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The world’s most powerful people have come together to meet and discuss world affairs in secret yet again, this time in Sitges, Spain.
The Bilderberg Group is an unofficial conference of around 150 invitation-only guests who are insiders in politics, banking, business, the military and the media. The group’s meetings are held in secret and are closed to the public; the group supposedly meets to strategize global politics and economics for the coming year. The current conference is being held at a luxury hotel in Sitges, Spain under heavy security.
Many are still unaware of the group’s existence, but those who are aware are more concerned about the organizations secrecy than their mere existence.
“All the bad things are always done in darkness,”said Luke Rudkowski of We Are Change.
Rudkowski argues that the group meets and plans out the coming year’s worth of global economic and political events. Using the examples of the rise in oil prices in the past to the downfall of the US economy, Rudkowski said these were procedural steps in the process to meet their end game, which is a single world economic and governance system controlled by the world bank and IMF, eventually leading to a one world currency implemented by the G8 and G20.
“They want to destroy the American dollar in order to have a one world government currency,” said Rudkowski.
The current meeting is an effort to strategize a recovery for the Euro to ensure its success as a currency to weaken the dollar and push the US into a regional block known as the North American Union.
“You could say the American economy is doing fine right now, let’s see what is going to happen within the years because we gave $24 trillion according to Bloomberg news to the wall street banksters. Timothy Geithner was in charge of that, he goes to these meetings as well,” said Rudkowski.
According to Rudkowski, the individuals behind the Bilderberg Group want to “destroy American sovereignty and freedom” to further their goal of a global consolidation of power.
“We cannot allow these psychotic elites to rule our lives and we have to stand up for what’s really right and expose them for what they are,” said Rudkowski.
Rudkowski argues that the Greek debt crisis occurred because of faulty loans by Goldman Sachs that were essentially the efforts of the Bilderberg Group to rush their plans to consolidate power and integration in Europe.
In the United States, Rudkowski argues that Americans are breaking the law by attending these secret meetings, specifically citing the Logan Act. The Logan Act is a US law that prohibits private citizens from negotiating with foreign governments.
“Do you feel comfortable with your decisions of our life being made by undemocratic illegal plutocratic psychotic elites?” asked Rudkowski.
A former rising star at the CIA accused of drugging, raping and taping Muslim women while stationed in the Middle East appeared before a federal judge in Virginia today after skipping a pre-trial hearing more than a week ago and going on what sources called an apparent drug binge. Andrew Warren was arrested after an intensive search by federal officials concerned he might be a danger to himself.
A U.S. government employee in Algeria allegedly drugged victims.
According to two federal law enforcement sources, drug paraphernalia and a handgun were found in the Virginia motel room where Warren, former CIA chief of station in Algeria, was arrested. Warren sat in a wheelchair during his Monday afternoon court appearance.
A person close to Warren told ABC News that State Department officials began searching for Warren 11 days ago after he missed a routine pre-trial appearance and could not be found. “His phones were shut off, and none of his family or friends had heard from him,” the person told ABC News.
Warren, 42, was located after federal law enforcement officers reached out to his friends and family, warning them that they were concerned for Warren’s safety and believed he was armed and consuming crack cocaine. He was arrested by local police, U.S. Marshals and the State Department’s Diplomatic Security Service at a Norfolk, Virginia Ramada Limited hotel late Monday. He was taken by law enforcement officials to a local hospital.
The former station chief’s fall from grace has been dramatic. According to two former CIA officials, Warren was a rising star at the CIA. He was a fluent Arabic speaker who had converted to Islam, making him an ideal officer in the Middle East for the intelligence agency. Officially, however, CIA has refused to acknowledge Warren was their spy.
Before being posted to Algeria, Warren had served in Egypt, Afghanistan, and a stint in that CIA domestic station in New York. It was in New York, a few years after 9/11, that supervisors spotted him as a potential star, ready to be deployed around the world as a spy. Within a very short time – four years – Warren had been posted as station chief in Algeria.
Warren worked for the agency in the Middle East until October 2008, until he was recalled from the region and then fired after two women came forward and accused him of rape, accusations which were first reported by ABC News’ Brian Ross in January 2009. He was charged with one federal count of sexual abuse in June.