American Free Press
April 18, 2011
BRETTON WOODS, N.H.—When this AMERICAN FREE PRESS writer—accompanied by photographer Stephen Lombardo—finally reached the sleepy enclave of Bretton Woods in northern New Hampshire on Sunday, April 10, there was no immediate outward sign that top bankers, former federal officials, former foreign officials, academics and select journalists were holed up in the historic Mount Washington Hotel to monkey with the world’s financial machinery. There were no television news crews camped along the long drive off of Highway 302 to give viewers a glimpse of this meeting—known as Bretton Woods II.
Neither The Boston Globe nor The New York Times carried anything prominent in their pages during the April 8-11 conference. Ditto for The Wall Street Journal. And their web sites showed nothing as of April 11. But the first Bretton Woods conference in 1944 gave the world nothing less than the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund. So a second Bretton Woods conference should have made huge waves.
The world is going through the most serious financial convulsions in modern history, yet this 2011 meeting was all but ignored. In contrast, the 1944 meeting was heavily covered by the press.
Near the hotel around 1 p.m., the only evidence that something unusual was afoot—besides polished black sedans that later appeared—were small signs scattered around that stated things like, “Soros, Enemy of U.S.,” and “Soros, Take a Hike,” referring to internationalist billionaire George Soros, whose Institute for New Economic Thinking (INET) was endowed with $50 million and put on this second-ever Bretton Woods conference.
The sign man, Cliff, spent several hours calling attention to the global-scale scheming happening inside the hotel. Another protester, Joe Barton, told AFP that his sign on state property (not hotel land) 100 feet from the security detail was taken by hotel security and never returned. The local police chief, Barton alleged, drew his nightstick and heatedly warned Barton to stay away.
One could argue that a private organization like INET ought to be able to rent an entire hotel and discuss whatever they want. But the identity and affiliations of the participants (see additional story on pages 10-11 in this issue) strongly suggest that today’s recommendations could well become tomorrow’s legislation. When private talks lead to public decisions, playing the private card does not hold water.
Local residents and visitors hesitated to comment when informed of the conference. But Mark Catalano knew the conference’s basic nature and plans to distribute AFP on a regular basis at his Twin Mountain Trading Post and at Living Water Campground.
Several hotel staffers, with their jobs on the line if they talked too much, said conference participants would take a break, say little among themselves, and return to another session with the doors barred. Staffers had to immediately leave the conference area after they served the esteemed guests so the staff would not hear anything.
Obviously, attendees did not want to be filmed or interviewed under any circumstance by media beyond their control.
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