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David Cameron is to attend a behind-closed-doors meeting of global business leaders, politicians and academics that critics say is too secretive.

Downing Street said the prime minister had been invited to the Bilderberg meeting in Hertfordshire in his role as head of the government hosting it. Other politicians listed as attending are Ken Clarke, George Osborne, Lord Mandelson, Ed Balls and Lady Williams. Protesters heckled those arriving at the four-day event on Thursday.

The annual Bilderberg meetings of the world's political and financial elite are pitched as a forum for "informal, off-the-record discussions about megatrends and the major issues facing the world".

The Bilderberg Group

Founded in May 1954, Bilderberg is an annual conference designed to foster dialogue between Europe and North America
It takes its name from the Dutch hotel where the first meeting took place
Between 120-150 political leaders and experts from industry, finance, academia and the media are invited to take part
It is described as a forum for informal, off-the-record discussions about the major issues facing the world
There is no detailed agenda, no resolutions are proposed, no votes are taken, and no policy statements are issued

Source: The Bilderberg Meetings

When two worlds collide in Watford

The Bilderberg Group say the private nature of the conferences allow people to "listen, reflect and gather insights" without being bound by "pre-agreed positions". But critics say the numbers of people attending - around 140 are invited from Europe and the US - mean it should be more accountable. Downing Street confirmed Mr Cameron's attendance on Friday, saying he would "participate in a discussion around domestic and global economic issues".

"He feels it is an opportunity to discuss economic issues with senior ministers, businesspeople and academics," a spokesman said. The Bilderberg group says that topics to be discussed at its 2013 meeting include economic growth, cyber warfare, medical research trends, Middle East developments and EU politics. Other attendees include business leaders like Google boss Eric Schmidt, prime minister of the Netherlands Mark Rutte, former US commander in Afghanistan and former CIA director General Petraeus and former Barclays chairman Marcus Agius.

'Utter secrecy'

Downing Street indicated it would not be providing a summary of Mr Cameron's discussions to the press but denied it was a departure from the prime minister's pledge to lead the most transparent government in the world. "The prime minister regularly has meetings with key ministers from other countries and with business people and others as part of his job," the spokesman said. "We have advanced the fact that he is doing this today. It is not as though he has gone to do this without telling anyone about it."

Labour MP Michael Meacher, who was among protesters outside the Grove Hotel on Thursday said: "These are people who are all in the most dominant positions in the governance of Western capitalism. "They only meet in order to concert their plans about the future of capitalism over the immediate future period - the next year or two. "My objection is that it's being done in utter secrecy with the police keeping everyone else out."

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    watford nwo Royalty and statesmen to descend on Watford hotel for secret Bilderberg summit amid fears of violent anti-Capitalist protests

  • Hertfordshire policing budget under pressure due to security costs
  • Journalists banned from attending the mysterious event
  • Mayor of Watford says violent protest could erupt
  • Meetings started in 1954 with 140 European and American leaders invited each year

  • British taxpayers will have to foot the bill for the ‘exceptional costs’ of policing of the clandestine Bilderberg meeting to be held in Watford next week.

    The annual meeting of royalty, prime ministers and business chiefs - famous for being shrouded in secrecy - is taking place in Britain for the first time since 1998. Given the amount of – so far unnamed - prestigious people set to attend the event at the luxury Watford hotel in Hertfordshire, local police have been forced to step up security, which will be part-funded by the government.

    The cloak of secrecy surrounding the meetings, which ban journalists from attending, has fuelled various conspiracy theories, including that attendees are plotting world domination. As a result, there are fears that anti-capitalist protesters will cause ‘violence and disturbance’ at the meeting on 6 June.

    Hertfordshire police have refused to release the cost of security for the event, which has previously drawn mass demonstrations in other locations around the world. However, they are in talks with the Home Office about a grant for ‘unexpected or exceptional costs’ that is only given out if it threatens the stability of the force’s policing budget.

    Dorothy Thornhill, the mayor of Watford, told the Watford Observer: 'I have my concerns about it because it does attract people who can and do cause violence and disturbance. ‘But I am confident the police will be able to minimise that and give them their right to protest.

    ‘I am ambivalent about whether this is a good thing. It’s potentially a positive thing as long as things don’t kick off,’ she said. The invitation-only Bilderberg meetings, which began in 1954, are attended by around 140 people of influence from North America and Europe.

    Previous guests are thought to have included Henry Kissinger, David Rockefeller, Prince Charles, Peter Mandelson, David Cameron and Queen Beatrix of Holland.

    The 60th Bilderberg Meeting will be held in Chantilly, Virginia, USA from 31 May - 3 June 2012. The Conference will deal mainly with political, economic and societal issues like Transatlantic Relations, Evolution of the Political Landscape in Europe and the US, Austerity and Growth in Developed Economies, Cyber Security, Energy Challenges, the Future of Democracy, Russia, China and the Middle East. Approximately 145 participants will attend of whom about two-thirds come from Europe and the balance from North America and other countries. About one-third is from government and politics, and two-thirds are from finance, industry, labor, education, and communications. The meeting is private in order to encourage frank and open discussion.

    Bilderberg takes its name from the hotel in Holland, where the first meeting took place in May 1954. That pioneering meeting grew out of the concern expressed by leading citizens on both sides of the Atlantic that Western Europe and North America were not working together as closely as they should on common problems of critical importance. It was felt that regular, off-the-record discussions would help create a better understanding of the complex forces and major trends affecting Western nations in the difficult post-war period. The Cold War has now ended. But in practically all respects there are more, not fewer, common problems - from trade to jobs, from monetary policy to investment, from ecological challenges to the task of promoting international security. It is hard to think of any major issue in either Europe or North America whose unilateral solution would not have repercussions for the other. Thus the concept of a European-American forum has not been overtaken by time. The dialogue between these two regions is still - even increasingly - critical.

    What is unique about Bilderberg as a forum is the broad cross-section of leading citizens that are assembled for nearly three days of informal and off-the-record discussion about topics of current concern especially in the fields of foreign affairs and the international economy; the strong feeling among participants that in view of the differing attitudes and experiences of the Western nations, there remains a clear need to further develop an understanding in which these concerns can be accommodated; the privacy of the meetings, which has no purpose other than to allow participants to speak their minds openly and freely. In short, Bilderberg is a small, flexible, informal and off-the-record international forum in which different viewpoints can be expressed and mutual understanding enhanced.

    Bilderberg's only activity is its annual Conference. At the meetings, no resolutions are proposed, no votes taken, and no policy statements issued. Since 1954, fifty-nine conferences have been held. The names of the participants are made available to the press. Participants are chosen for their experience, their knowledge, and their standing; all participants attend Bilderberg in a private and not an official capacity.

    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 Berberog(lu, 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.S,.
    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 mystery: Why do people believe in cabals?

    Ordinary people can only guess at the goings-on at the meetings of the secretive Bilderberg Group, which is bringing together the world's financial and political elite this week. Conspiracy theories abound as to what is discussed and who is there. Why, asks Tom de Castella? The belief in secret cabals running the world is a hardy perennial. And on Thursday perhaps the most controversial clandestine organisation of our times - the Bilderberg Group - is meeting behind closed doors. In the manner of a James Bond plot, up to 150 leading politicians and business people are to gather in a ski resort in Switzerland for four days of discussion about the future of the world.

    Previous attendees of the group, which meets once a year in a five-star hotel, are said to have included Bill Clinton, Prince Charles and Peter Mandelson, as well as dozens of company CEOs. First meeting in 1954, the aim was to shore up US-European relations and prevent another world war. Now under the group's leadership of former US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger and one-time EU vice president, Viscount Davignon, the aim is purportedly to allow Western elites to share ideas. But conspiracy theorists have accused it of everything from deliberately engineering the credit crunch to planning to kill 80% of the world population. Longtime opponent and US radio host Alex Jones, heckled one meeting through a megaphone: "We know you are ruthless. We know you are evil. We respect your dark power."

    Part of the reason for alarm is the group's secretive working methods. Names of attendees are not usually released before the conference, meetings are closed to the public and the media, and no press releases are issued. The gnashing of teeth over Bilderberg is ridiculous, says Times columnist David Aaronovitch. "It's really an occasional supper club for the rich and powerful," he argues. Denis Healey, co-founder of the group, told the journalist Jon Ronson in his book Them that people overlook the practical benefits of informal networking. "Bilderberg is the most useful international group I ever attended," he told him. "The confidentiality enabled people to speak honestly without fear of repercussions."

    So why do groups like this cause so much alarm? Aaronovitch, who wrote the 2009 book Voodoo Histories, says plots to install a new world order have traditionally been a conspiracy fantasy. "They tend to believe that everything true, local and national is under threat from cosmopolitan, international forces often linked to financial capitalism and therefore, also often, to Jewish interests." Bilderberg chairman Viscount Davignon Former European Commissioner Viscount Davignon heads the Bilderberg Group Secret cabals extend beyond the Bilderberg Group. The Illuminati, which derives from a 16th Century Bavarian secret society, is alleged to be an all powerful secret society, including US presidents, that has controlled major world events. The Freemasons - famous for their peculiar handshakes - is a secret fraternity society that has become more open in recent years after extensive criticism.

    The charter of Hamas - the Islamist party governing Gaza - asserts that the Freemasons are in league with the Jews and those unlikely bully boys - the Rotary Club - to undermine Palestine. John Hamill, spokesman for freemasonry's governing body in England and Wales says the organisation is aware of Hamas's allegation. "There's no truth in it, freemasonry is apolitical. It probably arises because one of our ceremonies is about the story of King Solomon's Temple. For some reason Islamic governments translate that into Zionism."

    In fact, many conspiracy theories surrounding cabals hint at an anti-Semitic worldview. The Protocols of the Elders of Zion was a forged document, probably created by agents of Tsarist Russia, which appeared to show a Jewish plot to take over the world. Despite being proved to be a fraud, the idea has been kept alive by anti-Semites and has spawned later versions. One of those, the Zionist Occupational Government, argues that countries have puppet governments but that the real power is held by Jewish interests. More recently, former sports journalist David Icke has proclaimed that the world is governed by alien, reptilian shape shifters. In other words, giant lizards.

    There is obviously no right-wing monopoly on conspiracy theories. During the Monica Lewinsky scandal, Hilary Clinton blamed a "vast right-wing conspiracy" for her husband's predicament. And more recently, some on the left have argued that the 9/11 attacks were organised by President Bush's inner circle in order to invade Afghanistan and Iraq. The politics of cabals has always been pretty muddled, says James McConnachie, co-author of the Rough Guide to Conspiracy Theories. These groups allow protesters to project their own fears onto them. In the US, the most extreme fear over Bilderberg is of a hidden cabal run by the European Union and threatening American freedoms. In Europe, the view is often of a free market elite trying to push through a right-wing agenda.

    "Conspiracy theories are quite blind to conventional notions of left and right," says McConnachie. "The left is organising an international government. Meanwhile, global capitalism on the right may be doing the same thing by different means." For Aaronovitch what often triggers widespread cabal theories are moments of great upheaval. "It happens a lot when times are changing significantly. Whether, oddly, they are changing for better as well as for the worse. Why did McCarthyism happen at the time when US economy was growing faster than at any time in history?"

    Society was in flux, the economy expanding rapidly and millions of servicemen were coming back from the war. It's not just the about social context. Some people are more susceptible than others to believing in wacky cabals, says Prof Chris French, of Goldsmith College's psychology department. "It's people who tend to be alienated by the mainstream, who feel powerless. They have a need to have a sense of control."

    Not only do they not trust the government, they tend not to trust their neighbours either. And in the need for control, there may be links to the roots of religious belief, he says. The conspiracy theorists may get overexcited but they have a point, says Prof Andrew Kakabadse, co-author of new book Bilderberg People.

    Secret talks

    Bilderberg is named after the Dutch hotel where the first meeting took place in 1954 The initial focus was the state of the trans-Atlantic alliance and the problems facing Europe and the US British Labour politician Denis Healey was a founding member An invitation list is compiled each year by an unknown steering committee About 120 people from North America and Europe are invited. About one-third is from government and politics, and two-thirds from finance, industry, labour, education and communications Meetings often feature future political leaders shortly before they become household names. Bill Clinton went in 1991 while still governor of Arkansas, Tony Blair was there two years later while an opposition MP

    The group has genuine power that far outranks the World Economic Forum, which meets in Davos, he argues. And with no transparency, it is easy to see why people are worried about its influence. "It's much smarter than conspiracy," says Prof Kakabadse. "This is moulding the way people think so that it seems like there's no alternative to what is happening." The agenda the group has is to bring together the political elites on both right and left, let them mix in relaxed, luxurious surroundings with business leaders, and let the ideas fizz.

    It may seem like a glorified dinner party but that is to miss the point. "When you've been to enough dinner parties you see a theme emerging," he says. The theme at Bilderberg is to bolster a consensus around free market Western capitalism and its interests around the globe, he says. "Is this all leading to the start of the ruling the world idea? In one sense yes. There's a very strong move to have a One World government in the mould of free market Western capitalism."

    Degree of nefariousness

    Conventional critiques of alienated people seeking order in a chaotic world may well be true. But there's more to it than that, McConnachie argues. "The other explanation is more dangerous. That they are precisely right - they just over-egg the way they articulate it." The Bilderberg Group matches up to how a global conspiracy would work - a secretive body attempting to shape the direction of the world, he suggests.

    "The only difference is the degree of nefariousness," he says. "They tend to see this cabal as outright evil. When things are more nuanced than that." For all the tales of lizards running the world, we all owe a debt to conspiracy theorists, McConnachie argues. "Occasionally you have to give credit to conspiracy theorists who raise issues that the mainstream press has ignored. It's only recently that the media has picked up on the Bilderbergers. Would the media be running stories if there weren't these wild allegations flying around?"

    But Aaronovitch disagrees. Believing in cabals leads to certain groups being victimised and obstructs a rational view of the world. "To have a strong belief in the Bilderberg Group means believing in a fantasy," he says. "It suggests that there are people - like God - acting as a higher power. And it replaces the intolerable thought that there's nothing at work at all, that the world is chaotic. It may be a form of therapy but it has people believing in an anti-scientific message."


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    Charlie Skelton wakes to find a security fence blocking his view of the venue, and brings news of the Bilderbus

    Breaking news. There's been a bomb. Sorry, a "bomb". A "tubular device" has been "found" by the police, two people have been cuffed and whisked off, and the security is tightening fast. The bomb business has only kicked off in the last hour, but a photo of the arrest is winging its way down the mountain towards me. I'll post it up when it gets here.

    So yes – seems that I spoke too soon about a chilled-out Swiss Bilderberg. The happy proximity of cameras and conference had already been broken, overnight, by a long white security fence, which blocked our view of the venue. No one seems to know who put it up, but the smart money says that it was hammered in at 3am by Jorma Ollila, the Chairman of Royal Dutch Shell, while Peter Voser, the CEO of Royal Dutch Shell, held the nails. Now of course, when I describe what's gone up as a "security fence", what I actually mean is "privacy fence". It's a shower curtain, not a ring of steel. And of course, by "privacy" what I actually mean is "shame". It's a shame fence. A massive white fence of embarrassment. Privacy is what the delegates get when they close the door of their conference hall. Privacy is a Chatham House agreement not to discuss in public what was discussed at the various presentations and seminars of Bilderberg. But this isn't privacy. It's hiding. It's a child hiding behind the curtains in case the monsters see it, and I find it weirdly infantile. Oddly unconfident. Grown-ups, happy in what they're doing, don't slide down in their car seats and slip in through side doors. You've got the world's most powerful people sneaking around like naughty kiddies. Naughty kiddies with secret service spotters on their hotel roof, and armed men on motorbikes flanking their limousines.

    This is the bit about Bilderberg that I really don't get. It's an old chestnut, but let's just take another bite at it. Let's just say, for the sake of argument, that Bilderberg benefits us all. The citizens of the world are made safer, or happier, or healthier, or better off as a result of this meeting. Let's just say that the head of Deutsche Bank spends four days with the head of BP in order to improve our lives. Let's suppose, shall we, that the amiable hosts – David Rockefeller, Henry Kissinger, and the Queen of the Netherlands – have the interests of the general public written in big red letters at the top of their conference agenda. Suppose all that. Then why the fence? Why do delegates fling themselves across the back seats of their limousines rather than be seen attending this helpful gathering? Why the blacked-out windows and the newspapers held in front of their faces? And why the big white fence? I don't get it.

    Why isn't Josef Ackermann, the CEO of Deutsche Bank, waving benignly to the crowds? Why aren't the excited participants pausing at the hotel gates to speak to the invited press? "Yes, thank you, we're hoping to solve Europe's financial crisis this year – so finger's crossed!" Why are German plane clothes policemen following members of the public around Swiss streets...? Sorry – different question. Important, but different. But listen, I know what you're wondering. You're wondering: whatever happened to the Bilderbus? Did it ever arrive? TELL US ABOUT THE BILDERBUS! OK, OK, calm down – give me a moment to collect my thoughts.

    Ah yes, the Bilderbus ...

    The noble 15-seater Bilderbus rolled into a St Moritz garage forecourt at just gone midnight. Right around when Peter Voser was rummaging around the hotel shed for some nails (see above). Four bald tyres squelched to a halt on the clean Swiss tarmac. A last shudder of the engine, a dimming of the lights, and for a moment – silence. Then open slid the minibus door and a vast sigh of relief escaped into the night, a sigh so deep and so long that it blew birds from their nests, twanged the wires of the cable car, and echoed up, up, up into the mountains, where it is still living in a cave somewhere – cold, hungry, but content that it never has to set foot in that minibus ever again. The drizzly Swiss forecourt filled with stretching travellers. Hips were clicked back into their sockets and glances were exchanged. Glances rich in pain. "Picaresque" is how one hollow-eyed soul described the journey. "Kafkaesque" hissed another through drawn lips. "We had trouble at customs," muttered a third. "And hit a bollard". "And the brakes don't work". "We haven't eaten". "We haven't slept". "I'm not even sure he's got a license."

    But they made it. As steam rose from the bus's reeking wheels, these brave souls could bask in the knowledge that the human spirit will never, ever – "Sorry to interrupt, but could you show us to the campsite? We really need to sleep". OK, sorry. We'll talk tomorrow. Tomorrow (today) has been spent at a Swiss garage getting the brakes fixed. If you're in the market for a visual metaphor that encapsulates the forces that are weighed against each other at Bilderberg – the secrecy of wealth and power versus the concern and curiosity of the powerless – then here it is: Changing the brake pads on a vehicle that can barely shudder itself above 50 mph might seem like fitting wings to a cactus, but better to be safe than Swiss cheese. Most of what happened on the bus will be taken to the grave by the survivors. A veil of privacy has been drawn over the horrors. Once a year, they will meet in a mountain resort to discuss, in a darkened room, how they are recovering. They will erect a tall white nylon fence around the venue, lest anyone catch a glimpse of the pain in the eyes. A glimpse like that? It could kill you.

    Bilderberg-controlled news outlets in Europe and the Western Hemisphere are conditioning the public to accept two of the super-secret elite’s major goals in advance of its meeting June 4-7 in Sitges, Spain: a U.S. attack on Iran and a financial bailout of Greece and other European Union (EU) countries.

    But even before the Bilderberg group gathered behind the sealed-off, guarded Dolce Hotel in Sitges, a resort community 12 miles from Barcelona, resistance to throwing more tax dollars at the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to bail out Europe sprang up in Congress. Rep. Mike Pence (R-Ind.) introduced legislation to require the Treasury Department to oppose further IMF “loans” to stricken European countries until all EU members are in compliance with their own constitutional limits on debt—and very few of them are. Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) introduced companion legislation in the Senate. Just the threat of the legislation prompted Senate Democratic leaders to agree to an amendment to financial legislation that would prohibit the United States from participating in bailouts that are unlikely to be repaid. It requires the IMF to certify to the Treasury Department that it expects its loans to Europe to be repaid. It passed 94-0.

    “America isn’t even close to getting our own fiscal house in order, and this is the worst time to ask taxpayers to borrow more from China to bail out foreign nations,” DeMint said. The Bilderberg-controlled Washington Post called for making the IMF a “global overseer” on May 20. Bilderberg is exploiting the financial crisis in Greece and other EU countries to advance efforts to make the IMF a world Treasury Department under the UN. “It may take a global agency like the IMF” to address the problem, The Post said, attributing the view to Liliana Rojas-Suarez, a senior fellow at the Center for Global Development.

    Bilderberg warmongering continues. Following instructions from Russian Mikhail Slobodinsky (at the Trilateralist meeting [AFP May 24, 2010]), Russia and China joined in supporting a resolution condemning Iran’s imaginary “nuclear weapons program.” Israel restated that air strikes are not “off the table.” The Bilderberg-Trilateral goal is for the U.S. to conduct air strikes on Iran, paid for with American taxpayer dollars and blood. Israel has had nuclear weapons since at least 1962, is not a signatory to the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty and refuses on-site inspections. Obama continued calling for a new “international order” in a commencement address at West Point, addressing cadets, some of whom will probably die in the Middle East.

    “The international order we seek is one that can resolve the challenges of our times,” Obama said. The president, who is owned by Bilderberg, never wore America’s uniform. “We are not defined by our borders,” Obama said while standing beside Mexican President Felipe Calderon. Eliminating national borders and creating an “American Union” to include Mexico and Canada is a major Bilderberg goal. Bilderberg is grimly aware that gas prices will drop this summer despite ordering oil-producing nations to pump at only 81 percent capacity. But Bilderberg is demanding significantly higher costs in the fall, looking for $3 to $4 a gallon in the U.S. This is entangled, too, with the huge British Petroleum oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. BP is among the several oil producers that are major Bilderberg players, and the brotherhood is intact—and embarrassed.

    bilderberg The Bilderberg group will conduct its annual meeting June 3-6 in Sitges, Spain (a small, exclusive resort town about 20 miles from Barcelona) behind a wall of armed guards who will seal off the resort in a futile attempt to keep the event secret.

    Bilderberg’s meeting will follow that of its brother group, the Trilateral Commission, which will gather at the Four Seasons Resort in Dublin, Ireland May 6-10. Leaders of Bilderberg also attend the Trilateralists’ meeting to map their common agenda. About 300 attend Trilateral Commission meetings, which are conducted behind sealed-off, guarded floors of their hotel. About 100 will attend Bilderberg, which seals off the entire resort behind platoons of uniformed police and private security.

    Bilderberg hopes to keep the global recession going for at least a year, according to an international financial consultant who deals personally with many of them. This is because, among several reasons, Bilderberg still hopes to create a global “treasury department” under the United Nations. Bilderberg first undertook this mission at its meeting last spring in Greece, but the effort was blocked by nationalists in Europe and the United States. “Nationalists” (a dirty word in Bilderberg) objected to surrendering sovereignty to the UN. AFP’s source pointed to the words of French President Nicolas Sarkozy in a March 29 speech at notoriously left-wing Columbia University, where he said, “We should invent a new global monetary order.”

    He was clearly referring to the recently proposed world “treasury department.” Bilderberg’s ultimate goal remains unchanged: Turn the UN into a world government with “nation-states” becoming merely geographic references. The European Union is to become a single political entity, followed by the “American Union” and, finally, the “Asian-Pacific Union.” The “American Union” is to include the entire Western Hemisphere, including Cuba and other offshore islands. Like the EU, the “AU” will have a legislature, executive commission and head of state which can impose laws on member nations. There is to be an EU-like common currency, removing each member state’s symbol of sovereignty. The “Asian-Pacific Union,” or “APU,” is to follow a similar path.

    But growing public awareness of the evil agenda of Bilderberg and the Trilateralists has emerged as a significant barrier. For decades, until 1975 when The Spotlight emerged, the blackout was 100 percent complete worldwide. (The Spotlight is AFP’s lineal ancestor.) Today, in Europe, major metropolitan newspapers and broadcast outlets give both groups heavy, front-page attention. In the United States, independent newspapers and broadcast stations give Bilderberg extensive coverage. But the major newspapers and network broadcasters maintain a complete blackout in the United States. That’s because their executives have attended these meetings on lifetime promises of secrecy. The hypocritical owners of The Washington Post have attended since 1954. The Post’s chairman, Donald Graham, and associate editor, Jimmy Lee Hoagland, have attended each meeting for years. But as public awareness grows, so does patriotic resistance. There is strong resistance throughout Europe to increasing the powers of the EU at the cost of national sovereignty. In the United States, there is growing resistance to the proposed North American Free Trade Agreement, which would eliminate borders between the United States, Mexico and Canada. NAFTA is to expand, under Bilderberg-Trilateral plans, to include the entire hemisphere and evolve into the “American Union.”

    In the 1990s, Bilderberg was confident that the “American Union” would be established by the year 2000. A decade later, they are still fighting—and losing— the battle. AFP correspondent James P. Tucker Jr. is a veteran journalist who spent many years as a member of the “elite” media in Washington. Since 1975 he has won widespread recognition, here and abroad, for his pursuit of on-the-scene stories reporting the intrigues of global power blocs such as the Bilderberg Group.

    bilderberg The BBC doing a piece on secret societies?Now isnt that a change of editorial.

    The ultimate conspiracy theoryThe Bilderberg group, an elite coterie of Western thinkers and power-brokers, has been accused of fixing the fate of the world behind closed doors. As the organisation marks its 50th anniversary, rumours are more rife than ever. Given its reputation as perhaps the most powerful organisation in the world, the Bilderberg group doesn't go a bundle on its switchboard operations. Telephone inquiries are met with an impersonal female voice - the Dutch equivalent of the BT Callminder woman - reciting back the number and inviting callers to "leave a message after the tone".

    Anyone who accidentally dialled the number would probably think they had stumbled on just another residential answer machine. Leiden in Holland, the inauspicious base of the Bilderberg groupBut behind this ultra-modest façade lies one of the most controversial and hotly-debated alliances of our times. On Thursday the Bilderberg group marks its 50th anniversary with the start of its yearly meeting. For four days some of the West's chief political movers, business leaders, bankers, industrialists and strategic thinkers will hunker down in a five-star hotel in northern Italy to talk about global issues.

    What sets Bilderberg apart from other high-powered get-togethers, such as the annual World Economic Forum (WEF), is its mystique. Not a word of what is said at Bilderberg meetings can be breathed outside. No reporters are invited in and while confidential minutes of meetings are taken, names are not noted. The shadowy aura extends further - the anonymous answerphone message, for example; the fact that conference venues are kept secret. The group, which includes luminaries such as Henry Kissinger and former UK chancellor Kenneth Clarke, does not even have a website. DISCREET AND ELITE This year Bilderberg has announced a list of attendees They include BP chief John Browne, US Senator John Edwards, World Bank president James Wolfensohn and Mrs Bill Gates In the void created by such aloofness, an extraordinary conspiracy theory has grown up around the group that alleges the fate of the world is largely decided by Bilderberg.

    In Yugoslavia, leading Serbs have blamed Bilderberg for triggering the war which led to the downfall of Slobodan Milosevic. The Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh, the London nail-bomber David Copeland and Osama Bin Laden are all said to have bought into the theory that Bilderberg pulls the strings with which national governments dance. And while hardline right-wingers and libertarians accuse Bilderberg of being a liberal Zionist plot, leftists such as activist Tony Gosling are equally critical. A former journalist, Mr Gosling runs a campaign against the group from his home in Bristol, UK. "My main problem is the secrecy. When so many people with so much power get together in one place I think we are owed an explanation of what is going on.

    Timothy McVeigh was among those who believed the conspiracy theory Mr Gosling seizes on a quote from Will Hutton, the British economist and a former Bilderberg delegate, who likened it to the annual WEF gathering where "the consensus established is the backdrop against which policy is made worldwide". "One of the first places I heard about the determination of US forces to attack Iraq was from leaks that came out of the 2002 Bilderberg meeting," says Mr Gosling. But "privacy, rather than secrecy", is key to such a meeting says Financial Times journalist Martin Wolf, who has been invited several times in a non-reporting role.

    "The idea that such meetings cannot be held in private is fundamentally totalitarian," he says. "It's not an executive body; no decisions are taken there." As an up-and-coming statesmen in the 1950s, Denis Healey, who went on to become a Labour chancellor, was one of the four founding members of Bilderberg (which was named after the hotel in Holland where the first meeting was held in 154).

    His response to claims that Bilderberg exerts a shadowy hand on the global tiller is met with characteristic bluntness. "Crap!" "There's absolutely nothing in it. We never sought to reach a consensus on the big issues at Bilderberg. It's simply a place for discussion," says Lord Healey. Formed in the spirit of post-war trans-Atlantic co-operation, the idea behind Bilderberg was that future wars could be prevented by bringing power-brokers together in an informal setting away from prying eyes.

    "Bilderberg is the most useful international group I ever attended. The confidentiality enabled people to speak honestly without fear of repercussions. "In my experience the most useful meetings are those when one is free to speak openly and honestly. It's not unusual at all. Cabinet meetings in all countries are held behind closed doors and the minutes are not published." That activists have seized on Bilderberg is no surprise to Alasdair Spark, an expert in conspiracy theories.

    "The idea that a shadowy clique is running the world is nothing new. For hundreds of years people have believed the world is governed by a cabal of Jews. "Shouldn't we expect that the rich and powerful organise things in their own interests. It's called capitalism."

    Madrid - A club allegedly bringing together some of the world's most powerful people was holding a meeting Friday in the exclusive north-eastern Spanish seaside resort of Sitges amid high secrecy and draconian security, Spanish media reported.

    The Bilderberg Club was named after the Dutch hotel where it was established in 1954, allegedly to strengthen the Europe-US axis against communism. The annual gatherings are believed to bring together dozens of political and economic leaders, royalty, and business tycoons from Europe, the United States and Canada.

    More than 350 police were guarding the luxury hotel located outside central Sitges, where access roads were cordoned off, the press and the public were kept away as the four-day meeting was beginning on Thursday, the daily El Pais reported. Secrecy surrounded the guest list, but press leaks mentioned such names as former US Federal Reserve chairman and current presidential advisor Paul Volcker, Austrian President Heinz Fischer, European Competition Commissioner Joaquin Almunia and Microsoft founder Bill Gates. Other guests include World Trade Organization Director Pascal Lamy, European Central Bank President Jean-Claude Trichet, the banker David Rockefeller and Dutch Queen Beatrix, according to the unconfirmed reports. Spanish diplomatic sources confirmed the attendance of Spain's Queen Sofia and Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero, who was expected to try to convince the decision-makers about the solidity of Spain's economy.

    The discussions were to deal with a range of issues including the question whether the euro would survive, Afghanistan, Iran, Russia, terrorism, and Japan's economy, according to an agenda made public by Bilderberg researcher Daniel Estulin. Dozens of anti-globalization demostrators Thursday gathered on the road leading to the hotel hosting the meeting of the club, which Estulin sees as trying to centralize global economic power. Others see the Bilderberg group as merely influencing official economic forums and financial markets, while some say its ambitions are even more modest.

    Paul Vigay looks into the shady world of global conspiracies and manipulations.His findings are at least eye-opening, at worst downright frightening. Have you ever wondered if there really is a 'global elite'? Some secret group of people who control world events and hide their agenda from public knowledge?

    Could there be a group of people; politicians, heads of multinational companies, directors of world banking organisations and even royalty, who decide what policies will determine the way ordinary people live - and die?

    It is relatively easy for a small group of people to control the masses when everyday we give our power and freedom away, fearing to step out from the comfort of our 'hassle free zone'. Who perpetrate the 'Problem, Reaction, Solution' events which shape and manipulate our perceived 'democracy and freedom'? If you control governments and the media you control the world, or do you? What if a problem so terrible, so grotesque, so 'unbelievable' begins to occur with startling regularity? Do you demand answers? Do you demand what 'the government' is going to do about it? Do you pass the problem to someone else do deal with? What happens if that person you hand the solution to, is the person who created the problem in the first place? So forms the basis for the problem, reaction, solution method of controlling the people with the minimum of effort.

    Imagine a scenario where a lone-gunman walks into a crowded shopping centre and guns down a number of innocent people. Terrible enough, but what if at a later time, some innocent school children in a quiet, peaceful school are the targets? The more outrageous and disgusting an event, the more people will demand something must be done; "Guns must be banned", "Something must be done now!".

    Supposing someone, somewhere wanted the end 'solution' to be "to ban guns". Obviously, gun clubs, enthusiasts and legitimate people are going to complain, perhaps with the backing or at least, indifference, of the general public. After all "it doesn't affect us does it". You need to somehow manipulate the public to demand that you offer the solution. You need a public 'reaction', for which you need to stage a perceived 'problem'. The more horrific and unbelievable you can make it, the more the public will demand what you wanted to do in the first place.

    Rising Crime? or Big Brother?

    What if you want to install video cameras and monitoring equipment into towns and villages. Of course, this costs huge amounts of money, which could be spent on hospitals, research into illnesses or saving the environment, so you need the public to demand you do it, or at the minimum, not offer resistance when you propose it. You need the 'problem' of rising crime, which needs to be perpetuated throughout the media and on TV. People will then fear being mugged in the streets and approve the 'safety' offered by cameras and surveillance equipment - even though the need was not high enough in the first place.

    Does such a group of people exist? There is ample evidence to say that there does, and what's more, once you become aware of the facts, you can see their influence in world events - even though seemingly forged by 'opposing factions'.

    Democracy or Denial?
    Why are the public losing interest in government and their right to vote? Is it because people think "it doesn't matter who you vote for, they both end up doing the same old things". How precise this turns out to be, once you dig deep enough.

    No wonder The Sun newspaper decided to back Tony Blair of New Labour (what a joke) in the May 1997 UK general election. The chief executive of News International (the parent of The Sun) is Mr Andrew Knight, a member of the Bilderberg Group.

    Opposite sides, same views:- Opposames!

    Mr Tony Blair was a guest of the annual Bilderberg meeting in 1993, together with his colleague Kenneth Clarke. Hang on a minute though..... Aren't thosetwo on opposite sides? What about Bilderberg attendees Margaret Thatcher andDenis Healey - and you thought we lived in a democracy where your voteactually counted.Incidentally, this could account for why Margaret Thatcher was one of TonyBlair's first guests at Number Ten, something the independent media werequick to pick up on after New Labour won power. The same goes for US presidents. Every one since Jimmy Carter has been aBilderberg representative. Democrat, Republican - it doesn't matter. They allhave the same policies, decided upon at top secret meetings held annually inhidden locations.What exactly are 'The Bilderbergers' then? What are their aims? This article,mainly extracts from "The Bilderberg Group... the TrilateralCommission... covert power groups of the West", by Robert Eringer,(Pentacle Books, 1980) tries to expose some of their secret agenda.As the concepts and plans behind the global elite could pose such a threat toour freedom, I will periodically return to this subject in order to keepEnigma readers aware of the world around them. If anything in this article,or any keywords on the cover of this issue, strike a chord with you, or ifyou have further information, please do not hesitate to contact me at theeditorial address.

    The Global Manipulators: In Search of Answers

    It is indeed intriguing when a prestigious collection of internationallypowerful men lock themselves away for a weekend in some remote town far awayfrom the Press to talk about world problems.Since the late 1950s, the Bilderberg Group has been the subject of a varietyof conspiracy theories. For the most part, conspiracy theories emanate frompolitical extremist organisations, Right and Left. The 'Radical Right' viewBilderberg as an integral part of the 'international Zionist-communistconspiracy'.

    At the other end of the political spectrum, the radical Left perceiveBilderberg to be a branch of the 'Rockefeller-Rothschild grand design to rulethe world'. For many it is less frightening to believe in hostileconspirators than it is to face the fact that no one is in control. And afterall, isn't conspiracy the normal continuation of normal politics by normalmeans?Conspiracy or not, the Bilderberg Group is a fascinating example ofbehind-the-scenes 'invisible' influence-peddling in action.Bilderbergers represent the elite and wealthy establishment of every Westernnation. They include bankers, industrialists, politicians and leaders ofgiant multinational corporations. Their annual meetings, which take place ata different location each year, go unannounced, their debates unreported,their decisions unknown.The group certainly fits C.Wright Mills's definition of a Power Elite: 'Agroup of men, similar in interest and outlook, shaping events frominvulnerable positions behind the scenes.' The New World Order I began my investigation of Bilderberg while in Washington, D.C. in the autumn of 1975. I had read bits and pieces on Bilderberg in right-wingliterature and so I went directly to its source, the Liberty Lobby, anultra-conservative political pressure group located a stone's throw fromCapitol Hill. There I interviewed one E.Stanley Rittenhouse, Liberty Lobby'slegislative aide. Rittenhouse solemnly explained the existence of aJewish-communist conspiracy to rule the world by way of a 'New World Order',whose eventual goal is one world government. To prove this point Rittenhouseincessantly recited passages from his handy pocket Bible and explained theevolution of this great conspiracy.

    The Illuminati

    It all goes back to the Illuminati, a secret society/fraternity formed inBavaria in 1776 by Adam Weishaupt, based on the philosophical ideals ofPlato. John Ruskin, 'a secret disciple of the Illuminati' and a professor ofart and philosophy at Oxford University in the 1870s, revived these ideals inhis teachings.

    A Privileged Ruling Class

    The late Dr. Carroll Quigley, a distinguished professor at Georgetown University for many years, wrote in "Tragedy and Hope" that 'Ruskinspoke to the Oxford undergraduates as members of the privileged ruling class... that they were possessors of a magnificent tradition of education,beauty, rule of law, freedom, decency, and self-discipline but that thistradition could not be saved, and indeed did not deserve to be saved, unlessit could be extended to the lower classes in England and to the non-Englishmasses throughout the world'.

    Diamond Mining

    Cecil Rhodes, a student and devoted fan of Ruskin, 'Feverishly exploited the diamond and gold fields of South Africa. With financial support from LordRothschild he was able to monopolise the diamond mines of South Africa as DeBeers Consolidated Mines.'In the middle of the 1890s Rhodes had a personal income of a least a millionpounds a year which he spent so freely for his mysterious purposes that hewas usually overdrawn on his account. These purposes centred on his desire tofederate the English-speaking peoples and to bring all habitable portions ofthe world under their control.'

    The founding of The Round Table To this end, Rhodes, along with other disciples of Ruskin, formed a secret society in association with a group of Cambridge men who shared the same ideals.This society, which was later to become the original Round Table Group(better known in the 1920s as the 'Cliveden Set') was formed on February 5th1881.According to Dr. Quigley, "This group was able to get access to Rhodes'smoney after his death in 1902. Under the trusteeship of Alfred (later Lord)Milner, They sought to extend and execute the ideals that Rhodes had obtainedfrom Ruskin.""As governor-general of South Africa in the period 1897-1905, Milnerrecruited a group of young men, chiefly from Oxford and from Toynbee Hall, toassist him in organising his administration. Through this influence these menwere able to win influential posts in government and international financeand became the dominant influence in British imperial and foreign affairs upto 1939. Under Milner in South Africa, they were known as Milner'sKindergarten until 1910. In 1909-1903 they organised semi-secret groups,known as Round Table Groups, in the chief British dependencies and in theUnited States.

    "The CFR and RIIA

    It was at the Majestic Hotel in Paris in 1919 that the Round Table Groups ofthe United States and Britain emerged out from under a cloak of secrecy andofficially became the (American) Council on Foreign Relations and the(British) Royal Institute for International Affairs.To Mr Rittenhouse and his breed of religious isolationists at Liberty Lobby,Bilderberg evolved directly from the 'satanic-communist' Illuminati, and theCouncil on Foreign Relations - Royal Institute of International Affairsrelationship.I phoned Dr. Quigley at his office in Georgetown University's elite School ofForeign Service. A man of impeccable credentials, Quigley used "Tragedyand Hope" as a text for his courses on Western Civilisation.Published in 1966, "Tragedy and Hope" has become a rare book tolocate. Quigley apparently had trouble with his publisher over the book'sdistribution. The publisher claimed demand was poor. When Quigley sought andacquired the necessary demand, the publisher responded by saying that theplates had been destroyed.In his book, 1310 pages in all, Quigley detailed how the intricate financialand commercial patterns of the West prior to 1914 influenced the developmentof today's world.

    It has been suggested that these revelations, especially incoming from a respected historian, did not amuse the higher echelons of bigbanking; hence a form of censorship resulted.It is for this reason that "Tragedy and Hope", much to Quigley'sannoyance, has become the Bible of conspiracy theorists and may be found forsale only through mail order book clubs which specialise in conspiracyliterature.Quigley, in his best Boston accent, dismissed the Radical-Rightinter-pretation as 'garbage'. But he was quick to add, "To be perfectlyblunt, you could find yourself in trouble dealing with this subject." Heexplained that his career as a lecturer in the government institution circuitwas all but ruined because of the twenty or so pages he had written about theexistence of Round Table Groups. I recently studied the late Dr. Quigley'sprivate files on the Round Table Groups at the Georgetown University library. There I discovered great substance to his findings in the form of personalcorrespondence and notes of interviews and conversations.Exhausted with right-wing cries of communist conspiracy, I wrote to theembassies in Washington of each one of the countries whose citizens areinvolved with Bilderberg. I received only three replies. A letter from theRoyal Swedish Embassy states: 'Prominent Swedish businessmen in their privatecapacities are and have been members of the group. Swedish politicians havealso - mostly as invited guests as I understand it - participated in meetingswith the group. I may add that I am not aware of any official Swedish view onthe Bilderberg Group.' The Canadian Embassy wrote: 'To our knowledge, theCanadian Government has no position with regard to this group.

    'Official Denials

    I telephoned all of the embassies. Out of twenty, the only one which had anyinformation of Bilderberg was that of the Netherlands. The official I spokewith knew very little about the group but he speculated that its purpose wasto make this 'a more liveable world'. A diplomat at the Embassy of WestGermany exclaimed, 'Bilder What?', and he refuse to believe the existence ofsuch a group. This was a familiar response, even from many universityprofessors of politics whom I questioned.Mark Felt, the former Assistant Director of the FBI, had never heard ofBilderberg. Neither had Michael Moffitt of the Institute for Policy Studiesand co-author of Global Reach.After spotting his Name on a poster advertising a seminar on the power elite,I phoned Dr. Peter David Beter, a former Counsel to the Import-Export Bank.Beter contends that Bilderberg Conferences are nothing more than socialoccasions where prostitutes and large amounts of alcohol are enjoyed. Butthese days, Dr. Beter's full-time profession consists of peddling a monthly'Audio Letter' to a very gullible public. Beter was last heard by this authorproclaiming that the Russians have secretly implanted nuclear missiles in theMississippi River.

    White House Enquiries

    I wrote to President Gerald Ford at the White House to enquire aboutBilderberg when I heard of his one-time involvement. His 'Director ofCorrespondence' replied and stated: 'The Conference does not intend that itsprogram be secret, although in the interest of a free and open discussion, norecords are kept of the meetings.' (I later learned that records are indeedkept of the meetings, although they are marked 'Strictly Confidential'.)I wrote to David Rockefeller, Chairman of the Chase Manhattan Bank, toenquire about Bilderberg. An assistant wrote back and he suggested I write to'Mr. Charles Muller, a Vice President at Muden and Company, the organisationwhich assists with the administration of American Friend of Bilderberg,Incorporated'I wrote to Mr. Muller and was sent the following printed message: "In the early 1950s a number of people in both sides of the Atlantic sought ameans of bringing together leading citizens both in and out of government,for informal discussions of problems facing the Western world. Such meetings,they felt, would create a better understanding of the forces and trendsaffecting Western nations."The first meeting that brought Americans and Europeans together took placeunder the chairmanship of H.R.H. Prince Bernhard of the Netherlands at theBilderberg Hotel in Oosterbeck, Holland, from 29th May to 31st May, 1954.Ever since, the meetings have been called Bilderberg Meetings.

    The first Bilderberg Meeting, in Oosterbeck, Holland, May 1954

    Each year since its inception, Prince Bernhard has been theBilderberg chairman. There are no members' of Bilderberg. Each year aninvitation list is compiled by Prince Bernhard in consultation with aninformal international steering committee; individuals are chosen in thelight of their knowledge and standing. To ensure full discussion an attemptis made to include participants representing many political and economicpoints of view. Of the 80 to 100 participant, approximately one-third arefrom government and politics, the other are from many fields - finance,industry, labour, education and journalism. They attend in a personal and notin an official capacity. from the beginning participants have come from NorthAmerica and Western Europe, and from various international organisations. Theofficial languages are English and French.'The meetings take place in a different county each year. Since 1957, theyhave been held in many Western European countries and in North America aswell.The discussion at each meeting is centred upon topics of current concern inthe broad fields of foreign policy, world economy, and other contemporaryissues. Basic groundwork for the symposium is laid by means of working papersand general discussion follows. In order to assure freedom of speech andopinion, the gatherings are closed and off the record. No resolutions areproposed, no votes taken, and no policy statements issued during or after themeetings.In short, Bilderberg is a high-ranking and flexibly international forum inwhich opposing viewpoints can be brought closer together and mutualunderstanding furthered.'I wrote to Secretary of State Henry Kissinger and received a reply from theBureau of European Affairs at the State Department: 'In the early 1950s anumber of people on both sides of the Atlantic sought a means of bringingtogether leading citizens ' And so on.

    Official Business or Not?

    I went to see Charles Muller at his Murden and Company office in New YorkCity. He appeared to know little about Bilderberg and merely repeatedinformation available on the printed message. It is claimed that"Government officials attend in a personal and not an officialcapacity". Mr. Muller was surprised to learn from me that the StateDepartment acknowledged in a letter to Liberty Lobby that departmentofficials Helmut Sonnenfeldt and Winston Lord attended a BilderbergConference at government expense in their official capacities. (as didKenneth Clarke and Tony Blair in 1993)I tried to obtain interviews with both Sonnenfeldt and Lord. Theirsecretaries channelled me through to many different offices. Finally, FrancisSeidner, a public affairs advisor, advised me to mind my own business.Back in London and armed with a list of Bilderberg participants (available onrequest - Ed.), I sought out and conducted an interview with Lord Roll,chairman of the S.G. Warburg Bank. Roll gave little away and he statedoutright that records of Bilderberg Conferences do not exist. (Little did herealise that I had one in my briefcase?)

    I wrote to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and they replied: 'Thank youfor your letter enquiring about the Bilderberg Group. Unfortunately, we canfind no trace of the Bilderberg Group in any of our reference works oninternational organisations.' (Much later, I learned that the Foreign Officehas on occasion paid the way for British members to attend BilderbergConferences.)A letter to one-time member Sir Paul Chambers brought this response: 'I amunder obligation not to disclose anything about the Bilderberg Group toanybody who is not a member of that Group, I am very sorry that I cannothelp, but I am clearly powerless to do so and it would be wrong in thecircumstances to say anything to you about Bilderberg.' Sir Paul suggested Iwrite to the Bilderberg secretariat at an address in the Hague. I did so andwas again sent a copy of the standard printed message.I had eagerly looked forward to the next Bilderberg Conference, which in 1976was to be held in Hot Springs, Virginia. For the first time since 1954, themeeting was cancelled. The international steering committee felt itinappropriate to conduct a conference that year because permanent chairmanPrince Bernhard was under such heavy public scrutiny after having beenpublicly disgraced for taking a bribe from the Lockheed Aircraft Company.

    UK Meeting in 1977

    So my first Bilderberg Conference took place a year later, in April 1977, atthe serene Devon resort of Torquay.It is the Bilderberg custom to book a whole hotel for the weekend conference.The five-star Imperial Hotel was no exception and it, too, was emptied toaccommodate over 100 Bilderberg participants. Even the Imperials permanentguests were told to find lodging elsewhere for the weekend.I managed a booking at the Imperial for three nights before the Bilderbergersmoved in. On Thursday, two days before the conference was due to begin, heavylorries and workmen unloaded large wooden file cabinets and sealed crates. Iwas not allowed access to the conference hall, despite assurances from aBilderberg secretary that 'We have nothing to hide'.

    At 2 am Friday morning with the night club finally closed and the Imperialasleep, I tiptoed down five flights of stairs from my room to the conferencehall. To my surprise, the doors were unlocked and unguarded. I slipped intothe darkened hall and inspected the locked file cabinets, glass translationbooth and electronic equipment for tape-recording and translation. Havingalready consumed a half-dozen whiskies, I could not repulse an urge topurloin a mahogany and brass-plated Bilderberg gavel. It now sits atop mydesk, a trophy of my research.Like all others, I was thrown out of the hotel on the Friday to make way forAmerican Secret Servicemen and Special Branch bodyguards. The Bilderbergersarrived later, mostly by way of a quiet entry through Exeter Airport 10 milesform Torquay. They held their hush-hush meetings and then, just as quietly,disappeared back to their respective banks, multinational corporations andgovernment jobs, perhaps a little more the wiser than when theyarrived.

    As you can see from the article above, people 'in the know' seem intent onkeeping the purpose and attendees to each Bilderberg meeting top secret.The meetings still continue annually with the 1998 meeting having occurredonly a few weeks ago at the remote Turnberry Hotel in Ayreshire, Scotland.Not long afterwards, I managed to obtain a list of attendees to this, mostrecent, meeting. The full list appears on the following page, for the benefitof, and to aid the personal research of, Enigma readers.One noticeable omission from the list, is British Prime Minister Mr Tony Blair. Does this mean that he is on the way out? It's interesting to note that William Hague (leader of the Opposition) and Tony Blair's own Secretary of State for Defence, Mr George Robertson were both present, as were (asusual) international media moguls.