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Bilderberg 2013: 100% privacy & 100% security? "YES SOME CAN HAVE IT"

Apart from the regular conspiracy reactions, in the present context the Bilderberg Conference is proof of the favoured treatment of the elites over the masses when it comes to privacy, security and convenience.... (visual montage)

Tjebbe van Tijen
11 June 2013
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No snooping on the 134 Bilderberg participants in the neatly sealed off premises of the Grove Hotel - former home of the Earls of Clarendon - near the British village of Watford, not far from London. Three days of seclusion from 7 June onward, "a forum for informal, off-the-record discussions about megatrends and the major issues facing the world." No intrusive cameras. No journalists. No declarations afterward. No demonstrators, as the hotel area and its surroundings are placed under a restricted access order.

"100 percent privacy, 100 percent security and 100 percent convenience, yes it can be done" (*) - for those who are not part of the suspected masses that are put under constant automated surveillance by their states.

(*) Paraphrase of the Obama speech of 7 June 2013 on the scandal of mass snooping of citizens' data communications by the NSA and the sharing of this surveillance data with their British counterparts: “I think it’s important to recognize that you can’t have 100 percent security and also then have 100 percent privacy and zero inconvenience.”

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