"This weekend, in a luxury hotel outside Washington, D.C.," said the announcer, "Europe’s secret rulers are meeting their American counterparts %uFFD0 or that’s what some people believe. Today is the start of the annual gathering of the Bilderberg group. Never heard of it? That’s the whole point. It’s officially described as a private gathering, but with a guest list including the heads of European and American corporations, political leaders and a few intellectuals, it’s one of the most influential organizations on the planet."