Bilderberg took place between June 9 and 12, 2016, in Dresden.

The group published a list of participants and has a brief Q&A page on their website.

For years we were told that anyone who believed Bilderberg took place was a conspiracy theorist. So it was surprising to read this answer to a question on the lack of media coverage (emphasis mine):

Bilderberg Meetings has never sought any public attention. An annual press conference on the eve of the meeting was held for several decades up until the nineties, but it was stopped due to a lack of interest. However, the list of participants, main topics and the location are always published a few days before each meeting. 

I did not know that. I hadn’t even heard of Bilderberg until 20 years ago. It was in the 1990s, possibly with the rise of the Internet, that the ‘conspiracy theory’ meme arose around the event. Most people I knew told me, ‘There’s no such thing as Bilderberg’.

This year’s topics included privacy, which the group decided is dead for the average person. As The Guardian points out, there appears to be plenty of privacy for Bilderberg participants, however. In other words, ‘For me, but not for thee’. Here’s Peter Thiel — sadly, one of Donald Trump’s delegates in California:

Perhaps it is time to reinstate that press conference. One wonders just how much would be revealed — and what emerged from past decades’ press conferences.

Watch and listen from this example from the 2016 conference when a reporter chases a running General Petraeus, then decide for yourself:

You might think that Rob Dew, the reporter, is a Leftist. He is much closer to a Libertarian.

Perhaps the best quote to remember comes from the late, great John F Kennedy:

The very word ‘secrecy’ is repugnant in a free and open society.

He was correct. May we bear it in mind, now and in future.

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