This article was published by the (UK) Daily Mirror on February 13th, 1980.
The Daily Mirror yesterday revealed the power of the Trilateral Commission as a group of global manipulators. The Trilateral Commission--known as the Kingmakers--stands second to none in power, prestige and influence. But not far behind comes the Bilderberg Group, a circle of the elite and wealthy whose hush-hush meetings determine how the Western nations should run their affairs.
C. Gordon Tether, the distinguished former columnist of the Financial Times, wrote: "If the Bilderberg Group is not a conspiracy of some sort it is conducted is such a way as to give a remarkably good imitation of one."
Bilderberg was the concept of a little known Polish political philosopher, the late Dr. Joseph Retinger.
In the late 1940s, Retinger was an active advocate of a unified Europe. With funds mostly supplied by America's Central Intelligence Agency, Retinger helped form the American Committee for a Unified Europe, the European Movement, and the European Youth Congress.
Retinger approached Prince Bernhard of the Netherlands in May, 1952, with the suggestion of unofficial meetings among NATO countries to unite the West against the Eastern bloc and discuss European alliances.
After organising such a group Prince Bernhard and Retinger flew to Washington where they sold the idea to Walter Bedell Smith, then director of the CIA.
One of the most intriguing aspects of the Bilderberg Group is its steering committee's amazing ability to invite politicians to join the group who later reach the pinnacles of power in their respective countries.
Among Americans who attended Bilderberg conferences before their faces became widely known were President Gerald Ford, Henry Kissinger, Jimmy Carter's Vice President Walter Mondale, and his Secretary of State, Cyrus Vance.
One of the driving forces behind Bilderberg has always been the powerful David Rockefeller, chairman of the Chase Manhattan Bank.
Prominent Europeans have included French President Giscard d'Estaing and West German Chancellor, Helmut Schmidt.
Two of the four Britons at the very first conference in 1954 were Hugh Gaitskell and Denis Healey.
Of the present Tory Government, Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, Lord Carrington, and Sir Keith Joseph all attended meetings of the group.