[The following post is by TDV Editor-In-Chief, Jeff Berwick]
Just like with anything in life you never really know what is going on until you see it with your own eyes.
I described last weekend how the G7 was so different from what I expected. They should just call the G7 a big party for journalists… that’s almost all it was. Journalists, thousands of them, were feasting off of $900 bottles of champagne, amazing food and treated to shows, DJs and parties while they waited for Barack O’Bomber to show up and eat some sausage and drink some beer and get their photo. In many ways it seemed like those parties the elite have in the movies “The Hunger Games” and laugh about the poor people in the districts.
Then we drove less than an hour down the road to Austria for the Bilderberg conference. Our first hint that this was something much more important came nearly immediately as they closed the roads from the G7 to Bilderberg for hours as we sat in a traffic jam while all the locals complained about the criminals who turned their town upside down for a week.
We ended up having to take a back road to Telfs Austria and as we pulled up to the Interalpen hotel where they were hosting the Bilderberg conference they had some serious police checkpoints and the mood was much different than at the G7 where police seemed to be very nice and helpful to journalists/writers. Now, that had turned completely and we were treated like potential threats.
However, I just let them know we just came from the G7 and were going to check about rooms. Somehow, they let us in and as soon as we were in the hotel a number of other journalists heard about it and tried to follow our lead but as soon as we had entered no one was allowed to enter again.
I managed to book a room but they told me we had to check out on Wednesday at 10am and we agreed. We then headed down to the bar and the all of the White House Press Correspondents were all there. Apparently they had stayed at this hotel for the G7 and were just shuttled into the G7 for photo opps by military/police helicopters.
We had a few drinks, and they did too, and we just casually chatted. We asked them if they were covering Bilderberg and no one knew what we were talking about… no one! They just said that they were being flown out on Tuesday back to the US.
Luke Rudkowski of We Are Change and Dan Dicks of Press For Truth told them what Bilderberg was and they were shocked they didn’t even know about it. We told them, “You should stay, this is where the real story is.”
They then told us that they don’t get paid to cover the “real story” and were quite apologetic and even told us, “We really respect what you do… but we have bills to pay.”
Many of them, quite honestly, I think, said they were going to look more into what we do and thanked us for what we do.
We then went to sleep and when we awoke the entire hotel was empty. We were the only three guests in the hotel.
Then, Dan Dicks and Luke Rudkowski went to take a look around the hotel and actually found the room where the conference was to be held. As far as we know it is the only time independent media has ever seen the actual room. Unfortunately just as they pulled out their cameras security guards started running towards them telling them they had to leave immediately.
They then came up to our room and told me how they are checking out who we are and we may have to leave the hotel. They even played Luke’s Youtube video from last year at Bilderberg and then they really started to freak out.
The Chief of Police in Austria then came up with the head of security at the hotel and said we have to leave immediately.
I protested, saying that I had paid for the room for the night and am not a very happy client being told I had to leave.
They then said, “Everything is free… your hotel room from last night, dinner, drinks” (adding up to nearly 2,000 euros!) and I still scoffed and said, “I am going to give very bad reviews on Trip Advisor over this”.
They then said, “Listen guys, we know who you are and we are all going to be in a lot of trouble if you don’t leave immediately.”
I still said, “We have a contract to stay in this room tonight!”
And he said, “Listen, take anything you want… anything… just please go now”.
And so we emptied out the minibar and took nearly all of the robes, slippers and other memorabilia from the room and were escorted out.
You can hear it direct from Dan Dicks with a lot of great video footage here:
And here is Luke’s version of events where he even took photos of me sleeping after a stressful day/night:
While those videos look and are fun there is quite a bit of danger in the air here. Journalists/Media have been followed, accosted and threatened.
We still plan to be here for another few days and you can follow me on Facebook or even on Snapchat (which we have been using to immediately take and upload videos so they can’t be confiscated) under “dollarvigilantexxx”.
Luke Rudowski’s Instagram has documented some of our experiences:
If you don’t know what Bilderberg is by now, you are behind the times. It is a very important confab where the elite join together for a esoteric annual conference to discuss politics foreign policy and economics without the media casting a light on their activities. The conference has been going on since 1954. For those that are interested, here is the full list of Bilderberg attendees this year:
- Henri de Castries, AXA Group, Chairman and CEO
- Paul M.Achleitner, Deutsche Bank, Chairman of the Supervisory Board
- Marcus Agius, PA Consulting Group, Non-Executive Chairman
- Thomas Ahrenkiel, Danish Intelligence Service (DDIS), Director
- John R. Allen, US Department of State, Special Presidential Envoy for the Global Coalition to Counter ISIL
- Roger C. Altman, Evercore, Executive Chairman
- Anne Applebaum, Legatum Institute, Director of Transitions Forum
- Matti Apunen, Finnish Business and Policy Forum EVA, Director
- Zoë Baird, Markle Foundation, CEO and President
- Ed Balls, Labour Party, Former Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer
- Francisco Pinto Balsemão, Impresa SGPS, Chairman
- José M. Barroso, European Commission, Former President
- Nicolas Baverez, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, Partner,
- René Benko, Founder, SIGNA Holding
- Franco Bernabè, FB Group, Chairman
- Ben van Beurden, Royal Dutch Shell, CEO
- Laurent Bigorgne, Institut Montaigne, Director
- Laurence Boone, French government, Special Adviser on Financial and Economic Affairs to the President
- Ana Botín, Banco Santander, Chairman
- Richard Svein Brandtzæg, Norsk Hydro, President and CEO
- Oscar Bronner, Standard Verlagsgesellschaft, Publisher
- William Burns, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, President
- Patrick Calvar, DGSI, Director General
- Henri de Castries, Bilderberg Meetings, Chairman; AXA Group, Chairman and CEO
- Juan Luis Cebrián, Grupo PRISA, Executive Chairman
- Edmund Clark, TD Bank Group, Retired Executive
- Benoît Coeuré, European Central Bank, Member of the Executive Board
- Andrew Coyne, National Post (Canada), Editor, Editorials and Comment
- Mikael L. Damberg, Swedish government, Minister for Enterprise and Innovation
- Karel De Gucht, Belgian government, Former EU Trade Commissioner, State Minister
- Thomas E. Donilon, Former U.S. National Security Advisor; O’Melveny & Myers, Partner and Vice Chair
- Mathias Döpfner, Axel Springer, CEO
- Ann Dowling, Royal Academy of Engineering, President
- Regina Dugan, Google, Vice President for Engineering, Advanced Technology and Projects
- Trine Eilertsen, Aftenposten, Political Editor,
- Merete Eldrup, TV 2 Danmark A/S, CEO
- John Elkann, EXOR, Chairman and CEO; Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, Chairman
- Thomas Enders, Airbus Group, CEO
- Mary Erdoes, JP Morgan Asset Management, CEO
- Rona Fairhead, BBC Trust, Chairman
- Ulrik Federspiel, Haldor Topsøe, Executive Vice President
- Martin S. Feldstein, NBER President Emeritus; Harvard University, Professor of Economics
- Niall Ferguson, Harvard University, Professor of History, Gunzberg Center for European Studies
- Heinz Fischer, Austrian government, Federal President
- Douglas Flint, HSBC, Group Chairman
- Christoph Franz, F. Hoffmann-La Roche, Chairman of the Board
- Louise O. Fresco, Wageningen University and Research Centre, President and Chairman Executive Board
- Kenneth Griffin, Citadel Investment, Founder and CEO
- Lilli Gruber, “Otto e mezzo”, La7 TV, Executive Editor and Anchor
- Sergei Guriev, Sciences Po, Professor of Economics
- Gönenç Gürkaynak, ELIG Law Firm (Turkey), Managing Partner
- Alfred Gusenbauer, Former Chancellor of the Republic of Austria
- Victor Halberstadt, Leiden University, Professor of Economics
- Erich Hampel, UniCredit Bank Austria, Chairman
- Demis Hassabis, Google DeepMind, Vice President of Engineering
- Wolfgang Hesoun, Siemens Austria, CEO
- Philipp Hildebrand, BlackRock, Vice Chairman
- Reid Hoffman, LinkedIn, Co-Founder and Executive Chairman
- Wolfgang Ischinger, Munich Security Conference, Chairman,
- Jacobs Kenneth, Lazard, Chairman and CEO
- Julia Jäkel, Gruner + Jahr, CEO
- James A. Johnson, Johnson Capital Partners, Chairman
- Alain Juppé, Mayor of Bordeaux, Former Prime Minister
- Joe Kaeser, Siemens AG, President and CEO
- Alex Karp, Palantir Technologies, CEO
- Gilles Kepel, Sciences Po, University Professor
- John Kerr, Scottish Power, Deputy Chairman
- Ilhan Kesici, Turkish Parliament, MP
- Henry Kissinger, Kissinger Associates, Chairman
- Klaus Kleinfeld, Alcoa, Chairman and CEO
- Klaas Knot, De Nederlandsche Bank, President
- Mustafa Koç, Koç Holding, Chairman
- Henry Kravis, Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co., Co-Chairman and Co-CEO
- Marie-Josée Kravis, Hudson Institute, Senior Fellow and Vice Chair
- André Kudelski, Kudelski Group, Chairman and CEO
- Kurt Lauk, Globe Capital Partners, President
- Carola Lemne, The Confederation of Swedish Enterprise, CEO
- Stuart Levey, HSBC, Chief Legal Officer
- Ursula von der Leyen, German government, Minister of Defence
- Thomas Leysen, KBC Group, Chairman of the Board of Directors
- Shiraz Maher, King’s College London, Senior Research Fellow, ICSR
- Christina Markus Lassen, Danish government, Head of Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Security Policy and Stabilisation DNK
- Jessica Mathews, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Distinguished Fellow
- James Mattis, Distinguished Visiting Fellow, Hoover Institution, Stanford University USA
- Pierre Maudet, Vice-President of the State Council, Department of Security, Police and the Economy of Geneva CHE
- David I. McKay, President and CEO, Royal Bank of Canada CAN
- Nuray Mert, Columnist, Professor of Political Science, Istanbul University TUR
- Jim Messina, CEO, The Messina Group USA
- Charles Michel, Prime Minister BEL
- John Micklethwait, Editor-in-Chief, Bloomberg LP USA
- Zanny Minton Beddoes, Editor-in-Chief, The Economist GBR
- Mario Monti, Senator-for-life; President, Bocconi University ITA
- Leena Mörttinen, Executive Director, The Finnish Family Firms Association FIN
- Craig Mundie, J. Principal, Mundie & Associates USA
- Heather Munroe-Blum, Chairperson, Canada Pension Plan Investment Board CAN
- Princess Beatrix of the Netherlands
- Michael O’Leary, CEO, Ryanair Plc IRL
- George Osborne, First Secretary of State and Chancellor of the Exchequer GBR
- Soli Özel, Columnist, Haberturk Newspaper; Senior Lecturer, Kadir Has University TUR
- Dimitri Papalexopoulos, Group CEO, Titan Cement Co. GRC
- Catherine Pégard, President, Public Establishment of the Palace, Museum and National Estate of Versailles FRA
- Richard Perle, N. Resident Fellow, American Enterprise Institute USA
- David H. Petraeus, Chairman, KKR Global Institute USA
- Panagiotis Pikrammenos, Honorary President of The Hellenic Council of State GRC
- Heather Reisman, M. Chair and CEO, Indigo Books & Music Inc. CAN
- Gianfelice Rocca, Chairman, Techint Group ITA
- Gerhard Roiss, CEO, OMV Austria AUT
- Robert E. Rubin, Co Chair, Council on Foreign Relations; Former Secretary of the Treasury USA
- Mark Rutte, Prime Minister NLD
- Karim Sadjadpour, Senior Associate, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace USA
- Pedro Sánchez Pérez-Castejón, Leader, Partido Socialista Obrero Español PSOE ESP
- John Sawers, Chairman and Partner, Macro Advisory Partners GBR
- Selin Sayek Böke, Vice President, Republican People’s Party TUR
- Eric E. Schmidt, Executive Chairman, Google Inc. USA
- Rudolf Scholten, CEO, Oesterreichische Kontrollbank AG AUT
- Jean-Dominique Senard, CEO, Michelin Group FRA
- Karl Sevelda, CEO, Raiffeisen Bank International AG AUT
- Jens Stoltenberg, Secretary General, NATO INT
- Alexander Stubb, Minister of Finance FIN
- Katrin Suder, Deputy Minister of Defense DEU
- Peter D. Sutherland, UN Special Representative; Chairman, Goldman Sachs International IRL
- Carl-Henric Svanberg, Chairman, BP plc; Chairman, AB Volvo SWE
- Olaug Svarva, CEO, The Government Pension Fund Norway NOR
- Peter A. Thiel, President, Thiel Capital USA
- Loukas Tsoukalis, President, Hellenic Foundation for European and Foreign Policy GRC
- Ahmet Üzümcü, Director-General, Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons INT
- António M. Vitorino, Partner, Cuetrecasas, Concalves Pereira, RL PRT
- Jacob Wallenberg, Chairman, Investor AB SWE
- Vin Partner Weber, Mercury LLC USA
- Martin H. Wolf, Chief Economics Commentator, The Financial Times GBR
- James D. Wolfensohn, Chairman and CEO, Wolfensohn and Company USA
- Robert B. Zoellick, Chairman, Board of International Advisors, The Goldman Sachs Group USA
Dan, Luke and myself are going to do everything in our power to bring you breaking news on what is going on here in Austria, which has a long history at the center of world affairs, having been on the border of the Habsburg Monarchy realm, the Soviet Union and the European Union for a time.
So far, however, it has been rather surreal as the G7 paid for all our food and drinks, we got a massively discounted hotel there and then we went to Bilderberg and were given everything for free! So, we’d like to thank the G7 and Bilderberg for their hospitality!
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