The Bilderberg Group, Bilderberg conference, or Bilderberg Club is an annual, unofficial, invitation-only conference of approximately 120 to 140 guests from North America and Western Europe, most of whom are people of influence. About one-third are from government and politics, and two-thirds from finance, industry, labour, education and communications. Meetings are closed to the public.The original conference was held at the Hotel de Bilderberg, near Arnhem in the Netherlands, from 29 May to 31 May 1954.
The following is a list of prominent persons who have attended one or more conferences organized by the Bilderberg Group. The list is currently organized by category. It is not a complete list and it includes both living and deceased people. Where known, the year(s) they attended are denoted in brackets.
Rt Hon the Baroness Shirley Williams (at least 2010), stateswoman and member, House of Lords; Harvard University Professor; Past President, Chatham House; int'l member, Council on Foreign Relations.
Paddy Ashdown (1989), former leader of Liberal Democrats, High Representative for Bosnia and Herzegovina
Ed Balls (2006), former Economic Secretary to the Treasury and advisor to British Prime Minister Gordon Brown and was Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (2007–2010)
Peter Carington, 6th Baron Carrington (Steering Committee member), former Foreign Secretary
Kenneth Clarke (1993, 1998, 1999, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008, Chancellor of the Exchequer 1993-1997, Shadow Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform 2008-2010, Lord Chancellor, Secretary of State for Justice 2010-current
Robert Gascoyne-Cecil (Viscount Cranborne) (1997), Leader of the House of Lords 94-97
Denis Arthur Greenhill, Lord Greenhill of Harrow (deceased) (1974),) former Head of Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Denis Healey (founder and Steering Committee member), former Chancellor of the Exchequer
Peter Mandelson (1999, 2009 Business Secretary (2008–2010)
John Monks (1996), former TUC General Secretary
George Osborne (2006, 2007, 2008 2009) Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer (2004–2010), Chancellor of the Exchequer 2010-current
David Owen (1982), former British Foreign Secretary and leader of the Social Democratic Party
Enoch Powell, (deceased) (1968), MP and Ulster Unionist
Malcolm Rifkind (1996), former Foreign Secretary
Eric Roll (1964, 1966, 1967, 1973–1975, 1977–1999) (Bilderberg Steering Committee), Department of Economic Affairs, 1964, later Bilderberg Group Chairman
David Hannay, Baron Hannay of Chiswick (1995), Diplomatic posts at European Union and United Nations.
John Smith (1989) (deceased), Labour Party leader
Prince Bernhard of Lippe-Biesterfeld in 1942.
Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands (1997, 2000, 2006, 2008–2011)
Prince Bernhard of the Netherlands (1954, 1975) (deceased)
Prince Charles, Prince of Wales, United Kingdom (1986)
Juan Carlos I of Spain, King of Spain (2004)
Prince Philippe, Prince of Belgium (2007–2009)
Prince Phillip, Duke of Edinburgh, United Kingdom (1965, 1967)
Queen Sofía of Spain (2008–2010)
King Harald V of Norway  (1984)
Here’s the list of attendees taken from the Bilderberg’s official website.
Final List of Participants
FRA Castries, Henri de Chairman and CEO, AXA Group
DEU Ackermann, Josef Chairman of the Management Board and the Group Executive Committee, Deutsche Bank AG
GBR Agius, Marcus Chairman, Barclays plc
USA Ajami, Fouad Senior Fellow, The Hoover Institution, Stanford University
USA Alexander, Keith B. Commander, US Cyber Command; Director, National Security Agency
INT Almunia, Joaquín Vice-President – Commissioner for Competition, European Commission
USA Altman, Roger C. Chairman, Evercore Partners
PRT Amado, Luís Chairman, Banco Internacional do Funchal (BANIF)
NOR Andresen, Johan H. Owner and CEO, FERD
FIN Apunen, Matti Director, Finnish Business and Policy Forum EVA
TUR Babacan, Ali Deputy Prime Minister for Economic and Financial Affairs
PRT Balsemão, Francisco Pinto President and CEO, Impresa; Former Prime Minister
FRA Baverez, Nicolas Partner, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP
FRA Béchu, Christophe Senator, and Chairman, General Council of Maine-et-Loire
BEL Belgium, H.R.H. Prince Philippe of
TUR Berberoğlu, Enis Editor-in-Chief, Hürriyet Newspaper
ITA Bernabè, Franco Chairman and CEO, Telecom Italia
GBR Boles, Nick Member of Parliament
SWE Bonnier, Jonas President and CEO, Bonnier AB
NOR Brandtzæg, Svein Richard President and CEO, Norsk Hydro ASA
AUT Bronner, Oscar Publisher, Der Standard Medienwelt
SWE Carlsson, Gunilla Minister for International Development Cooperation
CAN Carney, Mark J. Governor, Bank of Canada
ESP Cebrián, Juan Luis CEO, PRISA; Chairman, El País
AUT Cernko, Willibald CEO, UniCredit Bank Austria AG
FRA Chalendar, Pierre André de Chairman and CEO, Saint-Gobain
DNK Christiansen, Jeppe CEO, Maj Invest
RUS Chubais, Anatoly B. CEO, OJSC RUSNANO
CAN Clark, W. Edmund Group President and CEO, TD Bank Group
GBR Clarke, Kenneth Member of Parliament, Lord Chancellor and Secretary of Justice
USA Collins, Timothy C. CEO and Senior Managing Director, Ripplewood Holdings, LLC
ITA Conti, Fulvio CEO and General Manager, Enel S.p.A.
USA Daniels, Jr., Mitchell E. Governor of Indiana
USA DeMuth, Christopher Distinguished Fellow, Hudson Institute
USA Donilon, Thomas E. National Security Advisor, The White House
GBR Dudley, Robert Group Chief Executive, BP plc
ITA Elkann, John Chairman, Fiat S.p.A.
DEU Enders, Thomas CEO, Airbus
USA Evans, J. Michael Vice Chairman, Global Head of Growth Markets, Goldman Sachs & Co.
AUT Faymann, Werner Federal Chancellor
DNK Federspiel, Ulrik Executive Vice President, Haldor Topsøe A/S
USA Ferguson, Niall Laurence A. Tisch Professor of History, Harvard University
GBR Flint, Douglas J. Group Chairman, HSBC Holdings plc
CHN Fu, Ying Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs
IRL Gallagher, Paul Former Attorney General; Senior Counsel
USA Gephardt, Richard A. President and CEO, Gephardt Group
GRC Giannitsis, Anastasios Former Minister of Interior; Professor of Development and International Economics, University of Athens
USA Goolsbee, Austan D. Professor of Economics, University of Chicago Booth School of Business
USA Graham, Donald E. Chairman and CEO, The Washington Post Company
ITA Gruber, Lilli Journalist – Anchorwoman, La 7 TV
INT Gucht, Karel de Commissioner for Trade, European Commission
NLD Halberstadt, Victor Professor of Economics, Leiden University; Former Honorary Secretary General of Bilderberg Meetings
USA Harris, Britt CIO, Teacher Retirement System of Texas
USA Hoffman, Reid Co-founder and Executive Chairman, LinkedIn
CHN Huang, Yiping Professor of Economics, China Center for Economic Research, Peking University
USA Huntsman, Jr., Jon M. Chairman, Huntsman Cancer Foundation
DEU Ischinger, Wolfgang Chairman, Munich Security Conference; Global Head Government Relations, Allianz SE
RUS Ivanov, Igor S. Associate member, Russian Academy of Science; President, Russian International Affairs Council
FRA Izraelewicz, Erik CEO, Le Monde
USA Jacobs, Kenneth M. Chairman and CEO, Lazard
USA Johnson, James A. Vice Chairman, Perseus, LLC
USA Jordan, Jr., Vernon E. Senior Managing Director, Lazard
USA Karp, Alexander CEO, Palantir Technologies
USA Karsner, Alexander Executive Chairman, Manifest Energy, Inc
FRA Karvar, Anousheh Inspector, Inter-ministerial Audit and Evaluation Office for Social, Health, Employment and Labor Policies
RUS Kasparov, Garry Chairman, United Civil Front (of Russia)
GBR Kerr, John Independent Member, House of Lords
USA Kerry, John Senator for Massachusetts
TUR Keyman, E. Fuat Director, Istanbul Policy Center and Professor of International Relations, Sabanci University
USA Kissinger, Henry A. Chairman, Kissinger Associates, Inc.
USA Kleinfeld, Klaus Chairman and CEO, Alcoa
TUR Koç, Mustafa Chairman, Koç Holding A.Ş.
DEU Koch, Roland CEO, Bilfinger Berger SE
INT Kodmani, Bassma Member of the Executive Bureau and Head of Foreign Affairs, Syrian National Council
USA Kravis, Henry R. Co-Chairman and Co-CEO, Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co.
USA Kravis, Marie-Josée Senior Fellow, Hudson Institute
INT Kroes, Neelie Vice President, European Commission; Commissioner for Digital Agenda
USA Krupp, Fred President, Environmental Defense Fund
INT Lamy, Pascal Director-General, World Trade Organization
ITA Letta, Enrico Deputy Leader, Democratic Party (PD)
ISR Levite, Ariel E. Nonresident Senior Associate, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
USA Li, Cheng Director of Research and Senior Fellow, John L. Thornton China Center, Brookings Institution
USA Lipsky, John Distinguished Visiting Scholar, Johns Hopkins University
USA Liveris, Andrew N. President, Chairman and CEO, The Dow Chemical Company
DEU Löscher, Peter President and CEO, Siemens AG
USA Lynn, William J. Chairman and CEO, DRS Technologies, Inc.
GBR Mandelson, Peter Member, House of Lords; Chairman, Global Counsel
USA Mathews, Jessica T. President, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
DEN Mchangama, Jacob Director of Legal Affairs, Center for Political Studies (CEPOS)
CAN McKenna, Frank Deputy Chair, TD Bank Group
USA Mehlman, Kenneth B. Partner, Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co.
GBR Micklethwait, John Editor-in-Chief, The Economist
FRA Montbrial, Thierry de President, French Institute for International Relations
PRT Moreira da Silva, Jorge First Vice-President, Partido Social Democrata (PSD)
USA Mundie, Craig J. Chief Research and Strategy Officer, Microsoft Corporation
DEU Nass, Matthias Chief International Correspondent, Die Zeit
NLD Netherlands, H.M. the Queen of the
ESP Nin Génova, Juan María Deputy Chairman and CEO, Caixabank
IRL Noonan, Michael Minister for Finance
USA Noonan, Peggy Author, Columnist, The Wall Street Journal
FIN Ollila, Jorma Chairman, Royal Dutch Shell, plc
USA Orszag, Peter R. Vice Chairman, Citigroup
GRC Papalexopoulos, Dimitri Managing Director, Titan Cement Co.
NLD Pechtold, Alexander Parliamentary Leader, Democrats ’66 (D66)
USA Perle, Richard N. Resident Fellow, American Enterprise Institute
NLD Polman, Paul CEO, Unilever PLC
CAN Prichard, J. Robert S. Chair, Torys LLP
ISR Rabinovich, Itamar Global Distinguished Professor, New York University
GBR Rachman, Gideon Chief Foreign Affairs Commentator, The Financial Times
USA Rattner, Steven Chairman, Willett Advisors LLC
CAN Redford, Alison M. Premier of Alberta
CAN Reisman, Heather M. CEO, Indigo Books & Music Inc.
DEU Reitzle, Wolfgang CEO & President, Linde AG
USA Rogoff, Kenneth S. Professor of Economics, Harvard University
USA Rose, Charlie Executive Editor and Anchor, Charlie Rose
USA Ross, Dennis B. Counselor, Washington Institute for Near East Policy
POL Rostowski, Jacek Minister of Finance
USA Rubin, Robert E. Co-Chair, Council on Foreign Relations; Former Secretary of the Treasury
NLD Rutte, Mark Prime Minister
ESP Sáenz de Santamaría Antón, Soraya Vice President and Minister for the Presidency
NLD Scheffer, Paul Professor of European Studies, Tilburg University
USA Schmidt, Eric E. Executive Chairman, Google Inc.
AUT Scholten, Rudolf Member of the Board of Executive Directors, Oesterreichische Kontrollbank AG
FRA Senard, Jean-Dominique CEO, Michelin Group
USA Shambaugh, David Director, China Policy Program, George Washington University
INT Sheeran, Josette Vice Chairman, World Economic Forum
FIN Siilasmaa, Risto Chairman of the Board of Directors, Nokia Corporation
USA Speyer, Jerry I. Chairman and Co-CEO, Tishman Speyer
CHE Supino, Pietro Chairman and Publisher, Tamedia AG
IRL Sutherland, Peter D. Chairman, Goldman Sachs International
USA Thiel, Peter A. President, Clarium Capital / Thiel Capital
TUR Timuray, Serpil CEO, Vodafone Turkey
DEU Trittin, Jürgen Parliamentary Leader, Alliance 90/The Greens
GRC Tsoukalis, Loukas President, Hellenic Foundation for European and Foreign Policy
FIN Urpilainen, Jutta Minister of Finance
CHE Vasella, Daniel L. Chairman, Novartis AG
INT Vimont, Pierre Executive Secretary General, European External Action Service
GBR Voser, Peter CEO, Royal Dutch Shell plc
SWE Wallenberg, Jacob Chairman, Investor AB
USA Warsh, Kevin Distinguished Visiting Fellow, The Hoover Institution, Stanford University
GBR Wolf, Martin H. Chief Economics Commentator, The Financial Times
USA Wolfensohn, James D. Chairman and CEO, Wolfensohn and Company
CAN Wright, Nigel S. Chief of Staff, Office of the Prime Minister
USA Yergin, Daniel Chairman, IHS Cambridge Energy Research Associates
INT Zoellick, Robert B. President, The World Bank Group
GBR Bredow, Vendeline von Business Correspondent, The Economist
GBR Wooldridge, Adrian D. Foreign Correspondent, The Economist
Bilderberg 2012: bigger and badder and better than ever
As the conference gets into full swing, Charlie Skelton meets the alternative media and their $700 cameras, as they remain convinced their mainstream brethren are missing the story
Protestors at the 2012 Bilderberg Conference in Chantilly, Virginia wave intimidating balloons as the delegates' arrive. Photograph: Hannah Borno for the Guardian
"Not to be used as safety barriers" was the warning on the safety barriers that the police laid around the gates of Bilderberg. The officers were firm but fair. "Madam, please step away with the balloons," they asked a protester, as she waved them angrily at arriving limousine. "But this is my first amendment right," she howled. I'll give you my balloons when you pry them from my cold, dead hands.
It's hard to look furious when you're holding balloons, but somehow she managed it. There's a lot of anger in the crowd this year – a great wall of noise met each delegate as they swooped up the hotel drive. Personally, I thought the crowd was a little harsh at times: branding each new arrival "thieving scum!" when, looking at the delegate list, no more than two thirds of those arriving could reasonably be called that.
Protestors outside the 2012 Bilderberg Conference in Chantilly, Virginia Photograph: Hannah Borno for the Guardian
The official list of participants was released early this year. Praise where praise is due: well done Bilderberg for starting to behave like a grown-up political summit. Good behaviour like this should be given positive reinforcement – I feel like I should ruffle Henry Kissinger's hair and toss him a meaty treat. Alas, I think I might be dropped by a sniper before I could reach his wheelchair.
That's if I managed to get past the eagle eyes of Senator John Kerry. He's attending this year, alongside Governor Mitch Daniels of Indiana. I can imagine they'd grab an arm each, while Nick Boles MP stood on his little stool in the corner, jeering, as I was dragged from the conference room, and booted into the parking lot by Mark Rutte, the Dutch prime minister, while Michael Noonan, Ireland's minister for finance, tells me in no uncertain terms to get lost. Which, by the way, is news to me – Ireland has a minister for finance?
What a lovely lot of politicians we've got at this year's Bilderberg. What a shot in the arm for democracy. I don't know if Lord Mandelson belongs on a list of public servants, but he's here; he's becoming quite a regular these days. Mandelson will be striving privately towards a better world with the Polish finance minister, the Finnish finance minister – and, wait, who's this…?
Why, it's cuddly old Bilderberg insider, the Lord Chancellor, Kenneth Clarke MP. No wonder the press officer at the Ministry for Justice last week was so unwilling to talk: "I'm not in a position to either deny or confirm that the minister will be attending." Yup. That's exactly the sort of transparency and openness Ken is so keen to see implemented – as he said only a few months ago:
"Transparency is the most effective public inoculation against corruption that any country can have. There is a strong public interest case for almost all government information to be open to scrutiny."
How very true. I feel a Freedom of Information request coming on.
Ken's presence makes up somewhat for the big absence of 2012: no David Rockefeller! What on earth would make the 96-year-old mega-banker miss his favourite big-money shindig? I guess Wisconsin must have rescheduled its annual Biting The Heads off Small Mammals Competition. Poor David, such bad timing. But I guess he's got a title to defend.
Even without Rocky, there's a stellar cast from the world of banking and finance. Old favourites like Agius and Flint (the chairfolk of Barclays and HSBC), and a new name on my radar – Michael J Evans – who enjoys the elegant title: vice-chairman, global head of growth markets, Goldman Sachs.
Evans will be conferencing with his esteemed colleages, James A Johnson (director of Goldman Sachs) and Peter Sutherland (chairman of Goldman Sachs International) – the last two both members of Bilderberg's Steering Group. The strong Goldman showing this year does so much to reassure me of the benign and worthwhile efforts of Bilderberg. They just want to get on and help us, quietly and secretly. Like a corporate cross between Santa Claus and a big friendly squid.
Another lovely chap from the world of banking is Timothy C Collins. Tim is on the board of Citigroup, has his own giant private equity company (Ripplewood Holdings) and is a director of the 'Tony Blair Faith Foundation, US'. Of the three, I know which one makes me trust him the least.
Speaking of Blair, there's some Tony Blair Bilderberg news just out. Mr Blair, as we know, attended the Bilderberg conference in 1993. Although he didn't, because he told Parliament that he didn't. So he didn't go. Unless he lied to Parliament about not going.
Let's see now. This is a written Q&A from March 1998:
Mr. Christopher Gill MP: To ask the Prime Minister which members of his government have attended meetings of the Bilderberg Group.
The Prime Minister: None.
But here's the thing… footage has just been released by activists from We Are Change, who took the liberty of sticking a microphone in Tony's face and asking him the same question. (You can watch the video here)
Same question. Different answer.
"Yeah, it's a really useful group actually, I remember going back to that in 1993, and we, er… it's a great way too for people from different parts of the world to get together, um, so it's been good."
Blair's powers of syntax may be waning, but his memory seems to have improved in the 14 years since he denied going. It happens. It's a well-known medical condition – kind of a Reverse Alzheimer's.
After the awkward admission comes the killer question:
"Conflict of interest?"
You have to watch Tony Blair's discomfiture at that question. His answer is basically: "Yeah. Um." Watch it. And then wonder to yourself why such a skilled politician would tell such a stupid lie in the first place.
Luke Rudkowski is the We Are Changer who put Blair on the spot. He's here in Chantilly, outside Bilderberg, with more recording equipment strapped to him than the average moon lander.
"It's huge," he says, as he records the crowds. And the crowds just keep on growing. By early afternoon on Thursday, there are well over 200 people, and they keep rolling up. I hate to curse Bilderberg 2012 by saying this so early, but it feels like… this could be the big one. The breakthrough.
"Everyone's becoming citizen reporters these days", says Rudkowski – and even as he says it, we're being filmed by a representative of Occupy Portland. And over on a grassy knoll, the police are filming us being filmed.
There's so many cameras here, so many budding documentarians, so much youth, determination, tech savvy and political awareness – if I was Henry Kissinger, I'd be ordering another napalm strike right outside the gates of the Marriott.
The mainstream press dropped the ball on Bilderberg; in fact, I'm not even sure they ever had it in their hands. So people like Rudkowski have had to step in, pick up the ball, re-edit it, and stick it online with comments enabled. At Bilderberg 2012, the mainstream press is quite simply being bypassed. And there's me with my pen and notepad, interviewing Luke, while he livestreams it. I feel like a caveman with a bad haircut talking to an astronaut.
I ask Luke why he's come. "I try not to theorize. I go to the source. I try and find out exactly what's happening." Rudkowski used an article I'd written at Bilderberg 2010 to put Blair on the spot. In my piece, I'd used the evidence available online to call Blair a liar. Rudkowski went to the horse's mouth.
"There's a reason he lied. It shows you something's going on. The more questions I raise about Bilderberg, the more questions I have – there's a lot more to the story than what we're being told". Which, to be fair, isn't much. The Bilderberg Group isn't much good at telling their own story, which is a shame because it's quite a tale.
Rudkowski's also here "to open the dialogue", he says. "Conversation and communication can help fix a lot of the problems we're facing." Although I'm not sure that some of the things said to Blair on that video could fairly be described as 'dialogue openers'.
Another new media luminary working the gates at Bilderberg is Jason Bermas, of Loose Change. He's just flown in from upstate New York. "I took the pat-downs. No body scanners for me…"
He has come here with his $700 camera, "because we have to be here. The media has trillions of dollars to spend, and they're not here. But we have the technology, and I believe technology is the power that will lighten the darkness."
The power jumps a few thousand watts when an SUV rolls up and out hops the Oprah Winfrey of alternative media: Alex Jones. Millions listen his daily thunderings against the 'Empire of the Bankers'. He's broadcasting his show live from the police line, streaming video, one moment educating the police on global power structures, the next minute bullhorning some poor billionaire delegate as they try and slip inside unnoticed. "The answer to 1984?" yells Jones. "1776!" roars the crowd.
Alternative media star Alex Jones presents his internet video show live from the Bilderberg 2012 protest line Photograph: Hannah Borno for the Guardian
It's a kind of live interactive news documentary history wildlife show, a roar of protest from the lion's den, and everyone feels a part of it. The wall between people and events – that dusty old safety barrier between the news and its consumers – it's tumbling down around Bilderberg.
This the working media. They're out here, in the Virginia sun, working hard. Livestreaming, uploading, swapping data, checking audio feeds – in short, reporting the news. And why? Short answer: because CNN isn't.
To be fair to the dinosaurs, this year saw an actual proper mainstream journalist turn up to Bilderberg: the Washington Times sent Ben Wolfgang, who wrote an extremely decent piece – so there you go, mainstream news: it can be done. You may be late to the party, but there's plenty more booze behind the bar. Pour yourself a drink, and let's talk about the transnational machinations of the technocratic banking elite. You might want to sit down, this is going to take a while. It all starts with Plato…
Protesters at Bilderberg up their game: 'What do they want? Hegelian dialectics! When do they want it? Now!'
Foot down and fingers up: bullhorns at the ready as protesters greet Bilderberg's guests. Photograph: Hannah Borno for the Guardian
The protesters seem to have upped their game when it comes to slogans. "We are not the indentured slaves of your oligarchy!" booms a bullhorn, from beneath a banner that seeks redress for the "war profiteering" of "eugenicist thugs".
I don't know if it's the truth of the accusations or the volume of the anger, but one policeman tells us: "They're very scared by the reception the cars are getting, so they've told the drivers to accelerate now as they enter the hotel." There's also been a spate of bird-flipping from the drivers and bodyguards. Foot down and fingers up.
The police have rearranged the barricades outside the hotel, and implemented a zero tolerance policy towards people in the road. Two arrests have been made for 'jaywalking'. My wife witnessed the arrests, and tells me, "The police outside are genuinely worried that protestors will get run over. The limos aren't stopping for anything."
Not that everyone zooms through in a limo. I don't know the global implications of this, but the Chinese got their own minibus this year. The wingmirror whacked my wife on the nose as it sped inside. Still, she managed to click off a shot to reveal… wait – could it be?
Fu Ying, Chinese vice minister of foreign affairs arrives at the 2012 Bilderberg conference. Photograph: Hannah Borno for the Guardian
Yes! It's the only other woman in my life: Fu Ying of China. The ebullient Fu Ying (who stole my heart in St Moritz ) is one of a growing number of women invited to Bilderberg. Here's another:
Soraya Sáenz de Santamaría, vice-president of Spain peers over the dashboard. Photograph: Hannah Borno for the Guardian
This cheeky face, peeking over the dashboard belongs to Soraya Sáenz de Santamaría, the vice-president of Spain. Sáenz de Santamaría sits atop the Ministry of the Presidency, which (amongst other things) runs Spain's intelligence services. Aah, but look at her, isn't she just a sweetie?!
Sáenz de Santamaría comes hot foot from a meeting with the US Treasury Secretary, Timothy Geithner. She says: "The treasury secretary pointed out that we are working toward the same goal and a solution for the banks must be found." So presumably, over cocktails this weekend, she'll be hawking truckloads more Spanish debt. The bankers at Bilderberg will love her. Or eat her. One or the other.
Now, if you prefer your 'ladies of power' in more of an 'ice-queen' vein, then you might prefer the vice chairman of the World Economic Forum, Josette Sheeran:
Josette Sheeran, vice chair of the World Economic Forum. Photograph: theintelhub.com for the Guardian
In terms of power structures, Josette is number 2 at Davos, and Davos is about number 10 behind Bilderberg. She's one of a growing number of Bilderbergians from that strange, cash-rich, and largely tax-free world of forums and think tanks. On which note, let me introduce you to the undoubted pin-up of Bilderberg 2012, Kevin Warsh:
Kevin Warsh of Stanford University's Hoover Institution. Photograph: Markus Gabriel for the Guardian
This young Pacino spent five years on the Board of the Federal Reserve System, and is now "at the Hoover Institution". He's from the intersection of government and academia beloved by Bilderberg (think Mario Monti – Steering Committee member and PM of Italy).
Then there's the intelligence world. We welcome back the head of the NSA, General Keith Alexander – who also happens to be chief of the military's Central Security Service. And we note with interest the presence of Thomas Donilon, the National Security Advisor at the White House – whose esteemed predecessor in that role is standing next to him at the buffet; Henry Kissinger.
There's a reason Bilderberg feels so comfortable in Chantilly, Virginia – 15 minutes up the road from CIA headquarters. It's because the US intelligence community is its spiritual home.
If you peer back into Bilderberg's past, and scan enough declassified documents, you can begin to appreciate how intimate the relationship is between global lobbying and global intelligence.
If you've ever find yourself wondering "what exactly is Bilderberg?", you might want to take a look at a press conference in 1950, held by a man called William Donovan.
William 'Wild Bill' Donovan was "the Father of American Intelligence" – and one of the most senior figures in the US intelligence scene at the time. You can read his CIA biography here but don't forget to clear your cookies afterwards.
Sitting next to Donovan was the man who pulled Bilderberg together in the early 1950s – Józef Retinger. A tireless fixer, social climber and committee former, Retinger in 1950 was the secretary-general of the European Movement. He was also a British intelligence operative, but that's a whole other twist in the tale.
Retinger's burgeoning European Movement was being funded by the CIA. And the man in charge of getting him the money? Tom Braden of the CIA. The third man holding the press conference and quoted in the Saturday Evening Post in 1967 saying, "I'm glad the CIA is immoral."
Bilderberg was Retinger's baby, and it was born out of a murky merger in 1954 of spooks and bankers, and fed from a bottomless bottle of spycash. But don't take my word for it. Go look at the documents. Don't think you 'know' about Bilderberg because Robert Kagan (the arch neo-con) tells you that "it's a lot of vaguely uninteresting people giving vaguely uninteresting lectures and then having nice meals in nice places."
Henri de La Croix de Castries, 5th Comte de Castries, chairman and CEO of AXA and chairman of the Bilderberg group's steering committee. Photograph: theintelhub.com for the Guardian
Know about Bilderberg by finding out about Bilderberg. Don't theorize. Go read the documents. Go on. Google "CIA Bilderberg." Google "Retinger MI6". Google "Prince Bernhard IG Farben." Or have a look at a photo of the new head of Bilderberg looking cool in his Raybans. One or the other.
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Bilderberg 2012: bigger and badder and better than ever
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Bilderberg 2012: the technocrats are rising at this year's annual conference
FM Urpilainen attends mysterious Bilderberg conference at taxpayers' expense
The Finance Minister on Saturday conceded that ministers do not attend such international meetings as private persons.
A year ago, Finance Minister Jutta Urpilainen said that ministers who participate in the closed-door meetings of the Bilderberg Conference do so as private individuals and that ministries would not pay their way. This year, Urpilainen herself is attending the high-level conclave in the US – and taxpayers are picking up the tab.
For decades, ardent conspiracy theorists have trained their cross hairs on the secretive meetings convened by the Bilderberg Group. Every year high ranking political and business leaders assemble for the clandestine invitation-only informal meetings.
Last year, opposition Finns Party MP Vesa-Matti Saarakkala tabled a written question about the event in Parliament, inquiring whether attendees from the Parliament should share the nature of the discussions with the other members of the chamber.
At the time Finance Minister Jutta Urpilainen furnished a written response explaining that, “Participants attend the Bilderberg Group meetings as private individuals. The Finance Ministry cannot limit private participation in the Bilderberg conference or in the meetings of any similar group,” she wrote.
PM Katainen: Ministry pays the bill
This year, the Finance Minister has been invited to attend the prestigious closed-door conference in Chantilly, Virginia. Himself a three-term Finance Minister, Prime Minister Katainen confirmed Friday that taxpayers pick up the tab for the exclusive excursions.
“The Ministry always pays for travel expenses, and if memory serves me right, the Bilderberg Foundation covers accommodation costs,” Katainen added.
But why would the Ministry pay for the trip, if participation is in a private capacity?
“In reality people are invited because of their position as Minister. They are extremely rewarding seminars and discussions, and they are worth attending if the opportunity arises,” the PM explained.
Opposition MP Saarakkala: Caught red-handed
According to Yle, checks with the Finance Ministry confirmed that it had picked up the tab for the Minister’s trip.
Opposition MP Saarakkala Ministers noted that ministers are obliged to provide truthful information in their parliamentary work, such as when responding to written questions.
“Someone's been caught lying,” Saarakkala said.
He declared that it would be better not to attend the high flying summits if the discussions could not be shared with the Parliament.
Reached at the off-the-record conference on Saturday, Urpilainen told Yle that her earlier statement on the issue had been poorly formulated.
She admitted that ministers' participation in Bilderberg conferences cannot be described as private trips.
"No decisions are made here, so the stories that circulate about these meetings are quite mythical," she added.
Bilderberg Puts Finishing Touches To Carbon Tax Agenda
The Bilderberg Group plans to put the finishing touches to a global carbon tax agenda that is already in full swing, according to our inside sources, with the threat of endangered species set to replace man-made global warming as the main vehicle through which the elite’s post-industrial revolution is accomplished.
Alex Jones’ source inside Bilderberg has told him that the secretive cabal still plans to use the World Bank as the collection agency for a global CO2 tax. World Bank head Robert Zoellick is in attendance at this year’s confab in Chantilly, Virginia according to the official attendee list.
Numerous representatives of the environmental movement are attending Bilderberg this year to help push this agenda through, including Fred Krupp, president of the Environmental Defense Fund, a group that generates revenue in the name of fighting climate change and yet is tied at the hip with some of the biggest corporations on the planet, including McDonald’s and FedEx.
Echoing UN reports which call for a similar shift, the widely discredited man-made climate mantra will largely be dispensed in favor of centralizing power through other means, particularly by using the pretext of endangered species and overpopulation.
Can the might of Bilderberg be worn down by this torrent of testosterone, megaphones and blatantly eaten goji berries?
I handed the goji berries to the cop. "He dropped these." The cop thanked me, tossed the gojis in the trunk, and bustled away his captive amid a cacophony of outrage from the crowds. Moments earlier, the man with the berries had called out to the crowd: "They can't arrest us all! Let's stand together!" Moments later, poignantly, he was grabbed by the police and bundled into the squad car.
It was a silly arrest, really. He wasn't doing anything at all. He was eating goji berries, standing on the edge of the road. Jaysnacking. A token flex of muscle from Fairfax County police. I'm not sure this constitutes a legal defence, but I'm pretty sure that if you're eating a bag of organic goji berries, you're probably not much of a threat to society. As the police pulled away, the bullhorn sirens started up and I walked away from the noise.
There was a little too much testosterone on the sidewalk this afternoon – a few too many megaphones for my liking. But hey, you want to shout about the tyranny of a corrupt transnational banking oligarchy, you go right ahead. I'm not about to tell you to hush. It's horses for courses. Two years ago, a group of Spanish activists sat in silence on the beach and sent a white ring of positive energy up the hill to encircle and cleanse the Bilderberg hotel. Whatever gets the job done.
As I left the crime scene, I met a member of Oathkeepers trotting down from their gazebo to check on the arrest. "We'll be looking at the video evidence," he assures me, puffing past.
The Oathkeepers are a posse of military veterans and retired police officers, who have come to keep an eye on things at Bilderberg 2012. They're an incredibly reassuring presence; tough, avuncular – darn it they just want to make you go up and shake them by the hand and say: "Thank you, sir, for being here."
No words needed: two men share a moment of gratitude. Photograph: Hannah Borno
The aim of Oathkeepers is encourage anyone who has sworn to defend the constitution – so that's military, law enforcement officers, and first responders – to honour their oath. They're here at Bilderberg to keep a grizzled eye on things.
"We try to stay mission specific," says John Oetken, an Oathkeeper from Orange County – although at Bilderberg, their mission has crept a little to include overseeing not only the police, but also the protesters. "We're a neutral party. We're here to make sure it's a peaceful process, and to keep the knuckleheads in line, from both sides."
I had breakfast this morning with three other veterans – retired Navy men – who have taken a road trip up from Florida to be here at Bilderberg…
Brothers in arms: Wayne, Rick and Bob. Photograph: Charlie Skelton
Dr Rick Davis is about the calmest person I've ever met. A former Flight Surgeon, he spent 9 years in the military, can fly an F16 and carried out missions with the Navy Seals. I ask him why he's come here. He takes his iPhone and shows me a quote from the anthropologist Margaret Mead:
"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has."
Rick and his fellow veterans, Wayne Fritzsche and Bob Romanko, are about as far from whatever lazy caricature of 'Bilderberg activist' might exist in the mind of an idiot. Wayne is the chairman of a publicly traded pharmaceuticals company. "I understand what having a full diary means – and let me tell you, the people who go to Bilderberg aren't going to block off three or four days just to have a 'chat'. They wouldn't give three or four days to a state visit. A couple of hours, dinner and you're done. Bilderberg is a co-ordinated effort on a huge scale".
But an effort to do what? Rick answers.
"At Bilderberg are the apex predators of the world crime syndicate. Now, I'm a physician. These people display all the classic symptoms of psychopathy. They exhibit an obsessive compulsion towards the exercise of power. These are extremely ill people, they have a culture of negativism and death. And I'm here to stop their agenda. It's the agenda that's killing us."
The risk is that great? Rick nods matter-of-factly. "I'm a trauma physician – which is all about assessing risk. I have a considerable knowledge of nuclear, biological and chemical warfare. I'm CEO of a company, and in business you're always asking: where is my nearest risk? Risk assessment is my job. And right now, we're at risk from the biggest threat to humanity there's ever been."
These men feel a moral imperative to stand up and square off against the threat. As Bob says: "I simply cannot do nothing." A former Navy historian, Bob worked in sports radio and has the voice to match. His growls his frustration at the fact that his son, a journalist, can't get his head round the seriousness of the crisis. "He's married a doctor, he's lives in a fabulous city, he's living the American dream. He just doesn't see that the American dream is heading off a cliff."
I ask Rick why he thinks that the 'first responders' to the threat, the activists outside the hotel gates, are so predominantly male. "I've thought about this," he says. "Men protect the clan. We're hard-wired to look outwards for a threat. Women are hard-wired to protect the family, the house. Men are looking at the horizon. What's coming down the road?"
A mile up the road at Bilderberg, the crowd has grown to around 500 people (a new Bilderberg record!) and I'd say well over 80% of them are men. One of them is Matthew Medina from We Are Change San Antonio – I ask him why there are so few women around him. "Dang, dude, that's a good question," he says. "It's heavy on the soul to protest against the global elite, about a superclass meeting in secret. But listen, women are paving the way in protesting against food laws and GMO, additives and fluoride. We all do our bit."
But at Bilderberg – it's the men. "In a way, maybe this is our sports. This is our challenge – to make some noise and bring media attention to this event. Bilderberg is our football field." Do you play any sports yourself? "I breakdance. I used to be heavily into the underground hip hop scene – my crew was Public Zoo, out of Corpus Christi, Texas. It's still around, 10 years after I started it. B-Boy Spaceboy, that's me. Mainly I do tricks – I freeze. You want a see a freeze?"
B-Boy Spaceboy pulls off a classic Bilderberg sidewalk freeze. Photograph: Charlie Skelton
He holds the pose, and snaps back to his feet, acknowledging the whoops. Oh yeah, B-Boy Spaceboy's still got it. But he no longer competes. "These days I'm an electrician, I'm a blue collar guy, I work 40 hours a week, but what do they know about that?" he says, jerking a thumb towards the
security fence. "And what do they care?" He heads off to rejoin his We Are Changer buddies, who force this confession from a passing limo: "Are you guys globalists? No? Oh… you're hairdressers."
If Bilderberg is our football field, where does this leave 'sports' in the life of the activist male?
Collin Abramowicz is 22, and comes from a background soaked in sports: "My stepfather watches baseball, my father watches football, all my friends are obsessed with sports. I used to do wrestling at school, but now my priorities have shifted. You cannot get passionate about something when you're being deceived. They're magicians – they are doing something with one hand while you're watching the other. Sport is a distraction."
From what? "How about the NDAA? Or how about HR658? Why does the government want to put 30,000 surveillance drones in the sky by 2020?"
Collin in the centre with the horn, then Jeff, then Aaron. Photograph: Hannah Borno
"Look at the newspaper," says his friend Aaron Wolkind, "it's half sports. Billions of dollars are poured into this stuff, ramming it into the public psyche. People's primal competitive urges are focused onto a false, superficial sports-reality. My friends who are still into sports, I can't relate to them any more. They channel all their passion and energy into something meaningless. And they know so much about it: all the statistics; who might or might not get drafted into which team. I've got friends who will literally fight over sports. Me? I'm passionate about the real world."
Noam Chomsky made exactly this point in a 1992 interview featured in Manufacturing Consent. Chomsky describes sports as:
…another crucial example of the indoctrination system, in my view… it offers people something to pay attention to that's of no importance… And in fact it's striking to see the intelligence that's used by ordinary people in [discussions of] sports [as opposed to political and social issues]. I mean, you listen to radio stations where people call in -- they have the most exotic information and understanding about all kind of arcane issues. And the press undoubtedly does a lot with this.
A study of Bilderberg's rich (in every sense) history chimes with a peculiarly male hunger for sports-facts. Daniel Kirby, 28, is one of the few Brits here, a history student from Chester. Daniel's got the hunger. "If I read something, I have to find the source, to trace things back." As for Bilderberg: "This means looking at the interlocking directorships of the delegates, reading the think tank documents. Have you read 'Which Way to Persia?' from the Brookings Institute?" I confess I haven't. "It's a hugely complex subject, obviously, but let's just say – the road to Tehran goes through Damascus." I mention that Bassma Kodmani, a senior member of the Syrian National Council, is at Bilderberg this year. Daniel gets out his notebook. "I'll have to check that."
This is what I love about Bilderberg. Having conversations that can swerve from the Brookings Institute, to Hegelian dialectics, to Daniel asking me: "Do you know the Olympic torch relay was invented by the Nazis?" This sparks a quick five minute chat about Goebbels, propaganda and Edward Bernays. Once we're on the Nazis it's a short hop and a skip back to Bilderberg.
Me: "So, you know Prince Bernhard worked for IG Farben?"
Daniel: "NW-7, their intelligence unit. And you know about Allen Dulles and the Nazi money?"
Me: "Oh my God – Harriman, and the Bush family. It's incredible."
God I'll miss this place. I do slightly worry that I've become a Bilderberg nerd, reading transcripts of Henry Kissinger's phonecalls with David Rockefeller from the '70s, and knowing which Bilderbergers sit on the board of the Institute of International Finance – the body that represents the private holders of the Greek debt. I've started to plan holidays around international research archives.
"There's kind of a nerd aspect to the research," admits B-Boy Spaceboy. "I come from a nerd background – I collect comic books. You know Jason Bermas, the documentary maker, he's a massive fan of The Simpsons. I'm more in The Amazing Spider-Man myself. We're like the guys from The Big Bang Theory. Like a lot of nerds, I've had to stand up to bullies. And that's what we're doing here."
Nerds versus bullies. That's a description of Bilderberg I haven't heard before, but a good one. Nerds and veterans. Liberty's best hope.
Yesterday at 4pm a limousine with a police motorcade entered the rear entrance of the Bilderberg hotel. Heavy security, heavyweight politician. Let the guesses commence: was it Romney getting the green light for the presidency? Was it Hilary, nipping in to sign off on Iran?
4pm – time to freshen up, before a mix and mingle over cocktails, and a place at the top table for an extremely noisy dinner. The noise was courtesy of the Bilderberg bullhorn disco – an iTunes playlist, blasted out at the hotel.
Money can't buy you quiet: the bullhorn soundtrack to Bilderberg 2012. Photograph: Hannah Borno for the Guardian
During cocktail hour, the delegates chatted amiably about Greek asset stripping to the tune of Killing In The Name by Rage Against The Machine. Over dinner, they divided up the post-invasion Iran restructuring contracts to Uprising by Muse. And just before the noise curfew kicked in, they sipped their coffee to the gentle sway of Megadeth's Endgame.
The Bilderberg bullhorns went head-to-head mid-afternoon, in the 'Best Rant' contest, for the chance to win a golden bullhorn. The rants were judged by We Are Change San Antonio and guerilla moviemaker Mark Dice. The winning rant was delivered by Steve Milroy, who said modestly, as he collected his prize: "They only voted for me because I was packing heat."
Packing noise: the weapons of choice of the 21st century patriot. Photograph: Hannah Borno for the Guardian
The security fence shook on its hinges as Milroy blasted Bilderberg. "The world is onto you!" he boomed. "We're going to grab hold of your leg like a rabid dog and we won't let go. You're choosing our next president! You're trying to tell us we have a choice between Goldman… and Sachs!" Although that's not entirely fair, as I'm sure JP Morgan and Citigroup have a say.
So, was it the next US president who was escorted inside to give the after dinner speech? Obviously we've no idea who was in the limo, but we can be certain it wasn't Kissinger. Henry's been gliding in and out with untinted windows all weekend. So much so, that people have been worrying about the effect of the sunlight on his skin. "Maybe he has a special cream that stops him melting," suggests someone from the crowd, as Henry disappears inside again and the catcalls fade.
"It's weird. He seems to feed off the energy," says Steve Davies, from Press For Truth. Steve has travelled down with his colleague Dan Dicks. I ask what prompted the trip. "Lots of big Canadians here this year," explains Dan. "We've got Alison Redford, the Premier of Alberta, Mark Carney who's the head of the Bank of Canada – he was a managing director of Goldman Sachs before he took that job. And there's the private bankers, of course. Edmund Clark and Frank McKenna – one and two at the TD Bank Group."
"It's a giant bank" explains Steve with a sigh. "But that's what Bilderberg's all about: the merging of state and corporate interests – government serving corporations. There's not much coverage in Canada of Bilderberg – but people are hungry for this info and they're not finding it."
At Bilderberg, every distinction melts away: banking/academia/ownership/leadership/politics – they all just mudge into one. Twenty-eight-year-old activist John Colonna objects to the mudge. "What we need is a separation of banking and government. We need to pull them apart. Bilderberg is where they come together. The ideology of Bilderberg is the fusion of big corporations and big government. This is fascism. This is what commentators on the liberal left don't get. They've got a blind spot."
John shakes his head tiredly. "Big corporations have taken over the government. It's actually pretty easy to figure out." The history is long and complicated, the scale of cronyism and control can be giddying, but somehow it can be made to fit on a single placard.
Sixty years of Bilderberg history on a single placard. Photograph: Hannah Borno for the Guardian
Speaking of giddying, I would be failing in my duty as a responsible journalist if I didn't bow to pressure from readers to stick in another photo of activist Collin Abramowicz. Here he is, smouldering angrily at the New World Order. Seriously, if there are any modeling agents watching this – every single picture I've got of Collin practically melts the screen. Oh, and I'm taking 15%. Gross, not net.
Temperatures rise at Bilderberg 2012, but Collin remains cool. Photograph: Hannah Borno for the Guardian
Photos and footage from this year's protest have been pouring out onto the web, and people are tired and sunburned today – but a duty to go record and protest the event has dragged them back to the action. "I shouldn't be standing here with my camera," laments Michael Agyeman, 22, an aeronautics student from New Jersey. "But if I'm not here, who's going to cover this? Where is CNN? There's a job to do, so I'm going to do it."
Standing strong: aeronautics student Michael Agyeman. Photograph: Hannah Borno for the Guardian
Students have been a big part of Bilderberg 2012. I meet Matt Bobeng and Sam Porter, both 19, from North Carolina State University. I tell Matt, a chemistry major, something that I've noticed over the years: that I find the people outside Bilderberg peculiarly intelligent. "I like to consider us smart people," he laughs. "Me and a bunch of idiots? I don't like that idea." I ask Matt what happens when he talks to his friends about Bilderberg. "People typically don't like the idea of government conspiracies. Government is their safety blanket. You tell a toddler their favourite blanket is full of lice and disease, they'll be resistant to that, they find it uncomfortable."
Sam is studying computer programming: "I have a very analytical mind, and I think it's important for everyone to make their own analysis. Go home, and do your own research." Always, from everyone here, this is the message at Bilderberg. Go and study. Look stuff up. Don't take my word for it. To which I would add, don't take Robert Kagan's word for it.
The 'party line' quote that has been doing the rounds this year is from Robert Kagan, who's a Romney advisor, arch neo-con, and co-founder of the Project for the New American Century. Of Bilderberg, he says:
"With all due respect … it's a lot of vaguely uninteresting people giving vaguely uninteresting lectures and then having nice meals in nice places."
Well, with all due respect Robert, not only is Chantilly, Virginia, not a 'nice place' (it's really, properly ghastly – a tarmac dystopia, an arms company Mecca), but maybe not everyone finds the attendees of Bilderberg "vaguely uninteresting". They might find it "interesting" that the chairman, vice-chairman, and CEO of Shell are meeting up, for a three-day conference, with the chairman of Barclays, the White House national security advisor, the head of the NSA, the head of HSBC, the Chancellor of Austria, the Lord Chancellor of Britain, the governor of Indiana, the CEO of Unilever, the director-general of the World Trade Organization, the president of the World Bank and the head of the Dow Chemical Group.
Who has to show up before Kagan finds it noteworthy…? Kermit the Frog? Rihanna? George Washington? The cast of Ghostbusters? What if Henry Kissinger promised to give the CEO of Airbus a lapdance? What could possibly make Kagan stop yawning at the sheer boredom of Bilderberg?
You must be stark staring crazy to think there's anything to worry about at Bilderberg. Matt Bobeng bristles at the fact that there's still a stigma attached to taking this summit seriously. "People say to themselves: what will people think if I start talking about that? This is effectively an ostracism of ideas."
Yesterday, at breakfast, I asked businessman and navy veteran Wayne Fritzsche if he felt 'crazy' being here – talking about Bilderberg? He smiled. "No. I feel informed."
Poor Ken. It can't be easy for him, trying to reconcile being an MP, the minister for justice and a member of Bilderberg's steering committee. Imagine having interests so conflicted. No wonder if he's got a sweat on. Plus, he's trying his best to champion transparency, trumpeting it as "the most effective public inoculation against corruption that any country can have", while refusing to talk about the Bilderberg conference or any of the steering committee meetings.
Paul Joseph Watson
Wednesday, June 6, 2012
Editor’s Note: We have obtained hundreds of documents from the 1966 meeting. This is a Wikileaks-sized data dump and we will be writing several more articles over the next few days to cover the myriad of different issues at hand.
Leaked documents from the 1966 Bilderberg Group conference exclusively obtained by Infowars betray how even as far back as five decades ago U.S. Senators were being indoctrinated with the belief that “nationalism is dangerous” by Bilderberg elitists, in addition to top union heads scheming behind their members’ backs with titans of capitalism and industry.
Previously leaked documents from meetings have illustrated how the Bilderberg Group, contrary to the media-generated myth that the confab represents a harmless talking shop, sets the consensus for policy decisions sometimes decades in advance.
A clear example is the 1955 Bilderberg meeting held in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, West Germany. Documents read by the BBC and later released by Wikileaks divulge how Bilderberg members were discussing the creation of the euro single currency nearly 40 years before it was officially introduced in the 1992 Maastricht Treaty.
The documents obtained by Infowars are from the Bilderberg Group meeting which took place in Wiesbaden, Germany in late March 1966.. The files are marked “personal and strictly confidential,” and “Not for publication either in whole or in part.” They consist of Bilderberg’s agenda for that year’s confab along with hand-written notes made by Democratic U.S. Senator for Oklahoma Fred R. Harris, who attended the meeting.
Participants in the 1966 conference included well known figures such as David Rockefeller, Zbigniew Brzezinski, and John J. McCloy, who served on the Warren Commission and was a member of the foreign policy establishment group of elders called “The Wise Men.”
Harris had only been in office for less than two years before he was invited to the Bilderberg confab, suggesting he was being sounded out for potential grooming for higher office. The former Senator is still alive and currently works as a professor of political science at the University of New Mexico.
Included in the documents is the official invitation Harris received from Prince Bernhard of the Netherlands, Bilderberg founder and member of the German Nazi party. The letter is personally signed by the Prince.
The most alarming portion of Harris’ hand-written notes concern a speech given during the Bilderberg confab by one time Communist Party member and union leader Walter P. Reuther, who was politically active from the 1930′s up until his death in 1970. Reuther was a leading force in the United Automobile Workers (UAW) and later helped set up the International Confederation of Free Trade Unions.
The documents show that even as far back as 1966, Union representatives like Reuther, who called themselves socialists, were selling out their members in favor of secretly scheming with Bilderberg power brokers, many of whom were titans of capitalism and industry – illustrating how the left/right political paradigm is a fraud.
In addition, Senators like Harris were being indoctrinated by Bilderberg elitists that national sovereignty must end and be replaced by a system of global government.
Harris’ notes, made while Reuther was giving his presentation, reveal how Bilderberg were panicked about NATO’s declining relevance and sought to manufacture a new threat to elevate its importance.
“NATO is in trouble because common fears are reduced,” he writes.
The primary threat to Bilderberg’s goal of establishing global government is made clear in Harris’ notes.
“Nationalism is dangerous,” he writes.
In a letter Harris sent to Reuther a few weeks after the conference, the Senator thanks the Union head, writing, “The Bilderberg Conference gave me a real opportunity to learn and widen my horizons. One of the memorable highlights of the meeting was the opportunity to get to know and visit with you.”
We will have more astounding revelations from these leaked documents in the coming days.
View screenshots of the documents below (click for enlargements).
Paul Joseph Watson is the editor and writer for Prison Planet.com. He is the author of Order Out Of Chaos. Watson is also a regular fill-in host for The Alex Jones Show and Infowars Nightly News.
article about recent bilderberg attendee Nick Boles:
"BEN FELLOWS: TORY GAME OF THRONES – KENNETH CLARKE INTRODUCED NICK BOLES AT BILDERBERG – IS HE THE NEXT TORY PARTY LEADER?
More grooming in Westminster…
From ‘Nick Who?’ To future Conservative Party Leader and Prime Minister
21st Century Wire
Here’s how it’s played out: David Cameron got ‘carried away’ with ‘fluffy’ issues after becoming Tory leader, neglecting voters’ key concerns, one of his closest advisers said last night after getting the phone call from his Bilderberg masters.
It might be a surprise to members of the public why Planning Minister Nick Boles is suddenly coming out – in a bid to oust David Cameron as party leader; as Mr Cameron struggles to get to grips with the complex issue of paedophiles within politics.
The Planning Minister said the modernisers who seized control of the party in 2005 had become ‘overly obsessed’ with impressing Oxbridge-educated professionals while neglecting Britain’s ‘hard-working strivers’. Isn’t that just what the doctor ordered, someone who appears to speak utter sense making the British public feel that at least this guy gets it, but does he? Or was he told what to say in a private conversation with Bilderbergers last night and given the green light to begin the coup on the Tory Party leadership after Cameron’s latest “gay” paedophile gaffe with Philip Schofield on live national TV?
Boles: Coming out to challenge for Tory leadership.
And by the way, Mr Cameron, what exactly did you mean by a “gay” witch-hunt in Whitehall?
Just for the record – being gay does not mean you are a paedophile. You cannot equate that depraved behaviour with homosexuality. Perhaps someone should tell this to the Cabinet Office and Prime Minister David Cameron after the Cabinet Office wrote to blogs in the past couple of weeks threatening to sue over my allegations.
My accusations involving an incident where *********************(redacted) in gay lobbyist Ian Greer’s office – are matter of fact, as far as I’m concerned. Yet, the Cabinet Office saw fit to send emails to blogs protesting that ********(redacted) ‘wasn’t gay, so therefore he couldn’t be a paedophile’. To be clear, I have never accused any government minister of being gay – I could not care less about his or any other person’s sexuality. But I did make accusations of gross misconduct. This just demonstrates the government’s general ignorant belief that to be a paedophile you have to be gay, which of course, simply diluting the debate by introducing the gay card – in order to escape the reality that paedphilia is a social disease which afflicts all sectors – as well as straight men and women. Shame on you all!
What’s coming for David Cameron, as if he didn’t know, and sooner than he could have imagined is a vote of “No Confidence” within the Tory Party. David Cameron like Margaret Thatcher before him will be replaced – but by whom?
Clearly it’s now time for Nick Boles to come forward as the next government leader after attending the Bilderberg Meeting this year introduced by Minister Without Portfolio Kenneth Clarke.
Ken Clarke: Arch-Bilderberger, now in the top steering committee.
Kenneth Clarke is a senior Bilderberg member and attends on a regular basis introducing the next Prime Minister or party leader. Reports from within Bilderberg say that new leaders are introduced to the cartel by having to serve high profile members drinks, as well as open doors etc. Both Bill Clinton and Tony Blair were summoned to attend in this capacity before they were anointed by their respective parties to lead. David Cameron attended before his premiership as it seems to be part of the grooming process. To be accepted you need to demonstrate that you are willing to humiliate yourself in front of people like luminaries like Henry Kissenger et al.
The Jimmy Savile paedophile abuse scandal the Lord McAlpine incident, and the rest, seems to be proving too much for David Cameron – and after his latest ‘all paedophiles are gay’ gaffe on ITV yesterday - it looks like enter stage left… for Nick Boles, right on cue.
Question: do we really want to be led by anyone who attends clandestine meetings with the world’s power brokers who decide ours and the world’s fate each year – laid out in the annual Bilderberg agenda? From orchestrating the economic global collapse, to the depopulation – in order to save the planet (of course), or inching the west towards a World War 3 situation. Bilderberg does it all, in the name of progress, moving us ever closer towards a global, One World Government, which they themselves often refer to as, The New World Order."
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