- The Washington Times - Friday, December 10, 1999

GIZA, Egypt — Egypt is on guard against “pyramidiots” preaching millennium conspiracy theories on the Internet, with officials warning of zero tolerance if they descend on the Giza Pyramids expecting Satan to appear as 2000 dawns.
At least two spiritual tour operators are advertising millennium trips to the pyramids, billing guest speakers such as David Icke, the former British television sportscaster-turned-prophet of doom.
Mr. Icke and others are warning that former President Bush will summon oppressive evil forces at a black mass in a dank stone burial chamber deep inside the great Cheops pyramid at midnight on Dec. 31.
According to his Web site, Mr. Bush and the British royal family are key members of the world “Illuminati elite” of human-reptile hybrids whose rituals are designed to tap into fourth dimensional energy forces and deprive ordinary human mortals of their consciousness.
But the Egyptian government’s custodian of the Giza pyramids, Zahi Hawass, said he has no time for the “pyramidiots” and warned they would be “dismissed” if they cause any trouble.
“All this is hallucination. We’ll never permit anyone to insult the pyramids,” Mr. Hawass said. “They’re sacred and divine and I’m going to keep them sacred and divine.”
The whole Giza plateau, including all three pyramids and the Sphinx, will be closed “for security” reasons for about 36 hours, from the evening of Dec. 30, 1999, until after dawn on Jan. 1, 2000, he said.
Police presence will be stepped up both at the pyramids and in the nearby desert where 50,000 partygoers will be channeled into an all-night, end-of-year spectacle starring multimedia artist JeaMichel Jarre.
Although Egyptian security forces are mainly concerned about threats from Islamic militants, they will also be keeping a watchful eye out for fringe groups around the Giza trio.
Not even the clean-cut Frenchman’s electronic opera remains untainted after the Egyptian press started weaving its own strands in the tangled web of millenarian occult hype last month.
The notorious bi-weekly newspaper Al-Shaab, whose editor in chief was imprisoned in August for libeling a government minister, has accused Mr. Jarre of conspiring to impose “Zionist Freemasonry” on Egyptian civilization.
Partygoers attending Mr. Jarre’s multimedia show will watch giant images of the Pharaonic Eye of Horus projected on the sides of the Giza pyramids and a light-emitting golden pyramid will be lowered by helicopter onto Cheops.
Al-Shaab, along with numerous doomsday Internet sites, was quick to identify the images with what it calls the “Masonic symbolism” depicted on the U.S. $1 bill that shows an eye glowing from the capstone of a pyramid.
Mr. Hawass defended topping Giza’s largest pyramid, saying it was designed to replicate the practices of the ancient Egyptians who he says crowned their pyramids with a golden capstone to celebrate their completion.
“If the Masons want to take our symbols, what can we do?” he asked.
Texe Marrs, a retired Air Force officer, meanwhile suggests on his Web site that Mr. Jarre’s concert, which will be staged in the desert around half a mile away from the pyramids themselves, is a diversion for the Illuminati rituals of “consummate evil.”
“The grotesque ceremony, these men believe, will culminate in a visit by their glowing Masonic god of light and magic, Lucifer himself, at exactly the stroke of midnight, December 31, 1999,” he writes.

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