The irony of course being that as western "leaders" insist that you need to be under constant surveillance to protect society from domestic threats they on other hand insist that this private and secret (well now more-so just closed rather than secret) meeting is nothing nefarious at all! Trust us! They say. There is absolutely nothing suspicious or criminal about the heads of global business, government, finance, intelligence agencies and media all meeting together without the requirement to report to their shareholders, citizens, depositors, oversight or viewers about the contents.
Yes we are told by these people that are meeting in secret, accountable to no one, with only "their word" that it's not nefarious and yet us, the people, need to be surveyed?
Why is Bilderberg coming out into the open now where as just a few years ago it was imperative for them to remain secret. Aside from naturally growing attention on their little party the other thing that's changed is that we have become more accepting of the blend of corporate influence in government. We are now quite comfortable as a society with the idea that political influence and the power to produce policy does not reside in a vote but rather in a dollar.
Surprisingly Brad Wall of Saskatchewan who was invited this year has stated that he will not be using tax dollars unlike Gordon Campbell and Alison Redford who attended in 2011 and 2012 respectively. This thankfully sort of respects the supposed "private" aspect of the meeting though with the publicity of the Bilderberg meeting has come a clear overt view that Bilderberg ultimately is a state-sponsored event and can never separate itself from such a status. If the event is private why are police and intelligence agents present and not private security? Who is paying for that security? If Bilderberg is a private meeting then does that mean if I throw a private party that I can have CSIS personally guard it for me? I think we all know the answer. Bilderberg's absolutely illegal merging of corporation and state is inescapable, any claim to be private is opposed by the needed state recognition of such an event to "keep it secure".
Strange, isn't it, that "intelligence agencies" and "police" would violate the rights of the citizens to their privacy but when it comes to a private club the club-goers privacy is sacred and enforced and of upmost importance. Important enough to divert public tax dollars and resources to protect.
What makes the situation even more laughable is that we're all supposed to be perfectly ok with them saying that they're going there to discuss all of these hot-button important issues and they need their "privacy" so that they can speak their mind. These are perhaps some of the most corrupt scandalous people on the planet all gathering in one place to "help us"? The lowly peasants who live the problems the attendees talk about (and create) every day? The wars, the banks, the propaganda, all leads back to these people - they're the last people on Earth I want discussing the most important issues of the day because if any "solutions" are thought of one really has to wonder in whose favour the problem is being solved for? Or if a peasant's problem is even considered a problem for these who refuse to even show their faces entering the meeting in the first place.
For as "free, open, and democratic" as we claim to be we continue to support and fund the growing wall of separation between the new royalty and the common peasant. It's perfectly normal and acceptable now for our "leaders" to be completely cut off from the "common man on the street" hidden behind vast arrays of security which coincidently also shield them from accountability. This of course itself justifies lavish spending for "outreach" programs so that politicians can "reconnect with voters". But eat with the common-man? No, it ain't going to happen. You won't be seeing Stephen Harper out with his family at Denny's interacting with the common man, nor will you see Justin Trudeau unless its accompanied by the news media which is "just shocked" to learn about the widespread surveillance in place. Just shocked I tell you!
It couldn't be more apparent that the emperor has no clothes, and thus your bits and bytes must also be completely naked for the emperors of the new world are very interested in finding out who exactly thinks they're naked.
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