Title: ’Bilderberg’: Secret Minutes Revealed for the first time in
Date: 15 NOV ’99
Author: Gibby Zobel
The Big Issue, London
For nearly 50 years an elite group of the West’s most powerful men
and women, including Bill Clinton and Tony Blair, has met in secret.
Today The Big Issue can reveal for the first time the confidential
minutes The Bilderberg Papers of what some commentators have called
shadow world government.
The clandestine meetings do not make policy, yet directly inform the
thinking of world leaders. This years meeting took place in June
under armed guard at the exclusive Caesar Park Hotel, Penha Longa,
Portugal. Northern Ireland secretary of state Peter Mandelson,
Conservative MP Kenneth Clarke, and environmentalist Jonathon Porritt attended and mixed with presidents, chairmen of
multinational companies, world bankers, Nato chiefs and
The 64-page leaked document reveals the group was advised that after
Kosovo, Russia now has carte blanche to intervene in
will not bomb Moscow if Russia invades Chechnya. Two hundred
thousand Chechens have been forced to flee their homes since Russia
began bombing last month. Last week the Clinton administration
accused Russia of breaking international law. But the minutes make
clear that world leaders are operating in an environment where
international law has become obsolete and where Nato is in danger of
effectively becoming a colonial power.
In another debate, How Durable is the Current Rosy Complexion of
European Politics?, Britain’s cuts in welfare were put into sharp
context. The new Left, argued one Briton, was consolidating the
victories of the Right. The electoral failures of the Right had
largely been self-inflicted, and the Left may well prove to be
better at reforming the welfare state. With 17 million unemployed,
it might be easier for somebody who claimed to be a socialist to
impose change. Welfare, one panelist thought, would be the Red
man’s burden. Governments had to think like business people. But not
every socialist government in Europe has bitten the bullet the group
talked of Germany, France and Italy’s
lack of guts for welfare cuts.
(The creation of the "welfare state" to
create dependency and then the destruction of that welfare
structure to leave people helpless and forced to do whatever
they are told to survive has been one of the key plans of
in the 20th century. Tony Blair, the British
prime minister and Bilderberg puppet, has been put
in there to do just that.
It is also a well tested technique to use "socialist" parties
with an image of "caring for the downtrodden" to introduce these
changes which right-leaning parties with an image for not caring
for the downtrodden, would not get away with.)
Governments fear of social unrest was the major reason for lack of
action. As a British panelist noted: Things would only change when
the cost of not doing anything really did seem larger than that of
doing something. Most of the group thought the new European Left was
just a genetically modified version of the old one. It is simply a
rotation of power, said one German. In many cases the real power
lies with central banks. This idea was given greater emphasis by
discussions about the introduction of dollarisation.
The Bilderberg papers reveal:
- Nato has given
Russia carte blanche to intervene in Chechnya
- After the euro,
a global currency dollarisation may be the next
- Post-Kosovo, Nato is in danger of mimicking a colonial empire
- Its easier to cut welfare benefits if you call yourself
HIDDEN AGENDA - FEATURE
In the first of a two-part series, Gibby Zobel uncovers how the
global power elite decides our future at the shadowy Bilderberg
Summit each year. Documents from the secret summit - leaked to The
Big Issue - reveal what they said about money and war.
For nearly 50 years an elite group of the West’s most powerful men
and women, a shadow world government, have met in secret. Tony Blair
is in the club. Every US president since Ike Eisenhower has been
too. So are top members of the British Government. So are the people
who control what you watch and read the media barons. Which is why
you may never have heard of Bilderberg.
Lines of black limousines, unmarked except for a OB on the
windscreen, swept in, sometimes accompanied by police escorts,
sometimes not, says an eyewitness of this years meeting in Portugal.
A helicopter was overhead, and other security officers were
prudently patrolling the hillsides. The policy on duty at the gates
made it crystal clear that they were only the tip of the security
For two-and-a-half days, relaxing in exclusive luxury amid vast
armed security, the powerful leaders discussed,
Unaccountable, untroubled and
unreported, the Bilderberg meetings have formed the basis of
international policy for decades.
Last year freelance journalist
Campbell Thomas was arrested just for
knocking on doors near the clandestine gathering in Turnberry,
Scotland. He remained in custody for eight hours. Other journalists
were told that even the Bilderberg menu was confidential (a move
they named Kippergate). A serving police officer told
The Big Issue:
Special Branch and CIA were everywhere they were calling the shots.
Never in its 47-year history has the content of these discussions
been made public. Until now. The Big Issue has uncovered the
Bilderberg Papers the secret minutes of this years meeting in
Portugal. Some of it is banal, some of it sensational. It blows the
lid off the thoughts of presidents, chairmen of multinational
companies, world bankers, Nato chiefs and defense ministers.
The meetings are shrouded in such secrecy that
Prime Minister Tony
Blair, when asked last year in the House of Commons, failed to
disclosed his own attendance at Bilderberg in Athens in 1993. So,
what have they been hiding?
Although 14 media chiefs and journalists from across eight countries
attended this year, none of them chose to tell their readers of the
meeting. It would not serve their interests to be cut out of the
With an invite-only guest-list, covert operations and such deafening
silence, it is little surprise that conspiracy theories have
thrived, from the anti-semites who believe in a Jewish global elite,
to the paranoid delusions of the radical left. The effect has been
to leave the importance of the meetings tainted by association. It
suits the Bilderbergers perfectly.
(Why oh why do people who present evidence
of a conspiracy still dismiss so contemptuously those who have
been investigating for decades the very covert manipulation
which the big issue has at last turned its attention to?
I have been ridiculed in Britain for years for saying the very
things that the big issue is now confirming in this article.
what they do not seem to appreciate yet is that the
Bilderberg Group is actually only one strand in a
gigantic web - a web that is creating the very unemployment and
lack of opportunity that the big issue is seeking to address.)
The Bilderberg meetings began in a Dutch hotel on May 29 1954, from
where it gets its name. The Economist, in a rare reference to it in
1987, said that the importance of the meetings was overplayed but
admitted: When you have scaled the Bilderberg, you have arrived.
At last years meeting, former defense minister George Robertson, who
is now Nato secretary-general, planned strategies with the
Bilderberg chair and ex-Nato chief
Observer editor-in-chief Will Hutton attended
Bilderberg in 1997. He
believes that it is the home of the high priests of globalization.
No policy is made here, he says, it is all talk. But the consensus
established is the backdrop against which policy is made worldwide.
The 64-page leaked document The Bilderberg Papers
is dated August
1999. The powerful transatlantic clique at the private hideaway
included new Northern Ireland secretary Peter Mandelson MP,
environmentalist Jonathon Porritt, Kenneth Clarke MP, former US
secretary of state Henry Kissinger, billionaire oil and banking
tycoon David Rockefeller, Monsanto chief Robert B Shapiro, and the
head of the World Bank, James D Wolfensohn.
Although Asian and African politics and economics were discussed the
continents countries had no seats at this summit. The official
eight-strong UK delegation included bankers Martin Taylor, former
chief executive of Barclays and Eric Roll, a banker for Warburgs.
They were joined by Martin Wolf of The Financial Times and two
journalists from The Economist, John Micklethwait and Adrian
Wooldridge, who, the minutes indicate, prepared this document.
The papers are marked Not for Quotation. It states:
There were 111
participants from 24 countries. All participants spoke in their
personal capacity, not as representatives of their national
governments or employers. As is usual at Bilderberg meetings, in
order to permit frank and open discussion, no public reporting of
the conference took place.
None of the quotes in each of the 10 sections are directly
attributable to any named individual, but the moderator and
panelists in each discussion are listed. It is made perfectly
clear, however, who is saying what. It is not known who else is in
the audience, but their comments are identified by their country and
Over two weeks, we report on the central themes of this years
meeting. This week: money and war. Next week: genetics what the head
of Monsanto and a leading British environmentalist discussed behind
closed doors. What they said about money. Giants of the global
banking world, in a debate titled Redesigning the International
Financial Architecture, discussed the concept of dollarisation which
is sure to send euro-skeptics into a frenzy.
Around the table were
Kenneth Clarke MP, Martin S Feldstein,
president of the National Bureau of Economic Research, Stanley
Fisher, deputy managing director of the International Monetary Fund
(IMF), Ottmar Issing, board member of the European Central Bank and
Jean Claude Trichet, governor of the Bank of France.
Bilderberg is understood to have been the birthplace of the single european currency. The deputy director of the
IMF opens by
remarking: It is worth noting that this is the first Bilderberg
meeting where the euro is fact rather than a topic for discussion.
During the discussion, One of the panelists was sure that if the
euro worked, more regional currencies would emerge. Others raised
the question of dollarisation as a possible cure.
There is a dissenting voice: The only possible reason for
surrendering control of your monetary policy to Washington (where
nobody would make decisions on the basis of what mattered in Buenos
Aires [or London]) is the fairly rotten financial records of the
What they said about war:
Despite Tony Blair’s presidential stance over
Kosovo, Natos historic
war was pilloried at Bilderberg. The mood at the meeting was
surprisingly subdued most of the speakers concentrated on the
downside of the conflict, begins the discussion on Kosovo.
Henry Kissinger, former US secretary of state, weighs in, saying
Kosovo could be this generation’s Vietnam.
Nato is in danger of
replacing the Ottoman and Habsburg Empires in a series of permanent
protectorates, he said.
(EXACTLY WHAT HE AND THE ILLUMINATI WANT!)
Another panelist warned that troops could be there for 25 years.
Kissinger felt that this left Nato open to accusations of
colonialism. How did one persuade countries like China, Russia and
India that Natos new mandate was not just a new version of the white
mans burden colonialism? asked Kissinger.
Charles D Boyd, executive director of the US National Study Group,
said Kosovo is now a wasteland, a humanitarian disaster comparable
with Cambodia. Nato used force as a substitute for diplomacy rather
than as a support for it used force in a way that minimized danger
to itself but maximized danger to the people it was trying to
An unnamed British politician wondered whether the [Nato] alliance
could hang together after the end of the war. He warned that there
would be little popular enthusiasm for putting lots of resources
into solving the regions gigantic problems.
Peter Mandelson told the group that two roads stretch in front of
Nato. One leads to a new division of Europe, where the continent
returns to its ethnocentric ways. Under this scenario, the UN is
fairly powerless, Russia and China are excluded, and Nato is little
more than an enforcer. The second road is a little closer to the
nineteenth century Europe, with all the great powers not just
America and the EU, but Russia, China and Japan co-operating.