and believe rather than what they tell the public they thinkand believe! And it is all off the record.If you question anyone who has attended, about thegroup, the answers you get are either that it is just aninformal airing of views in relaxed surroundings with novotes or formal resolutions. (However, one can build upconsensus quite adequately without formal resolutions.)Alternatively it is claimed to be a gathering of political "hasbeens" who no longer wield any real power. An examinationof the annual attendance lists reveals nothing could befurther from the truth. Many a rising star has attended andthe so called "has beens" who do attend are in fact stillactive and influential behind the scenes. Former ObserverEditor Will Hutton attended the 1997 meeting. He did notdisclose the content of any discussions, but he expressedthe view, privately, that it is Bilderberg that sets the agendafor the forums and summits that follow, such as the G-8,Council of Europe and World Trade Organisation meetings.Lord Carrington was chairman of the steering groupuntil 2000, Lord Home was a former chairman. KennethClarke and Henry Kissinger are current steering groupmembers. Early steering group members included DenisHealey and Reginald Maudling, followed more recently byEU Commission President Romano Prodi, EUCommissioner Mario Monti and former Labour leader JohnSmith. In the past Wilson, Heath, Callaghan, Thatcher, RoyJenkins, Jeremy Thorpe, David Steele, the Duke ofEdinburgh, Cyrus Vance, George Shultz, Helmut Kohl,Francois Mitterand have all attended. More recently it hasbeen Bill and Hilary Clinton, Blair, Brown, Mandelson,Paddy Ashdown, Norman Lamont, William Waldegrave,Malcolm Rifkind, Alan Greenspan (Head of the U.S.Federal Reserve Bank), numerous EU Commissioners,Lord Roll of Ipsden (Labour Peer and former President ofmerchant bank Warburg, Dillon Read), Conrad - now Lord-Black (Chairman Hollinger Group which owns the DailyTelegraph and the Spectator), Andrew Knight (chiefexecutive of Rupert Murdoch's News International mediaempire), Umberto Agnelli (President of Fiat SpA). Senioreditors at the Financial Times, the Washington Post and theWall Street Journal attend regularly. In 1996, T.U.C.General Secretary John Monks attended. Monks hasestablishment approval because, since then he’s been infavour of Britain scrapping the Pound and adopting theEuro. Since ceasing to be TUC general Secretary, Monkshas become Secretary of the European Trades UnionCouncil. In 1998 at Turnberry, George (now Lord)Robertson attended – he was subsequently appointedSecretary General to NATO. In 1999 former Friends of theEarth Director and current Forum of the Future DirectorJonathan Porrit attended. Ed Balls, senior economicadvisor to Gordon Brown, attended in 2001, 2002 and 2003.Also in 2003, Philip Gould, described as Public RelationsAdvisor to Tony Blair, attended. Ever since its inception,members of the Rothschild and Rockefeller families havealways attended.What exactly has been going on here? There’scertainly a wide range of prominent people attending thesemeetings, and, when hearing about Bilderberg for the firsttime, some people say isn’t it great that so many differentpeople come together to discuss global issues. Anotherperhaps more realistic interpretation is that it is the rich andpowerful planning our future behind our backs without ourknowledge and permission. Previous meetings in Britainhave taken place in Buxton, Cambridge, Torquay, andGleneagles, right under our noses only we didn’t knowabout them. Only in very recent years has the veil ofsecrecy surrounding the event begun to break, with limitedmention in the local press of the host country. SeveralScottish newspapers made quite a splash that the 1998meeting took place at Turnberry, but since then silence hasreturned. Nothing about the meetings in 1999 at Sintra,Portugal, in 2000 at Chateau du Lac near Brussels, in 2001at a secluded island resort near Gothenberg, Sweden, in2002 at Chantilly, Virginia, USA. Finally nothing on 2003’smeeting at Versailles outside Paris.
Bilderberg is reckoned to be the most influential ofthe private forums, but there are other little knownorganisations such as the Trilateral Commission, the PinayCircle, the Royal Institute of International Affairs- (RIIA issaid to be responsible for British foreign policy) and itsUnited States counterpart, the Council on Foreign Relations.Except occasionally the RIIA, these organisations arealmost never mentioned in the mainstream media, all meetbehind the usual closed doors, yet they are almost certainlyclosely linked. Some of them are strongly Anglo-Americanin membership. Indeed it appears that the RIIA and theCFR may be essentially one and the same organisation,born at the same time in the early ‘20’s, out of an earliergrouping known as the Round Table, set up by thoseadvocates of global domination, Cecil Rhodes and LordAlfred Milner. Perhaps this gives true meaning to the“special relationship” between Britain and the U.S.A.
TC was born out of Bilderberg discussions in theearly ‘70’s, and founded by David Rockefeller, chairmanChase Manhattan Bank and Zbigniew Brzezinski, laterPresident Carter’s national security advisor. Bilderberg isbilateral, taking in Europe and North America, TC istrilateral, taking in Japan and the far east as well. Itsmembers are chiefly bankers, businessmen and topadministrators. Included are heads of Japanesemulti-nationals corporations,(e.g. Sony, Mitsui, Mitsubishi),top officials of international banks based in the far east,(e.g.Fuji Bank, Mitsubishi Bank) heads of major mediaorganisations (e.g. Time Warner, CNN, Washington PostCo., Times Mirror Co.) Politician members include JimmyCarter, George Bush Snr, Bill Clinton, Cyrus Vance, WalterMondale, Warren Christopher, and on this side of theAtlantic, David Owen, Edward Heath, Roy Jenkins andChris Patten.
Royal Institute of International Affairs
This is a forum for the political elite - presidents,prime ministers and others. “The Chatham House rule”states.....
“when a meeting is held under the Chatham House Rule, participants are free to use the information received, but neither the identity or the affiliation of speakers, nor that of any other participant may be revealed; nor may it be mentioned that the information was received at a meeting of the Institute.”
It will not release the names ofindividual members, although both James Callaghan andLord Carrington are honorary presidents. Major global