COPENHAGEN — The chorus of official resistance to the shadowy Bilderberg meetings between top globalists in Big Business and Big Government is growing louder. While the outcry remains relatively tame considering the magnitude of the problem — over the weekend, 120 to 150 top globalists descended on Copenhagen to plot humanity’s future behind closed doors — lawmakers and the public are becoming increasingly concerned. Even a Bilderberg attendee called for more transparency.
About one-third of those gathered come from government and politics. This year, though, a coalition of Italian lawmakers decided enough was enough, and that it is time for public “servants,” supposedly employees of the people, to stop meeting behind closed doors with bailed-out mega-bank bosses, crony capitalists, and top CEOs. Around the world, lawmakers have also been lambasting various elements of the shadowy gathering, too — calling for more transparency, arrests, an end to the gatherings, and more. Other leaders called on their countrymen to represent their nation’s interests.
Like every year at the Bilderberg summit, what was really discussed by all of the bigwigs from Big Business and Big Government remains a mystery. For critics and lawmakers across the political spectrum, however, there are strong suspicions that they were up to no good. Either way, opponents of the gathering said it needs to stop — taxpayer-funded public “servants” have no right to discuss policy with crony capitalists and foreign rulers in the shadows. For Americans at the summit, the Logan Act could even make it a felony.
With all that is known or at least suspected about Bilderberg, a growing number of policymakers are starting to fight back. At this year’s summit, for example, a delegation of three Italian members of Parliament arrived in Copenhagen hoping to present some simple requests to the paranoid attendees hiding inside behind legions of taxpayer-funded security personnel. “This year, as a member of the Parliament, I decided to do a step forward,” MP Carlo Sibilia, with the surging anti-EU “Five Star Movement” party, told We Are Change in an on-camera interview.
The Italian lawmakers had simple requests. “In this meeting there are lots of people who have been elected by the people, and then there are members of the most important corporations all over the world — bankers, financial institutions — people that are really influential in the world,” Sibilia said in remarkably good English. “So we said, ‘If this is going on, and there are elected people in there, why don't you just make it public, just give us a report about what's going on in there?’”
The preferred option, the lawmaker said, would be live-streaming video coverage of the meetings. “If this is not possible, the live coverage, for instance, please, don't invite people who have been elected,” Sibilia added. He also offered a list of taxpayer-funded public “servants” who should not be there: people who are supposed to represent the public, people with government assignments, anyone involved in setting monetary policy, officials responsible for permits, and more. “This is really important,” he said.
“One thing I know for certain is that two of the last three Italian prime ministers have been invited in this conference, and then the next year, they have been nominated prime minister, not elected,” Sibilia continued, drawing a comparison with Obama and Bill Clinton, both of whom attended Bilderberg prior to becoming president in the United States. “This is really weird…. There is something going on.” As The New American reported at the time, Bilderberg bigwig and Goldman Sachs operative Mario Monti was installed as prime minister in 2011 as part of what critics called a “coup.”
“We just want to know what’s going on,” the lawmaker added in the interview. “If there is nothing to hide, why are they hiding?” Of course, that is the argument cited by Big Government extremists to infringe on citizens’ right to privacy by unlawfully spying on phone calls, e-mails, and more without a warrant. Many of the top figures involved in the assault on the fundamental human right were at Bilderberg, including CIA, NSA, MI6, and Google bosses. Critics said the hypocrisy was astounding: privacy for them, but none for you.
In the end, security and police would not allow the three Italian lawmakers to deliver their document requesting an end to the participation of public “servants” at Bilderberg. According to police, because the document was not “expected,” it would not be permitted inside. The friendly police officers guarding the globalists inside suggested that the Italian lawmakers send their requests along to the Danish Parliament — an almost certainly futile endeavor.
It is hardly the first time officials have spoken out about Bilderberg. Following last year’s meeting in the United Kingdom, British Parliamentarian Michael Meacher also called for an end to the obsessive secrecy. “These are really big decision makers who have come to concert their plans over the future of capitalism. That is going to affect us, the 99.99 per cent, very extensively,” he explained. “In a democratic system we have a right to know what they're talking about, what conclusions they reached and to ask some questions.”
Other European lawmakers have also spoken out against the secrecy as well. At least one, Italian member of the European Parliament Mario Borghezio, even tried to crash the party in 2011, when it was held in Switzerland. Blasting the secrecy, MEP Borghezio attempted to force his way into the conference on the first day. He was detained and roughed up by police, prompting the Italian embassy to get involved. In a video this year, the European parliamentarian denounced Bilderberg as the “root of all evil that afflicts Italy.” Other prominent Italians have filed formal complaints with the public prosecutor alleging serious criminal activity.
Also in 2011, center-right Swiss Parliamentarian Dominique Baettig asked prosecutors to consider arresting attendees, such as former U.S. Secretary of State Henry “New World Order” Kissinger for war crimes. The lawmaker, with Switzerland’s largest political party, also suggested that Swiss officials at the event should have been charged with treason. MP Baettig also sought a full parliamentary inquiry about the gathering.
“In the name of Cantonal Sovereignty and independence, but especially of the Justice’s independence from executive power — may it be Federal or Cantonal — I ask you to check abroad for Arrest Warrants delivered by various Courts, Judges and also for all valid criminal complaints against the persons who were, amongst others, cited as mere examples in my (enclosed) letters,” he wrote in the letter to the general prosecutor of the Swiss Confederation. “And of course, to arrest them before diligent extraditions.” In addition to Kissinger, Baettig cited George W. Bush and French President Nicolas Sarkozy as other potential targets for arrest.
This year, the surging Danish People’s Party is also demanding to know how much taxpayer wealth was spent on the summit. “We want the Parliamentary Legal Committee to ask the minister of justice to provide information on how much money was spent, just as with other major events,” said party spokesman Peter Skaarup. “It can easily be done.” Millions of tax dollars were spent at last year’s summit in the United Kingdom.
In Hungary, the political class was also in an uproar this year, with various parties, including the ruling Fidesz as well as senior politicians, demanding that any Hungarian officials at the summit represent the nation’s interest regardless of party. Other political leaders also demanded to know what happened at Bilderberg, along with any instructions given to Hungarian attendees at the summit.
At least one Bilderberg attendee, Socialist International-aligned Dutch Labor Party boss and parliamentary leader Diederik Samsom, also said that there should be more transparency. “I do agree that after such a meeting, people should go out, like me, and tell you what we discussed,” he told protesters and journalists in a rare chat outside the hotel.
The official press contact for the summit refused to make any attendees available for interviews. “As ever, in order to encourage the highest level of openness and dialogue among the participants during the conference, the Bilderberg meeting is closed to reporting journalists,” the self-described “Bilderberg media team” said in an e-mail. “While we would have liked to help you with your request, we regret to inform you that we cannot provide any interviews this week.” None of the attendees contacted individually responded to requests for comment.
It does not appear that the establishment media, which was very well represented at the summit but reported virtually nothing about it, will be doing its job anytime soon. But if sunlight is the best disinfectant, perhaps it is time for taxpayers, lawmakers, real journalists, law enforcement, and voters to pry open the door and find out once and for all what that putrid stench is that is emanating from Bilderberg.
Alex Newman, a foreign correspondent for The New American, is currently based in Europe. He can be reached at
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