This article first appeared in the McAlvany Intelligence Advisor newsletter:
The note from Matthew Holehouse at the British tabloid The Telegraph makes last week’s four-day meeting of the Bilderberg Group at the Grove Hotel in Watford, Hertfordshire, England sound benign. He called it a “gathering of royalty, statesmen and business leaders … [to] discuss how the US and Europe can promote growth, the way ‘big data’ is changing ‘almost everything’, the challenges facing the continent of Africa, and the threat of cyberwarfare….”
It’s just another meeting similar to the World Economic Forum at Davos, Switzerland, and there’s nothing to worry about, suggests Holehouse. Except that “meetings take place behind closed doors, with a ban on journalists.”
What would cause major luminaries to take four days out of their busy schedules to spend time at a golf resort if it was just a friendly get-together over tea? Here are some of those luminaries:
- Jose Barroso, the President of the European Union
- Jeff Bezos, CEO of Amazon
- Robert Dudley, CEO of British Petroleum
- Peter Sutherland, Chairman of Goldman Sachs along with his Vice Chairman, J. Michael Evans
- Timothy Geithner, former Secretary of the Treasury
- Donald Graham, Chairman and CEO of The Washington Post
- Stuart Gulliver, CEO of HSBC
- Simon Henry, CFO of Royal Dutch Shell along with the company’s CEO, Peter Voser
- Kenneth Jacobs, Chairman and CEO of Lazard Frères’ along with his managing director, Vernon Jordon
- Henry Kissinger, Chairman, Kissinger Associates
- Henry Kravis, CEO of Kohlberg, Kravis Roberts
- Christine Lagarde, Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund
- Robert Rubin, former Secretary of the Treasury and current co-chairman of the Council on Foreign Relations
- Eric Schmidt, Executive Chairman of Google
Let’s face it: these are heavyweights. So why, again, would they take four days out of their lives to attend? Is this something more than just getting reacquainted with old friends?
Daniel Estulin thinks so, as he has for years. In his book, The True Story of the Bilderberg Group, which he says is based on 15 years’ worth of investigation, Estulin says that this group, along with the CFR and the Trilateral Commission, represents a “shadow government” whose top priority is to erase the sovereignty of all nation-states as a precursor to establishing a global government.
Several members of these groups have admitted as much. For example, in 2001, Denis Healey, a founder of the Bilderberg Group, said:
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 fighting one another and killing people and rendering millions homeless.
So we felt that a single community throughout the world would be a good thing.
There are coincidences that can’t readily be explained away as mere accidents: George H. W. Bush attended a Bilderberg conference in 1985, and became president in 1988. Bill Clinton attended one in 1991, and became president a year later. Tony Blair attended one in 1993 and became England’s prime minister in 1997. Romano Prodi attended in 1999 and within months became president of the European Union. Senator John Edwards spoke to the group in 2004 and was later named by John Kerry to be his vice-presidential nominee.
To some, the long arm of coincidence just can’t reach that far.
Estulin was asked what exactly the Bilderberg Group is. He answered:
It’s a meeting of people who represent a certain ideology. Bilderberg Group is not a conspiracy theory. It’s a conspiracy reality…. It is a self-perpetuating system, a virtual spider web of interlocked financial, political, economic and industry interests. And that in and of itself is a pretty significant factor, because … it is a vehicle through which private financier oligarchical interests are able to impose their policies on what are nominally sovereign governments.
There’s Henry Kissinger, exposed as a Soviet Agent when Soviet Colonel Michael Goleniewski defected, bringing with him the names of 240 soviet spies, one of whom was Kissinger.
And there’s David Rockefeller who wrote in his Memoirs:
Some even believe we are part of a secret cabal working against the best interests of the United States, characterizing my family and me as “internationalists” and of conspiring with others around the world to build a more integrated global political and economic structure – one world, if you will.
If that’s the charge, I stand guilty, and I am proud of it.
Even Georgetown University professor Carroll Quigley (to whom Bill Clinton conveniently referred in his acceptance speech at the 1992 Democratic National Convention), author of The Anglo-American Establishment and Tragedy and Hope, effectively agreed that there is more going on in Watford this weekend:
This radical Right fairy tale … as a well-organized plot by extreme Left-wing elements … does in fact have a modicum of truth. There does exist, and has existed for a generation, an international Anglophile network which operates, to some extent, in the way the Radical right believes the Communists act. In fact, this network, which we may identify as the Round Table Groups, has no aversion to cooperating with the Communists, or any other group, and frequently does so.
I known of the operation of this network because I have studied it for twenty years and was permitted for two years, in the early 1960s, to examine its papers and secret records. I have no aversion to it or to most of its aims and have, for much of my life, been close to it and to many of its instruments. I have objected, both in the past and recently, to a few of its policies … but in general my chief difference of opinion is that it wishes to remain unknown, and I believe its role in history is significant enough to be known.
The question remains: what would these worthies be doing in Watford that requires that they take four days out of their lives if something awfully important weren’t going on? Just asking.