Bilderberg 'Summit' Opens
In Sintra Under Massive Security
The News
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".
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 intervention.
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 the meeting.
There will be no press conference. A list of participants is appended."