This is one of the earliest articles published on the Bilderberg Group. It was published in the November 1976 edition of Verdict, a UK magazine.
Bilderberg is a gathering of the most powerful, most political influential and most wealthy men in the West.
Every year for the last 24 years they have met in heavily-guarded secrecy, covertly influencing the economies and politics of independent nations.
All attempts to uncover the workings of Bilderberg have been systematically suppressed from the highest level.
In this world exclusive (by Robert Eringer), VERDICT reveals for the first time the activities of this secret group and the names of the powerful men behind it.
Gerald Ford was an obscure member of the U.S. House of Representatives when he went to the secret conferences of 1964 and 1966. In the wake of Nixon and Watergate shambles, it was Ford who emerged from nowhere to become President of the world's most powerful nation.
Henry Kissinger was a regular Bilderberg attender long before he became Richard Nixon's Secretary of State.
French President Valery Giscard d'Estaing joined the discussions while he was still a rising star of the French Republic.
So did Helmut Schmidt, now Chancellor of West Germany.
Britain's Prime Minister, Jim Callaghan, was at the meetings in 1963 and 1966, and Chancellor Denis Healey was on the steering committee and attended all meetings from 1955 onwards until high office called him.
It seems the policy of the Group that internationally famous leaders who have risen from its obscurity keep away from the conferences, probably because it is impossible for them to move about in the secrecy that Bilderberg demands.
Two other politicians who rose to almost immediate prominence after attending Bilderberg conferences are Donald Rumsfield, appointed U.S. Defence Secretary after being at the 1975 conference and Walter Mondale, Jimmy Carter's Democratic running mate in this year's U.S. Presidential election and almost certainly the next Vice President, who was at the 1974 conference at Megeve in France.
Other influential men who attend regularly are David Rockefeller, chairman of the Chase Manhattan Bank; Henry J Heinz, chairman of the Heinz group; banker Baron Edmund de Rothschild of France; Marcus Wallenberg, chairman of Sweden's Enskilda Bank; Sir Eric Roll, chairman of S.G Warburg Bank, Chrysler director, Times Newspapers Director, and director of the Bank of England; Andrew Shonfield, director of Britain's Royal Institute of International Affairs; and Ralf Dahrendorf, director of the London School of Economics.
Famous people, yet the Foreign Office in London has denied all knowledge of the Bilderberg group. When I inquired, I received a reply, dated June 24, 1976, from S B Hughes in the North America Dept. It said: 'Thank you for your letter of June 12 inquiring about the Bilderberg Group. Unfortunately, we can find no trace of the Bilderberg Group in any of our reference works on international organizations.'
One British journalist has tried to write about the Bilderberg Group. He is C Gordon Tether, a highly-respected journalist, who for eighteen years wrote the influential Lombard column in the prestigious Financial Times. He did mention the Group in his column on May 6, 1975. Mr. Tether wrote: "If the Bilderberg Group is not a conspiracy of some sort it is conducted in such a way as to give a remarkably good imitation of one."
It was Mr. Tether's last reference to the group. All subsequent articles mentioning Bilderberg were dropped from publication in the Financial Times. The Last one was written for the edition of March 3, 1976, and titled The Prince and Bilderbergism. It was never published. Mr. Tether has since been dropped from the Financial Times by editor Freddie Fisher and the Lombard column is now written by different specialists from the paper's staff each day.
It can hardly be a surprise that Mr. Tether's efforts were suppressed from the higher reaches of the Press world. At the time of the last Bilderberg Conference in Britain, which was held at St John's College, Oxford, Cecil King was chairman of the International Publishing Corporation, owners then of the Daily Mirror, The Sun, The Sunday Mirror, The People, The Sporting Life, Reveille, and numerous magazines and local papers, and was also chairman of the Newspaper Proprietors Association.
According to Private Eye, Mr. King issued a memorandum to his fellow publishers of the British national newspapers reminding them that 'on no account should any report or even speculation about the content of the conference be printed.'
The great British Press, so proud of its freedom, printed nothing about Bilderberg. No wonder respected British journalists who have worked for twenty-five years on British newspapers, have never even heard of the Bilderberg Group.
They are not alone. Powerful and influential men from the following countries have attended Bilderberg: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Great Britain, Greece, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, New Zealand, Netherlands, Norway, Pakistan, Portugal, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, and the United States.