Where Will You Go When the Sovereign Debt Volcano Blows?

06/30/2011

http://www.thedailybell.com/2579/Ron-Holland-Where-Will-You-Go-When-the-Sovereign-Debt-Volcano-Blows

Thursday, June 30, 2011 – by Ron Holland

“People never believe in volcanoes until the lava actually overtakes them.” – George Santayana

Last fall, while on an investment cruise, I had the opportunity to visit a “dormant” volcano in Chile. There was even a ski area with lift, restaurants etc. near the top on the lava and cinders. I thought at the time how I would ski the volcano but never risk my funds on a real estate investment there for obvious reasons.

Today we find the United States and most of Europe in a similar situation. We risk an eruption and collapse of the mountain of unsustainable sovereign debt built up over the last two decades. Frankly, the US dollar and national debt situation is so dire and our means to contain a sovereign debt crisis so limited by multiple wars, Washington’s debt and political incompetence at home, that anything could happen – almost overnight. Even a minor foreign policy or economic event like a Greek default or Middle East crisis could reap havoc with the precarious interlocking sovereign debt pyramid in the West.

Of course, no nation wants a collapse – especially China – because a western debt collapse and write down is certainly uncharted financial waters and the contagion risks are global. Still, America and most European governments and the central banking elites, which created the criminal sovereign debt fiasco, are only trying to buy more time and delay the inevitable. This inaction means the threat of an immediate US debt and dollar collapse cannot be ruled out. Therefore, readers who have not protected themselves certainly have cause to worry because now could be too late.

It Is Exit Time For Your Gold, Wealth & Family

Although you may have some time, nothing else has to happen before a big collapse could take place, even within days. Consequently, after 30 years of watching, writing and creating protective retirement planning and financial strategies, today I’m finally going to yell “FIRE” inside the closed ‘financial iron curtain” which is America.

If you have failed to store your precious metals outside the US, diversify out of the dollar or reduce or terminate your private retirement plan, there is now a clear danger of a Washington dollar and sovereign debt crisis which could sweep away most of your remaining wealth and financial security.

I do not have a crystal ball or inside political information on a specific imminent threat, only the observation that the sovereign debt crisis from Europe, a debt ceiling misstep from the clowns in Washington or a Middle East event could suddenly trigger the collapse. Actually any major political or economic shock could bring the Madoff stylePonzi scheme, which Greenspan and Bernanke have created, down almost overnight on top of us.

This will likely happen over a weekend and the following Monday morning you could wake up to Presidential Executive Orders “means testing” you out of Social Security benefits if you still have substantial retirement benefits or personal savings. You’ll likely discover an end to your home interest deductions, new confiscatory taxes and restrictions on US gold and silver, controls on moving private wealth and funds to safety offshore and dramatic hikes in taxes and cuts in government programs. In addition, spiking inflation rates, violence and massive protests will immediately follow these confiscatory actions and cutbacks. You can also expect severe banking and stock market liquidity restrictions, or closures, and this will only be the beginning. In short your wealth will be trapped in dollars and locked up for the duration of the emergency inside the American jurisdiction.

Therefore if you haven’t already prepared for this type of crisis contingency ahead of time, I’m telling you there will be little you can do after the fact. Washington will simply take and throw your wealth and promised benefits at the problem thus buying them more time with your wealth.

The Central Banks, City of London & Wall Street Have Looted America and the World

Back in 2007, did the Federal Reserve or your politicians or financial experts predict a collapse in housing prices of 30 to 50 percent? Remember, Bernanke, Greorge W. Ben Bush and Barack Obama all promised this was a temporary blip in the long-term upward trend in housing values. All advised you to “stay the course.”

Today, Tim Geithner claims we have a “strong dollar policy” but have you observed the 35% plus appreciation in the currencies of Brazil and Switzerland to the dollar in the last year? The EU establishment has repeatedly claimed over the last few months that the Greek problems are solved but these fake solutions usually only last a few days at best.

Back here in the US, there is talk about deficit reduction, cutting programs and tax increases but nothing really happens because solving the problem is political suicide. The American and European elites are buying time knowing that only a crash or war will give them the opportunity to act as they did in the 2008 meltdown. They only wait for a cataclysmic event to provide the fear, excuse and public support for government action needed to grab our private wealth and to delay their problems.

The mainstream American press doesn’t cover it, however the rest of the world knows that Wall Street banks and their central banking buddies in London and New York created the sovereign debt crisis. They then sold their profitable template, or imposed it on the end of a gun, for debt democracy to politicians around the world as a means to buy votes and maintain political control. The scam is now over and no one has a solution to the tens of trillions in debt already spent.

While many millions of poor people overseas are going hungry because of our exported inflation on food costs, now the foreign middle classes are being impoverished just to pay interest on the sovereign debts to our banking elites. Although, much of the world correctly blames their thieving politicians who’ve been bought off by our banking elites as the problem, our nation is also a target for their outrage.

Foreign politicians will attempt to shift the blame to America and this will speed the end of our American free ride from the fiat dollar and our reserve currency status. The world is just waiting for the spark to start the run out of the dollar and our Treasury debt. No nation will really help us when the collapse comes.

What If You Have More Time?

Maybe we have months instead of weeks – or at most a couple of years before the event takes place. Allow our politicians “buying time” to work for your benefit instead of theirs:

1. Educate Yourself With Free Subscriptions: First, to protect yourself, you must assume the balance of establishment news coverage and opinion is all disinformation designed to delay panic and create actions which will benefit the establishment probably to the detriment of your best interests. Therefore I suggest you subscribe to the following free e-mail publications:

• Follow what the elites are planning ahead of time with The Daily Bell – Subscribe.

• Keep up with the real freedom news and philosophy by subscribing to LewRockwell.com – Subscribe.

• Get an Austrian economics view on the markets and gold with Mountain Vision – Subscribe.

2. Maintain Liquidity & Reduce Political Risk: Legally and following all reporting requirements, move your private wealth outside the US into safe secure investments which will remain liquid and trading should US markets close as they did following 9/11.

3. Create A Domestic Safe-Haven Location: The potential for violence, theft and property destruction in the US dwarfs what could happen in Greece. If you can afford a safe-haven second home away from major cities and high crime locations, then do so. Consider taking advantage of the real estate collapse and buying something you can enjoy in good times and have as insurance for bad times.

4. You Will Likely Be Safer Outside the US: In a serious crisis, most of the criminals out to steal your property and do harm to you will come with official government sanction and not from traditional criminal elements. Consider a more secure safe-haven jurisdiction where the rule of law might still prevail with a condo, second citizenship or residency in a nation outside the United States for the duration of the domestic disorder and economic collapse. Remember, currency and government debt collapse is common throughout the world and history shows the difficulties don’t last forever. My fear is we haven’t seen a world reserve currency collapse before and the aftermath is uncharted waters. I would expect a scenario several magnitudes worse than the 1991 Russian collapse.

5. Secure Your Gold: Finally move most of your gold or silver offshore where it will remain secure rather than become a tempting target for confiscation from parasitical groups and individuals. Washington will need your gold as I doubt there has been substantial gold at Fort Knox since Nixon closed the gold window. The eventual outcome of the crisis may well be some fake gold backing for the dollar. Why else would anyone use a collapsed currency?

6. Don’t Trust Washington With Your Retirement Benefits: Consider closing and taking a withdrawal from your retirement plans to avoid new taxes and penalties at withdrawal, the means testing and loss of your Social Security benefits or the forced investment into collapsing Treasury obligations.

You can read all about the gold and retirement threats in my Lew Rockwell archive. Pay specific attention to the following essays:

The Greek Tragedy
There’s Gold In Fort Knox?
Retire In Poverty- Retirement Plan Nationalization
The Obama Retirement Trap

The debt crisis is here and I promise you only that you will not hear the truth on cable financial news or from your establishment investment firm or professional. To avoid a panic, neither the government, the Federal Reserve or Wall Street will be honest with you about the risks we face, just like they all lied and covered-up before the market meltdown in 2008.

If you are an American, the last place you should keep most of your wealth now is in the dollar or your home country. You might personally get out but your wealth will be trapped for the duration and probably lost during the disruption.

Final note: In my bio below, you can read more about my efforts and others who are fighting for our/your liberty. Addiotionally, Take some time to peruse the biographies and glossary setions of the Daily Bell ThinkTank to familiarize yourself with current and past powerful elites and the means they utilize to control and destroy our/your life, liberty and property.

 


A special report on international banking

06/29/2011

Chained but untamed

http://www.economist.com/node/18654622?story_id=18654622

The world’s banking industry faces massive upheaval as post-crisis reforms start to bite. They may make it only a little safer but much less profitable, says Jonathan Rosenthal

Supervisors and regulators almost everywhere are still trying to find ways to deal with banks that have become too big or too interconnected to be allowed to fail. If anything, the crisis has exacerbated this problem. Some of those banks have become even bigger or more interconnected. And governments made good on the implicit guarantees offered to banks, encouraging them to take even bigger risks.

 

In this special report                                            OLDDOGS COMMENTS

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In America the rules to implement the Dodd-Frank act are beginning to take shape. Passed last year, the law runs to 2,319 pages, but it is little more than a statement of intent. Before it can take effect, 11 different agencies have to write the detailed regulations. These will redefine much of the industry in America and around the world, reversing decades of deregulation in finance in the world’s biggest economy.

One key provision is the separation of investment banking from commercial banking, known as the Volcker rule. It will restore some elements of the Depression-era regulatory regime that was meant to ensure that commercial banks did not “speculate” with protected deposits by forbidding them from trading securities. Other regulations in America will set the fees that some of the world’s biggest retail banks can charge when one of their customers swipes a debit card. These make no pretence to making banking safer, but reflect politicians’ anger at banks and suspicions of those who run them.

Britain, for long the most enthusiastic champion of financial deregulation, is going further still, pondering whether banks’ retail arms should be so tightly regulated that they become little more than public utilities. Mervyn King, the governor of the Bank of England, in a recent speech in New York wondered aloud whether the use of deposits to fund loans should be outlawed. In essence, he was questioning a basic building block of modern banking. In April a government-appointed commission said that Britain’s banks should wall off their retail arms so they could be salvaged if the rest of the business were to collapse. It is also trying to devise resolution regimes and living wills to reduce the harm done when banks collapse, and it wants more competition in retail banking.

Britain is not alone in reacting strongly. Switzerland, which grew rich as its buccaneering international banks sailed the tides of capital flowing around the world, is now downsizing its global banking ambitions. It plans to impose such strict capital standards on its biggest banks that their investment-banking arms will be forced to shrink or leave the country.

The wave of new regulation comes as many banks are still struggling to regain their footing after the crisis. Across much of Europe, bad debts held by banks are impairing the balance-sheets of their governments. Ireland and Spain are trying to convince bondholders that they can and will repay their national debts, despite the losses incurred by their bankers. Doubts about those two countries’ creditworthiness, as well as that of Greece and Portugal, are spreading across the continent’s banks, raising borrowing costs and unsettling markets everywhere.

In America big banks are healthier, having largely rebuilt their balance sheets. Yet not all have recovered. The country’s smaller regional and community banks include some 800 troubled institutions at risk of being seized by regulators if their capital ratios fall. In both America and Britain households are deeply indebted. For banks, growth in these markets, as across much of the rest of the rich world, is likely to be slow. In Japan banks are well into their second decade of a slow-motion crisis, while in China officials fret that banks are growing too quickly.

There is much that regulators around the world are doing well, yet many of their actions have been piecemeal. As a result, they tend to shuffle risk around from one country to the next instead of reducing it across the global financial system. In some ways they have exacerbated the dangers. Dodd-Frank, in its zeal to prevent any more taxpayer-funded bank bail-outs, has curbed the Federal Reserve’s ability to provide cash to banks that are fundamentally sound but suffering a shortage of liquidity. That has made it harder for the central bank to act as a lender of last resort, a principle of central banking established almost 140 years ago by Walter Bagehot, a former editor of this newspaper.

The unwelcome consequences of some of the other new rules now being introduced may be greater yet. For example, the European Commission’s decision to regulate bankers’ bonuses in a bid to limit risk-taking may have the perverse effect of driving up banks’ costs and making their earnings more volatile.

The bright spots

Banks in emerging markets face different and far more exciting challenges. They need to grow quickly enough to keep pace with economies racing ahead at breakneck speed and to reach the legions of potential customers in villages and slums who are hungry for banking. Rapid growth and the spread of computing and communications technologies have turned these markets into huge laboratories of innovation. This special report will argue that banks in countries such as India and Kenya have much to teach those in the rich world. These lessons could come in handy, for the torrent of reregulation in developed countries will soon be raising banks’ costs, trimming their profits and forcing some of their customers to look for cheaper banking services.


A GUIDE TO JURY NULLIFICATION

06/28/2011
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Fully Informed Jury Association

http://fija.org/

A GUIDE TO JURY NULLIFICATION

In 1734, John Zenger printed an article condemning the governor of New York. Colonial law prohibited publications that did not meet government approval and Zenger was arrested for seditious libel.

Zenger did not deny publishing the offending work. During his trial, the judge instructed the jury that this admission was evidence enough to convict.

In fact, the jury disregarded the judge’s instructions and found Zenger not guilty, based on what they deem to be an unjust law.

This landmark case for freedom of the press is one of the earliest and best known examples of jury nullification.

A jury is designed to protect society from law – breakers, but it is also a means to protect society from bad laws.

A jury can nullify a law that it believes unjust or wrongly applied to a defendant.

Jury independence is your power to judge the law as well as the evidence, and to vote on a verdict according to conscience.

Judges are not required to warn you of jury nullification power. In many jurisdictions it is forbidden for attorneys to advise the jury of the possibility, and jurors must learn from extra legal sources.

The fear of anarchy guides such restriction, and there are examples of nullification gone awry, (eg, racist juries refusing to convict white supremacist for killing black people.) Another example is, no matter what the evidence, it is within your rights to declare the defendants of nonviolent drug charges, NOT GUILTY. Even when they have confessed.

The war on drugs laws are unconstitutional, and only serve to supply the private prison industry with profits.

You can preserve freedom by refusing to convict people of non – violent crimes, and the judges cannot stop you.

If you think that all law is just, consider this.

The fact that there is widespread existence of juries prerogative, an approval of its existence as a necessary counter to case hardened judges and arbitrary prosecutors, does not establish as an imperative that the jury must be informed by the judge of that power.

If you believe that the law is a defender of freedom, you are mis-informed. The law is a defender of corporate government.

 

 

 

On the Grand Jury #1

Fully Informed Jury Association

Post Office Box 5570   Helena, MT 59604-5570    1-800-TEL-JURY    www.fija.org

The U.S. Attorneys Manual states that prosecutors “must recognize that the grand jury is an independent body, whose functions include not only the investigation of crime and the initiation of criminal prosecution but also the protection of the citizenry from unfounded criminal charges” (USAM, Section 9-11.010).

The Manual recognizes that targets of investigations have the right and can “request or demand the opportunity to tell the grand jury their side of the story” (USAM, Section 9-11.152).

The Supreme Court states that the independent grand jury’s purpose is not only to investigate possible criminal conduct, but to act as a “protector of citizens against arbitrary and oppressive governmental action,” and to perform its functions, the independent grand jury “deliberates in secret and may determine alone the course of its inquiry” (United States v. Calandra, 414 U.S. 338 (1974)).

An independent grand jury is to “stand between the prosecutor and the accused,” and to determine whether a charge is legitimate, or is “dictated by malice or personal ill will” (Hale v. Henkel, 201 U.S. 43 (1906)).  The grand jury is to protect citizens against “hasty, malicious and oppressive persecution” and to insure that prosecutions are not “dictated by an intimidating power or by malice and personal ill will” (Wood v. Georgia, 370 U.S. 375 (1962)).

The independent grand jury is described as “a body with powers of investigation and inquisition, the scope of whose inquiries is not to be limited narrowly by questions of propriety or forecasts of the probable result of the investigation” (Branzburg v. Hayes, 408 U.S. 665 (1972)).

“Without thorough and effective investigation, the grand jury would be unable either to ferret out crimes deserving of prosecution, or to screen out charges not warranting prosecution.” (U.S. v. Sells Engineering, 463 U.S. 418 (1983)

Here are some comments from a person who was brought up for indictment:

“Obviously a grand jury could not fulfill its duties if it is only allowed to hear evidence which the government chooses to let it hear.

Therefore, while I would be more than happy to answer any questions that you or members of the grand jury may have, and while I have no intention of engaging in a prolonged, unlimited monologue, there is additional information which must be provided to the grand jury in order for the members thereof to thoroughly perform their Constitutional duties.

I trust that you, the prosecutor, will not attempt to censor me, or suppress such information from being seen by the grand jury, when I am testifying.” The grand jury refused to indict her after hearing her testimony, by the way.

Find out if there is a sign-up sheet to volunteer to get on grand juries in your county, state, and federal jurisdictions.  Sign up if you can!  It is the best way to put a lid on out-of-control government prosecutions. If you are serving on a grand jury, you have the authority and the duty to call in the person or persons being accused, to dismiss the prosecutor and government employees from the room, and to question and hear from the person the prosecutor wants to charge.

You have the duty to ensure that no person is brought to trial unless there is obvious and sufficient evidence to return an indictment. As a grand juror, you are the first line of defense for private citizens against ambitious prosecutors and unconstitutional laws being used against The People.

Our founders intended that our independent grand juries protect people from ambitious or tyrannical government employees and laws.  You, as a grand juror, stand as the first bulwark against government tyranny. While you must protect us all from dangerous people who harm others, you must always be aware that your first job is to protect harmless people from unfair, unjust and unreasonable government laws.  When laws encroach on private individual rights, you cannot be required to enforce them by returning an indictment.  When you refuse to indict harmless people, you help to protect us all, you included, from out-of-control government actions.

As an independent grand jury, you also have the right to initiate your own investigations on evidence presented to you, and to indict anyone if you feel they are guilty of wrongdoing, including those government employees and elected officials who are not upholding an oath of public office.

FIJA/AJI Document name and order #: On the Grand Jury: OTGJ#1  August 15, 2010

The above was copied from a PDF file at http://fija.org/ .Go there and look on the home page for the Juror’s Guide and read items 2,3,4,&5.


Al Gore, Agenda 21, and Population Control

06/26/2011

From the American Dream
It is impossible to defeat your enemy if you do not know who they are and what their goals are. The people who are quoted in this article are much more dangerous to our way of life than any raghead with an AK. If these people really want to control the population—-perhaps they should consider suicide, it would be a great beginning.

In Liberty
Mike

Imagine going to sleep one night and waking up many years later in a totally different world.  In this futuristic world, literally everything you do is tightly monitored and controlled by control freak bureaucrats in the name of “sustainable development” and with the goal of promoting “the green agenda”.  An international ruling body has centralized global control over all human activity.  What you eat, what you drink, where you live, how warm or cold your home can be and how much fuel you can use is determined by them.  Anyone that dissents or that tries to rebel against the system is sent off for “re-education”.  The human population is 90 percent lower than it is today in this futuristic society, and all remaining humans have been herded into tightly constricted cities which are run much like prisons.  Does all of that sound good to you?  Well, this is what Agenda 21 is all about.
Yes, I know all this sounds like a plot from a science fiction novel.  But it is actually real.  178 nations have signed on to Agenda 21.  “Eco-prophets” such as Al Gore travel all over the world teaching us how wonderful “sustainable development” will be.  This agenda is being pushed in our schools, at our universities, on our televisions and in our movies.

So exactly what is Agenda 21?  The following is how the United Nations defines Agenda 21….

Agenda 21 is a comprehensive plan of action to be taken globally, nationally and locally by organizations of the United Nations System, Governments, and Major Groups in every area in which human impacts on the environment.

When you start doing deep research into Agenda 21, you will find that describing it as a “comprehensive plan” is an understatement.  Virtually all forms of human activity impact the environment.  The rabid “environmentalists” behind the green agenda intend to take all human activity and put it into a box called “sustainable development”.

One of the key elements of “sustainable development” is population control.  The United Nations (along with radical “environmental” leaders such as Al Gore) actually believes that there are far too many people on earth.

So what is the solution?

Sadly, they actually believe that we need to start reducing the population.

Just this week, Al Gore made the following statement regarding population control….

“One of the things we could do about it is to change the technologies, to put out less of this pollution, to stabilize the population, and one of the principle ways of doing that is to empower and educate girls and women. You have to have ubiquitous availability of fertility management so women can choose how many children have, the spacing of the children.

You have to lift child survival rates so that parents feel comfortable having small families and most important ­ you have to educate girls and empower women. And that’s the most powerful leveraging factor, and when that happens, then the population begins to stabilize and societies begin to make better choices and more balanced choices.”

Do you notice how whenever global leaders talk about “empowering” women these days it always ends up with them having less children?

This population control agenda is also reflected in official UN documents.

The following is language from a UN resolution that was adopted by the UN General Assembly that was designed to further the implementation of Agenda 21….

“….population growth rates have been declining globally, largely as a result of expanded basic education and health care. That trend is projected to lead to a stable world population in the middle of the twenty-first century… The current decline in population growth rates must be further promoted through national and international policies that promote economic development, social development, environmental protection, and poverty eradication, particularly the further expansion of basic education, with full and equal access for girls and women, and health care, including reproductive health care, including both family planning and sexual health, consistent with the report of the International Conference on Population and Development.”

Most Americans don’t grasp it yet, but the truth is that the global elite are absolutely obsessed with population control.  In fact, there is a growing consensus among the global elite that they need to get rid of 80 to 90 percent of us.

The number one commandment of the infamous Georgia Guidestones is this: “Maintain humanity under 500,000,000 in perpetual balance with nature.”

Unfortunately, a very high percentage of our global leaders actually believe in this stuff.

Sadly, this philosophy is now regularly being reflected in official UN documents.  For example, the March 2009 U.N. Population Division policy brief begins with the following shocking statement….

What would it take to accelerate fertility decline in the least developed countries?

Apparently the poorest nations are the primary target for the population control freaks over at the UN.

This agenda showed up again when the United Nations Population Fund released its annual State of the World Population Report for 2009 entitled “Facing a Changing World: Women, Population and Climate“.

The following are three quotes that were pulled right out of that document….

1) “Each birth results not only in the emissions attributable to that person in his or her lifetime, but also the emissions of all his or her descendants. Hence, the emissions savings from intended or planned births multiply with time.”

2) “No human is genuinely “carbon neutral,” especially when all greenhouse gases are figured into the equation. Therefore, everyone is part of the problem, so everyone must be part of the solution in some way.”

3) “Strong family planning programmes are in the interests of all countries for greenhouse-gas concerns as well as for broader welfare concerns.”

If no human is “carbon neutral”, then what is the solution?

To those that are obsessed with Agenda 21 and “sustainable development”, the fact that you and I are alive and breathing air is a huge problem.

The population control agenda is also regularly showing up in our newspapers now.

In a recent editorial for the New York Times entitled “ The Earth Is Full“, Thomas L. Friedman made the following statement….

You really do have to wonder whether a few years from now we’ll look back at the first decade of the 21st century ­ when food prices spiked, energy prices soared, world population surged, tornados plowed through cities, floods and droughts set records, populations were displaced and governments were threatened by the confluence of it all ­ and ask ourselves: What were we thinking? How did we not panic when the evidence was so obvious that we’d crossed some growth/climate/natural resource/population redlines all at once?

But Friedman is quite moderate compared to many of the “eco-prophets” that are running around out there today.

For example, James Lovelock, the creator of the Gaia hypothesis, stated in an interview with the Guardian earlier this year that “democracy must be put on hold” if the fight against global warming is going to be successful and that only “a few people with authority” should be permitted to rule the planet until the crisis is solved.

A Finnish environmentalist named Pentti Linkola has gone even farther than that.  Linkola is openly calling for climate change deniers to be “re-educated”, for an eco-fascist world government to be established, for humans to be forcibly sterilized and for the majority of humans to be killed.

That doesn’t sound pleasant, now does it?

This agenda is even being taught by professors at our top universities.

The truth is that academia is brimming with nutjobs who want to see the vast majority of humans wiped out.

For example, Professor of Biology at the University of Texas at Austin Eric R. Pianka is a very prominent advocate of radical human population control.

In an article entitled “What nobody wants to hear, but everyone needs to know”, Pianka made the following shocking statements….

*First, and foremost, we must get out of denial and recognize that Earth simply cannot support many billions of people.

*This planet might be able to support perhaps as many as half a billion people who could live a sustainable life in relative comfort. Human populations must be greatly diminished, and as quickly as possible to limit further environmental damage.

*I do not bear any ill will toward humanity. However, I am convinced that the world WOULD clearly be much better off without so many of us.

Now keep in mind that this is a university professor that is teaching our kids.  People actually pay a lot of money to get educated by this guy.

If those pushing Agenda 21, “sustainable development” and population control get their way, the world is going to be a much different place in the future.

Just watch the video posted below.  It was originally produced by the Forum for the Future, a major NGO funded by big corporations such as Time Warner and Royal Dutch Shell.  In this video, the Forum for the Future presents their chilling version of the future.  Are you ready to live in a “Planned-opolis”?  Are you ready to use a “calorie card” and to have what you eat determined by a “global food council”?  This is the kind of tyrannical future that these radical environmental organizations want to impose on you and I….

Yes, the video is almost comical, but this is the kind of world that the global elite want to push us towards.

In fact, we see radical steps being taken all over the globe even now.

In Europe, the European Commission has unveiled a plan to ban all cars from major European cities by the year 2050.

In Europe, the mantra “carbon dioxide is causing global warming” has become gospel.  This banning of cars from city centers is all part of a draconian master plan to reduce carbon dioxide emissions in Europe by 60 percent over the next 40 years.

Hopefully this plan will never come to fruition, but the fact that the European Commission is seriously pushing it just shows how far things have progressed.

But we don’t have to peer into the future to see how this agenda is going to affect us.

Today, the U.S. government and governments all over the industrialized world have become so obsessed with reducing carbon emissions that now they even tell us what kinds of light bulbs we are allowed to buy.

There are millions of Americans that love the old light bulbs.  But soon we will not have the choice to buy them anymore.

What kind of freedom is that?

In some areas of the United States, government snoopers actually sort through the trash of residents to ensure that environmental rules are being followed.  For example, in the city of Cleveland, Ohio authorities have announced plans to have “trash supervisors” go snooping through trash cans to ensure that people are actually recycling according to city guidelines.

How would you feel if government officials went snooping around in your trash cans?

The world is changing.  The global elite have immense amounts of wealth and power and they are intent on imposing a radical environmental agenda on all the rest of us.

The reality is that many of the wealthiest and most prominent people in the world are absolutely obsessed with the green agenda and with population control.  Just consider the following quotes….

David Rockefeller: “The negative impact of population growth on all of our planetary ecosystems is becoming appallingly evident.”

CNN Founder Ted Turner: “A total population of 250-300 million people, a 95% decline from present levels, would be ideal.”

Dave Foreman, Earth First Co-Founder: “My three main goals would be to reduce human population to about 100 million worldwide, destroy the industrial infrastructure and see wilderness, with it’s full complement of species, returning throughout the world.”

Maurice Strong: “Isn’t the only hope for the planet that the industrialized civilizations collapse? Isn’t it our responsibility to bring that about?”

Michael Oppenheimer: “The only hope for the world is to make sure there is not another United States. We can’t let other countries have the same number of cars, the amount of industrialization, we have in the US. We have to stop these Third World countries right where they are.”

This radical agenda is even represented in the White House.

John P. Holdren, Barack Obama’s top science advisor, co-authored a textbook entitled “Ecoscience” back in 1977 in which he actually advocated mass sterilization, compulsory abortion, a one world government and a global police force to enforce population control.

On page 837 of Ecoscience, a claim is made that compulsory abortion would be perfectly legal under the U.S. Constitution….

“Indeed, it has been concluded that compulsory population-control laws, even including laws requiring compulsory abortion, could be sustained under the existing Constitution if the population crisis became sufficiently severe to endanger the society.”

On pages 942 and 943, a call is made for the creation of a “planetary regime” that would control the global economy and enforce population control measures….

“Perhaps those agencies, combined with UNEP and the United Nations population agencies, might eventually be developed into a Planetary Regime­sort of an international superagency for population, resources, and environment. Such a comprehensive Planetary Regime could control the development, administration, conservation, and distribution of all natural resources, renewable or nonrenewable, at least insofar as international implications exist. Thus the Regime could have the power to control pollution not only in the atmosphere and oceans, but also in such freshwater bodies as rivers and lakes that cross international boundaries or that discharge into the oceans. The Regime might also be a logical central agency for regulating all international trade, perhaps including assistance from DCs to LDCs, and including all food on the international market.”

“The Planetary Regime might be given responsibility for determining the optimum population for the world and for each region and for arbitrating various countries’ shares within their regional limits. Control of population size might remain the responsibility of each government, but the Regime would have some power to enforce the agreed limits.”

On page 917, the surrender of U.S. national sovereignty to an international organization is advocated….

“If this could be accomplished, security might be provided by an armed international organization, a global analogue of a police force. Many people have recognized this as a goal, but the way to reach it remains obscure in a world where factionalism seems, if anything, to be increasing. The first step necessarily involves partial surrender of sovereignty to an international organization.”

As mentioned earlier, Holdren is the number one science advisor to Barack Obama, and the truth is that the top levels of the U.S. government are packed with people that believe this stuff.

Yes, a lot of what you have read in this article sounds crazy.  But the global elite really do believe in population control and they really are seeking to implement a radical environmental agenda across the entire planet.

They want total control of everyone and everything so that they can impose the measures that they believe are necessary to “fix” the planet.

I have actually written quite extensively in the past about the radical green agenda of the global elite.  If you are interested in learning more, I would recommend the following articles….

* The Green Police

* Governments Around The World Are Eagerly Adopting The Strict Population Control Agenda Of The United Nations

* Yes, They Really Do Want To Reduce The Population – 22 Shocking Population Control Quotes From The Global Elite That Will Make You Want To Lose Your Lunch

* The Dangerous Myth Of Overpopulation

* One Less Child? Environmental Extremists Warn That Overpopulation Is Causing Climate Change And Will Ultimately Destroy The Earth

* Hillary Clinton: Population Control Will Now Become The Centerpiece Of U.S. Foreign Policy

* New U.N. Report: We Must Reduce The Population To Fight Climate Change

* The Population Control Agenda Behind The Global Warming Movement: For The Environmental Extremists At Copenhagen Population Reduction Is The “Cheapest” Way To Reduce Carbon Emissions

* To The Global Elite The Math Is Simple: Human Overpopulation Is Causing Climate Change So The Solution To Climate Change Is Population Control


Galatians 4:16 Am I therefore become your enemy, because I tell you the truth?

“Bad men cannot make good citizens. It is when a people forget God that tyrants forge their chains. A vitiated state of morals, a corrupted public conscience, is incompatible with freedom. No free government, or the blessings of liberty, can be preserved to any people but by a firm adherence to justice, moderation, temperance, frugality, and virtue; and by a frequent recurrence to fundamental principles.”~Patrick Henry


THEY ARE BRAIN WASHING YOU

06/26/2011

http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=25388

GLOBAL RESEARCH

John Pilger

06 24 11

One of the most original and provocative books of the past decade is Disciplined Minds by Jeff Schmidt (Rowman & Littlefield). “A critical look at salaried professionals,” says the cover, “and the soul-battering system that shapes their lives.” Its theme is postmodern America but also applies to Britain, where the corporate state has bred a new class of Americanised managers to run the private and public sectors: the banks, the main parties, corporations, important committees, the BBC.

Professionals are said to be meritorious and non-ideological. Yet, in spite of their education, writes Schmidt, they think less independently than non-professionals. They use corporate jargon – “model”, “performance”, “targets”, “strategic oversight”. In Disciplined Minds, Schmidt argues that what makes the modern professional is not technical knowledge but “ideological discipline”. Those in higher education and the media do “political work” but in a way that is not seen as political. Listen to a senior BBC person sincerely describe the nirvana of neutrality to which he or she has risen. “Taking sides” is anathema; and yet the modern professional knows never to challenge the “built-in ideology of the status quo”. What matters is the “right attitude”.

A key to training professionals is what Schmidt calls “assignable curiosity”. Children are naturally curious, but along the way to becoming a professional they learn that curiosity is a series of tasks assigned by others. On entering training, students are optimistic and idealistic. On leaving, they are “pressured and troubled” because they realise that “the primary goal for many is getting compensated sufficiently for sidelining their original goals”. I have met many young people, especially budding journalists, who would recognise themselves in this description. For no matter how indirect its effect, the primary influence of professional managers is the extreme political cult of money worship and inequality known as neoliberalism.

The ultimate professional manager is Bob Diamond, the CEO of Barclays Bank in London, who got a £6.5m bonus in March. More than 200 Barclays managers took home £554m in total last year. In January, Diamond told the Commons Treasury select committee that “the time for remorse is over”. He was referring to the £1trn of public money handed unconditionally to corrupted banks by a Labour government whose leader, Gordon Brown, had described such “financiers” as his personal “inspiration”.

This was the final act of corporate coup d’état, now disguised by a specious debate about “cuts” and a “national deficit”. The most humane premises of British life are to be eliminated. The “value” of the cuts is said to be £83bn, almost exactly the amount of tax legally avoided by the banks and corporations. That the British public continues to give the banks an additional annual subsidy of £100bn in free insurance and guarantees – a figure that would fund the entire National Health Service – is suppressed.

So, too, is the absurdity of the very notion of “cuts”. When Britain was officially bankrupt following the Second World War, there was full employment and some of its greatest public institutions, such as the Health Service, were built. Yet “cuts” are managed by those who say they oppose them and manufacture consent for their wider acceptance. This is the role of the Labour Party’s professional managers.

In matters of war and peace, Schmidt’s disciplined minds promote violence, death and mayhem on a scale still unrecognised in Britain. In spite of damning evidence to the Chilcot inquiry by the former intelligence chief Major General Michael Laurie, the “core business” manager, Alastair Campbell, remains at large, as do all the other war managers who toiled with Blair and at the Foreign Office to justify and sell the beckoning bloodbath in Iraq.

The reputable media play a critical often subtle role. Frederick Ogilvie, who succeeded the BBC’s founder, Lord Reith, as director general, wrote that his goal was to turn the BBC into a “fully effective instrument of war”. Ogilvie would have been delighted with his 21st-century managers. In the run-up to the Iraq invasion, the BBC’s coverage overwhelmingly echoed the government’s mendacious position, as studies by the University of Wales and Media Tenor show.

However, the great Arab uprising cannot be easily managed, or appropriated, with omissions and caveats, as an exchange on the BBC’s Today programme on 16 May made clear. With his celebrated professionalism, honed in corporate speeches, John Humphrys interviewed a Palestinian spokesman, Husam Zomlot, following Israel’s massacre of unarmed demonstrators on the 63rd anniversary of the illegal expulsion of the Palestinian people from their homes.

Humphrys: . . . it’s not surprising that Israel reacted the way it did, is it?

Zomlot: . . . I am very proud and glad [they were] peacefully marching only to . . . really to draw attention to their 63-year plight.

Humphrys: But they did not march peacefully, that’s my point . . .

Zomlot: None of them . . . was armed . . . [They were] opposed to Israeli tanks and helicopters and F-16s. You cannot even start to compare the violence . . . This is not a security matter . . . [the Israelis] always fail to deal with such a purely political, humanitarian, legal matter . . .

Humphrys: Sorry to interrupt you there but . . . if I marched into your house waving a club and throwing a stone at you then it would be a security matter, wouldn’t it?

Zomlot: I beg your pardon. According to the United Nations Security Council resolutions, those people are marching to their homes; they have the deeds of their homes; it’s their private property. So let’s set the record right once and for all . . .

It was a rare moment. Setting the record straight is not a managerial “target”.


The comprehensive Annual Financial Report and the Tax Retirement Fund

06/25/2011

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CAFR1 REPLY TO TIM AND SCOTT – STATE (GOVERNMENT) RUN BANKS

Tim and Scott:

I have found analogies work well to get a point across. The big issue is that government has taken over “all” forms of racketeering and expanded the profit margin 20x fold. Gambling; the numbers; alcohol; and other vices such as tobacco. Trailers of cash roll in the door each day for government more so than organized crime ever dreamed about from the same.

Government has worked on the basis of greed and opportunity for the last ten-thousand years and has pushed the envelope at every opportunity to do so. Outside of the “promoted” rhetoric given the public to justify their involvement the final effect and end result of the before mentioned takeovers have been crystal clear; using the population as a productivity resource to be drained and managed.

In the same light per banking and investment “modern” collective government a hundred years ago started the process to “capture” the profit from this arena through increased investment in the same to as of today collective government is the “primary” investor in that arena globally. To do so it was imperative that the public remain oblivious to the scope and size of the expansion and takeover in this arena. Under communism the government openly professed to “own it all”. If the public here knew the same was taking place the push come to shove civil war revolution would have sparked forty-years ago. As a very effective tactic used to prevent that occurrence, the decades of masterful entertainment and controlled information management began: “”feed the public bullshit and grow the end result of mushrooms kept in the dark” This was the key reason the CAFR (government’s Annual Financial Report) was never mentioned over the last sixty-years, it showed “in its collective totals” the takeover in progress a little bit by little bit each and every year.

Well, the bottom line as of 1999 was that Government “did” take it all over by investment. The banks; brokerage; and insurance industry was the effective conduit that government required to do so. That industry participated eagerly over the last century also out of greed and opportunity. Government was where the money was. Government institutional investment capital was the coveted prize to assure massive profits for both sides of the coin. Expansion of those globally managed government institutional funds perpetuated “massive” wealth every year for those involved. Additionally the private sector corporate community cooperated and was eager to participate based on “who” was to get their capital from that collective government institutional investment wealth base. Who from the corporate world was going to kick the Goose that was laying the golden eggs of investment capitalization?

In the 80’s – 90’s Russia saw the errors of their ways in face of the USA model for government takeover and control and modified their principle of operation to do the same. Come the year 2000 even China realized the government “corporate” model operating in the United States was more effective in end result for government expansion; wealth generation; and absolute control. They as Russia did modified their presentation of policy to their population also to join the family of “One New World Corporate Order” of government ownership by investment for ultimate population control.

Hey, now that I have distracted you readers from the Simpsons; Family Guy; the championship sports game; if OJ will ever get out of jail;  if Tiger will have a relapse of his sex addiction; or if your phone bill is to high, did the clear exposure given above have an impact on your cognitive thinking?

Per the issue that I am replying to of concern: “State (government) Run Banks”, in the scheme of things it is just a step of evolution in line with government control and profit. An important step for consolidation. You see as government took it all over by investment they needed the banks; brokerage; and insurance companies to facilitate the takeover for them. Now that they have done so, who needs the middle-man?

What we saw transpire in the world economy since 2000 were the death throngs of a capitalist world as all were thrown into a frenzy of who was going to steal the most the fastest while they still could. The writing was on the wall for for consolidation of complete and absolute government control over all finance / investment operations down the road and done so globally. Just like a pack of dogs who saw the last opportunity for a last big meal, the chaos for manipulated massive wealth transfer went into effect. That old adage of: “If rape is inevitable, lie back and enjoy it” came to play on and after 911 and then with the market bubble of 2008. Massive wealth transfer took place and those dogs eagerly grabbed the biggest chunks of meat they could get their teeth into.

The wealth transfer took place in two primary fashions: Market profits (in the tens of trillions of dollars) from the manipulations / event orchestrations and by trillion dollar giveaways to the institutional participants at taxpayer expense and liability.

The push for state run banks will come to a fever pitch in the near future and in fact the logic used by government to do so will be expounding on the need to sure-up on the tottering economy and increasing the profit of your local government. Again, “cut out the middle man”. Problem caused and self created solution provided. Or: opportunity presented, greed satisfied.

The other aspect of the takeover has been “information management”. Government has been having fun testing the aspects of what information we are spoon fed. This ranges from the absurd to: “it is imperative that we act now” and everything in between. The intent behind most of this is population control and management to effect the desired end result of the end game, complete control and management for ultimate profit for collective government.

Keep in mind it is just opportunity and the ability to effect the end result using what are now normal corporate marketing tactic. Now our grand-fathers and great-grand-fathers may be locking and loading at this point but they were not conditioned as we were to accept our fate from an inevitable overpowering force. We have been conditions as is the plot line of every show we are saturated with like Cops; Judge Judy; stories on the nightly news to: Shut up, follow instructions; do what you are told. Our descendents were not subject to the very refined government – corporate masterful entertainment and conditioned responses that we are subject to today. Their independence; freedoms; and most important of all – ability to independently act were not as fettered as they are on all of us today. We are the new definition of a controlled and managed society.

State run banks? In my opinion: Not a good idea for us. Great idea for the profit of corporate government but not for US.

What is the one factor that has been missing from this picture of government vs. the population over the last ten-thousand years?

ANS: The public has never been the “first-line-beneficiary” of the wealth. They have always been an afterthought, appeased with whatever rhetoric or sideline special program that was necessary to perpetuate the government intent of control and takeover of it all due to the money involved. Again just simple and unrestrained (for all intents and purposes) greed and opportunity at play. Four-thousand years ago the Pharaohs did it and today our congress and senate is in the same mode of intent in a diversity of thousands of issues all decided along the lines in end result of furthering government control and wealth generation.

But who am I to say these things and expect the population to effect permanent change to modify our government to make the population the first-line-beneficiary of the wealth? I am but only just one man who is only 55 years old and very tired.

Now I know for sure that our grand-fathers and great-grand-fathers would have stopped; thought about; and acted upon with whatever force was necessary to make the people of the United States the first-line-beneficiary of the wealth. But then again they were not conditioned as we have been to: Shut up, follow instructions; do what you are told.

So how can this change / modification come to be?

It is required to get the cooperation and intent applied of all three power groups of the world to make it happen. The Financial Cartels; the Population; and Government. What can motivate all three groups with a impassioned driving force to make this happen?

In answer to that question let’s just stay to the basics that have worked all so well over the millenniums: Greed and opportunity.

I brought forward last year what makes the population first-line-beneficiary of the wealth. I called it the TRF – http://TaxRetirement.com

From all views and from all directions of perspective it is a win-win for all three power groups “and” creates a thriving economy for the next one-thousand years. (and no taxation to boot).

I have good news: The pot is a stirring! Government officials from different locations from across the country have been considering implementing the TRF. They do so in quite contemplation and behind closed doors at this time. They know the wrath of the corruption from easy money by taxation will come down on them with an iron foot if their thinking was known. Their successes in secret have been noteworthy. Their ranks are growing and their contact discussions with the financial cartels have been productive. The population may not be aware of this but then: Loose lips sink ships”. You see that greed and opportunity principle has a long-term ability to be satisfied within the principle of operation of the TRF and it “is” a win-win for all “globally”.

I now know it is not an issue of “if” but an issue of “when” the TRF will be given birth.

The ice-breaker that is bringing it forth is reliant on the following most important aspect of all:  For the last ten-thousand years government has viewed the population as a productivity resource to be drained and managed. This has never nor will ever be a good thing. Government under the operation of the TRF changes their intent to see the population as wealthy and as prosperous as they can be, and yes that is a good thing.

The better the population is doing the more “stable” truck loads of cash come rolling in to the government; financial cartels; and the population’s coffers. Again a win-win for all involved and a prosperous economy. An economy run and driven by cash and investment only. Taxation is phased out of the picture in its entirety replaced by global investment income under the operation of TRF(s).

What I smile at is the fact that the destructive greed and opportunity played out over the last decade has now motivated the TRF to come forth with explosive birth. Tic-tic-tic, are you getting ready for the explosion to happen in your city, state, of county? Our conditioning to Shut up, follow instructions; do what you are told is getting a little old and very counterproductive to our true interests. (from genuine spirits contained within all three global groups of our interests)

Sent FYI from and truly yours,
Walter Burien – CAFR1
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A Leadership Review of the Barack Obama Administration

06/23/2011

The August Review

Global Elite Research Center

A Leadership Review of the Barack Obama Administration

By Carl Teichrib

March 9. 2009

After endless months of campaigning, mud-slinging, and grandiose political promises, the American presidential elections are now in the rear-view mirror.

President Barack Obama, a man with seemingly unquenchable energy and fantastic oratory skills, promised America – and the world – that his administration would be different. Change would be the hallmark of a new era in American politics.

However, looking at the administration team as it currently stands, it’s hard to find too many substantial changes. Instead, it appears that Obama has followed the path of other US presidents – filling the chairs with deeply entrenched political elites.

This report attempts to provide a biographical window into those who are taking the leading offices in America. By better grasping the political networks of those on the Obama team, you’ll be better equipped to understand the direction this administration is going. Moreover, many of these networks, or political organizations, espouse an internationalist worldview. Hence, this leadership list report will be a useful tool in discerning the motives for future political actions.

Please note: The focus of this leadership review isn’t on the individual’s educational background or family ties –which are typically part of a person’s biography. Rather, the primary objective of this list is to highlight the numerous connections between Obama officials and the various elite-centered associations found in America’s economic and political landscape.

Even before Barack Obama’s inauguration, special interest groups were meeting with key Obama transition team members in the hopes of swaying the administration’s long term planning. One example is Eric P. Schwartz and the Citizens for Global Solutions.

Citizens for Global Solutions, formerly known as the World Federalist Association, is America’s largest pro-world government organization. In early December 2008, CGS Don Kraus met with Eric Schwartz, a member of Obama’s transition team who is in charge of the US/United Nations relationship.  Schwartz also handles National Security Policy transition issues. On the table were a host of issues, from reinstating the United States within the International Criminal Court system to supporting the expansion of the UN Department of Political Affairs.

While these issues are not the prime goals of Citizens for Global Solutions (a world federal government is the main objective), the very fact that the Obama US/UN transition team would solicit the advice of CGS is problematic.

Schwartz himself is representative of those who are part of the “Obama-difference” in America’s new government. Consider his connections.

– Member, Council on Foreign Relations: The CFR is recognized as one of the most elite foreign policy organizations in America, and it historically has been associated with advocating internationalism.

– Executive Director, Connect US Fund: Established in part by the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, this grant-making body promotes international interdependence, especially as it relates to America’s engagement in foreign affairs.

– Has been active in United Nations reform issues. This included working with the International Commission on Intervention and State Sovereignty, a high-level group who was tasked with fleshing out the boundaries between what the international community can do militarily, verses the rights and roles of the state.

(This is part of what is called R2P – the Right to Protect; it’s an idea that opens up a host of dilemmas in terms of national sovereignty and global governance).

Now consider who’s involved in the heart of the Obama administration – Hilary Clinton, Joe Biden, General James L. Jones, and Susan Rice. And these are just a sampling of the top leaders who are linked, in one-way or another, to a global governance agenda. In fact, when you examine the Obama leadership team, you stumble into a smorgasbord of politically elite favorites, tied to organizations that promote international management.

Here’s a few of the primary organizations you’ll find throughout this leadership list

(NOTE: brief explanations on these organizations are given below as well as within the report).

– American Security Project: The ASP holds that America should be the world manager in relations to the global commons – that includes international sea-lanes, air space, and even the global marketplace. For more details on the ASP, see the listing for Secretary of State Special Envoy, George J. Mitchell.

– Aspen Institute/Aspen Study Group: An influential think tank/forum that historically promotes global governance, interfaithism, and education for world citizenship.A Leadership Review

– Atlantic Council of the United States: A powerful body that supports NATO’s empowerment as a global force and deeper ties between the European political community and the United States.

– Bilderberg Group: A secretive club of the world’s top political and financial actors.

Bilderberg is known as a trend-setting/agenda-developing group; a type of international “chess master.”

– Bretton Woods Committee: A club of top ranking political leaders and financial players who seek a revamped international financial system built on the foundations of the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund.

–  Brookings Institute: A major, Washington DC-based policy think tank that has a long history of promoting regional and international governance.

–  Center for Strategic and International Studies: CSIS is an extremely influential policy group and research body that has promoted North American/hemispheric integration, and the development of global governance structures.

– Carnegie Endowment for International Peace: The CEIP is a global think tank with offices in Washington DC, Moscow, Beijing, Beirut, and Brussels. It supports international approaches to security and political issues, and offers advice to the leaders of the world. CEIP promotes global collective security – the idea that internationalsecurity should be guaranteed and maintained by a world structure.

– Council on Foreign Relations: America’s premier, elite policy think tank with a longstanding tradition of supporting international aspirations.

– International Institute for Strategic Studies: A British research group that focuses on global security and military concerns. The IISS has been a supporter of an empowered international system of governance.

– Trilateral Commission: The TC is a small but powerful group of world leaders who come from three main parts of the globe: North America, Europe, and Asia. The Trilateral program is deeply internationalist in scope – advocating global management and regional unification (including a North American community).

The List

Obviously there will be some additions and deletions to this list as time progresses. However, at the point of this article’s completion, the following individuals are viewed as key components within the Obama administration. Further note that this list is not complete, as there are many others in transition team positions and other offices that have been missed (this is simply due to time and space constraints on the part of the author).

While some individuals may be overlooked, this list does cover the majority of cabinet positions. A Leadership Review

Wherever possible, the author has used primary source materials and authoritative information in compiling this list.  Some biographical data comes from the Fund to Restore an Educated Electorate (F.R.E.E.), a group that has done a remarkable job over the years in compiling political membership lists.

The order in which the names in this list occur is as follows:

– Vice President: Joe Biden

– Department of State: Hilary R. Clinton

– Deputy Secretary of State: James Steinberg

– Assistant Secretary of State, Asia and Pacific: Kurt M. Campbell

– State Department, Special Envoy: Richard Haass

– State Department, Special Envoy: Dennis Ross

– State Department, Special Envoy: Richard Holbrooke

– State Department, Special Envoy: George J. Mitchell

– Department of the Treasury: Timothy F. Geithner

– Department of Defense: Robert M. Gates

– Department of Energy: Steven Chu

– Department of the Interior: Ken Salazar

– Department of Education: Arne Duncan

– Department of Health and Human Services: Tom Daschle (see the note for this listing)

– Department of Agriculture: Tom Vilsack

– Department of Transportation: Ray LaHood

– Department of Labor: Hilda Solis

– Department of Housing and Urban Development: Shaun Donovan

– Department of Veterans Affairs: Eric K. Shinseki

– Department of Commerce: Judd Gregg

– Department of Homeland Security: Janet Napolitano

– Attorney General: Eric Holder

– National Security Advisory: General James L. Jones

– Deputy National Security Advisor: Tom Donilon

– Director of National Intelligence: Dennis Blair

– Director of the Central Intelligence Agency: Leon Panetta

– White House Chief of Staff: Rahm Emanuel

– White House Military Office: Louis Caldera

– Ambassador to the Untied Nations: Susan Rice

– Domestic Policy Council: Melody Barnes

– US Trade Representative: Ron Kirk

– National Economic Council: Lawrence Summers

– Council of Economic Advisors: Christina Romer

– Economic Recovery Committee: Paul Volker

– Office of Management and Budget: Peter Orszag

– Securities and Exchange Commission: Mary Schapiro

– Council on Environmental Quality: Nancy Sutley

– Environmental Protection Agency: Lisa P. Jackson

– Assistant to the President for Energy and Climate Change: Carol Browner

– Office of Faith Based and Neighborhood Partnership: Joshua DuBois

Vice President: Joe Biden

There are numerous references to Mr. Biden as a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Trilateral Commission via secondary sources, however, the author of this report could not find any official biography – either in print or online – that mentioned his membership as a fact. That he has been involved in the CFR is not in dispute, as he has participated in many CFR events and is looked upon with great respect by the organization. 2De facto membership information, however, wasn’t available.

In the past Mr. Biden has been the Co-Chair of the Senate NATO Observer Group, and has held prominent positions in the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Terrorism, Technology and Homeland Security.

In 1992 Biden gave three days of testimony to the US Senate on an agenda for global affairs. The speech, titled “On the Threshold of the New World Order,” advocated international collective security, global democracy, and “launching a worldwide economic-environmental revolution.”

His vision was an America that led the way in global management. According to FREE, Joe Biden is linked to the Bilderberg Group.

Department of State: Hillary Rodham Clinton

If one were to flesh out Mrs. Clinton’s complete bio – listing all of her connections, policy recommendations, and points of contention – you would have a substantial sized book. For the sake of this article, we will focus briefly on global governance issues.

Although Hillary Clinton isn’t a member of the Trilateral Commission or the Council on Foreign Relations (although she has attended CFR events), he husband – former President of the United States, William J. Clinton – has been involved with both. Bill Clinton has also been associated with other internationalist-type organizations, such as the Club of Madrid. Moreover, he founded the Clinton Global Initiative, a program that advocates global governance.

Does Mrs. Clinton share these same values? In 1999, she sent an official video congratulating Walter Cronkite on his being given the World Federalist Association Global Governance Award. “For decades you’ve told us the way it is, and tonight we honor you for fighting for the way it could be…”

“The way it could be”? The World Federalist Association, now known as Citizens for Global Solutions, is the largest pro-world government advocacy group in the United States. Moreover, Walter Cronkite’s speech, and the very premise for being given this award, revolved around an open endorsement of world government. In the past, William Clinton issued a similar statement of support when his friend, Strobe Talbot, received the same WFA recognition. Hillary and her husband have been Bilderberg Group participants.

Deputy Secretary of State: James Steinberg

This section of Mr. Steinberg’s bio comes from the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs,

“From December 1996 to August 2000, he served as deputy national security advisor to President Bill Clinton. During that period he also served as the president’s personal representative (“Sherpa”) to the 1998 and 1999 G-8 summits. Prior to becoming deputy national security advisor, he served as chief of staff of the U.S. State Department and director of the State Department’s policy planning staff (1994-1996), and as deputy assistant secretary for analysis in the Bureau of Intelligence and Research (1993-1994).”

Steinberg’s connections into the global community are striking. – Former Senior Fellow with the International Institute for Strategic Studies – a British organization that provides recommendations and research on international security issues. – Former Senior Analyst at RAND Corporation – a powerful military and governancethink-tank. – Former member of the Brookings Institute – a highly influential Washington DC research institute that has historically promoted international governance andregionalism. – Current board member of the Bulletin of Atomic Scientist’s Science and Security Board. The BAS has been a promoter of United Nations security empowerment, and it endorses global governance solutions for a host of major issues. Presently, the BAS is recommending that the Obama administration reinstate an independent Arms Control and Disarmament Agency – a Cold War-era federal agency that actively encouraged the disbanding of national militaries and the creation of a United Nations standing army. – Current director with the Pacific Council on International Policy. The PCIP focuses on building a network of “globally-oriented business, civic and government leaders.”  The PCIP was founded in 1995 as a Council on Foreign Relations partnership organization. – Member of the senior advisory council of The American Assembly’s Next Generation Project. This is a program that explores America’s role in globalization and how international institutions (United Nations, etc) can be reformed to meet the challenges ofthe new century. – Board of advisors at the Center for a New American Security. The Center advocates a renewed American interest in developing world order, including “an infrastructure of global social services.” This think tank recommends that America should reinstate itself as the primary vehicle for the “management of globalization.”- Board of advisors of The Yale Journal of International Law. – Member of the Aspen Study Group, a division of the Aspen Institute. The Aspen program is noted for its internationalist perspective, including the advocacy of global governance, interfaith spirituality, and the role of education for world citizenship. Seeing these many connections, it’s no surprise to learn that James Steinberg is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the Trilateral Commission, and has been involved with the Bilderberg Group.

Assistant Secretary of State, Asia & Pacific: Kurt M. Campbell (expected)

Although Mr. Campbell hasn’t been officially placed in this position, his name has surfaced as the top candidate for the job. Under the Clinton administration, Campbell was the Assistant Secretary of State for Asia/Pacific. He was also the director of the National Security Council Staff, a presidential counselor on NAFTA, and a White House commissioned fellow at the Department of the Treasury. He is also deeply entrenched as an elite player in America’s foreign policy and internationalist community. A Leadership Review

– CEO of the Center for a New American Security (see James Steinberg’s bio above for

information on this group).

– Director of the Aspen Strategy Group. – Past director with the Center for Strategic and International Studies; one of the most powerful Washington-based think tanks on global security issues, international management, and the development of hemispheric/continental unification. – Member, International Institute for Strategic Studies. – Member, Council on Foreign Relations and the Trilateral Commission.

State Department, Special Envoy: Richard Haass

While Haass isn’t yet appointed, it is expected that Hillary Clinton will tap Mr. Haass for a special envoy position. In the past he was the US Department of State Director of Policy Planning (a very influential role), Special Assistant to President George H. W. Bush, and the Senior Director for Near East and South Asian Affairs with the National Security Council. Haass is the quintessential Washington elitist. – President, Council on Foreign Relations. – Past director at the Brookings Institute. – Past Senior Associate with the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace; a program that advocates global security under an enhanced international management regime (an empowered United Nations). – Associated with the Aspen Institute. – Involved with the Bilderberg Group. – Connected to the International Institute for Strategic Studies. – Involved with the World Economic Forum (an elite financial and political forum where leaders can network and develop agendas for the global economy).

State Department, Special Envoy: Dennis Ross

In the past, Ross was the Director of Policy Planning at the State Department under Georg Bush Sr., and Middle East coordinator under President Clinton. And over the years he’s worked closely on the Israeli-Palestinian issue, German unification, and the creation of the Gulf War coalition. During the Reagan years he held the Near East directorship in the National Security Council.

Past and current memberships include.

– Washington Institute for Near East Policy: A research group that advances America’s role in the Middle East. According to the organization’s website,“Drawing on the research of its scholars and the experience of policy practitioners, the Institute promotes an American engagement in the Middle East committed to strengthening alliances, nurturing friendships, and promoting security, peace, prosperity, and democracy for the people of the region.” – Council on Foreign Relations. – Aspen Institute. – Bilderberg Group. and the – Trilateral Commission.

State Department, Special Envoy, Richard Holbrooke

Holbrooke was appointed State Department Envoy for Afghanistan and Pakistan under the Obama administration. In the past Mr. Holbrooke was the US Ambassador to Germany, Assistant Secretary of State, Assistant Secretary for European and Canadian Affairs, and US Ambassador to theUnited Nations. He has also been involved in a myriad of foreign operations, includingthe Vietnam War peace negotiations and NATOs engagement in the Balkans (he was directly involved in the Dayton Peace Accords). Mr. Holbrooke has also been involved in international banking, working as a senior advisor to Lehman Brothers and becoming Vice Chair for Credit Suisse First Boston. Moreover, while at the United Nations he brokered the deal to pay off America’s arrears to the UN (almost $1 billion). He is also connected to the private equity firm, Perseus LLC, and the insurance giant, American International Group. Past and present memberships include, – Board member, Council on Foreign Relations. – Advisory board member for the National Security Network: The NSN is a progressive body working to restore America’s leading role in world affairs and international management. “We will once more make America the preeminent global force for peace and prosperity.”- Member, Bretton Woods Committee: This is a group of high level financial and political leaders who seek to revamp and empower the Bretton Woods system, which includes the World Bank, the International Monetary Fun, the World Trade Organization, and numerous regional development banks. – Member of the Bilderberg Group. – Member, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. – Member, International Institute for Strategic Studies. – Member, Trilateral Commission.

State Department, Special Envoy: George J. Mitchell

Mr. Mitchell has been awarded the position of Special Envoy for the Middle East. In the past he’s been the Special Envoy for Northern Ireland. Other government offices held include US Attorney for Maine, US District Judge for Maine, and he was elected as a US Senator. He was also a member of the Select Committee on the Iran-Contra Affair. Mitchell has a long corporate history, serving with Disney, DLA Piper, FedEx, Staples, Starwood Hotels, Xerox and more. Memberships, past and present, are numerous. – Council on Foreign Relations. – Bilderberg Group. – Bretton Woods Committee. – American Security Project: A Washington DC organization that focuses on international security concerns. The ASP views America as the prime manager in what it calls “the new global commons.” That is, the world’s oceans and sea routes, international airspace, outer space, cyberspace, and “the emerging global market.” In one ASP document it goes so far as to suggest that the US military, heading up a coalition with Russia and China, could become “a force optimized for such a [global commons] strategy,” allowing American leadership to take on the “new role of global integrative systems manager.” – The Economic Club of Washington, DC: A forum where prominent national and international business, banking, and political/diplomatic leaders can gather to network and express views on the global and national economy. Mitchell was the president of this club from 1998-2004. – Campaign for American Leadership in the Middle East: A national campaign to promote America’s involvement in critical Middle Eastern issues, primarily in endorsing a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. – International Crisis Group: (Mitchell was the ICG’s first chairman) The ICG is a massively networked security and conflict watchdog organization that is deeply tied to the United Nations, the European Union, the World Bank, and other multinational bodies. This organization monitors global hotspots and offers policy recommendations for players in the international community. The ICG promotes United Nations enforcement capabilities.

Department of the Treasury: Timothy F. Geithner

Geithner is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and was director of a CFR Task Force on trade policy. He’s also been part of the Bilderberg Group, and has connection to the Rand Corporation (a military/intelligence think tank), and the Center for Strategic & International Studies.  A Leadership Review From 2001-2003, he was the Director of the Policy Development and Review Department at the International Monetary Fund. He was also the president and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. While in this capacity he became Vice Chairmanof the Federal Open Market Committee, and in 2006 became a member of the Group of Thirty – an elite body of world financiers, bankers, and economists (the G30 started through a Rockefeller Foundation initiative). In the past he’s worked for Kissinger and Associates, and was the Under Secretary of the Treasury for International Affairs. Geithner has surrounded himself with an informal group of advisors who are Trilateral and CFR members, including Alan Greenspan (former Chair of the Federal Reserve and the one who is, arguably, the most responsible for the current economic crisis) and Paul Volker (former Fed Reserve Chairman who supports a single world currency).

Department of Defense: Robert M. Gates

Robert Gates has a long history within the intelligence community, rising through the ranks of the Central Intelligence Agency to eventually become the Director of the CIA under the presidency of William Clinton. He was also the Deputy National Security Advisor for George H.W. Bush. Gates does have known ties to the Council on Foreign Relations, having worked with a CFR task force on Iran. He’s also a member of the Forum for International Policy, an elite group of experts who advise policy makers on global affairs. According to FREE, Gates has connections with the Bilderberg Group. Department of Energy: Steven Chu Winner of the Nobel Prize in Physics and past Director of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Chu is a current member of the Copenhagen Climate Council. The CCC is a body of international business and science leaders who work to support the United Nations Climate Summit, which is to take place in late November 2009. (CCC is working on a new, more robust global climate agreement to replace the soon-expiring Kyoto Protocol.) Under the Obama administration, Mr. Chu will advance global warming policies; this will probably include an international carbon trade market. There are no known connections between Mr. Chu and the CFR or Trilateral Commission.

Department of the Interior: Ken Salazar

There appears to be no connections between Mr. Salazar and the CFR, Trilateral Commission, or Bilderberg Group. The Secretary of the Interior oversees the National Park Service, the Minerals Management Services, the Bureau of Land Management, and the US Fish and Wildlife Service. This position also oversees petroleum drilling programs and endangered species regulations.

Department of Education: Arne Duncan

Previously Mr. Duncan was the CEO of the Chicago Public School system and is a Harvard graduate. He appears to be independent of many of the politically elite associations typically found in Washington circles.

Department of Health and Human Services: Tom Daschle

NOTE: As this issue was being finalized, Tom Daschle announced that he was stepping down from this office, due to his tax problems. However, by including Daschle in this article, you will be given an insight into some different aspects of power politics via global “democracy.” Daschle is a long-time politician and Washington insider, serving as a South Dakota senator from 1987 until 2005. He has connections with the Bilderberg Group, and according to FREE he’s a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Daschle is further linked to a number of major organizations. – Center for American Progress: CAP advocates empowering the United Nations and the advancement of global warming policies at the international level. – National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI): The NDI is the Democratic Party-branch of the government-created National Endowment for Democracy

(NED). This organization promotes democracy at the global level, which for all intentand-purposes appears benevolent. However, the NDI/NED have been engaged in questionable activities in the carrying out of this duty.

Barbara Conry, a foreign policy analyst, provides a critical review of NDI’s parent body and primary funder, the National Endowment for Democracy. “The National Endowment for Democracy is a foreign policy loose cannon. Promoting democracy is a nebulous objective that can be manipulated to justify any whim of the special-interest groups – the Republican and Democratic parties, organized labor, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce – that control most of NED’s funds. As those groups execute their own foreign policies, they often work against American interests and meddle needlessly in the affairs of other countries, undermining the democratic movements NED was designed to assist… NED, which also has a history of corruption and financial mismanagement, is superfluous at best and often destructive. Through the endowment, the American taxpayer has paid for special-interest groups to harass the duly elected governments of friendly countries, interfere in foreign elections, and foster the corruption of democratic movements.”

Furthermore, the National Democratic Institute is an “Associated Organization” of the Socialist International – a global body comprised of extreme leftist political parties that collectively advocate a socialist system of international management.

Department of Agriculture: Tom Vilsack

Vilsack was the Governor of Iowa, and is a former member of the National Governors Association Executive Committee. He was also chairman of the Democratic Governors Association. Mr. Vilsack does have direct connections to the Council on Foreign Relations, as he was the co-chair of a CFR task force report on national security and oil dependency (the other co-chair was former CIA Director John Deutch).

Department of Transportation: Ray LaHood

Former Congressman from the 18th District of Illinois. He appears to be independent of many of the elite associations often found in Washington circles.

Department of Labor: Hilda Solis

Former Congresswoman representing California’s 32nd District. She does not appear to be involved with any of the typical, elite political associations found in foreign policy circles. If she does have a connection into the realm of global governance, it would be through her appointment to the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe – an influential, multinational organization that focuses on collective security issues.

Department of Housing and Urban Development: Shaun Donovan

Former Commissioner of the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development under Mayor Michael Bloomberg. According to his New York City Department of Housing bio, “Before joining the Bloomberg administration, Mr. Donovan worked at Prudential Mortgage Capital Company as managing director of its FHA lending and affordable housing investments.  In the affordable housing arena, Prudential Mortgage Capital’s portfolio totaled more than $1.5 billion in debt, including Fannie Mae, FHA and other loan types. Prior to Prudential, Mr. Donovan was a visiting scholar at New York University, where he researched and wrote about the preservation of federallyassisted housing.  He was also a consultant to the Millennial Housing Commission on strategies for increasing the production of multifamily housing. The Commission was created by the United States Congress to recommend ways to expand housing opportunities across the nation.” Mr. Donovan has no known direct connections to the Council on Foreign Relations, the Trilateral Commission, or any other similar organization.

Department of Veterans Affairs: Eric K. Shinseki

Mr. Shinseki has been involved in military command services since 1996, holding the positions of Army Deputy Chief of Staff (Operations and Plans), Commanding General US Army Europe, Army Vice Chief of Staff, and US Army Chief of Staff. He has many corporate connections, acting as a board member for BancWest, First Hawaiian Bank, Guardian Life Insurance, and Honeywell. – Member, Council on Foreign Relations. – Director with the Atlantic Council of the United States: An elite, pro-NATO group that builds policy consensus between Europe and the United States, and works to strengthen NATO’s role as a global force. It also envisions NATO as a binding structure within a new trans-Atlantic partnership dubbed the Atlantic Compact, a framework that seeks to tighten economic and security ties between Europe and North America. The organization also offers policy options as it relates to Russia, China, Japan, and other Asian nations.

Department of Commerce: Judd Gregg

Mr. Gregg has been a long-time player in governmental circles. He was elected as a Congressman in 1980, held the position of Governor for New Hampshire, and was elected to the US Senate in 1993. Over the years he has held numerous postings such as the Chair of the US Senate Committee on Budget, the Congressional Oversight Panel,Chairman of the Senate Education Committee, and Chairman of the Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee. Environmental groups have hailed Mr. Gregg as a green leader. He is promoting the creation of a 100,000-acre wildness zone that straddles New Hampshire and Vermont. There doesn’t appear to be any direct linkage between Mr. Gregg, the CFR, the Trilateral Commission, or the Bilderberg Group.

Department of Homeland Security: Janet Napolitano

Napolitano is the former Governor of Arizona, she’s also a former US Attorney under Janet Reno in the Clinton Administration. FREE lists her as a CFR member.

Attorney General: Eric Holder

Mr. Holder was a Justice Department official under the Clinton administration, and acted as a legal advisor to Obama’s presidential campaign. Holder’s history is sobering for gun owners in America, as he has vigorously opposed firearm ownership and has endorsed the creation of a national gun-registry database. (In Canada, similar gun registry laws have not been effective in crime control, and have been extremely costly and overly bureaucratic. If anything, Canada’s gun control program has done much more in removing the ability of individuals to protect themselves instead of hampering actual criminal activity.) Regarding the Trilateral Commission and/or CFR; there are no official connections to Mr. Holder that the author of this report is aware of.

National Security Advisor: Gen. James L. Jones

Retired Marine General James L. Jones was the former Supreme Allied Commander of NATO. During his final assignment, General Jones advocated that a core part of NATO’s mandate should include energy security. He also wished to see NATO further involved in Africa, including support roles for the African Union, and in 2008 he advocated replacing Israeli forcing in the West Bank with NATO troops, who would in turn hand over full security control to the Palestinian Authority. During the Bush administration, General Jones was appointed Middle East Security Envoy by Secretary of State, Condoleezza Rice. He was also asked by Rice to take the position of Deputy Secretary of State, which he declined. General Jones is very well connected. His positions have included, – Chairman of the Atlantic Council of the United States. – President of the Institute for 21st Century Energy: This is an arm of the US Chamber of Commerce charged with unifying energy policymakers with the business community.

The Institute recognizes that energy and climate change are global issues, and must be addressed at the international level. – Member of the board of directors for Boeing, Chevron, and Invacare Corporation. – Trustee, Center for Strategic and International Studies: CSIS is, in many respects, one of the most powerful foreign affairs institutions in Washington DC. It is heavy connected to the Council on Foreign Relations and the Trilateral Commission. Moreover, it has been very active in developing recommendations and directives that work towards unifying North America – and the Western Hemisphere – into a single economic/trading block. – Member of the Project on National Security Reform: The PNSR is an influential group that recommends policies and directives with the aim of reforming the national security architecture. The PNSR motto is “Transforming Government for the 21st Century.” Mr. Jones is a Trilateral Commission member, according to the TC’s 2009 membership list. And, according to FREE, he has connections with the Bildergerg Group.

Deputy National Security Adviser: Tom Donilon

Mr. Donilon was the Assistant Secretary of State and Chief of Staff at the US State Department during the Clinton administration. Donilon is currently serving on the Department of State Review Team for the Obama administration. – Member, Council on Foreign Relations. – Member, Trilateral Commission – Member, Brookings Institute.

– Member of the Aspen StudyGroup. Director of National Intelligence: Dennis Blair

Retired Navy Admiral Dennis Blair held a Rhodes scholarship and studied at Oxford University. His last military posting was Commander in Chief of the US Pacific Command. In the past he was the Director of the Joint Staff and Associate Director of Central Intelligence for Military Support (the Director of Central Intelligence oversees the entire American intelligence community). – Institute for Defense Analyses (IDA): Admiral Blair was a member of the IDA, a military think tank/corporation that works exclusively with the US federal government in addressing the scientific and technical side of security issues. – Project on National Security Reform: He was Deputy Director of the PNSR (see General Jones’ National Security Advisor bio for more on the PNSR). – Council on Foreign Relations: Blair is directly connected to the Council on Foreign Relations, serving as a Senior Fellow in National Security Studies at the CFR.  He also co-chaired the CFR Independent Task Force Report titled, U.S.-China Relations: An Affirmative Agenda, a Responsible Course, and chaired the CFR’s Indonesia Commission. – Former member of the Trilateral Commission.

Director of the Central Intelligence Agency: Leon Panetta

Panetta has direct links to the Trilateral Commission, contributing to the organization’s 1993 Annual Report. He’s also a member of the Bretton Woods Committee. Mr. Panetta has a long history within the Washington beltway. In the past he was the Director of the US Office for Civil Rights, a member of Congress from California, and chairman of the House Committee on the Budget. He was also Chief of Staff for President William Clinton. For six years he served on the Board of Directors with the New York Stock Exchange.

White House Chief of Staff: Rahm Emanuel

Mr. Emanuel was a senior advisor to Bill Clinton from 1993 to 1998. It was Emanuel who directed the details of the Oslo Accords ceremony, including the famous handshake between Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and PLO leader Yasser Arafat. In 2000 he was placed on the board of the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation – “Freddie Mac.” He was also the chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. No known direct links to the CFR, Trilateral Commission, or Bilderberg Group.

White House Military Office: Louis Caldera

The White House Military Office acts as the primary military liaison to the White House for military operations. According to the change.org website (a list of presidential/administrative team members) “From 1997 to 1998, Caldera was managing director and chief operating officer for the Corporation for National and Community Service. From 1998 to 2001, he served as the nation’s 17th Secretary of the Army. He has served as a vice chancellor for the California State University system and president of the University of New Mexico, after which he joined the faculty of the UNM School of Law as a tenured professor.” Caldera’s board member positions in the corporate world include seats with A.H. Belo Corporation, IndyMac Bancorp, and Southwest Airlines.  He also served with the Panama Canal Commission, which was charged with overseeing the operations of the Panama Canal. – Member, Council on Foreign Relations. Ambassador to the United Nations: Susan Rice Rice is a former Clinton Assistant Secretary of State, and is closely tied to the global governance movement. – Former member of the Brookings Institute, serving as a Senior Fellow in the Foreign Policy and Global Economy programs. – Member, Council on Foreign Relations. – Former member, Trilateral Commission. In the past, Rice has advocated the establishment of a federal department on peacekeeping in order to better connect the US military with the United Nations. She has also supported the idea of an international civilian police force under the command and control of the United Nations. Rice also has connections to a number of other influential organizations. – Board member, National Democratic Institute (see the listing for Department of Health for info on the NDI). – Board member, Atlantic Council of the United States. – Board member, US Fund for UNICEF. This organization supports the work of the United Nations Children’s Fund (which produced the controversial UN Rights of the Child treaty). – Member, Aspen Strategy Group.  Citizens for Global Solutions (used to be named the World Federalist Association), has already announced that it will support Rice in her role at the United Nations.

Domestic Policy Council: Melody Barnes

Melody Barnes is Director of the Domestic Policy Council, the office that coordinates the domestic policy-making processes in the White House. In the past she was the Executive Vice President for Policy at the Center for American Progress – a leftist policy think tank and advocacy group (it promotes an international management solution to climate change). Also, from 1995 to 2003 she was the Chief Counsel to Senator Edward Kennedy who served on the Senate Judiciary Committee. There are no known connections between Barnes and the CFR or Trilateral Commission.

US Trade Representative: Ron Kirk

Kirk was the mayor of Dallas from 1995 until 2002. Before that he worked as Secretary of State for Texas under Governor Ann Richards. Corporate affiliations include board memberships at Brinker International, Dean Foods, and Pet-Smart. Kirk is known as an advocate for creating a NAFTA-super highway that would economically help to tie Mexico, the United States, and Canada. Mr. Kirk has no known immediate connections to the Council on Foreign Relations or Trilateral Commission.

National Economic Council: Lawrence Summers

Under the Obama administration, Summers will head up the National Economic Council, which will coordinate national economic decision making at the highest levels within the federal system. However, Mr. Summers is no stranger to Washington politics. During the 1980s he served on the staff of President Reagan’s Council of Economic Advisors. Then, in 1991 he came on board with the World Bank in the capacity of Chief Economist. Under the Clinton presidency he initially was appointed Undersecretary for International Affairs. Later, after a series of position moves, Summers was appointed as Secretary of the Treasury. After he left the Treasury Department, he was made president of Harvard University, where he served until 2006. That year, he was placed on a Panel of Eminent Persons to work with the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development. Finally, Summers was instrumental in negotiating China’s entrance into the World Trade Organization. Summers is directly linked to the Council on Foreign Relations, having chaired the CFR’s Independent Task Force on Transatlantic Relations, along with Henry Kissinger. He has also been an active member of the Trilateral Commission. And, according to FREE, he has been part of the Bilderberg Group. Mr. Summers has been a board member with a number of other prominent organizations. – The Brookings Institute. – Center of Global Development: A think-tank that looks for ways to make “globalization work for all.” The organization promotes global political solutions to climate change and economic disparity. – Institute for International Economics: This is the only major institute in the United States that focuses exclusively on global financial and economic issues. It’s members, present and past, reads like a who’s who of America’s top financial players (examples: world investor George Soros; President of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, William McDonough; former Secretary of the Treasury, Paul O’Neill; and David Rockefeller, former CEO of Chase Manhattan). The IIE promotes global economic management, deeper regional unification for North America, and the empowerment of the International Monetary Fund. – Member, Bretton Woods Committee. Council of Economic Advisors:

Christina Romer Before becoming the chairperson for the Council of Economic Advisors, Romer was a co-director at the National Bureau of Economic Research (under the Program in Monetary Economics). She has also served as Vice President of the American Economic Association. She doesn’t seem to be directly connected to the usual Washington political elite associations.

Economic Recovery Committee: Paul Volker

The Economic Recovery Committee is a new office in the Obama administration. It is charged with providing direction in terms of dealing with the ongoing economic woes in the US and around the world. Paul Volker was the Chairman of the Federal Reserve during the Jimmy Carter presidency. He’s an advocate for a single global currency and an international monetary structure. – Member, Council on Foreign Relations. – Founding member of the Trilateral Commission. – Historic association with the Rockefeller family through his involvement with Chase Bank, and the Trust Committee of Rockefeller Group. A Leadership ReviewPage 20- United Nations Association of the United States (UNAUS): From 2000 to 2004, Volker was the director of the UNAUS; the largest direct UN-linked support body in America. -G30: Current chair of the Group of Thirty (see the listing under Department of Treasury for info on the G30). – Chair to the Independent Inquiry into the United Nations Oil for Food Program.

Office of Management and Budget: Peter Orszag

Mr. Orszag has been appointed by President Obama to act as the Director of the Office of Management and Budget. In the past he was the Special Assistant to the President for Economic Policy during the Clinton administration. He was also the director of the Congressional Budget Office in 2007 and 2008. – Brookings Institute: Former Deputy Director of Economic Studies.

Securities and Exchange Commission: Mary Schapiro

Schapiro was appointed and confirmed as head of the Securities and Exchange

Commission under the Obama administration. In the past she sat on the Securities and Exchange Commission under Reagan and Bush, and was appointed under President Clinton to the position of acting chairperson. In 1994

she took the office of Chair for the Commodities Futures Trading Commission. In 1996, Schapiro became president of the National Association of Securities Dealers, and held this post until 2002. From that point until 2007 she held other positions within the National Association of Securities Dealers. In 2007, she became the CEO of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority – the industry’s self-policing body. In other words Schapiro has been, and still is, a central figure in the ongoing economic crisis and collapse of the financial industry.

Council on Environmental Quality: Nancy Sutley

Nancy Sutley will lead the White House Council on Environmental Quality. Before this appointment she was the Deputy Mayor for Energy and Environment, Los Angeles, California. She was also an Energy Advisor for California Governor Gray Davis. And during the Clinton presidency she worked for the Environmental Protection Agency as a Senior Policy Advisor in San Francisco, and as a special EPA assistant in Washington DC. No known memberships in the CFR or Trilateral Commission.

Environmental Protection Agency: Lisa P. Jackson

Lisa Jackson used to work under the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection as Chief of Staff. Before that she was employed with the United States Environmental Protection Agency in Washington DC and New York City. Jackson does not appear to have any connections to global governance advocacy groups.

Assistant to the President for Energy and Climate Change: Carol Browner

Browner served as the head of the Environmental Protection Agency during the Clinton administration, and has been appointed by President Obama to head up the administration’s climate change agenda. Her past, as an attorney, is one filled with environmental court cases and policy developments – negotiating off shore oil bans, expanding the Big Cypress National Preserve, and working on amendments to the Clean Air Act. Over the years she has worked for Senator Lawton Chiles and Senator Al Gore. She also headed up the Florida Department of Environmental Protection. Browner has been criticized by industrial and agricultural groups, along with wise-use advocates, for her excessive focus on environmental enforcement. She’s connected to the Audobon Society (past chair) and Al Gore’s Alliance for Climate Protection. Browner is also linked to APX, Inc., a company that’s involved in carbon-offset credits and environmental commodity marketing.

(Author’s NOTE:) Somehow this seems to be a conflict of interest… Browner heads up the nation’s climate change program while connected to a climate change/carbon market company). Other organizations that Browner is linked to include, – Center for American Progress (See the listing on the Department of Health). – Socialist International: The Socialist International is the world’s largest organization of far-left socialist political parties and governmental leaders. It seeks to openly build a socialist system of global governance, funded through a world taxation program. Furthermore, the SI advocates that the United Nations be radically empowered to act as an international manager. Browner is a member of the SI’s Commission for a Sustainable World Society – the SI’s climate change arm.

Office of Faith Based and Neighborhood Partnerships: Joshua DuBois

This new White House office will coordinate and direct faith-based programs throughout the administration, with a focus on global interfaith dialogue – primarily with the Muslim community. Joshua DuBois is a young Pentecostal pastor who served as Obama’s director of religious affairs during the Presidential campaign. Besides Mr. DuBois’ religious work, he served as an aide to US Representative Rush Holt and US Representative Charles Rangel. Mr. DuBois has no known relationships with the usual Washington DC foreign affairs organizations.

More information on the Obama team will emerge with time. However, it is my hope that this leadership list will help you better understand the direction of this new administration.

So will there be “change”? Yes, I anticipate that the government will become larger than in previous administrations. It will also become more socialist, more bureaucratic, more internationalist in its foreign affairs, and more overwhelming in its domestic concerns.

Carl Teichrib is a Senior Fellow at World Research Library and is the Chief Editor of Forcing Change, a monthly intelligence-style publication on world affairs and global governance

(www.forcingchange.org).

Endnotes:

1

Don Kraus, CGS Obama Transition Team Meetings, Citizens for Global Solutions blog site, December 6, 2008.

2

A search through the CFR website (www.cfr.org) reveals a number of lectures given by Mr. Biden at the Council on Foreign Relations. In listening to the audio files of Senator Biden at the CFR, and in reading the transcripts, it’s obvious that he’s highly respected by the membership.

3

Senator Joseph R. Biden, On the Threshold of the New World Order: The Wilsonian Vision and American Foreign Policy in the 1990’s and Beyond, Address to the United States Senate, Washington DC, June 29-July 1, 1992.

4

Center for a New American Security, Finding Our Way: Debating American Grand Strategy, 2008.

5

http://www.nsnetwork.org/about/beliefs

6

See, James R. Blaker, Defense Alternatives: Policing the New Global Commons, December, 2008, American Security Project.

7

See the following book: William A. Fleckenstein, Greenspan’s Bubbles: The Age of Ignorance at the Federal Reserve (McGraw-Hill, 2008).

8

Barbara Conry, Loose Cannon: The National Endowment for Democracy, Cato Foreign Policy Briefing No. 27, November 8, 1993.

9

See the Member Parties list at the Socialist International website (www.socialistinternational.org).

10

Biography of Commissioner Shaun Donovan, New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (www.nyc.gov).

Biography of Commissioner Shaun Donovan

11

Statement of General James L. Jones before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, 28 September 2005.

12

“US considering international force in West Bank,” Jerusalem Post, online edition, January 8, 2008