In the spring of 1954 Jozef Retinger, a Polish political adviser and founder of the European movement that would lead to the founding of the European Union, started the Bilderberg Group on an informal and off the record conference for political and business elites from European and Western Nations. With the help of Prince Bernhard of the Netherlands, powerful politicians and businessmen, they organized the first annual Bilderberg meeting at the hotel De Bilderberg in Oosterbeek, Netherlands.
The Prince, a former executive for IG Farben and former Nazi SS Party member before the war, was also an influential executive in the oil industry working for Royal Dutch Petroleum. As the member of the Dutch Royal family Bernhard was a very powerful and influential member of the European community. The original stated goals of the Bilderberg Group were to bring together the leaders of business, finance and politicians from Europe and Western Nations in a forum that would allow for candid and frank discussions of international issues without the fear of being quoted or recorded, thus the meetings are held in secret and by invitation only.
For almost sixty years the Bilderberg Group has been meeting behind closed doors in luxury hotels around the world to discuss in secret their plan for global control of world events and markets. Over the years their members have included heads of state, politicians, business executives, media moguls, global financiers, military leaders, intelligence agencies, and many other powerful organizations and individuals whose reach extends to every corner of the world. Some notable members have included the Rothschild banking family, Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands, Prince Philip and Prince Charles of the British Royal Family, international financier David Rockefeller, and former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger.
The members of the Bilderberg Group have such an influence over the media that until recent years their name and existence has been quietly kept from the general public through media blackout. With the advent of the new social media tools and advances in technology the independent media has been exposing these annual meetings on an increasing scale. We have reached the turning point.