LE CERCLE AND THE STRUGGLE FOR THE EURASIAN CONTINENT
by Joel van der Reijden
Manifestations of the Martinist Order, by Milko Bogaard
New information: Notorious CIA "ghost" owned "Atlantic Cercle, Inc." from 1994 to 2002
June 20, 2010
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ISGP's first effort to write about the Cercle was in 2005. That was a blast, because it was during this time that all books ordered from England completely disappeared, soon to be followed by a telephone "anomaly". A much improved article entitled Le Cercle and the struggle for the European continent, with important new sources, was published in late 2006. Today there's finally enough new information to write a follow-up to this last article.
We actually have the internet to thank for these tiny new bits of information. The Cercle remains a bit of a mystery. It has been acknowledged from all sides that the meetings of this group are completely "off the record" and that members are not supposed to speak about these meetings at all. The Independent found that out in 1997 when members just hung up the phone without saying anything, and even as late as 2008 it was repeated that Cercle meetings are "off the record"  with Freedom of Information requests seemingly not making any difference:
Yet, without a military hierarchy, some people just can't resist opening their mouths: Brian Crozier mentioned details in his biography; so did Alan Clark and David Rockefeller (even though he changed the name of the group). And with the internet these days, small bits and pieces continue to trickle out. Chas W. Freeman, Jr., a big anti-Zionist and pro-Saudi oil guy, put a speech he gave to the Cercle in 2008 online. Dr. Hooshang Amirahmadi, founding president of the American-Iranian Council, while acknowledging that the meeting he was at was "off the record", did exactly the same. And former Georgian intelligence chief Tedo Japaridze appears to be only one of two or three Cercle members who actually added this group to his (online) biography. When it would be me running the Cercle, trying to keep it as low profile as possible, I would have a problem with all these people. What part of "off the record" don't they understand?
Recently identified Cercle visitors and members (f.l.t.r.): Saudi oil guy Chas W. Freeman, Jr., former Georgian national security chief Tedo Japaridze, American-Iranian Council founding president Dr. Hooshang Amirahmadi and - believe it or not - CIA officer Theodore Shackley. Shackley's associate Thomas Spencer, who was the attorney for General John Singlaub during the "Secret Team" trials in the late 1980s, was another Cercle member.
People like Freeman, Amirahmadi, and earlier Prince Turki Al-Faisal, may be thinking that just putting a speech online, without mentioning any names, does not compromise the Cercle. If that's what they are thinking, they're wrong. Each time a visitor mentions that he has been invited to Le Cercle, he gives away details what this group is about. In our previous article we already suspected that the Cercle is not only continuing the Cold War by trying to undermine capitalist opposition in Russia and Eastern Europe, but also that it has always been severely biased in favor of the Arab countries, this to the detriment of Israel. These newly identified members pretty much confirm this theory. Their biographies also made it possible to identify the apparent long term strategy of the Cercle. Following are some details on the new members:
Chas W. Freeman, Jr.: Freeman was the principal American interpreter during Nixon's ground-breaking trip to China in 1972. Henry Kissinger and David Rockefeller, like Nixon both involved with the Cercle, went to China in the same time-period and were equally important in opening up that country to the West. Since going to China in 1972 Freeman has continued to be a key figure in U.S.-China relations. He was director for Chinese Affairs at the State Department from 1979 to 1981, deputy chief of mission and chargé d'affaires in the American embassy in Beijing from 1981 to 1984, and later became co-chairman of the U.S. China Policy Foundation. He also received some flak in recent years for being on the advisory board of the China National Offshore Oil Corporation, which has projects in Sudan and Iran.
Freeman also has close relations to Saudi Arabia and Iran, countries both represented in the Cercle. He was the U S. Ambassador to Saudi Arabia from 1989 to 1992, and received the CIA Medallion in relation to the Gulf War in 1991. He became the long time president of the Middle East Policy Council (MEPC) in 1997. Directors of the MEPC have retired from functions at Exxon Mobil, the Saudi Binladin Group, Apollo Security, Central Command, the CIA, DIA and various ambassador posts in the Middle East. The Council is very pro Saudi, pro Iran, and very much against Zionism and neoconservatism. In addition, Freeman is a director of the American-Iranian Council (AIC), which also seems to count severe Cercle influence.
All in all, as might be expected from a Cercle member, Freeman has considerable intelligence connections - more so than already listed. He has been Assistant Secretary of Defense and sat on the board of trustees of the Institute for Defense Analyses (IDA), a national security think tank from which the JASON Group once sprang. Ow, and he is no stranger to Bilderberg also.
Hooshang Amirahmadi: This person is the founding president of the American-Iranian Council in 1997, where Chas Freeman, coincidentally, can also be found. The AIC used to be under the chairmanship of the very, very influential Pilgrims Society member and Rockefeller associate Cyrus Vance, who died in 2002. Vance - coincidentally - set up the America- China Society with Henry Kissinger in 1987. Two other directors of the AIC have senior positions in Conoco Philips and Chevron Texaco. Another director, diplomat Thomas R. Pickering, has all the trademarks of an intelligence operative. Pickering is on the board of the International Crisis Group, where George Soros and Cercle members Prince Turki Al-Faisal and Zbigniew Brzezinki can also be found. Pickering also sits on the board of the Eurasia Foundation, which has been tied to the 2004 Orange Revolution in the Ukraine, together with Soros (AIC supporter), Albright's NDI (AIC supporter) and the Cercle's Zbigniew Brzezinski. Amirahmadi has been a former Iranian presidential candidate, but was disqualified because of his U.S. citizenship.
Meeting at the Cercle-linked American-Iranian Council: Cyrus Vance (left) talking to George Soros with Amirahmadi in the background. Soros is tied to several Cercle members, including CIA men involved in massive drug trafficking, and shares the Cercle's philosophies. That's why ISGP suspects Soros himself is also closely involved with the Cercle. He certainly is with Bilderberg in any case.
Tedo Japaridze: Formerly an important Georgian diplomat with close ties to the United States. In 2002 President Eduard Shevardnadze appointed him chairman of the Georgian National Security Council. His predecessor had apparently committed suicide and was accused of both homosexuality and involvement in the assassination of a journalist who tried to expose government involvement in a drug trafficking network linked to the Pankisi Gorge. This gorge is a center for international terrorism and Chechnyan resistance against Russia.
Japaridze survived the 2003 bloodless Rose Revolution, which brought Shevardnadze's presidency to an end. As happened with more than one revolution in this neighborhood, it was covertly supported by Madelaine Albright's National Democratic Institute (another supporter of the American-Iranian Council) and George Soros' Open Society Institute. The Washington Post of November 15, 2003 summarized:
Even now Japaridze has retired from public office, he remains a very influential figure in this part of the world. He has been or is president of the U.S.-Caucasus Institute in Tbilisi, secretary general of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation (BSEC), and alternate director general of the International Centre for Black Sea Studies (ICBSS) in Athens. He is furthermore "associated with" the Oxford-based Trilateral Group Ltd. (a group of international consulting firms) and the "Le Cercle Group/London". In 2009 he joined the Virginia Tech Center for Technology, Security, and Policy "as an affiliate to support the center's ongoing counter smuggling projects in the Black Sea region".
In Le Cercle and the Struggle for the European Continent ISGP identified Conrad Gerber as a Cercle member.
Gerber has been a close friend to CIA spook Theodore Shackley. Shackley, whose had the nickname "blond ghost", retired from the agency in 1979 and (briefly) went into some oil business. But instead of joining the board of some regular, legal oil company, Shackley teamed up with oil smuggler John Deuss and Conrad Gerber, an economist in Ian Smith's racist white minority government of Rhodesia. Deuss, Gerber, Shackley and associates tried to keep Smith's government in power by evading the oil embargos, an effort that eventually failed.
Gerber moved on. He founded Petro-Logistics in 1980 and has been heading it ever since. Petro-Logistics basically is an intelligence firm focused on the international oil markets and has many connections in the Persian Gulf and Black Sea regions. The firm's reports are an important source on OPEC for the International Energy Agency (IEA) and have a significant impact on the oil market. Throughout his life Gerber maintained a close friend of Ted Shackley.
Because of this information, and the fact that CIA men as William Colby and William Casey have been members of the Cercle, ISGP had already compiled a biography of Ted Shackley, assuming this person would sooner or later be identified as a Cercle member. We were right, because it now turns out that from 1994 to 2002 Shackley was the official owner of the Cercle.
ISGP actually found this out in a very simple way. Back in 2003 The Observer wrote:
It has been the only source - anywhere - that referred to Le Cercle as "The Atlantic Circle". Nothing could be found under this name several years back. But a recent, more creative search on "Atlantic Cercle" turned up the following information on Corporationwiki:
The presence of Julian Amery immediately gives away that this group is Le Cercle. Amery was Cercle president from 1985 until the early 1990s, after which his protege Jonathan Aitken took over the presidency.
Julian Amery, who has held a variety of public offices, has been one of Great Britain's multi-faceted superspooks. As a strategist, he shared some ideas with Zbigniew Brzezinski. As already discussed in the 1001 Club article, it was Amery who once stated:
As an elitist, Amery was a member of the low profile Other Club since 1960, over the years together with the Duke of Devonshire (Cavendish), the 7th Marquess of Salisbury (Le Cercle), Lord Carrington (Pilgrims Society president), Lord Richardson of Duntisbourne (major Pilgrims Society member), Lord Rothschild, Lord Rees-Mogg, Prince Charles, Paul Channon (Le Cercle), Tony Blair, Gordon Brown, Sir Edward Heath, Sir Denis Thatcher, and Winston S. Churchill. He also was a member of the Rhodesia and Nyasaland Club in the 1950s and 1960s and visited the White's Club. Amery and the Cecils largely ran the pro-apartheid Conservative Monday Club. This club was one of the staunchest supporters of the earlier-mentioned pro-colonialist, white minority government of Ian Smith in Rhodesia. It could well be that Amery was working together with Conrad Gerber and Ted Shackley during this time period.
Amery certainly wasn't a stranger to covert operations either. He was close to SAS founder David Stirling and Cercle member Col. Billy McLean. Together they tried to undermine Nasser in Egypt in the 1960s with help from the Mossad, arms dealer Adnan Khashoggi, and the Cercle-affiliated royal houses of Jordan and Saudi Arabia. In the early 1990s, Stirling, and in all likelihood Amery, were also involved in operations aimed at upholding the apartheid system in South Africa. Besides that, in the 1980s Amery was a consultant to the notorious BCCI. He also chaired the British branch of the Global Economic Action Institute, financed by the Moonie cult. Around the same time he became president of Le Cercle.
Amery retired from public office in 1991 and died in 1996. Now it turns out that two years before his death, he was involved in incorporating Le Cercle in Miami under the name "The Atlantic Cercle" at a residence owned by - of all the people in the world - Theodore Shackley. If that doesn't solidify his intelligence credentials, then probably nothing will. Following are excerpts from a 1983 Wall Street Journal article. For more details on Shackley, look at the full Cercle membership list.
"Many retired high-ranking Pentagon and CIA officials were executives of or consultants to Nugan-Hand... Among the high-level Pentagon and CIA officials associated with Nugan Hand were former CIA director William Colby, who was its attorney..." 
Cercle members and drug trafficking. Shackley's career is loaded with accusations of involvement in CIA drug trafficking to finance covert operations and arms sales. Examples: With General Vang Phao in Laos with the "secret team"; with drug lord Khun Sa who mentioned his name together with Richard Armitage (today at the Cercle-Soros affiliated International Crisis Group); with the heroin bank Nugan Hand, to which Cercle members Bill Colby, Willam Casey, and General Stilwell were also tied. After Nugan Hand was exposed drug & money laundering operations were moved to another bank, BBRDW, in which Casey, Armitage and George Bush were involved (Shackley had apparently retired by then). Shackley's co-founder of Atlantic Cercle, Inc., Julian Amery, later played a role in the BCCI, just as many other associates of Shackley. Shackley worked a lot with Miami mafia boss Santos Trafficante, who has been tied to the JFK assassination. Miami is also the state where Shackley ran the anti-Castro JM/Wave and is the state to which he retired and incorporated the Atlantic Cercle, Inc. in 1994.
An associate of ISGP looked up the tax filings of the Atlantic Cercle for the years 1999, 2000, 2001 and 2002. It seems that after the 2002, Le Cercle, under this corporation, went inactive, probably because Shackley passed away in December 2002.
The website address is spelled wrong. The 2001 forms showed the url with a double "c". It seems that even Cercle members themselves can't really decide on whether they are going to name their group Cercle or Circle. If the group indeed had a website in 2001 and 2002, it seems they are also confused about how low-profile they want to keep their meetings.
The tax filings show that Cercle meetings were organized once or twice a year, mainly at the Watergate Hotel in Washington, but also at the Conrad Hilton in London and the Lisbon Intercontinental in Portugal. The Sunday Telegraph of June 18, 2000, had already mentioned the meeting in Portugal, showing that Le Cercle meetings officially were arranged under Shackley's tax exempt organization. Below is a complete list of known Cercle meetings, which can be used by reporters to find out who has been at these meetings. The information in blue has been added with this article.
2002 form, apparently showing the last Cercle meeting under Atlantic Cercle, Inc. Shackley died in December 2002, seemingly resulting in the Atlantic Cercle, Inc. going inactive. Amery had already died in 1996. Cercle meetings are still going on. Question is where the group is registered today and under what name. An AFIO newsletter confirmed that the Atlantic Cercle was headquartered at Shackley's estate. 
Besides Amery and Shackley, other founding officers of the Atlantic Cercle, Inc. were Richard T. McCormack, Thomas R. Spencer, Jr., and Robert Zoelly.
Officers of the Atlantic Cercle, Inc. in 2000. This is the last year that its Swiss director Robert Zoelly appeared. It seems people were getting old. Amery died in 1996. Shackley would pass away in December 2002.
McCormack has been a relatively high level politician in the offices of Nixon, Reagan and Bush. From 1992 until 2005 he was consultant to the U.S. Government on International Economic Affairs. From 2004 to 2006 he could be found at CSIS, just as many other Cercle members, and in 2006 he became vice chairman of Bank of America, Merrill Lynch. He also sat on the board of Africa Petroleum, which has links to the National Intelligence Council, the CIA, another Cercle participant, and an association in London calling itself the International Oil Club.
Robert Zoelly appears to have been the Swiss director of the Atlantic Cercle. Virtually nothing is known about him, although he is probably the same Robert Zoelly who was vice president of the U.S. department of the Schwarzenbach textile company in the 1950s. This Zoelly returned to Switzerland in 1956 to become chief engineer of Linoleum A.G. Giubiasco. What this person did between 1956 and 1994 is not known at this point.
Atlantic Cercle, Inc.'s vice president and director Thomas R. Spencer, Jr. is very interesting again, compared to what we know about Zoelly. Like Gerber, he has been a long time friend of Ted Shackley. Spencer even was the lawyer for General John Singlaub (OSS; founding member CIA; commander during the Vietnam war of the Military Assistance Group-Special Operations Group (MAG-SOG), a political murder unit; co-founder Western Goals Foundation in 1979 with the Englishman John Rees (board member of the notorious Cercle-linked Maldon Institute, from which some Illuminati disinformation has emanated) and Larry McDonald; founder U.S. chapter WACL in 1981; board member American Freedom Coalition, which was extremely close to the Moonie Cult; board member of the William J. Donovan Foundation, which in 2002 merged with the Pilgrims Foundation/Pilgrims of the United States. Other board members were the daughter of William Casey, Frank Wisner Jr., the 1001's Francis Kellogg, and William vanden Heuvel) in 1988 when General Singlaub, General John Poindexter, General Richard Secord, Ted Shackley, Albert Hakim, and Lt. Col. Oliver North were all accused by the Christic Institute of cooperating with Columbian drug cartels during the Iran Contra affair.
In more recent years, Spencer and James "Jim" Angleton, Jr. have been involved in setting up the Ted Shackley Miami chapter of the Association of Former Intelligence Officers (AFIO), which at the national level has had directors as Gerald Ford, George H.W. Bush, Frank Carlucci, Admiral Bobby Ray Inman, James Woolsey, and William Webster. Spencer himself also became a director in the 1990s. What's peculiar about the Miami AFIO chapter, of which Angleton, Jr., is the president, is that they have been involved with quite a number of UFO-related authors.
From ISGP's own 2006 archives, we still know that this AFIO chapter arranged a September 14, 2004 meeting at which Dr. Hal Puthoff and Dr. Edgar Mitchell spoke. Both men were part of Robert Bigelow's National Institute for Discover Sciences (NIDS), together with other UFO- related luminaries who pretty much all have gotten endless airtime on shows like Coast to Coast AM. Some of the NIDS members are listed below:
Another interesting question: What is Richard Falk doing at the MEPC with all its CIA, DIA and oil company connections? It was Falk who teamed up with prominent 9/11 Truth author David Ray Griffin (who unfortunately also pushed the no-plane disinfo theories). Ever noticed that higher level 9/11 conspiracy talk often comes from anti-neocon corners?
Back in 2006, ISGP came across this information after suspecting that Dr. Steven Greer of the Disclosure Project (who has been peddling ever increasing amounts of disinformation) had probably taken "inside" information from Jim Angleton, Jr. Apparently it was also Angleton, Jr. who provided researchers as Dr. Richard Boylan (pure disinformation), Dr. Harold Puthoff, author Robert M. Collins (author of 'Exempt from Disclosure - The disturbing case about the UFO coverup', with contributions of Richard Doty and Timothy S. Cooper (Roswell and MJ-12 stuff)), and others with bogus papers which he claimed were from Einstein and had been written in 1952.
This whole UFO and free energy involvement of Shackley, Spencer and Angleton, Jr. is something that warrants a very detailed investigation, especially since other researchers close to the Cercle have been responsible for spreading disinformation about the New World Order, the Illuminati, JFK, 9/11 (no plane theories, but this subject may have a different motive) and more and more it seems, about the UFO phenomenon. Colonel Corso with all his intelligence and extreme right underground connections fits right in with this bunch.
The combined biographies of these newly-identified Cercle men - Freeman, Amirahmadi, Japaridze, Shackley, and skipping Spencer - is quite reminiscent of the contents of the 1997 book entitled The Grand Chessboard: American Primacy and Its Geostrategic Imperatives, written by Zbigniew Brzezinski.
Zbigniew Brzezinski, who has visited the Cercle, seems to have put the Cercle's long term strategy on paper.
Although it hasn't been established that Brzezinski is a full fledged Cercle member, it is known that he has given a speech to the Cercle. Furthermore, he has been named as a CIA operative and is close to many past and present Cercle members, including David Rockefeller, Henry Kissinger, and former Cercle chairman Brian Crozier. Coincidentally, among his many, many functions, he has also been chairman and a director of the American Committee for Peace in the Caucasus, which is advocating against Russian intervention in Chechnya. See the Cercle membership list for more information.
Brzezinski, his son Mark, together with the Eurasia Society, Albright's National Democratic Institute and Soros' Open Society Institute, have been accused of running the Ukrainian Orange Revolution in late 2004 in an effort to push Russian influence farther back to the east. The year before, in November 2003, the NDI and George Soros were accused of doing the exact same thing in Georgia; and in 2010 it was Kyrgyzstan. There have been other accusations which have never been investigated in much detail, but the picture that emerges here is that Brzezinski and his (Cercle) associates are following the "grand chessboard" strategy. Let's break this strategy down a bit.
Several think tanks and foundations with likely close links to the Cercle. George Soros, whom ISGP suspects of being a Cercle member, runs the Open Society Institute and is a board member of the International Crisis Group. Cercle member Prince Turki Al Faisal is another board member of the ICG. Richard Armitage, who has been tied to importing Golden Triangle opium with Cercle members as Casey, Shackley and Stilwell, can also be found here. Members of all these groups have similar political philosophies as the average Cercle participant. There are actually plenty of other foundations and think tanks that are probably close to the Cercle: Freedom House is one; the National Security Institute (Mark Brzezinski; Frank Wisner, Jr.) and Partnership for a Secure America are others.
Following are some excerpts of Brzezinski's 1997 book:
In his book Brzezinski also talks extensively about his geopolitical views regarding China and Iran.
Judging from Brzezinski's book, his main focus is on controlling the Southern (Near and Middle East) region of the chessboard while forming alliances with the Western, Middle, and Eastern spaces. Support from the West, in the form of the ever expanding European Union, is largely guaranteed. In the Eastern Space not a whole lot has changed either since 1997. Japan is still an important ally to the West and U.S.-China relations have not worsened since 1997. However, the situation in the Middle Space dramatically changed in 2000 when Putin came to power. He expelled the pro-Western oligarchs who under Yeltsin had taken over the Russian economy, including its oil and gas resources. The rise of Putin, who was succeeded in 2008 by his ally Medvedev, basically restarted the Cold War - a cold war that could slowly increase in temperature as it becomes increasingly obvious that the world's remaining oil and gas supplies are probably only sufficient for short term economic growth.
Back in 1997, Brzezinski still assumed that the Caspian Sea Basin contained vast new oil reserves . Today we know that this region is not a new Saudi Arabia with its gigantic fields filled with the highest quality oil. The oil from the Caspian Sea Basin will delay the worldwide oil production peak, but not by much. That being said, it is one of the last places to go and Brzezinski's focus on this region remains actual. 
Azerbaijan is the most important Caspian Sea country to the West. It has a considerable number of off-shore oil fields within its borders and is the closest country to the European Union. But for Azerbaijanian oil to flow to the West it has to pass through Georgian territory and from there through Turkey. An alternate route is over the Black Sea to Ukraine. Brzezinski wrote:
The map above should make it easy to see that friendly regimes in Azerbaijan, Georgia, Turkey (and Ukraine on its own) are crucial in securing a stable supply of Caspian Sea oil. It also acts as a further corridor to the relatively vast oil reserves of Turkmenistan and Kazakhstan.
Cercle member/visitor Chas Freeman represents many aspects of this Cercle/Brzezinski strategy. He advocates friendly relationships with Saudi Arabia, Iran and China. In case of China, he doesn't flinch while praising Mao, China's handling of the Tiananmen Square protests, or when he is criticizing Taiwan. Freeman has also stated that Iraq should be given to the Iranian-backed Shiites. Cercle member Hooshang Amirahmadi is specifically working on improving the U.S.-Iran relationship while Tedo Japaridze is a trusted friend in Georgia.
The European Union. Apparent Cercle en Bilderberg aims: Modernize Turkey, bring it into the European Union, while keeping Georgia and Azerbaijan friendly towards the West. This way the West is assured of a steady flow of increasingly important Caspian Sea oil. Stabilizing the Ukraine is also important, as it can provide an alternative oil transportation route (by sea) and keeps Russia at bay.
What maybe also makes sense from this perspective is the European Union's rapid expansion towards the east. And it is no secret that Bilderberg participants have been preparing Turkey for E.U. membership also. It actually appears that Bilderberg and the Cercle are working in synarchy, with Bilderberg focusing more on economic and overt political issues and Le Cercle focusing more on bringing together the covert action and national security crowd. It seems both have the exact same agenda when it comes to Eurasia these days.
Brzezinski also wrote about the Balkans, although this region is not a prime issue. There are no vast oil reserves here and the new European Union states Bulgaria and Romania form a stable land route from and to Turkey.
Very interesting is the fact that Brzezinski in his 1997 book completely skipped the Israel issue. It's likely he did this to avoid the book being branded "anti-semitic" by the Israel Lobby, resulting in all kinds of obvious problems.
As many other Cercle members, Brzezinski certainly isn't a fan of Israel. In more recent years it's slowly becoming possible to speak up against Israel's policies and its lobby in the United States. Brzezinski has been among a small group of influential politicians who has taken the lead on this issue. In 2006, for example, he stated:
Three years later Brzezinski made a statement that is virtually unheard of in terms of boldness:
Iran is a crucial state in both Brzezinski's and the Cercle's foreign policy agenda. And with oil becoming increasingly hard to pump out of the ground in sufficient quantities time is running out. For more than a decade now the Cercle crowd (and the Pilgrims and Bilderberg) have been trying to appease Iran, even contemplating the idea to allow it to gain control over Iraq and possibly build nuclear power plants. These days the Cercle's American-Iranian Council is even apologizing to Iranian diplomats for the overthrow of Mossadeq and putting the Shah in power. They really want a closer, more stable relationship with Iran. And not only Iran, also with most other Middle-Eastern countries.
The Israelis, on the other hand, still have a foreign policy based on daily survival. Any Arab state becoming a threat to its existence has to be undermined, preferably as permanent as possible. For that reason alone the Israelis were anxious to take Saddam Hussein out. But when Mahmoud Ahmadinejad became president in Iran in 2005, this country possibly became an ever bigger problem. And who can blame the Israelis after some of Ahmadinejad's statements and his eagerness to set up a nuclear program? Allowing Iran to set up a nuclear program and handing over Iraq to the Shiites - not a chance in hell if you leave it up to the Israelis.
Zionist meeting in the 1950s. F.l.t.r.: Moshe Tov, Latin-American secretary for the Jewish Agency; ambassador Gideon Raphael, a senior Israeli diplomat; Sy Kenan, founder and head of the powerful AIPAC lobby; Mossad founder Reuven Shiloah, who became minister of Israel to the U.S.; and Abba Eban, Israeli ambassador to the U.S. Shiloah was largely responsible for weaving Israel's "triangle of influence" in the United States, a reference to Israel's contacts in the White House and the State Department, both houses of Parliament, and the major Jewish lobby organizations. AIPAC takes care of Congress and the Senate; CPMAJO, once headed by Shiloah's close ally, Philip M. Klutznick (president of B'nai B'rith and the World Jewish Congress), focuses on the executive branch. ISGP talks a bit more about the Israeli connection in the Pilgrims Society and La Nebuleuse articles.
In short, since World War II the Israelis have tried to ally themselves with the United States and Great Britain, covertly helping them in many of the dirtiest aspects of the worldwide war on communism. Helping to undermine a "communosocialist" country in South America, Africa, or even in the Middle-East? No problem. Ted Shackley and Julian Amery could have told you all about it and in more than one instance neoconservatives share foundation/think tank boards with Cercle members. But appeasing (potential) enemies of Israel because of oil, or even allowing them to develop their own weapons of mass destruction, is out of the question for the Israelis. And it's exactly because the Israelis know from experience that Western countries will always pick oil over Israel, that they have created this aggressive, us-against-the-world policy of building a lobby in the United States, stealing nuclear secrets, and more recently, it seems, having a hand in a major terrorist attack within the United States.
Virtually all of today's problems in the Middle East stem from the Jews having recolonized Palestine. But who can blame them after centuries of oppression? And after Western elites appeased both the Nazis and the pro-Nazi Arabs in the run up towards World War II, you can easily say the Jews earned their place in today's Israel.
But finding a solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, which the whole world is trying to do, is of secondary importance. The primary objective should be to break the power of the Israel lobby in the United States. This may not be an easy task, but it is an essential one. The fact that the Israelis and the Palestinians cannot solve their own religious and cultural problems should not keep the entire world hostage simply because the Palestinians are supported by the oil-rich Arab nations and the Israelis have hijacked the U.S. government. The world may extend a helping hand and the United Nations might step in when a genocide is about to take place, but that's it. The Jews and the Palestinians need to work it out themselves. It's their land - their responsibility.
So in that respect ISGP agrees with the views Brzezinski and several other Cercle members.
Come to think of it, in theory ISGP is actually a bit of a supporter of the writings of Brzezinski and the apparent long term agendas of both Le Cercle and Bilderberg. Again in theory, ISGP can even go along to some extent with the idea to get involved in the drug trade to finance arms or black operations. There's no doubt in the author's mind that the Anglo-Saxon culture is the most evolved on this planet and the only one trying to take the lead in building a global civilization. Based on the fact that human history is nothing more than an endless string of atrocities and the shifting of borders due to war, maybe a more advanced and global civilization is exactly what we need. Now, Cercle members seem to focus primarily on power politics and natural resources, but their agenda coincides with the one of the "internationalist" bankers, i.e. the core of the Pilgrims Society and their associates in Europe. There's considerable overlap between the two: Brzezinski, Rockefeller, Kissinger, Volcker, probably Cyrus Vance, etc.
But although taking control of the world's resources can, according to this author, perfectly coincide with a long term humanitarian agenda, there's one thing that never changes. And that is the idea that the persons involved in all these groups in the end really do not seem to care about democracy or basic human rights. Over the years they supported too many wars for that, too many dictators, too many death squads, too many assassinations, they spread too much disinformation, suppressed too many labor unions, and slowly are getting involved in too many child abuse scandals for their words about "democracy" and "free speech" to be credible.
In our previous Cercle article we already went into the rather racist and fascist tendencies of many of its members, including Cercle presidents Brian Crozier and Julian Amery. The close relationship of Cercle founders Jean Violet and Otto von Habsburg with the Cercle des Nations crowd in Brussels also does not spell much good (and you can bet more links will be found). In this article we discussed Chas Freeman's praising of Mao Zedong and his defending of the Tiananmen Square massacre. And let's not forget Brzezinski here, who in his 1997 book also wrote:
This statement does not prove that Brzezinski would actually be interested in curbing the democratic process in the United States. But it's worrying nonetheless that Brzezinski's Eurasian strategy in effect calls for imperial mobilisation and that he has recognized that democracy might some day come in the way of this strategy.
However, all this being said, how many people would want to get rid of these elites if the alternative is that we in the West would lose our access to much of the oil, gas and natural minerals we so desperately need for our economies to survive? Probably very few. Like has been said before, ISGP is not so much about exposing or finger pointing. It is all about understanding; trying to understand the way the world works. That's all.
One day after publishing this article, a reader pointed out that the old Cercle website, which existed from October 2000 to June 2002, could still be found at web.archive.org.  This was again an embarrassingly simple way (Google doesn't pick it up, by the way) to find information on a group whose members not to long ago would just hang up the phone when questioned about its activities.
Not counting the two speeches, it turns out that the Cercle's website, as listed in the tax forms, consisted of exactly one ugly html page with only very basic information on it. It's not at all impossible that this website was put up just to take away the mounting interest in this group after several newspaper exposés at the time. The website hardly added anything new to the information that had already been reported in books or newspaper articles. Apparently it was taken down again six months before Shackley passed away.
Twenty-three names were mentioned on the website, six of which we didn't know about. These 6 members or visitors are described below, the most surprising probably being 1001 Club founder Anton Rupert. In some cases a lot of additional information, including sources, can be found in the membership list.
Notice the links to the Kosovo/Balkan wars of the 1990s this time. And again to Soros' International Crisis Group.
 January 11, 2009, Hooshang Amirahmadi,
'Iran and America: Can Obama Find a Political Solution?': "NOTE: This
speech was presented at an off-the-record meeting in Washington, D.C.,
on November 14 of 2008."
The person who set up this website is worried about the Phorm advertising and spyware company, which Lord Lamont in recent years joint. The Phorm software specializes in creating profiles based on tracking the internet behaviour of its clients.
April 14, 2008, The Register, 'BT's 'illegal' 2007 Phorm trial profiled tens of thousands - Hush-hush advertising experiment redefines 'small scale'': "BT's covert trial of Phorm's ISP adware technology in summer 2007 involved tracking many thousands more customers without their knowledge than previously reported, it's emerged. Erroneous reports earlier this month suggested that a total of 36,000 broadband lines had been eavesdropped upon during the two trials. The Register had revealed that 18,000 customers were profiled in 2006, but no figure was released for the second experiment. Today Phorm said the 2007 trial was actually performed on "tens of thousands" of lines. It refused to provide a specific figure, but at the absolute least there are 38,000 BT Retail customers unaware their communications have been allegedly criminally intercepted in the last two years. The number could be as high as 108,000."
 August 17, 1983, Wall Street Journal, 'Bank's Links to Ex-CIA Men Detailed' (see details in Cercle membership list)
 Number 1, 2004, Association of Former
Intelligence Officers, Periscope newsletter: "Donors to AIO in 2003 ...
Titanium $5000 - $9999: The Atlantic Circle, Inc. - Estate of Ted
Shackley" (possibly the remaining funds of the Atlantic Cercle were
donated to Spencer's AFIO after Shackley had died in December 2002)
 Zbigniew Brzezinski's book can be found online in different places, on Scribd.com for example.
 Brzezinski in 'The Grand Chessboard': "The Central Asian region and the Caspian Sea basin are known to contain reserves of natural gas and oil that dwarf those of Kuwait, the Gulf of Mexico, or the North Sea."
 ISGP wrote an article about the oil peak in 2005 and still stands by it.
 August 3, 2006, Daniel M. Pourkesali, 'Brzezinski: The Beginning of the End for Israel', Campaign Against Sanctions and Military Intervention in Iran (CASMII).
 September 20, 2009, ABC News, 'Zbig Brzezinski: Obama Administration Should Tell Israel U.S. Will Attack Israeli Jets if They Try to Attack Iran':
THE ATLANTIC CIRCLE
P.O. BOX 716
LE CERCLE A STATEMENT ON ORIGIN AND FUNCTION
Le Cercle is an informal group of European and American professionals - politicians, retired Ambassadors, former Generals, lawyers and active participants in banking, oil, shipping, publishing and trading companies - who are interested in preserving a positive Atlantic dialogue. They meet semiannually in Washington, D.C. or at an overseas location to review topics of interest, mostly foreign policy. After each meeting, the participants return home and act on the issues that were discussed in whatever manner they choose.
This group was founded in the 1950's by former french Prime Minister Antoine Pinay and Chancellor Konrad Adenauer of Germany. In recent years, the Chairman of the group had been Britain's Lord Amery, a former Minister, QC, and member of Parliament. Lord Amery, because of declining health, yielded his stewardship of Le Cercle to Dr. Christian Schwartz-Schilling, a member of the Bundestag and former German Minister of Posts and telecommunications. The latter, in turn, passed the baton of leadership to Britain's Mr. Jonathan Aitken, member of Parliament and former Cabinet member. Mr. Aitken subsequently retired from political life. That resulted in Lord Lamont, former Chancellor of the Exchequer and a Member of Parliament, becoming the chairman of Le Cercle.
Le Cercle, in the past, has been honored to hear the views of such notables as Richard Nixon, Henry Kissinger, David Rockefeller, William Casey, Franz Josef Strauss, Jeanne Kirkpatrick, Zbigniew Brzezinski, General Norma Schwartzkopf, the Sultan of Oman, Otto von Hapsburg, Winston Churchill II, Charles Pasqua, Anton Rupert, King Hussein of Jordan and President Ion lliescu of Romania.
The Cercle publishes papers and holds symposia for the public.
The Washington, D.C. meetings are arranged in terms of administrative details by The Atlantic Cercle, Inc., an American 501(c)3 foundation.
The Following are several papers prepared by Cercle members:
NATO Expansion: Wise Policy or Strategic Mistake? By Samuel M. Hoskinson
Will the Financial Instabilities of 1998 Revisit Us in 1999? By Ambassador Richard McCormack