By Steve Watson
Detractors routinely contend that the annual elite Bilderberg meetings are nothing more than an outdated irrelevant get together of aging has-beens whose power on the international stage has long since withered.
Take one look at the attendees at this year’s confab in St. Moritz, Switzerland, however, and it immediately becomes clear that this is the absolute polar opposite of the truth.
Debating policy at this year’s meeting will be the Jeff Bezos, Founder and CEO of Amazon.com, Chris R. Hughes, Co-founder of Facebook, Eric Schmidt, Executive Chairman of Google, Craig J. Mundie, Chief Research and Strategy Officer at Microsoft Corporation, and Reid Hoffman, Co-founder and Executive Chairman of LinkedIn.
There you have heads of the five biggest online companies, indeed five of the biggest companies on the globe, all in attendance together at a secluded hideaway in the Swiss alps for the weekend.
That alone should be enough to focus the attention of the mainstream media.
Alas, apparently, no, that is not enough to perk their collective interest.
Then lets factor in that also in attendance are the Vice President of the European Commission, the President of the European Council, the Director General of the World Trade Organization, the President of the European Central Bank, the President of The World Bank, and the Executive Director of the United Nations World Food Programme.
No. still not doing it for the world’s media.
OK, how about the US Deputy Secretary of State, the Commander of USCYBERCOM and the Director of the National Security Agency?
Perhaps representatives from every major US think tank? You like to have them on your news output every single day right mainstream media? You know, the guys from the Hudson Institute, the Brookings Institution, the American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research, the Council on Foreign Relations, the Trilateral Commission, the Institute for Demographic Research – all at Bilderberg.
Turn on the TV and there is 24 hour news coverage of the ongoing economic crisis. Imagine if senior representatives from every major bank in the world were meeting in the same place along with the heads of finance from several major countries in the Western world. Oh wait, they are, at Bilderberg.
Bilderberg has senior figures from the National Bank of Belgium, the Nordea Bank of Denmark, the Deutsche Bank of Germany, the Investor AB bank of Sweden, the Oesterreichische Kontrollbank AG of Austria, and the Investimentos bank of Portugal.
They have the Chairman of Barclays bank, the Chairman of HSBC, the Chairman of Goldman Sachs, the CEO of TD Bank Financial Group, the Vice Chairman of Citigroup and the former Chairman of Chase Manhattan Bank.
They have the former German Minister of Finance, the current British Chancellor of the Exchequer, the current Greek Minister of Finance (not a great gig at the moment), the current Italian Minister of Economy and Finance, the Governor of the Bank of Canada, the former US Secretary of the Treasury and the former Governor of the Federal Reserve Board.
Throw in a smattering of royalty from the Netherlands, Spain and Norway, and a few high ranking politicians and heads of state from Belgium, Austria, China, Great Britain, Ireland, Sweden, Switzerland and Turkey and you’re still only really scratching the surface of the who’s who of Bilderberg attendees.
It is clearly asinine to suggest that this group of people hold no power and do not have any sway on the international stage. Their influence is irrefutable. Anyone who makes this argument and then tells you you are delusional is beyond stupid.
Where are you mainstream media? Why are you ignoring this and choosing instead to report on week old pictures of a Congressman’s penis?