Source: Steve Watson

Despite countless examples that prove the contrary, detractors, debunkers and non believers continually argue that the Bilderberg group holds no power, and that it is just a talking shop for elite has-beens. Now yet more evidence has emerged that policy and secret multi-billion deals between business heads and government are formulated at the meeting.

The London Telegraph today reports in it’s article titled Bilderberg Group? No conspiracy, just the most influential group in the world, that recently, a major oil deal, in fact what would be the world’s biggest, was formulated at a Bilderberg meeting:

“And for business leaders, it is a perfect opportunity to lay the groundwork for deals.” the report states.

“According to Tom Bergin’s Spills and Spin, the account of the Gulf of Mexico oil disaster, Lord Browne, the head of BP, used a walk by Lake Como at the 2004 gathering in Italy to suggest a vast merger with Shell to create the world’s biggest oil company.”

“Lord Browne left under the impression it would happen.” the report asserts.

Indeed, the cards have been firmly on the table regarding the deal, and industry experts are sure that it is only a matter of time before the merger goes ahead.

Representatives from both BP and Shell are at the Bilderberg meeting this year, as usual, as well as members of the Dutch royal family and the Dutch prime minister – Shell Oil is a subsidiary of Royal Dutch Shell, which was founded under a royal charter.

The report also notes how Lord Healey, a long time Bilderberg attendee, recalls the importance of the discussions that were held there regarding policy on the Vietnam war, and particularly on European integration:

Most vividly, he recalls its role in bringing the architects of the European integration – Schmidt, Pompidou, Giscard d’Estaing, Leone – together for open-ended discussions with bankers and economists about how the European monetary system might work.

“The great advantage of the Bilderberg thing was they did not have to reach agreement. You had time to discuss things with people who influence events who normally you would not meet at all.”

He adds: “People could talk very freely, much more freely than they would at home.”

Would the European Union and single currency have taken the shape they have now without those early Bilderberg meetings, I ask him.

“I think it was a very important element in it. Whether it would have happened without it is difficult to say,” he says.

Indeed, documents read by the BBC and later released by Wikileaks divulge how Bilderberg members were discussing the creation of the euro single currency nearly 40 years before it was officially introduced in the 1992 Maastricht Treaty.

“A meeting in June in Europe of the Bilderberg Group- an informal club of leading politicians, businessmen and thinkers chaired by Mr. Davignon- could also ‘improve understanding’ on future action, in the same way it helped create the Euro in the 1990s, he said,” reported the EU Observer in March 2009.

As we have exhaustively documented, there are numerous examples to illustrate the fact that Bilderberg is not merely a “talking shop” as some in the corporate press frame it, but a venue where consensus is formed for the implementation of both national and geopolitical policies.

In spring 2002, when war hawks in the Bush administration were pushing for a summer invasion of Iraq, Bilderbergers expressed their desire for a delay and the attack was not launched until March the following year.

In 2006, journalists who got leaked information from inside Bilderberg predicted that the U.S. housing market would be allowed to soar before the bubble was cruelly popped, which is exactly what transpired.

In June 2008, we learned that Bilderberg were creating the conditions for a financial calamity, which is exactly what began a few months later with the collapse of Lehman Brothers.

Bilderberg has habitually flexed its muscles in establishing its role as kingmaker. The organization routinely selects presidential candidates as well as running mates and prime ministers.

Despite widespread expectation that former British Prime Minister Tony Blair would be announced as the first European Union President, the former Prime Minister of Belgium, Herman Van Rompuy, was picked for the role just days after he attended a Bilderberg Group dinner meeting.

Bill Clinton and Tony Blair were both groomed by the secretive organization in the early 1990’s before rising to prominence.

Barack Obama’s running mate Joe Biden was selected by Bilderberg luminary James A. Johnson, and John Kerry’s 2004 running mate John Edwards was also anointed by the group after he gave a glowing speech at the conference in 2004.

Despite the fact that the establishment media, many titans of which are Bilderberg members, routinely plays down the weight of the group’s influence on world affairs, in a 2010 radio interview former NATO Secretary-General and Bilderberg member Willy Claes admitted that Bilderberg attendees are mandated to implement decisions that are formulated during the annual conference of power brokers.

Although the topics on the agenda are usually disclosed during the course of the Bilderberg meeting, we already know that the group will have an influence on picking Mitt Romney’s running mate for the U.S. presidential election, with Florida Senator Marco Rubio being the firm favorite.

Rubio recently flaunted his “foreign policy chops” during a Brookings Institution speech in which he called for the U.S. to attack Syria and Iran.

The damn is breaking on Bilderberg secrecy, and the group knows it, hence their teasing a public press conference. That is why 2013′s meeting represents an unprecedented breakthrough that should be celebrated, preferably with a show of unity at The Grove hotel in Waterford by anyone who values government transparency and corporate accountability.