One of our regular authors from across the pond, Patrick Wood, has submitted a piece that focuses on the American involvement in The Trilateral Commission, and how Obama has put his placemen onto it. Whilst the names of some of those placemen are well known to us in Britain, most are not.  However, the extent to which The Trilateral Commission is now influencing (or directing even?) worldwide events is worrying, given the type of people who are placed on it from around the world.

So, in this article, I will pull out extracts of Patrick’s piece, explaining what The Trilateral Commission is, and how we must understand what it does, but also to show our UK readers the type of people the United Kingdom has representing our country on it… or is it more that they represent The Trilateral Commission and its (less than democratic) aims to the United Kingdom?

Patrick starts with this:

The Trilateral Commission has been dedicated to creating a “New International Economic Order” (NIEO) since 1973, when it was founded by David Rockefeller and Zbigniew Brzezinski. The NIEO is modelled after historic Technocracy that was defined in the 1930s as a replacement economic system for Capitalism and Free Enterprise. Their strategy to accomplish these goals is still in play today, and very close to completion.

Upon entering office on January 20. 2009, Barack Obama appointed eleven members of the Trilateral Commission to top-level and key positions in his administration within his first ten days. This represents a very narrow source of international leadership inside the Obama administration, with a core agenda that is not necessarily in support of working people in the United States.

According to official Trilateral Commission membership list, there are only eighty-seven members from the United States (the other 337 members are from other countries). Thus, within two weeks of his inauguration, Obama’s appointments encompassed more than 12 percent of Commission’s entire US membership.

Some of Obama’s appointees UK readers will recognize:

  • Ambassador to the United Nations, Susan Rice
  • State Department, Special Envoy, Richard Haass
  • State Department, Special Envoy, Richard Holbrooke

Patrick also notes that:

There are many other links in the Obama administration to the Trilateral Commission. For instance, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is married to Commission member William Jefferson Clinton.

It also must be noted that the current U.S. Trade Representative, who is the lead architect and negotiator of the Trans-Pacific Partnership and the upcoming Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership , is Trilateral Michael Froman.

According to The Trilateral Commissions’ website, the Commission was formed in 1973 by private citizens of Japan, Europe (European Union countries), and North America (United States and Canada) to foster closer cooperation among these core democratic industrialized areas of the world with shared leadership responsibilities in the wider international system.

The website says:

The membership of the Trilateral Commission is composed of about 400 distinguished leaders in business, media, academia, public service (excluding current national Cabinet Ministers), labor unions, and other non-governmental organizations from the three regions. The regional chairmen, deputy chairmen, and directors constitute the leadership of the Trilateral Commission, along with an Executive Committee including about 40 other members.”

Since 1973, the Trilateral Commission has met regularly in plenary sessions to discuss policy position papers developed by its members. Policies are debated in order to achieve consensuses. Respective members return to their own countries to implement policies consistent with those consensuses. The original stated purpose of the Trilateral Commission was to create a “New International Economic Order.” Its current statement has morphed into fostering a “closer cooperation among these core democratic industrialized areas of the world with shared leadership responsibilities in the wider international system.”

Patrick then draws out what the commission is trying to achieve:

Two strong convictions guide the Commission’s agenda for the 2009-2012 triennium. First, the Trilateral Commission is to remain as important as ever in maintaining wealthy countries’ shared leadership in the wider international system. Second, the Commission will “widen its framework to reflect broader changes in the world.” Thus, the Japan Group has become a Pacific Asian Group, which includes Chinese and Indian members, and Mexican members have been added to the North American Group. The European Group continues to widen in line with the enlargement of the EU.

Many European members of the Trilateral Commission are also top leaders of the European Union. What political and economic sway do they have through their American counterparts?

And, in the UK, we ask what sway do the American members have on what happens in the UK? The vast majority of people have no idea who or what the Trilateral Commission is, much less the power they have usurped since the 1970s. Some, those often branded as conspiracy theorists, would say they are the architects of “The New World Order”, and they certainly are the architects of TTIP, which UKIP fights against.

Patrick then quotes from Zbigniew Brzezinski’s (co-founder of the Commission with David Rockefeller, and we’ve all heard of him, haven’t we?) words in his 1971 book, Between Two Ages: America’s Role in the Technetronic Era:

“The nation-state as a fundamental unit of man’s organized life has ceased to be the principal creative force: International banks and multinational corporations are acting and planning in terms that are far in advance of the political concepts of the nation-state.”

As Patrick puts it:

Yet, this is exactly what is happening. The global banks and corporations are running circles around the nation state, including the United States. They have no regard for due process, Congress, or the will of the people.

Hidden in Plain Sight

And who exactly “represents” the Trilateral Commission from the UK? (Or rather represents them to us.)  They actually publish their membership list, and here are those who I would think are UK-based, if not UK subjects:

Sir Winfried Bischoff, Chairman, The Financial Reporting Council, London

Samir Brikho, Chief Executive Officer, Amec Foster Wheeler, London

Iain Conn, Chief Executive Officer, Centrica, London; former Managing Director and Chief Executive of Refining & Marketing, BP, London

Vivienne Cox, Chairman, Vallourec, France; Member of the Board, BG Group, London

Caroline Daniel, Editor, FT Weekend, Financial Times, London

Luc Frieden, Vice Chairman, Deutsche Bank Group, London

Simon Henry, Chief Financial Officer, Royal Dutch Shell, London

Nigel Higgins, Chief Executive, The Rothschild Group, London

Lady Barbara Judge, Chairman, UK Pension Protection Fund, London; National Chair, UK Institute of Directors; former Chairman, UKAEA (United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority); former US Securities Exchange Commissioner

Lord Kerr of Kinlochard, Member of the House of Lords, London; Deputy Chairman, Scottish Power (Iberdrola); former Deputy Chairman, Royal Dutch Shell; former British Ambassador to the United States; former Secretary General, European Convention

Rachel Lomax, Director, HSBC; Director, BAA; former Deputy Governor of the Bank of England, London

Lord Mandelson, Member of the House of Lords; Chairman, Global Counsel; Senior Advisor, Lazard; former European Trade Commissioner; former First Secretary of State and Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills in the UK; former Secretary of State for Northern Ireland and Former Trade and Industry Secretary in the UK

David Miliband, President and Chief Executive Officer, International Rescue Committee, New York; former Member of the British Parliament; former Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, London

Zanny Minton Beddoes, Editor-in-Chief, The Economist, London

Sir Mark Moody-Stuart, Chairman, Hermes EOS, London; former Chairman Royal Dutch/Shell Group and Anglo American; Vice Chairman, United Nations Global Compact Board

Sir Martin Sorrell, Chief Executive Officer, WPP Group, London

Rory Stewart, Member of the British Parliament, Chairman of the Defence Select Committee, London; former Ryan Family Professor of Human Rights, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University

Peter Sutherland, former Chairman, Goldman Sachs International; Chairman of the London School of Economics; UN Special Representative for Migration and Development; former Chairman, BP 7 p.l.c.; former Director General, GATT/WTO; former Member of the European Commission; former Attorney General of Ireland; Honorary European Chairman, Trilateral Commission

Not a Brit, but a tea-towel worth parading:  Herman Van Rompuy, Honorary President of the European Council; former Prime Minister of Belgium, Brussels

As a “David Rockerfeller” Fellow member: Manuel Muñiz, Chairman of the Consilium, Altius Society, Christ Church College, Oxford University

As a former member now in public service: Lord Maude of Horsham, Member of the House of Lords, Minister of State for Trade and Investment, London

As an “American member”: Dominic Barton, Worldwide Managing Director, McKinsey & Company, London

Could we label these people as “the great and the good”? Are they “paragons of virtue”? Do they fight for the liberty and freedom of UK subjects? We suggest not.

What do they fight for? Their website is not very clear on their objectives. They certainly fight for globalization. The TTIP and similar Trans-Pacific Partnerships have come from them, and there is circumstantial evidence that the “global warming” agenda has emanated from them.

What can we do? Try to understand more the extent of their influence (or control?) of how we are governed. Keep on eye the UK members, watch them like hawks. And fight for our cause of the liberty and freedom of our nation, and its subjects.

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