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Saturday, June 2, 2012

White House aide on Bilderberg list
but his doings are kept under wraps
President Obama's national security adviser is on the Bilderberg conference list of attendees, but the U.S. press has shown little interest in this fact.

The adviser, Thomas E. Donilon, is expected under conference rules to avoid explaining to Americans the interest of the Obama White House in the conference.

Meanwhile, police established a security perimeter around the Westfields Marriott hotel in Fairfax County, Va., that is hosting the secretive Bilderberg conference and prohibited a Washington Post photographer from snapping pictures from a public street, the Post reports.

However, there is no word that the Post went to court to seek relief from police interference in first amendment privileges.

Reports by PrisonPlanet were far more substantive than the Post's feature story.

Some critics charge that some conference participants may be violating the Logan Act, which forbids American citizens from international negotiations affecting national policy.

"Any citizen of the United States, wherever he may be, who, without authority of the United States, directly or indirectly commences or carries on any correspondence or intercourse with any foreign government or any officer or agent thereof, with intent to influence the measures or conduct of any foreign government or of any officer or agent thereof, in relation to any disputes or controversies with the United States, or to defeat the measures of the United States, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than three years, or both.”

The Law of the Sea treaty is a major topic of the 2012 conference, which could implicate some Americans in improper negotiations, critics charge.

However, such prosecutions seem unlikely given national security adviser Donilon's attendance at the conference.

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