Top Swiss Officials Will Attend Bilderberg
By James P. Tucker Jr.
ST. MORITZ, SWITZERLAND—Even before AFP’s coverage team finally reached Switzerland’s most mountainous area to cover the annual Bilderberg meeting, things started getting rocky. It was learned that the nation’s current president, Doris Leuthard, will attend the Bilderberg group meeting, as the local press revealed, even while trying to minimize the meeting’s significance and downplay her role in it.
Meanwhile, some area media, while they did announce the Bilderberg meeting, began attacking anti-Bilderberg activists.
However, just as unsettling but far less expected, according to Bilderberg critics gathering in the Canton of Graubunden for the June 9-12 Bilderberg meeting, is that the top cantonal civil law enforcement official, Janome Barbara Steiner, will actually attend the Bilderberg meeting, at least briefly. This is highly troubling to many observers, since she was just asked in a letter from national legislator Dominique Baettig to scrutinize the secretive Bilderberg group’s many rogue members and see who among them may be wanted for various crimes. [See the story on page 13.—Ed.]
It’s not all that unusual for local and national officials of a host nation to pay the Bilderbergers a visit, but the situation in Switzerland is different, in that these Swiss officials, in a nation that prides itself on grassroots democracy, strong sovereignty and neutrality, were given ample notice by Baettig that Bilderberg is bad news for Switzerland and the world. Some concerned citizens protesting Bilderberg see Mrs. Steiner’s conduct as a slap in the face—in a nation that is hanging on to the increasingly fragile but important traditions for which the Swiss are legendary.
Citing Switzerland’s home rule that frowns on elitist attempts to centralize government into huge unaccountable structures, Baettig, in his most recent high-profile letter, asked Mrs. Steiner to deny Bilderberg the opportunity to meet in Switzerland. In so doing, he pointed out that Bilderberg members have been involved in war crimes and other nefarious dealings.
Yet Mrs. Steiner failed to respond and is reportedly attending the meeting, even though Baettig stressed to her that frequent Bilderberg attendance by NATO officials, whose aggressive military actions are killing scores of people in Libya and Afghanistan, could invite terrorist reprisals against Switzerland.
As AFP has reported, Baettig already wrote to the top federal law enforcement official, Simonetta Sommaruga, on this matter.
Baettig informed both of these police officials that many Bilderberg attendees are not democratically elected yet they meet—while holed up in posh hotels, encircled by armed guards—to form broad policy objectives.
In the June 4 Engadiner Post, a local paper, Mrs. Steiner claimed there would be no hindrance to the public during the Bilderberg meeting. At press time, the possible closure of public roads around Suvretta House, where the Bilderberg meeting is taking place, appeared unlikely—unless activists get too close, as police told them.
AFP editor James P. Tucker Jr. is a veteran journalist who spent many years as a member of the “elite” media in Washington. Since 1975 he has won widespread recognition, here and abroad, for his pursuit of on-the-scene stories reporting the intrigues of global power blocs such as the Bilderberg Group. Tucker is the author of Jim Tucker’s Bilderberg Diary: One Man’s 25-Year Battle to Shine the Light on the World Shadow Government. Bound in an attractive full-color softcover and containing 272 pages—loaded with photos, many never published before—the book recounts Tucker’s experiences over the last quarter century at Bilderberg meetings. $25 from AFP. No charge for S&H in U.S.
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