BBC’s Disinfo Piece: “Bilderberg mystery: Why do people believe in cabals?”

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Due to the exposure brought by alternative media, the Bilderberg group stopped enjoying the media blackout it once had. David Rockefeller said during the 1991 Bilderberg meeting held in Baden, Germany:


“We are grateful to the Washington Post, The New York Times, Time Magazine and other great publications whose directors have attended our meetings and respected their promises of discretion for almost forty years.”

It would have been impossible for us to develop our plan for the world if we had been subjected to the lights of publicity during those years. But, the world is now more sophisticated and prepared to march towards a world government. The supranational sovereignty of an intellectual elite and world bankers is surely preferable to the national auto-determination practiced in past centuries.”
– David Rockefeller, Bilderberg meeting 1991

Now that the cat is out of the bag, mass media have no choice but to report these meetings which, after all, include the world’s most powerful businessmen, politicians and intellectuals. However, instead of accurately reporting the activities of the event (i.e. the attendees, the topics discussed, etc.) the only articles referring to the meeting are condescending, borderline insulting, disinfo pieces such as this one from the BBC. The overall tone of the article screams out “non-objective propaganda”. Compare this article with the “25 Rules of Disinformation” described in this article and judge for yourself.

Some of the article’s features:

  1. Repeated use of the term “conspiracy theorist”
  2. Associating people who question the Bilderberg with terrorists groups such as the Hamas
  3. Repeated use of the term “anti-semitism”
  4. Associating people who question the Bilderberg with David Icke’s repitilian shape-shifters
  5. Those who believe in “wacky cabals” (yes the word “wacky” was used) have psychological problems: they don’t even “trust their neighbours”

So enjoy what is nowadays called “journalism”.

Bilderberg mystery: Why do people believe in cabals?

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Ordinary people can only guess at the goings-on at the meetings of the secretive Bilderberg Group, which is bringing together the world’s financial and political elite this week. Conspiracy theories abound as to what is discussed and who is there. Why, asks Tom de Castella?

The belief in secret cabals running the world is a hardy perennial. And on Thursday perhaps the most controversial clandestine organisation of our times – the Bilderberg Group – is meeting behind closed doors.

In the manner of a James Bond plot, up to 150 leading politicians and business people are to gather in a ski resort in Switzerland for four days of discussion about the future of the world.

Previous attendees of the group, which meets once a year in a five-star hotel, are said to have included Bill Clinton, Prince Charles and Peter Mandelson, as well as dozens of company CEOs.

First meeting in 1954, the aim was to shore up US-European relations and prevent another world war. Now under the group’s leadership of former US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger and one-time EU vice president, Viscount Davignon, the aim is purportedly to allow Western elites to share ideas.

But conspiracy theorists have accused it of everything from deliberately engineering the credit crunch to planning to kill 80% of the world population. Longtime opponent and US radio host Alex Jones, heckled one meeting through a megaphone: “We know you are ruthless. We know you are evil. We respect your dark power.”

Part of the reason for alarm is the group’s secretive working methods. Names of attendees are not usually released before the conference, meetings are closed to the public and the media, and no press releases are issued.

The gnashing of teeth over Bilderberg is ridiculous, says Times columnist David Aaronovitch. “It’s really an occasional supper club for the rich and powerful,” he argues.

Denis Healey, co-founder of the group, told the journalist Jon Ronson in his book Them that people overlook the practical benefits of informal networking. “Bilderberg is the most useful international group I ever attended,” he told him. “The confidentiality enabled people to speak honestly without fear of repercussions.”

So why do groups like this cause so much alarm? Aaronovitch, who wrote the 2009 book Voodoo Histories, says plots to install a new world order have traditionally been a conspiracy fantasy. “They tend to believe that everything true, local and national is under threat from cosmopolitan, international forces often linked to financial capitalism and therefore, also often, to Jewish interests.”

Secret cabals extend beyond the Bilderberg Group. The Illuminati, which derives from a 16th Century Bavarian secret society, is alleged to be an all powerful secret society, including US presidents, that has controlled major world events. The Freemasons – famous for their peculiar handshakes – is a secret fraternity society that has become more open in recent years after extensive criticism.

The charter of Hamas – the Islamist party governing Gaza – asserts that the Freemasons are in league with the Jews and those unlikely bully boys – the Rotary Club – to undermine Palestine.

John Hamill, spokesman for freemasonry’s governing body in England and Wales says the organisation is aware of Hamas’s allegation.

“There’s no truth in it, freemasonry is apolitical. It probably arises because one of our ceremonies is about the story of King Solomon’s Temple. For some reason Islamic governments translate that into Zionism.”

In fact, many conspiracy theories surrounding cabals hint at an anti-Semitic worldview. The Protocols of the Elders of Zion was a forged document, probably created by agents of Tsarist Russia, which appeared to show a Jewish plot to take over the world.

Despite being proved to be a fraud, the idea has been kept alive by anti-Semites and has spawned later versions. One of those, the Zionist Occupational Government, argues that countries have puppet governments but that the real power is held by Jewish interests.

More recently, former sports journalist David Icke has proclaimed that the world is governed by alien, reptilian shape shifters. In other words, giant lizards.

There is obviously no right-wing monopoly on conspiracy theories. During the Monica Lewinsky scandal, Hilary Clinton blamed a “vast right-wing conspiracy” for her husband’s predicament. And more recently, some on the left have argued that the 9/11 attacks were organised by President Bush’s inner circle in order to invade Afghanistan and Iraq.

The politics of cabals has always been pretty muddled, says James McConnachie, co-author of the Rough Guide to Conspiracy Theories. These groups allow protesters to project their own fears onto them.

In the US, the most extreme fear over Bilderberg is of a hidden cabal run by the European Union and threatening American freedoms. In Europe, the view is often of a free market elite trying to push through a right-wing agenda.

“Conspiracy theories are quite blind to conventional notions of left and right,” says McConnachie. “The left is organising an international government. Meanwhile, global capitalism on the right may be doing the same thing by different means.”

For Aaronovitch what often triggers widespread cabal theories are moments of great upheaval.

“It happens a lot when times are changing significantly. Whether, oddly, they are changing for better as well as for the worse. Why did McCarthyism happen at the time when US economy was growing faster than at any time in history?”

Society was in flux, the economy expanding rapidly and millions of servicemen were coming back from the war.

It’s not just the about social context. Some people are more susceptible than others to believing in wacky cabals, says Prof Chris French, of Goldsmith College’s psychology department. “It’s people who tend to be alienated by the mainstream, who feel powerless. They have a need to have a sense of control.”

Not only do they not trust the government, they tend not to trust their neighbours either. And in the need for control, there may be links to the roots of religious belief, he says.

The conspiracy theorists may get overexcited but they have a point, says Prof Andrew Kakabadse, co-author of new book Bilderberg People.

The group has genuine power that far outranks the World Economic Forum, which meets in Davos, he argues. And with no transparency, it is easy to see why people are worried about its influence.

“It’s much smarter than conspiracy,” says Prof Kakabadse. “This is moulding the way people think so that it seems like there’s no alternative to what is happening.”

The agenda the group has is to bring together the political elites on both right and left, let them mix in relaxed, luxurious surroundings with business leaders, and let the ideas fizz.

It may seem like a glorified dinner party but that is to miss the point. “When you’ve been to enough dinner parties you see a theme emerging,” he says. The theme at Bilderberg is to bolster a consensus around free market Western capitalism and its interests around the globe, he says.

“Is this all leading to the start of the ruling the world idea? In one sense yes. There’s a very strong move to have a One World government in the mould of free market Western capitalism.”

Degree of nefariousness

Conventional critiques of alienated people seeking order in a chaotic world may well be true. But there’s more to it than that, McConnachie argues.

“The other explanation is more dangerous. That they are precisely right – they just over-egg the way they articulate it.”

The Bilderberg Group matches up to how a global conspiracy would work – a secretive body attempting to shape the direction of the world, he suggests.

“The only difference is the degree of nefariousness,” he says. “They tend to see this cabal as outright evil. When things are more nuanced than that.”

For all the tales of lizards running the world, we all owe a debt to conspiracy theorists, McConnachie argues.

“Occasionally you have to give credit to conspiracy theorists who raise issues that the mainstream press has ignored. It’s only recently that the media has picked up on the Bilderbergers. Would the media be running stories if there weren’t these wild allegations flying around?”

But Aaronovitch disagrees. Believing in cabals leads to certain groups being victimised and obstructs a rational view of the world.

“To have a strong belief in the Bilderberg Group means believing in a fantasy,” he says. “It suggests that there are people – like God – acting as a higher power. And it replaces the intolerable thought that there’s nothing at work at all, that the world is chaotic. It may be a form of therapy but it has people believing in an anti-scientific message.”

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What about JFK? Was he a "conspiracy nutter" too?

"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."

– John F. Kennedy; April 1961

I am thinking that everyone should know something about Bilderger group by now. Just like they should know about the Committee of 300, Council on Foreign Relatuins; all having to do with getting rid of civilization as we know it……

The answer to all of this is simple. but carrying out what must be done may be the single hardest feet all of humanity has faced. There is no denying the Bilderberg group if very powerful. and if you truly believe and fear they will dominate and rule the world unjustly then you must revolt against there power. Where does the Bilderberg group get its power? The answer is money. All this religious talk in these comments is interesting but i wish not to dispute credit and fact or even citations of scriptures. If you want to talk of religion then talk of spirituality. The Hindus of India knew thousands of years ago that what people want first in life is what they desire. In the world these desires become known as wealth, fame and power. Then as you grow even older the mature and wise tell us to be… Read more »

ok ok what i dont get is vigilant citizen has sooo many cool articles:) and is a threat to the elite

the why dont they take this website down??are they scared??#

also who knew that the elite have tea parties awww bless(NOT)

If, as the conspiracy theorists believe, you are the group printing the money, why would you start a war for more money?

I cannot believe the FIRST sentence of your "endoftheworld" post is this…sorry i need to use my language:

cagata pazzesca

I ll let you the pleasure of translating from italian (my God, if this is the level there is no hope)

I find it hilarious that the writer ACTUALLY used term "gnashing of teeth" in this article, since: THAT IS WHAT THEY ARE GOING TO BE DOING SOON! (not to mention "wailing"). LOL…If I deserve hell I cannot IMAGINE what they are going to get.

Rich and powerful people working with other rich and powerful people to get more power and riches? Yeah that could NEVER, ever happen…

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New American Standard Bible

2For men will be lovers of self, lovers of money, boastful, arrogant, revilers, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy, 3unloving, irreconcilable, malicious gossips, without self-control, brutal, haters of good, 4treacherous, reckless, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, 5holding to a form of godliness, although they have denied its power; Avoid such men as these. 6For among them are those who enter into households and captivate weak women weighed down with sins, led on by various impulses, 7always learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth. 8Just as Jannes and Jambres opposed Moses, so these men also oppose the truth, men of depraved mind, rejected in regard to the faith. 9But they will not make further progress; for their folly will be obvious to all, just as Jannes’s and Jambres’s folly was also.

http://www.practicalspiritualwarfare.com/signs-of

gonna quote Biggie Smalls " Picture me being scared of a n***a that breaths the same air as me"

Skulls&Bones, Bilderbergs, Illuminati, Freemasons.

There just people like you, and theres only 150, and your gonna tell me 7 billion are afraid.

cmon guys, why not storm the building there meeting is in, theres not enough of them to stop us.

We are the government, we are the police, we are the secret society that hasnt awaken yet.

Watch the movie its " A Bugs Life" the whole point if that movie is to say "we outnumber them 100 to 1"

so really are they that scary, no, there that much scared of us.

The Bible flat-out says that there is a conspiracy, but it's all about how you frame it. Satan controls the world and its system. God has entered into the system to restore man to himself out of love. The conspiracy is actually the Kingdom of God brought to Earth. The reality is the World System, which is based on fear and control. People are deceived if they think they live outside of this system. The king of the Earth is Satan, and the leaders and people of influence worship him. Think about what all these pop artists represent – getting something for yourself, worshipping yourself, fear about what people want to take from you, how people want to label you, how to fight against the world. Everything to keep you trapped in the system. The only way to get free is through Jesus Christ – he's the way out.

and the very first secret society dates all the way back to Nimrod, so evil men have been at this for a very long time! There is also a verse in the Bible which speaks about God gifting men with the ability to amass wealth, which He will then take away to further HIS kingdom. This makes me think of the banks (and the Rothchilds specifically). Honestly, I'm more excited than nervous about the future in regards to the NWO, because I know the battle is already won, and I can't wait to see what God does.

Rich people coming together to develop plans on how they can make themselves richer and more powerful? Preposterous!

"The theme at Bilderberg is to bolster a consensus around free market Western capitalism and its interests around the globe," Prof Kakabadse says. I do not know why these types of statements always amaze me, but they continually do. Free market capitalism as Adam Smith envisioned it, has not existed in this country, the West, or the world in general for a very long time. The system that does exist is 'Crony Capitalism' or more accurately, 'Corporatism', where the corporations lobby to make laws that favor themselves and eliminate competition. After all, "Competition is a sin." The most succinct name for 'Crony Capitalism' or 'Corporatism' is Fascism, where the gov't and corporations have a symbiotic relationship; the politicians do the will of the corporations; and the corporations enrich the politicians and at the same time make sure that the ones who do their bidding continually get reelected. Of course, the… Read more »

Jonathan Kay is an imbecile. I think I pretty aptly tear him apart in these two articles:
http://endthelie.com/2011/06/08/talking-about-irrhttp://endthelie.com/2011/05/09/if-you-believe-in

The latter is about the same guy who was in that BBC radio interview calling Jim Corr an anti-Semite for thinking 9/11 was an inside job.

ca·bal (k-bl, -bäl)

NOUN:

A conspiratorial group of plotters or intriguers: "Espionage is quite precisely a cabal of powerful men, working secretly" (Frank Conroy).

A secret scheme or plot.

A small group of people meeting in secret to manipulate an outcome is by any definition a cabal.

What would happen if we totally disregard money, give it no value. The whole world. Every one is at the same level. No material posession would hold any value. The mindset would be that you can find a piece of gravel and a diamond together, look at them both, and not worry about the value. It wouldnt matter. That way of thinking was totally gone. How would the world be? Obviously people wouldnt have to work, but would they? Would people sacrifice their time if there was no reward at the end. Would people still be as motivated?

Who would be in charge? Who would hold the power if money didnt exist? Would it be every man for himself? grow/hunt your own food. How safe would the world be? Would there still be wars? What would happen?

Hello. We're the ones who control your lives. We make the decisions that affect all of you.

Isn't it interesting to know that those who run your lives would have the nerve to tell you about it in this manner?

Suffer, you fools. We know everything you do, and we know where you go. What do you think the cameras are for? And the global-positioning satellites? And the Social Security numbers? You belong to us. And it can't be changed.

Sign your petitions, walk your picket lines, bring your lawsuits, cast your votes, and write those stupid letters to whomever you please; you won't change a thing. Because we control your lives. And we have plans for you. Go back to sleep. – George Carlin

I cant believe how many times that article mentioned the elite meeting, in terms of not just political powers but people are are just filthy rich business owners, and sees nothign strange about this.

kinda crazy how noone mentions William Cooper nowadays, this man completely exposed everything we see not 20 years ago. Its as if people are scared to mention his name. Rest in peace mr Cooper. I will keep your memory alive. Research ppl, dont only rely on the media, ( altetnative). Cooper-Jfk, A sacrificed King. Cooper- Parapsychology.

We all have power no matter what anyone says. Boycott the shitty brands that give these people so much power and autonomy. Use more natural (nonGMO)foods opposed to buying the nutrient deficient waste they sell in grocery stores. Support local farmers do what you can to aviod contributing to the riches of the elite. We have the power to take back this world and be in unity with each other again, its just to open the eyes of the unaware and disillusioned. Calling others who do not know the ruth sheeple is not enough and that does not make us better than them. Thankfully there are individuals like VC, AlexJones and Mike Adams just to name a few that are concerned with bringing to the light the darkness and corruption of the elite few. I would be forever grateful for the impact this individuals have had in opening my eyes… Read more »
This is pure disinformation from the BBC and actually the BBC's NORMALISATION of elitist, secretive, cabals that have huge decision making ability within their nations and globally. Banks control Corporations who both control and work with Governments. Each attendee is a part of that supply chain. The BBC have tried to discredit any kind of FREE THINKING about such a group and come across all partisan, defensive and actually educating us into accepting this group like its no big deal. Dare you THINK then you are a conspiratorial moron. Like someone commented earlier – its no longer conspiracy THEORY but conspiracy EVIDENCE and FACT. They are here only for a term appointed but they are here as men and women in this world don't stand up to them. Have we have lost all moral and religious convictions (replaced by SECULARISM), balance, been dumbed down by TV/media and the new religious… Read more »
Thanks for the tip Christina. I too am finding it difficult to not "preach" to all my family and friends. Some of them get it and agree, some of them don't disagree but think I'm cute for believing it so steadfastly (really, there is just too much evidence not to!) and others are too caught up in pop culture and the treats the elite provide (reality television, pop music, hell even pop-tarts!). It is so maddening because I want to shout "You're being dumbed down and worked and controlled just like cattle!" Any day now I expect some guy at my office or my bank to implant our chips for buying and selling. When that happens I see everyone else who I haven't told or who refused to listen to me falling off a cliff like lemmings. I'm getting married in July and then operation "off the map" begins. If… Read more »
My pleasure. I see how many people have become so attatched to the mass media. After my initial frustration to their disbelief of the info I share, I feel sad that my brothers and sisters are allowing themselves to be manipulated. I didn't always hold this disposition. I feel blessed with the information that I am finding. Alot of people are scared of the truth or scared of change or lack willpower underneath their ignorance and stubborness. It's easy to become lazy from all of the manufactured food and drink they consume!! I'm guilty myself of not always having enough willpower to make all the changes I want in order to rise up. It can sometimes be a process. But When I see glimpses of light I want to share the experience of truth, Especialy with the people I hold dear. With everything that is "bad", there is an alternative… Read more »

SO. What we need to do is become rich and famous and get invited to one of these conventions in the future and SPILL!!

The fact that there is no author listed speaks volumes about this piece. Sure the BBC apparently doesn't list the author on articles, but I think knowing the name of who wrote it would probably reveal what agenda the person is pushing.

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"Conspiracy theories abound as to what is discussed and who is there. Why, asks Tom de Castella?"

The clue is in Tom de Castella. So know it speaks less volumes about the piece, presumably.

In fact, given you state the author isn;t mentioned usually, this seems to more transparant than most…

What's funny is members of this group have been quoted talking of a new world order, etc. there is actual footage of it. So it's funny the author of this propaganda wrote what he did, I guess he was hoping no one saw the footage.

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