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The Bilderberg Group,


by Daniel Estulin


…a clique of the richest, economically and politically most powerful and influential men in the Western world, who meet secretly to plan events that later appear to just happen.

                                                                                                                                      <>The Times of London, 1977



World events do not occur by accident; They are made to happen, whether it is to do with national issues or commerce; and most of them are staged and managed by those who hold the purse strings.

                                                                                                           <> Denis Healey, former British Defence Minister


In 1954, the most powerful men in the world met for the first time under the auspices of the Dutch royal crown and the Rockefeller family at the luxurious Hotel Bilderberg in the small Dutch town of Oosterbeek.  For an entire weekend, they debated the future of the world.  When it was over, they decided to meet once every year to exchange ideas and analyze international affairs.  They named themselves the Bilderberg Group.  Since then, they have gathered yearly in a luxurious hotel somewhere in the world to try to decide the future of humanity.  Among the select members of this club are Bill Clinton, Paul Wolfowitz, Henry Kissinger, the Rockefeller family, Zbigniew Brzezinski, Tony Blair and many other heads of government, businessmen, politicians, bankers and journalists from all over the world. [ Their membership is a virtual Who’s Who from the spheres of politics, business, banking, journalism, and NGO’s.]


Nevertheless, in the more than fifty years of their meetings, the press has never been allowed to attend, no statements have ever been released on the attendees’ conclusions, nor has any agenda for a Bilderberg meeting been made public.


What do the world’s most powerful people talk about in these meetings?


Any modern democratic system protects the right to privacy, but doesn’t the public have a right to know what their political leaders are talking about when they meet the wealthiest business leaders of their respective countries?  What guarantees do citizens have that the Bilderberg Group isn’t merely a center for influence trafficking and lobbying if they aren’t allowed to know what their respective talk about at the Group’s secret gatherings?


This [news] blackout exists despite the fact (or because ?) they are annually  attended by Presidents of the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank, the Federal Reserve; by chairmen of 100 of the most powerful corporations in the world… by Vice-Presidents of the United States, Directors of the CIA and FBI, Secretaries-General of NATO, American Senators, members of Congress, European Prime Ministers and leaders of opposition parties; and by top editors and CEO’s of the leading newspapers in the world.

As a general rule, Bilderberg meetings are never mentioned in the media, since the mainstream press is fully owned by the Bilderbergers.


Imagine a private club where presidents, prime ministers, international bankers and generals rub shoulders… where the people running the wars, the markets and Europe say what they never dare say in public.  This is the Bilderberg Group, and it is among the most secretive of any organizations worldwide.  The reason that no one is willing to break the group’s conspiracy of silence or stand up to it is revealed in the words of French broadcaster Thierry de Segonzac:  “The Bilderbergers are too powerful and omnipresent to be exposed.”






The Netherlands’ Prince Bernhard subscribed to the belief that severe economic dips like the Great Depression could be avoided if responsible and influential leaders could actually manage world events behind their necessary public posturing.  For this reason, he was asked to organize the first meeting of “like-minded” representatives from all facets of the world’s economic, political, industrial and military realms in 1954.













Prince Bernhard of the Netherlands



Author Gyeorgos C. Hatonn, however discovered that German born Prince Bernhard was an officer in the Reiter SS Corps in the early 1930’s and was on the board of an I.G. subsidiary, Farben Bilder.  In his book, Rape of the Constitution; Death of Freedom, Hatonn claims Prince Bernhard drew on his Nazi history in corporate management to encourage the “super secret policy-making group” to call themselves the Bilderbergers after Farben Bilder, in memory of the Farben executives’ initiative to organize Heinrich Himmler’s “Circle of Friends”—elite wealth-building leaders who amply rewarded Himmler for his protection under National Socialist programs from the early days of Hitler’s popularity through to Nazi Germany’s defeat.


If we analyze the agenda items of the Bilderberg meetings since 1954, what stands out remarkably is the attempt to manage and bring under control differences in ideology among American and European aristocracies with respect to how these two groups should go about looting the planet.


Bilderberger members “run” the central banks and are therefore in a position to determine discount rates, money-supply levels, interest rates, and the price of gold, as well as which countries receive loans.  By manipulating money up and down the business chain, the Bilderbergers create billions of dollars for themselves.  The ideology of money and lust for power drives them.


“No policy is made here,” said Will Hutton, London editor of The Observer, who participated in the 1997 Bilderberg meeting. “But the consensus established is the backdrop against which policy is made worldwide.”













David Rockefeller (seated left) one of the founders of the Bilderberg Group, at Stresa Italy 2004.




Jose Manuel Durao Barroso (pictured at right, while visiting the U.S. in 1997), was appointed President of the European Commission shortly after attending the 2004 Bilderberg meeting at Stresa Italy.



It is important to distinguish between active members who assist annually and others who are only invited occasionally.  About eighty members are regulars who have attended for many years. Fringe people who are invited to report on subjects related to their sphere of influence or professional and academic knowledge, are clueless about the formal structure behind the Bilderberg Group, and remain in absolute ignorance of the Group’s greater goals and universal objectives.  A select few are invited because Bilderbergers think they may be useful tools in their globalist plan and are later helped to reach very powerful elected positions.



The most dramatic example of a “useful recruit” was the obscure Governor of Arkansas, Bill Clinton, who attended his first Bilderberg meeting at Baden-Baden, Germany, in 1991.  There David Rockefeller told Clinton why the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) was a Bilderberg priority and that the group needed him to support it.  The next year, Clinton was elected President, and –guess what?—he was a strong proponent of NAFTA.






The Bilderberg Group’s chief fear is organized resistance.  Members do not want the common people of the world to figure out what they are planning for the world’s future: mainly a One World Government (World Company) with a single global marketplace, policed by one world army, and financially regulated by one “World Bank” using one global currency.  They want:


One International Identity: by empowering international bodies to completely destroy all national identity through subversion from within, they intend to establish one set of universal values.  No others will be allowed to flourish in the future.


Centralized Control of the People: they plan to direct all humanity to obey their wishes.  The blueprint of their plan is chillingly described in Zbigniew Brzezinski’s book, Between Two Ages: America’s Role in the Technocratic Era. He foresees, under the New World Order, no middle class, only rulers and servants.


A Zero Growth Society: In a post industrial period, zero growth will be necessary to destroy vestiges of general prosperity.  When there is prosperity, there is progress.  Prosperity and progress make it impossible to implement repression, and you need repression if you hope to divide society into owners and slaves.


A State of Perpetual Imbalance: By artificially manufacturing crises that will put people under continual duress—physically, mentally, and emotionally—it is possible to keep people in a perpetual state of imbalance.  Too tired and strung out to decide their own destinies, populations will be confused and demoralized to the extent that, “faced with too many choices, apathy on a massive scale will result.” This according to John Coleman, Conspirators’ Hierarchy, America West Publishers 1992.


Centralized Control of Education: One of the reasons for the European Community, “American Union” and the future Asian Union to seek greater control of education in general is to allow One World globalists to sterilize the world’s true past.  Today’s youth are almost completely ignorant of the lessons of history, individual liberties and the meaning of freedom.


Centralized Control of All Foreign and Domestic Policies


Empowerment of the United Nations: By using what the United Nations already has in place, they plan to shape it into a de jure, and then de facto, world government and charge a direct UN tax on “world citizens.”


Western Trading Bloc: By expanding NAFTA throughout the Western Hemisphere into South America, an “American Union” will eventually form similar to the European Union.


Expansion of NATO: As the UN intervenes in more trouble spots globally, as it is in Afghanistan now, NATO becomes the UN’s world army.


One Legal System


One Socialist Welfare State: a socialist welfare state, where obedient slaves will be rewarded and non-conformists targeted for extermination.



Thomas Jefferson, one of the Founding Fathers of American democracy explained it this way: “Single acts of tyranny may be ascribed to the accidental opinion of the day; but a series of oppressions, begun at a distinguished period and pursued unalterably through every change of ministers [Presidents], too plainly prove a deliberate systematical plan of reducing us to slavery.”



Sister Organizations:

The Council on Foreign Relations (CFR)

and the Trilateral Commission (TC)



The CFR is headquartered in New York City in the Harold Pratt House on the corner of Park Avenue and 68th Street.  As early as March 26, 1922, John F. Hylan, Mayor of New York, in a speech said, “The real menace of our republic is the invisible government, which like a giant octopus, sprawls its slimy length over our city, our state and nation.  At the head is a small group of banking houses generally referred to as “international bankers.”  This little coterie of powerful international bankers virtually run our government for their own selfish ends.”


On February 23, 1954, Senator William Jenner warned, in a speech, “Today the path to total dictatorship in the United States can be laid by strictly legal means; unseen and unheard by the Congress, the President, or the people… Outwardly we have a Constitutional government.  We have operating within our government and political system another body representing another form of government, a bureaucratic elite which believes our Constitution is outmoded and is sure that it is the winning side…All the strange developments in foreign policy agreements may be traced to this group who are going to make us over to suit their pleasure.”


Historian Arthur Schlesinger, Jr. has called the CFR a “front organization” for “the heart of the American establishment.”


To add further confusion, there is another coexisting organization with the same one-world government objective, except its members represent global trade alliances: North America, Western Europe, and Pacific Asia.  It’s called the Trilateral Commission (TC) and was founded, and financed by David Rockefeller in 1973.  Before establishing this organization, he tested the idea for forming the commission at the 1972 Bilderberg Group meeting in Knokke Belgium.  And guess what?


Many of the same individuals who belonged to the CFR and the Bilderberg Group also joined the TC.











Henry Kissinger, one of the oldest members of the Bilderberg Club and one of its most sinister.


To appreciate the extent of power the Bilderbergers, CFR and TC exercise, it is enough to recall that almost all of the presidential candidates for both [American] parties have belonged to at least one of these organizations, many of the U.S. congressmen and senators, most major policy-making positions, especially in the field of foreign relations, much of the press, most of the leadership of the CIA, FBI, IRS and many of the remaining organizations in Washington, CFR members occupy nearly all White House cabinet positions.


Whether a Democrat, a Republican, a Conservative or a Liberal is in power, the opposing rhetoric spouted by the candidates apparently have little to do with who actually wins the elections: the decision makers who pull the strings stay the same, because cabinet seats are always held by CFR members.  Even as U.S. presidents come and go the CFR’s power and agenda remain the same. 



Mind Games



The February 1971 edition of a Moscow-based Russian magazine, International affairs, [p. 63-68] carried an article titled, “Ways and Means of U.S. Ideological Expansion.”  It analyzed America’s propaganda efforts: “Psycho-political operations are further subdivided into strategic psycho-political operations that focus propaganda at small groups of people, such as academics or experts, capable of influencing public opinion and tactical psycho-political operations that focus propaganda at the masses through mass communication media (i.e. newspapers, radio, television, textbooks, educational material, art, entertainment, etc.).”


That same year, Thomas R. Dye… described the process by which “public opinion” is established: “This opinion is formulated by the dominant Council on Foreign Relations members who belong to an inner circle called the “Special Group” that plan and coordinate the psycho-political operations used to manipulate the American public, and through a vast intergovernmental undercover infrastructure… that include the legislative, executive, and judicial branches of government.
















U.S. contingent at Stresa Italy, 2004. From left to right: Richard Perle neoconservative in the

G. W. Bush Administration; Marie J. Kravis Senior Fellow of the Hudson Institute and Henry Kravis.

Seated to the left is Vernon Jordan, close friend and confidant of Bill Clinton.


At the Bilderbergers meeting in Evian France, [on] May 21, 1992, a tape recording was made….Henry Kissinger [was caught saying the following]:


“Today, Americans would be outraged if UN troops entered Los Angeles to restore order; tomorrow, they will be grateful.  This is especially true if they were told there was an outside threat from beyond, whether real or promulgated, that threatened our very existence… The one thing every man fears is the unknown. When presented with this scenario, individual rights will be willingly relinquished for the guarantee of their well-being granted to them by their world government.”


The President’s Cabinet



The National Security Act of 1947 established the office of Secretary of Defense.  Since 1947 there have been 14 Secretaries of Defense on the Council of Foreign Relations and/or Trilateral Commission membership list.


One undercover FBI agent once explained it to me this way:


“President Clinton has appointed three Secretaries of Defense—William Cohen, William Perry, and Les Aspin.  Under Secretary for International Security Affairs Lynn Etheridge Davis has been coordinating Psychological Operations under all three. Davis has been involved with the U.S. Intelligence community and a part of every Administration from the ‘70’s through the ‘90’s.  Davis, Clinton, Cohen and Aspin all belong to the Council of Foreign Relations.  Davis is also a Vice-President at David Rockefeller’s Chase Manhattan Bank."


“Now,” my FBI source continued, “with whom do you suppose Lynn Etheridge Davis’ loyalties lie?”


The transition to the new administration of Barack Obama has been accompanied by much optimism and hope for “change.” The affiliations of some of his close associates, however, must be cause for concern.


Brzezinski, Zbigniew: Senior Foreign Policy Advisor, Co-founder with David Rockefeller of the Trilateral Commission; Director, CFR and Trilateral Commission.


Clinton, Hillary R. : Secretary of State, wife of former President Bill Clinton, former Senator (D-NY), Militant Zionist, linked to CFR,TC and the Bilderberg Group through her husband.


Daschle, Thomas A.: Withdrawn nominee for Sect. of Health and Social Services, former Senator (D-SD) and Majority Leader.  Former Director Citicorp; Zionist; Member CFR and Bilderberg Group.


Emanuel, Rahm: Chief of Staff; Rep. (D-Ill) since 2002; Militant Zionist; Double nationality—U.S. and Israeli; volunteer in the defense of Israel during the first Gulf War 1991; former Director Freddie Mac; Advisor during Clinton administration; linked to Wasserstein Perella Bank (TC members); his father was a guerilla fighter in the terrorist Irgun Zvai Leumi organization (prior to Israeli statehood).


Froman, Michael: Adviser—operates for Robert Rubin; “helped” Obama choose members of his team; Member CFR.


Gates, Robert M.: Sect. of Defense, Republican.  Gates was named at the DoD by former President George W. Bush in 2006 to replace Donald Rumsfeld, and yet was “confirmed by Obama”—Director of the CIA under former President George H.W. Bush.  Co-chaired foreign policy CFR task force with Brzezinski; involved in the Iran-Contra Affair during the Reagan-Bush Administration; Member CFR, TC, Bilderberg.


Geithner, Timothy F.: Sect. of the Treasury; previously President of the Federal Reserve Bank of NY.  Prominent architect of the 2008 banking bailout plans, together with Ben Bernanke (FED Governor and CFR Member), Henry Paulson (former Treasury Secretary, CFR Member).  Also held office during Bill Clinton administration, and was involved in bailouts for Mexico, Indonesia, So. Korea, Brazil, Thailand in the 90’s under then Under Sect. of the Treasury Lawrence Summers. Former Director of Policy Development and Review Dept. at the International Monetary Fund from 2001 to 2003; former Director at Kissinger Associates; Member of the Group of 30—his mentors included Lawrence Summers and Robert Rubin. Member CFR,TC, Bilderberg.



Holder, Eric: Attorney General; during Clinton presidency helped orchestrate a pardon for racketeer Marc Rich, when he was Janet Reno’s Deputy Attorney General.


Jones, James L. : Four Star General U.S. Army, NSA (National Security Agency), former NATO forces commander; Special Envoy to the Middle East for Security Affairs for former President George W. Bush; Director at Chevron and Boeing Corporations; Zionist; Member of the Institute for International Affairs (founded by Air Force General Brent Scowcroft, former National Security advisor under George H.W. Bush); Member CFR,TC, Bilderberg.


Lippert, Marc W. : National Security Council Chief of Staff; Zionist; Member CFR.


Mitchell, George: Special Envoy to the Middle East; Member CFR.


Napolitano, Janet: Sect. of Homeland Security; former Attorney General for State of Arizona; Member CFR, TC.


Reed, Jack: Senator: (D-RI); Member CFR.


Rice, Susan: Permanent Representative (Ambassador to the UN); Member of the National Security Council during the Clinton Administration; Under Sect. of State for African Affairs during Clinton Administration.  Member CFR; Brookings Institute and Aspen Strategy Group (with Richard Armitrage, Gen. Brent Scowcroft and Madelaine Albright, all CFR and TC Members).


Richardson, Bill: Withdrawn Sect. of Commerce, served in former Clinton Administration, former officer at Kissinger Associates; Member CFR.


Rubin, Robert: Director at Citigroup, former CEO Goldman Sachs, founder of the Hamilton Project, former Sect. of the Treasury during Clinton Administration, Member CFR.


Shinseki, Eric: Four Star General U.S. Army, Sect. for Veterans Affairs, Member CFR.


Summers, Lawrence: Chairman National Economic Council, former Sect. of the Treasury during Bill Clinton Administration; Zionist; former Chief Economist at World Bank; former Dean at Harvard University; formed part of Robert Rubin’s team; Director Brookings Institute; Member CFR,TC, Bilderberg.


Sutphen, Mona: Deputy Chief of Staff; Executive Director Stonebridge International; former member of National Security Council during Clinton Administration; Member CFR.


Volcker, Paul: Chairman of Obama’s Advisory Board on Economic Recovery; former Governor of the Federal Reserve during Carter and Reagan Administrations; Zionist; Member of the Group of 30; President of Rothschild Wolfensohn Company; linked to the Rockefeller family; North American Director of the Trilateral Commission, Member CFR, and Bilderberg.



What Makes Sense



Three hundred and seventy years ago, Galileo Galilei was persecuted for teaching that the Earth was a round planet that revolved around the sun.  The Catholic Church and much of the citizenry reviled the great man because they were terrified that this truth would upset the social order.  As someone has said, “the problem is people’s inherent unwillingness to face things of which they are afraid, thereby scapegoating and sacrificing their fellows to an evil they dare not confront themselves.”


I live for the day and the hour in which men and women of honor will recognize that dignity, kindness, integrity, trust, and love of their fellow beings are as indispensable to the survival of the human race as Galileo’s discoveries were.  These principles of humanity should be enshrined on some document somewhere, so that should a future despot decide to betray Humanity once again, he will pay dearly for it.


On the surface this… is about a secretive Group known simply as the Bilderbergers.  On a much deeper level, however it is about inner faith and conviction, which public opinion, bribery, lust for money and power cannot influence. [It is] about the integrity and honor of many individuals.  It is about helping people to learn to think, and be independent in their thoughts, even from the so-called experts, masterfully represented by every major media group who would tell them which conspiracy… not to believe.


This… is also about my life, about refusing to live in fear.  Only when we decide to let fear govern our actions will those whom we oppose and despise truly win.



Photo Credits: Daniel Estulin.

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Reprinted with the author's permission.


Daniel Estulin, the author of the book upon which this essay is based, was born in Russia, lived in Canada, and now lives in Europe. He became interested in the Bilderbergers through a Russian double agent, who sought Mr. Estulin’s help several years ago. Daniel Estulin’s grandfather had been in the Soviet KGB’s Counter-Intelligence service in the 1950’s.  Mr. Estulin credits his contacts in the Intelligence services of several nations as some of his more valuable sources.


EDITOR’s NOTE: The Citizen for Social Responsibility thanks Mr. Estulin, and his publisher Kris Millegan for allowing us the freedom to compile the above essay, and make it available to our readers.  A newly expanded North American version of the book has just been printed, and is available through most booksellers. “The True Story of the Bilderberg Group”, by Daniel Estulin, has been published in 67 countries, in 48 languages, and numerous printings

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