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
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 expanding democracy.
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 interlocking
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
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 Wolfowitz.
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
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
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 million barrels.
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 European chairman.
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
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
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.
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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. Contact him