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Secret Mysteries of America's Beginnings Volume 2: Riddles in Stone - The Secret Architecture of Washington D.C. (2007)

Video  -  Documentary  -  19 July 2007 (USA)
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This documentary explores the highly controversial subject of the design of America's capital. Was the city built to reflect the majesty of America's newfound freedom? Or the hidden agenda ... See full summary »

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Title: Secret Mysteries of America's Beginnings Volume 2: Riddles in Stone - The Secret Architecture of Washington D.C. (Video 2007)

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This documentary explores the highly controversial subject of the design of America's capital. Was the city built to reflect the majesty of America's newfound freedom? Or the hidden agenda of secret societies? With every major cornerstone laid by Freemasons, was the city built in a Masonic pattern? Embark upon this incredible journey as Riddles in Stone interviews experts on both sides of the heated debate. Watch as Freemason apologists defend some of the most direct and hard-hitting questions concerning the influence of Masonry in America, and its symbolism in Washington, D.C. Alongside them are leading researchers who maintain that occult architecture permeates the city, and conceals a secret agenda. Was D.C. laid out according to the pattern of the stars? Is there really a pentagram in the street layout north of the White House? Does a Masonic square and compass extend from the Capitol building to the Washington monument? And why is the city filled with zodiac symbols, mysterious ... Written by Christian J. Pinto

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This is not a documentary, this is an exercise in fear mongering.
27 January 2009 | by See all my reviews

Documentaries are meant to document. This one claims to document the street plan of Washington, DC and uncover its secret meaning. It doesn't. What in fact it does document is the unverified opinions and assertions of a narrow group of stakeholders with an interest in promoting one interpretation of the street plan.

Presented as a documentary asking hard hitting questions, this video rarely supplies documentation, presents opinions rather than answerable questions and, by failing to provide a forum for a reasoned rebuttal, doesn't allow the questions to be answered. The introduction on the DVD case sets the tone by labeling the freemasons as "apologists" and the conspiracy theorists as "leading researchers."

It is telling that in a documentary about architecture, sculpture and history, not a single architect, sculptor, historian or academic was interviewed. While much is made of the influence of the Kabbalah, no Talmudic scholar was interviewed. Those interviewed are, in the main, promoters of opinions with books and videos of their own to sell.

Although the point is briefly made that symbols have many meanings, the focus of the video is to narrow the interpretations to as few as possible, and those as negative as possible.

A few pretty pictures and one unintentionally entertaining pronunciation of Goethe as "goatie" are about all this production has to offer. Claims and accusations are piled high but no evidence is provided for any of it. A narrative of innuendo and implication moves the viewer to overlook the complete absence of causality, logic or connection between unrelated facts and unsubstantiated opinions. William Schnoebelen's vague bromide, "Where there's smoke there's fire" substitutes for actual evidence. Repeated assertion substitutes for proof.

Hidden within this video is another documentary composed of visual elements and key words creating a narrative story arc that will be easily understood by the intended audience, an audience of Christian end-time millennialists who believe that prophesies of the Armageddon of John's Revelation are revealed in current events.

This is not a documentary, this is an exercise in fear mongering.


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