The World In The Palm Of Their Hands:
Online Journal Contributing Writer
May 24, 2005—The annual secret meeting of the Bilderberg group determines many of the headlines and news
developments you will read about in the coming months. But the Establishment media completely black it out. With the exception of half-a-dozen high-ranking members of the press who are sworn to secrecy, few have ever heard
of the exclusive and secretive group called The Bilderbergers.
Mainstream news organizations boastful about their no-holds barred investigative exploits, have been strangely reluctant
to lift the blackout curtain hiding a major event: the Bilderberg group's secret annual meeting for the world's most powerful
financiers, industrialists, and political figures.
Two thousand-five was a bad year for Bilderberg and its future looks gloomy. Herculean efforts to keep their meetings secret
in Rottach-Egern failed miserably. Bilderberg's grief is the free world´s glory—and hope for further restraining the
power grabbers in the dawn of a new millennium.
One certainty is that although the Bilderberg Group has lost some of its past luster, it is meeting under its usual secrecy
that makes freemasonry look like a playgroup. Staff at the hotel are photographed and put through special clearance. From porters to senior managers, the employees
are warned (under the threat of never working in the country again) about the consequences of revealing any details of the
guests to the press.
International and national media are said to be welcome only when an oath of silence has been taken, news editors are held
responsible if any of their journalists 'inadvertently' report on what takes place.
While Clinton, Blair, Chirac, Berlusconi and Company attended the G8 summits of the world's foremost democratically elected
leaders, they were accompanied by the massed ranks of the world media. In stark contrast, the comings and goings at Bilderberg
take place under cover of a virtual publicity blackout.
The discussions they will engage in this year, from deciding how the world should deal with European-American relations,
the Middle East powder keg, the Iraq war, the global economy and how to stave off war in Iran, and the consensus they reach,
will influence the course of Western civilization and the future of the entire planet. This meeting takes place behind closed
doors in total secrecy, protected by a phalanx of armed guards.
What Was on Bilderberg´s 2005 Agenda?
After three straight years of open hostilities and tension amongst the European, British and American Bilderbergers caused
by the war in Iraq, the aura of complete congeniality amongst them has returned. Bilderbergers have reaffirmed and remain
united in their long-term goal to strengthen the role the UN plays in regulating global conflicts and relations.
However, it is important to understand that Americans are no more the "Hawks" than the European Bilderbergers the "Doves."
Europeans joined in supporting the 1991 invasion of Iraq by President George W. Bush's father, celebrating, in the words of one notable Bilderberg
hunter the end of "America's Vietnam syndrome." Europeans also supported former President Bill Clinton's invasion of Yugoslavia,
bringing NATO into the operation.
A much-discussed subject in 2005 at Rottach-Egern was the concept of imposing a direct UN tax on people worldwide through
a direct tax on oil at the wellhead. This, in fact, sets a precedent. If enacted, it will be the first time, when a non-governmental
agency, read the United Nations, directly benefits from a tax on citizens of free and enslaved nations.
Bilderberger proposal calls for a tiny UN levy at the outset, which the consumer would hardly notice. Jim Tucker of the
court-killed Spotlight magazine years ago wrote "establishing the principle that the UN can directly tax citizens of the world
is important to Bilderberg. It is another giant step toward world government. Bilderbergers know that publicly promoting a
UN tax on all people on Earth would meet with outrage. But they are patient; it first proposed a direct world tax years ago
and celebrates the fact that it is now in the public dialogue with little public attention or concern."
Bilderberg wants "tax harmonization" so high-tax countries could compete with more tax-friendly nations—including
the United States—for foreign investment. They would "harmonize" taxes by forcing the rate in the United States and
other countries to rise so that socialist Sweden's 58-percent level would be "competitive."
Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs)
Then there is the rise of the NGOs, a development former President Clinton suddenly (one day after it was discussed at
Rottach-Egern) calls one of "the most remarkable things that have happened since the fall of the Berlin Wall." Ironically,
Clinton's statement was picked up by The Wall Street Journal, a paper always represented at the Bilderberg meetings by Robert
L. Bartley, its vice president and Paul Gigot, editorial page editor.
The Bilderbergers have been vigorously debating giving, for the first time, nonelected, self-appointed, environmental activists
a position of governmental authority on the governing board of the agency which controls the use of atmosphere, outer space, the oceans, and, for all
practical purposes, biodiversity. This invitation for "civil society" to participate in global governance is described as
According to sources within Bilderberg, the status of NGOs would be elevated even further in the future. The NGO activity
would include agitation at the local level, lobbying at the national level, producing studies to justify global taxation through
UN organizations such as Global Plan, one of Bilderberg´s pet projects for over a decade. The strategy to advance the global
governance agenda specifically includes programs to discredit individuals and organizations that generate "internal political
pressure" or "populist action" that fails to support the new global ethic. The ultimate objective, according to the source,
being to suppress democracy.
The United Nations Environment Programme, along with all the environmental treaties under its jurisdiction, would ultimately
be governed by a special body of environmental activists, chosen only from accredited NGOs appointed by delegates to
the General Assembly who are themselves appointed by the president of the United States, who is controlled by the Rockefeller-CFR-Bilderberg
This new mechanism would provide a direct route from the local, "on-the-ground" NGO affiliates of national and international
NGOs to the highest levels of global governance. For example: The Greater Yellowstone Coalition, a group of affiliated NGOs,
recently petitioned the World Heritage Committee of UNESCO asking for intervention in the plans of a private company to mine
gold on private land near Yellowstone Park. The UNESCO Committee did intervene, and immediately listed Yellowstone as a "World
Heritage Site in Danger." Under the terms of the World Heritage Convention, the United States is required to protect the park,
even beyond the borders of the park, and onto private lands if necessary.
The ideas being discussed, if implemented, will bring all the people of the world into a global neighbourhood managed by
a worldwide bureaucracy, under the direct authority of a minute handful of appointed individuals, and policed by thousands
of individuals, paid by accredited NGOs, certified to support a belief system, which to many people is unbelievable and unacceptable.
Elections in Britain
Bilderbergers are celebrating the result it wanted. The return of a much humbled Tony Blair to 10 Downing Street with a
much-reduced parliamentary majority. European Bilderbergers are still angry at him for supporting America´s war in Iraq. While
teaching Blair a useful lesson in international politics, Bilderbergers feel he is a far safer candidate to continue on the
path of European integration than his conservative rival Michael Howard.
In full force was that faction known as the so-called "neoconservatives"—those who have determined that Israel's
security should come at the expense of the safety to the United States and be central to all U.S. foreign policy decisions.
Most notable among this group is the alleged Israeli spy, Richard Perle, who was investigated by the FBI for espionage
on behalf of Israel. Perle played the critical role in pushing the United States into the war against Iraq. He was forced
to resign from the Pentagon´s Defense Policy Board, on March 27, 2003, after it was learned that he had been advising Goldman
Sachs International, a habitual Bilderberg attendee, on how it might profit from the war in Iraq.
Another neoconservative figure on hand was Michael A. Ledeen, an "intellectual´s intellectual." Ledeen serves for the American
Enterprise Institute, a think-tank founded in 1943, with which Richard Perle has long been associated. AEI and the Brookings
Institution operate a Joint Center for Regulatory Studies (JCRS) with the purpose of holding lawmakers and regulators "accountable
for their decisions by providing thoughtful, objective analyses of existing regulatory programs and new regulatory proposals."
The JCRS pushes for cost-benefit analysis of regulations, which fits with AEI's (and Bilderberger) ultimate goal of deregulation.
These neoconservatives were also joined this year at Bilderberg by a handful of other top former Washington policy makers
and publicists known for their sympathies for Israel, including former State Department official Richard N. Haas, president
of the CFR; former Assistant Secretary of State and "father" of the Dayton accord, Richard Holbrooke; and Dennis Ross of the
pro-Israel Washington Institute for Near East Policy, effectively an offshoot of the America Israel Public Affairs Committee
(AIPAC) and JINSA (Jewish Institute for National Security Affaris), as well as the newly chosen World Bank president Paul
Dennis Ross, Richard N. Perle, and company are itching to "transfer"—translation: to ethnically cleanse—as
many Palestinians from the West Bank and Gaza as possible. "Israel should have exploited the repression of the demonstrations
in China, when world attention focused on that country, to carry out mass expulsions among the Arabs of the territories,"
former Prime Minister Netanyahu told students at Bar-Ilan University in 1989. The residents of the European Community may
be clueless about the intentions of Zionists toward the Palestinians, but in Israel, to my astonishment, ethnic cleansing
is a popular subject of discussion. Fifty percent or more of Israelis think ethnic cleansing is a good idea. This from a nation
that supposedly remembers the Holocaust. Fiction is indeed stranger than the truth.
An American Bilderberger expressed concern over the skyrocketing price of oil. One oil industry insider at the meeting
remarked that growth is not possible without energy and that, according to all indicators, the world's energy supply is coming
to an end much faster than the world leaders have anticipated. According to sources, Bilderbergers estimate the extractable
world's oil supply to be at a maximum of 35 years under current economic development and population. However, one of the representatives
of an oil cartel remarked that we must factor into the equation, both the population explosion and economic growth and demand
for oil in China and India. Under the revised conditions, there is apparently only enough oil to last for 20 years. No oil
spells the end of the world's financial system. So much has already been acknowledged by The Wall Street Journal and the Financial
Times, two periodicals who are regularly present at the annual Bilderberg conference.
Conclusion: Expect a severe downturn in the world's economy over the next two years as Bilderbergers try to safeguard the
remaining oil supply by taking money out of people's hands. In a recession or, at worst, a depression, the population will
be forced to dramatically cut down their spending habits, thus ensuring a longer supply of oil to the world's rich as they
try to figure out what to do.
During the afternoon cocktail, European Bilderberger noted that there is no plausible alternative to hydrocarbon energy.
One American insider stated that currently the world uses between four and six barrels of oil for every new barrel it finds
and that the prospects for a short-term breakthrough are slim, at best.
Someone asked for an estimate of the world´s accessible conventional oil supply. The amount was quoted at approximately
one trillion barrels. As a side note of interest, the planet consumes a billion barrels of oil every 11.5 days.
Another Bilderberger asked about hydrogen alternative to the oil supply. The US government official agreed, gloomily, that
hydrogen salvation to the world´s imminent energy crisis is a fantasy.
This confirms public statement made in 2003 by HIS, the world´s most respected consulting firm cataloguing oil reserves
and discoveries, that for the first time since the 1920s there was not a single discovery of an oil field in excess of 500
The oil industry at the 2005 Bilderberg conference was represented by John Browne, BP´s chief executive officer; John Kerr,
director Royal Dutch Shell; Peter D. Sutherland, BP chairman and Jeroen van der Veer, chairman of the Committee of Managing
Directors of Royal Dutch Shell.
It should be remembered that in late 2003, oil giant Royal Dutch Shell, announced that it had overstated its reserved by
as much as 20 percent. Queen Beatrix of Holland, Royal Dutch Shell´s principal shareholder is a full-fledged member of the
Bilderbergers. Her father, prince Bernhard was one of the founders of the group back in 1954. The Los Angeles Times reported
that "For petroleum firms, reserves amount to nothing less than ´the value of the company.'" In fact, Shell cut its reserve
estimates not once, but three times, prompting the resignation of its co-chairman. At Rottach-Egern, in May 2005, industry's
top executives tried to figure out how to keep the truth about diminishing oil reserves from reaching the public. Public knowledge
of the diminishing reserves directly translates into lower share prices, which could destroy financial markets, leading to
a collapse of the world economy.
EU Referendum in France
The first day of secret meetings at Bilderberg 2005 was dominated by talk of the EU Constitution referendum in France and
whether Chirac can persuade France to vote yes on May 29. A yes vote, according to sources within Bilderberg would put a lot
of pressure on Tony Blair to finally deliver Britain into the waiting arms of the New World Order through their own referendum
on the treaty scheduled for 2006. Matthias Nass wondered out loud that a no vote in France could undoubtedly cause political
turmoil in Europe and overshadow Britain's six-month EU presidency starting on July 1.
Bilderbergers, hope that Blair and Chirac, whose, at times, open animosity has spilled into a public arena on more than
one occasion, can work together for mutual benefit and political survival. Another European Bilderberger added that both leaders
must put behind them as quickly as possible all past disputes on such topics as Iraq, the liberalization of Europe´s economy
and the future of the budget rebate Britain receives from the EU and work towards complete European integration, which could
disintegrate if France´s often "hard-headed and obstinate people," in the words of a British Bilderberger, do not do the right
thing, meaning give up voluntarily their independence for the "greater good" of a Federal European super state!
A German Bilderberger insider said that France´s yes vote is in trouble because of the "outsourcing of jobs. Jobs in Germany
and France are going to Asia and Ukraine," [to take advantage of cheap labour.] Ukraine is one of the former Soviet republics
that have been admitted to the European Union bringing the total membership to 25 nations. A German politician wondered out
loud how Tony Blair should go about convincing Britons to embrace the European Constitution when due to the outsourcing of
jobs, both Germany and France are suffering a 10 percent unemployment rate while Britain is doing well economically.
A US law, called the Logan Act, states explicitly that it is against the law for federal officials
to attend secret meetings with private citizens to develop public policies. Although Bilderberg 2005 was missing one of its
luminaries, US State Department official John Bolton who was testifying before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, the
American government was well represented in Rottach-Egern by Alan Hubbard, assistant to the president for economic policy
and director of the National Economic Council; William Luti, deputy under secretary of defence; James Wolfensohn, outgoing
president of the World Bank and Paul Wolfowitz, deputy secretary of state, an ideologue of the Iraq war and incoming president
of the World Bank. By attending Bilderberg 2005 meeting, these people are breaking federal laws of the United States.
At a Saturday night cocktail party (May 7) at the luxurious Dorint Sofitel Seehotel Überfahrt in Rottach-Egern, Bavaria,
Munich, several Bilderbergers sharing the standing bar with Queen Beatrix of Holland and Donald Graham, the Washington Post´s
CEO, were discussing the up-coming sale of Spanish telecommunications and cable giant Auna.
Auna operates fixed line telephone services, a mobile-phone network, and a cable television system, and is also an Internet
provider. One of the Bilderbergers familiar with the matter [believed to be Henry Kravis, based on the physical description
of the source at the meeting] stated that Auna´s mobile operations could bring in some 10 billion euros including debt, while
another Bilderberger, a tall man with a receding hairline added that its fixed-line assets could fetch some 2.6 billion euros.
Sources close to the Bilderbergers have stated off-the-record that Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co, a private-equity firm
is interested in buying all of Auna. An abundance of cheap credit and low interest rates have made Auna an appetising target
for private-equity buyers.
Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co was represented at the Bilderberg meetings by its luminary billionaire Henry Kravis and
his small town Quebec-born wife, Marie Joseé Kravis, a senior fellow at the neoconservative Hudson Institute.
Conclusions: Expect favourable coverage and support for Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co from Grupo Prisa whose Consejero
Delegado Juan Luis Cebrian always attends super secret Bilderberg meetings. In case Kravis fails to put together a competitive
bid, then expect the same favourable coverage for Goldman Sachs Group, whose Martin Taylor is Bilderberg's honorary secretary
general and whose other Bilderberger, Peter Sutherland, is Goldman Sachs´ chairman as well as the Trilateral Commission´s
In the past, exposing Bilderberg meetings has provided advance warning—months ahead of the mainstream media—of
the US Iraqi invasion, tax increases, and the downfall of Margaret Thatcher as prime minister of Britain.
A political and military confrontation between these two nations in the petroleum-rich Sulawesi Sea (both claim the oil-rich
area of Ambalat as their territorial rights) was the topic of a much-animated discussion amongst several American and European
Bilderbergers during an afternoon cocktail hour. An American Bilderberger waving his cigar suggested using the UN to "further
a peace policy in the region." In fact, Bilderbergers at the lounge table all agreed that such a conflict might well give
them an excuse to garrison the disputed area with UN "Peacekeepers" and thus ensure their ultimate control over the exploitation
of this treasure, meaning untapped oil reserves.
European and American Bilderbergers realising the most urgent of needs to expand into developing markets in order to help
sustain the illusion of endless growth have agreed to name Pascal Lamy, a French Socialist and a fanatical supporter of a
European super state as the next World Trade Organization (WTO) president. It will be remembered that Washington gave a conditional
support to Lamy´s nomination in exchange for European support of Paul Wolfowitz as head of the World Bank.
According to insider sources within the Bilderberger group, Lamy was chosen to help steer the global trading system through
a time of rising protectionist sentiment in rich countries such as France and Germany, both reeling from high unemployment
and averse to increasingly muscular demands for market assess from emerging economies. Third World states, for example, are
insisting on cuts to EU and US farm subsidies. The WTO liberalization drive collapsed in acrimony in Seattle in 1999 and again
in Cancun in 2003.
The Bilderbergers have secretly agreed on the need to force the poor countries into a globalized market for cheap goods
while simultaneously forcing the poor into becoming customers. The current rift with China is a good example, as the Chinese
have flooded the Western countries with cheap goods, amongst them textiles, driving down prices. As a trade off, the Bilderbergers
have entered into an emerging market ripe and vulnerable to superior western know-how. Similar developing countries are slowly
acquiring more purchasing power and the industrialized world is gaining a foothold in their domestic economies by targeting
them for cheap exports.
One can't help but wonder when the Bilderberg organisers, David Rockefeller, Henry Kissinger, Queen Beatrix and the rest,
have completed their project of enclosing all global goods and services into their own hands, what then?
Francisco Goya´s Plate 79 of Disasters of War shows the fair maid of Liberty flat on her back, bosom exposed. Ghostly figures
play about the corpse while monks dig her grave. Truth has died. Murió la verdad. How is that for an alternative? Forewarned
is forearmed. We will never find the right answers if we can't ask the proper questions.
Click here for List of Participants
June 7, 2005—Because of the near total blackout of this year's Bilderberg conference in the mass media, knowledge
of what transpired behind the heavy guarded walls of Dorint Sofitel Seehotel Überfahrt in Rottach-Egern, Bavaria, Munich, Germany, May 5–8 is limited to the readers of Internet publications willing to challenge the veracity
of the US mainstream media and the corrupt Bush administration.
The discussions Bilderberg participants engaged in, and the consensus they reached, will influence the course of Western
civilization and the future of the entire planet. This meeting took place behind closed doors in total secrecy, protected
by a phalanx of armed assassins.
And speaking of human nature, power corrupts. It corrupts those who wield it. And it corrupts those who seek to influence
those who wield it. Media have long been part of the world of elites. The free press is a myth when powerful people own it.
Only when many small people own it will it be a truly free press, and will on our "right to know" be possible.
In the Orwellian world of modern day journalism, where a new form of political correctness frames their every utterance,
the language is contracting. Because the goal of totalitarian thought control is to make the expression of political incorrectness
impossible, words are used, not to make debating points, but to end all discussion.
In Bilderberg politics, life is compressed into a small number of people who spend a short period of time in a circle with
a stunted radius.
Someone asked how global taxation can be sold to the American public. One European commissioner suggested using the rhetoric
of helping countries build peaceful, stable societies once conflict subsides as the battering ram. Someone asked for the timing
of the appeal. Another former commissioner mentioned that the best time to ask for cash is once the conflict subsided and
the world is subjected to brutal images of destruction. A Norwegian Bilderberger disagreed. What looked to be Bjorn T. Grydeland,
Norwegian Ambassador to the European Union, said that on the contrary, it's much easier to get world attention and money for
a region when a conflict rages
So much was confirmed a posteriori when Denmark's Foreign Minister Per Stig Moller, during a recent debate in the United
Nations, stated on the record that "If the international community is not able to act swiftly, the fragile peace is at risk,
with loss of more lives as a consequence." Until July 1, 2005 Denmark holds the council presidency when it will be replaced
by the British.
Bilderbergers are planning to use what they denominated as a UN Peacebuilding Commission apparently to help win the peace
in post-conflict countries as one of the tools in secretly imposing the UN tax on an unsuspecting world population.
Jim Tucker said as much in his report in the American Free Press BILDERBERG EXPOSED - World Shadow Government Uncovered by AFP Again when he wrote, "There was some informal discussion of timing for a vote in the United Nations on establishing a direct
global tax by imposing a 10-cents-a-barrel levy on oil at the well-head. This is important to the Bilderberg goal of establishing the UN as a formal world government. Such a direct tax on individuals is symbolically important.
Bilderberg's global tax proposal has been pending before the UN for three years but the issue has been blacked out by the
Bilderberg-controlled U.S. media."
Mark R. Warner, governor of Virginia and a first time Bilderberg invitee, expressed concern about how much additional financial
responsibility the United States would take on as a result. At this point José M. Durao Barroso, president of the European
Commission, expressed a view held by many within Bilderberg that the United States does not provide a fair share of economic
aid to poor countries. My sources confirm Jim Tucker´s report that "Kissinger and David Rockefeller, among other Americans,
beamed and nodded approval." Although the United States pays more into the foreign aid piggy bank than any country in the
world, the Bilderbergers and the United Nations are poised to demand much more funding from them to meet the peacebuilding
An American Bilderberger wondered what it would take for the oil prices to go back to $25 a barrel. Another American Bilderberger,
believed to be Allan E. Hubbard, assistant to the president for Economic Policy, laconically stated that the general public
does not realize that the price for cheap oil can be the bursting of the debt bubble. Cheap oil slows economic growth because it depresses commodity prices and reduces world liquidity.
There is a strong indication, based on the information reported from the Bilderberg 2005 meeting in Rottach-Egern, that the
Federal Reserve is extremely concerned about the debt bubble. An American Bilderberger reported that if the price of oil is
to go down to its previous low of $25 a barrel, the debt-driven asset bubble will explode.
Martin S. Feldstein, president of National Bureau of Economic Research, added that $50 a barrel involves greater cash flow.
According to publicly available information, the United States consumes daily approximately 20 million barrels of oil out
of a total world consumption of 84 million barrels. At $50 a barrel, the aggregate oil bill for the US comes to $1 billion
a day, $365 billion a year, about 3 percent of the 2004 US gross domestic product (GDP). About 60 percent of US consumption
is imported at a cost of $600 million a day, or $219 billion a year.
A short, stout man asked if the surging oil price would influence economic growth. Someone sitting in the front row noted
that higher energy prices do not take money out of the economy, they merely shift profit allocation from one business sector
to another. An American Bilderberger wondered what an oil price increase can mean for the general public. A tall, skinny gentleman
reportedly mused that expensive oil means reduced consumption in other sectors, unless higher income can be generated from
the increased cash flow. A French Bilderberger noted that in western society, higher income translates into longer working
hours, which often results in lower standard of living.
Someone raised a question about the impact of a sharp rise of energy prices on asset values. A German Bilderberger responded
that the net effect is a de facto depreciation of money, misidentified as growth.
A US general noted that war spending helps jump start the economy, noting that the trick to keeping the opposition at bay
is to limit collateral damage to foreign soil.
A British Bilderberger noted that oil at $120 a barrel will greatly benefit Britain and the US, but that Russia and China
would be the biggest winners. An expert in International relations and policy studies noted that for the Chinese this would
be a real bonanza. The Chinese import energy not for domestic consumption, but rather to fuel its growing cheap exports, a
cost that would duly be passed on to foreign buyers. A European banker pointed out that Russia could effectively devalue the
dollar by re-denominating its energy trade with Europe from dollars into euros, forcing Europe's central banks to rebalance
their foreign exchange reserves in favour of the euro. Jean-Claude Trichet, governor of the European Central Bank was present
during the debate.
US Airlines and Pension Funds
An American Bilderberger inquired about the effect of $50 oil on the crisis in government pension insurance. High oil prices
threaten the economic viability of airlines and motor vehicles sectors. The employees' pensions at US Airways were recently
terminated by the bankruptcy court. United Airlines and others are on the list as well. An American Bilderberger noted
that the US Social Security is going through its worst accounting crisis in years. The spectre was raised of companies defaulting
on their financial obligations to the workers. Someone commented that government-run pension funds will not be able to shoulder
an industry wide default on their obligations without a federal bailout.
Nobel Peace Prize
Appearance at Bilderberg 2005 of a Nobel Peace Prize Committee Chairman Geir Lundestad is likely to mean, according to
sources familiar with the discussion, a full-court press by the American, British and Israeli delegation on the Nobel committee
in preventing an Israeli nuclear technician, Mordechai Vanunu, from winning the coveted award. Vanunu spent 18 years in an
Israeli prison—11 and a half of them in solitary confinement—for providing evidence of Israel's nuclear arsenal
to a British newspaper in 1986. Should Vanunu win the Nobel for Peace, it would bring uncomfortable attention to the Israeli
nuclear arsenal, especially in the face of growing evidence that Israel and the United States are about to punish Iran for
trying to develop their own nuclear weapons. Strong pressure was applied on Lundestad not to choose Hans Blix, UN weapons
inspector in Iraq, nor Mohamed El Baradei, the director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency, a man President
Bush tried to remove for not being tough enough on Iran.
Some of this year's other nominees are George Bush and British Prime Minister Tony Blair for supposedly protecting world
peace; the European Union; French President Jacques Chirac, former Czech President Vaclav Havel; Pope John Paul II; Cuban
dissident Oswaldo Paya; and U.S. Senator Richard Lugar and former Senator Sam Nunn for their Cooperative Threat Reduction
Program, which is intended to dismantle nuclear weapons left over from the Soviet Union.
One of the best kept secrets is the degree to which a handful of giant conglomerates all belonging to the secret Bilderberg
Group, Council on Foreign Relations, NATO, the Club of Rome and the Trilateral Commission control the flow of information
in the world and determine what we see on television, hear on the radio and read in newspapers, magazines, or books.
Bilderberg has, at one time or another, had representatives of all major US and European newspapers and network news outlets
attend. The inadequately named international free press attends on their solemn promise to report nothing. This is how Bilderberg
keeps its news blackout virtually complete in the United States and in Europe.
This year´s invitees included Nicolas Beytout, editor-in-chief, Figaro; Oscar Bronner, publisher and editor, Der Standard;
Donald Graham, chairman of The Washington Post; Matthias Nass, deputy editor, Die Zeit; Norman Pearlstine, editor-in-chief,
Time; Cuneyt Ulsevere, columnist for the Hurriyet; John Vinocur, senior correspondent, International Herald Tribune; Martin
Wolf, associate editor, Financial Times; Fareed Zakaria, editor, Newsweek International; Klaus Zumwinkel, chairman, Deutsche
Post; John Micklethwait, U.S. editor, The Economist and Adrian Wooldridge, foreign correspondent, The Economist. Micklethwait
and Wooldridge acted as the meeting´s rapporteurs.
China and Textiles
The discussion was led off with a series of rhetorical questions from the speaker. Is China really abusing its competitive
advantage, or is it being victimized by the US and the EU? Is a trade war imminent? Should China revalue the yuan, (its currency), and if so, how should
it do this?
An American Bilderberger noted that China in 2005 is one of the leading world economic powers whose actions influence the
world economy. Another American believed to be, but not positively identified as, Michael A. Ledeen of the American Enterprise
Institute said that if China doesn't revalue the yuan it would cause the entire world trade system to go out of whack. Someone
mentioned that the current situation can be dangerous for the Chinese economy due to the creation of excess liquidity.
Elena Nemirovskaya, founder of the Moscow School of Political Studies, asked what would happen if the yuan was allowed
to float freely. An economist responded that that could bring about serious consequences to the world's financial markets.
China's foreign exchange reserves are to a large extent made up of US Treasury bills. An appreciation of the yuan would cause
its dollar reserves to depreciate. A German Bilderberger pointed out that this could force the Federal Reserve to have to
raise interest rates, thus causing the current housing boom in the US to come to a screeching halt
An over-sized Dutchman pointed out that the International Monetary Fund needs to play an active role in helping the yuan.
"Is there a real danger, then" asked an Italian Bilderberger "of this dispute deteriorating into an all out trade war?"
"Not likely," according to an unidentified blond from Northern Europe, believed to be a Swede, because China has totally integrated
itself into the market economy." An American Bilderberger and a member of the US government noted that all the posturing is
part of the act to keep the voters back home happy.
China's move into the Mekong region did not go unnoticed at the conference. William J. Luti, US Deputy Under Secretary
of Defence for Near Eastern and South Asian Affairs, explained that China's rapid expansion into the Mekong region, comprising
Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam could threaten US interests in the area. Such moves by China would give it an
enhanced role in Southeast Asia. Over the last several years, China has invested heavily in transport infrastructure development
linking China's southwestern Yunan Province and the Mekong region.
A European Bilderberger pointed out that China is heavily dependent on oil imports. Someone asked for a figure. A tall,
lanky man with glasses, believed to be Jeroen van der Veer, chairman of Royal Dutch Shell, responded that some 40 percent
of China´s supply is imported.
In fact, China´s move into the Mekong region is the result of acute awareness that the country´s energy supplies are vulnerable
to interference. Overall, 32 percent of energy supplies, China´s lifeblood, pass through the narrow and easily blocked Strait
A French Bilderberger pointedly asked Henry Kissinger if the US government's sabre- rattling against Iran means the beginning
of new hostilities. Richard Haass, president of the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), asking for his turn to speak, dismissed
the notion of an Iran invasion as unrealistic due to the sheer physical size of the country and its population size, not to
mention billions involved in getting the operation off the ground. Up to the eyeballs in the Iraq quagmire, the United States
military is wary of any new adventures in the hostile terrain against a much healthier enemy, both better prepared and organised.
A Swiss Bilderberger asked if a hypothetical attack on Iran would involve a preemptive strike against its nuclear sites. Richard
Haass replied that such an attack would prove to be counterproductive because Teheran's counterattack options could range
from "unleashing terrorism and promoting instability in Iraq, Afghanistan and Saudi Arabia, to triggering oil price increases
that could trigger a global economic crisis".
During dinner, according to several sources, Richard Perle criticised Haass´ position and explained his opposition to his
A woman believed to be Heather Munroe-Blum, vice-chancellor of McGill University in Quebec, Canada, asked a rhetorical
question about what would happen if Iran were to continue building its nuclear arsenal? Haass replied that in this case scenario,
the United States would have no choice but to grant Iran the same status as it does to Pakistan and India.
A US general commented that the China-Iran-Russia alliance is changing the geopolitical situation in the area. Rapprochement
between Russia and China is viewed by the Bilderbergers as a significant event not to be taken lightly, even though it has
received little media attention in the west. A secret US government report was cited wherein, according to sources, the Chinese
have spent upwards of several billion dollars in acquiring Russia's latest and most sophisticated weapons technology. Someone
pointed out that the Sino-Russian alliance is not limited to military trade and that the non-military exchange of goods has
grown 100 percent since the beginning of the Bush presidency. A delegate at the conference, believed to be, but not positively
identified by the secret service sources, Anatoliy Sharansky, Israeli former minister for Jerusalem & Diaspora Affairs,
stated categorically during a Friday night cocktail party that the counterweight to the Moscow-Beijing-Teheran axis is the
A financial expert from a European nation intervened by stating that Russia financially is much better off today than four
years ago because tax revenues, generated by fuel and arms production and exports as a result of heavy emphasis on military
production, have financed strong growth of wages and pension incomes, boosting private consumption. A German Bilderberger
pointedly asked Richard Perle if the "war on terrorism" will intensify over the second term of the Bush presidency.
The feeling of enough-is-enough wasn't limited to the European Bilderbergers wary of Bush's Hitler-like delirious proclamations
of regime changes worldwide. Haass had pointedly told Richard Perle during a Saturday night cocktail party that the Bush administration
has over-estimated its ability to change the world. Haass, according to several sources at the conference is reported to have
stated that regime change can be attractive because it "is less distasteful than diplomacy and less dangerous than living
with new nuclear states." However, he noted, "There is only one problem, it is highly unlikely to have the desired effect
The presence of a top US general, James L. Jones, Supreme Allied Commander Europe, and retired US Army General John M.
Keane at the Bilderberg meeting in Germany suggested to us that the next stage of the conquest is about to begin.
An American neocon at an afternoon drink-fest said he was convinced that the "Iranian opposition movement" will unseat
the mullahs. Nicholas Beytout, editor-in chief of the French periodical Le Figaro, exclaimed "You don't really believe that!" A tall, bold, well-dressed Swiss gentleman, believed to be Pascal Couchepin, head of the powerful Department
of Home Affairs, replied reflexively that it will only succeed in having the Iranians rally behind their government. He ended
by saying "You don't know Iranians."
Tempers boiled over momentarily when a French Bilderberger raising his voice told Kissinger that "an attack on Iran will
escalate out of control." According to sources working for the CIA and the special unit of the US Army charged with protecting
the US delegation at Rottach-Egern, both the CIA and the FBI are in open revolt against the Bush White House.
A member of the Greek Parliament asked Eival Gilady, strategic adviser to Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon "What would
happen if Iran were to retaliate?" Someone pointed out that even if the United States or Israel were to show restraint in
their use of tactical nuclear weapons, an attack on Iran's nuclear facilities would surely not only engulf neighbour state,s
raising the likelihood of a broader war, but also would succeed in creating a nuclear disaster through nuclear radiation spilling
over a wide area. As a follow up question, someone asked, "How much of this war has to do with America doing its utmost to
prevent Iran from becoming a regional power?"
A French Bilderberger wished to know if the impending attack on Iran would involve the United States and Israel working
in tandem or "would it be a NATO operation?" The question was directed at NATO´s Secretary General Jaap G. de Hoop Scheffer.
Another European Bilderberger wanted to know how the US was planning to cope with three wars simultaneously, referring to
Iraq, Afghanistan and now Iran. The reader should be reminded that there are now 150,000 US troops deployed in Iraq who are
unable to move to another theatre of operations because of effective resistance tactics.
The Israeli delegation was pressed to answer if they were prepared to use nuclear weapons against Iran. The answer was
What is so terrifying about the Iran theatre of operations is that according to our deep sources, both of whom belong to
the Bilderberg Group, there are two alternative dates set for the invasion. The earliest possible date would be the "deadest
of summer" sometime in August and the other alternative is the late fall campaign. It substantially confirms the information
provided by Scott Ritter, the ex-Marine turned UNSCOM weapons inspector, who stated that "George W. Bush has `signed off´
on plans to bomb Iran in June 2005." Ritter goes on to say that the June date suggests that the US and Israel are "in a state
The discussion began with a European expert on international relations pointing out that over the next several years Russia
is poised to assert itself and to increasingly challenge the Bush administration's foreign policy goals. Someone openly asked
the committee if the world is safer today than in 2001 and will it be safer in four years time? A Dutchman responded by saying
there is little doubt that the hand of international terrorism has been substantially strengthened by the US and its heavy-handed
policy in the Middle East. A Danish Bilderberger wondered out loud what happened to the US promise to take a lower key approach
in Iraq, referring to the heavy-handed tactics employed by the American troops in the siege of Fallujah, which played an important
role in alienating a large cross-section of moderate Arab states. Additionally, pointed out the Dutchman, terrorism hasn't
been confined to the Iraq theatre of operations, but has escalated across Asia, Africa and most of the Middle East.
A blond woman believed to be Thérèse Delpech, director for Strategic Affairs for the Atomic Energy Commission, said that
unilateralist policy actions by the US will only succeed in alienating friendly nations and emboldening enemy combatants.
"US is not all-powerful. It must coordinate its policy with other great powers to achieve its ends."
An oil expert believed to be from Britain, possibly John Kerr, a director for Royal Dutch Shell, focused on the oil pipeline
from Siberia to northern China. The Bilderbergers openly wondered at the medium-term repercussions of this deal. An American
investment banker asked just how much oil is expected to flow through this pipeline. Another member of the oil cartel offered
a 65–80 million barrels per year as a ballpark figure.
During a Saturday night session at the bar, neocon Richard N. Perle was seen and heard talking to a group of Bilderbergers,
amongst them Philippe Camus, president of the European Space Agency, EADS; Donald Graham, chairman of the Washington Post
and James L. Jones, Supreme Allied Commander Europe, about the near-future test-firing of India´s Agni 3 intermediate-range
ballistic missile capable of carrying nuclear warheads. James Jones said that such a weapon would greatly increase India's
capabilities because, according to the four-star general, India's strategic deterrence will be able to strike targets deep
inside neighbouring China. In fact, Dr M Natarajan, head of the prestigious Defence Research and Development Organisation
(DRDO), said as much two weeks later in New Delhi on 17 May.
Additionally, the Bilderbergers discussed how to dust off a "boring" image of Angela Merkel, Germany's future leader. A
short, over-sized male Bilderberger offered an opinion that in order for the widest cross-section of the German public to
accept Merkel, the leader of the opposition Christian Democratic Union, as chancellor, it would be important to give a new
definition to the term "family values." German Bilderbergers well-versed in conservative Bavarian collective psyche believe
that Merkel´s image, a divorcee with a doctorate degree in physics, isn't considered "reliable" to attract sufficient votes
in this staunchly conservative area of the country. The idea, according to people within ear shot of the discussion "in the
up-coming campaign would be to stress the importance of families rather than marriage as an institution."
Bilderbergers pushing Schroeder aside in favour of a new candidate could very well signify that after three years of strife
between American and European Bilderbergers over the war in Iraq, the secret society is ready to move forward with a much
revised and cohesive policy. It must be remembered that Schroeder, along with French President Chirac, was one of the most
vociferous European critics of the US-led Iraq intervention. Both Schroeder, representing the left and Merkel, representing
the right, are owned by the Bilderbergers. It has been the group's policy since its inception in 1954 to own both horses in
the race. For the record, every US president belongs to the Bilderberg Group or its interlocked sister organization, The Council
on Foreign Relations. Although Bush junior didn't personally attend the secret meeting in Rottach-Egern, the US government
was well-represented by William Luti, Richard Perle and Dennis Ross of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy.
History teaches by analogy, not identity. The historical experience is not one of staying in the present and looking back.
Rather it is one of going back into the past and returning to the present with a wider and more intense consciousness of the
restrictions of our former outlook.
If democracy is the rule of the people, secret government agendas and influence-peddling sinister cliques, which stand
for cunning selfishness, are incompatible with it. The whole idea of clandestine spheres of influence waging secret campaigns
is therefore foreign to the notion of democracy and must be fought with zealous determination.
Through lies and obfuscations, Bilderbergers are desperately trying to foist onto the unwilling world population a totalitarian,
one-world government, a single global currency and a syncretic universal religion.
Those of us who care deeply about the future of politics, domestic and international, cannot afford to ignore the fact
that the grimly political One World Government is no longer merely a shadow subculture. It has, in fact, emerged as the dominant
force in world affairs.
Daniel Estulin is an award-winning investigative journalist who has been researching the Bilderbergers for over 13 years.
Estulin was one of only two journalists in the world who witnessed and reported (from beyond the heavily guarded perimeter)
the super secret meeting at the Dorint Sofitel Seehotel in Rottach-Egern, Munich, Bavaria, Germany, on May 5–8, 2005.
He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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