- A massive security operation was launched
in Sintra on Wednesday, in preparation for the arrival of some of the world's
most powerful people. A special unit from the PJ (Judicial Police) was
reported to be sweeping Penha Longa for listening devices late Wednesday.
A film crew from the UK's Channel 4 were being trailed by a team of plain
clothes police and security men after they attempted to film inside the
hotel on Tuesday afternoon. Veteran Washington reporter and Bilderberg
specialist Jim Tucker, a regular and unwelcome visitor at Bilderberg conferences
since 1980, is also under constant surveillance. He told The News that
he was spotted near the hotel by the Bilderberg security team. Since the
Bilderberg meeting was first revealed by The News on May 1, scooping the
world's media, the internet site of The News has been experiencing unprecedented
international interest. In the last four days the site has accumulated
over 368,000 hits, being linked to some of the largest media sites on the
net. Only on Wednesday did the Portuguese media start to comment on the
upcoming 'summit' in Sintra, despite the fact that the Portuguese press
agency LUSA had alerted them to the story in The News four weeks ago. Much
of the information now being published is relying heavily on The News reporting
of this event over its last five issues. Guests confirmed by the Bilderberg
Meeting to The News on Thursday morning included in alphabetical order;
Pinto Balsemão, Conrad Black, Kenneth Clarke, João Cravinho,
Paulo Fresco, Marçal Grilo, Richard Holbrooke, Henry Kissinger,
Peter Mandelson, Vasco de Mello, Murteira Nabo, Her Majesty Queen of the
Netherlands, David Oddsson, David Rockefeller, Richardo Salgado, President
Jorge Sampaio, Rudolf Scharping.
- The Bilderberg wall of silence suffered
substantial damage this week. The Edinburgh based Sunday Herald, WorldNetDaily
and the famous Drudge Report all commented on the rendezvous of world leaders
currently taking place in Sintra.
- The Scottish Sunday Herald published
the story (May 30) and the internationally-respected WorldNetDaily led
with the agenda linking directly to The News site. The Portuguese national
radio station, RFM, reported on Wednesday the expected presence of Bill
Clinton who, they reported, would be unaccounted for over this weekend.
- The Sunday Herald said in its article:
"Every year the international media competes to be the first to reveal
the location and agenda for the conference". The Herald continued
by saying: "The winner of the Bilderberg scoop this year was a Portuguese
newspaper, The News, which boasts that it is the country's largest-circulation
English language newspaper. It has published the location and the detailed
agenda of the conference".
- Público refers to a "Lusa
News Agency alert" quoting a newspaper, 'The News'.
- The BBC Worldwide Monitoring Service
this week printed a text of a report by the Yugoslav News Agency, Tanjug,
which said the plan to bring about a Balkan Vietnam was drawn up secretly
back in 1996 and reactivated at a meeting of the Bilderberg Group held
in Scotland last year, citing the May 27 edition of the Yugoslav newspaper
- Vojska said that a thorough investigation
conducted by independent US journalists had disclosed that the group members
included David Rockefeller, Giovanni Agnelli, Helmut Kohl, Lord Peter Carrington,
Queen Sophia of Spain, Valery Giscard D'Estaing, Baron Rothschild, Margaret
Thatcher, Lord Robert Owen and Henry Kissinger. The newspaper claimed that
US journalists had disclosed that the Bilderberg Group had in fact made
plans for the "third Balkan war" in this century.
- Under the plan, drawn up at a session
chaired by Lord Carrington, the first move was to be to try and arrest
"war criminals from among the Serbs" with extensive help of the
Hague tribunal, set up for that very purpose. The move was to provoke a
stormy reaction by Serbs, which was to be used as a pretext for a military
- However, developments prevented the idea
from being translated into practice, which required a reserve variant -
the fanning of interethnic conflicts in Kosovo-Metohija.
- All indications are that a group is now
going back to the original variant, the outcome of which is the indicting
of Yugoslav officials by the Hague tribunal, said the newspaper.
- According to the same scenario, Greece,
Albania, Bulgaria, Macedonia, Russia and Turkey are to be drawn into the
war, in addition to Yugoslavia, with Nato adding fuel to the fire.
- In yet another 'extraordinary coincidence'
one of the items on the Bilderberg agenda for this weekend (as revealed
to The News by Canadian based researcher John Whitley) is the formation
of a Western European Army which is high on the agenda of the meeting of
European leaders in Cologne on Thursday.
- Stop press: As we went to press on Thursday
we received the official press release from the Bilderberg Meeting. It
said: "The 47th Bilderberg Meeting will be held in Sintra Portugal
June 3 to 6 to discuss the Atlantic Relationship in a Time of Change. Among
others the conference will discuss NATO, Genetics, Emerging Markets, The
New Economy, European Politics, US Politics, International Financial Architecture,
Russia. Approximately 120 participants from North America and Europe will
attend the discussions. The meeting is private in order to encourage frank
and open discussion.
- "What is unique about the about
Bilderberg as a forum is the broad cross-section of leading citizens that
are assembled for nearly three days of informal and off-the-record discussion
about topics of current concern especially in the fields of foreign affairs
and the international economy; the strong feeling among participants that
in view of the differing attitudes and experiences of the Western nations,
there remains a clear need to further develop an understanding in which
these concerns can be accommodated; the privacy of the meetings, which
has no purpose other than to allow participants to speak their minds open
and freely. In short, Bilderberg is a small, flexible, informal, off-the-record
international forum in which different viewpoints can be expressed and
mutual understanding enhanced.
- "Bilderberg's only activity is its
annual Conference. At the meetings, no resolutions are proposed, no votes
taken, and no policy statements issued. Since 1954, forty-six conferences
have been held. The names of the participants as well as the agenda are
made available to the press. Participants are chosen for their experience,
knowledge, and their standing; all participants attend Bilderberg in a
private and not an official capacity.
- "There usually are about 120 participants
of whom about two-thirds come from Europe and the balance from North America.
About one-third are from government and politics, and two-thirds from finance,
industry, labor, education, communications.
- "Participants have agreed not to
give interviews to the press during the meeting. In contacts with the news
media after the conference it is an established rule that no attribution
should be made to individual participants of what was discussed during
- There will be no press conference. A
list of participants is appended."