Heads of state, CEOs and NATO officials are gathering at the top secret Bilderberg conference this week in St. Moritz, Switzerland. Are the global elite meeting to carve up the world or is this just simply a talk shop? With these meetings perhaps shaping the future of the globe, why is the media not being allowed to listen in?
Andrew Gavin Marshall of the Centre for Research on Globalization says that despite democratically-elected leaders from democratic countries conversing, these closed-door conversations are far from democratic.
The lack of transparency regarding attendees and what goes on behind closed doors leaves many to speculate about what the group's mission is.
The meeting in Switzerland itself has been hidden behind a wall of secrecy. Many discovered the meeting is set for Switzerland, but not the exact location. AFP reported that officials in the Swiss canton of Graubunden said the meeting would be held in a mountain resort at St. Moritz, but gave no further details.
Marshall argues that the group is undemocratic, and anyone in attendance or in support of the group does not support democracy.
"It brings together elites from North America and elite to establish a consensus," he said. "The aim is to set a consensus and to coordinate the policies for NATO countries."
Marshall claims the Bilderberg set the date for the Iraq war and other major events in advance, everything was planned out. He argues that the system is in place to pick world leaders, leaders of major international organizations and set policies globally and domestically inside nations.
Laws are being broken, he argues, saying domestic laws that prohibit US leaders from negotiating in this way are violating laws. But, nothing is done to address this.