PEPIS#76 Police confirm 2006 Bilderberg in Ottawa
1. Could 2006 see the first protest outside the meeting of the global Kingmakers?
2. Ottawa Citizen - Elite firm to guard top-secret meeting in Kanata
3. List of Scottish Freemason officers published
4. New Economist editor attends 10+ Bilderberg meetings and never writes a word
5. The Coil - New novel by best selling author Gayle Lynds uses Bilderberg as a backdrop
Please forward to anyone you feel may be interested - ta - Tony
1. Welcome to Ottawa - don't forget to take home a souvenir - Could 2006 see the first protest outside the meeting of the global Kingmakers?
08Jun06 - Marek Tysis - www.Bilderberg.org exclusive
[Marek is a French speaker and this has been roughly translated into English - ed.]
Although the discovery of the actual place and venue of Bilderberg’s annual meeting happened only two weeks ago some Canadian papers have already spoken about this carefully hidden event. 'Bilderberg Fever' is sweeping Ottawa and the talking point amongst friends sometimes in hushed, worried, tones.
This is already a small victory because for many years there is absolutely no publication before the meeting. The last time where this occurred was in Sweden, for the meeting arranged in Stenungsund in the year 2001. Swedish are fierce and proud peoples, they don’t like a secret, some say occult, power to meet on their soil without their knowledge. Without their democratic assent.
They hardly reacted and obliged their press to speak and the main Swedish Bilderberg representative Mr. Wallenberg was forced to give an interview before the conference. Jim Tucker, veteran of the Bilderberg hunt was submerged with interviews that year. Because Swedish people are respecting themselves, they were respected by their Bilderberg ‘Masters’ for a week. Let's hope the Swedish people remember what they heard.
This is normal when living in a democracy. You will tell me: well, are Bilderbergers or this year's ex-SAS man Alan Bell's security firm in any way democrats? Your question is mine and I do believe that your answer will be mine as well. Elite power is in no way democratic.
Bilderberg's event has more consequences than a relaxed annual soiree of the intellgencia. Above the plutocratic apparatus of 'appointment of friends to power', every year they see their broad aims achieved. Their goal is continuous moves towards their vision of global government by banks and giant corporations and is not simply about the pleasure of meeting 'old friends'.
Through NATO and the Atlantic Ocean, between the world’s two richest peoples, a consensus towards a world with the same economic and political values is taking place with very little opposition. Those with power who do oppose those values are invited to Bilderberg to see the error of their ways as was former UK Labour party leader John Smith in 1991.
Canada has the chance to have a national press that Mr Harper doesn't like. He is even refusing interviews from it, preferring the regional press. Mr Harper was a guest of Bilderberg 2003 in Versailles, France when he was just a Canadian party leader.
As was saying Mr Davignon to an English paper, nobody is guilty when the choice of the Bilderberg secretariat is a good choice. Except when the choice is in fact coming directly from the steering committee
As far as I have read personally from French Canadian peoples internet forums and some English ones, I believe that the honor to show some resistance today in Ottawa will originate from joint work between the two communities and I greet in advance the Canadian courage to protest as so righteous and respectable as the Swedish one in the past.
If Bilderberg continue to stonewall the press this inevitably will build up speculation, suspicion, resentment and accusations of totalitarianism. Some good questions have to be asked by the press with the adequate answers from key Bilderberg figures such as David Rockefeller and Henry Kissinger. This never occurred in 53 years of meeting. Will this occur this year?
2. Elite firm to guard top-secret meeting in Kanata
VIPs set to arrive for Bilderberg meeting
Andrew Seymour and Andrew Mayeda, with a file from James Bagnall, The Ottawa Citizen
Published: Thursday, June 08, 2006
An elite private security firm has been hired to guard a top-secret meeting of some of the world's most powerful business and political leaders at a Kanata hotel starting today.
Members of the Bilderberg Group will descend on the upscale Brookstreet Hotel for the three-day meeting, several police sources confirmed yesterday.
At least four off-duty Ottawa police officers will be part of the security for the event.
The highly secretive session, expected to touch on global issues such as the direction of oil markets and potential military action against Iran, will run through Sunday.
Senior Ottawa police officers met yesterday afternoon to discuss preparations for the event, which police are concerned may draw the attention of anti-globalization protesters as well as present a potential security risk as a collection of the world's richest and most influential people gather under one roof.
When asked about police plans for the event, a police spokeswoman referred the Citizen to Alan Bell of Globe Risk Holdings.
Reached by phone, Mr. Bell -- who is listed as president of Globe Risk Holdings in Toronto and a former SAS paratrooper commando -- said he hadn't heard of the Bilderberg Group and denied that his firm has been hired to guard this week's conference.
"Never heard of that conference. What is it? What do they do?" said Mr. Bell before politely cutting the conservation short.
But according to the company's website, Globe Risk Holdings specializes in "strategic planning and counter-measures," recruits its consultants primarily from elite military counter-terrorist and special forces units, and has "undertaken consultancy and project work worldwide in areas of high risk" including Africa, Central and South America and Asia.
"The consultants at Globe Risk Holdings have proven backgrounds in military, special forces, law enforcement and government organizations with real life expertise in the areas of international security, mining, energy exploration security, counter-terrorism, kidnapping, specialized training, close protection, sabotage prevention, and military/law enforcement," reads the company website. "Knowledgeable and discreet, our consultants work together as a team to offer the quality of service necessary to meet all our clients' needs."
It's not known if any current heads of state are expected to attend the meeting.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper has been linked to the group after attending a Bilderberg conference in Versailles, France in 2003. A spokeswoman for the prime minister said yesterday he would not be attending the conference and that officials at the Prime Minister's Office weren't aware of the event.
The Bilderberg Group is named after the Dutch hotel where it held its first meeting in 1954. Since then, the group has met annually in various locations throughout North America and Europe, including Toronto in 1996 and the Chateau Montebello in Quebec in 1983.
The list of attendees at last year's conference in Germany is believed to have included the queens of Spain and the Netherlands, former U.S. secretary of defence Henry Kissinger, World Bank president Paul Wolfowitz, as well as top executives and directors at such multinational corporations as BP PLC, Siemens AG, Deutsche Bank Group and DaimlerChrysler AG.
Canadian attendees are believed to have included Robert Pritchard, chief executive of TorStar Corp., and Heather Reisman, chief executive of Indigo Books and Music Inc.
The group was originally conceived as a forum for bridging the political and economic divide between Europe and the United States during the Cold War. But in recent years the group has taken on a mystique, perhaps due to the secretive nature of the meetings.
The group has no website, and attendees promise not to disclose the subject of the talks. Even newspaper and magazine editors and media executives who attend the event are sworn to secrecy.
Bilderberg insiders say the approach enables participants to discuss political and economic issues without worrying how their opinions will be spun by the media. But it has also made the group a prime target for critics and conspiracy theorists who say its members come to important decisions about global public policy behind closed doors.
Whatever the case, Brookstreet staff are staying tight lipped about the conference. The hotel's general manager, Patrice Basille, didn't immediately return a call yesterday. He has previously said he was unaware of the event.
A Citizen reporter who called to make dinner reservations was told the hotel will be closed between June 8 and 11 to accommodate a private function.
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A Memorable Evening With the Bilderbergers
They were welcomed by an exquisite array of cakes bearing the flags of the world. In the evening, they dined on venison -- or was it quail? -- but only after the Bilderberg tasters made sure nothing was amiss with the sauce.
It has been more than two decades since one of the most powerful and exclusive clubs in the world held its annual meeting close to Canada's national capital.
But if this weekend's conference at the Brookstreet Hotel is anything like the meeting at the Chateau Montebello in Quebec in May 1983, it will be a closely choreographed affair swathed in luxury -- and a discreet but omnipresent layer of security.
Today, Jacques Ternois is director of hotel operations at charter airline Air Transat. But when the Bilderberg Group met in Montebello, about 30 kilometres east of Ottawa, he was in charge of food and beverage operations at the resort.
Mr. Ternois doesn't remember the exact menu served to the Bilderbergers, but he does remember the security guards stationed at the kitchen doors, the background checks that his staff had to undergo, and the food "consultants" brought in to oversee the meal.
Nevertheless, Mr. Ternois said the extra precautions weren't intrusive and the conference went off smoothly.
"I wouldn't say it was secretive. I would say low key," he said. "They were very simple in their demands."
Mr. Ternois said attendees came and went at various times throughout the conference due to their tight schedules. He couldn't recall all the names on the guest list -- after all, he was working -- or what they discussed.
"If I'm not wrong, I think (Henry) Kissinger was there," he said. "There were several heads of state or close to that."
Critics and conspiracy theorists find the group's clandestine ways disturbing. They accuse the group of seeking to depose political leaders and set global oil policy.
But Bilderberg insiders insist the reality is far less sinister.
"I don't think (we are) a global ruling class because I don't think a global ruling class exists," Bilderberg chairman Etienne Davignon told the BBC last year. "It's people who have influence interested to speak to other people who have influence."
Mr. Ternois, for his part, says the Bilderberg conference was one of the most prestigious events with which he has ever been associated. He still keeps a photo at home of resort staff and some of the attendees.
"It has a special place in my heart," he said.
3. List of Scottich Freemason officers published
A kindly Scottish soul has sent me in an Excel spreadsheet purporting to contain names of all the officers of Scottish Freemasonry. This makes a useful addition to my collection of masonic reference documents which began last year with the first ever internet publication of cogent pages of the masonic yearbook.
How handy it would be when confronted with allegations of masonic collusion or corruption to have a full list of members available so anyone could dismiss or confirm those rumours.
A UK parliamentary committee under the chairmanship of Chris Mullin MP back in the 1990's decided that it was in the public interest for public servants, particularly judges, police and those involved in the administration of justice, to declare their membership, or otherwise, of the freemasons. This, they felt, would restore public confidence in the criminal justice system. Unfortunately, though masons are asked to mention their membership in their declaration of interest the requirement for police to declare was dropped - perversely this was because it would 'damage public confidence'.
Many believe the organisation to be a religious cult which is potentially damaging to our democratic freedoms.
It would be extremely useful if I could also publish the provincial (city and county) lists of all freemasons, not just the officers of each province, were to be published. Electronic versions, either gif's or pdf's etc. welcome!
4. New Economist editor attended 10+ Bilderberg meetings and never writes a word
John Micklethwait has attended every Bilderberg meeting for at least the last ten years. But apart from an accident in the Boxing day 1987 edition when the then editor was away on holiday this 'great magazine for the investor' has never mentioned the most powerful political and economic gathering in the world
The Economist's new editor
Mar 23rd 2006
THE Economist Group's board of directors has chosen John Micklethwait as the 16th editor of The Economist, succeeding Bill Emmott on April 1st.
John Micklethwait was until now the editor of the United States section of the paper; his previous jobs include stints as American business editor, business section editor, Los Angeles correspondent and finance correspondent. He is the co-author, with Adrian Wooldridge, of four books, the latest of which is "The Right Nation: Conservative Power in America". He joined The Economist in 1987, having previously worked at Chase Manhattan bank. He is 43 years old.
Bill Emmott has been editor since March 1993. He announced on February 20th that he planned to step down.
THE FOLLOWING IS THE ONLY MENTION EVER OF BILDERBERG IN MR MICKLETHWAITE'S MAGAZINE
The Economist - 26th December 1987
Bilderberg - Ne plus ultra
BILDERBERG takes its name from a Dutch hotel where, in the early 1950s, the
first meeting took place under the aegis of Prince Bernhard. The occasion
has outgrown the hotel, but the Dutch link remains. Among several European
royals who attend as occasional guests, Queen Beatrix and her husband come
regularly. A Dutch professor who has brokered coalition governments into
existence on her behalf is one of the secretary-generals (the other, American,
one lives in San Francisco), and Bilderberg's tiny secretariat sits in The
Hague. The meetings now take place by informal rotation in countries of the
Some 100 or more attend, by invitation of a steering committee. The meetings
happen once a year, in the spring. They last 2.5 days (Thursday night until
Sunday lunch) and are held in varying but always comfortable surroundings
- in 1987 Lake Como, before that Gleneagles. Apart from a half-day on the
golf links or sleeping off the previous night's dinner, morning and afternoon
sessions fill up the time.
A mixture of able and distinguished folk attend - a sprinkling of serving
prime and cabinet ministers, central-bank governors, defence and other experts.
They talk, often to galvanising and fascinating effect, about the main issues
of the day - East-West relations, arms control, deficits, debt, the Falklands,
sanctions, whatever. Their thoughts may not be repeated outside the meetings
and never are. This frustrates outsiders but helps 100 great and good people
be frank with each other, as does the fact that Bilderberg members are limited
to people of NATO and West European countries who know how to be kind or
rude to each other without causing such misunderstandings as would occur if Indians, Fijians, Africans, Chinese or Japanese were also present.
Elite and discreet, Bilderberg has inevitably been talked of in hushed tones
by conspiracy theorists over the years. It needn't be. The lists of attenders
are published, as are the agendas, and before each meeting the chairman
(currently Lord Roll) holds a press conference at which few journalists bother
to turn up.
Where does the money come from? Not complicated. The steering-group members
raise from business the small sums necessary to keep the organising secretariat
going hand-to-mouth in The Hague. Members from the host country raise enough
money to pay for the hotel and conference when it takes place on their home
soil (they are allowed to ask extra guests to make this money-raising easier).
Participants pay their own long-haul travel, but are usually shepherded as VIPs from the nearest airport. They also pay expenses over and above the
basic bill for their hotel room - the Bilderberg custom being that a whole
hotel is booked for each meeting so that Bilderbergers may be alone with
each other, their words, their thoughts and, these days, their security men.
When you have scaled the Bilderberg, you have arrived.
5. The Coil - New novel by best selling author Gayle Lynds uses Bilderberg as a backdrop
Q: 'The Coil' is a secret group of international moguls with staggering power. According to your Author's Note, they're based on a real one. Tell us how that happened.
GL: About nine years ago during other research, I stumbled upon one of those paragraphs that are the lifeblood of a novelist. It mentioned a yearly meeting of powerful world leaders that called itself the Bilderberg Group. I was instantly intrigued. Unlike the World Economic Forum, with its hundreds of government and business VIPs who usually gather in Davos, Switzerland, and Allen & Co., which is legendary for its smaller but even more elite summits in Sun Valley, Idaho, I had never heard of the Bilderbergers.
For good reason. As it turned out, the organization not only shuns publicity, it requires attendees to keep their invitations secret and to divulge nothing about the weekend itself. I spent months confirming the Bilderbergers even existed, although it had been founded decades before, in the early 1950s, and half its membership includes famous Americans like Henry Kissinger, Donald Rumsfeld, James D. Wolfensohn (the World Bank) and Donald Graham (The Washington Post).
Today, the Bilderbergers are quietly but publicly acknowledged in Europe and Canada, but not here in the United States, not yet, which of course intrigues me even more. By the way, they named themselves for the venue in the Netherlands where they first met --- the Bilderberg Hotel............(...continued)
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