Kroll on the inside, Kroll on the outside?
Sean McBride wrote:
> *Elite firm to guard top-secret meeting in Kanata*
> VIPs set to arrive for Bilderberg meeting
> Andrew Seymour and Andrew Mayeda, with a file from James Bagnall
> The Ottawa Citizen
> Thursday, June 08, 2006
> An elite private security firm has been hired to guard a top-secret
> meeting of some of the world's most powerful business and political
> leaders at a Kanata hotel starting today.
> Members of the Bilderberg Group will descend on the upscale
> Brookstreet Hotel for the three-day meeting, several police sources
> confirmed yesterday.
> At least four off-duty Ottawa police officers will be part of the
> security for the event.
> The highly secretive session, expected to touch on global issues such
> as the direction of oil markets and potential military action against
> Iran, will run through Sunday.
> Senior Ottawa police officers met yesterday afternoon to discuss
> preparations for the event, which police are concerned may draw the
> attention of anti-globalization protesters as well as present a
> potential security risk as a collection of the world's richest and
> most influential people gather under one roof.
> When asked about police plans for the event, a police spokeswoman
> referred the Citizen to Alan Bell of Globe Risk Holdings.
> Reached by phone, Mr. Bell -- who is listed as president of Globe Risk
> Holdings in Toronto and a former SAS paratrooper commando -- said he
> hadn't heard of the Bilderberg Group and denied that his firm has been
> hired to guard this week's conference.
> "Never heard of that conference. What is it? What do they do?" said
> Mr. Bell before politely cutting the conservation short.
> But according to the company's website, Globe Risk Holdings
> specializes in "strategic planning and counter-measures,
> consultants primarily from elite military counter-terrorist and
> special forces units, and has "undertaken consultancy and project work
> worldwide in areas of high risk" including Africa, Central and South
> America and Asia.
> "The consultants at Globe Risk Holdings have proven backgrounds in
> military, special forces, law enforcement and government organizations
> with real life expertise in the areas of international security,
> mining, energy exploration security, counter-terrorism, kidnapping,
> specialized training, close protection, sabotage prevention, and
> military/law enforcement,
> and discreet, our consultants work together as a team to offer the
> quality of service necessary to meet all our clients' needs."
> It's not known if any current heads of state are expected to attend
> the meeting.
> Prime Minister Stephen Harper has been linked to the group after
> attending a Bilderberg conference in Versailles, France in 2003. A
> spokeswoman for the prime minister said yesterday he would not be
> attending the conference and that officials at the Prime Minister's
> Office weren't aware of the event.
> The Bilderberg Group is named after the Dutch hotel where it held its
> first meeting in 1954. Since then, the group has met annually in
> various locations throughout North America and Europe, including
> Toronto in 1996 and the Chateau Montebello in Quebec in 1983.
> The list of attendees at last year's conference in Germany is believed
> to have included the queens of Spain and the Netherlands, former U.S.
> secretary of defence Henry Kissinger, World Bank president Paul
> Wolfowitz, as well as top executives and directors at such
> multinational corporations as BP PLC, Siemens AG, Deutsche Bank Group
> and DaimlerChrysler AG.
> Canadian attendees are believed to have included Robert Pritchard,
> chief executive of TorStar Corp., and Heather Reisman, chief executive
> of Indigo Books and Music Inc.
> The group was originally conceived as a forum for bridging the
> political and economic divide between Europe and the United States
> during the Cold War. But in recent years the group has taken on a
> mystique, perhaps due to the secretive nature of the meetings.
> The group has no website, and attendees promise not to disclose the
> subject of the talks. Even newspaper and magazine editors and media
> executives who attend the event are sworn to secrecy.
> Bilderberg insiders say the approach enables participants to discuss
> political and economic issues without worrying how their opinions will
> be spun by the media. But it has also made the group a prime target
> for critics and conspiracy theorists who say its members come to
> important decisions about global public policy behind closed doors.
> Whatever the case, Brookstreet staff are staying tight lipped about
> the conference. The hotel's general manager, Patrice Basille, didn't
> immediately return a call yesterday. He has previously said he was
> unaware of the event.
> A Citizen reporter who called to make dinner reservations was told the
> hotel will be closed between June 8 and 11 to accommodate a private
> - - -
> A Memorable Evening With the Bilderbergers
> They were welcomed by an exquisite array of cakes bearing the flags of
> the world. In the evening, they dined on venison -- or was it quail?
> -- but only after the Bilderberg tasters made sure nothing was amiss
> with the sauce.
> It has been more than two decades since one of the most powerful and
> exclusive clubs in the world held its annual meeting close to Canada's
> national capital.
> But if this weekend's conference at the Brookstreet Hotel is anything
> like the meeting at the Chateau Montebello in Quebec in May 1983, it
> will be a closely choreographed affair swathed in luxury -- and a
> discreet but omnipresent layer of security.
> Today, Jacques Ternois is director of hotel operations at charter
> airline Air Transat. But when the Bilderberg Group met in Montebello,
> about 30 kilometres east of Ottawa, he was in charge of food and
> beverage operations at the resort.
> Mr. Ternois doesn't remember the exact menu served to the
> Bilderbergers, but he does remember the security guards stationed at
> the kitchen doors, the background checks that his staff had to
> undergo, and the food "consultants" brought in to oversee the meal.
> Nevertheless, Mr. Ternois said the extra precautions weren't intrusive
> and the conference went off smoothly.
> "I wouldn't say it was secretive. I would say low key," he said. "They
> were very simple in their demands."
> Mr. Ternois said attendees came and went at various times throughout
> the conference due to their tight schedules. He couldn't recall all
> the names on the guest list -- after all, he was working -- or what
> they discussed.
> "If I'm not wrong, I think (Henry) Kissinger was there," he said.
> "There were several heads of state or close to that."
> Critics and conspiracy theorists find the group's clandestine ways
> disturbing. They accuse the group of seeking to depose political
> leaders and set global oil policy.
> But Bilderberg insiders insist the reality is far less sinister.
> "I don't think (we are) a global ruling class because I don't think a
> global ruling class exists," Bilderberg chairman Etienne Davignon told
> the BBC last year. "It's people who have influence interested to speak
> to other people who have influence."
> Mr. Ternois, for his part, says the Bilderberg conference was one of
> the most prestigious events with which he has ever been associated. He
> still keeps a photo at home of resort staff and some of the attendees.
> "It has a special place in my heart," he said.
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