John J. McCloy (former Chairman of the CFR, and Chairman of
Chase Manhattan Bank) used his position as coordinator of
information for the US government to build the framework of
what was to become the Office of Strategic Services (OSS),
created in 1941-1942 era, headed by Bill Donovan. During
1947, the OSS was rolled into a new group called the Central
Intelligence Agency (CIA) by the 1947 National Security Act,
which made the activities of the CIA immune from all civil,
and criminal laws. In 1950 General Walter Bedel Smith became
Director of the CIA. The CIA helped organize, and sponsored
the formation, and operation of the Bilderberg Conferences.
There is little doubt that the CIA sponsored the formation
of the Bilderbergs, and continue to do so, to this day.
Kai Bird’s excellent account in "The Chairman, John J.
McCoy, The Making of the American Establishment", states:
"In late 1952, Retinger went to America to try the idea
out on his American contacts. Among others, he saw such old
friends as Averell Harriman, David Rockefeller, and Bedel
Smith, then director of the CIA. After Retinger explained
his proposal, Smith said, ‘Why the hell didn’t you come to
me in the first place?’ He quickly referred Retinger to C.
D. Jackson, who was about to become Eisenhower’s special
assistant for psychological warfare. It took a while for
Jackson to organize the American wing of the group, but
finally, in May 1954, the first conference was held in the
Hotel de Bilderberg, a secluded hotel in Holland, near the
German border. Prince Bernhard, and Retinger drew up the
list of invitees from the European countries, while Jackson
controlled the American list."
Prince Bernhard, of The Netherlands, became the first
Chairman, and served in this post until scandal forced him
to resign in 1974. Dr. Retinger became the first Secretary,
and remained so until his death.
Liberty Lobby, Inc., 300 Independence Ave., SE, Washington,
DC 20003, publishes a weekly newspaper titled "The American
Free Press". At my request, they sent me a reprint of a
summary of Bilderberg information, titled Spotlight on the
Bilderbergers, Irresponsible Power, published mid-June,
1975. Page 6 of this document states:
"The Congressional Record - US Senate, April 11, 1964,
(Speaking) - Mr. (Jacob) Javits - Mr. President, the 13th in
a series of Bilderberg meetings on international affairs, in
which I participated, was held in Williamsburg, VA, on March
20, 21, and 22.
I ask unanimous consent to have printed in the Record a
background paper entitled ‘The Bilderberg Meetings.’
The Bilderberg Meetings
The idea of the Bilderberg meetings originated in the early
fifties. Changes had taken place on the international
politician and economic scene after World War II. The
countries of the Western World felt the need for closer
collaboration to protect their moral and ethical values,
their democratic institutions, and their independence
against the growing Communist threat. The Marshall plan and
NATO were examples of collective efforts of Western
countries to join hands in economic and military matters
after World War II.
In the early 1950’s, a number of people on both sides of the
Atlantic sought a means of bringing together leading
citizens, not necessarily connected with government, for
informal discussions of problems facing the Atlantic
community. Such meetings, they felt, would create a better
understanding of the forces, and trends affecting Western
nations, in particular. They believed that direct exchanges
could help to clear up differences, and misunderstandings
that might weaken the West.
One of the men who saw the need for such discussions was
the late (Dr.) Joseph H. (Heironymus) Retinger (as a matter
of interest, the name Heironymus is literally translated to
be "MEMBER OF THE OCCULT"). In 1952, he approached His Royal
Highness, Prince Bernhard of the Netherlands, with the
suggestion of informal and unofficial meetings to discuss
the problems facing the Atlantic community. Others in Europe
wholeheartedly supported the idea, and proposals were
submitted to American friends to join in the undertaking. A
number of Americans, including C. D. Jackson, the late
General Walter Bedel Smith, and the late John Coleman,
agreed to cooperate. (Very reliable information from a
former CIA member now reveals that the CIA financed Dr.
Retinger's efforts to convince Prince Bernhard to form this
group that was later to be called the Bilderbergs. This is
confirmed by the fact that General Walter Bedel Smith was
the CIA director from 1950 to 1953, so, is it surprising
that he would agree to join this group?)
The first meeting that brought Americans and Europeans
together took place under the chairmanship of Prince
Bernhard at the Bilderberg Hotel in Oosterbeek, Holland,
from May 29 to May 31, 1954. Ever since, the meetings have
been called Bilderberg meetings.
No Strict Rules of Procedure
From the outset, it was the intentions of the Bilderberg
founders, and participants that no strict rules of procedure
govern the meetings. Every effort was made to create a
relaxed, informal atmosphere conducive to free, and frank
Bilderberg is in no sense a policy-making body. No
conclusions are reached. There is no voting, and no
resolutions are passed.
The meetings are off-the-record. Only the participants
themselves may attend the meetings.
It was obvious from the first that the success of the
meetings would depend primarily on the level of the
participants. Leading figures from many fields - industry,
labor, education, government, etc. - are invited, who,
through their special knowledge or experience, can help to
further Bilderberg objectives. Representatives of
governments attend in a personal, and not an official
capacity. An attempt is made to include participants
representing many political parties, and points of view.
American participation has included Members of Congress of
Over the years, Bilderberg participants have come from
the NATO countries, Switzerland, Sweden, Austria, and
Finland, and have included prominent individuals such as
Dean Rusk, Christian A. Herter, Maurice Faure, Franz-Josef
Strauss, Amitore Fanfani, Panayotis Pipinelis, Reginald
Maudling, the late Hugh Gaitskell, Omer Becu, Guy Mollet,
the late Michael Ross, Herman Abs, C. L. Sulzberger, Joseph
Harsch, and T. M. Terkelsen. Individuals with international
responsibilities have also participated, among them being
Gen. Alfred Gruenther, Lord Ismay, Eugene Black, Gen. Lyman
Lemnitzer, Paul-Henry Spaak, and the late Per Jacobsson. `
Bilderberg meetings are held at irregular intervals, but
have taken place once or twice a year since 1954. All the
early conferences were held in Europe, but a meeting is now
held on this side of the Atlantic every few years to provide
a convenient opportunity for American, and Canadian
participants to attend."
The Spotlight reports that the Bilderberg meetings are
highly secret, and are held at random times each year, and
rarely at the same location, for security reasons. The
responsibility for security for these meetings is in the
hands of the government of the country in which the meetings
are held. They must supply military security, secret
service, national and local police, and private security
personnel to protect the privacy and safety of these very
powerful international Elite members who are not required to
conform to regulations that private citizens are subject-to,
such as customs searches, visa requirements, or public
notice of their meetings. When they meet, no "outsiders" are
allowed in or near the building. They bring their own cooks,
waiters, telephone operators, housekeepers, and bodyguards.
The Bilderberg membership is made up of Kings,
Queens, Princes, Chancellors, Prime Ministers, Presidents,
Ambassadors, Secretaries of State, Wall Street investors,
international bankers, news media executives, and wealthy
industrialist. Their meetings are by "invitation only", and
no "outsiders" in the news media are allowed, except by
special invitation. However, the news media are always
present at these meetings such as: Peter Jennings (BB,
Anchor & Senior Editor of ABC News, World News Tonight),
Joseph C. Harsch (BB, CFR, former Commentator for NBC,
Inc.), Bill D. Moyers (BB, Executive Director of Public
Affairs TV, Inc., former Director of the CFR), William F.
Buckley, Jr. (BB, CFR, Editor-in-Chief of National Review,
and host of PBS’s Firing Line), Gerald Piel (BB, CFR, former
Chairman of Scientific America, Inc.), Henry Anatole
Grunwald (BB, CFR, former Editor-in-Chief of Time, Inc.),
Mortimer B. Zuckerman (BB, CFR, Chairman & Editor-in-Chief
of the US News, and World Report, New York Daily News, and
Atlantic Monthly), Robert L. Bartley (BB, CFR, TC, Vice
President of the Wall Street Journal), Peter Robert Kann
(BB, CFR, Chairman & CEO of Dow Jones & Company, and husband
of Karen E. House, CFR), William Kristol (BB, Editor &
Publisher of the new The Weekly Standard magazine), Donald
(Don) C. Cook (BB, CFR, former European Diplomatic
Correspondent for the Los Angeles Times), Robert Leroy
Bartley (BB, CFR, TC, Vice President of the Wall Street
Journal), Albert J. Wohlstetter (BB, CFR, writer for the
Wall Street Journal), Thomas L. Friedman (BB, CFR, TC,
Columnist for the New York Times), and the "Queen" of the
Elite - (deceased) Katharine Graham (BB, CFR, TC, Owner, and
Chairwoman of the Executive Committee of the Washington
Post). The 1998 meeting included Leslie Stahl, of CBS’ 60
Minutes. Even though the media moguls attend these secret
meetings, they do not file reports about the Elite
Bilderberg activities during their meetings.
The security measures taken by the Bilderberg Conferences
are clearly illustrated in an article appearing in The
Spotlight, which stated:
EXCLUSIVE TO THE SPOTLIGHT
By James P. Tucker, JR.
Bilderberg is scheduled to meet June 3-6 (1999) at the
Caesar Park Penha Longa in Sintra, Portugal. Sintra is a
remote resort, about 40 miles from Lisbon. Information about
the secret meeting was provided by an agent inside
Of all the media in the world, only THE SPOTLIGHT, has
tracked the Bilderbergers every year and reported on their
secret meeting where vital questions and issues are decided
which effect every person in the world. American and
European financiers, manufacturers, media moguls and
politicians meet at remote luxury resorts, allow only "loyal
staff" to remain on the job, empty the establishment of all
others, employ platoons of police, military and their own
private security to seal themselves off. They have tried to
keep the meetings secret for 45 years.
But this year following extensive SPOTLIGHT-generated
publicity last year in Scotland, and earlier in Germany,
Scandinavia, Georgia, and Canada, Bilderberg is taking more
extreme steps, its agent confided.
Instead of closing down the Penha Longa to all outsiders
one day before the meeting starts on June 2, Bilderberg has
ordered the resort shut down a full 48 hours before the
In addition, Bilderberg will pay hundreds of thousands of
dollars to reimburse the Portuguese government for deploying
military forces to guard their privacy and for helicopters
to seek out intruders.
All Bilderberg participants, their staff members and
resort employees will wear photo identification tags that
look much like state drivers' licenses. They will have
separate colors to identify the wearer as a participant,
staff, or employee. A computer chip "fingerprint" will
assure the identity of the card's wearer. ‘Any intruders are
to manhandled-cuffed, jailed, or if resisting or fleeing,
shot,’ the agent said.
Bilderbergers are greatly disturbed over the growing
public knowledge of their control of the world and of
resistance to their schemes for a global government as
nationalism grows around the world.
Bilderberg was instrumental in tearing down Jean-Marie Le
Pen, who founded France's National Front. The French-first
party has stunned the Establishment by regularly capturing
15 percent of the vote in that nation.
Expecting recession, Bilderberg feared Le Pen and
"nationalists" from other countries would interfere with
their "free trade" goals as they fight to protect their
domestic industries from exploitation by the global cabal.
Because Bilderberg shares common goals with the
Trilateral Commission, the agenda that emerged in Washington
(SPOTLIGHT, March 29, 1999) will be major topics in
This includes a "Globalization summit" called for by
Peter D. Sutherland, head of Goldman Sachs International.
Sutherland attended the Bilderberg meeting in Scotland last
May and is expected in Portugal.
Sutherland is expected to again call for "Supranational
institutions to manage the global economy while denouncing
nations that "cling tenaciously to their separate
identities" while calling for "sharing sovereignty"
In a related topic, there could be renewed calls for the
UN to be able to directly tax all people. In the past,
Bilderberg has proposed a UN levy on International travel
and on the oil at the wellhead, so all who travel or drive
will be taxed.
SPOTLIGHT, VOLUME 24, No. 14, Page 3, April, 1999
More very revealing facts about the Bilderbergs will see
sunshine soon. - Stay tuned.
The Bilderberg's addresses are:
Charles W. Muller
American Friends of Bilderbergs, Inc.
477 Madison Ave., 6 th Floor
New York, NY 10022
Phone: 31 20 625 0252
Fax: 31 20 624 4299
1017 AJ Amsterdam
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