By Bob Cusack
Former Rep. James Traficant (D-Ohio), who served seven years in jail after being expelled from the House, has a new cause.
Traficant, well known on Capitol Hill for his entertaining “Beam Me Up” speeches on the House floor, is trying to crack the code of the secretive Bilderberg meetings.
Every year, some of the world’s most powerful people gather to discuss, well, we’re not exactly sure.
According to the Bilderberg website, which is relatively new, the discussion focuses on “megatrends and the major issues facing the world.”
Traficant has filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request, seeking the Department of Transportation’s records on Bilderberg, according to the department’s FOIA log.
In an interview with American Free Press earlier this year, Traficant said U.S. taxpayers deserve answers on Bilderberg.
“Just what the hell is going on with this group?” Traficant said at the time, asking whether the government has paid for U.S. policymakers to attend the conference.
The 61st meeting of Bilderberg took place in Great Britain in June. Attendees included Amazon.com’s Jeff Bezos, who recently purchased The Washington Post, the American Enterprise Institute’s Richard Perle and former Treasury Secretary Robert Rubin.
Traficant visited the grounds of Bilderberg as an uninvited guest to “see what’s going on.”
In his FOIA request, Traficant asked for a fee waiver from the Transportation Department, which was denied. DOT noted to Traficant that if the search time exceeds two hours, he will be charged $50 per hour plus 10 cents per page of duplication.