Bilderberg: sinister with a smile

Sunday, June 13, 2010 , Posted by TJ at 9:47 AM

Now they’ve been forced into the open, the Bilderberg group want us to believe they’re just has beens. Don’t be fooled

By Chalie Skelton~London Guardian

An extraordinary thing happened last weekend. The world’s most secretive strategy group, Bilderberg, poked its nose out of the shadows and launched its own website: bilderbergmeetings.org. For an organisation that prefers to cordon the press a mile from its meetings, whose press relations policy to date has been to arrest, harass and search journalists, this was an astonishing turnaround.

Until now, David Rockefeller’s policy forum carried on quietly out of sight. It welcomed politicians (David Cameron in 2008, George Osborne 2006-2009) to strategise in secret with corporate heads, European royalty and bank bosses. This year saw Google CEO Eric Schmidt take part alongside Robert Zoellick (president of the World Bank), Bill Gates and the usual sprinkle of EU commissioners and Goldman Sachs heavyweights. If you didn’t know it was going on, that’s understandable. It’s what they wanted.

This year, in the Spanish seaside town of Sitges, the sheer weight of attention on Bilderberg became too much for its policy of “ignorance management”. TV crews at the police line, bloggers blogging, the Spanish press asking questions about cost, the Canadian press wondering at this year’s unusual glut of Canucks – finally, the mainstream press was taking notice. I found myself taking part in a debate on the BBC World Service. I knew something had changed when Kate Adie spoke passionately of her concerns about the armed secrecy of Bilderberg.

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