The famed secret society known as the Bilderberg Group is meeting today in Ottawa, and, if you haven’t been invited, welcome to the club.

It is one of the most exclusive conferences of global elites you will ever find – or not find.

Unlike some previous events in undisclosed locations, at least the place of this meeting is known – the Brookstreet Hotel in the Canadian capital city.

Not much else is known.

For instance, a reporter for the Ottawa Citizen was told by local police officials that security was being handled by Global Risk Holdings. However, upon reaching Alan Bell, president of the company, the reporter was told: “Never heard of that conference. What is it? What do they do?”

Welcome to the mysterious world of secret societies.

Did someone say “secret societies”?

“Most people don’t realize they exist because their minds have been conditioned to reject any thought of such organizations,” explains Dr. Stanley Monteith, a medical doctor by training, who set out on a mission to research groups like the Bilderbergers 40 years ago.

The results of his startling research is a little book called “Brotherhood of Darkness,” in which he exposes the global agenda of organizations such as the Council on Foreign Relations and the Trilateral Commission.

How important are events like this weekend’s Bilderberg conference?

It may not make any difference now, but in 2004, according to the New York Times, it was the standout “performance” of Sen. John Edwards at the super-secret Bilderberg meeting in Italy that sealed the deal on his nomination as John Kerry’s vice presidential running mate. And you thought it was American public opinion that counted?

Though no one knows for sure who will be at this weekend’s gathering, among those attending the 2004 meeting in Italy, according to a list obtained by WND, were Edwards, Sen. Jon Corzine, D-N.J.; Henry Kissinger; Richard Perle; Melinda Gates (wife of Bill Gates); David Rockefeller; Timothy F. Geithner, president of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York; Donald Graham, chairman and CEO of the Washington Post Company; and even Ralph Reed, former head of the Christian Coalition.

(Here is the entire Bilderberg attendance list as published previously by WND.)

Since 1953, the Bilderberg group has convened government, business, academic and journalistic representatives from the U.S., Canada and Europe with the express purpose of exploring the future of the North Atlantic community.

According to sources that have penetrated the high-security meetings in the past, the Bilderberg meetings emphasize a globalist agenda and promote the idea that the notion of national sovereignty is antiquated and regressive.

“It’s officially described as a private gathering,” noted a BBC report in 2003, “but with a guest list including the heads of European and American corporations, political leaders and a few intellectuals, it’s one of the most influential organizations on the planet.”

And according to a BBC report on 2004’s conference in Stresa: “Not a word of what is said at Bilderberg meetings can be breathed outside. No reporters are invited in and while confidential minutes of meetings are taken, names are not noted. The shadowy aura extends further – the anonymous answerphone message, for example; the fact that conference venues are kept secret. The group, which includes luminaries such as Henry Kissinger and former UK chancellor Kenneth Clarke, does not even have a website.”

But, counter participants, the secrecy is not evidence of a grand conspiracy, but only an opportunity to speak frankly with other world leaders out of the limelight of press coverage and its inevitable repercussions.

“There’s absolutely nothing in it,” argues the UK’s Lord Denis Healey, one of the four founders of Bilderberg. “We never sought to reach a consensus on the big issues at Bilderberg,” he told the BBC. “It’s simply a place for discussion.”

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