Sleepwalking into a police state is no joke

Most of our politicians and mainstream media clearly want us to think any concerns about the Bilderberg Group are a big joke.

But in my opinion, there are many recent developments in our society and in those that surround us which are far from being a joke, and to simply ignore the role that high-powered secret summits like the Bilderberg Group could be playing in all this would be extremely complacent.

The introduction of secret courts is one example. In this BBC radio programme, Ken Clarke, the Minister Without Portfolio and a member of the Bilderberg Steering Committee, puts forward the case for secret courts, saying that they are necessary to prevent other countries and terrorist organisations from learning our secrets, for example about the possible involvement of our secret services in torture.

The leader of the racist English Defence League was interviewed twice on the BBC yesterday. The BBC is meant to be a public interest broadcasting service.

A man who works for Scottish Water has launched a group that aims to revive Oswald Moseley’s violent Blackshirts, who terrorised Jewish people in the East End of London in the 1930s. Incitement to racial hatred and violence is a crime that can lead to imprisonment and extradition for some – this has unfortunately failed in the case of Abu Qatada, despite the government’s efforts. Yet a man who operates a website proclaiming his revival of the violent Blackshirts is allowed to operate freely and is employed by a taxpayer-funded public body.

In the radio programme “Disability, A New History”, episode 6, the presenter Peter White described the parallels between the 19th century and today as “striking” in that disabled people were having to make a case for the severity of their infirmities in order to receive welfare or be allowed leave to visit the doctor. White’s reaction shows how quickly even some people who have a disability, as White himself does, have come to see this situation as normal, when it is really an example of how sharply the political clock has been turned back to the days when disabled people were forced to either work or beg on the streets. Programmes like this effectively normalise drastic political change.

Perhaps most worryingly, Greece is to convert military camps into debtors’ prisons for people who are unable to pay their tax, even if those taxes are emergency property taxes. Imprisonment could be the penalty for those who owe 5000 Euros or more in tax, who might be incarcerated for up to 12 months.

This sets a very worrying precedent. Once the measures are in place, the penalty threshold could be reduced.

Greece’s deputy justice minister Kostas Karagounis said that the special prison for debtors would improve their detention conditions, and would be more humane as they would not be held in the same prisons as murderers, drug dealers or robbers.

In the 1930s the Nazis claimed that the concentration camps were simply work camps. “Arbeit Macht Frei” – “work brings freedom” is the famous slogan that was placed at the entrances to some of the Nazi death camps, including Auschwitz 1.

I am not trying to suggest that the Greek debtors prisons will be concentration camps, but that the Greek government may be trying to play down the true significance of these prisons. They could evolve into tax-debt-slave camps, where people who are brought down into indebtedness through excessive taxation become fodder for cheap labour programmes.

When the Nazi concentration camps were liberated at the end of the Second World War, people said “How could we have allowed this to happen?”

Let’s not be fooled again. Let’s hold our politicians to account and refuse to allow them to casually brush aside our serious concerns about where our society might be heading with a scornful smirk.

MPs laugh off questions about the Bilderberg Group

This film shows some of the infantile politicians who are meant to represent us, whose salaries we pay, casually laughing off valid, serious questions placed on behalf of ordinary people by Michael Meacher, one of the few politicians who actually tries to work for the electorate instead of a nice comfy future as a highly-paid consultant for a multinational.

Ken Clarke, Minister Without Portfolio, has his smug composure briefly shattered when Tom Watson MP asks him this very interesting question at 16.50 mins in:

“Can the Minister confirm that he declared his trusteeship of the body that funds the Conference to his Permanent Secretary when he was appointed by the Prime Minister?”.

Clarke turns into a gibbering wreck at this point. Needless to say, that bit was edited out of the BBC’s Today in Parliament show, which allocated just under 5 minutes to the issue, from 25 minutes in.

In this film from the protest group We Are Change, people explain their genuine concerns about the secretive Bilderberg Group meetings.

World government discussed in Watford

World leaders are gathering at The Grove country club near Watford, England, this morning, where this year’s meeting of the elite Bilderberg Group is being held. Delegates include Henry Kissinger, Robert Rubin and Google’s Eric Schmidt. Some of the UK’s most influential politicians are also said to be attending, including George Osborne, Ed Balls, Dame Shirley Williams and Ken Clarke. They will be rubbing shoulders with chairmen and CEOs of the world’s biggest multinational companies and financial institutions.

Yet when searching the BBC website for “Bilderberg” today yields no mentions after the 21st June 2012. In the “Elsewhere on the BBC” column, “Bilderberg” is mentioned in a Blog titled “Lady Gaga for IMF boss?”; in BBC Leeds Entertainment section, and in a local radio station covering BBC Three Counties.

Elsewhere in the British media, this global summit, held in the UK for the first time since 1998, is being treated with the type of gently condescending humour usually seen in animal stories or royal visits to small remote countries. Entertainment writers rather than top political correspondents have been enlisted to report on the meeting – ie, to report on which politicians are rumoured to be attending, and on the colour of the upholstery, and the exotic topiary. The implication is that anyone who thinks this event something worth bothering about must be a bit nuts.

Here’s the London Evening Standard’s hilarious take on the Bilderberg summit:

Russia Today takes a more serious view in this article. It makes the salient point, for example, that “Among the 12 “key topics” for this year’s conference are “developments in the Middle East” and “Africa’s challenges.” The inclusion of “Africa’s challenges” is an interesting choice, as the guest list is notably absent of any major (or minor) political or academic figures from that vast continent.”

The article adds that six Turkish invitees are said to be the only representatives from the Middle East.

There are many people who believe that the Bilderberg Group’s ultimate agenda is to introduce a One World Government and an end to democracy. This theory is widely lampooned as a conspiracy theory, which is surprising as it the collapse of democracy seems to be happening right in front of our eyes.

Whatever the truth is about a One World Government, Bilderberg summits do appear to have a major influence on world affairs, and this influence is ultra-secret and undemocratic. A recent article entitled “The True Story of the Bilderberg Group And What They May Be Planning Now” quotes a 2005 book by Daniel Estulin. The book says about Bill Clinton, who attended the Bilderberg Group in 1991,

“There, David Rockefeller told [Clinton] why the North American Free Trade Agreement….was a Bilderberg priority and that the group needed him to support it. The next year, Clinton was elected president,” and on January 1, 1994 NAFTA took effect. Numerous other examples are similar, including who gets chosen for powerful government, military and other key positions. 

This funny film highlights the extent of the secrecy surrounding the event. The lone film-maker tried to enter The Grove, the location of the summit, three weeks before the start of the event. He got as far as the walled garden before being kindly told to make himself scarce.

Protesters who include the group We Are Change are holding an alternative summit at a location near the conference.

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