It is very easy to write off the Bilderberg Group, which met in utter secrecy in Watford a week ago, as just a private get-together of high-powered colleagues from across the Western world which regularly meets to exchange views. That was the view peddled by Ken Clarke amid much buffoonery and mockery in the Commons. It is equally easy, as the BBC did the day before, to get a ranter of dubious credibility to go over the top in portraying Bilderberg as a secretive worldwide conspiracy. Neither of these presentations stand up to any serious scrutiny, but establishing the realities is difficult partly because of the secrecy in which the whole operation is shrouded. But there are some significant leads.
Bilderberg was founded in 1954 by Prince Bernhard of the Netherlands. He was a Nazi party member from 1933-37 who resigned one day after his controversial marriage to the future Queen of the Netherlands. In 1934 he was the subject of a report by a US Congress committee which identified him as an SS officer attached to the Nazi government’s principal industrial ally, IG Farben. The minutes of the first Bilderberg meeting declared their aim as “to evolve an international order which would look beyond the present day crisis. When the time is ripe our present concepts of world affairs should be extended to the whole world”. One close observer (Robert Aldrich, an ex-CIA operative) noted that “although Bilderberg and the European Movement shared the same founders, members and objectives, arguably Bilderberg constituted the more effective mechanism….It is clear that the Rome Treary was nurtured at Bilderberg in the proceeding year (1957)”, and he later commented on “the style of early covert actions, not least the reliance on private organisations – albeit coordinated by a close circle of friends”.
Reuters reported in 1996 on recently declassified US Intelligence documents which confirmed that an August 1944 meeting between the SS and representatives of 7 large German companies laid plans to build up wealth, power and industrial capacity abroad “so that a strong German empire can be created after the defeat”. Even Adenauer himself, the German founder of the European Community, could say after the war in 1950 that “a federated Europe will be a third force…Germany has again become a factor with which others will have to reckon”. Others shared the imperial objective, but from a different angle. Thus the banker Rockefeller, one of the earlier Bilderberger stalwarts, could assert: “The supra-national sovereignty of an intellectual elite and of world bankers is surely preferable to the self-determination which has been practised for centuries past”.
Secrecy was always the requirement, close coordination the technique. Soon after attending the 1993 Bilderberg conference in Greece Blair, Clarke and Sir Patrick Sheehy (chairman of BAT) all wrote articles in major British newspapers advocating the abolition of the pound and the Bank of England (in the interests of a single currency and a European Central Bank). It might pay to look out for the Bilderbergers’ latest plans agreed at Watford which by coincidence appear in the Western media over the next few months…..