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Monday, June 07, 2004

The Greatest Investigative Article of All-Time

One of my very favorite weblogs, Slacktivist, has been writing an excellent ongoing review of the Left Behind series. If you're not familiar with the Left Behind books, they're an apocalyptic fiction series devoted to the Rapture of the Church, the action-packed attempts of some bad-ass Christians to stay alive during the Tribulation, and Jesus' return to earth to avenge himself upon liberals everywhere. A particularly funny Slacktivist review discusses one of the main characters in the series, Cameron "Buck" Williams. Buck is referred to in the Left Behind novels as "The Greatest Investigative Reporter of All-Time." This is wonderfully ironic given Buck's strange lack of investigative skills and writing samples like: "To say the Israelis were caught off guard, Cameron Williams had written, was like saying the Great Wall of China was long."

Anyway, I mention all that to explain my delight upon reading the following article at World Net Daily today. Why was I so delighted? Because I immediately realized that I'd found an exclusive investigative report worthy of the GIRAT himself. So without further ado...

The 50th anniversary conference of the elite Bilderberg group – which many believe conspires semi-annually to foster global government – is under way in Stresa, Italy.

World Net Daily - which many believe conspires to write the lamest articles on the internet - wrote that as their opening sentence. This is the "news" organization that wailed to high heaven when the Bush White House refused to give them proper press credentials. What on earth could the White House have been thinking?

According to sources that have penetrated the high-security meetings in the past, the Bilderberg meetings emphasize a globalist agenda and promote the idea that the notion of national sovereignty is antiquated and regressive.

According to sources that have read World Net Daily exclusive reports in the past, this one may be the dumbest yet.

And according to a current BBC report on the conference in Stresa: "Not a word of what is said at Bilderberg meetings can be breathed outside. No reporters are invited in and while confidential minutes of meetings are taken, names are not noted. The shadowy aura extends further – the anonymous answerphone message, for example; the fact that conference venues are kept secret. The group, which includes luminaries such as Henry Kissinger and former UK chancellor Kenneth Clarke, does not even have a website."

I wouldn't be surprised if Vince Foster and Ron Brown were planning to be in attendance, too. That's just how shadowy this aura is. And come to think of it, I don't think they have websites either!

But, counter participants, the secrecy is not evidence of a grand conspiracy, but only an opportunity to speak frankly with other world leaders out of the limelight of press coverage and its inevitable repercussions.

Yeah, ri-ight. Like we're supposed to believe that. You have to get up pretty early to fool Joseph Farah's reporters. And they're about to prove it:

Here is the partial guest list of the current meeting obtained by WorldNetDaily

At this point, the report lists a long and very poorly formatted list of names. And just how did World Net Daily obtain this super secret information? Did they infiltrate the highest echelons of the organization with their probing reporters? Nah. They just went to Bilderberg.org and copied it.

Interestingly, one of the listed participants in the Bilderberg meeting is Ralph Reed, the boyish former executive director of the Christian Coalition. Has even the far right been co-opted by the evil march of globalism? Who the hell knows - the article doesn't say. In fact it doesn't really say why any of these people would be there and conspiring.

What it does say, though, is that a bunch of really spooky stuff is going on that may or may not be related:

In 1998, British free-lance journalist Campbell Thomas attempted to cover the conference in Turnberry, Scotland, for the Daily Mail. Thomas began by seeking the opinions of neighbors to the secret meeting being held nearby. One of those was a young woman who told him he was in the hotel's staff quarters and should leave immediately, which he did. A short while later, two local police officers arrested Thomas, who reportedly remained in custody for eight hours.

That paragraph alone should net Farah a Pulitzer Prize. Talk about breaking this thing wide open. Sadly, though, that's about the extent of the sinister activities World Net Daily is able to pinpoint for us. But that doesn't stop them from engaging in a little more fascinating speculation:

Some observers are even speculating that President Bush will make an appearance at this year's event, just as Bill Clinton did at the group's 2000 meeting. By coincidence, it just happens that Bush will be in Italy over the weekend.

So people from all parts of the political spectrum will be there - maybe even our President. What, exactly, is World Net Daily telling us? They don't seem to be telling us anything at all, frankly. This has got to be one of the dumbest articles I've ever read.

The crux of the article seems to be this: A bunch of important people are meeting someplace. We don't know what they're talking about so it must be pretty bad stuff. They have an anonymous answerphone and no website so they're obviously evil. Once a reporter showed up and was "reportedly" in custody for eight hours. Therefore, we feel it necessary to engage in some heavy insinuation based on even heavier speculation.

Call me old-fashioned but couldn't World Net Daily have at least tried to interview the detained reporter or something?

But anyway, why did World Net Daily not only publish, but also prominently feature (at the top of their homepage), this amazing piece of investigative journalism? I suspect it's because of this:

SPECIAL "BILDERBERG-WEEKEND" OFFER: Through this weekend only – that is, until the Bilderberg meeting ends Sunday, June 6 – WND will give away, FREE, two of its most coveted special reports on secret globalist groups:

All you have to do to get the special offer is subscribe to their Whistleblower Magazine. And one of those most coveted special reports mentioned is this:

"THE NEW WORLD RE-ORDER," takes on the globalists big-time. If you've ever wanted to understand what international elitists – from the "Bilderbergers" to the Council on Foreign Relations to the United Nations – are really up to, here's your answer.

Perhaps frequent Dark Window commenter SocraticSilence said it best when he wrote: "My god is there anything on that website that isn't a thinly veiled book pitch?" I don't know. Vox Day, maybe? Otherwise I think not.

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