Police to use anti-terror laws and no-fly zone to secure Bilderberg Group conference at The Grove hotel, Watford

Anti-terrorism legislation and a no-fly zone will be used to secure the Bilderberg Group's meeting at The Grove hotel.

Senior Hertfordshire police officers told Watford residents the measures were being used as a precaution as there was no intelligence about a specific threat.

However at a public meeting this evening officers also said the public had been kept in the dark about the event until recently due to fears it could become a terror target.

Watford Chief Inspector, Nick Caveney, said: "There is no information regarding a terrorism threat.

"However it must be recognised that there will be a number of high-profile people involved in going to this event and with previous terrorist events we have had not intel that something would happen.

"That was the reason it was not appropriate for us to be speaking and recognising publicly that the event was going on."

Officers also told residents at the meeting at Watford Town Hall they were confident Hertfordshire taxpayers would not have to shoulder the cost of the Bilderberg security operation.

Inspector Dave Rhodes confirmed the Bilderberg Group had made a donation to the policing cost of its forthcoming three-day conference at The Grove Hotel.

Yet officers declined to divulge the exact amount, saying it would be available through the Freedom of Information Act after the event.

Chief Inspector Rhodes said: "I am confident the operation will be cost neutral for the taxpayers of Hertfordshire. A donation has been made by the organisers of the conference.

"That is a private amount not to be disclosed at this stage. We don't know how much the operation will cost at this stage."

His comments came as Hertfordshire Constabulary moved to allay fears of residents in about the impact of the Bilderberg Group's meeting, which starts on Thursday, and the protests it is likely to attract.

The Bilderberg Group has been meeting secretly every year since 1954 and draws leading politicians, businessmen as well as journalists and academics to discuss pressing geo-political issues of the day.

In recent years its meetings have attracted a growing number of demonstrators who see its activities as a threat to open democracy.

At this year's meeting UK figures such as chancellor George Osborne, shadow chancellor Ed Balls and cabinet minister Ken Clarke are set to spend three days with representatives from mulit-national corporations such as Goldman Sachs, Amazon and Google.

At today's meeting police played down reports that the number of protesters converging on Watford could be in the hundreds or thousands.

Chief Inspector Rhodes said reports from the constabulary's US counterparts at Fairfax County Police, who had overseen last year's Bilderberg protest in Chantilly, Virginia, indicated fewer than 100 protesters had come from outside the area.

He said most demonstrators appeared to have come locally and been motivated by an anti-cut and anti-austerity agenda.

At the meeting, local politicians and residents of old Hempstead Road voiced displeasure that they had only recently learned that their road was set to be used for parking for Bilderberg demonstrators.

They were assured by police that the main protest would take place in the designated area in the grounds of The Grove.

The attendees also heard from Bilderberg protest organisers. Hannah Borno, a journalist involved with organising the Bilderberg Fringe Festival, told the meeting she had attended previous protests and they had been safe, peaceful affairs.

She added: "It is about transparency. They have released the list today and Ken Clarke, George Osborne and Ed Balls will be with Peter Sutherland of Goldman Sachs and the vice chairman of Barclays and HSBC in a luxury hotel for three days.

"We want our politics to be disentangled from business".

Comments(20)

dontknowynot says...
2:27am Tue 4 Jun 13

So Goldman Sachs who were heavily involved in the Greek crises get to be at the top table, get to wield their power and influence over the global economy as if they had done nothing wrong. Oh well its not like they did anything wrong like help cause a sovereign debt crises is it?

Paul Barbara says...
3:34am Tue 4 Jun 13

Michael Meacher MP's take on Bilderberg, from his blog:

The elite of finance capitalism meet in the UK next week in closely guarded secrecy
May 31st, 2013



Bilderberg is coming to Britain next week to plot the next steps for a desperately failing global capitalism. The Bilderberg conference is the regular get-together of the Western financial elite and top business corporates at which amid intensive mutual lobbying they try to coordinate their plans to maximise their interests over the coming period. It is attended by top bankers, leading corporate bosses, the heads of the key UN institutions (IMF, World Bank, WTO), EU Commissioners,and a smuttering of politicians from the US, Canada, UK and Europe seeking to understand better what are the next steps that the masters of the market are demanding. It is shrouded in deepest secrecy (no doubt that’s why Watford was chosen for the venue rather than London), secured by local policing paid for by funding washed through their very own charity, the Bilderberg Association. And it will be attended by George Osborne and Kenneth Clarke.

If politics is about power, and it is, these are the people with the most power in the world, or at least in the Western capitalist world, exercising dominant executive power over the global market-place. Whereas world political leaders often gather for little more than photocalls (e.g. G8 meetings) or for signing ceremonies pre-orchestrated by their sherpas, Bilderberg is a real meeting of decision-makers. Their Steering Committee is chaired by Henri de Castries, CEO of the French insurance giant AXA, the billionaire venture capitalist Peter Thiel who founded PayPal, Thomas Enders boss of EADS the European defence flagship, Peter Sutherland chair of Goldman Sachs, and (believe it or not) Kenneth Clarke.

Davos is where they already meet each winter, but for them that has one overriding disadvantage. It is open to the press. Whatever they may be planning, it cannot be directly discussed if it might cause an explosion outside. Bilderberg allows them to say what they really think and to do the deals they really need in the safe knowledge that it will leak no further. It is an anti-democratic cabal, or as Adam Smith would describe it – a conspiracy against the public interest, plotted in utter secrecy and devoid of any public accountability.

It will be interesting to see how many British Ministers attend. As you would expect in such unsavoury surroundings, Osborne, the Mandelson of the Right, has attended at least five times previously. If as before he is attending in his official capacity, he will need to explain how that is consistent with his public commitment in 2010 to “the most radical transparency agenda the country has ever seen”.

John Dowdle says...
6:11am Tue 4 Jun 13

Anti-terror laws and a no-fly zone?
You cannot be serious !! (as John McEnroe once said)
When did we start living in Syria?
This whole setup is just ludicrous and reinforces my point that this shady shindig should never have been held in Watford.
It is all very well for police officers to claim to be 'confident' the policing costs will not have to be met by local residents - but that is not the same thing as a categoric statement, is it? It leaves wriggle room for us to end up paying the bill after the Bilderberg circus leaves town, does it not?
This situation has now reached the most bizarre position imaginable.
This club in the country for all these financial speculators does not sit well with a liberal democratic society.
These geezers should all clear off and not even pass by Watford on any of the local motorway roads.
Who wants them? Who needs them?
Not Watford, that is for sure !!!!

MarsLander says...
7:52am Tue 4 Jun 13

John Dowdle wrote:
Anti-terror laws and a no-fly zone?
You cannot be serious !! (as John McEnroe once said)
When did we start living in Syria?
This whole setup is just ludicrous and reinforces my point that this shady shindig should never have been held in Watford.
It is all very well for police officers to claim to be 'confident' the policing costs will not have to be met by local residents - but that is not the same thing as a categoric statement, is it? It leaves wriggle room for us to end up paying the bill after the Bilderberg circus leaves town, does it not?
This situation has now reached the most bizarre position imaginable.
This club in the country for all these financial speculators does not sit well with a liberal democratic society.
These geezers should all clear off and not even pass by Watford on any of the local motorway roads.
Who wants them? Who needs them?
Not Watford, that is for sure !!!!
We're not living in Syria John, there is no comparison. For a start that idiot warmonger Hague is not offering to arm the protesters, for which we should all be grateful.

Such is the fear of idiot protesters or maybe even terrorists that strong policing is being put in place. That sounds sensible to me.

We have nothing to fear from the Grove and their guests, it is the nutty greens and other protesters who will come that we need to be wary of.

I hope Sue Murray (local Green candidate for everything going) stays away and does not encourage the sort of behaviour we all fear. She didn't get many votes before and I don't think her role in all this will have done her any favours in that direction.

John Dowdle says...
8:26am Tue 4 Jun 13

Included in the contingent attending the shady shindig are weapons systems dealers so don't be so sure we are not yet living in Syria - just give them time.
As a former Chair of Watford Green Party, I categorically refute the suggestion that any members of the Green Party in Watford have ever advocated violence and been involved in acts of violence.
Just because naïve and impressionable local politicians regurgitate this kind of unfounded propaganda, that does not mean others should emulate them.
Nothing to fear from the Grove and their guests, eh? This sounds like someone sleepwalking their way into a police state.
We are already seeing early signs of this with the local application of terror laws and a no-fly zone.
How much more of this trend do you or others need to see before you start to realise what is happening?

Cuetip says...
8:28am Tue 4 Jun 13

These world leaders who have brought misery with their 'credit swaps' are receiving a guard of honour.

Will ordinary residents see a more visible assertive police presence when dealing with the crime and disorder with the night time economy in our town centre or in our democracy some are more equal than others when it comes to ensuring a safe environment, access to the health services, etc?

Hornets number 12 fan says...
9:35am Tue 4 Jun 13

The more I read about these Scumbags the more I realise they have the power to ruin economies to create the current situation for their own ends!! Keep the poor people down and profit from Human Misery!

garston tony says...
12:07pm Tue 4 Jun 13

Whose been thinking that hundreds of thousands of people would turn up!

Dontknowynot, who says there is a top table, who says that power is being wielded? Evidence please because absolutely none is being provided so far.

Is this the same Michael Meacher who possibly didnt accurately record the number of properties he owns and rents out with the Register of Members interest? Is this the same chap who apparently thinks the US Government had a hand in 9/11, maybe not planning it but possibly in not preventing it? This chap has an axe to grind (and rather confusingly wants a change to capitalism but if he owns a number of property isnt against making money himself) and isnt exactly the impartial imparter of information needed is he.

I agree with Mars comments that the police prescence is down to the potential threat from nuts and loons.

And sorry, but if the world economy is poor then business who are heavily represented are not going to gain anything but actually lose out. Claiming that this group have engineered the current situation for their own ends has no basis in any fact and runs contrary to common sense!

garston tony says...
12:17pm Tue 4 Jun 13

Whose been thinking that hundreds of thousands of people would turn up!

Dontknowynot, who says there is a top table, who says that power is being wielded? Evidence please because absolutely none is being provided so far.

Is this the same Michael Meacher who possibly didnt accurately record the number of properties he owns and rents out with the Register of Members interest? Is this the same chap who apparently thinks the US Government had a hand in 9/11, maybe not planning it but possibly in not preventing it? This chap has an axe to grind (and rather confusingly wants a change to capitalism but if he owns a number of property isnt against making money himself) and isnt exactly the impartial imparter of information needed is he.

I agree with Mars comments that the police prescence is down to the potential threat from nuts and loons.

And sorry, but if the world economy is poor then business who are heavily represented are not going to gain anything but actually lose out. Claiming that this group have engineered the current situation for their own ends has no basis in any fact and runs contrary to common sense!

garston tony says...
12:23pm Tue 4 Jun 13

The very same people who are moaning about the police response to this meeting would be the VERY SAME PEOPLE who would be complaining that not enough was done by them IF some incident did take place.

Get of the polices back, they didnt ask for this meeting to be held here (and on that note the Bilderberg group did not ask for protesters or to be potential targets of nutters etc and have every right to hold a private meeting) but they have been asked to provide security FOR THE BENEFIT OF EVERYONE.

Those who are butting their heads against that fact are foolish, those who are calling for active or passive resistance to the police are stoking fires and those that are actually going to resist the security measures are not just idiots but potentially diverting police attention from someone who does indeed intend to cause harm or disruption

dontknowynot says...
12:53pm Tue 4 Jun 13

Right then that's it; Garston Tony has spoken, accept the status que, don't challenge it the nobility of the elite is sac-recent, they know best, we must all doth our hats to the aristocracy and their foot solders the police.
I am sorry but I disagree, the protesters are right to show discontent, with the status que, it is only by doing so that things may change, and change they must.!!
Austerity has failed, we cannot continue with 60%+ youth unemployment in Greece and Spain, we cannot continue with a downward spiral of cuts, restricting growth, causing more debt, causing more cuts causing more restriction on growth, it is madness, and should be protested. So yes I welcome these protests, "oh but its not just here" I here people say indeed its not which is why organisations such as Bilderberg are exactly the type that ought to be protested.

inquisitive mind says...
1:17pm Tue 4 Jun 13

The fact that the exposure of the Bilderberg union is gaining traction gives solace to guardians of the human race. The sect of banksters devotion to the mischievous sprite and the dark side cannot force their tyranny on an awakened public dedicated to the defeat of the Illuminati empire.
The first step is to accept the truth that globalism is the engine of national destruction and a world governance substitute, under the control of an aristocratic bloodline, is the existential nihilist end of civilization. The Amschel Moses Rothschild – Cecil Rhodes vision of competing world dominance has merged into a technocratic intercellular substance of subjugation and extermination.
The days of allowing a massive media cover-up of the actual intentions of the Bilderberg clan are over. The alternative press has the credibility to speak truth to power. The public has the responsibility to mature emotionally and reject the delusional myths that protect the fabricated privileges of evil elites.
The secrecy of secret societies in a global telecommunication environment is doomed. Only with greater levels of planetary oppression, can the controllers of the Bilderberg fraternity maintain their cruel imperium. It is up to the citizens of the world to neuter this lineage of deranged plutocrats.

inquisitive mind says...
2:27pm Tue 4 Jun 13

garston tony says...
12:17pm Tue 4 Jun 13"Claiming that this group have engineered the current situation for their own ends has no basis in any fact and runs contrary to common sense"! YOUR WORDS..
I take the fact you are not very well read.
so i will be delighted to give you some home work' as to how this world really works..
ps, worship what ever god/gods you feel.but this transcends all faith's...

The relationship between Finance, Centralization, and World Hegemony

http://www.biblebeli
evers.org.au/bb97021
9.htm

The Hegelian dialectic is being employed to secure and sustain absolute world power and authority to an elite. We have fallen into a Hegelian trap and don't know it.
(just those that are asleep don't know it)

and just i case this is a wee,bit above you intellect? try this excellent and straight-to-the-poin
t speech...

http://www.youtube.c
om/watch?feature=pla
yer_embedded&v=71pDl
ls4JZo&list=UUPLAYER
_globalresearchtv#!

dontknowynot says...
4:09pm Tue 4 Jun 13

on cue http://www.digitaljo
urnal.com/article/35
1506#ixzz2VFrAdiXX

the ILO is warning of the dangers of major social unrest, Austerity has failed

LSC says...
4:28pm Tue 4 Jun 13

"and just i case this is a wee,bit above you intellect? try this excellent and straight-to-the-poin

t speech..."

Your intellect shines through in the way you constructed that sentence. I'm not a spelling and grammar nazi, but if you are going to insult somebody else's intelligence level, it is purely good manners to punctuate it correctly.

chuckstake94 says...
4:29pm Tue 4 Jun 13

You think we are not living in a police state?

Watch this guy try to visit the Grove this week. And the way the police plain clothed, helicopter and uniformed jump on him.

chuckstake94 says...
4:30pm Tue 4 Jun 13

You think we are not living in a police state?

Watch this guy try to visit the Grove this week. And the way the police plain clothed, helicopter and uniformed jump on him.

Check out his vid
http://checkoutthela
test.com/swilliamism
&watch=UNjJe7D090E

chuckstake94 says...
4:37pm Tue 4 Jun 13

Sorry, that link did not work, this one does

www.youtube.com/watc
h?v=UNjJe7D090E

This is an important vid, watch from when he arrives at the Grove

Wacko Jacko says...
4:44pm Tue 4 Jun 13

John Dowdle is right on one thing - this is indeed a shady shindig. It's one thing for bankers and big business leaders to have private confidential get-togethers as they only have to answer to their shareholders. It's quite another for democratically elected politicians to join them. Politicians are elected by the public and are answerable to the public, it is simply unacceptable for them to indulge in this lobbying orgy without reporting to the public about what they've been up to. The timing of this event couldn't have been worse what with the recent cash for lobbyist's questions sleaze emerging in The Lords and blackening the reputation of British democracy. We should boot out all the lobbyists altogether and the same goes for the Bilderberg gang, who are merely a lobbying group writ large.
Where John is wrong is about the Police invoking terrorist legislation. Whether I like them or not, and I don't, if a large meeting of political leaders, royalty and tycoons isn't a potential terrorist target I don't know what is. I have to say I trust the Police's judgement on this one, they've done their homework and we'll all sleep easier knowing they are keeping a round the clock watch to keep the public (and the dodgy Bilderberg participants) safe.

dontknowynot says...
4:55pm Tue 4 Jun 13

@Garston Tony you asked about wielding power below is a link to what I understand to be the Agenda:-
http://www.bilderber
gmeetings.org/meetin
g_2013.html

clearly they are talking about these things in order to influence them, that is Power being wielded, you ask me to prove something that is logically necessitated by the meeting taking place and by the existence of the group, they are in existence to do something, the doing of that something entails power.

As to the "top Table" what else would you call it when the elite give each other such access and deny the people it?

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