The Bilderberg Group will this week host its annual conference discussing international issues in a Dresden hotel.
Attended by world leaders and business chiefs, this gathering of the global big dogs will take place under the cover of absolute secrecy.
For conspiracy theorists, that means open season on these “elites”, who are no doubt using the opportunity to further their nefarious, global agendas.
Here are just five of those theories...
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David Icke, arguably one of the world’s best-known conspiracy theorists, says the conference will see desperate lobbying against Brexit from big business. Icke links
to an IB Times piece by Charlie Skelton
, who writes: “The Bilderberg Group has been nurturing the EU to life since the 1950s and now they see their creation under dire threat.”
He adds: “For Bilderberg… the idea that there might be any kind of push-back against globalisation is a horrific one. I suspect we’ll glimpse some frowning faces behind the tinted glass as the limousines start rolling up on Thursday.”
In March David Cameron proclaimed there was no “giant David Icke-style conspiracy” to convince UK voters to remain in the UK. Icke, who believes Britain should leave the EU, responded
, stating he found it “fascinating” Cameron denied the theory, adding “It’s even more fascinating when it’s so bloody obvious that that’s exactly what’s going on. “It’s designed to frighten the people of Britain into staying in a centralised bureaucratic tyranny, which is designed to take all freedoms away and in the end to dismantle countries and break Europe up into regions.”
Writer Jim Tucker spent 25 years of his life trying to shine the spotlight of public scrutiny on the Bilderberg Group and believed the press were an integral part of the conspiracy of secrecy it is shrouded in.
The journalist died in 2013 but published the Bilderberg Diaries in which he bemoaned the “near-total blackout”
in the media, “all of which thump their chests as protectors and practitioners of freedom of speech.”
Tucker believed the media to be both intimidated and charmed by the group, writing: “Newspaper participants go to any length to keep their vows of silence. It’s a heady experience for these journalists to clink cocktail glasses with the rich and famous. They do so at the credibility of their own newspapers.” But as Slate points out:
“Yet to be fair to the mainstream press, it’s tough to report from a private gathering locked down tight by professional security.”
Bilderberg co-founder Prince Bernhard, the father of Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands, was rumoured to have once been a member of the Nazi party.
Dutch historian Annejet van der Zijl, author of Bernard, A Secret History, claimed to have found membership documents proving the prince was a member of the German Nazi party until 1934, three years before he married Princess Juliana, the future queen of the Netherlands.
The German-born Dutch war hero denied the claims until his death in 2004.
Though he admitted to having briefly sympathised with Adolf Hitler’s regime, in one of the last interviews he gave before his death he said: “I can swear with my hand on the Bible, I was never a Nazi.” Freedom Outpost ‘insider’ Michael Snyder
last year alleged that the group continues to work on Nazi principles to this day, publishing a list including the statement: “Just like the Nazis, they believe they are the elite of the world, they are anti-Israel, and they believe in using military power to advance their cause when necessary.”
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The BBC writes:
“In Yugoslavia, leading Serbs have blamed Bilderberg for triggering the war which led to the downfall of Slobodan Milosevic.”
Serbian and Yugoslavian President Milosevic was accused by world powers of creating a Serbian nationalist agenda. Following his extradition in 2001 to face trial at The Hague, his country received huge amounts of aid – something conspiracists see as ‘proof’ of the group’s power.
Fans of the theory that “Bilderberg pulls the strings with which national governments dance”, include Oklahoma bomber Timothy McVeigh, London nail-bomber David Copeland and Osama Bin Laden.