The Council on Foreign Relations, housed in the Harold
Pratt House on East 68th Street in New York City, was founded
in 1921. In 1922, it began publishing a journal called Foreign
Affairs. According to Foreign Affairs' web page (http://www.foreignaffairs.org),
the CFR was founded when "...several of the American
participants in the Paris Peace Conference decided that
it was time for more private American Citizens to become
familiar with the increasing international responsibilities
and obligations of the United States."
The first question that comes to mind is, who gave these
people the authority to decide the responsibilities and
obligations of the United States, if that power was not
granted to them by the Constitution. Furthermore, the CFR's
web page doesn't publicize the fact that it was originally
conceived as part of a much larger network of power.
According to the CFR's Handbook of 1936, several leading
members of the delegations to the Paris Peace Conference
met at the Hotel Majestic in Paris on May 30, 1919, "to
discuss setting up an international group which would advise
their respective governments on international affairs."
The Handbook goes on to say, "At a meeting on June
5, 1919, the planners decided it would be best to have separate
organizations cooperating with each other. Consequently,
they organized the Council on Foreign Relations, with headquarters
in New York, and a sister organization, the Royal Institute
of International Affairs, in London, also known as the Chatham
House Study Group, to advise the British Government. A subsidiary
organization, the Institute of Pacific Relations, was set
up to deal exclusively with Far Eastern Affairs. Other organizations
were set up in Paris and Hamburg..."
The 3,000 seats of the CFR quickly filled with members of
America's elite. Today, CFR members occupy key positions
in government, the mass media, financial institutions, multinational
corporations, the military, and the national security apparatus.
Since its inception, the CFR has served as an intermediary
between high finance, big oil, corporate elitists and the
U.S. government. The executive branch changes hands between
Republican and Democratic administrations, but cabinet seats
are always held by CFR members. It has been said by political
commentators on the left and on the right that if you want
to know what U.S. foreign policy will be next year, you
should read Foreign Affairs this year.
The CFR's claim that "The Council has no affiliation
with the U.S. government" is laughable. The justification
for that statement is that funding comes from member dues,
subscriptions to its Corporate Program, foundation grants,
and so forth. All this really means is that the U.S. government
does not exert any control over the CFR via the purse strings.
In reality, CFR members are very tightly affiliated with
the U.S. government. Since 1940, every U.S. secretary of
state (except for Gov. James Byrnes of South Carolina, the
sole exception) has been a member of the Council on Foreign
Relations and/or its younger brother, the Trilateral Commission.
Also since 1940, every secretary of war and every secretary
of defense has been a CFR member. During most of its existence,
the Central Intelligence Agency has been headed by CFR members,
beginning with CFR founding member Allen Dulles. Virtually
every key U.S. national security and foreign policy adviser
has been a CFR member for the past seventy years.
Almost all White House cabinet positions are occupied by
CFR members. President Clinton, himself a member of the
CFR, the Trilateral Commission and the Bilderberg Group,
employs almost one hundred CFR members in his administration.
Presidents come and go, but the CFR's power--and agenda--always
Closed Circuit--the shroud of secrecy around the CFR
On its web page, the CFR boasts that its magazine, Foreign
Affairs, "is acclaimed for its analysis of recent international
developments and for its forecasts of emerging trends."
It's not much of a challenge to do so, though, when you
play a part in determining what those emerging trends will
This point is underscored a paragraph later on their web
page: "Perhaps best known for the history-making "X"
article by George Kennan, that defined Cold War containment
policy, a recent Foreign Affairs article by Harvard's Samuel
Huntington, "The Clash of Civilizations?" has
already helped define the post-Cold War debate."
So are they predicting trends or creating them? The answer
is fairly obvious to anyone who has earnestly reflected
on the matter.
The CFR fancies itself to represent a diverse range cultural
and political interests, but its members are predominantly
wealthy males, and their policies reflect their elitist
The CFR attempts to maintain the charade of diversity via
its Non-Attribution Rule, which allows members to engage
in "a free, frank, and open exchange of ideas"
without fear of having any of their statements attributed
in public. The flip side of this, obviously, is a dark cloud
of secrecy which envelopes the CFR's activities.
CFR meetings are usually held in secret and are restricted
to members and very select guests. All members are free
to express themselves at meetings unrestrained, because
the Non-Attribution Rule guarantees that "others will
not attribute or characterize their statements in public
media forums or knowingly transmit them to persons who will,"
according to the Council on Foreign Relations' 1992 Annual
The report goes on to forbid any meeting participant "to
publish a speaker's statement in attributed form in any
newspaper; to repeat it on television or radio, or on a
speaker's platform, or in a classroom; or to go beyond a
memo of limited circulation."
The end result is that the only information the public has
on the CFR is the information they release for public consumption,
which should send up red flags for anyone who understands
the immense effect that CFR directives have on America's
foreign policy. The public knows what the CFR wants the
public to know about the CFR, and nothing more.
There is one hole in the fog of secrecy, however: a book
entitled Tragedy and Hope, written by an "insider"
named Dr. Carroll Quigley, mentor of Bill Clinton.
Tragedy and Hope--a glimpse behind the scenes of global
Dr. Quigley knew a lot about the behind-the-scenes work
of global power because he was a part of that power network
for most of his life. In his book, Tragedy and Hope, Quigley
"I know of the operations of this network because I
have studied it for twenty years and was permitted for two
years, in the early 1960's, to examine its papers and secret
records. I have no aversions to it or to most of its aims
and have, for much of my life, been close to it and to many
of its instruments. I have objected, both in the past and
recently, to a few of its policies ... but in general my
chief difference of opinion is that it wishes to remain
unknown, and I believe its role in history is significant
enough to be known."
The "Hope" in the title of Quigley's book represents
the thousand-year reign of a collectivist one-world society
which will be created when the "network" achieves
its goal of world government. Quigley believed that the
"network" is so powerful at this point that resistance
by the common people is futile. Hence, those who resist
the schemes of the globalist planners represent the "Tragedy."
By Dr. Quigley's logic, there is no point in struggling
against the noose around our necks, because resistance will
merely guarantee strangulation.
Dr. Quigley identified the "network" as the "international
bankers," men who were "different from ordinary
bankers in distinctive ways: they were cosmopolitan and
international; they were close to governments and were particularly
concerned with questions of government debts...; they were
almost exclusively devoted to secrecy and the secret use
of financial influence in political life. These bankers
came to be called international bankers, and, more particularly,
were known as merchant bankers in England, private bankers
in France, and investment bankers in the United States."
The core of control, according to Dr. Quigley, resides in
the financial dynasties of Europe and America who exercise
political control through international financial combines.
The primary tactic of control is lending money at high interest
to governments and monarchs during times of crisis. An example
of this is the current national debt in the U.S., which
is at five trillion dollars right now. Every penny of it
is owed to the Federal Reserve, a corporation comprised
of thirteen private banks.
According to Dr. Quigley, the Council on Foreign Relations
is one of several front organizations set up by the network's
inner circle to advance its schemes. The ultimate goal:
a New World Order.
The Council on Foreign Relations and the New World Order
According to State Department Publication 2349, submitted
by secretary of State and CFR member Edward Stettinius,
a committee on "post-war problems" was set up
before the end of 1939 at the suggestion of the CFR. In
other words, two years before the Japanese bombed Pearl
Harbor, the CFR was planning how to order the world after
the war ended.
In 1946, the Rockefeller Foundation spent almost $140,000
to produce a history of how the United States entered World
War II. This history was intended to counter "revisionist"
historians who argued that the U.S. was "tricked"
into the war by the Roosevelt Administration. The Rockefeller
family has always taken a lead role in the CFR.
In the 1960s, while American men and women were dying in
the jungles of Vietnam and while the military/industrial
complex was sucking trillions of dollars out of American
taxpayers' wallets, the Rockefeller dynasty was financing
Vietnamese oil refineries and aluminum plants. If there
had ever been a formal declaration of war, the Rockefellers
could be tried for treason. Instead, they reaped dividends.
These are just a few of the abuses of power which demonstrate
the results of the power elite's manipulations of our destiny
as a society. If you've ever wondered why you don't hear
about this network of power, just take a look at the CFR's
membership roster (posted online in ParaScope). Many of
the chief executives and newspeople at CBS, NBC/RCA, ABC,
the Public Broadcast Service, the Associated Press, the
New York Times, Time magazine, Newsweek, the Washington
Post, and many other key media outlets are CFR members.
Even if these members of the media's elite had the inclination
to report on what they saw and heard at CFR meetings, they
are prevented from doing so by the Non-Attribution Rule.
To put this in perspective: many of the people who are trusted
to provide information about national and world politics
are deliberately withholding crucial information from the
public because of membership in a secretive globalist organization.
This organization has taken it upon itself to participate
in the manufacturing of a new vision for humanity, and dissidence
will not be tolerated. If you believe the words of Carroll
Quigley, all resistance is futile and doomed to failure.
If you believe the rhetoric of internationalists in our
own government, the current "trend towards isolationism"
will result in a loss of American hegemony in the New World
Order, leaving the United States a wrecked Third World wasteland.
World government can come in time, piece by piece, arrived
at through the full participation and consensus of the human
beings who will be affected by the negotiations. But the
idea of the world's elite determining what path that the
common herd should follow is repulsive to the human spirit.
The story of the CFR goes far deeper than this brief report,
and is interlocked with several other international power
International power orgs depend on the masses remaining
ignorant for their plans to come to fruition. It's up to
you to do your own research and draw your own conclusion.
But remember: there's a hell of a lot more to the story
than Dan Rather will ever tell you. Educate yourself, or
remain a passive consumer. The choice is entirely yours.
(c) Copyright 1996 ParaScope, Inc.