The inherent contradiction in this mission statement is glaringly obvious. These are the very same people who put in place and control the governments and programs that they're meeting in private to "discuss." Don't they discuss these things before and during their masquerade of governance?
The group's official meeting website says, "What is unique about Bilderberg as a forum is the privacy of the meetings, which has no purpose other than to allow participants to speak their minds openly and freely."
When the world's ultra-rich and powerful meet to address major sociopolitical problems in a forum based on privacy, it's time to take a closer look.
Trust the Bilderberg Group at your own peril
This group represents what Steve Hynd of The Agonist calls the top 0.001% on the wealth pyramid. They have all the levers of power. The heads of the major US-European central banks are permanent members. The Federal Reserve's Ben Bernanke and curmudgeon in chief Paul Volker are made men. Mega corporations are there too. Bill Gates of Microsoft and Jeff Bezos of Amazon are representatives for the United States. The Europeans have BP's former and current chairmen, the head of Royal Dutch Shell, plus major manufacturing companies like Fiat, Unilever, and the French and Italian Telecoms. David Rockefeller, of Chase banking, is the group's e'minence grise.
What's the track record of the group? Look around and you'll see the product of their control and leadership, as it were. The world's economy is disjointed and failing in nearly every corner except Asia. Plans are already in place for massive security problems created by the collapse of just about every vital element of the planet's ecology during the group's watch. The latest venture of spreading democracy and capitalism, the Arab Spring, is an utter failure. Libya, Tunisia, and Egypt are arguably less free in a number of ways. There is no argument that the economies of the three nations are much worse off thanks to the efforts NATO, the military arm of these individuals and inerests.
Individual members have a sorry track record as well. The central bankers are struggling as evidenced by the faltering Eurozone and US economies. Deutsche Bank's Josef Ackermann was a key player in the European response to Greece's troubles. That's certainly worked out well. US Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner presided over the greatest wealth transfer in history enabled by massive bailouts for Wall Street and big bank interests. Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke got the Fed lending rate to nearly zero percent for the big banks while failing to notice that those banks were routinely charging 25% interest to credit card holders. These folks are not the sharpest tools in the shed when it comes to helping the people.
Who would trust them? Can we survive much more of their bad judgment and disastrous management?
Bilderberg's more sinister side contributed directly to the numerous theories that see the group as a diabolic international conspiracy. In my opinion, the Bilderberg group is the gang that couldn't shoot straight, a self-appointed hapless collection of incompetents with all the power required to solve major problems but none of the intellect, discipline, and moral sensibility required to get the job done.
In addition to incompetence, there are clear examples of sociopathic behavior by group members. Henry Kissinger allowed the ravaging of East Timor in return for a few favors from Indonesia. His failures in Vietnam caused hundreds of thousands to die needlessly. Colin Powell lied about weapons of mass destruction before the United Nations to get his boss the war he wanted. George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton 1990's sanctions against Iraq resulted in the deaths of around a quarter million Iraqi children under five.
The baddest Bilderberger of all time
Former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Admiral Lyman Lemnitzer, is the Bilderberg member who has done more for both accurate and unfounded conspiracy theories than any of his peers.
In 1962, Lemnitzer approved Justification for U.S. Military Intervention in Cuba, also known as Operation Northwoods . The plan was declassified in 1997 by the John F. Kennedy Assassination Records Review Board.
The chiefs were upset that they lacked the option of invading Communist Cuba. As an alternative, they came up with Northwoods, a false flag operation that would provide the excuse required to invade Cuba. Northwoods was presented to and rejected by President John F. Kennedy in 1962. The material below is from that original plan.
One feature of the plan called for recruiting Cuban exiles to don official Cuban military uniforms, storm the Guantanamo Bay base, set some fires, etc. and then get caught. This operation was intended to show that Cuba was a threat to the United States.
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