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Monday, August 18, 2014

The press takes a holiday…every day

Jon Rappoport

I’ve published the essence of this article before. I continue to reprint it, now and then, because it illustrates a basic fact about the mainstream press: 

Not only are they part of the problem; not only are they creating problems; not only are they sold out; the reporters themselves, who should be able to work up astonishment at mind-boggling facts, have lost that capacity. 

They’ve lost the very urge that got them into the journalism trade in the first place. 

They’ve offloaded the ability to be shocked and outraged. 

They’ve forgotten how to be surprised. 

If, for example, you told them you had hard evidence that a small group of men, unelected and unappointed, was directing the domestic and foreign policy of the United States, they would yawn. 

If you showed them the evidence, they would yawn again. 

There is a natural elasticity of spirit in human beings. It allows them to be shocked, surprised, delighted, horrified, outraged. Most mainstream reporters have lost that spirit. 

Many humans have lost it. Wilhem Reich, the breakaway student of Freud who went on to research fundamental energies of living things, called this loss “the emotional plague.” 

In a minute, I’m going to print a stunning 1978 conversation between a US reporter and two members of the Trilateral Commission. 

I discovered the conversation in the late 1980s, and ever since then, I’ve been looking at it from various angles, finding new implications. Here, I want to point out that the conversation was public knowledge at the time. 

Anyone who was anyone in Washington politics, in media, in think-tanks, had access to it. Understood its meaning. 

But no one shouted from the rooftops. No one used the conversation to force a scandal. No one in the press protested loudly. 

The conversation revealed that the entire basis of the Constitution had been torpedoed, that the people who were running US national policy were agents of an elite shadow group. No question about it. 

And yet: official silence. Media silence. The Dept. of Justice made no moves, Congress undertook no serious inquiries, and the President, Jimmy Carter, issued no statements. Carter was himself an agent of that shadow group, a willing pawn, and despite his proclaimed religious values, was nothing more than a rank con artist, a hustler. 

To boil down the 1978 conversation between the reporter and two Trilateral Commission members, and the follow-on response: 

“The US has been taken over.” 

“Yeah, so?” 

By the way, the infamous Trilateral Commission still exists. 

Many people think the TC, created in 1973 by David Rockefeller, is a relic of an older time. 

Think again. 

Patrick Wood, author of Trilaterals Over Washington, points out there are only 87 members of the Trilateral Commission who live in America. Obama appointed eleven of them to posts in his administration. 

For example: 

* Tim Geithner, Treasury Secretary 

* James Jones, National Security Advisor 

* Paul Volker, Chairman, Economic Recovery Committee 

* Dennis Blair, Director of National Intelligence 

Several other noteworthy Trilateral members: 

* George H W Bush 

* Bill Clinton 

* Dick Cheney 

* Al Gore 

Keep in mind that the original stated goal of the TC was to create “a new international economic order.” 

In the run-up to his inauguration after the 2008 presidential election, Obama was tutored by the co-founder of the Trilateral Commission, Zbigniew Brzezinski. 

Brzezinski wrote, four years before birthing the TC with his godfather, David Rockefeller: “[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.” 

Any doubt on the question of TC goals is answered by David Rockefeller himself, the founder of the TC, in his Memoirs (2003): “Some even believe we are part of a secret cabal working against the best interests of the United States, characterizing my family and me as ‘internationalists’ and of conspiring with others around the world to build a more integrated global political and economic structure—one world, if you will. If that is the charge, I stand guilty, and I am proud of it.” 

Okay. Here is a close-up snap shot of a remarkable moment from out of the past. It’s through-the-looking-glass—a conversation between reporter, Jeremiah Novak, and two Trilateral Commission members, Karl Kaiser and Richard Cooper. The interview took place in 1978. It concerned the issue of who exactly, during President Carter’s administration, was formulating US economic and political policy. 

The careless and off-hand attitude of Trilateralists Kaiser and Cooper is astonishing. It’s as if they’re saying, “What we’re revealing is already out in the open, it’s too late to do anything about it, why are you so worked up, we’ve already won…” 

NOVAK (the reporter): Is it true that a private [Trilateral committee] led by Henry Owen of the US and made up of [Trilateral] representatives of the US, UK, West Germany, Japan, France and the EEC is coordinating the economic and political policies of the Trilateral countries [which would include the US]? 

COOPER: Yes, they have met three times. 

NOVAK: Yet, in your recent paper you state that this committee should remain informal because to formalize ‘this function might well prove offensive to some of the Trilateral and other countries which do not take part.’ Who are you afraid of? 

KAISER: Many countries in Europe would resent the dominant role that West Germany plays at these [Trilateral] meetings. 

COOPER: Many people still live in a world of separate nations, and they would resent such coordination [of policy]. 

NOVAK: But this [Trilateral] committee is essential to your whole policy. How can you keep it a secret or fail to try to get popular support [for its decisions on how Trilateral member nations will conduct their economic and political policies]? 

COOPER: Well, I guess it’s the press’ job to publicize it. 

NOVAK: Yes, but why doesn’t President Carter come out with it and tell the American people that [US] economic and political power is being coordinated by a [Trilateral] committee made up of Henry Owen and six others? After all, if [US] policy is being made on a multinational level, the people should know. 

COOPER: President Carter and Secretary of State Vance have constantly alluded to this in their speeches. 

KAISER: It just hasn’t become an issue. 

Source: “Trilateralism: The Trilateral Commission and Elite Planning for World Management,”ed. by Holly Sklar, 1980. South End Press, Boston. Pages 192-3. 

This interview slipped under the mainstream media radar, which is to say, it was ignored and buried. 

US economic and political policy run by a committee of the Trilateral Commission—the Commission had been been created in 1973 as an “informal discussion group” by David Rockefeller and his sidekick, Zbigniew Brzezinski. 

When Carter won the presidential election, his aide, Hamilton Jordan, said that if after the inauguration, Cy Vance and Brzezinski came on board as secretary of state and national security adviser, “We’ve lost. And I’ll quit.” Lost—because both men were powerful members of the Trilateral Commission and their appointment to key positions would signal a surrender of White House control to the Commission. 

Vance and Brzezinski were appointed secretary of state and national security adviser, as Jordan feared. But he didn’t quit. He became Carter’s chief of staff. 

Mainstream reporters have no interest in this story. It means nothing to them. It barely registers on their radar when they learn about it. 

Yes, they understand their editors would never let them touch it with a ten-foot pole. But making excuses is really beside the point. 

Turning the profession of mainstream journalism into a land of walking zombie reporters speaks for itself. 

Occasionally, a zombie rebels, but otherwise the scene remains gray and undisturbed. 

A whole nation’s political and economic policy taken over? Yawn. 

The author of three explosive collections, THE MATRIX REVEALEDEXIT FROM THE MATRIX, and POWER OUTSIDE THE MATRIX, Jon was a candidate for a US Congressional seat in the 29th District of California. He maintains a consulting practice for private clients, the purpose of which is the expansion of personal creative power. Nominated for a Pulitzer Prize, he has worked as an investigative reporter for 30 years, writing articles on politics, medicine, and health for CBS Healthwatch, LA Weekly, Spin Magazine, Stern, and other newspapers and magazines in the US and Europe. Jon has delivered lectures and seminars on global politics, health, logic, and creative power to audiences around the world. You can sign up for his free emails at

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