11. "The Trilateral Commission is Still in Commission"
While the Jimmy Carter/Trilateral Commission connection was one of
the "ten best censored stories" in both 1976 and 1977, it
is still an issue that has not been widely publicized by the mass media.
Specifically, the American public should be made aware that a small
group of international elitists -- not our elected officials -- are
more or less dictating American public policy.
The Trilateral Commission (TLC), whose North American co-chairman is
David Rockefeller, chair of the Chase Manhattan Bank, met in Washington,
D.C., in June, 1978, in a conference on the "World Energy Situation,"
which received little or no media coverage.
The principal author of a year-long study discussed at that conference
was John C. Sawhill, former Federal Energy administrator and now president
of New York University. He urged the United States to "raise gasoline
prices drastically." This, of course, was prior to the Iran debacle
which subsequently has been blamed for soaring gasoline prices.
The national influence of TLC recommendations is supported by the close
correlation between an earlier TLC energy report, published in 1975,
and the Carter administration's subsequent energy plan with respect
to a number of important international issues.
The latest TLC report, "Energy: Managing the Transition,"
should have made headlines because of its importance and because Carter's
major moves have been in accord with prior TLC recommendations.
The commission is more than a group of "interested" world
citizens; it is an elite group ... a group of 240 prominent world figures
in economics, politics, labor, media, and education.
Joseph J. Schwab, of the Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions
has suggested that the TLC is the modern version of the "divine
right of self-appointed executives."
Franklin Tugwell, who served as a special consultant for the TLC, also
has agreed that the "Commission is elitist," and "it
does tend to be economic in its orientation."
Should one doubt the significant influence of the TLC, just note the
names of former Trilateralists who now hold positions of power in our
government. Besides President Carter himself and his National Security
Advisor Zbigniew Brzezinski, there are Vice President Walter Mondale,
Secretary of State Cyrus Vance, Secretary of Defense Harold Brown, Secretary
of the Treasury Michael Blumenthal, Ambassadors Andrew Young, Gerard
Smith, Richard Gardner and Elliot Richardson, White House economic aide
Henry Owen, Deputy Secretary of State Warren Christopher, Director Paul
Aarnke of the Arms Control and Disarmament Agency, Under Secretaries
of State Richard Cooper for economic affairs and Lucy Benson for security
assistance, Under Secretary of the Treasury Anthony Solomon, Robert
Bowie of the CIA, and Assistant Secretary of State Richard Holbrooke.
Because the mass media has not yet fully informed the American public
about the Trilateral Commission and its extraordinary influence on American
public policy, this story is nominated as one of the "best censored"
stories of 1978.
World Issues, February/March, 1979, p. 3, "The Trilateral Energy
Study, a Discussion with Franklin Tugwell."
New York Times June 15, 1978, Section D, p. 4, "Trilateral Unit
Criticizes Official Plans on Energy," by Richard Halloran.
U.S. News & World Report, May 22, 1978, p. 74, "Trilateral
Commission: How Influential?"