The Bilderberg Group/Conference/Club


The Bilderberg Group, Conference or Club is, as far as secret societies are concerned, relatively new on the world's stage. Established in 1954 the original conference was held in the "Hotel de Bilderberg," Oosterbeek, the Netherlands (hence the name) between 29 and 31 May. Since then there have been annual gatherings (some say to decide humanities fate and the course of future history) behind closed doors at secure locations in more than a dozen countries on two continents.

The conferences, by invitation only, consist of around 130 or so guests drawn from the fields of politics, banking, the media and business. Secrecy and safety are the bywords, security provided by police, security services and the military (up to and including an air umbrella of helicopters and fighter jets).

The original conference was initiated by powerful personages the likes of British politician Denis Healey (originally a nuclear hawk “at least in public,” [1] a proponent of disarmament in later years) and Polish political advisor Jozef Retinger (instrumental in the founding of the European Union), its alleged purpose to promote understanding, good relations and co-operation between Western Europe and North America.

Meetings are organized by a steering committee:


Retinger, the first permanent secretary, was replaced following his death in 1960 by Dutch economist, politician and businessman Ernst van der Beugel. Prince Bernhard of the Netherlands was the meeting’s Chairman until 1976 and his involvement in the Lockheed affair. [2] While the position of Honorary American Secretary General has been held by such notables as Joseph E. Johnson of the Carnegie Endowment, William Bundy of Princeton and Theodore L. Eliot, Jr., a former ambassador to Afghanistan.

Attendees have included Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands, Queen Sofia of Spain, World Bank president; Timothy Geithner, United States Treasury Secretary; James Steinberg, Tony Blair, Condoleezza Rice and Donald Rumsfeld.

European participants are seemingly being elevated to power positions within the European Union, e.g., Herman Van Rompuy past Prime Minister of Belgium who after attending a “group” dinner at the "Castle of the Valley of the Duchess" in 2009, and presumably receiving their endorsement, was chosen shortly thereafter to be the first full time President of the European Council.

Because of the secrecy surrounding Bilderberg meetings and the power wielded by those attending, the “group” is often accused of being involved in
secretive and sometimes nefarious world plots. Amongst other things conspiracy theorists maintain Bilderbergers were involved in the collapse of Soviet communism, the rise of a united Europe, the move to a common European currency, getting Bill Clinton elected after he agreed to sign onto NAFTA, starting the war that brought about the downfall of Serbian dictator Slobodan Milosevic and the latest, that U.S. President Barrack Obama‘s administration is infested with Bilderbergers intent on installing a one-world government (shades of the Illuminati) and subverting the will of the American people. [3]

Canadian writer Daniel Estulin (a Russian expatriate living in Madrid), having long followed stories of the Bilderbergers and their supposed machinations, agrees with much of the above paragraph, describing them as a "powerful" group of politicians and business people with one objective: "To create a one-world government where you don't have individual nations
you have one region, one religion, one constitution, one church, one currency and one country."

Not altogether disagreeing,
Denis Healey, a founding and steering committee member, in a moment of rare disclosure stated:

“To say we were striving for a one-world government is exaggerated but not wholly unfair. Those of us in Bilderberg felt we couldn't go on forever fighting one another for nothing and killing people and rendering millions homeless. So we felt that a single community throughout the world would be a good thing.”

According to the American Friends of Bilderberg, hosts of the 56th meeting that was held in Chantilly, Virginia. “The agenda dealt mainly with a nuclear free world, cyber terrorism, Africa, Russia, finance, protectionism, United States-European Union relations, Afghanistan and Pakistan, Islam and Iran. There were approximately a 140 participants, two thirds from Europe, one third from North America. Their makeup one third from government and politics, two thirds from finance, industry, labor, education and communications. The meeting was private in order to encourage frank and open discussion.


[1] As British Secretary of State for Defense it was Healey who (in the event of the Prime Minister’s death in a nuclear assault) would have been 
expected to order a retaliatory response, but in 2008 on BBC radio the old warrior revealed that he could never have given the order that would have left tens of millions of Russians dead. Of his political past he said: “You had to make people think you would use (the bomb) even when you wouldn't.”

[2] In 1976 it was revealed that Prince Bernhard had accepted a bribe of 1.1 million dollars from American aircraft manufacturer “Lockheed” to influence the Dutch government’s purchase of fighter aircraft (the F-104 over the French Mirage 5). The fall from grace of the formerly well liked and popular figure (he was involved with the Dutch resistance in World War II, was an honorary Wing Commander in the RAF, was awarded the Dutch Flying Cross, was Commander of the Dutch Armed Forces, was president of the World Wildlife Fund and in a business capacity served worldwide on the boards of more than 300 corporations, organizations and charities) was devastating, resulting in forced resignations and a loss of status, respect and prestige, and not just for him but also for others in the royal family (his wife Queen Juliana loved by the Dutch people abdicated the throne in 1980).

For the remainder of his life the Prince denied all charges, but after his death from cancer on December 1, 2004, interviews were published in which he admitted taking the money. He said: "I have accepted that the word Lockheed will be carved on my tombstone."
 
[3] Are Bilderbergers “all powerful,” well apparently not? Witness the fate of those such as Bill Clinton, Prince Bernhard and Conrad Black, all three men punished for their indiscretions, Lord Black, member of the British peerage and former chairman of Hollinger International, for a time incarcerated in a Florida prison.




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