operations support officer for SARSAT.

"In the two winters that I've been working here at SARSAT, it's probably been close to 20 snowmobilers (in Alaska) who were saved," Maddock said.

O'Connors said his agency has reviewed the data from Monday and could find no indication that satellites received any signal from the plane. Two satellites passed over the wreckage between 4:09 p.m. and 4:21 p.m., he said. NTSB Chairwoman Debbie Hersman confirmed that there was no record of an emergency beacon signal.

Accident investigators estimate the plane crashed between 2:15 p.m. and 3:30 p.m., but planes did not begin to search the area until about 7 p.m., Hersman said.

It's not clear why the beacon didn't send an alert. Models built for aircraft are designed to automatically send a distress signal after an impact from a crash. The units are usually installed near the tail of an aircraft. The tail section and most of the fuselage of Stevens' plane remained intact, according to the NTSB's preliminary reports.

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