The Council on Foreign Relations
excerpted from the book
The Bilderberg Group
by Daniel Estulin
Independent Publishers Group,
Sir Winston Lord, President of the Council on Foreign Relations,
The Trilateral Commission doesn't secretly
run the world. The Council on Foreign Relations does that.
John F. Hylan, 1922, Mayor of New York, in a speech
The real menace of our republic is the
invisible government, which, like a giant octopus, sprawls its
slimy length over our city, state and nation. At the head is a
small group of banking houses generally referred to as 'international
bankers.' This little coterie of powerful international bankers
virtually run our government for their own selfish ends.
Senator William Jenner, in a speech, February 23, 1954,
Today the path to total dictatorship in
the United States can be laid by strictly legal means; unseen
and unheard by the Congress, the President, or the people ....
Outwardly we have a Constitutional government. We have operating
within our government and political system another body representing
another form of government, a bureaucratic elite which believes
our Constitution is outmoded and is sure that it is the winning
side .... All the strange developments in foreign policy agreements
may be traced to this group who are going to make us over to suit
Many of the same individuals who belonged to the CFR and the Bilderbergers
also joined the Trilateral Commission. CFR members comprise Americans
only. The Bilderberg Group is limited to members from the United
States, Canada and Western Europe. The Trilateral Commission brings
together global power brokers. David Rockefeller, whose family
financed the CFR, is a common denominator among these parallel
groups. Not only is he the CFR Chairman Emeritus, but he also
continues to provide financial and personal support to the TC,
CFR and Bilderberg Group.
It's no wonder, then, that critics see
these three organizations as comprising self-interested elitists
protecting their wealth and the investments of multinational banks
and corporations in the growing world economy at the expense of
developing nations and third-world countries. The policies they
develop benefit them as well as move us towards a one-world government.
From 1928 to 1972, a CFR member has won every presidential election
(except Lyndon Johnson who more than compensated the Establishment
by filling most of the top positions in Government with CFR members).
George H.W. Bush had 387 members of the CFR and TC in his Administration.
Nixon, at the beginning of his Administration, placed 115 CFR
members in key positions in the Executive Branch. Of the first
82 names on a list prepared to help President Kennedy staff his
State Department, belonged to the CFR, according to Arnold Beichman's
report in the September 1, 1961 edition of the Christian Science
Monitor. It was simply titled, "Council on Foreign Relations."
Indeed, the CFR has served as a virtual employment agency for
the federal government under both Democrats and Republicans.
Columnist Edith Kermit Roosevelt, granddaughter of President Theodore
Roosevelt, had this to say about them [Bilderbergers]
Most people are unaware of the existence
of this legitimate Mafia. Yet, the power of the Establishment
makes itself felt from the professor, who seeks a foundation grant,
to the candidate for a cabinet post or State department job. It
affects the nation's policies in almost every area."
Richard N. Gardner, former deputy assistant Secretary of State,
April 1974, in Foreign Affairs magazine
The 'house of world order' will have to
be built from the bottom up rather than from the top down ....
An end run around national sovereignty, eroding it piece by piece,
will accomplish much more than the old fashioned assault.
James Warburg, son of CFR [Council on Foreign Relations] founder
Paul Warburg, and a member of Franklin D. Roosevelt's "brain
trust," which was made up of individuals from outside government,
including professors, lawyers, and others who came to Washington
to advise him on economic affairs, delivered blunt testimony before
the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on February 17, 1950
We shall have world government whether
or not you like it - by conquest or consent.
Henry Kissinger, in an address to the Bilderberg Group at Evian,
France, May 21, 1992, and transcribed from a tape recording made
by a Swiss delegate, Michael Ringier, Publisher and CEO of Ringier
Today, Americans would be outraged if
UN troops entered Los Angeles to restore order; tomorrow, they
will be grateful. This is especially true if they were told there
was an outside threat from beyond, whether real or promulgated,
that threatened our very existence. It is then that all people
of the world will plead with world leaders to deliver them from
this evil. The one thing every man fears is the unknown. When
presented with this scenario, individual rights will be willingly
relinquished for the guarantee of their well-being granted to
them by their world government.
President Franklin D. Roosevelt, November 21, 1933, wrote
The real truth of the matter is, as you
and I know, that a financial element in the large centers has
owned the government ever since the days of Andrew Jackson."
political scientist Lester Milbrath quoted in G. William Domhoff's
'The Higher Circles'
The Council on Foreign Relations, while
not financed by government, works so closely with it that it is
difficult to distinguish Council actions stimulated by government
from autonomous actions... the most important sources of income
are leading corporations and major foundations.
G. William Domhoff's 'The Higher Circles'
All foundations, which support the CFR
[Council on Foreign Relations] are in turn directed by men from
Bechtel Construction, Chase Manhattan, Kimberly-Clark, Monsanto
Chemical, and dozens of other corporations. Further, to complete
the circle, most foundation directors are members of the CFR.
In the early 1960s, Dan Smoot found that twelve of twenty Rockefeller
Foundation trustees, ten of fifteen Ford Foundation trustees,
and ten of fourteen Carnegie Foundation trustees were members
of the CFR
former President of CBS News, Richard Salant
Our job is to give people not what they
want, but what we decide they ought to have.
One of the best kept secrets is the degree to which a handful
of giant conglomerates, all belonging to the secret Bilderberg
Group, Council on Foreign Relations, NATO, the Club of Rome, and
the Trilateral Commission, control the world's flow of information.
They determine what we see on television, hear on the radio and
read in newspapers, magazines, books, or on the Internet.
Anthony Holder, a former UN correspondent for the London Economist
The Bilderbergers have been removed from
our assignment list years ago by executive order.
William Glasgow, Business Week
We are barely aware of the Bilderbergers'
existence, and we don't report on their activities. One cannot
help but be a little suspicious when priorities for the future
of mankind are being considered by those who have real influence
over that future, in total secret.
investigative journalist Gary Allen, The Rockefeller File
The involvement of the Rockefellers with
the media has multiple implications. One is that the Rockefeller
gang's plans for monopolistic World Government are never, but
never, discussed in the machines of mass disinformation. The media
decides what the issues will be in the country. They can turn
on the poverty issue or turn it off. The same holds true for population
explosion, pollution, peace, détente, or whatever.
David Rockefeller, at the 1991 Baden-Baden meeting of the Bilderberg
We are grateful to the Washington Post,
the New York Times, Time magazine and other great publications,
whose directors have attended our meetings and respected their
promises of discretion for almost forty years."(He went on
to explain:)'It would have been impossible for us to develop our
plan for the world if we had been subjected to the lights of publicity
during those years. But, the world is more sophisticated and prepared
to march towards a world government. The supranational sovereignty
of an intellectual elite and world bankers is surely preferable
to the national auto determination practiced in past centuries.
In the United States, the "independent" banking system
is known as the Federal Reserve System, a privately owned bank
system interlocked with the Bilderbergers. In Europe, the independent
banking system is run through the European Central Bank, whose
monetary policies are put together by the leading members of the
Past media invitees included Katharine
Graham, now deceased, owner and chairwoman of the executive committee
of the Washington Post; Donald E. Graham, Publisher, the Washington
Post; Jim Hoagland and Charles Krauthammer, both columnists for
the Washington Post; Andrew Knight, News Corporation director
of Knight-Ridder; Arthur Sulzberger, New York Times editor and
Council on Foreign Relations member; Robert L. Bartley, vice president
of the Wall Street Journal and 'member of both the Council on
Foreign Relations and the Trilateral Commission; Mortimer B. Zuckerman,
chairman and editor-in-chief of US. News and World Report, New
York's Daily News, and Atlantic Monthly, also a Council on Foreign
Relations member; William F. Buckley, jr., editor-in-chief of
the National Review, Thomas L. Friedman, New York Times columnist;
Bill Moyers, executive director of Public Affairs TV and former
Director of the Council on Foreign Relations. A more extensive
list is provided in an endnote.
The ideas and policies that come out of
the Bilderberg annual meetings are used to generate news in the
leading periodicals and news groups of the world. The point is
to make the prevalent opinions of the Bilderbergers so appealing
that they become public policy and to pressure world leaders into
submitting to the "needs of the Masters of the Universe."
The "free world press" is completely at the mercy of
the Bilderbergers disseminating the agreed-upon propaganda.
What is most disturbing is that publicly
traded corporations try to keep the Bilderberger guest-list a
secret, and the corporate press scarcely reports on the event
at all. The likes of Microsoft, AT&T, Bechtel, Cisco, Compaq
and Price Waterhouse Coopers have nothing to fear from the press.
Never mind that Microsoft and NBC co-own MSNBC cable network.
In fact, among the frequently invited Bilderberg guests can be
found the name of Anthony Ridder of Knight-Ridder, Inc., America's
second-largest newspaper chain, which owns such publications as
the Detroit Free Press, the Miami Herald and the Philadelphia
In the 1993 August/September edition,
the prestigious Dutch magazine Exposure outlined disturbing details
about how the Tavistock Institute for Behavioural Analysis, premier
behavioural research center in the world, planned to control the
boards of the three major and most prestigious television networks
in the United States: NBC, CBS and ABC. All three television networks
came as spin-offs from the Radio Corporation of America (RCA).
These organizations and institutions that theoretically are in
"competition" with each other - this is part of the
"independence" that ensures Americans enjoy unbiased
news - are in fact closely interfaced and interlocked with countless
companies and banks, making it an almost impossible task to untangle
According to then-U.S. Representative
Bernie Sanders, NBC's owner General Electric is "one of the
largest corporations in the world -and one with a long history
of anti-union activity. GE, a major contributor to the Republican
Party, has substantial financial interests in weapons manufacturing,
finance, nuclear power and many other industries. Former CEO Jack
Welch was one of the leaders in shutting down American plants
and moving them to low-wage countries like China and Mexico."
NBC is a subsidiary of RCA, a media conglomerate.
On RCA's board sits Thornton Bradshaw, president of Atlantic Richfield
Oil, and member of the World Wildlife Fund, the Club of Rome,
the Aspen Institute for Humanistic Studies, and the Council on
Foreign Relations. Bradshaw is also chairman of NBC.
RCA's most legendary role, however, was
the service it provided to British Intelligence during World War
II. Of particular note: RCA's President David Sarnoff moved to
London at the same time Sir William Stephenson (of Intrepid fame)
moved into the RCA building in New York. During the war, Sarnoff
was Eisenhower's top communications expert, overseeing the construction
of a radio transmitter that was powerful enough to reach all of
the allied forces in Europe. He campaigned for, and received,
the honorary title of Brigadier General, and thereafter preferred
to be known as "General Sarnoff." Today, the RCA directorate
is made up of British-American establishment figures that belong
to other organizations such as the CFR, NATO, the Club of Rome,
the Trilateral Commission, Bilderbergers, Round Table, etc.
Among the NBC directors named in the Exposure
article were John Brademas (CFR, TC, Bilderberg), a director of
the Rockefeller Foundation; Peter G. Peterson (CFR), a former
head of Kuhn, Loeb & Co. (Rothschild), and a former U.S. Secretary
of Commerce; Robert Cizik, chairman of RCA and of First City Bancorp,
which was identified in Congressional testimony as a Rothschild
bank; Thomas 0. Paine, president of Northrup Co. (the big defense
contractor) and director of the Institute of Strategic Studies
in London; Donald Smiley, a director of two Morgan Companies,
Metropolitan Life and U.S. Steel; and the above-mentioned Thornton
Bradshaw, chairman of RCA, director of the Rockefeller Brothers
Fund, Atlantic Richfield, and the Aspen Institute for Humanistic
Studies (both of the latter headed by a Bilderberger, Robert 0.
Anderson). Clearly the NBC board is considerably influenced by
the Rockefeller-Rothschild-Morgan troika, leading exponents of
the New World Order initiative.
ABC is owned by the Disney Corporation,
"which produces toys and products in developing countries
where they provide their workers with atrocious wages and working
conditions. It has 153 TV stations. Chase Manhattan Bank controls
6.7% of ABC's stock - enough to give it a controlling interest.
Chase, through its trust department, controls 14% of CBS and 4.5%
of RCA. Instead of three competing television networks called
NBC, CBS, and ABC, what we really have is the Rockefeller Broadcasting
Company, the Rockefeller Broadcasting System, and the Rockefeller
On the ABC board of directors is Ray Adam,
director of J.P. Morgan, Metropolitan Life (Morgan), and Morgan
Guaranty Trust; Frank Cary, chairman of IBM, and director of J.P.
Morgan and the Morgan Guaranty Trust; Donald C. Cook (CFR, Bilderberg),
general partner of Lazard Freres banking house, whose executives
frequently attend Bilderberg meetings; John T. Connor (CFR) of
the Kuhn, Loeb (Rothschild) law firm, Gravath, Swaine and Moore,
former Secretary of the Navy, U.S. Secretary of Commerce, director
of the Chase Manhattan Bank (Rockefeller/ Rothschild), General
Motors, and chairman of the J. Henry Schroder Bank; Thomas M.
Macioce, director of Manufacturers Hanover Trust (Rothschild);
George Jenkins, chairman of Metropolitan Life (Morgan) and Citibank
(Rothschild connections); Martinj. Schwab, director of Manufacturers
Hanover (Rothschild); Alan Greenspan (CFR, Trilateral Commission,
Bilderberg), chairman of the Federal Reserve Board, director of
J.P. Morgan, Morgan Guaranty Trust, Hoover Institute, Time magazine,
and General Foods; Ulric Haynes,Jr., director of the Ford Foundation
and Marine Midland Bank.
Isn't it strange how the same Rockefeller-Rothschild-Morgan
characters on the board of the ABC network, which, we are told,
is independent of NBC, appear to represent the competition? ABC
was taken over by Cities Communications, whose most prominent
director is Robert Roosa (CFR, Bilderberg), senior partner of
Brown Brothers Harriman, which has close ties with the Bank of
England. Roosa and David Rockefeller are credited with selecting
Paul Volcker to chair the Federal Reserve Board.
CBS is owned by Viacom, which has over
200 TV and 255 radio affiliates nationwide. This huge media conglomerate
owns, among other companies, MTV, Showtime, Nickelodeon, VH1,
TNN, CMT, 39 broadcast television stations, 184 radio stations,
Paramount Pictures and Blockbuster Inc. As an American intelligence
officer, CBS founder William Paley was trained in mass brainwashing
techniques during World War II at the Tavistock Institute in England.
The financial expansion of CBS was supervised
for a long time by Brown Brothers Harriman and its senior partner,
Prescott Bush (father and grandfather to Presidents), who was
a CBS director. The CBS board included Chairman Paley, for whom
Prescott Bush personally organized the money to buy the company;
Harold Brown (CFR), executive director of the Trilateral Commission,
and former Secretary of the Air Force and of Defense of the U.S.;
Roswell Gilpatric (CFR, Bilderberg), from the Kuhn, Loeb (Rothschild)
law firm, Cravath, Swaine, and Moore, and former director of the
Federal Reserve Bank of New York; Henry B. Schnacht, director
of the Chase Manhattan Bank (Rockefeller/Rothschild), the Council
on Foreign Relations, Brookings
Institution, and Committee for Economic
Development; Michel C. Bergerac, chairman of Revlon, and director
of Manufacturers Hanover Bank (Rothschild); James D. Wolfensohn
(CFR, Trilateral Commission, Bilderberg), former head of J. Henry
Schroder Bank, who has close links with the Rothschilds and the
Rockefellers, and who in 1995 was successfully nominated to head
the World Bank by Bill Clinton; Franklin A. Thomas (CFR), head
of the Rockefeller-controlled Ford Foundation; Newton D. Minow
(CFR), director of the Rand Corporation and, among many others,
the Ditchley Foundation, which is closely linked with the Tavistock
Institute in London and the Bilderberg Group. The former president
of CBS was Dr. Frank Stanton (CFR), who is also a trustee of the
Rockefeller Foundation and Carnegie Institution. So, are the Rothschild
and the Rockefeller families, who are leading groups in the tightly
controlled field of communications, answering directly to the
FOX News Channel, part of the FOX network,
is owned by Rupert Murdoch, who owns a significant portion of
the world's media. His network has close ties to the Republican
Party and among his "fair and balanced" commentators
is Newt Gingrich, former GOP Republican House speaker. Murdoch,
needless to say, is a luminary in the secret Bilderberg Group.
He has most recently added the Wall Street Journal to his empire.
All these networks are closely interlocked
with Bilderberg, the Council on Foreign Relations and the Trilateral
Commission. How, then, can it possibly be claimed that the majority
of Americans get their news from independent sources?
Hadley Cantril, public opinion researcher in his 1967 book, The
Human Dimension: Experiences in Policy Research
Psycho-political operations are propaganda
campaigns designed to create perpetual tensions and to manipulate
different groups of people to accept the particular climate of
opinion the CFR seeks to achieve in the world.
What most Americans believe to be 'Public
Opinion' is in reality carefully crafted and scripted propaganda
designed to elicit a desired behavioral response from the public.
Thomas R- Dye (1976)
[Public] opinion is formulated by the
dominant Council on Foreign Relations members who belong to an
inner circle called the 'Special Group' that plan and coordinate
the psycho-political operations used to manipulate the American
public, and through a vast intergovernmental undercover infrastructure
called the 'Secret Team' that include the legislative, executive,
and judicial branches of government, such as the Secretary of
State, the Secretary of Defense, the Secretary of the Treasury
and the Director of the CIA; those who control television, radio,
and newspaper corporations; who head the largest law firms; who
run the largest and most prestigious universities and think tanks;
who direct the largest L private foundations and who direct the
largest public corporations.
The Council on Foreign Relations uses tax-free foundations as
w,] ere conduits to funnel money into favorable policy-making
processes. Thomas R Dye stated that nearly 40% of all foundation
assets ( were controlled by the top ten or eleven foundations,
who in turn were controlled by the Council on Foreign Relations.
In 1993, Rene Wormser found that "the RAND National Defense
Research Institute is a federally-funded Council on Foreign Relations
'think-tank' sponsored by the Office of the Secretary of Defense
and headed by Council on Foreign Relations member Michael D. Rich.
Clients include the Pentagon, AT&T, Chase Manhattan Bank,
IBM, Republican Party, U.S. Air Force, U.S. Department of Energy
and NASA. The interlocking leadership between the trustees at
RAND, and the Ford, Rockefeller, and Carnegie foundations is a
classic case of Bilderberg modus operandi. The Ford Foundation
gave one million dollars to Rand in 1952, at a time when the president
of the Ford Foundation was simultaneously the chairman of RAND."
Two thirds of RAND's research involves
national security issues and consequently is labeled secret. The
other third of Rand Corporation research is devoted to population
control studies (applied demography). One of the key areas of
RAND's expertise deals with studies on how to misinform and to
manipulate large groups of people. This often employs yet another
tactic of deception: the Orwellian use of double talk. That is
to say, peace is called war, pacifists are called terrorists,
and those who try to tell the truth are denigrated for spreading
hate and spewing evil.
When you examine the CFR's member list, you will find that 90%
either sit on the Trilateral Commission or belong to the Bilderberg