Woodstock for conspiracy theorists.
By: ALEXANDER PANETTA, OTTAWA (CP)
A serene suburban setting has
been transformed into a four-day festival of black suits, black
limousines, burly security guards - and suspicions of world
On the outskirts of the nation's
capital, a tony high-rise hotel beside a golf course is hosting
the annual meeting for one of the world's most secretive and
It's not the Freemasons.
Forget those fabled U.S. military
men who tucked away UFOs in the Arizona desert.
These guys, you've probably never
even heard of, and if you believe the camera-toting followers
who attend all their meetings, they control the world.
They're called the Bilderberg
They include European royalty,
national leaders, political power-brokers, and heads of the
world's biggest companies.
Those who follow the Bilderberg
group say it got Europe to adopt a common currency, got Bill
Clinton elected after he agreed to support NAFTA, and is
spending this week deciding what to do about high oil prices and
that pesky fundamentalist president of Iran, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
"Some people say that I advocate
a conspiracy theory. That's not true. I recognize a conspiracy
fact," said James P. Tucker.
The 74-year-old American
journalist has been following the Bilderberg group for decades,
has written extensively about it, and recently published his
Bilderberg Diary. He follows the group to its annual meetings
and stands outside describing to other journalists details of
his privileged access to their inner workings.
He is not alone.
Daniel Estulin snapped
photographs of every vehicle that approached the concrete-glass
complex Thursday. He says Mossad - Israel's spy agency - is
Away from the golf course, there
are no grassy knolls in the industrial zone outside Ottawa's
Brook street hotel, the site of this week's meeting, but the
scene does nothing to dissuade conspiracists.
Ottawa police officers are
standing guard outside a dozen metal gates that serve as
security checkpoints a half-kilometre from the hotel.
But Ottawa's finest are clearly
not in charge here.
To approach the hotel property,
even these uniformed police officers are required to show their
credentials to the half-dozen black-suited men working for Globe
Risk, a private security firm.
"This is pretty unusual," one
Ottawa cop said.
Another said they were hired to
be there in their off-duty hours and weren't told much by their
superiors: "They just told us, 'These are important people. It's
a private meeting.' "
A small crowd of curious
onlookers snapped photos of black-windowed sedans stopping at
the checkpoints. It was impossible to see who was sitting
But it's fun to imagine.
The Bilderberg group is a
half-century-old organization comprising about 130 of the
world's wealthiest and most powerful people. The group is named
after the Dutch hotel where it held its first meeting in 1954.
But don't expect to find that
information on the group's website. They don't have a website.
Nor was there any Bilderberg logo
anywhere to be seen Thursday, except for those nondescript white
placards stamped with the letter 'B' and tucked under the
windshield of all those tinted sedans.
A journalist calling the
Brookstreet hotel asked to leave a message for the
"Sure," a hotel employee said.
"Your name and number?"
The journalist then asked whether
the employee could confirm whether the Bilderberg Group was
actually meeting there.
"I don't know," she replied.
Even members of the hotel gym
were barred from the premises. A sign was slapped on the gym
door earlier this week informing them the facilities would be
closed for four days. All other hotel guests were asked to check
out by Thursday morning. Any vehicles remaining in the parking
lot would be towed.
Bilderberg says the privacy of
its meetings helps encourage freewheeling discussion.
An unsigned press release, sent
by fax, confirmed this year's meeting would deal with energy
issues, Iran, the Middle East, terrorism, immigration, Russia,
European-American relations and Asia.
"The meeting is private to
encourage frank and open discussion," said the release.
"There will be no press
The release included a list of
participants at this year's event.
The 2006 group includes David
Rockefeller, Henry Kissinger, Queen Beatrix of Holland, New York
Gov. George Pataki, the heads of Coca-Cola, Credit Suisse, the
Royal Bank of Canada, a number of media moguls, and cabinet
ministers from Spain and Greece.
The group also includes a pair of
prominent figures involved in planning the U.S. invasion of Iraq
- Richard Perle and Ahmad Chalabi. Fellow White House
power-players Donald Rumsfeld and Paul Wolfowitz, now head of
the World Bank, have spoken to the group in the past.
But Bilderberg is not exclusively
a right-wing body, by any means. Bill Clinton's right-hand-man
Vernon Jordan, was also in attendance Thursday, as was his
Mideast negotiator Dennis Ross.
The prime ministers of Britain
and Canada - Tony Blair and Stephen Harper - have addressed the
group before, as have former Liberal prime ministers Pierre
Trudeau, Paul Martin and Jean Chretien.
Harper spoke to Bilderberg in
Versailles, France, in 2003 but his office said he would not
attend this year's conference.
Canada remains well represented,
The Canadian contingent at this
year's event includes Power Corp. boss Paul Desmarais, Indigo
books CEO Heather Reisman, and former New Brunswick premier
The Globe and Mail newspaper
publisher, Philip Crawley, was also there. However, Bilderberg
followers say that media moguls whose outlets report leaked
details from the meetings will see themselves banned in the
Report Chronicles U.N.'s 'Most
Many Nations Happy to Take U.S. Aid Money, but Oppose U.S. on
By Chad Groening
March 21, 2006
(AgapePress) - A
United Nations "report card" issued recently by a conservative
Internet news service reveals that most countries of the world
have voted against the U.S. on key issues before the U.N.
General Assembly. The survey found that Israel is America's most
reliable ally at the U.N.
"United Nations Report Card" was released by Newsmax.com earlier
this month. Contributing editor Kenneth Timmerman says his
organization examined 12 key General Assembly votes on issues of
critical importance to the United States. A vast majority of the
time, he says, U.N. members sided against the U.S. For example,
the tally shows that even Great Britain -- a staunch and close
ally -- did not vote with the U.S. very often.
does vote with us 17 percent of the time,"
Timmerman notes. "You would think they are our best ally; in
fact, they're not." Who is, according to the survey? "Israel is
our best ally -- they vote with us 83 percent of the time."
besides Israel, the Pacific nations of Palau, Micronesia, and
Marshall Islands are the only other countries that side with the
U.S. on most of the issues. "Outside of those four countries,
we don't have very many friends at the United Nations,"
Newsmax.com, some of the nations voting against the U.S. on a
regular basis include some of the biggest recipients of American
foreign aid -- in some case amounting to hundreds of millions of
dollars a year. Timmerman notes a few of those.
[has] received over $10 billion in U.S. aid; they vote with us
zero percent of the time," he notes. "Jordan still gets $224
million a year ... zero [percent]. Turkey, they get a billion
dollars in U.S. aid -- they don't vote with us at all; zero
percent." According to the report card, other nations benefiting
significantly from U.S. aid that register zero percent support
include Ethiopia (almost $600 million in aid), Colombia ($524
million), and Peru ($229 million).
allies France, Germany, Italy, Japan and South Korea all voted
with the U.S. just 8 percent of the time. "So we have a real
problem at the U.N. General Assembly," the Newsmax spokesman
Many of the
General Assembly votes, says Timmerman, were aimed at hurting
the nation of Israel. "There's a huge percentage of votes at the
United Nations which are all aimed at either de-legitimizing the
state of Israel [or] imposing restrictions on Israel's ability
to defend itself from terrorism and things like that," he notes.
"There is no other nation on Earth that has this kind of
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United Nations Report Card appears in the March 2006 issue of
Chad Groening, a regular contributor to AgapePress, is a
American Family Radio News, which can be heard online.