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    Bilderberg: The ultimate conspiracy theory


    By Jonathan Duffy

    BBC News Online


    The 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 group

    But 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 1954).

    The alternative - the WEF welcomes journalists

    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."

    THE BBC

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    Bilderberg Book Suppressed by Portuguese


    Bilderberg Book Suppressed by Portuguese




    Tuesday, March 7th, 2006



    Daniel Estulin, the Spanish journalist who has collaborated with American Free Press in exposing the world shadow government, reports that his book, Clube Bilderberg - Os Senhores do Mundo (The Bilderberg Club-Lords of the World), is being suppressed in Portugal.
    AFP, having published Jim Tucker’s Bilderberg Diary, plans to follow by publishing Clube Bilderberg in English. Someone working for Temas e Debates, the company that planned to publish his book in Portugal, said the Portuguese government is pressuring it not to not sell his Bilderberg book.
    “Apparently, it really took the government by surprise and scared them,” Estulin said. “They are afraid this could turn into a world phenomenon. In fact, it is turning into a world phenomenon, as we have signed 28 countries and 21 languages.”
    “The government and my publisher in Portugal are trying to suffocate this book because they are afraid it will create a groundswell that could turn into a populist movement in Portugal as it already has in Venezuela, Colombia and Mexico where the first edition of the book sold out in less than four hours and caused riots in front of the embassies,” Estulin said. “Due to the mainstream Media blockade, you have not seen or heard [of this] on national television or in the press.”
    Estulin is seeking to initiate a groundswell on the Internet to pressure Temas e Debates to publish his book. He is also asking that people contact Media outlets.
    “The more people call and harass the publisher and the government, the less willing they will be to pull this off,” Estulin said. “If we don’t do something, we will only be less free in the future. That’s what Bilderbergers want.”
    American Free Press
    source: http://www.rinf.com/columnists/news/...-by-portuguese

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    Bilderberg meeting 2006

    Bilderberg to Meet in Canada
    By James P. Tucker Jr.

    The secretive group known as Bilderberg will hold its annual secret meeting at the posh Brook Street Resort a few miles from Ottawa, Canada, June 8-11.

    The location and part of the agenda was disclosed to American Free Press by a source inside Bilderberg’s inner circle.

    High on the Bilderberg’s secret agenda this year are oil prices and the political upheaval in Latin America. When meeting last year in Rottach-Egern, Germany, Bilderberg called for dramatic increases in the price of oil. Oil prices started climbing immediately from $40 a barrel to $70.

    Whether Bilderberg will call for still higher prices is unclear, but Henry Kissinger and others had gleefully anticipated ultimate prices at $150 a barrel a year ago. Bilderberg is certainly concerned about supply, which is related to the “Latin American problem,” as one insider said.

    Approximately 120 international leaders in politics and finance will also discuss the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, which has caused a rare breach between American Bilderbergers and their European counterparts since the United States Iraq invasion in 2003. Whether the United States should invade Iran is also high on the agenda.

    Bilderberg is especially concerned about Venezuela, where as part of a plan to increase revenues from its petroleum industry President Hugo Chavez said May 7 he would impose a new tax on companies that extract oil from his country. Big Oil is represented at Bilderberg by Jeroen van der Veer of The Netherlands, chairman of the Royal Dutch/Shell Group and Franco Bernabe of Italy, vice chairman of Rothschild Europe, among others. “We are going to create a new oil tax, called the tax on extraction,”
    Chavez said. “The companies that are pumping oil in Venezuela are making a lot of money.”

    Chavez accused foreign oil companies of exploiting his country’s vast petroleum reserves without paying sufficient taxes. Venezuela is the world’s fifth-largest oil exporter but has troubled oil barons by sending cheap petroleum to needy American families and subsidizing domestic use so local citizens pay 12 cents a gallon.

    Venezuela has voided oil-pumping contracts with private companies at 32 fields and replaced them with a mixed-company model that gave Venezuela’s state-owned Petroleos de Venezuela SA a minimum 60 percent stake. Chavez has also sharply raised royalties and taxes, and reduced potential drilling acreage by almost two-thirds. He is also resisting expansion of NAFTA throughout the hemisphere, a prime Bilderberg goal.

    Chavez’s outspoken criticisms of the United States make it unlikely that American Bilderbergers can help smooth over the supply problem. However, banker David Rockefeller’s family has always had a heavy interest in oil and other investments in South America.

    President Bush will have a top White House aide representing him at Bilderberg, and high officials of the state, defense and treasury departments will attend. Heads of state and other high officials in government and banking will attend from Europe and Canada.

    Bilderberg’s agenda also includes the turmoil in the Middle East, nuclear proliferation, with an emphasis on Iran, North Korea and Pakistan, and global warming.

    The Bilderberg group takes it name from the hotel in Holland where the group met in 1954, during the earliest period of its inception. Bilderbergers meet regularly, presumably on a once-a-year basis, at various locations around the world, always in extreme secrecy, often at resorts controlled by either the Rockefeller or Rothschild families. The Rothschild family is the leading European force within the Bilderberg Group, sharing its power with the American-based Rockefeller empire.

    Bilderberg maintains an extremely low profile and seldom, if ever, publishes reports or studies for the public, at least, under its own official aegis. Participants denied the groups very existence for decades until it was forced into the open by the glare of media publicity, generated largely by the now defunct Spotlight newspaper.
    (Issue #22, May 29, 2006)

    May 21, 2006
    source: http://www.americanfreepress.net/htm...in_canada.html

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    Alex Jones Detained On Orders Of Bilderberg Group


    15 hours of hell at the hands of immigration who knew they were coming

    Paul Joseph Watson/Prison Planet.com | June 8 2006
    Alex Jones and his team were detained by Canadian immigration on orders of the Bilderberg Group for a 15 hour nightmare of interrogation, accusations and threats of arrests in anticipation of the conference in Ottawa which starts today.
    The group were detained at 11:45pm last night and only released after 2pm today.
    Customs openly told Alex as soon as they brought him into custody that the Bilderberg Group was aware of his arrival and that this was the reason for his detainment. All three members of the team were instantly detained despite going through different immigration desks.
    Officials knew everything about Alex, even the fact that George W. Bush had once had him arrested in 1998.
    "I was screamed at, I was cussed at, I was interrogated," said Alex.
    Jail threats were issued as officials seized and searched through Alex's equipment for 15 hours. He was told that if any trace of pornography was found on his three computers that he would be arrested.
    "They were talking about how I was a criminal - they hooked our laptop computers up and said that if they found any porn, even mainstream porn, that it's illegal to take it across lines and that we'd be going to jail," said Alex, thanking God that no trace of any porn was found on his office computers.
    Searches continued throughout the night and again in the morning.
    Immigrations officials seemed to take a gleeful satisfaction in detaining the team, claiming they were liars and not part of the media despite one admitting to having seen an Alex Jones documentary. Accusations of drugs and weapons smuggling were thrown around without recourse.
    "You Americans shit all over us Canadians think you can do anything you want to us," said one immigration official who was acting more like a drill sergeant.
    Towards the end of the ordeal national media, including the Ottawa Citizen and CBC, got wind of what was unfolding and sent journalists to the airport to talk to Alex.
    A CBC journalist vouched for the fact that Alex was in the media and that she was planning on interviewing him, after also being subjected to a barrage of questions by officials.
    At this point immigration officials sharply changed their attitude, reversed a likely decision to deport the team and by the end were apologetic and conciliatory about the entire issue.
    Alex would like to make it clear that the immigration officials on the whole were just doing what they were told in trying to prove who Alex was and they should not be the focus of any vitriol. Alex himself admits that his behavior was not perfect and he smarted off a couple of times when he should have remained quiet. The major element of this story is that the pressure was brought to bear by Bilderberg.
    The point to emphasize again is that it was brazenly stated that the Bilderberg Group were behind the decision to detain Alex and his team. Bilderberg have acquired a notorious reputation of harassing journalists, including Jim Tucker and Daniel Estulin, who are simply trying to report on a meeting of the world's most influential powerbrokers.
    The immigrations officials said that their reason for detaining Alex was because they feared he was in the country to infiltrate the Bilderberg meeting.
    Since being allowed to enter the country the team have been watched and tracked by several nefarious individuals and also followed by car.
    The team booked a decoy hotel in order fool Bilderberg security as to their real location. The decoy hotel has been receiving numerous calls from individuals within Bilderberg's Brooke Street hotel - despite the fact that Alex told no one he was staying there.
    Further reports on this incident and developments from the Bilderberg conference itself will feature here over the next few days.
    source: http://www.prisonplanet.com/articles...6alexjones.htm



    Bilderberg-bound filmmaker held at airport

    Laura Payton, Ottawa Citizen

    Published: Thursday, June 08, 2006

    Canadian authorities detained an American activist filmmaker at the Ottawa airport late Wednesday night, confiscating his passport, camera equipment and most of his belongings.

    Citizenship and Immigration Canada agents stopped Alex Jones, whose films include Martial Law 9/11: The Rise of the Police State, and questioned him for nearly four hours before letting him go with only one change of clothes and telling him to return Thursday morning.

    “It’s really chilling, like a police state,” said Mr. Jones of his detention.

    Mr. Jones and his crew, camera operators Ryan Schlickeisen and Aaron Dykes, travelled to Canada to film a documentary about the Bilderberg group, a secretive group of former politicians and business leaders who are meeting in Ottawa this week.

    A Citizenship and Immigration representative said that her department was unable to comment on Mr. Jones’ detention.

    “As a result of the privacy act, we are forbidden from discussing individual cases,” said Marina Wilson, spokesperson for the department. “I’m not aware of this ... (detention) is at the discretion of our visa officers.”

    Mr. Jones said that he and the agents had reconciled prior to his release.




    “I want to say, on the record, it takes two to tango. I could have handled it better.”
    © Ottawa Citizen



    source: http://www.canada.com/ottawacitizen/...d1f33c&k=12919

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