Ten years ago David Icke came out, so to speak, and declared himself the “Son of God” on a popular TV talk show. A decade later and he’s dropped the “Son of God” claim; now he’s speaking to packed audiences across the globe and telling them about the world’s secret rulers: about the Trilateral Commision, the Bilderbergers and the Illuminati. Names which you don’t normally hear in the main-stream media; ideas and research that Icke has largely taken from others and which his audiences are lapping up.
On Sunday May 6 2001 David Icke was the feature of an hour-long documentary on prime time British TV, entitled ‘The Secret Rulers of the World’. And from start to finish it was an object lesson in disinformation.
The program itself portrayed Icke in a sympathetic light; as a genuine, personable but deeply misunderstood figure and, most importantly, not once during its entire sixty minutes did it refer to his views on Christianity. Even more significant was the fact that Icke was ‘set up’ to be hit with custard pies at a book signing in Toronto at the programs end. This was done with the full knowledge of the shows presenter Jon Ronsson, who divulged not a word of it to Icke, presumably to enhance its effect. Which prompts one to ask: what else did Ronsson omit to mention for the sake of effect?
By the look of things a whole lot more. For example Team Satan, the alleged crop circle-makers, host a web site that until recently featured recruitment adverts for no less than MI5, MI6, GCHQ and the Security Intelligence Services. Now however those adverts have been replaced by a link promoting Jon Ronson, his web site and the book that accompanied ‘The Secret Rulers of the World.’ And while the TV series itself was no great revelation the episode devoted to David Icke was a real eye opener, not because it said anything new, but rather because of what it omitted to say.
Recruitment advert for GCHQ on Team Satan's website
As mentioned Icke has built up a sizable audience presenting material that is largely based on other people’s research. Much of which is quite credible, it’s just that things get a little dubious when Icke starts adding his own ideas. However ‘The Secret Rulers of the World’ specifically looked at Icke’s contention that we are ruled by a mutant race of shape shifting Reptiods. In itself the idea is ridiculous enough but Ronson muddied the waters still further by continually asking: “Was this a coded reference to Jews?”
Of course the answer is no, but it certainly caught Ronson’s attention. So much so that you’d almost think that he was trying to obscure the other ideas Icke presents by continually focusing on the Reptiod’s and their alleged anti-Semitic symbolism. For the duration of the entire program he persisted on this one idea as if everything else Icke said was too ludicrous to consider.
But then in the words of Dave Starbuck, yet another who’s given Icke research material and seen him use it without any acknowledgement, Icke is simply a “presenter.” That’s what the former sports reporter used to do and that’s what he does today, except that instead of presenting sports reports David Icke now presents other people’s conspiracy research. And instead of examining that, Ronson spent nearly an hour looking at Icke’s allegedly “anti-Semitic Reptiods.”
Stranger still was the fact that the most powerful episode in the whole series simply disappeared without trace. The program in question was devoted to microwaves and their potential as a weapon and tool of oppression. In it scientist Tim Rifat showed how a microwave oven could be cut in two and how a horn antennae could then be placed on the wave guide, turning it into weapon with an effective distance of hundreds of feet and how at close range it could literally fry human flesh. The Billion dollar question, Tim asked was: how do we know that the authorities are not already using this as a weapon?
The advert for Ronson's website that replaced the recruitment advert for GCHQ.
Maybe Channel 4 thought the program was too hot to handle for judging from what we’ve been told it could have had serious repercussions. So perhaps they decided not to screen it, assuming that they even saw it, for throughout the filming Ronson kept asking Tim: “How do you know that I’m not working for the other side?”
Which simply underlines the contention that Jon Ronson is as bent as a nine pound note.
Last updated 12/08/2004