The world’s political elite, top thinkers and powerful business folk gathered here for an annual, ultra-secretive Bilderberg conference as heavy security kept conspiracy theorists and curious onlookers at bay. Global luminaries such as former US secretary of state Henry Kissinger, US banker David Rockefeller and Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands were greeted at the airport by limousine drivers holding single-letter ‘B’ signs late Thursday, said local reports. They were quickly whisked away to the Brookstreet Hotel in a serene suburb of Ottawa for three-day talks on oil markets, security concerns tied to Iran’s nuclear ambitions, terrorism, and immigration, the Ottawa Citizen reported. Conspiracy theorists who follow the group accuse it of plotting world domination at its informal annual gatherings. But, Richard Perle, former US defence policy advisor, upon his arrival in Ottawa, denied allegations the group crafts public policy behind closed doors. ‘It discusses public policy,’ he stressed to a Citizen reporter. A statement from the group said the meetings were private to encourage ‘frank and open discussions.’ But skeptic Daniel Estulin, who flew from Spain to try to cover the conference, said their intent is to ‘create a world government ruled by an […]

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