Bilderberg Group meeting sparks conspiracy claims

This weekend the Bilderberg Group is meeting at Suvretta House, a luxurious hotel in the chic Swiss resort of St. Moritz, and the invitation-only gathering of corporate execs and government officials always sparks conspiracy claims. The group got a lot of attention last fall, when Fidel Castro published an article in a Communist Party newspaper and quoted from "The Secrets of the Bilderburg Club" by Daniel Estulin.

The 2006 book posits that a secret group of politicians and business leaders runs the world, advancing its agenda at an annual conference. Castro said the book described "sinister cliques and the Bilderberg lobbyists" manipulating the public "to install a world government that knows no borders and is not accountable to anyone but its own self."

I suppose the Bilderberg Group, which was founded in 1954 at the Hotel Bilderberg in Holland, can supply us with a few thrills while we wait for Dan Brown to knock out another book. But a hotel in St. Moritz -- especially one that features Teddy's World for kids -- doesn't seem like the place to plot world domination. Shouldn't they be meeting in a secret underground lair?

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