The Council on Foreign Relations (CFR)

excerpted from the book

The Bilderberg Group

by Daniel Estulin

Independent Publishers Group, 2005, paperback


Sir Winston Lord, President of the Council on Foreign Relations, 1978

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 their pleasure.

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 Inc.

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 Group

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 Bilderberg elite.


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 Inquirer.

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 them.

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 Broadcasting Consortium.

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 Bilderbergers?

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.

Ken Adachi

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 Group.

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