- A reporter relates
his first-hand experiences prowling
around the Library of Congress in
an effort to find out just what was going
on with the Bilderberg
steering committee meeting.
- EXCLUSIVE TO THE SPOTLIGHT
- By James P.
- "Good evening," I said, shaking hands with
David Rockefeller as Bilderberg luminaries gathered for food
inside the Great Hall of the Library of Congress' Thomas Jefferson
Building in Washington.
- Rockefeller's smile froze and his eyeballs were
We have been eyeball-to-eyeball over Bilderberg many times
over the last
20 years and he doesn't like me. I would be embarrassed
if he did. It was
only after we shook hands that David realized who I
- I had
just failed in an attempt to obtain Bilderberg's
agenda and list of
participants. It was late in the afternoon and a few
researchers were still inside the Library of Congress, even
Bilderberg set was beginning to arrive.
- But after David and his
entourage recognized me, my fate
was sealed. The cops threw me out. I
guess that was inevitable.
- Earlier in the day, I had been scouting around the
of Congress building as Bilderberg's advance staff made
- At 7 p.m., I was stationed outside at the building's
entrance as long black limos began to roll up.
- As one luminary stepped out, I
smiled and said, "You
are here for Bilderberg, too."
- "Yes," he
said with a smile and we entered
together as I was telling him that
"Bilderberg does good work."
(Forgive me, oh dear
Bilderberg luminaries, there is no normal security:
briefcases don't go
on conveyor belts and you don't walk through airport-style
detectors. "Security" is defined as keeping outsiders
- Once inside, I trotted upstairs to the meeting room and
asked for a list of participants and the agenda.
- "First you have to have
your name tag," another
woman explained, directing me to the line
downstairs that I had just left.
- It was there that Rockefeller
chanced to arrive for our
gracious confrontation. As I reached for the
documents, a guard grabbed
my arm and said: "You don't belong
here." As he escorted me out,
I explained that "I do, too,
belong here because I am a taxpayer and
they are conducting public
business in secret."
- "I have my orders, Mr. Tucker," said the guard
in a gentle voice.
- The following day, during public visiting hours, I was
with guards all day long. One would relieve the other.
- I observed Bilderberg people
moving out of the room where
they had been meeting and marching to
another room at the opposite end
of the building, down another long
corridor. I followed at the end of the
line until the guard stopped me.
But I was able, for future reference,
to know which room they were
returned two hours later when I judged that the session
roamed around the room where the morning session had
been held, picking
up a book called New World Coming: American Security
in the 21st
Century prepared by the United States Commission on National
Security/21st Century. Each Bilderberg participant was given this assigned
reading. The room had seats for 48 participants and a podium for the
- I also obtained the text of a speech by Samuel Berger,
President Clinton's national security advisor and a Bilderberg
- It was these documents, and contributions from collaborator
Michael Col lins Piper, plus interviews with a high State Department
and an international entrepreneur who personally deals with
regulars that provided the information about what
transpired during the
- Australian Gun Control
- Exclusive To The
- By Mike
- Australians have found that controlling the private
of firearms doesn't control crime, despite what the gun
in the United States.
- A $500 million program to force
18.5 million Australians
to hand in virtually all of their firearms
last year resulted in burgeoning
crime and chaos.
- Australians were forced to
surrender 640,381 personal
firearms, including semi-automatic .22
rifles and shotguns.
- According to the latest statistics in Australia,
are up by 3.2 percent, assaults are up 8.6 percent and armed
have increased by a whopping 44 percent.
- The rise in crime in Australia
proves that controlling
the private ownership of firearms is a failure.
And yet what has happened
in Australia is ignored by Handgun Control
Inc. (HCI) and other anti-Second
Amendment organizations in the United
States, as well as the Clinton administration
and Capitol Hill's most
rabid gun grabbers, such as Sen. Charles Schumer
- The Australian
statistics are frightening and should
move those in the U.S. government
interested in further curbing the right
of Americans to keep and bear
arms to take a second look at the issue.
- In the Australian state of
Victoria, for example, homicides
with firearms are up 300 percent,
proving the old American adage: "When
guns are banned only
criminals will have guns."
- DRAMATIC CHANGE
- The statistics in
Australia over the last 25 years indicate
a steady decrease in
homicides with firearms, a fact which changed dramatically
in just a
addition, statistics over the previous quarter of
a century indicate a
steady decrease in armed robbery with firearms, which
dramatically with the disarming of the Australian public last
- Nevertheless, Clinton, Schumer and HCI are pushing forward
more stringent gun legislation, ignoring the self defense needs of
Americans, the constitutional arguments about the rights guaranteed by
the Second Amendment and, of course, the example of Australia.
Concerned About Opposition
- EXCLUSIVE TO THE SPOTLIGHT
- By James P. Tucker Jr.
major focus of the recent Bilderberg gathering in the
was the rise of a solid America First bloc that threatens
plans for increased, forced globalization of America's resources.
- Bilderberg devoted
much of a day-long meeting of its
steering committee in Washington to
expressing fears over growing "isolationism,"
which it blames
on growing populist and nationalist sentiment (long cultivated
Liberty Lobby and The SPOTLIGHT) and which is being successfully harvested
by Pat Buchanan's burgeoning Reform Party presidential candidacy.
committee gathered for dinner on the evening
of Nov. 4 and worked all
day Nov. 5. The dinner and meetings were held
in sealed-off, guarded
areas of the Thomas Jefferson Building of the Library
- In addition to the regulars-David Rockefeller, Henry
Vernon Jordan and Sen. Christopher Dodd (D-Conn.)-former Sen.
(D-Colo.), Energy Secretary Bill Richardson, Sen. Kay Bailey
(R-Tex.) and National Security Advisor Sandy Berger also attended.
- The steering
committee always gathers months in advance
of the full membership
meeting of Bilderberg for routine housekeeping,
such as approving the
location of their next hiding place, preparing an
agenda and giving
another shove to its long-term goal of world government.
- What was unusual this
year was giving so much attention
to its concern about growing
"isolationism" in the United States.
- In a speech by Samuel Berger,
President Clinton's national
security advisor, and in a book entitled
New World Coming: American Security
in the 21st Century, which was
assigned to each participant, fears of "isolationism"
"nationalism" were expressed repeatedly.
- SANDY SAYS . . .
- The te
xt of Berger's speech and a copy of the book were
obtained by The
SPOTLIGHT on site at the Library of Congress, although
the White House
actually posted Berger's published remarks on its own Internet
- "After 50 years of building alliances for
security, common prosperity and wider freedom, we now have
opportunity to shape, with others, a better, safer more
Berger told his Bilderberg colleagues.
- Berger objected to
"isolationism" among Republicans
and Democrats that
- "Over the last six and a half years, the
has worked with Republicans and Democrats in Congress to
enlarge NATO and
bolster "democracy" in Central Europe, to ex
tend NAFTA to Mexico
and create the World Trade Organization, to ratify
START II and the Chemical
Weapons Convention, to support our troops in
en gagements from the Balkans
to the Persian Gulf and to launch a host
of other international initiatives,"
- He blamed
isolationists for the rejection of the test
ban treaty in the
- "That same small but increasingly powerful group
responsible for the steady decline in our international affairs budget-to
the point where the gulf between America's aspirations in the world and
our ability to realize them is growing," Berger said.
- He complained about
congressional cutbacks to the World
Bank and the International Monetary
Fund-the two major conduits for shipping
American tax dollars
overseas-and cutting the request for United Na tions
"peacekeeping" funds by 60 percent.
- "These congressional
actions do not result from
simple differences over policy or from
partisanship," Berger said.
"They reflect the coherent
philosophy of a dominant minority, which
sees international spending as
inherently op posed to America's interests,"
- "It is urgent
that internationalists find common
ground around a common agenda of our
own," Berger said. "We must
learn to recognize when our
beliefs are being threatened. And we must defend
- Bilderberg participants expressed concern over institutions
such as Liberty Lobby promoting "isolationism"-a Bilderberg
for a policy of non-intervention-and fear that Buchanan may be
by the Reform Party, picking up $11 million in campaign cash,
ballot in all 50 states and participating in a three-way
debate among presidential
nominees in the fall of 2000.
- In such a debate,
most agreed, Buchanan would mop up
the Republican and Democratic
nominees, whether their names are George
W. Bush, John McCain, Al Gore
or Bill Bradley. For Buchanan to have the
opportunity to educate
millions of Americans, who watch TV but rarely read,
strikes fear in
- RISING TIDE OF PATRIOTISM
- The book assigned to
Bilderberg participants to read
was prepared by the United States
Commission on National Security/21st
Century, headed by Hart and former
Sen. Warren Rudman. It reflects much
of the Bilderberger concerns about
a rising tide of patriotism in America.
- The book worried that
isolationists "sense conspiracy"
and make it difficult to
"stand together in an era of dissolving borders,"
that, as a result, "further global economic integration is
- There is "nothing immutable about the present arrangements
wherein certain peoples are ruled within certain fixed territorial units
. . . the changes ahead have the potential to undermine the authority of
states, and the political identities and loyalties of citizens" will
be in doubt, the book says. "The principle of state sovereignty and
of the state system is wasting away."
- It says "globalization is
basically good . . . because
it may be a vehicle to transcend the
system of state sovereignty."
But it warned of isolationists who
argue that "globalization is being
used by the corporate rich to
grow still richer at nearly everyone else's
- The "ideal of
universal human rights will also challenge
the traditional concept of
state sovereignty," it says, citing the
case of Augusto Pinochet
as illustrating "the evolution of international
law toward views
that undermine sovereignty." It also cited the invasion
Yugoslavia as another giant leap toward the end of nationhood.
- "The campaign in
Kosovo was the clearest example
in modern times of a major power or
alliance intervening militarily in
the internal affairs of another
sovereign state avowedly on behalf of minority
rights," the book
approvingly says. Leaders "applaud the erosion
of sovereignty over
such questions, as well as others."
- The book also follows the Bilderberg program for global
government by dividing the world into three great regions for the
convenience of the UN, which is to emerge as a de jure,
as well as de facto,
world government. Each region-the European Union,
the American Union and
the Asian-Pacific Union-is to evolve into a
single state with a common
- The book reports with approval
the giant steps taken
toward each of the goals of regionalization and
celebrates the "dollarization"
of the Western Hemisphere,
which Bilderberg called for at its meeting in
Sintra, Portugal, last
- "In addition to trade integration, the Americas
experience greater monetary integration," the book said.
for dollarization are being debated by the public
and/or private sectors
in Argentina, Mexico and El Salvador. Currently,
Latin Americans hold a
majority of their savings in dollars and 70
percent of banking assets and
liabilities are dollar-denominated in
Argentina, Bolivia, Peru and Uruguay."
- Global trends "indicate
that a regional currency
bloc is a strong possibility," the book
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