Most Powerful in the World - The Bilderberg Group Part 3

About the history of the organization known as the Bilderberg Group a collection of some of the world's most rich and powerful.



Bilderbergers stoutly refute charges of behind-the-scenes wheeling and dealing; they say they are merely leading world citizens who meet to create a better understanding of the issues affecting Western nations and are without any real power or influence. But if they are really without power and if nothing much really goes on at their meetings, then why have they devoted so much energy toward keeping their sessions secret?

Famous Members: Whatever denials Bilderbergers put forth, it's hard to ignore the fact that the group has succeeded in attracting some of the wealthiest and most powerful men and women in the Western world. Before becoming president, France's Valery Giscard D'Estaing attended meetings, as did former U.S. President Gerald Ford when he was a congressman. President Kennedy's State Dept. was heavily staffed with Bilderberg alumni, including Secretary of State Dean Rusk. Under Secretary of State George Ball, and National Security Adviser McGeorge Bundy. David Rockefeller is virtually guaranteed an invitation each year, as are many other directors from American financial institutions such as First National City Bank and Morgan Guaranty Trust Co. and industrial leaders from Ford Motor Co., Standard Oil, and Du Pont. French financier Baron Edmond de Rothschild and Italian Fiat president Giovanni Agnelli have both made appearances at the annual meetings, and a top official of NATO nearly always attends. Although little is said of the group in the press, some media representatives are invited to the meetings, including James Reston and Thomas Wicker. (All journalists are, of course, sworn to secrecy.)

How Much Power: Many powerful bankers, industrialists, and politicians attend the Bilderberg meetings. However, the shroud of mystery surrounding what they like to call an "informal get-together" has never been lifted. The influence of the Bilderberg conclave on our daily lives remains to be determined. But as John R. Rarick (D-La.) pointed out to his fellow congressmen in 1971, "The limited information available about what transpires at these meetings reveals that they discuss matters of vital importance which affect the lives of all citizens."

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