Sunday, May 15, 2016

HOW CIA WON THE COLD WAR






CIA won the Cold War.  

Not the global shapers of Bilderberg and Trilateral; certainly not the vigilantes of the Pinay Circle.   

The Soviet Division, or Russia House, the most secret of all within CIA's Directorate of Operations, had four strategies, which ran concurrently with one another, and the the harmony they created was worthy of Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young.  

In fact, they worked so well, the Soviet Union collapsed ten years ahead of schedule.

Strategy One:  Education & Infiltration

In the mid-1970s CIA embarked on a program to "educate" a new generation of Soviet leaders.  Hope for ending the Cold War lay with Soviet boomers.  

The old farts of the Politburo seemed to understand this, too, and that's why they were so intent on passing Soviet leadership to sick, dying men of their own wartime generation than tapping a younger man to take charge.

Leonid Brezhnev could hardly stand up for the last eight years of his life.  The Soviet system stagnated under his leadership.  The apparatchiks knew this, but were powerless to do anything about it.  

Brezhnev's successor, Yuri Andropov (the KGB chairman), was already dying from liver disease and had to run eight time zones by telephone from his sickbed.
  
And Andropov's successor, Konstantin Chernenko, was a living corpse until they finally buried him.

It was getting ridiculous.

Finally, at the urging of Foreign Secretary Andrei Gromyko, a younger man was chosen to lead the Soviet Union into the future.  

Of course, by then, the dis-union didn't have one -- a future, that is.  CIA had all its chess pieces in place when Mikhail Gorbachev became the Kremlin's top enchilada.

For a start, young Gorby's closest advisor had been working as CIA's secret agent since 1959 when he was recruited at Columbia University.  

The Soviets sent their brightest brains to spy on the USA.  And CIA recruited them.

Most of the Russians who came to the US to study and spy caught on real fast that it was a helluva lot nicer in our country than from whence they came; the difference between night and day.  

They were smart enough to realize, despite their Leninist indoctrination, that their Motherland's communist cause was just a cruel fraud.  

CIA's biggest problem was getting them to return to Moscow, where it wanted them to climb the professional ladder.

Slowly, CIA built a network of agents of influence in every professional arena:  politics, banking, industry, scientific research, media, the arts and, of course, the KGB.

Slowly, in their respective fields, CIA moles chipped away at communism.

Gorby relied heavily on advice from Yakovlev on how to deal with the West and, of course, loved the adoration that Western folks heaped on him, even if his on citizens were booing and hissing.

Strategy Two:  The myth of Star Wars.

Reagan's Strategic Defense Intitiative -- a star war defensive shield -- scared the Russians stupid.  

They were already spending most of their money on their military-industrial complex instead of ensuring that their people were fed.  And now the US was saying, Hey fellas, if you want to keep up, you're going to have to spend a whole lot more!

The Soviets didn't have a whole lot more to spend.  They were scraping by, in a system of stagnation, just to sustain what they had.

USG  knew it.  They knew it.  They knew USG knew.  

The arms race was really over at that point, and with it, the Cold War.

And all based on a bluff.  

The US wasn't spending anywhere near what the Soviets thought it was spending in the development of a defensive shield.  But through tactical disinformation, CIA made them believe Reagan was capable of anything to whip their ass -- even a surprise attack.

It was not an accidental flub when Reagan announced into a live microphone, "We will start bombing (the evil empire) in five minutes."  

It was deliberately staged.

CIA didn't want the Soviets to give up the arms race at that point; it wanted to bankrupt them.

After Reagan's carefully-orchestrated "joke," the KGB convinced itself it was only a matter of time before Reagan would really launch the missiles, and they created Operation RYAN -- a top priority mission to establish precisely when, not if, the attack would occur.

Their operatives scurried around in circles, trying to pinpoint something that didn't exist.  It drove them nuts.  CIA played them like a cello, serving up tasty morsels to keep the gambit going, while getting on with...

Strategy Three:  Insurrection

CIA wanted a foothold i.e. an Eastern European country that would pull what Hungary attempted in the 1956, and Czechoslovakia in 1968.  

Soviet leaders had grown old and weary and sick.  Because of it, their system had become mired in bureaucratic ineptitude.   And quagmired in Afghanistan. 

Truth be known, CIA drew the Soviets into Afghanistan, knowing it would deplete their military and take their focus off the ball (Eastern Europe).  

The only way the Soviets could have beat the barbaric Afghans was by nuking them.  If they hadn't pulled out when they did, they'd still be fighting them today; they'd still be fighting them fifty years from now.  

(This is what Afghans are like:  Their national sport is a kind of polo that's played with sharp spears and a live sheep.  During the war, the Afghans used captured Russian officers in place the sheep.) 

CIA studied the possibilities, from the Baltic to the Black Sea.  It settled on Poland.

The ingredients were all there:  a patriotic, fiercely independent people who considered themselves the happiest of the socialist family, devoted not to communist atheism, but to Catholicism (92 percent); a dissatisfied intelligentsia; a labor force on the verge of rebellion.

CIA realized all it had to do was sit back and watch -- and be ready to jump when the volcano erupted.

It exploded in August 1980 at the Gdansk Shipyard, when a laborer named Lech Walesa punched an apparatchik and declared, "Strike for Freedom!"

They struck.  Their Solidarity Movement paralyzed the country, and the intelligentsia jumped onto the bandwagon.  

The government had no choice but to capitulate.

Solidarity turned the country upside down.  In their enthusiasm, it tried to do too much, too fast.  A military crackdown was inevitable.  

But communications had come a long way since 1968.  People around the world could now see on live TV the harsh, oppressive reality of communism. 

Solidarity went underground.  Through the Vatican, CIA channeled millions of dollars to the outlawed movement, giving it the technology to interrupt live military TV news programs with announcements like, "Don't believe these bastards -- they're lying through their ass!"

The Soviets, burdened with Afghan polo, were horrified.  

They knew they were looking at the future.

Strategy Four:  Secession 

Under Reagan and Bill Casey, CIA chipped away at the Soviet federal structure in all the enslaved republics, from the Baltic region (Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia) to the Stans (Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan), not to mention Georgia and the Ukraine, firing up nationalist fervor.  

As such, CIA destabilized the Soviet system and set the stage for mass secession.

The Russians roundly deserved this.  Moscow had exploited all of these republics to the max, trading their natural resources for foreign currency banked in Moscow -- with only some of it trickling back to feed and clothe the natives.

Not only didn't Moscow care about the people it governed, it didn't care what happened to their environment.  

For example, the Aral Sea in Central Asia became a desert because of an ill-conceived Soviet policy to maximize their cotton crop.

CIA merely pointed this out to their friends in all these weird-sounding places.  The locals weren't stupid.  They knew what was going down.  They just needed CIA's secret reassurance in their quest for self-determination.

In a departure from the costive policies of the men in striped pants down at Foggy Bottom (the State Department), CIA took these guys seriously, accepting  and respecting their national integrity.

The State Department wanted to deal with the republics solely through Moscow.  Not only was it easier than, say, posting diplomats to Tashkent and Bishkek and capitals most Americans can't pronounce, but State did not wish to embarrass the Kremlin.

Through CIA efforts only, a whole new generation of local leaders came to like and respect the Agency, which even helped them establish their own intelligence services, independent of the KGB.  

When things started to fall apart in Moscow, the republics were ready to bail.

So, no thanks to the State Department (nor the Bush Administration, which acted embarrassed about winning the Cold War), the Soviet Union imploded.

And the Gorbster didn't even see it coming until it smacked him across the face.  (He still hasn't figured out what happened judging by long, boring memoirs that vainly attempt to rationalize his failure.)
CIA won the Cold War.  In doing so, it broke the first rule of bureaucracy:  never solve the problem -- it puts you out of a job.

CIA inadvertently created the impression -- Congress and the media took this ball and ran with it -- that the world was now safe; that the US no longer needed covert action and dirty tricks.

As James Joyce wrote:  In moments of happiness, don't despair, tragedy lurks around the next corner.
Indeed.  

Intelligence failures leading to 9-11 are rooted in the Clinton Administration's disinterest in the USA's intelligence services when it was thought their services were no longer needed.




Thursday, May 12, 2016

THE PINAY CIRCLE







Antoine Pinay, the former French prime minister, was not satisfied with his Bilderberg experience.  

He wanted something a little smaller; something more conspiratorial in nature; something that would engage in a spot of direct-action.

So he created a hush-hush band of like-minded rightists.  

It was Pinay's perception that Soviet subversion was everywhere.  He wished to counter this pervasive threat.

Although the Circle bears Pinay's name, its chief architect was Jean Violet, a shady French lawyer in the employ of both the French SDECE and German BND during the 1960s. 

Violet cultivated numerous contacts in the spook world, then attached himself to the former French premier.  

As Pinay went senile, Violet took command of the rogue Circle.

At the Circle's core, Violet assembled....

*  Florimand Damman, Belgian Secretary-General of the Academie Europeene de Science Politique in Brussels, which took the view that Europe was already under attack by a new Soviet imperialism.

*  Archduke Otto de Habsbourg, founder of an anti-communist think-tank called Centre Europeene de Documentation et d'Information.  Hapsbourg's family once owned an empire in Europe so this guy knew imperialism when he saw it -- and lamented the good old days, when it was engineered by his own ancestors.

*  Manuel Fraga Iribarne, fomer Franco minister in Spain, later president of the right-wing Alianza Popular party.

*  Franz Josef Strauss, defense minister, later, president of Germany.

*  Count Alexandre de Marenches, former director of SDECE, the French intelligence service.

*  Nicholas Elliot, a senior British Intelligence officer who never got over Philby's "betrayal" and henceforth saw subversion everywhere.

*  Didier Franks, a British Intelligence chief.

*  A one-time Italian minister of finance named Pandolphi.

*  A General Fraser of South Africa.

*  Brian Crozier, a pompous stooge who credits himself for winning the Cold War single-handedly.  CIA foolishly funded Crozier's (London-based) Institute for the Study of Conflict.  When no one took Crozier seriously (for good reason), he leaked CIA's sponsorship to bolster his own self-importance and gain undeserved recognition.

*  Julian Amery, British minister for aviation.

* Edwin Feulner, head of the Heritage Foundation.  (Egghead playing super-spook.)

*  Donald "Jamie" Jamieson, a former CIA official who never forgave the KGB for infecting him with polio.

*  General Richard Stilwell, former director of the Defense Intelligence Agency.

The ubiquitous David Rockefeller and Henry Kissinger put in cameos but resolved, sensibly, that it wasn't their cup of tea.  (This pair prefers a more decorous approach to global manipulation.)

Toss in at least one right-wing general from Portugal (Spinola), and a couple of Swiss Intelligence types (Richard Lowenthal and the ominous-sounding Dr. Kux).

At a meeting in Washington DC's Madison Hotel on December 1st, 1979, the Circle tried to engage former CIA director William Colby and Federal Reserve chairman Paul Volcker.

The Pinay Circlers were the (self) chosen few, whose job it was to fight the Cold War because nobody else was doing it well enough by their standards.  

As rogue cold warriors, these guys designed a program not dissimilar from CIA's that included:

*  Planting stories in the media by well-known journalists to champion their various campaigns.  (Crozier was one of their "well-known" journalists.  So much for that element of their plan.)

*  Lobbying decision-makers.  (Crozier's report on European Security and the Soviet Problem was personally presented to French President Georges Pompidou by Antoine Pinay.)

*  Organizing mass demonstrations.

*  Creating slush-funds and using them to elect like-minded politicians.  (Franz Strauss, Fraga Iribarne, and Margaret Thatcher benefited from such funds.)

*  Organize under-cover offices in London, Washington, Paris, Madrid and Munich to coordinate the above activities.

They created, by design, their own intelligence service, and used it for the purpose of swapping information with the established secret services of Europe and the US. 

Surprisingly, they were quite active during their heyday in the 1970s.

Through Flammand Damman's academy, the Circle sponsored a Freedom of Movement campaign, aimed at embarrassing the Soviets at the first SALT talks in Helsinki.  

This was followed by a Freedom for Political Prisoners campaign in 1976.

The Circle helped elect Thatcher in Britain (1979) and Strauss in Germany (1980).

Through Saudi Arabia's Prince Turki, the Circle constructed a powerful radio transmitter in Saudi that emitted radio programs promoting Islam in Soviet Russia.  

(A humdinger of an idea.  Yes, the anti-Soviets of yester-year attempted to cure a mild headache by helping create what has become a migraine for the world.)

The Circle deplored the way CIA handled Soviet defectors, believing that CIA did not taking seriously their always invariable message that the sky was falling; that perestroika was just a big trap designed to suck us in, then nuke us into oblivion.

Since CIA wasn't buying it, the Circle created the Jamestown Foundation in Washington, D.C. whose aim, under Jamie Jamieson's direction, was to debrief defectors independent of CIA then disseminate their gospel to the media.  

The Pinay Circle continues to meet, probably for bridge tournaments.  

Jean Violet retired to the Cote d'Azur to tell his grandchildren how he and Brian Crozier saved the West.

                                 


Wednesday, May 11, 2016

BOHEMIAN GROVE








Unknown (except to those in-the-know) as the "greatest men's club in the world" (President Herbert Hoover's words), Bohemian Grove occupies 2,700 acres of Californian redwoods along the Russian River, sixty-five miles north of San Francisco.

The bigwigs come mostly for a good ol' time -- a fraternity party for men of middle-to-old-age from mid-July through early August.

To set the stage, they even enact an opening ritual for unburdening themselves of everyday concerns.

"Be-gone Dull Care!" grown men chant around a bonfire.  "Midsummer sets us free!"

Then they toss an effigy named Dull Care upon the fire to symbolize their freedom.

After that, powerbrokers like David Rockefeller and Henry Kissinger consider themselves free to quaff martinis at ten in the morning and walk around in pajamas or bath robes all day long.  

If they need to take a whiz, they pee on a tree.

The grove is divided into 128 small camps of 20-30 members -- camps with names like Wild Oats, Woof, and Toyland.

One camp, Poison Oak, throws an annual bulls balls luncheon, courtesy of a cattle baron who brings a stash of choice testicles.

Those Bohemians who can still get it up "cross the river," a secret code for leaving the compound and taking their love to town.  

There are two such nearby towns where lustful release from dull care awaits:  Guerneville and Monte Rio.  

The inns and motels of both swell with high-class hookers from Nevada for the midsummer trade.
Something about the air in the redwoods.  Or the guarded privacy.  Or the bulls balls.  Or all three combined.

The Bohemian brotherhood is about bonding (especially for those who cross the river).

Even Tricky Dick Nixon, who couldn't bond with anyone, bonded with the Bohemians.  

He, like every other Republican president of the 20th century, confided his up-coming candidacies to the Bohemians before going public.

Back to Ronald Reagan, who surrounded himself at the White House with the Brotherhood Boys:  George Shultz, Caspar Weinberger, James Baker, Donald Regan, and Bill Casey.

These were scrappers.  The turf battles began almost immediately.

Casey was a tough old bastard.  He got himself, as Director of Central Intelligence, a cabinet position and didn't give a crap about the pant-loads in Congress.

With Reagan's blessing, and Casey's encouragement, the CIA picked up the broken pieces left behind by clergymen Carter and Turner, super-glued everything back together and dipped the whole shebang in gold.

They even started serving bulls balls in Langley's seventh floor executive dining room.


Tuesday, May 10, 2016

THE TRILATERAL COMMISSION







It was Zbigniew Brzezinski, then-head of Russian Studies at Columbia University, who conceived Trilateralism, based on three spheres:  North America, Europe, and Japan.

The notion of a Trilateral Commission was actually hatched at a Bilderberg Conference.  

David Rockefeller, unofficial chairman-of-the-board of the Power Elite, took a fancy to Zbig's Tripartite Studies, and he wangled an invitation for this unpronounceable wannabe to attend Bilderberg's 1972 confab in Knokke, Belgium.

There, Zbiggy made his pitch for inviting the Japs into the Western power elite on the basis that Japan had become an economnic powerhouse and had acquired a new wealth to be reckoned with.

The good burghers of Bilderberg decided against integrating the Japs into their own forum, a bilateral success for almost twenty years by then.  

Instead, the attendees sanctioned a whole new organization:  The Trilateral Commission.

Rockefeller, Zbiggy, and George Franklin traveled to Europe, then Japan, recruiting members from banking, industrial, and political circles.  

(Franklin was a long-time Rockefeller crony; had even been secretary of the American Committee for a Unified Europe.  Small world.)

By summer, a Trilateral Planning Group was ready for its first rendezvous.  

It took place at the Rockefeller estate at Pocantico Hills overlooking the Hudson River, on July 23rd and 24th.  The usual suspects were rounded up to attend.

Rockefeller was paying for this out of his own pocket.  He always found that investing in high-level networking paid huge dividends.

With approval from "the highest political and financial circles" (Trilateral Commission memo), the trio selected appropriately-credentialed chairmen to represent each sphere.

The Trilateral Commission was a disaster. 

Here's why: 

It was a springboard for the presidency and administration of Jimmy Carter.  

Carter was one of those future leaders who caught the eye of Rockefeller.  

Zbiggy and the Rock lunched Carter at the Connaught Hotel in London in October 1972 and signed him up as a Trilateral Commissioner.  

Soon after, the Georgia governor became Rockefeller and Zbiggy's candidate for president, and the Trilateral Commission gave him the power-elite support he needed to "arise from nowhere."

The Trilateral Commission was not nowhere.  Just nowhere to be found in the newspapers.

Carter became president; Zbiggy, his National Security Adviser, the job he had postured for himself from the beginning.  

Carter's vice president, Walter Mondale, was a Trilateral Commissioner, as were Secretary of State Cyrus Vance, Secretary of Defense Harold Brown, and Treasury Secretary W. Michael Blumenthal.

Game, set, match.

Together, Carter's crowd screwed things up real good.  Soaring inflation, interest rates at 20 percent; the world chess board, a horrible mess.  

Carter likened governance and statecraft to church-work.  Statecraft is many things.  Church-work is not one of them.

Carter's waffling and poor judgment caused confusion among our allies, laughter in the Soviet Union, and led, ultimately, to the hostage crisis in Teheran.

It confirmed that, left to their own devices, the Power Elite is fully capable of causing another world war, like their predecessors much earlier in the century.

Another effect of the Carter presidency was CIA having to endure Admiral Stansfield Turner as its director.  

"The Admiral," as he liked to be called, was more concerned by intelligence officers abroad engaging in extra-marital affairs than Iran imploding from within.  He apparently mistook CIA for a missionary group.

A Power Elite disaster, for everyone.

Rockefeller quietly bailed, and put his money behind another horse from the Trilateral stable:  George Bush, a privileged preppie who had moved to Texas to prove his manhood in the oil business.

Enter Ronald Reagan to turn things around.

Reagan wasn't one to sit through conferences held by Bilderberg and Trilateral.  Too damn boring.

No, Reagan was all about the Big Picture, not the system's nuts and bolts.  

Reagan even took a few jabs at Trilateral "elitists" during his campaign to woo voters away from Bush in New Hampshire, where Trilateral membership had become an issue, thanks to conspiracy theorists. 

For his Power Elite outings, the log-chopper Reagan preferred... 


Monday, May 9, 2016

CIA & BILDERBERG



Joseph Retinger


The Power Elite is usually associated with the beliefs of conspiracy theorists.  

Thanks to a whole cottage industry that has sprung up over the past half century, the mainstream media is quick to quash anything that smacks of conspiracy theory, which it associates with cranks.  

As a result, salient facts get ignored.

The Power Elite are not conspirators, but super-lobbyists on an international scale; a serious moneyed elite that float in and out of government service and who take it upon themselves to shape foreign and finance policies, usually from behind the scenes.

Knowing that this elite was responsible for two world wars (not by design, as the conspiracy buffs would have you believe, but through miscalculation), and understanding that CIA's own brief is to stave off war, even if this means fighting one secretly, it decided -- in 1947, soon after its formation -- to hijack the Power Elite.

CIA would endeavor to shape the shapers -- or at least monitor their ideas, and if it couldn't shape them, thwart them if their profiteering got in the way of national security.

To this end, CIA needed to establish a new Power Elite forum.  

Bilderberg.

It began with CIA's recruitment of an enigmatic Polish adventurer named Joseph Retinger, perhaps the least known important figure of the 20th century.

Retinger was an odd little man who hobbled around on a gnarled cane and smoked effeminately with a long cigarette holder.  

Smart and brazen, he moved easily in aristocratic and political circles throughout Europe.   He was not a businessman, but a socializer extraordinaire, a mixer of people.  Retinger brought leading figures together, as if they were chemicals, then waited around to see what reactions his formula might set off.

Retinger came to CIA's attention through the FBI, which had taken a wartime interest in the Pole when he traveled to Washington as part of the Polish-Government-in-Exile's delegation headed by Sikorski.  

The Bureau suspected that Retinger was up to no good, probably in the pay of the Reds.  So FBI gumshoes trailed him everywhere, and CIA eventually got wind of it.  

Retinger was well traveled, erudite and resourceful.  More important, he possessed amazing contacts throughout Europe, all of whom basked in his mystique as a gray eminence.

But best of all, in the early 1930s Retinger had conceived an outlandish plan for European unity:  a united Europe with no borders and a single currency.  

No one was interested, except Retinger's father-in-law, a British politician named E.D. Morel, whose plan to raise the issue in Parliament faded as war clouds gathered over Germany.

Retinger settled in London after the war, distressed by the Western sell-out of his native Poland.

CIA determined that Retinger had two hot buttons:

1)  A free Poland;

2)  A united Europe.

These were the buttons CIA pushed when they sent senior intelligence officers to London to meet Retinger.  
Almost immediately, Retinger got talking about his old intellection of European unity.  Retinger wanted to rekindle this concept, and he believed that the political climate was better than ever as Europe recovered from war; indeed, he had made a speech eighteen months earlier to the Royal Institute for International Affairs (RIIA) in an attempt to arouse support for his concept.

(A few words about RIIA or Chatham House, the handsome mansion it occupies at 10 St. James's Square in London.  It is the skeletal framework for the existing Power Elite, fronted by tweedy academics, usually from All Souls College, Oxford University.)

The members who heard Retinger's speech in the privacy of Chatham House Rules (off-the-record, no attribution) were modestly impressed.  

But no cigar.

CIA pitched Retinger with a lifetime supply.

The Pole was ecstatic.  He didn't care from whence the money came; it was his noble idea that mattered.  

CIA offered Retinger the means with which to pursue his dream -- a black salary (cash money, no 1099) and funding that would cover everything including his kitchen sink.

Then Retinger went to work, which, for him, meant chummy lunches at Claridges and cocktails in a quiet corner at the Savoy.  And several furtive excursions to the continent.

Retinger went to see his closest power elite buddies:  Paul van Zeeland, the Belgian foreign minister, and Paul Rijkens, chairman of Unilever.  

With their political and industrial clout, Retinger organized the First Congress of Europe, convened in the Hague, Holland, in 1948.  (CIA bankrolled everything, from Retinger's whiskey and soda to the convention hall.)

Throw an important-sounding conference with the right names attached, and leaders, present and future, will come.

They came, they argued -- and finally they agreed:  A Council of Europe would be established, along with national committees in each European country.

Simultaneously, CIA created a front organization called the American Committee for a Unified Europe (ACUE).  Its purpose was to lobby American support for Retinger's brainchild, a united Europe.

ACUE's chairman was William "Wild Bill" Donovan, who ran the war-time OSS. 

ACUE's vice chairman was Allen Dulles, another OSS veteran and future CIA director.

ACUE's executive director was Thomas Braden, chief of CIA's  division on international organizations.

It should have been no secret was was going down.  Except in those days, CIA itself was secret.

ACUE became the mechanism CIA used for funding Retinger's next step:  the European Movement -- headquartered in Brussels -- of which Retinger was secretary-general.  

From 1949 till 1953, the operation cost CIA less than a million-and-half dollars.

The Soviet Union, CIA's chief adversary, watched in alarm as Western Europe began to unify.

More important, the power elite signed on, adopting Retinger as their own.

Out of this mixture evolved Bilderberg.

So what the hell is a Bilderberg? 

Hang tight, we're getting there.

Having now positioned Retinger in a respectable mode, with an office and important-sounding title, CIA had him suggest to his power elite buddies that they create a new international forum, based upon Chatham House Rules, whose purpose would be to push European unity from behind the scenes and to establish an unofficial Atlantic Alliance for improving relations between Europe and the United States.  

Something private, cozy -- with the refinement and decorum of a St. James's men's club.

CIA felt that someone with a royal title should nominally head the group, to give it that special cachet needed to attract power-brokers. 

Retinger analyzed the possibilities.  

It needed to be a reigning royal, not an exile.  

Retinger's first choice was Prince Bernhard of the Netherlands, partly because he knew a quick introduction could be arranged through Paul Rijkens of Unilever.  Also, Bernhard had married into the Dutch royal family and hence was not cursed with the madness and retardation that troubled the related (some say inbred) royals of Europe.

Bernhard, sensing new opportunities for himself in such high-level networking, was happy to accept the role of Honorary Chairman.  

Of what, they had not yet decided.

Retinger traveled through Europe and Britain, putting together a circle of initiates, approved in advance by CIA.  

These included:

Hugh Gaitskell (Labour MP) and Sir Colin Gubbins (British Intelligence) of Britain.

Alcide de Gasperi, prime minister of Italy.

Antoine Pinay, prime minister of France.

The first meeting of the initiates took place in Paris, on September 25th, 1953, in an apartment belonging to the parents of Jan Pomian, Retinger's personal assistant.

Around an old ping-pong table, the assorted power-brokers fleshed out what their new forum should be, and who should be invited to join.  

Bottom line:  They agreed to press on.

And, following CIA's instructions, Retinger steered the proceedings in favor of drawing the United States into the picture.

Retinger escorted Prince Bernhard on a trip to Washington, where CIA arranged for both to meet CIA Director Walter Bedell "Beetle" Smith, and Charles "C.D." Jackson, National Security Adviser to President Eisenhower.

The result:  An American circle of initiates was formed.  

Its members included David Rockefeller of Chase Manhattan Bank, Dean Rusk of the Rockefeller Foundation (later, secretary of state), and ketchup king Henry Heinz II.

Both circles worked toward organizing a conference.

It was held over the weekend of May 29-31, 1954 in Oosterbeek, Holland, at Hotel de Bilderberg.

Hence the name:  Bilderberg Meetings; or, the Bilderberg Group.

The Dutch government anted up, but CIA picked up most of the tab.

CIA also paid for the equipment that recorded everything everybody said.

There were about eighty participants at Hotel de Bilderberg, the first and last time their annual conference was held at that site.

Original initiates attended, plus other politicians, bankers and industrialists -- hand-picked on the basis of their good-standing at Chatham House, and its American equivalent, the New York-based Council on Foreign Relations.

The proceedings were strictly confidential; the conference, itself, un-reported in the media, despite the presence of so many heavy-hitters in one place.

To give you an idea of how the Power Elite thinks, this from  their recorded minutes in 1954:

When the time is ripe, our present concepts of world affairs should be extended to the whole world.

Bilderberg continued to meet through the 1950s, sometimes twice a year, into the 1960s, 70s, 80s, 90s, and into this century.  

It still meets today, usually in June,  always before a G-7 summit.  A secluded luxury resort hotel is fully-booked for the weekend pow-wow.  

Bilderberg members and guests arrive quietly -- mostly by private jet -- and depart just as quietly.

No press copnferences; no statements to the press.  Chatham House Rules.

The only hiccup occurred in 1976, when Prince Bernhard was exposed for taking bribes from the Lockheed Corporation.  

His chairmanship of Bilderberg was not publicized, but no chances were taken:  the conference for scheduled for Hot Springs, West Virginia was cancelled; Bernhard stepped down as chairman, replaced in the interim by Lord Home, a former British prime minister.  

In 1979, former German President Walter Scheel took the gavel.  Former NATO general-secretary Lord Carrington took over from Scheel.  

Bilderberg has become the power elite's top tamale.
The shapers have shaped, and continue to shape, within earshot of CIA.

European unity became a reality, nurtured as it was by Bilderberg, though its true father, Joseph Retinger, did not live to see it.  (The gray eminence died in 1960 with everyone around him still puzzled about who paid his bills.)

If you have any doubt that Bilderberg played a major role in European unity, check this out from the minutes of their September 1955 conference in Garmisch, West Germany:

It was generally recognized that it is our common responsibility to arrive in the shortest possible time at the highest degree of integration, beginning with a common European market.

On an extended front, relations between Europe and the United States were greatly strengthened.  When socialist governments occasionally came to power in European countries, Bilderberg ensured that they were tame socialists, bred at Bilderberg conferences, overseen by CIA.

Through Bilderberg, CIA built a rock-solid front against the Soviet Bloc.

(From the minutes of Bilderberg's 1956 conference in Fredensborg, Denmark:  "Participants were warned to 'keep in mind' the necessity to maintain our security arrangements.  Lenin is always a dominant force in the USSR and he taught communists that the big historical questions can only be resolved through violence.")

Bilderberg also capitalized on the power elite's favorite pastime:  sizing up and filtering potential political leaders.

Example:  Henry Kissinger was a regular attender of Bilderberg for a dozen-plus years before claiming fame as Nixon's national security adviser.

Example:  Bill Clinton attended Bilderberg in 1991 -- at the invitation of steering committee member Vernon Jordan -- before announcing his candidacy for the White House.  Some say Clinton needed the final nod.  

CIA ran the whole Bilderberg kaboosh out of a small office in New York City, first at 39 East 51st Street, later at 477 Madison Avenue.

The old-fashioned, drab interior of Murden & Company looked like a Hopper painting.  

Its business of setting agendas and compiling potential invitees for Bilderberg was presided over by a "former" CIA officer.  He worked closely with another former CIA official, William Bundy, who became Bilderberg's Secretary for North America in 1976.

As a registered charity, American Friends of Bilderberg, Inc., administrated by Murden & Company, raised operating costs from foundations and corporations -- mostly from the Exxon Corporation and the Ford Foundation.  

If you want a true definition of how the Power Plite operates, it is on page thirty-nine of their "strictly confidential" minutes from Bilderberg's 1955 conference:

The discussions were remarkable for the measure of agreement expressed... participants will return to their various countries enriched by a clearer knowledge and understanding.  Participants may, in light of their consensus of opinions, be able to pass these views on to public opinion in their own spheres of influence, without disclosing their source.

With European unity a slam-dunk, Bilderberg moved onto loftier goals.  

One such goal:  The New World Order, in which a heavily-supported UN force polices the globe.

But let's not jump ahead so quickly.

Let us return to 1971, when it was thought by the power-brokers that Japan had become wealthy and significant enough to qualify for membership in...