Since President Napolitano announced, first implicitly, then explicitly and formally, Mario Monti wanted to entrust the creation of a new government, many rumors began to circulate on careers and positions taken in the year by economist . Detractors accuse Monti of being part of large investment banks like Goldman Sachs and to be active participants in some groups – especially the Bilderberg and the Trilateral Commission.These organizations are often accused of being at work building a great conspiracy, a “new world order” to encourage banks, multinationals, the-powers-strong and the great world powers. Then we put together the things you know about these organizations and the role of the potential future president of the Council therein.
Bilderberg Group It is a group that meets once a year and that private meetings were organized for the first time in late May of 1954 at the Hotel de Bilderberg (Oosterbeek, Netherlands), and which also gave name to the initiative. The association was created with the aim of countering anti-Americanism in Western Europe and to foster greater collaboration between U.S. and European countries both in terms of political and financial. The group usually organizes one meeting per year which is less than 150 invited participants, usually influential figures from business, finance, academia and politics.
The meetings last for a few days and are barred to journalists, who can not even come close to the areas in which you hold the summit. The area of the meetings is usually guarded by private security companies, sometimes with the support of law enforcement. Those approaching or trying to get information is rapidly cleared (Mario Borghezio of the Northern League this year was arrested by police and subsequently banished from the canton of Grisons for the duration of the summit). Precisely because of the extreme confidentiality, over the years, the Bilderberg group has been accused of devising dark conspiracy on the part of activists and political organizations, which often compare the meetings of participants to those of Freemasonry intent to create a “new world order” , as there is no evidence that during the meetings have ever taken without discussions or decisions of this kind (not even understand what should be, these decisions).
The opinions on the type of conspiracy change a lot between the detractors and so are the assumptions on the results achieved by more than half a century. Match makers defend the choice to do everything without leaking information: conference participants feel as free to really say what they think without fear of the spread of their statements to the press. Mario Monti is a member of the Governing Council of the Bilderberg group since last year.
The Council is elected every four years and there are no limits to the number of mandates for individual councilors, is responsible for organizing the annual meeting and to select participants. Monti is among the guests of the meeting last June in St. Moritz (Switzerland), but it is not the only Italian to have you participated.
The list includes also the economy minister, Giulio Tremonti, Franco Bernabe (Telecom), John Elkann (Fiat), and Paolo Scaroni (ENI). The topics discussed during the meeting were several: the role of emerging technological innovation in western economies, rising to the challenges for the European economy. Just for reasons of confidentiality with which the meetings are organized, we do not know what he did or said during the summit Monti (who recently also took part, among others, Barroso and Van Rompuy). As the President of Bocconi University, Monti has attended Bilderberg meetings in 2010 and 2009. Trilateral Commission It is a non-governmental organization founded in 1973 by the American magnate David Rockefeller to promote cooperation between Europe, USA and Japan. The goal at that time was to overcome distance and disagreements between these three parts of the world, trying to open dialogue and discussion on topics of political and economic. North America is represented by 120 States, Europe and Asia from 170 to 85 members (over the years the organization was open to other Eastern countries than Japan). The Trilateral Commission has been criticized by political organizations and activists with motivations similar to those used for the Bilderberg group.
The accusation is that they want to create a supranational system to handle the power without any democratic legitimacy. Mario Monti is directly involved in the organization as president of the European Group since 2010, supported by a president for the U.S. group and one for the Asian region.Among the Italian members of the Trilateral [pdf] there are also Enrico Letta (PD), Carlo Pesenti (Italcementi), Luigi Ramponi (PDL, former Commander of the Guardia di Finanza and the former head of SISMI), Maurizio Sella (Sella Bank) and Mark Tronchetti Provera (Pirelli). Monti is responsible for coordinating the work of the European core of the organization. During the global meetings, usually one year, and those in Europe, the Trilateral Commission is concerned with economic issues and produces analysis and forecasts on the markets, the opportunities for companies and other organizations for collaboration.
The results of meetings and studies are published regularly and openly, avoiding closures and the secrecy of the Bilderberg group. Goldman Sachs It is one of the largest and most successful investment banks in the world. Its registered office in the United States and is listed on the New York Stock Exchange. Provides advice to thousands of companies, who use it to manage their investments, to restructure and to make new acquisitions. The bank also handles investments at risk and derivatives, and administers pension funds. Given its enormous influence, has often been criticized for having influenced the evolution of markets or have favored unscrupulous speculations, which have contributed to the progressive financial crisis of recent years. Mario Monti in 2005 became an international consultant to Goldman Sachs International.
Since then he has worked on international politics and capital markets, providing guidance for the Goldman Sachs Global Markets Institute. He made reports and analyzes supporting their economic theories regarding the stability of public finances and deregulation. Monti has no executive or managerial role within the bank.
The first meeting 70 personalities, coming from 12 countries, participated in the first meeting of the Group. This was a three day conference, held betweeen May 29 and 31 1954, close to Arnhem (Netherlands). The guests were staying in two neighboring hotels, but the debates were held in the main establishment from which the name of the Group was derived. The invitations, written on paper that carried the heading of the Palace of Soestdijk, are somewhat mysterious : “I would highly appreciate your presence at the international congress of an informal nature that we plan to hold in the Netherlands towards the end of the month of May. This congress desires to study a number of questions that are of extreme importance to our western civilization and its goal is to stimulate the goodwill and the reciprocal understanding among the guests thanks to a free exchange of views”. They are signed by the prince consort of the Netherlands, Bernhard zur Lippe-Biesterfeld, and accompanied by a few pages of administrative information on the transportation and housing facilities the expected guests would have at their disposal.
The invitation didn’t provide futher information though except the assurance that the delegates attending the meeting would be coming from the United States and from 11 western European States and that 6 meetings of 3 hours each were scheduled. Given the Nazi-past of prince Bernhard (who had been an active member of the SS until his marriage in 1937 with Princess Juliana) and in the context of the reigning McCarthyst doctine of those days, it is clear that the “extemely important questions for the western civilization” evoked in the letter of invitation revolved around the fight against communism.
Once they had arrived at the meeting, the forcibly somewhat fearful feeling of the guests regarding what awaited them where soothed by the two presidents of the meeting who welcomed them: the American contractor John S. Coleman and the Belgian ex-minister of foreign Affairs Paul van Zeeland. The first one was a militant preacher of the free-trade doctrine, the second an ardent disciple of the movement for the creation of a European Defense Community (EDC) . For further relief, there was the reassuring presence somewhere at the edge of the welcoming commitee, of Joseph Retinger, the gray eminence of the British.
All that pushed the guests to think that the Dutch and British monarchies sponsored this meeting to support the European Defense Community and the economical model of free trade capitalism in order to oppose the anti-americanism that inspired the Communists and the French members of the gaullist party. Nevertheless, appearances are misleading : this meeting turned out not to be meant as a campaign for the forrmation of the EDC, but to mobilize the elite, not for a campaign in support of the EDC, but in order to gain their suppor for the Cold War.
His royal highness prince Bernhard was chosen to summon this congress because his statute of prince associate conferred a sort of dignity to those meetings without making them official international negotiations between states. This was meant to hide the true nature of these meetings: that they were set-ups by an international inter-gouvernmental organization which aimed at controllling the gouvernnents of some of their own members. At that moment, John S. Coleman wasn’t yet the president of the Chamber of Commerce of the United States, but he has just finished creating the citizen’s Committee for a national policy on Commerce (Citizen’s Committee for a National Trade Policy CCNTP).
According to him, absolute free trade, that is to say the total abolishment of import duties, would allow the allied countries of the United States to increase their wealth and to finance the European Defense Community (in order to be able to rearm Germany and to integrate its potentially considerable military power within NATO). Now, the documents in our possession show that except its name the CCNTP has nothing to do with citizens.
The truth is that this committee is an initiative of Charles D. Jackson, the advisor on psychological warfare at the White House. The operation had been prepared by William J. Donovan, the chief commander of the old OSS (the secret service of the US during the war) who had the task to organize the American branch of the new secret service of NATO, i.e. GLADIO . Paul van Zeeland was not only the promoter of the European Defense Community, he was also a very experienced politician. After the war, he presided the independent League of European cooperation (LICE) whose objective was to create a customs and monetary union.
This organization was set up by Joseph Retinger, already mentioned. This very same Retinger, the first secretary of the congress of Bilderberg, served during the war in the English secret services (SOE) under general Hake Gubbins. This adventurous Polishman Retinger happened tot be the advisor of the polish government led by Sikorski during its exile tn the United Kingdom.
In London, he was a very familiar person in the small but very animated world of the governments in exile there, and thus he had been able to put together the most richly furnished adressbook of post-war Europe. His friend Sir Gubbins had officially left service as the SOE had officially stopped to exist. He became the director of a small business-company in the rug and textiles-trade, that in fact served him as a “cover”. The truth was that he, alongside his counterpart Donovan, was in charge of creating the English branch of Gladio. He participated in all the preparatory meetings of the first Bilderberg conference, and he was present among the guests, seated right next to Charles D. Jackson. Without the participants knowing, it was therefore the secret services of NATO who really wrote the invitations to this Bilderberg-meeting. Bernhard, Coleman and van Zeeland were just being used as a front. I’m sorry for the imaginative journalists who believed that Bilderberg was a group that wanted to create a world-wide occult government, because in fact this club of influential personalities is only a lobbying-tool of NATO for the promotion of its interests.
That is a lot more serious and a lot more dangerous, for thus it is NATO that aims to be a world-wide occult government in order to secure the permanence of the international status quo and of US power in the world.
Besides, as one will have noticed, the security of the subsequent meetings of the Bilderberg group wasn’t organized by the police of the hosting-country, but by NATO-soldiers. Among the ten registered speakers of the first meeting, one notices two former Prime Ministers (Guy Doux of France and Alcide de Gasperi, of Italy), three people in charge of the Marshall Plan, the hawk of the Cold War (Paul H. Nitze) and especially a very powerful banker (David Rockefeller).
According to the preparatory documents, about twenty participants were informed of the secret plans behind the creation of this Bilderberg group. They knew more or less in detail who were the ones that pulled the strings and they all composed their contributions to the debates in advance. Even the smallest details were tailored in advance and there wasn’t any room for even the slightest bit of improvisation. The other participating group of around fifty people on the contrary, was totally unaware of the scheme which was being contrived. They were chosen because through them it was possible to influence their respective governments and the public opinion of their country.
The conference was therefore organized to convince them and to push them to commit themselves to and to propagate the message that the people behind the scenes wanted to spread. The speeches that were held didn’t actually carry on the then existing big international problems, but they analyzed the supposed ideological strategy of the Soviets and exposed the manner in which it ought to be prevented from gaining power in the “free world”. The first speakers assessed the Communist threat. The “conscious Communists” are individuals that intend to place their country’s politics at the service of the interests of the Soviet Union in order to ultimately impose on the world a collectivist system. They must be fought. But this fight is difficult, for these “conscious Communists” are drowned in Europe in a mass of Communist voters who are unaware of all their evil plans and who followed them only because they hope to bring about better social conditions for themselves.
Progressively, the rhetoric became fiercer though. The “free world” must confront the “world-wide Communist plot”, not only in a general way, but also in response to concrete problems such as securing american investments in Europe or handling the dangers involved in the decolonization process. At last, some of the speakers arrived at the main problem—which the Soviets, they assured, exploited to their profit—: for cultural and historical reasons, the people in charge of the politics of the “free world” employed different arguments in the United States compared to those in Europe, arguments that contradicted themselves sometimes.
The most emblematic example of this were the purges organized by senator McCarthy in the United States. They were of vital importance for the survival of democracy, but the chosen methods were felt by Europeans as a form of totalitarianism. The final message that emerged was that no diplomatic negotiation, no compromise was possible with the “Reds”. It was necessary to prevent at all costs the Communists from playing a role in western Europe, but that would require a lot of cunningness: as one could not simply arrest them and shoot them, it would be necessary to neutralize them with discretion, without raising any suspicion among their supportere and voters. In short: the ideology that was developed there, was the ideology of NATO and Gladio.
It was never mentioned that elections were going to be faked, or that one would murder people who weren’t enthiousiastic enough about ‘the free world’, but all the participants agreed that in order to save the “free world”, it would be necessary to put liberty in quarantene for the time being. Although the project for a European Defense Community (EDC) failed three months later when the Communist representatives and “extremist nationalists” (gaullists) in the French Parliament voted against it, the congress was considered as a success. Despite appearances, its goal was not to support the creation of the EDC or any other specific political measures, but to promote an ideology among the people of the directing classes, and through them to spread it under the larger population. Objectively put, the Europeans of the West became less and less aware of the liberties of which they themselves were deprived and they became more and more informed about the liberties the inhabitants of Eastern Europe were lacking of.
Bilderberg becomes a powerful organization A second congress is therefore organized in France, held from March 18 to 20 1955 in the city of Barbizon. Progressively the idea that these meetings would become annual events and that they necessitated a permanent direction board imposed itself. Prince Bernhard puts himself aside when he gets caught redhanded in a case of bribery (the Lockheed-Martin scandal). He yields his function to the British former Prime Minister Alec Douglas Home (1977-80), and subsequently the presidency was held by the former chancellor and German president Walter Scheel (1981-85), the former governor of the Bank of England Eric Roll (1986-89), the general former secretary of NATO Peter Carrington (1990-98), and finally by the former vice president of the European Commission Étienne Davignon (since 1999).
During a long period, the president of the Bilderberg Group was assisted by two secretaries-general, one for Europe and Canada (the servant States ), the other for the United States (the master), but since 1999 there has been only one secretary-general. The debates tended to become rather redundant from one year to another, that is why they started to invite a group of different guests each year. But there always remained a hard kernel which each year prepared the conferences in advance and who inculcated the new comers with the rhetoric NATO thought fit for that particular moment. Currently, the annual conferences muster more than 120 participants, of which always a third consists of the hard kernel.
These are selected by the Alliance according to the importance of their relations and to the power of their influence, regardless of their functions in society. Thus, they remain members of the hard kernel throughout the changes in their professional careers. Here is the exact list of this hard kernel, including the members of the Board of directors, who serve as a front for the guests, and the less visible members that are selected in order not to alarm the new comers.
Board of directorsJosef Ackermann: Swiss banker, director of the Deutsche Bank, vice president of the Forum of Davos. Roger C. Altman: American banker, former advisor of the election campaigns of John Kerry and Hillary Clinton, director of the commercial bank Evercore Partners Inc. Francisco Pinto Balsemão: Socialist former Prime Minister of Portugal (1981-83), founding president of the most important Portuguese television broadcast company SIC. (T) Fran Berna: Italian banker, current director of Telecom Italia (T) Henri de Castries: CEO of the French insurance-company AXA Juan Luis Cebrián : Director of the Spanish media and broadcasting group Prisa. W. Edmund Clark: Canadian banker, CEO of Toronto-Dominion Bank Financial Group Kenneth Clarke: Former vice president of British American Tobacco (1998-2007), British minister of Justice, vice president of the European Movement UK. George A. David: CEO of Coca-Cola. Étienne Davignon: Belgian businessman, former vice president of the European Commission (1981-85), current vice president of Suez Tractebel. Anders Eldrup: CEO of the Danish gass and oil corporation DONG Energy.
Thomas Enders: Director of Airbus. Victor Halberstad: Economy professor at the Dutch university of Leiden, business-consultant for various corporations such as Goldman Sachs and Daimler-Chrysler. James A. Johnson: American investor, he was one of the most important people in charge of the Democratic Party and one of the craftsmen of the nomination of Barack Obama.
He is vice president of the Perseus private bank. John Kerr of Kinlochard: Former ambassador of the United Kingdom in Washington, vice president of the oil company Royal Dutch Shell (T) Klaus Kleinfeld: German CEO of the American aluminium multinational Alcoa. Mustafa V. Koç: CEO of the holding company Koç,the biggest Turkish business-company. Mary Josée Drouin-Kravis: Economical chief-editor with the Canadian printed and broadcasting media. Researcher at the very militaristic Hudson Institute. She is the third spouse of Henry Kravis. Jessica T. Mathews: Former general director to the national security Council of the United States. Current director of the Carnegie Foundation. Thierry de Montbrial: Economist, founding director of the French Institute for international relations (IFRI) and of the World Policy Conference.
Mario Monti: Italian economist, former European commissioner for the protection of free-trade (1999-2005), co-founder of the Spinelli Group for European federalism. Egil Myklebust: Former president of the Norwegian employers’ Union, director of Scandinavian Airlines System (HIS). Matthias Nass: Assistant director of the German Newspaper Die Zeit Jorma Ollila: Finnish businessman, former CEO of Nokia, current president of the Royal Dutch Shell. Richard N. Perle: Former president of the advisory Defense Council of the Pentagon, he is one of the principal leaders of the Straussiens (the disciples of Leo Strauss) and as such, a major figure of the neo- conservative movement. Heather Reisman: Canadian businesswoman, CEO of the publishers’ group Indigo Chapters. Rudolf Scholten: Austrian former minister of Finances, governor of the central Bank. Peter D. Sutherland: Irish former European commissioner for the protection of free-trade, then general director of the World Trade Organisation. Former director of BP. Current president of Goldman Sachs International. Former president of the European section of the trilateral Commission, and vice president of the European Round Table of Industrialists, current honorific president of the Irish European Movement. J. Martin Taylor: British former representative, CEO of the chemicals and food processing corporation Syngenta. Peter A. Thiel: American company-director, CEO of PayPal, president of Clarium Capital Management and in that quality shareholder of Facebook. Daniel L. Vasella: CEO of the Swiss pharmaceutical group Novartis. Jacob Wallenberg: Swedish banker, he is the director of many transnational companies. Henry Kissinger, main personality in charge of the invitations to the meetings of the Bilderberg Group.
Hidden members of the hard kerne:
Bildt ,Conservative former Prime Minister of Sweden (1991-94),l former special envoy of the European Union then of the UN in the Balkans (1995-97, 1999-2001), current Swedish minister of foreign Affairs. (T) Oscar Bronner: CEO of the Austrian Newspaper Der Standard. Timothy C. Collins: American investor, director of the investment company Ripplewood. (T) John Elkann: CEO of the Italian automobile-construction group Fiat (his grandfather Gianni Agnelliwas for forty years one of the coordinators of the Bilderberg Group. He inherited the family’s fortune after the natural death of his grandfather Giovanni and the premature death of his uncle Edoardo. Nevertheless, police sources are convinced that Edoardo was murdered after his conversion to the Shiite Islamic religion, in order to secure the family’s fortune for the Jewish branch of the family).
Martin S.Feldstein: Former Economical counselor of Ronald Reagan (1982-84), and current economical counselor of Barack Obama. Henry A. Kissinger: Former counselor for the national security of the United States and former Secretary of State, central personality of the US military-industrial complex, current president of the advisory-company Kissinger Associates. Henry R. Kravis: American financial director of the investment bak KKR. He is one of the main fund-raisers of the Republican Party. Neelie Kroes: right wing Dutch former minister of Transportations, European commissioner for the protection of free trade, and current commissioner for the digital society.
Bernardino Léon Big: Spanish diplomat, general secretary of the presidency under the socialist government of José-Luis Zapatero. Frank McKenna: Former member of the supervisory Commission for the Canadian Intelligence agencies, ambassador of Canada in Washington (2005-06), vice president of the Bank Toronto-Dominion. Beatrix of the Low Countries: Queen of The Netherlands. She is the daughter of prince Bernhard. George Osborne: British minister of Finances. This neo conservative is considered as a euro-skeptic. In this case this means that he is opposed to the participation of the United Kingdom in the European Union, but that he is favoring the organization of the continent within the Union. Robert S. Prichard: Canadian economist, director of a group of printed and broadcasting media. David Rockefeller: The current patriarche of a long line of bankers. He is the oldest member of the hard kernel of the Bilderbergers.
He is also the president of the Trilateral Commission, a similar organization who’s objective is to integrate the Asian participants. James D. Wolfensohn: Australian investor who acquired the American nationality before he became the president of the World Bank (1995-2005), today he is the director of the financial consultancy-firm Wolfensohn & Co. Robert B. Zoellick: American diplomat, former representative at the Economics Department of the United States (2001-05), current president of the World Bank. David Rockefeller;
advisor of the Bilderberg Group The Bilderbergers do not involve in the work of their group the businesses or institutions to which they belong. Nevertheless, it is interesting to observe the variety of the domains in which they are professionally active.
The lobby of the most powerful world-wide military organization.
During the last years, the number of subjects approached at each annual conference has increased in accordance with the increasing number of internationally important current events. But that does not give us a lot of information, for these discussions have no object in themselves, they are just pretexts to get the message through. Unfortunately, we did not have access to the preparatory documents of the most recent meetings and so we can only guess about them looking at the passwords and slogans hat NATO tries to spread through the opinion leaders whom they instructed during these events.
The reputation of the Bilderberg-Group seduced certain authors into attributing it the power to put in place political leaders. That is stupid and it masks the true puppetmasters behind this group who are to be found within NATO circles. For example, it was said that during the last presidential election campaign in the United States, Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton disappeared during a day, on June 6 2008, to negotiate in private the end of their rivalry. But what they really did was going to the annual meeting of the Bilderberg Group, in Chantilly (Virginia, USA). Now, the next day, Mrs Clinton announced that she withdrew from the race. Certain authors concluded that this decision was taken during the meeting of the Bilderberg.
This is not logical, in this sense that this decision was already certain three days before considering the number of votes for senator Obama within the nomination committee of the Democratic Party. According to our source, something else had happened. Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton negociated a financial and political agreement behind the scenes. Senator Obama repleted the cash registers of his rival and offered her a post in his administration (Mrs Clinton refused the post of vice president and chose the department of State in stead) in exchange for her active support during his campaign against the republican candidate.
Then, the two leaders were introduced by James A. Johnson to the Bilderberg-meeting where they assured the participants that they would work together. Since a long time already, Barack Obama had been the candidate of NATO. Mr. Obama and his family have always worked for the CIA and the Pentagon . Moreover, the first financings of his campaign were furnished by the Crown of England through the businessman Nadhmi Auchi. So, in fact, by presenting the black senator to the Bilderbergers, NATO organized the international public relations of the future president of the United States. Non the less, people made the same kind of mistake when is was reported that the Bilderberg-Group had organized an impromptu dinner, outside the conference place, on November 14 2009 at the Castle of Valley Duchesse, property of the king of Belgium.
The Belgian former Prime Minister Herman van Rompuy pronounced a speech there. Now, five days later, he was elected president of the European Counsel. There again, certain authors concluded wrongly that the Group of Bilderberg was a “maker of kings”. What really happened was that the president of the European Union could not be chosen outside of the circles of NATO, since—let’s repeat that—the foundation of the European Union was a result of the secret clauses contained in the Marshall Plan.
And this choice had to be endorsed by the member States. This type of decision necessitates long negotiations and is not taken during a dinner among friends. Still according to our source, the president of the Bilderberg Group. Étienne Davignon, summoned this exceptional dinner to present van Rompuy to his network of influential people. The thing was all the more important since the first personality to occupy the new function of president of the Union was totally unknown outside of his own country. During the meal, Mr. Van Rompuy exposed his project for the creation of a European tax that would make it possible to finance directly the institutions of the Union without having to make the detour through all the member States.
The only thing that the Bilderbergers were supposed to do, was to proclaim wherever they could that they knew Herman von Rompuy and could testify about his ability to preside the Union.
The reality of the Bilderberg Group is therefore less romantic than certain popular authors imagined it. The unbelievable deployment of military force for security purposes at the place of the meeting is less meant to protect it than to impress its participantst. Rather than proving their power, it shows them that the only true power in the west is NATO.
The only choice that is left to them is to support it and be supported by it, or to fight it and be ruthlessly crushed. In addition, although the Bilderberg Group developed in its beginnings an anticommunist rhetoric, it was not turned against the USSR and today it is not turned against Russia. It follows the strategy of the Alliance that is not a Pact against Moscow, but one for the defense—and eventually the extension—of Washington’s realm of influence. From the very beginning, NATO has hoped to integrate the Soviet Union, which would have been equivalent to a commitment by Moscow not to question the division of the world which resulted from the conferences of Potsdam and of Yalta. Recently the Alliance welcomed president Dmitry Medvedev to the summit of Lisbon and proposed to him that Russia join her ranks.
That wouldn’t have been a matter of submission for Russia, but the simple recognition of the New World-wide Order, in which all of central and eastern Europe would blindly follow America. A Russian adhesion would be in a way the equivalent of a peace-treaty: Moscow would accept its defeat in the Cold War and the new division of the world. In that case, the Bilderberg Group would invite Russian personalities to its annual meetings. It would not ask them to influence the public opinion in Russia in order to americanize it, but just to convince it of the necessity to definitively give up the Russian dreams of the glorious past.
Representatives of Central Banks
Of course, among the notable members of the Bilderberg Group are the leaders of the major central banks around the world. This year was attended by the Governor of the Central Bank of Greece, Governor of the Bank of Italy (Mario Draghi, ndt), President of the European Investment Bank, James Wolfensohn, former World Bank president, and Nout Wellink, the Board of ‘Directors of the Bank for International Settlements (BIS), Jean-Claude Trichet, President of the European Central Bank.
There are indications that the Federal Reserve, Ben Bernanke, he participated in, which is singular, since it is always present at the meeting of the Bilderberg, together with the chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, William C. Dudley. I contacted the New York Fed, Dudley visitasse wondering if either Greece or went to any meetings in the country, between 14 and 17 May, or if another major representatives of the New York Fed came in his stead. I’m still waiting for an answer.
Among many others present at the meeting were the Viscount Etienne Davignon, formerVice President of the European Commission, former Prime Minister of Portugal, Franco Bernabe, chief executive of Telecom Italy and vice chairman of Rothschild Europe, CarlBildt, former Prime Minister of Sweden; Kenneth Clarke, the Shadow BusinessSecretary in the United Kingdom, Richard Dearlove, former head of British Intelligence,Donald Graham, CEO of the Washington Post Company, Jaap De Hoop Scheffer,NATO Secretary-General, John Kerr, a member of the British House of Lords and former president of Royal Dutch Shell, Jessica Matthews, President of the CarnegieEndowment for International Peace, Richard Perle American Enterprise Institute, formerPrime Minister Romano Prodi, J. Robert S. Prichard, CEO of Torstar Corporation and president emeritus of the University of Toronto, Peter Sutherland, former Director General of the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT), first Director General of the World Trade Organization (WTO) and current chairman of British Petroleum (BP)and Goldman Sachs International, and director of Royal Bank of Scotland, chairman of the Trilateral Commission, vice President of the European Roundtable of Industrialists, and long time member of the Bilderberg, Peter Thiel, to the board of Facebook, Jeroenvan der Veer, chief executive of Royal Dutch Shell, Martin Wolf, associate director and chief economics commentator of the newspaper “Financial Times”, and finally Fareed Zakaria, journalist and adviser to U.S. Foreign Relations. There are also some sources that were present at the meeting reported that the Google CEO Eric Schmidt, as well asthe editor of the “Wall Street Journal” Paul Gigot, both among the participants of last year.
The Obama Administration
The Obama Administration has been abundantly represented. Among the participants were Keith B. Alexander, U.S. Army lieutenant general and director of the NationalSecurity Agency (NSA), the massive U.S. spy agency, Timothy Geithner, U.S. Treasury Secretary and former chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, RichardHolbrooke, sent special Obama administration in Afghanistan and Pakistan, general James Jones, National Security Adviser of the United States, Henry Kissinger, Obama’sspecial envoy to Russia, a long-time Bilderberg member and former secretary of state and National Security Adviser , Dennis Ross, special adviser to the issues of the Persian Gulf and Southeast Asia, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, David Patraeus, commander of CENTCOM (U.S. Central Command, Middle East), Lawrence Summers,director of the National Economic Council White House, former Treasury Secretary under Clinton, former dean of Harvard University, former chief economist of the World Bank, Paul Volcker, former governor of the Federal Reserve System and Chair of the administrative council of Obama’s economic recovery, Robert Zoellick, former chairmanof Goldman Sachs and President of the World Bank, and finally the assistant Secretary of State James Steinberg.