To better understand the history and motives of the Bilderberg group (which is often dismissed by those who have never heard of the Bilderbergers, as “conspiracy theory”) I have compiled as many mainstream newspaper articles as I was able to find, dating from 1957 through the 1980s. I may continue this research at a later time, including newspapers to the present, but thought it important to post what I have thus far, considering that today is the first day of the Bilderberg meetings in Switzerland.
I think that it’s important to keep in mind that when the wealthiest and most powerful people gather from the most powerful and wealthiest countries, to meet for three-day meetings in the strictest of privacy, not much good can come of it. Remember what President Kennedy had to say about such things:
“For we are opposed around the world by a monolithic and ruthless conspiracy that relies primarily on covert means for expanding its sphere of influence — on infiltration instead of invasion, on subversion instead of elections, on intimidation instead of free choice, on guerrillas by night instead of armies by day. It is a system which has conscripted vast human and material resources into the building of a tightly knit, highly efficient machine that combines military, diplomatic, intelligence, economic, scientific and political operations. Its preparations are concealed, not published. Its mistakes are buried, not headlined. Its dissenters are silenced, not praised. No expenditure is questioned, no rumor is printed, no secret is revealed. It conducts the Cold War, in short, with a war-time discipline no democracy would ever hope or wish to match.”
Tuesday, February 12, 1957
BERNHARD ARRIVES FOR TOUR OF U.S.: NEW YORK (UP) — Prince Bernhard of The Netherlands arrived here today for several weeks visit to the United States.
The primary purpose of the visit in his attendance at the fifth “Bilderberg” conference of some 80 American and European politicians and businessmen at St. Simons Island, Ga. He will also tour the U.S.
Source: Williamson Daily News, Tuesday, February 12, 1957; Page 12
January 27, 1958
FAIR ENOUGH: NEW YORK, JAN. 27 — …In 1908, a group of rich conspirators sneaked down to Jekyll Island, off the coast of Georgia, and organized the Federal Reserve which to this day permits persons absolutely unknown to the American people to jibble the price of the dollar and the value of our savings, pensions, investments and money-in-pants. This was arranged by Sen. Aldrich of Rhode Island, whose daughter was the mother of the present crop of Rockefeller brothers. The world never heard a word of it until, years later, the story broke with a dull, powdery puff. Our people are just too dumb to understand such things. Nevertheless, when the Federal Reserve hiked the interest rate last summer wiping out billions of theoretical values day after day, that was a direct consequence of the secret meeting of private citizens on Jekyll Island. And actually, those people from Wall Street did sneak down there. They used false names even among themselves, they did the whole business on the sneak, and there were foreigners among them. …..
Last fall, Henry Luce convoked an international klavern near San Francisco attended, so the AP said, by “500 capitalists from 61 nations” under the aegis of “Time-Life international and the Stanford Research Institute,” whatever those may be. Luce’s Time magazine did not refer to his part in the deal, but his Life magazine did. Wut who the hell is Luce?
When I was last in Rome, he convened a “conference” of an odd bunch called the Bilderberg Group, with Paul Hoffman as the principal American speaker. I chased Hoffman for days and haunted the leaky old palace where Luce pulled it off, but I never caught up with Hoffman and he sent me word that he had kept no notes of his speech. Luce’s wife was our ambassador in Rome then and the embassy underwrote the show. …..
Source: Reading Eagle, Monday, January 27, 1958; Page 8
September 12, 1964
A KINGMAKER? OH, IF IT WERE TRUE!, by Ralph McGill: In 1954 a group of knowledgeable Americans and Europeans met, under the chairmanship of Prince Bernhard of the Netherlands, to discuss trans-Atlantic relations and measures that might improve the solidarity of the Western community of nations. Because it held its first meeting at the Hotel de Bilderberg in the Netherlands, it came to be known as the Bilderberg Group. Those attending came from both private and official life. They were present as individuals, not representatives.
There was but one policy — and it is one that since has been strictly adhered to — the group does not attempt to make policy or even recommendations on policy to governments. The results of this informal meeting and off-the-record discussions between men from the various Western nations, mostly NATO, were excellent; it was possible to replace rumor with fact, suspicion with confidence. …..
The Bilderberg Group meets usually twice a year. Two of the meetings have been held in the United States. The first was at St. Simons Island, Georgia, in early 1957. The group, with its invited guests, filled a small hotel. The second was at Williamsburg, Virginia, about four months ago. The late and distinguished General W. Bedell Smith, who had been ambassador to Russia from 1946 to 1949, was among those interested in having the group meet in this country. A number of Americans, many of the distinguished in industry, business, and the professions, were invited as guests to the first and second meetings held in the United States.
The meetings are in no sense secret. Luncheons and a reception at the conclusion of each meeting, to which wives and children of participants were invited, were a part of the social program. …..
Source: Eugene Register-Guard, Saturday, September 12, 1964; Page 5
April 2, 1965
PHILIP TO LAKE COMO: LONDON (Reuters) — Prince Philip, husband of Queen Elizabeth, left here by plane Thursday for Lake Como, in northern Italy, to attend the 1965 Bilderberg meeting, an informal conference on world affairs.
Source: The Spokesman-Review, Friday, April 2, 1965; Front Page
April 6, 1965
NATO SECRETARY CONFERS IN ROME: ROME, April 6 (UPI) — NATO Secretary General Manlio Brosio conferred here with Italian Premier Aldo Moro, Foreign Minister Admintore Fanfani and President Gluseppe Saragat.
He arrived by train from Northern Italy, where he attended the week-end Bilderberg conference in Como.
Source: The Pittsburgh Press, Tuesday, April 6, 1965; Page 4
April 8, 1967
IN LONDON WITH MITCHELMORE: LONDON — David Rockefeller of the Chase Manhattan Bank, who has a son studying in Trinity College at Cambridge University, and the Duke of Edinburgh, who will have a son studying in the same place this fall, spent last weekend in Cambridge.
Their meeting was organized by Prince Bernhard of The Netherlands, whose daughter studied at Cambridge…. It was rather the fourteenth annual meeting of the Bilderberg Conference, started by Prince Bernhard as a private get-together of political, diplomatic, industrial and financial leaders from various western coutries.
…these meetings are so private and off the record that the press is reduced to printing pictures of the delegates getting in and out of airplances and helicopters.
This year, in addition to the two princes and Rockefeller and quite a few others, the Bilderberg participants included former SHAPE commander General Lauris Norstad and Canadian External Affairs Minister Paul Martin. …..
Source: The Windsor Star, Saturday, April 8, 1967; Page 9
April 26, 1968
BALL IS NAMED TO UN POST: (Continued from Page 1) — …When the appointment was announced Ball was on an airplane flying to Montreal to attend a meeting of the Bilderberg Conference, composed of Western European and American public figures who meet periodically to discuss Atlantic problems. …..
Source: The Day, Friday, April 26, 1968; Page 12
April 26, 1968
BALL IN UN POST: …When Ball’s appointment was announced he was flying to Montreal to attend a meeting in Mont Tremblant of the Bilderberg Conference, comprised of Western European and American public figures who meet periodically to discuss Atlantic problems. Source: The Phoenix, Friday, April 26, 1968; Front Page
April 23, 1971
WORLD LEADERS MEET IN VERMONT TO DISCUSS ECONOMY: WOODSTOCK, VT. (AP) — Prince Bernhard of the Netherlands and other leaders from the worlds of government, banking and business gather today for the opening of the Bilderberg Meeting, an annual discussion of economic affairs by delegates from Europe and North America.
Prince Bernhard, arriving in Boston Thursday on his way to the meeting, told a news conference the three-day gathering will include such delegates as Henry Kissinger, White House advisor to President Nixon; Donald S. MacDonald, Canadian minister of national defense, members of the U.S. Congress and officials of European governments.
The purpose of the meetings, Prince Bernhard said at a news conference Thursday, is to promote understanding among Western nations. Prince Bernhard organized the meetings 17 years ago. This will be the third held in the United States.
Announced topics this year are “the contribution of business in dealing with current problems of social instability and the possibility of a change of the American role in the world and its consequences.” …..
The meetings will be private. “People speak more freely if they know they’re not being quoted,” said Prince Bernhard. “That’s the only reason.”
Among those scheduled to attend are U.S. Sen. Adlai E. Stevenson III, D-Ill.; H. Simonet, member of the Belgium Parliament and president of Brussels University; David Rockefeller, board chairman of the Chase Manhattan bank of New York; Robert Bourassa, prime minister of Quebec, Canada; Osborn Elliott, president of Newsweek magazine; Gerhard Schroder, former German minister of foreign affairs and member of the Bundestag; Cyrus Vance, former U.S. under secretary of defense.
Others include Raymond Cartier, director of Paris-Match magazine; Ingemund Bengtsson, Swedish minister of agriculture; Reginald Maudling, British secretary of state for home affairs; U.S. Rep. Henry S. Reuss, D-Wyo., U.S. Rep Donald W. Riegle, R-Mich.; Baron Edmond de Rothschild of France; Sir Frederic Bennett, member of the British Parliament; George W. Ball, former U.S. Delegate to the United Nations.
Others include Robert O. Anderson, board chairman of Atlantic Richfield Co.; Egon Bahr, German state secretary in the federal chancellery; George Thomson, British member of Parliament; John T. Dunlop, dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences at Harvard University; U.S. Rep. Donald M. Fraser, D-Minn.; U.S. Rep. Peter H.B. Frelinghuysen, R-N.J.; Bill Moyers, former publisher of Newsday; Howard Stein, president of Dreyfus Corp., Lt. Gen. John W. Vogt, director of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
Participans are from Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, United Kingdon and United States.
The meeting will cost $120,000 to conduct, said Prince Bernard, and is funded by private contributions.
Participants are chosen by steering committee, of which Prince Bernard is chairman. Source: The Telegraph, Friday, April 23, 1971; Page 9
June 21, 1974
THE INTERNATIONAL ‘THINK TANK’ REMAINS OFF LIMITS TO PRESS: AMSTERDAM, the Netherlands (AP) — It’s been 20 years since Prince Bernhard of the Netherlands first produced his formula for promoting the cause of transatlantic harmony.
He introduced the idea of an international think tank, comprising top people from the United States and Western Europe, able to speak with total frankness on issues ruffling the Atlantic alliance.
Bernhard gave the participants privacy. The think tank was almost hermetically sealed from the press. …..
Gerald R. Ford attended two Bilderberg meetins long before he became vice president of the United States.
“You don’t really belong to the organization; one gets an invitation from the prince,” Ford said in 1965.
At various other times, the prince has requested and obtained the presence of Henry A. Kissinger, 1971, Woodstock, Vt. — Helmut Schmidt, now West German chancellor — 1973, Salsjoeboden, Sweden — former U.S. Secretaries of State Dean Rusk and Christian A. Herter; Tomas E. Dewey, former governor of New York and twice Republican presidential nominee; former British Prime Minister Edward Heath, Amintore Fanfani of Italy and so on.
Bernhard promised the conferences privacy, and the 1974 meeting in April was no exception.
…Eighty persons were invited and amongh those Americans who turned up were NATO commander Gen. Andrew Goodpaster; former U.S. Undersecretary of State George Ball, David Rockefeller, head of the Chase Manhattan Bank, and Sen. Walter F. Mondale, D-Minn.
Bernhard has made it clear that participants who deal with the press won’t be invited back. …..
“the purpose of the conference,” he has said, “is that eminent persons in every field get the opportunity to speak freely without being hindered by the knowledge that their words and ideas will be analyzed, commented upon and eventually criticized in the press.” …..
Bernhard clearly expects that within influential circles, the ideas emerging from Bilderberg will make their impression. On his personal role, he said: “I’d consider my own work in the same light as practically everything I do. I am only a catalyst.”
Source: The Argus-Press, Friday, June 21, 1974; Page 14
July 1, 1974
SECLUDED THINK TANK PURSUES PEACE GOAL (Same or similar to above article)
Source: The Journal, Monday, July 1, 1947; Page 36
July 3, 1974
‘THINK TANK’ PROMOTES TRANSATLANTIC HARMONY: (Similar to above two articles, with the following exception…) “People want to place all possible labels on our meetings, from Fascist to Communist,” [Prince Bernhard] has said. “In reality, without striving for clearly defined results, we hold a discussion over a few weighty subjects each time. A better understanding is our goal.” …..
Source: The Day, Wednesday, July 3, 1974; Page 14
September 15, 1974
(The following article is a very sarcastic one, to the tune of criticizing all those who think that the Bilderberg meetings are of a sinister nature. To this researcher, it seems like propaganda, and offers no real facts that haven’t already been reported in above articles — although it is somewhat amusing. For this reason, no quotes have been printed, but the reader may click on the link provided to read the article for himself.)
ABOUT THAT PLOT TO ENSLAVE US, by James J. Kilpatrick
Source: Sarasota Herlad-Tribune, Sunday, September 15, 1974; Page 2F
February 25, 1975
‘THINK TANK’ SCHEDULED ON INFLATION: The Hague, Netherlands — AP — More than 100 business, scientific and political leaders from the United States and Europe have been invited to attend the 1975 Bilderberg meeting at Izmir, Turkey, April 24-27.
The topic of discussion will be “Inflation and Its Effects.” Directors of central banks of many Western countries and trade union officials as well as Turkey’s top officials, are exptected to attend. …..
Past guests have included…Gerlad Ford,…Henry Kissinger,…and…mrs. Margaret Thatcher, has also been invited. …..
Source: The Milwaukee Journal, Tuesday, February 25, 1975; Page 11 of Part 2
January 20, 1976
WORLD ECONOMY PARLEY TOPIC: The Hague, Netherlands — AP — Trans-Atlantic and world economics issues will be on the agenda of the 22nd Bilderberg conference in Hot Springs, Va., the last week of April. The chairman will be Prince Bernhard of The Netherlands.
Source: The Milwaukee Sentinel, Tuesday, Jan. 20, 1976; Page 2 of Part 1
March 4, 1976
BERNHARD CANCELS TRIP TO AMERICA: THE HAGUE, The Netherlands (AP) — Prince Bernhard of The Netherlands under investigation in the Lockheed scandals, has canceled a trip to Hot Springs, Va. in April, when he was to have presided at the Bilderberg Conference. He also will skip a planned trip to Latin America.
The government information service said the trips were canceled to speed up the investigation of reports that Bernhard, husband of Queen Julianna, received money to promote the sale of Lockheed products. …..
Prince Bernhard…has insisted he is innocent of allegations that he received more than $1 million from Lockheed. …..
Source: St. Joseph News-Press, Thursday, March 4, 1976; Page 4B
October 4, 1976
DUTCH PRINCE RESIGNS POST AS CHAIRMAN: THE HAGUE, The Netherlands (AP) — Prince Berhnard resigned Monday as chairman of the annual Bilderberg Conference which he launched 22 years ago to promote transatlantic cooperation. …..
The prince’s resignation follows the publication of a damaging official report on his involvement in the Lockheed bribes scandal. He had already resigned his denfense and business posts and presidency of the World Wildlife Fund. …..
Plans are still going ahead for next year’s Bilderberg Conference scheduled for April 22-24 at Torquay, England, but talks are expected shortly which will decide the future of the meetings.
Source: Spokane Daily Chronicle, Monday, Oct. 4, 1976; Page 10
October 5, 1976
PRINCE RESIGNS ANOTHER POST: (Similar to above article)
Source: Gadsden Times, Tuesday, October 5, 1976; Page 8
October 8, 1976
BERNHARD QUITES POST: (Similar to above articles)
Source: Waycross Journal-Herald, Friday, October 8, 1976; Page 8B
October 19, 1976
BERNHARD RESIGNS: (Similar to above articles)
Source: The Leader-Post, Tuesday, October 19, 1976; Page 7
March 2, 1977
THE BUREAUCRATS, by Frank Howard and Kitty McKinsey: …In its most recent weekly newsletter, the [Public Service Alliance of Canada] has a few comments about the coalition’s “smear campaign” and about Brown himself. The newsletter quotesfrom Peter newman’s book The Canadian Establishment:
…Newsman says that a “regular international meeting ground is provided by the closed conferences of the Bilderberg Group, which takes its name from a hotel in Holland and is sponsored by Prince Herngard of the Netherlands. Colin Brown, the insurance super-salesman (he averages two or three million dollars in sales a year) from London, Ontario, regularly charters two DC-8s to fly groups of Canadian executives to the Masters Golf Tournament in Augusta, Georia.” …..
Source: Ottawa Citizen, Thursday, March 3, 1977; Page 2
April 21, 1978
WESTERN LEADERS ASSEMBLE: NEW YORK (AP) — Protected by a phalanx of security agents, 104 leaders of North America and Western Europe began gathering in Princeton, N.J., Thursday for private discussions of mutual problems.
The meeting, which takes its name from the first conference held in 1954 at Bilderberg, the Netherlands, will be held at the Henry Chauncey Conference Center through Sunday.
As usual, no outsiders will be allowed to attend the sessions, officials said at a Thursday news conference at the Drake Hotel.
“It isn’t secret, it’s private,” explained Lord Home, a former British prime minister who took over as chairman of the Bilderberg 1-1/2 years ago.
Source: The Spokesman-Review, Friday, April 21, 1978; Page 3
April 24, 1978
RUSS ARMS, ECONOMICS DISCUSSED: PRINCETON, N.J. (AP) — The rich and the powerful emerged Sunday from a secluded three-day meeting at which they pondered the state of the Western world, concentrating on national economies and the Soviet military buildup.
At a news conference in Princeton after the Bilderberg Meeting in nearby Lawrence Township, former British prime minister Lord Home said the conferees had concluded that recognition of the Soviet buildup improved the prospects for world peace. …..
The meeting attracted 104 North American and European leaders, including Zbignlew Brzezinski, President Carter’s national security adviser; Swedish Prime Minister Thorbjornn Falidin; Chase Manhattan Bank Chairman David Rockefeller; former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger; West German Parlimentary Secretary of State Andreas von Bulow; and NATO Commander Alexander M. Haig. …..
Source: The Spokesman-Review, Monday, April 24, 1978; Page 3
May 14, 1983
HOW POWER BROKERS PLAN OUR FUTURE – SECRETIVE BILDERBERG GROUP MEETS ANNUALLY TO THRASH OUT THE WEST’S PROBLEMS, by Robert Eringer:
…The Bilderbergers are coming.
They represent the elite and wealthy establishment of the Western world. Among their ranks are bankers, industrialists, politicians — including some of the most influential and powerful names in North America and Europe.
They meet annually behind locked doors for a weekend of lofty talks on problems facing the Western alliance. Their meetings go unannounced, their debates are unreported and their decisions remain mostly unknown.
They have been meeting like this since 1954, when they first gathered in Oosterbeek, Holland, at the Hotel de Bilderberg, from which the group got its name.
The Bilderbergers meet in a different country each year and routinely book an entire luxury hotel to ensure privacy.
Its detractors accuse the Bilderberg group of plotting to control international events or conspiring to change the globe into one-world government.
Conspiracy or not, the Bilderberg group is a fascinating example of behind-the-scenes influence-peddling.
Dr. Joseph Retinger, perhaps one of the most mysterious figures of the 20th century, is the father of Bilderberg. ….. In May, 1946, Retinger addressed the Royal Institute for International Affairs in London and warned of the impending threat to Europe from the Soviet Union. From this speech grew the idea of a European Movement, which he organized with Paul Van Zeeland…
In the United States, a corresponding American Committee on a United Europe was formed, using secret funds from the newly established Central Intelligence Agency. …..
According to the “strictly confidential” record of the minutes of that first conference, it was decided that “insufficient attention has so far been paid to long-term planning, and to evolving an international order which would look beyond the present-day crisis. When the time is ripe our present concepts of world affairs should be extended to the whole world.” …..
What goes on at Bilderberg conferences?
Christopher Price, a British Labor member of parliament, found it “all very fatuoous…icing on cake with nothing to do with the cake.”
Canadian Marshall McLuhan, the media expert, attended in 1969 and was “nearly suffocated at the banality and irrelevance.”
McLuhan, who died in 1980, said those in attendance “had not a clue concerning a world in which information moves at the speed of light,” and that “they were uniformly 19th-century minds pretending to relate to the 20th century.”
Yet George McGhee, a former U.S. ambassador to West Germany, has said: “The Treaty of Rome, which brought the (European) Common Market into being, was nurtured at Bilderberg meetings.” …..
…Fiat president Giovanni Agnelli…once said: “European integration is our goal. Where the politicians have failed, we industrialists hope to succeed.” …..
A serious accusation was published in New Hampshire’s Manchester Union Leader after a 1971 Bilderberg conference in Woodstock, Vt: “At a top secret conference, a (U.S.) presidential adviser leaked information on the proposed economic freeze to a select group of national and international figures enabling them, according to a Washington source, to profit to the tune of $15 billion to $20 billion. The same presidential adviser (presumably Henry Kissinger, who attended) also revealed President Richard Nixon’s plan to visit Red China, which further enabled those figures to make commercial plans for mainland China.”
Bilderberg officials vehemently insist that no conclusions are ever reached at Bilderberg conferences. yet the following excerpt comes from the “strictly confidential” record of their second meeting (March 1955, Barbizon, France):
“General conclusions — It was proposed that action should be taken on the following subjects which arose out of the discussions at the conference:
“1. Participants in the Bilderberg conferences would use, as much as possible, the various meetings and conferences which they attend elsewhere in order to put forward ideas and suggestions made at Bilderberg. It was hoped that particular use would be made of the press by all concerned for this purpose…” …..
Bilderberg is a group of informed, concerned individuals who believe it their duty, and perhaps even their right, to help shape public opinion and who believe that the best way to do so is behind closed doors.
Although it is a good thing when world leaders can meet and resolve their problems, the question inevitably arises: What is being said that warrants such privacy? And, more important, how does this activity fit in with our Western concept of free world democracy?
Source: The Montreal Gazette, Saturday, May 14, 1983; Page B-5
May 13, 1984
SWEDES PROTEST KISSINGER VISIT: STOCKHOLM, Sweden (UPI) — Two hundred demonstrators protesting U.S. policy in Central America chanted “Kissinger, murderer” to the tune of a brass band outside a meeting of top western leaders.
Henry Kissinger plans to address today an elite group of 100-plus Western leaders attending the top-level Bilderberg meeting at the seaside Saltsjobaden chateau on Stockholm’s archipelago.
Source: Youngstown Vindicator, Sunday, May 13, 1984; Page A-4
June 19, 1985
KEEGSTRA SAYS STUDENT NOTES CORRECT
Source: Ottawa Citizen, Wednesday, June 19, 1985; Page A12
June 7, 1989
FOLEY’S INTERESTS AND EXPERIENCE SPAN THE GLOBE
Source: Spokane Chronicle, June 7, 1989; Page 6