Behind closed doors gathering throws up multiple potential violations of Logan Act
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
An attendee of this year’s secretive Bilderberg meeting in Vouliagmeni, Greece has revealed that several Obama administration officials were in attendance and gave briefings to the elite group’s members.
The revelations indicate that those Obama officials could have acted in violation of the Logan Act, a 1799 law that criminalizes unauthorized U.S. citizens from negotiating with foreign governments.
Speaking on the proviso of anonymity, in accordance with Bilderberg’s off-the-record rules, the attendee told the US political Journal POLITICO:
“The closed meeting of some of the most powerful business, media and political leaders in North America and Western Europe heard from top Obama diplomats James Steinberg and Richard Holbrooke, who detailed the administration’s foreign policy, while economic advisor Paul Volcker, chairman of President Obama’s Economic Recovery Advisory Board, also gave a presentation at the heavily guarded seaside resort in Greece that hosted the event.”
According to the Washington, D.C. based outlet, the anonymous attendee claims that Holbrooke, a State Department special envoy, briefed attendees on the Obama administration’s ongoing and future policies concerning Afghanistan and Pakistan.
The unnamed attendee also suggested that James Steinberg, the Deputy Secretary of State, gave a presentation on the administration’s broader foreign policy, while National Security Agency Director Lt. Gen. Keith Alexander also participated in the conference.
Alexander, Holbrooke and Steinberg have all attended previous Bilderberg meetings, but at the time were not acting representatives of the US government.
POLITICO says that The White House, State Department and NSA have not responded to questions regarding Alexander, Holbrooke and Steinberg’s attendance at the meeting or whether they were representing the Obama administration.
Meanwhile, Paul Volcker’s assistants have admitted that he was present at the meeting, but could not clarify the details of his briefing and stressed that he was not representing the White House.
Furthermore, the Treasury department has denied that Timothy Geithner was in attendance at Bilderberg, claiming he was in New York at the time, despite reports in the London Times and confirmations from Bilderberg investigators Jim Tucker and Daniel Estulin, placing Geithner at Bilderberg 2009.Given that Greek Foreign Minister Dora Bakoyannis and Prime Minister Kostas Karamanlis attended this year’s Bilderberg, in addition to UK government official Peter Mandelson, along with several other heads of state including Dutch Queen Beatrix, Queen Sofia of Spain, this places Alexander, Holbrooke, Steinberg, Volcker and Geithner in violation of the Logan Act, should their attendance be officially recognised.
The Logan Act is intended to prohibit American citizens without authority from interfering in relations between the United States and foreign governments.
The Logan Act states, “Any citizen of the United States, wherever he may be, who, without authority of the United States, directly or indirectly commences or carries on any correspondence or intercourse with any foreign government or any officer or agent thereof, with intent to influence the measures or conduct of any foreign government or of any officer or agent thereof, in relation to any disputes or controversies with the United States, or to defeat the measures of the United States, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than three years, or both.”
An Obama administration official giving a secret gathering of foreign government representatives a briefing on the foreign policy or the monetary policies of the US government, can clearly be recognised within such terms.
The Logan Act also bars public officials from meeting with private citizens to make policy, a crime for which the Clinton White House was fined $300,000 for, according to Bilderberg sleuth Jim Tucker.
The act was established by Congress in 1799, with the only official indictment having occurred in 1803. This incident involved a Kentucky newspaper article that argued for the formation in the western United States of a separate nation allied to France. No prosecution followed.
The fact that Bilderberg has a proven track record of creating consensus for policy that is enacted shortly down the line also betrays the group as wholly undemocratic and criminal in its secrecy, further violating the Logan Act.
Will any investigations, charges or prosecutions follow? It is unlikely, given that the castrated mainstream media in the US has uniformly sealed their lips on the event once again.
Indeed, anyone who suggests that Bilderberg is anything more than a golfing holiday for the rich and powerful, is painted up as some kind of crazy lunatic.
“…any suggestion that Bilderberg is secretly anointing world leaders or plotting global policy is the provenance of “the black helicopter crowd,” the anonymous attendee of this year’s conference told POLITICO.
This despite the fact that this year’s event was protected from a relatively tiny gathering of independent reporters and protesters by a joint effort on behalf of “hundreds of police, navy commandos, coast guard speedboats and two F-16 fighter planes”, according to a rare AP report.
The meetings are “one of the least well-kept secrets in the world” and “don’t have any decision-making authority,” said the attendee, a comment which we have tirelessly shown to be patently false.