By Timothy P. Dionisopoulos
CHANTILLY, Va. – As the the exclusive Bilderberg Conference being held at the Westfields Marriott Convention Center starts to wind down, the protests are just getting started.
WND was on the scene early in the morning to meet the protestors and find out what motivated them to spend their weekend keeping a watchful eye on this elusive gathering.
An anonymous protestor from North Carolina commented to WND that he attended because “I wanted to see if this was real.” He detailed how the attendees were the “top .01 percent of the world financial elite.”
While the mainstream media would be quick to dismiss the protestors as a group of conspiracy theorists, a wider range of the political spectrum was represented. Tea partiers, libertarians, traditional conservatives and even a few occupiers were woven into the coalition of long-time Bilderberg hunters.
The watchful guardians of the entire protest were the Oath Keepers, a group of patriotic servicemen involved in the military and police who swear fealty to the Constitution.
John Oetken, the Co-Director of the Oath Keepers of Orange County, Calif., told WND that his organization was there to “help maintain a peaceful protest on both sides”
and “ensure police honor their Constitutional obligations.”
Given the heavy police presence, it is a good thing they were on hand.
The entire perimeter of the hotel was blocked off with a chain link barbed wire fence. Anyone who was in the street was told they would be arrested. A wall of police blockaded the entrance to the hotel, and more security officers were stationed behind the fence.
Tension between the protestors and the police was palpable in the air, and it seemed as if at any moment the entire thing could explode.
The protest took off around 1:00 p.m. when Alex Jones, the founder of the news website Infowars.com, arrived on the scene. Jones is the organizer of the protest and has been chasing down the Bildergers for years.
Jones led a march around the perimeter of the hotel until arriving in front of a section of the fence near the main conference building. The protesters flocked to the area, and security quickly followed.
As Jones began a “1776″ chant, two SUV’s cruised over, and a group of officers corralled the protestors onto the curb around the perimeter of the hotel. Another SUV drove by with other members of the security team who took pictures and video of the protestors.
Undeterred, Jones and the protestors continued in unison to chant patriotic slogans. Many protestors brought up the fact that these public officials were violating the Logan Act, and calls for citizen’s arrests echoed throughout the crowd.
Eventually Jones made his way to the front entrance of the hotel. Seemingly daring the police to arrest him, Jones jumped across the street to get a better camera view of the entire protest.
When someone shouted to him that police were coming and he could be arrested for going beyond the preset boundaries, he confidently laughed it off. Jones eventually came back across the street and mingled with the crowd taking time to meet with anyone interested in a quick conversation.
What started as a small, dedicated group of activists relegated to Internet message boards and independent radio shows has morphed into a protest attended by thousands with mainstream media coverage.
Daniel Estulin, author of “The True Story of the Bilderberg Group,” contends the idea behind each and every Bilderberg meeting “is to create what they themselves call the aristocracy of purpose between European and North American elites on the best way to manage the planet.”
“In other words,” Estulin told WND in an email exchange in which he answered questions, “the creation of a global network of giant cartels, more powerful than any nation on Earth, destined to control the necessities of life of the rest of humanity.”
This year the meetings in Chantilly run through June 4. Most of the group’s meetings are in Europe.
Four years ago there were rumors that Barack Obama had been picked as the Democratic presidential nominee. Two days after the event, Hillary Clinton bowed out.
Observers also point out George H.W. Bush attended in 1985. He became president in 1988. Bill Clinton attended in 1991. He became president a year later. Tony Blair attended in 1993. He became prime minister of England in 1997. Romano Prodi attended in 1999. Later that year he became president of the European Union Commission. In 2004, Sen. John Edwards spoke to the group. He was later anointed the Democratic vice presidential nominee by presidential candidate John Kerry.
Estulin said some people go off the deep end and try to see more than the Bilderberg Group is. That’s not needed, he said, because what’s already there “is and of itself is a pretty significant factor.”
He described the group as “a vehicle through which private financier oligarchical interests were able to impose their policies on what is nominally sovereign governments.”
Estulin will not be in attendance this year, because he is not permitted to travel into the U.S. But he is sending a representative in his place. He believes the meetings are among the most important events to take place in the world every year.
“Bilderberg is not some group of demonic world leaders sitting around a table staring into a crystal ball,” Estulin told WND. “In the U.S., a lot of people mistakenly believe there are secret societies, a very small group controlling the dynamics of the entire world, instead of understanding Bilderberg as a processes-, ideas- and themes-shaping organization.
“Bilderberg is not a bogeyman. But it is a powerful organization. It’s a medium for bringing together financial institutions – the largest, predatory institutions in the world – which acts in ways that are now the worst enemy of society.”
He said at the center of the campaign is the idea that the resources of the world belong not to the people, but to the minority who have power and influence.
“All these people want an empire,” Estulin explained. “They don’t want the people of the world to develop, to prosper, to grow the population. They want us to work for them, where our children and our children’s children work for an elite group, the oligarchy. If people participate in the ideas shaping the world, if a nation is allowed to grow its own food, develop its own natural resources, be truly self-governing, it would end the Bilderbergers’ oligarchy.”
The meetings are private, invitation-only for about 150 individuals from the worlds of politics, business, finance, energy, media and nobility. No resolutions are voted on, no minutes are taken and no statements are issued.
Estulin has cited David Rockefeller’s own admission. Rockefeller, a Bilderberg member, wrote: “Some even believe we are part of a secret cabal working against the best interests of the United States, characterizing my family and me as ‘internationalists’ and of conspiring with others around the world to build a more integrated global political and economic structure – one world, if you will. If that’s the charge, I stand guilty, and I am proud of it.”
In 2009, Bilderberg Chairman Etienne Davignon boasted that the Euro single currency was a recommendation of the Bilderberg group.