Cameron to attend secretive Bilderberg conference (but will not say who he meets)

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What if the owners of the National Football League (NFL) met secretly behind closed doors and refused to tell the public what was discussed? Wouldn’t the corporate mass media throw a conniption fit? Wouldn’t there be blaring headlines and rants on sports radio and TV show? Wouldn’t there be cries of “price fixing!” “collusion!” and “conspiracy!”? But let the most powerful persons in the world meet secretly and we are supposed to believe that any criticism is just conspiracy theory. In fact, for many years, the corporate mass media denied such Bilderberg meetings were even happening. Both Cameron and Obama pledged transparency in government. Neither one has followed through. So, who is really in charge?



Cameron to attend secretive Bilderberg conference (but will not say who he meets)

Daily Mail
June 7, 2013


David Cameron is to attend a meeting of the secretive Bilderberg Group tonight – but will not say who he meets.

The Prime Minister will take part in a debate on the global economy with an unknown group of ministers, business leaders and academics from around the world.

But his attendance at the heavily-guarded event is certain to spark controversy after Mr Cameron once promised to lead the ‘most open and transparent government in the world’.

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Secret: David Cameron, pictured in Scotland today, is to attend the Bilderberg Group conference tonight, but Downing Street said it was a private meeting and will not say who he meets

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Controversy: Protesters gathered to at vehicles arriving at the conference yesterday in protest at its secretive nature

Famous for being shrouded in secrecy, the Bilderberg conference is taking place in Britain for the first time since 1998 and conspiracy theorists believe this is where leaders plot world domination.

The huge police operation drafted in to monitor the four-day event in Watford, which has previously attracted mass demonstrations, could cost the British taxpayer as much as £2million or more, it has been claimed.

Mr Cameron is not due to give a speech but will take part in a discussion about ‘domestic and global economic issues’.

The Prime Minister’s official spokesman said: ‘It is a private meeting. He has been invited as head of the government here.

‘My understanding is that is is usual for the Bilderberg Group to invite the head of the government of the country in which it is meeting.

‘He feels it is an opportunity to discuss economic issues with senior ministers, business people and academics.’

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‘Outrageous’: The huge police operation drafted in to monitor the four-day event, which has previously attracted mass demonstrations, could cost the British taxpayer as much as £2million or more, it has been claimed

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On guard: Police patrol the grounds of The Grove hotel which is hosting the annual Bilderberg conference

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Security: A police helicopter hovers over the The Grove hotel in Hertfordshire, with the taxpayer paying for most of the bill

The spokesman said he thought it was the first time Mr Cameron had joined a meeting of the shadowy group. But as Tory leader he attended in 2008.

The Prime Minister has made great play of his commitment to be more open about who he meets.

In 2010 he promised: ‘We want to be the most open and transparent government in the world.’

Downing Street was forced to deny that Mr Cameron’s decision to attend this evening ran counter to his pledge.

The spokesman added: ‘The Prime Minister has always been clear about the importance of transparency, which is why this Government has taken  a number of steps in terms of publishing more data, more information and making details of meetings available.

‘We publish far more information on meetings than previous governments. The Prime Minister regularly has meetings with key ministers from other countries and with business people and others as part of his job.

‘That doesn’t mean that he is not determined to lead the most transparent government.’

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Campaigners: Amid tight security, members of the press and a handful of protesters gathered in a fenced-off area just inside the grounds of the hotel, but around half a mile from the redbrick hotel

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Sweep: Police are seen to be doing security checks in bushes outside the hotel grounds

Since its inception in 1954, Bilderberg  has held annual gatherings of 120-150 invited political leaders and experts from industry, finance, academia and the media, designed to ‘foster dialogue between Europe and North America’.

The group describes the conference as ‘a forum for informal, off-the-record discussions about megatrends and the major issues facing the world’ and states that the private nature of the meeting allows participants to ‘listen, reflect and gather insights’ without being bound by the conventions of office or by pre-agreed public positions.

There is no detailed agenda, no resolutions are proposed, no votes are taken, and no policy statements are issued.

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Cloaked: Famous for being shrouded in secrecy, the Bilderberg conference is taking place in Britain for the first time since 1998 and conspiracy theorists believe this is where leaders plot world domination

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Ring of steel: Police officers man a road block as delegates arrived for the four-day meetingSeveral cars with blacked-out windows entered the gates of the Grove Hotel, near Watford, in Hertfordshire, have been seen arriving the secretive meeting.

It is thought billionaire executives from multinational companies such as Amazon and Google, high-ranking political figures including Chancellor George Osborne, senior minister Ken Clarke and shadow chancellor Ed Balls and even members of royal families are among the 130 or so attendees.

Downing Street refused to comment on the huge police operation surrounding the event, which has been heavily criticised.

Watford town mayor Dorothy Thornhill said: ‘I think it’s outrageous that the local taxpayer has to pick up the tab for ostensibly a private meeting of trillionaires, probably the most wealthy people in the world.

‘Hertfordshire Constabulary have suddenly got this unexpected budget strain dumped on them at literally a month’s notice. It’s not on.’

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Alert: Police on horseback patrol the area around the hotel as delegates arrive for the conference

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Keeping watch: The traditionally secretive conference, which has taken place since 1954, is expected to be attended by politicians, bank bosses, businessman and European royalty

Hertfordshire Police has not revealed details of the bill, but they are in talks with the Home Office about a grant for ‘unexpected or exceptional costs’.

This is only approved if expenditure threatens a force’s budget, which would need to be more than one per cent of its overall spend – or about £1.8million, according to the Daily Telegraph.

Hertfordshire Police said the Bilderberg Group has agreed to contribute some of the cost of security, but taxpayers will have to cover the rest.

A spokesman added: ‘We will also be seeking funding from other sources to help cover the costs of policing and are in discussion with the Home Office about other funding sources.’

“They” are always behind things, it is said. So, who are “they”? Here’s the list:


Castries, Henri de (chairman) Chairman and CEO, AXA Group
Achleitner, Paul M. Chairman of the Supervisory Board, Deutsche Bank AG
Ackermann, Josef Chairman of the Board, Zurich Insurance Group Ltd
Agius, Marcus Former Chairman, Barclays plc
Alexander, Helen Chairman, UBM plc
Altman, Roger C. Executive Chairman, Evercore Partners
Apunen, Matti Director, Finnish Business and Policy Forum EVA
Athey, Susan Professor of Economics, Stanford Graduate School of Business
Ayd?nta?ba?, Asl? Columnist, Milliyet Newspaper
Babacan, Ali Deputy Prime Minister for Economic and Financial Affairs
Balls, Edward M. Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer
Balsemão, Francisco Pinto Chairman and CEO, IMPRESA
Barré, Nicolas Managing Editor, Les Echos
Barroso, José M. Durão President, European Commission
Baverez, Nicolas Partner, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP
Bavinchove, Olivier de Commander, Eurocorps
Bell, John Regius Professor of Medicine, University of Oxford
Bernabè, Franco Chairman and CEO, Telecom Italia S.p.A.
Bezos, Jeff Founder and CEO,
Bildt, Carl Minister for Foreign Affairs
Borg, Anders Minister for Finance
Boxmeer, Jean François van Chairman of the Executive Board and CEO, Heineken N.V.
Brandtzæg, Svein Richard President and CEO, Norsk Hydro ASA
Bronner, Oscar Publisher, Der Standard Medienwelt
Carrington, Peter Former Honorary Chairman, Bilderberg Meetings
Cebrián, Juan Luis Executive Chairman, Grupo PRISA
Clark, W. Edmund President and CEO, TD Bank Group
Clarke, Kenneth Member of Parliament
Corydon, Bjarne Minister of Finance
Cowper-Coles, Sherard Business Development Director, International, BAE Systems plc
Cucchiani, Enrico Tommaso CEO, Intesa Sanpaolo SpA
Davignon, Etienne Minister of State; Former Chairman, Bilderberg Meetings
Davis, Ian Senior Partner Emeritus, McKinsey & Company
Dijkgraaf, Robbert H. Director and Leon Levy Professor, Institute for Advanced Study
Dinçer, Haluk President, Retail and Insurance Group, Sabanc? Holding A.S.
Dudley, Robert Group Chief Executive, BP plc
Eberstadt, Nicholas N. Henry Wendt Chair in Political Economy, American Enterprise Institute
Eide, Espen Barth Minister of Foreign Affairs
Ekholm, Börje President and CEO, Investor AB
Enders, Thomas CEO, EADS
Evans, J. Michael Vice Chairman, Goldman Sachs & Co.
Federspiel, Ulrik Executive Vice President, Haldor Topsøe A/S
Feldstein, Martin S. Professor of Economics, Harvard University; President Emeritus, NBER
Fillon, François Former Prime Minister
Fishman, Mark C. President, Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research
Flint, Douglas J. Group Chairman, HSBC Holdings plc
Gallagher, Paul Senior Counsel
Geithner, Timothy F. Former Secretary of the Treasury
Gfoeller, Michael Political Consultant
Graham, Donald E. Chairman and CEO, The Washington Post Company
Grillo, Ulrich CEO, Grillo-Werke AG
Gruber, Lilli Journalist – Anchorwoman, La 7 TV
Guindos, Luis de Minister of Economy and Competitiveness
Gulliver, Stuart Group Chief Executive, HSBC Holdings plc
Gutzwiller, Felix Member of the Swiss Council of States
Halberstadt, Victor Professor of Economics, Leiden University
Heinonen, Olli Senior Fellow, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs,
Harvard Kennedy School
Henry, Simon CFO, Royal Dutch Shell plc
Hermelin, Paul Chairman and CEO, Capgemini Group
Isla, Pablo Chairman and CEO, Inditex Group
Jacobs, Kenneth M. Chairman and CEO, Lazard
Johnson, James A. Chairman, Johnson Capital Partners
Jordan, Thomas J. Chairman of the Governing Board, Swiss National Bank
Jordan, Jr., Vernon E. Managing Director, Lazard Freres & Co. LLC
Kaplan, Robert D. Chief Geopolitical Analyst, Stratfor
Karp, Alex Founder and CEO, Palantir Technologies
Kerr, John Independent Member, House of Lords
Kissinger, Henry A. Chairman, Kissinger Associates, Inc.
Kleinfeld, Klaus Chairman and CEO, Alcoa
Knot, Klaas H.W. President, De Nederlandsche Bank
Koç, Mustafa V. Chairman, Koç Holding A.S.
Koch, Roland CEO, Bilfinger SE
Kravis, Henry R. Co-Chairman and Co-CEO, Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co.
Kravis, Marie-Josée Senior Fellow and Vice Chair, Hudson Institute
Kudelski, André Chairman and CEO, Kudelski Group
Kyriacopoulos, Ulysses Chairman, S&B Industrial Minerals S.A.
Lagarde, Christine Managing Director, International Monetary Fund
Lauk, Kurt J. Chairman of the Economic Council to the CDU, Berlin
Lessig, Lawrence Roy L. Furman Professor of Law and Leadership, Harvard Law School
Leysen, Thomas Chairman of the Board of Directors, KBC Group
Lindner, Christian Party Leader, Free Democratic Party (FDP NRW)
Löfven, Stefan Party Leader, Social Democratic Party (SAP)
Löscher, Peter President and CEO, Siemens AG
Mandelson, Peter Chairman, Global Counsel; Chairman, Lazard International
Mathews, Jessica T. President, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
McKenna, Frank Chair, Brookfield Asset Management
Micklethwait, John Editor-in-Chief, The Economist
Montbrial, Thierry de President, French Institute for International Relations
Monti, Mario Former Prime Minister
Mundie, Craig J. Senior Advisor to the CEO, Microsoft Corporation
Nagel, Alberto CEO, Mediobanca
Netherlands, H.R.H. Princess Beatrix of The
Ng, Andrew Y. Co-Founder, Coursera
Ollila, Jorma Chairman, Royal Dutch Shell, plc
Omand, David Visiting Professor, King’s College London
Osborne, George Chancellor of the Exchequer
Ottolenghi, Emanuele Senior Fellow, Foundation for Defense of Democracies
Özel, Soli Senior Lecturer, Kadir Has University; Columnist, Habertürk Newspaper
Papahelas, Alexis Executive Editor, Kathimerini Newspaper
Pavey, ?afak Member of Parliament (CHP)
Pécresse, Valérie Member of Parliament (UMP)
Perle, Richard N. Resident Fellow, American Enterprise Institute
Petraeus, David H. General, U.S. Army (Retired)
Portas, Paulo Minister of State and Foreign Affairs
Prichard, J. Robert S. Chair, Torys LLP
Reding, Viviane Vice President and Commissioner for Justice, European Commission
Reisman, Heather M. CEO, Indigo Books & Music Inc.
Rey, Hélène Professor of Economics, London Business School
Robertson, Simon Partner, Robertson Robey Associates LLP; Deputy Chairman, HSBC Holdings
Rocca, Gianfelice Chairman,Techint Group
Rostowski, Jacek Minister of Finance and Deputy Prime Minister
Rubin, Robert E. Co-Chairman, Council on Foreign Relations; Former Secretary of the Treasury
Rutte, Mark Prime Minister
Schieder, Andreas State Secretary of Finance
Schmidt, Eric E. Executive Chairman, Google Inc.
Scholten, Rudolf Member of the Board of Executive Directors, Oesterreichische Kontrollbank AG
Seguro, António José Secretary General, Socialist Party
Senard, Jean-Dominique CEO, Michelin Group
Skogen Lund, Kristin Director General, Confederation of Norwegian Enterprise
Slaughter, Anne-Marie Bert G. Kerstetter ’66 University Professor of Politics and International Affairs,
Sutherland, Peter D. Chairman, Goldman Sachs International
Taylor, Martin Former Chairman, Syngenta AG
Thiam, Tidjane Group CEO, Prudential plc
Thiel, Peter A. President, Thiel Capital
Thompson, Craig B. President and CEO, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
Topsøe, Jakob Haldor Partner, AMBROX Capital A/S
Urpilainen, Jutta Minister of Finance
Vasella, Daniel L. Honorary Chairman, Novartis AG
Voser, Peter R. CEO, Royal Dutch Shell plc
Wall, Brad Premier of Saskatchewan
Wallenberg, Jacob Chairman, Investor AB
Warsh, Kevin Distinguished Visiting Fellow, The Hoover Institution, Stanford University
Weston, Galen G. Executive Chairman, Loblaw Companies Limited
Williams of Crosby, Shirley Member, House of Lords
Wolf, Martin H. Chief Economics Commentator, The Financial Times
Wolfensohn, James D. Chairman and CEO, Wolfensohn and Company
Wright, David Vice Chairman, Barclays plc
Zoellick, Robert B. Distinguished Visiting Fellow, Peterson Institute for International Economics




NOTE: Bilderberg began meeting on June 6, 2013 — that’s 6-6 and 2+1+3+ 666. Coincidence?

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