“all participants attend Bilderberg in a private and not an official capacity…”

As the Irish Times noted at the weekend, the Irish Minister for Finance, Michael Noonan, has been providing written answers to the Dáil about his trip to Chantilly, and his attendance at the 2012 Bilderberg Meeting.  Here’s his 13 June written answer on “Official Travel”

Minister for Finance (Deputy Michael Noonan):Information on Michael Noonan  Zoom on Michael Noonan  I attended the Bilderberg meeting in Westfield Marriot, Chantilly, Virginia, USA, from 1 to 3 June 2012. I, like a number of my European colleagues (both Ministers and EU Commissioners), was invited to attend given my position as Minister for Finance. I travelled alone and the total cost associated with my travel and accommodation came to €4,358.33. For further information, I would point Deputies to the Bilderberg Meetings website (www.bilderbergmeetings.org), which includes information on the organisation’s governance, steering committee, meetings and associated press releases.

At this meeting and its workshops I took the opportunity to set out to my fellow attendees the opportunities that exist in Ireland for investors and multinational companies. I also outlined the significant progress Ireland is making in restoring stability and growth to the economy. The Government is focused on encouraging as much investment as possible into Ireland and over recent months we have seen the strong level of inward investment in our economy and have seen the announcement of over 1,000 jobs per month from Foreign Direct Investment so far this year. I would point out to Deputies that a number of the business attendees represent companies which have very significant investments in Ireland that support thousands of Irish jobs.

Which is fine.  Except that, as I noted previously, here’s what the Bilderberg Meetings 2012 press release had to say about participants [31 May 2012].

Bilderberg’s only activity is its annual Conference. At the meetings, no resolutions are proposed, no votes taken, and no policy statements issued. Since 1954, fifty-nine conferences have been held. The names of the participants are made available to the press.  Participants are chosen for their experience, their knowledge, and their standing; all participants attend Bilderberg in a private and not an official capacity. [added emphasis]

  • It all depends on what you read into the phrase “official capacity”. It is obvious that invitations are issued on the basis of official standing. To his credit, Noonan is not pretending that he was invited for any other reason. “Official capacity” is simply cover for governments to corporately disassociate themselves from anything said at the meetings. I don’t see why you’re flogging this one so hard, Pete.

  • cmstealth

    The candor is appreciated, even if it is vaguely worded. So this is the “official” response to attendance. Here is the “official” response from protesters as to WHY they attended this years meetings.

  • Pete Baker

    Well, Andrew, he was invited because he’s the Irish Finance Minister. But is he there on official government business?

    Not in an “official capacity” is, after all, the Bilderberg defence against the conspiracy theorists. Look at the other participants for the reasons why.

    It’s also worth noting that the associated press releases referred to by Michael Noonan only extend back as far as 2010.

    And given that, this year, “The Conference will deal mainly with political, economic and societal issues like Transatlantic Relations, Evolution of the Political Landscape in Europe and the US, Austerity and Growth in Developed Economies, Cyber Security, Energy Challenges, the Future of Democracy, Russia, China and the Middle East.” It seerms unlikely that Noonan’s professed schtick would survive long in those discussions.

    Particularly with Bilderberg’s declared focus on the benefit of “informal and off-the-record discussion about topics of current concern especially in the fields of foreign affairs and the international economy”.

  • Jimmy Sands

    Well obviously you can’t expect him to talk about the goat sacrifice or the Soylent Green proposals.

  • Mister Joe

    Why are you worried about the Masters of the Universe planning their next moves, Pete? As if us peons can do anything about it except priming our guns and sharpening our knives.

  • Hi, PB,

    Your stepping out into truly rarefied atmosphere now, with dirty Skull and Bones skeletons in cupboards skulking and sulking in the shadows and clipped wings of mad and black media ops, and Daily Presidential Briefings too, most probably. Covert and clandestine and so crazy as to be easily plausibly deniable are the games that are played out there, are they not?

    It was felt that regular, off-the-record discussions would help create a better understanding of the complex forces and major trends affecting Western nations in the difficult post-war period.

    The Cold War has now ended. But in practically all respects there are more, not fewer, common problems – from trade to jobs, from monetary policy to investment, from ecological challenges to the task of promoting international security. It is hard to think of any major issue in either Europe or North America whose unilateral solution would not have repercussions for the other.

    Thus the concept of a European-American forum has not been overtaken by time. The dialogue between these two regions is still – even increasingly – critical.” ….. http://www.bilderbergmeetings.org/meeting_2012.html

    Does anyone doubt that the Cold War is replaced by Greater Advanced Intelligence Games Play with Command and Control of Immaculate Virtual Realms, the Prime Directive and Primary Executive AIMission …… which is really, to not beat about any burning bushes, Global Operating Device Territory, is it not? And IT does not suffer fools and their tools, no matter how they may be configured.

    Welcome to the New Orderly World of SMARTR Virtual Machinery with Advancing Enhancing Systems Intelligence in Fields of CyberIntelAIgents …… ITs Virtual Terrain Teams Home Ground/Back Yard/Hood/Domain for Dominion with Future Progressive Rules and SMARTR NEUKlearer HyperRadioProActive Regulation.

    Just another one of those typical Bilderberger type fields of especial sensitive interest to the more astute and most effective of attendees. Although whether it would be right or wrong to imagine it be a wild western concoction rather than exotic eastern confection, is probably destined and fated and intelligently designed to remain at this time, in these times, something of an enigma inside a mystery wrapped in a riddle for decryption and encoded retransmission of source for kernel identification.

    And that would be akin to a phorm of phish in an advanced metadata reverse engineering program and/or project?

  • “I travelled alone and the total cost associated with my travel and accommodation came to €4,358.33.”

    Noonan fails to say whether he paid the bill, and if not who did, nor does he say whether he took annual leave. anyone know about this?

    Good work Pete.