It's that time of the year again: warm weather, butterflies, love is in the air, all the flora is green and the fauna is out. While love may indeed be adrift in the air, some of us may smell something else too... perhaps it's the fact that the infamous international group of globalist conspiracists, the unofficially-named "Bilderberg" group, will be having their annual gathering to discuss the secret happenings of our time amidst its present bunch of "our world's most useful" delegates.
The group has often drawn criticism for its famously secretive operations, and recent announcement of this year's list of attendees by Alex Jones and his group of InfoWars journalists has yet again spurred debate over who is really running the "big" show, and what specifically do they have in mind for the likes of the lowly international citizenry. Is it truly global domination, or are they merely a group of rich elitists who prefer not to have to disclose their minutes?
As far as their name goes, the "Bilderbergers" as they have come to be called actually have the name on loan from the first hotel in Holland where they ever held their annual meeting. The group was inaugurated, albeit quietly, in 1954, and from the outset had sported such wealthy and influential names as the Rothschilds and Rockefellers, choosing locales between America and Europe for their annual four day meetings.
According to conspiracy researcher Michael Bradley, reporter Emma Jane Kirby once described the group as being, "an extremely influential lobbying group with a good deal of political clout on both sides of the Atlantic" (and Bradley calls this an understatement). But interestingly, the history of the group actually does have something of an ominous overtone as well, due in part to those famous (or in this case, perhaps infamous) attendees. For starters, one of the early chairmen of the Bilderberg meetings had been Prince Bernhard of the Netherlands... a former member of the Nazi Reiter-SS (pictured right) who later apparently found Naziism distasteful, and had publicly spoken out against Hitler.
Among this year's controversial attendees is former French Prime Minister François Fillon, whom journalist James Higham referred to as an, "anti-Muslim, misogynist, homophobic, a right-wing extremist, a man who would “wreck” France with his extremism. It’s quite true he feels very, very strongly about the family and jobs and France for the French. That’s oh so extreme, is it not, a veritable Hitler?" Another past controversial attendee had been Kathleen Sebelius, whom US President Barack Obama nominated to be his Health and Human Services Secretary. Right off the bat, journalists were pointing out that Sebelius had attended past Bilderberger annual meetings, along with other top administration economists and diplomats that include Larry Summers, Paul Volcker, and Timothy Geithner, Richard Holbrooke and Dennis Ross. Of course, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton had, like her husband, been an attendee; Bill Clinton, at the time governor of Arkansas, had been famously invited back in 1991, and was elected U.S. President the following year.
So if you haven't seen it yet, below is this year's official list of attendees:
Chairman: Henri de Castries, Chairman and CEO, AXA Group
George Osborne, Chancellor of the Exchequer
Ed Balls, Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer
Kenneth Clarke, Cabinet Minister
Baroness Williams of Crosby, Member, House of Lords
Eric E. Schmidt, Executive Chairman, Google Inc.
José Manuel Barroso, President, European Commission
Timothy F Geithner, Former Secretary of the Treasury
Henry A. Kissinger, Chairman, Kissinger Associates, Inc.
Christine Lagarde, Managing Director, International Monetary Fund
Marcus Agius, Former Chairman, Barclays plc
Jeff Bezos, Founder and CEO, Amazon.com
Sherard Cowper-Coles, Business Development Director, International, BAE Systems plc
Robert Dudley, Group Chief Executive, BP plc
Thomas Enders, CEO, EADS
J. Michael Evans, Vice Chairman, Goldman Sachs & Co.
François Fillon, Former French Prime Minister
John Kerr, Independent Member, House of Lords
John Micklethwait, Editor-in-Chief, The Economist
H.R.H. Princess Beatrix of The Netherlands
David H. Petraeus, General, U.S. Army (Retired)y
Mark Rutte, Dutch Prime Minister
Peter D. Sutherland, Chairman, Goldman Sachs International
The Guardian and a number of other news agencies have already commented on the cultural impact this group has managed to attain, particularly in a world where folks aren't just don't seem to be able to rest easily without a conspiracy or two drifting around in their night-time noggins. And that is probably because, despite what some "skeptics" will tell you, there really are secret organizations and operations that take place in our modern world. Frankly, if the recent exposés in the US regarding the Justice Department spying on journalists, virtually everyone's cell phone calls being monitored, or misdirection and deceit regarding the Benghazi consolate attack aren't enough proof of that, you'd have to be blind.
Or, if you prefer, you can go on believing that these folks really are just getting together to enjoy Belgian waffles, orange juice, and Spring weather. If that's the picture perfect reality you would prefer to paint, go ahead... drink the Kool-Aid. ;)