News from Greece-
During the following three days (May 14-16), the Athenian hotel “Aster Palace” will be e “forbidden zone.” An unusual coincidence is the fact that the premiere of the movie “Illuminati – the enlightened” (AKA Angels & Demons) coincides with the meeting of the “heirs of … the Enlightened.”
arriving at Bilderberg Conference in Greece
Some of the biggest global media sent their correspondents to Athens, who will try to inculcate in the region around the hotel and to get a little more information, despite the fact that the hotel will look more like an unreachable fortress. The security of the 130-140 participants will be ensured by the Greek antiterrorist services, the port authorities, and the navy.
outside the conference
The conspiracy theories, which create a halo of secrecy around the unofficial club Bildenberg, are more than enough. Silence is a required condition for everyone, who has participated on each session of the club for the last 55 years. “Whatever is discussed between the Bildenberg’s will remain a secret” is the motto of the club, which took its name from a hotel in the Dutch city Oosterbeek, where the first session of the club took place in 1954.
This year the participants will obey the same rules if they want to be invited to the meeting next year. According to unconfirmed information, the people who are pulling the wires of the global political and financial scene will decide, on the meeting in Athens, whether the economic crisis will continue for decades or it will be short and it will open the road to a world order, built on less sovereignty and more efficiency.
Some of the most powerful figures on the planet – kings, diplomats, ministers, bankers and businessmen will participate in the 57th session of the Bildenberg club in Athens and will remain closed for three days in the luxurious hotel.
Even though according to primary information invited were the Greek Prime Minister Kostas Karamanlis and the oppositional party leader PASOK Georgios Papandreou, they said that most likely they will not participate.
It is believed that the participation of the Greek Foreign Minister Dora Bakoyanni and the president of Coca-Cola in Greece Georgios David is confirmed. Until now their participation have confirmed James Steinbek, who is the second person in the US Department, Richard Holbrooke – the “diplomacy magician” and special envoy of Barack Obama in Afghanistan, and the NATO chief secretary Jaap de Hoop Scheffer.
The former US state secretary Henry Kissinger will not travel to Greece due to security reasons. The list of invited people includes the World Bank president Robert Zoellick, the US Secretary of Treasury Timothy Geithner, the president of the European Central Bank Jean-Claude Trichet, the chairman of the European Commission Josè Barroso, the Swedish Foreign Affairs Minister Carl Bildt, who on July 1st will take over the chairmanship of the European Commission, the Turkish Economy Minister Ali Babacan, the queen of Spain Sophia and the queen of Holland Beatrice.
AND from the Times May 14, 2009
Don’t tell anyone, don’t breathe a word, but the world’s most powerful men are meeting secretly again to save the planet from economic catastrophe. Oh, and their address, should you want to send them your opinions, is: c/o Nafsika Astir Palace Hotel, Apollonos Avenue 40, 16671 Vouliagmeni, Greece.
Bed space is a bit tight there for the next two days while the Bilderberg illuminati hold their private conclave in the five-star Greek hotel. Every year since 1954 a club of about 130 senior or up-and-coming politicians gather at the fireside of a secluded hotel with top bankers and a sprinkling of royalty to discuss burning issues, to trade confidences and just stay abreast of the I-know-something-you-don’t-know circuit. No lists of participants are disclosed, no press conferences are held; spill the beans and you’re out of the magic circle.
Timothy Geithner, US Sec. of the Treasury
For those of us standing outside the locked gates all that is left is to hope that they will sleep well, avoid jet ski injury and solve our problems for us. For the Bilderbergers it is a little like that recent MI5 recruitment ad: “See all your best work go unnoticed!”
Each country delegates two people to the steering committee that is the intellectual hub of Bilderberg. In the past Kenneth Clarke, the Shadow Business Secretary, and Martin Taylor, formerly head of Barclays Bank, have had their hand on the British tiller.
Prince Bernhard of Netherlands
This year the club is going to talk about depression. “According to the pre-meeting booklet sent out to attendees, Bilderberg is looking at two options,” says the Bilderberg-watcher Daniel Estulin — “either a prolonged, agonising depression that dooms the world to decades of stagnation, decline and poverty — or an intense but shorter depression that paves the way for a new sustainable economic world order, with less sovereignty but more efficiency.”
Since Bilderberg does not officially exist, it cannot deny anything and is therefore manna from heaven for the conspiracy theorist. Eurosceptics are convinced that the future development of the European Union was plotted here — EU commissioners have always been welcomed into the coven, with Peter “We are intensely relaxed about people getting filthy rich” Mandelson a particular favourite. Margaret Thatcher, it is said, was a shy debutante at a Bilderberg meeting in 1975.
Security outside the conference
Jim Tucker, veteran stalker of the Bilderberg club meetings, claims that Mrs Thatcher was ordered “to dismantle British sovereignty, but she said, ‘no way’, so they had her sacked”. Left-wing conspiracy theorists believe that Bilderbergers form a capitalist nucleus, and there is a germ of truth in this. The meetings were started in the Netherlands, in the Hotel de Bilderberg, near Arnhem, by the Polish exile Joseph Retinger. He was worried about growing anti-Americanism and the advance of Communism in Western Europe. Prince Bernhard of the Netherlands agreed to sponsor the idea, the head of the Central Intelligence Agency, Walter Bedell Smith, threw his weight behind it and so did the White House.
The Bilderberg consensus is that national problems are best solved by an internationally oriented elite, that a global network of decision-makers should have a common language and that the boundaries are fluid between the monied and the political classes.
And so there has been a natural bias towards inviting conservatives and market liberals. The only socialists invited are those who “understand money”.
Ed Balls has taken part and the most indiscreet Bilderberger of all time was Denis Healey, the former Labour Chancellor and fierce Atlanticist.
World Bank President, Robert Zoellick
“To say we were striving for a one-world government is exaggerated, but not wholly unfair,” Lord Healey told the author Jon Ronson for his book Them: Adventures with Extremists. “Those of us in Bilderberg felt we couldn’t go on for ever fighting one another for nothing. So we felt that a single community throughout the world would be a good thing.”
Another way of viewing the club is that of Metropolitan Seraphim, the bishop of Piraeus, who said that the Bilderbergers represented a “criminal cabal of world Zionism and its efforts to set up a cruel world dictatorship under the headship of Lucifer”. This line is quite common on the blogosphere, where the club’s secrecy is taken as evidence of evil intentions.
Whether Lucifer will be down there on the sun-loungers remains to be seen. But what we have been able to establish from a World Bank spokesman, Alexis O’Brien, is that the organisation’s president, Robert Zoellick, will be in Athens on unspecified business on May 14. And that US Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner’s public schedule is mysteriously empty for the next two days. Jo Ackermann, head of Deutsche Bank, will be travelling “somewhere in Europe”. Jean-Claude Trichet, head of the European Central Bank, will not be around until the end of the week.
You get the drift. Something is going on. If only somebody would let us in on the secret.