by Joël van der Reijden
December 4, 2005
Le Cercle is a secret transnational intelligence and direct action
group, that, according to all accounts, is funded by the CIA.
only know the dates and places of a handful of Circle meetings
(1), which were attended
by about a hundred persons at a time. Before the 1990’s, it was
called Cercle Violet, or initially, Cercle Pinay, in both cases
after its (French) chairman. In later times, chairmanship of Le Cercle went on to the British.
The Pinay Circle used to fight the spread of communism worldwide, at
all costs, even in our own backyard. This threat largely ceased to
exist when the USSR collapsed and the role of the Circle had to
Today, its members are probably talking about "Al-Qaeda
infiltration" instead of "communist infiltration",
although looking at the people involved with the Circle, I wonder
how many actually believe in the ’War on Terror’ as a tool to spread "freedom" and
"democracy". We will get to that later.
Circle members Nadhmi Auchi (together with Prince Andrew at the
Zbigniew Brzezinski, Giulio Andreotti, Lord Lamont, and Frank
In 1980, German intelligence chief Hans Langemann described
"... the Circle consists of a loose
gathering of various conservative and anti-Communist
politicians, publicists, bankers and VIPs that meets some twice
a year in various parts of the world. Its origins stem from the
former French Prime Minister Antoine Pinay.
The Circle, which
still exists today, also invites guest speakers... One recent
development is the establishment within the Circle of a command
staff or of an inner circle which then works out particularly
suitable means for action on current political questions."
We first heard about the
Pinay Circle in 1975, when about 1500
internal pages from the British Institute for the Study of Conflict
(ISC) were leaked to Time Out Magazine.
Later, in 1980 and 1982
(#37), Der Spiegel made references to this group and the involvement
of Frans Joseph Strauss with it (Der Spiegel and Strauss were
sworn enemies ever since the 1962 ’Spiegel Affair’). The articles of
Spiegel were based on internal memos from Hans Langemann, who was
chief of security of the Bavarian Ministry of the Interior and
Director of Security during the 1972 Olympics. Looking at the few
papers that have been published, it appears that Langemann was
informing persons within the German government about the clandestine
efforts of the Circle to get Franz Joseph Strauss elected.
How they ended up on the desk of Der Spiegel seems to be unknown.
After Der Spiegel published this information, a few intelligence
magazines and newsletters like Lobster and ’Intelligence’ became
interested in this group. Lobster Magazine wrote its first article
about this group in 1985, followed by a couple of other articles in
the years following.
After that, Lobster would sometimes find
tidbits of new information they shared with their readers. Since the
late 1990’s, information about this group has become more accessible
due to the introduction of the internet and scandals surrounding Jonathan Aitken and
According to Lobster in 1986, the Pinay Circle was created in
by Antoine Pinay, Jean Violet, and Otto von Habsburg.
source is unclear. It could be ’Intelligence’, the original Time Out
article, or author Roger Faligot (2).
Anyway, this date has indirectly been disputed in 2003 by The
Observer who suggested that the Circle was created in the 1950’s,
again by Antoine Pinay (right), but this time with the German chancellor
Konrad Adenauer (who died in 1967) (3).
Because the earlier Lobster article seems to have been based on some
of the original ISC documents, and because they name a specific
year, I consider this source the most reliable.
However, looking at the Stay-Behind networks, it’s likely that there
have been earlier Circle-like meetings. In any case, there’s no
doubt that all the earlier named people were working together in the
1950’s and 1960’s in building up a United Europe, allied with the
Pinay and at least representatives of Adenauer were
Bilderberg and Jean Violet was already working for Habsburg
on projects like the Académie Européenne de Sciences Politiques
(ultraconservative Pan-European society). They also shared another
very interesting commonality, they were all faithful Catholics. And
not just that; Pinay, Habsburg, and Adenauer were members of the
Sovereign Military Order of Malta (SMOM)
Pinay, Habsburg and the less prominent Jean Violet have also been
accused of involvement with Opus Dei
(5). This is all the more interesting because
Joseph Retinger, who recruited Bernhard and others to set up
Bilderberg, was another Vatican agent; a
Jesuit and likely a Knight
of Malta (6/7). At the
end of WWII, the Knights of Malta have been involved with smuggling nazis out of Germany with the help of the
OSS (later CIA), an organization they themselves helped to establish
In turn, the CIA
funded the covert anti-communist war in Europe, including:
the European Council of
the Stay-Behind networks
the Pinay Circle
the overall European
A lot of this money was funneled through American Committee on
United Europe (ACUE), which was established at the direction of:
Dulles and Donovan were top CIA chiefs and Knights of Malta,
Retinger a Vatican agent, and Duncan Sandys a son-in-law of
Churchill. Besides the CIA’s clandestine efforts, the
Foundation and the
Rockefeller Institute were the prime sponsors of
the ACUE (11).
Undoubtedly, a case can be made that the communist empire was
’evil’. One only has to read books like Rummel’s ’Death by
Government’ or Solzhenitsyn’s ’The Gulag Archipelago’. On the other
hand, another case can be made that the recruitment of nazi spy
chief Reinhard Gehlen hasn’t done the East-West relations any good.
These days it is quite clear that this Circle member has been
exaggerating the communist threat to justify his own existence
(12). Then there is
another unanswered question about the role of western companies and
individuals who have been selling the USSR all the technology it
needed to become a super power (13).
Why was this allowed to happen? Why hasn’t this been recorded in the
history books? And how many members of the Pinay Circle were
involved or aware of these dealings?
Plenty of questions that will
remain for now.
The other prominent force in Le Cercle is the British throne and the
City of London. Undoubtedly, the British played a role in
the Pinay Circle, but only in more recent years their influence can
be seen. Antoine Pinay and Jean Violet have already been named as
chairman, probably the first and second. In different news articles
of later years, three other persons have been named as chairman of
Le Cercle. First, Julian Amery (14),
followed by his protégé Jonathan Aitken
(15), and finally Lord Norman Lamont
(16), who is still the
chairman of Le Cercle today.
These three persons have in common that they have all been made
members of the Queen’s Privy Council
(17), which in itself sends a pretty clear message
across of who’s involved. It also turns out that the father of
Julian Amery has been one of the most crucial persons in
establishing Israel, while at the same time conceiling his whole
life that he was a Jew.
Appointed to the War Cabinet by
Pilgrims Society member Lord Alfred Milner,
Leopold Amery was the
author of the final draft of the Balfour Declaration, which was sent
to Lord Lionel de Rothschild. It committed Britain to the
establishment of a Jewish ’National Home’ in Palestine. Leopold was
also a key player in creating the Jewish Legion, the forerunner of
the Israeli Defense Force (18).
Today’s chairman, Lord Lamont has been a long time director of
Rothschild and Rothschild Asset Management.
All three men have a very interesting history and you can find more
details further down in this article or on the membership page. It
might also be interesting to note that Queen Elizabeth II is head of
the Order of St. John of Jerusalem, the protestant counterpart of
the earlier mentioned Knights of Malta.
Both claim to have been
descended from the medieval Knights Hospitaller, the organization to
which all the Templar assets were transferred, together with a good
portion of its members.
Queen Elizabeth II is also head of the much
Order of the Garter and patron of the elite
Anglo-American Pilgrims Society.
The British royals are leading
The British Invisibles promote the interests of the ’Square Mile’.
The Anglo-Arab Organization supposedly promotes Anglo-Arab
friendship, although it’s headed by the very questionable Circle
member Nadhmi Auchi.
The 1001 Club is a fundraising mechanism for
the WWF and a secret meeting place for businessmen and politicians
from all over the world. So you see, good or bad, there’s a lot of
activity going on around the British Royals and the business
interests of the City of London.
Naturally, the intelligence part is
even more hidden.
Known Circle meetings have been held in Washington DC, Lisbon,
Paris, Zurich, Munich, and Muscat (Oman).
There might have been a good reason for the creation of the Pinay
Circle in 1969. In the midst of the Cold War, on November 13, 1968,
Russian leader Leonid Brezhnev told his audience:
"When forces that are hostile to
socialism try to turn the development of some socialist country
towards capitalism, it becomes not only a problem of the country
concerned, but a common problem and concern of all socialist
This statement was called the ’Brezhnev Doctrine’ and meant that the
Soviet Union would openly intervene militarily if any country under
its control tried to push off the communist influence.
already made that clear 3 months earlier, when he quashed the
rebellion in Prague. From now on, if a western country would convert
to communism, it would probably take world war III to ever switch it
back to a capitalist economy. These Soviet actions could easily have
led to the creation of this covert direct action group.
reverse Brezhnev’s statement you’ll find that it matches perfectly
with what the Pinay Circle has been doing:
"When forces that are hostile to
capitalism try to turn the development of some capitalist
country towards communism, it becomes not only a problem of the
country concerned, but a common problem and concern of all
On November 8, 1979, Langemann wrote the following
Protected source contributions to
state security. Personal for the state minister only.
"The militant conservative
London publicist, Brian Crozier, Director of the famous
Institute for the Study of Conflict up to September 1979,
has been working with his diverse circle of friends in
international politics to build an anonymous action group, a
’transnational security organization’, and to widen its
field of operations.
Crozier worked with the CIA for years.
One has to assume, therefore, that they are fully aware of
his activities. He has extensive connections with members,
or more accurately, former members, of the most important
western security and intelligence services..."
Amongst other points in the (Crozier)
planning paper are:
Specific Aims within this
framework are to affect a change of government in the United
Kingdom - accomplished. In West Germany to defend freedom of
trade and movement and oppose all forms of subversion
including terrorism ...
What the group can do if
financing is available.
Conduct international campaigns
aiming to discredit hostile personalities or events.
[examples that have been named are propaganda spread through
the TV, lobbying, organizing demonstrations, or undercover
financial support to opponents]
Creation of a (private)
intelligence service specializing according to a selective
point of view.
The establishment of offices under suitable cover each run
by a coordinator from the central office. Current plans
cover London, Washington, Paris, Munich and Madrid.
In the regular media
Brian Crozier (right) is usually only known as a
historian, strategist, journalist, and author of ’The Rise and Fall
of the Soviet Empire’.
That Crozier has been recruited by MI6 and
the CIA is less well known, together with his connections to most
other European intelligence agencies
(20). Crozier also worked for the Information
Research Department (IRD), an intelligence disinformation service,
which spread a huge amount of anti-communist propaganda through
papers, magazines, radio, and television by using media outlets as
the BBC and Reuters.
Crozier would call them "benign deceptions".
Brian Crozier was also the chairman of the anti-communist Institute
for the Study of Conflict (ISC), which, through him, received
assignments from the "Pinay Committee".
This is according to the ISC’s own documents, which were leaked in
1975, possibly to expose the role of the Pinay Committee. In 1976,
Brian Crozier set up a covert advisory committee called ’Shield’, in
order to get Margaret Thatcher elected.
The words of the committee
became Thatcher’s election campaign, which resulted in her election
as Prime Minister in May 1979, 1983, and 1987. This is why Crozier’s
planning paper says "Change of government in the United Kingdom -
accomplished." Just as her Cercle-supported American counterpart,
Thatcher made sure that a strong anti-communist policy was followed,
together with a policy of privatization of public goods.
When Thatcher was elected, Crozier and the Pinay Circle started
supporting the election campaign of Franz Joseph Strauss to become
Chancellor of Germany. The Circle spread articles in newspapers and
magazines to counter the scandals Strauss had been involved with
many years earlier, saying these allegations were KGB propaganda. In
the end, they failed miserably and Helmut Kohl became the new
It’s interesting to note that in 2002 the Observer reported about a
classified BND report which accused Herbert Batliner, friend to
Helmut Kohl and senior lawyer and fund manager from Lichtenstein, of
laundering money for Kohl’s Christian Democrat party
(21). Whoever this
person is, it’s probably no coincidence that he is today’s president
of Pontificia Accademia delle Scienze Sociali located in
Lichtenstein’s ruler, Hans Adam II is a
Malta, a member of Opus Dei, and a member of the
It’s incredibly hard to say if
the Vatican and London factions are
true rivals. Just take a look at someone like George H.W. Bush, he’s
close to both interests. Besides having funneled money to Kohl’s
political party, the BND also accused Batliner of having done the
same for Marcos, Escobar, and Mobutu (1001 Club). As expected,
Batliner has been cleared of all charges.
Back to the document above. Further down in it you can see how the
Examples of point two, the creation of intelligence
agencies can be set up for any amount of time for any purpose. If
they get exposed, you just start over under a different name with
...have all been involved in the creation or maintenance of
the Stay-Behind networks.
...were members of the Knights Templar.
Alexandre de Marenches
...set up the
Who set up the assassination squad Group 13 is unknown.
Finally, Rumsfeld is
one of those persons that just has to be a Circle member.
imagine it any other way.
Another paper from Langemann confirms the ’hands on’ approach of
"On 5 and 6/1 1980 members of
Circle met in Zurich to discuss executive measures..."
The main things discussed were:
of the Minister President (Strauss) in international
influencing of the situation in Rhodesia and
South Africa following a European Conservative guideline
the establishment of a powerful directional radio
station aiming at the Islamic region and including the border
populations of the Soviet Union
Earlier, I mentioned Bilderberg, an organization people often
compare with the Pinay Circle.
In 1954, Bilderberg was created as a
secret unofficial discussion forum. Communists weren’t allowed to
join the bankers, businessmen, publicists, and politicians at these
annual meetings. The purpose of Bilderberg was to bring Europe
together, to strengthen it against the communists, and to keep it
allied with the United States. Many people, including politicians,
weren’t too happy with the way the Americans acted ("like elephants
in a porcelain shop") and the way they influenced the European
economies through their Marshall aid.
At Bilderberg, representatives from one country or from one sector
could ventilate their frustrations with another party. The ’off the
record’, informal, and confidential setting made it far easier to
work towards a solution. This was crucial in post-war Europe and
since the aim is a United Europe allied with the United States it is
still important today (29).
the Pinay Circle seems to have been fundamentally different
than Bilderberg. The Bilderbergers were more interested in resolving
conflict with the usual political and economical means; by talking,
standing together, issuing boycotts, etc.
It was, and is an extension of ordinary politics and ordinary
business. In some cases you might call it conspiratorial, but all in
all it’s not that terribly exciting. On the other hand, the Pinay
Circle is more of an extension of the international intelligence
agencies. And not necessarily that part of the intelligence agencies
that only gather information, but that part that is more involved
with the ’hands on’ work. That part that ’stimulates’ regime change.
At the moment, we just don’t have enough information about the the
Circle to reach a conclusion, but when we look at the names we have
available, we should be able to get a more detailed picture of what
this group is all about. At the moment, we have the names of about
60 people that have visited the Circle at least once.
Turns out that
at least half of them can be considered controversial. (You can find
many more names and details on
the full membership list)
Councillor involved with brokering illegal arms
deals on behalf of different British companies.
Has a warm relationship with MI6. Former
chairman of Le Cercle.
Princeton, Cambridge and Georgetown (Jesuit)
Universities. Long-time Bin Laden protégé. Says
he last met with Bin Laden in 1990, but has been
accused of being in contact with him up until
2001. On November 1, 2001, The Guardian wrote,
"Two months before September 11 Osama bin
Laden flew to Dubai for 10 days for treatment at
the American hospital, where he was visited by
the local CIA agent, according to the French
newspaper Le Figaro... [French] Intelligence
sources say that another CIA agent was also
present; and that Bin Laden was also visited by
Prince Turki al Faisal, then head of Saudi
intelligence, who had long had links with the
Taliban, and Bin Laden..." Al-Faisal had
been a 25 year head of Saudi intelligence when
he suddenly resigned on September 1, 2001. In
recent interviews, he avoided mentioning the
U.S.’s & U.K.’s illegal weapons supplies to Bin
Laden in the 1980’s. Blames a lot of terrorism
on Israel and the Muslim Brotherhood (which,
looking at his past, he seems to sympathize
with). Faisal, together with the ISI and the
CIA, played a major role in bringing the Taliban
Lord Julian Amery
of Le Cercle. Privy Councillor, protege of
Jonathan Aitken, and former consultant to the
BCCI. His SMOM brother was a Nazi propagandist
in Germany and Italy and worked as a gun runner
for General Franco. In contrast, his father was
one of the most prominent founders of a Jewish
’homeland’ in Palestine, while at the same time
never having mentioned he was a Jew himself.
Said to have been at a secret meeting with
Nicholas Elliot (Le Cercle), Henry Kissinger (Le
Cercle), and Prince Johannes von Thurn und Taxis
(1001 Club) on Sharon’s ranch on Nov. 15, 1982.
||Accused of being
the true head of P2. Opus Dei member and a
Knight of Malta. Said to be a member of the
Priory the Sion (Monarchist templar
organization. It is very possible that the
history of the organization has been made up).
Under pressure he was the first to disclose the
Italian ’Stay-Behind’ network - Gladio.
Investigated for protecting and working with the
mafia. Convicted of ordering the murder of a
journalist, but was released immediately. He was
later acquitted of the charges and still walks
||Former member of
Saddam’s inner circle. Very involved with the
British government, the British royals, and
illegal arms trafficking to Iraq. Chairman of
the elite Anglo-Arab Organization, which is
attended by the British royals and kings of the
Middle-East. A bit like Le Cercle it seems.
anti-communist national security advisor who set
up the Trilateral Commission in 1973. Wrote a
book in 1997 in which he more or less proposed
to invade the Middle-East for its resources and
push Russia and China out of area. Of course,
the American people had to be ’pursuaded’. His
son has been accused of financing the pro-Nato
opposition in the 2004 elections of the Ukraine.
MI6 officer, who acted as a consultant to Nadhmi
Auchi’s (corrupt) business empire. Involved in a
lot of covert ops.
minister he allowed a chlorine plant secretly to
be sold to Iraq by the British company Uhde Ltd,
in the knowledge that it was likely to be used
to make mustard and nerve gas, which was used in
the war with Iran at that time.
Stefano Delle Chiaie
bomber who was a member of the P2 and a member
of the SID (Italian intelligence). Involved in
the failed 1964 fascist coup in Italy and
indicted for the 1969 bombing of the Bologna
railway station, which claimed the lives of 85
people and injured more than 200. He was
released in 1989.
of Jean Violet and Alexandre de Marenches.
Considered Hussein as a friend and sold him
nuclear technology in the 1970’s. He also agreed
to train 600 Iraqi nuclear technicians and
scientists. "Jacques Iraq" is the only Western
leader to have personally met with the Iraqi
president. He is said to have closed down the
Safari Club after it’s existence was discovered.
||As a CIA
employee he set up the Scandinavian Stay-Behind
networks in 1954. Ran a covert op against the
Italian communist party in the 1950’s. Directed
the CIA’s Phoenix program in Vietnam. Involved
in a coup in Chile as CIA director. Either Opus
Dei or SMOM. Maybe both.
||CIA and MI6
employee. Founder and chairman of the London
Institute for the Study of Conflict. Psyop and
disinformation specialist. His secret Shield
Committee got Margaret Thatcher elected as prime
minister of the UK. Also set up ’the 61’ in
1977, a ’private sector operational intelligence
||Officer in MI6’s
’Section D’, which specialized in sabotage and
unconventional warfare. Member of Crozier’s
Shield Comittee and member of ’The 61’. Accused
of having let his friend Kim Philby escape to
the USSR. Sat on the board of Lonrho where he
was accused of basically doing nothing of
importance (besides being an intelligence
asset). Stood in contact with George H.W. Bush
at the time he went from being a CIA director to
vice-president. Said to have been at a secret
meeting with Julian Amery, Henry Kissinger, and
Prince Johannes von Thurn und Taxis (1001 Club)
on Sharon’s ranch on Nov. 15, 1982.
||His first wife
was the 18 year old daughter of 1001 Club member
Antenor Patiño and a Spanish Royal. Patiño
didn’t want his daughter to marry with a Jew so
the couple ran off. His wife died of massive
cerebral hemorrhage some time later. Goldsmith
was nicknamed the ’Green Billionaire’ and became
deeply involved with British intelligence.
Financed the founding of the radical Friends of
the Earth movement in 1970. Accused of smuggling
his friend Lord Lucan out of the country after
this person was investigated for the murder on
his children’s nanny and the attempted murder on
hs wife in 1974. From 1980 to 1982 Goldsmith was
involved in a Circle coordinated propaganda
effort in order to get the neo-fascist Franz
Joseph Strauss elected as Chancellor of Germany.
In 1990 Goldsmith bought KAS Enterprises, a
private SAS front company that had been running
Operation Lock under the supervision of SAS
founder David Stirling (his niece married Lord
Cranborne of Le Cercle). Operation Lock was an
assassination program in the whole of Southern
Africa which targetted anti-apartheid leaders.
This operation was closely associated with the
WWF’s 1001 Club. David Stirling, Lord Lucan,
James Goldsmith, and Tiny Rowland, were all
members of The Clermont gambling club in the
1960’s. It has been claimed that during this
time these people were thinking about committing
a facist coup against the labour government.
Some of Goldsmith’s other friends included
Circle members Kermit Roosevelt and George Soros.
In the 1990s he founded the Euro-sceptic
Referendum Party. In 2003, his son Benjamin,
married Kate Rothschild of the Rothschild
||Former heir to
the Habsburg Kingdom. Said to have been
sponsored by MI6 after his family was kicked out
of Austria. Married the daughter of Baron Hans
Heinrich Thyssen-Bornemisza (1001 Club). During
the Habsburg dynasty they were extremely close
with the Thurn und Taxis family (1001 Club, Mont
Pelerin Society, seems to have been involved
with intelligence). Co-founder of the Pinay
Circle together with Antoine Pinay. Long time
president of the CIA sponsored anti-communist
European Council of Princes until 1992. Member
of the Ordo Draconis, Knights of Malta, Opus
Dei, Mont Pelerin Society, and said to have been
a member of the Priory the Sion (Monarchist
templar organization. It is very possible that
the history of the organization has been made
||For some reason
he released one of Britain’s biggest drug
kingpins John Haase, 10 months into a 18 year
prison sentence. A member of Haase’s gang, Simon
Bakerman, imprisoned for running an amphetamine
factory, is Michael Howard’s cousin. Described
as being ’Dracula-like’. Together with Nadhmi
Auchi and Prince Andrew he is a member of the
Anglo-Arab Organization. Auchi is the chairman.
everything, convicted of nothing. Fritz Kraemer
and Rockefeller protege. Member Pilgrims
Society, 1001 Club, Bilderberg, Trilateral
Commission, Council on Foreign Relations, and
Bohemian Grove camp Mandalay. Had top positions
in companies like J.P. Morgan, AIG, and
Hollinger. Set up Kissinger Associates. Played a
leading role in the 1991 Iraq gate scandal in
which it was found out that 5 billion dollars of
unauthorized loans had been made to Iraq. These
loans were used by the Iraqis to buy weapons.
Initial head of the 9/11 Commission, but it
turned out he was a little bit too
director of N.M. Rothschild and Rothschild Asset
Management until 1995. Member of the Privy
Council. Chancellor of the Exchequer. Became
chairman of Le Cercle in 1996. Lamont was a
director of one of Nadhmi Auchi’s biggest
companies, Compagnie Internationale de
Participations Bancaires et Financieres, the
financial arm of General Mediterranean Holdings.
Vice-chairman of the International Nuclear
Safety Commission (chairman Mikhail Gorbachev)
and chairman of the Oil Club (monthly meeting of
energy professionals). In February 2005, John
Major and Norman Lamont were accused of holding
up the release of papers on Black Wednesday
under the Freedom of Information Act. Black
Wednesday refers to September 16, 1992 when the
British government was forced to withdraw the
Pound from the European Exchange Rate Mechanism
(ERM) by currency speculators - most notably
Circle member George Soros who made $1 billion
Alexandre de Marenches
||SMOM member who
set up the right wing intelligence and direct
action group, the Safari Club. In 1978, Le Monde
claimed that de Marenches led a domestic
campaign of terrorism and disinformation while
being head of the SDECE.
everything, convicted of nothing. Just as
Kissinger involved in everything.
Kermit Roosevelt, Jr.
||Son of President
Theodore Roosevelt. Headed Operation Ajax, which
overthrew Mohammed Mossadegh of Iran in favor of
the brutal Shah. Member of the ’Knight’s
Templar’, an elite intelligence group within the
CIA. Was one of the 5 founders of the African
Wildlife Foundation in 1961, together with
Russell E. Train and 1001 Club member Arthur W.
Arundel. Helped de Marenches in setting up the
secret intelligence group Safari Club in 1976.
Crony of Sir James Goldsmith, who was nicknamed
’the Green Billionaire’.
||Enemy of Dodi
al-Fayed. Chairman of Lonrho and an MI6
intelligence asset. Financed communist rebels
and regimes in Africa (unusual for Circle
members). Close associate of controversial
people like Ashraf Marwan ("Dr. Death"),
Gaddafi, Ahmed al-Dam (financed the Abu Nidal
Organization, which held numerous accounts with
the BCCI), and Adnan Khashoggi (notorious
international arms dealer with a large account
at the BCCI).
Fund, which is said to be a front for some of
the Rothschild and Windsor investments. Financed
the pro-western movements in Georgia, The
Ukraine, and Russia, which led to several regime
changes. Trustee of the Center for Russian
Leadership Development (Open World Program).
Founder of the Open Society Institute. Close
associate of Circle member Sir James Goldsmith.
Antonio de Spinola
Porugese right-wing coups in 1974 and 1975.
Eventually he had to flee to Spain. Frank
Carlucci and Henry Kissinger approved the regime
General Richard Stilwell
||CIA and SHAPE
official. Supposedly controlled the Stay-Behind
networks together with General Lansdale (NSA /
Northwoods / Mongoose). Involved with wrestling
control of the South-American trade union
movement at the direction of SMOM head J. Peter
Grace and David Rockefeller. Created new army
intelligence units like SFD-K and ISA. That last
one is said to have been involved in drug
smuggling and arms trafficking. Just as his son
(died in 2002 in a car crash), he was a close
associate of people like Richard Armitage, Frank
Carlucci (chairman Carlyle), and Peter G.
Peterson (chairman The Blackstone Group).
Frans Joseph Straus
neo-fascist German politician. Accused of taking
arms industry bribes from the Thyssens (1001
Club). Died in 1989 on a hunting trip with
Prince Johannes von Thurn un Taxis (1001 Club).
||MI6 head of the
Middle-East section. Met the disgraced Jonathan
Aitken every six weeks.
having been a fascist collaborator in France
during WWII. After the war he became a member of
Opus Dei and was involved with Antoine Pinay,
Otto von Habsburg, Philippe de Weck, and the
French foreign intelligence service. Named as a
co-founder of the Pinay Circle.
||Chairman of the
controversial Independent Inquiry Committee into
the Oil-For-Food program. Member Pilgrims
Society, visitor of Bilderberg and Bohemian
Grove camp Mandalay. Former director of the CFR
and chairman of the Trilateral Commission.
Member of the Circle of Presidents of the RAND
Corporation and chairman of the board of
trustees of the Group of Thirty. Has been
employed at the Federal Reserve, Chase
Manhattan, Wolfensohn & Co., and Power Corp.
||Chairman of UBS
(now UBS Warburg). He was an Opus Dei member and
an associate of Circle founders Antoine Pinay
and Jean Violet. He also stood in contact with
members of the P2 lodge. In the late seventies,
De Weck was a key person in ripping off the
French oil company Elf for a total sum of about
$200 million. It is suspected that the money was
used for political, catholic and anti-communist
purposes, although this has never been proven.
After this debacle, the pope appointed Weck to
the supervisory board of the Vatican Bank at
about the same time of the Calvi murder.
Frank Wisner, Jr.
||His father was
an OSS and CIA veteran who set up Operation
Bloodstone (recruiting of nazis to fight the war
against the Soviets) and Operation Mockingbird
(successful effort to subvert the US media). His
father was also involved in coups in Iran (1953)
and Guatamala (1954), an associate of communist
spy Kim Philby, and funded a Hollywood
production of Animal Farm, the animated allegory
based on the book written by George Orwell. His
father was also a member of the ’Knight’s
Templar’, an elite intelligence group within the
Frank Wisner, Jr. is a career CIA agent, a
vice-chairman of AIG, vice-chairman U.S.
Bangladesh Business Council, and has been an
ambassador to many countries. As an ambassador
to India he was lobbying for Enron, a company he
joined in 1997. He has been, or still is a
director of the U.S. India Business Council, EOG
Resources Inc., the AIG Investment Bank in
Russia, Rockefeller Brothers Fund, Institute for
the Study of Diplomacy at Georgetown (Jesuit),
the American University of Beirut, the American
University of Cairo, and Hakluyt (a London-based
corporate investigation firm formed by ex-MI6
Frank Wisner, Jr. is a career CIA agent, a vice-chairman of AIG,
vice-chairman U.S. Bangladesh Business Council, and has been an
ambassador to many countries.
As an ambassador to India he was
lobbying for Enron, a company he joined in 1997. He has been, or
still is a director of the U.S. India Business Council, EOG
Resources Inc., the AIG Investment Bank in Russia, Rockefeller
Brothers Fund, Institute for the Study of Diplomacy at Georgetown
(Jesuit), the American University of Beirut, the American University
of Cairo, and Hakluyt (a London-based corporate investigation firm
formed by ex-MI6 agents).
Most of the Circle members involved with intelligence have already
been named. Some that haven’t are:
Sir Dick Franks (director-general
of MI6 1979-1982)
general Charles Fraser (South-African
Donald Jameson (former chief of the CIA’s
Soviet Division who was at least aware of the remote viewing
colonel Billy Maclean (MI6 officer involved with
guerrilla warfare in the Middle-East)
Thomas Twetten (CIA Deputy
Director of Operations involved with planning an assassination on
Ion Iliescu (probable KGB spy who helped to topple
Iliescu probably visited the Circle only after the USSR collapsed.
He met publicly with Brian Crozier and Donald Jameson during the
1990’s. One other person I always like to mention is Edwin J. Feulner, today’s president of the extremely influential
Foundation, former chairman of the Institute for European Defense
and Strategic Studies in London, and named as nr 45 of the top 50
most influential politicians by George magazine (number one was Alan
Greenspan, number two was Dick Cheney). And keep in mind that
membership isn’t limited to people from Europe and North-America.
Besides Prince Al-Faisal of Saudi-Arabia, the Sultan of Oman and the
King of Jordan have also attended Circle meetings.
Circle members Otto von Habsburg, Antoine Pinay, Paul Volcker,
Reinhard Gehlen (Update: close associate
of the founders. Not mentioned as a participant of Circle meetings),
and Prince Al-Faisal.
A couple of examples of people that have (or had) a close
relationship with the Circle are:
George H.W. Bush
John Hay Whitney
These are right wing oriented
people involved with known Circle members, the Institute for the
Study of Conflict, different intelligence agencies, and / or the
Knights of Malta.
Then we know of some politicians that had a close
relationship with the Circle and have been supported by it:
|Has visited the
|His campaign was
funded by strange elements like Opus Dei and
French templar initiate Jaques Massie. Massie
stood in contact with P2 head Licio Gellie and
was later murdered together with his entire
d’Estaing lost the 1981 election from Miterrand.
At that moment, Circle member de Marenches
immediately quit as head of the SDECE.
Antonio de Spinola
|Has visited the
Circle. Headed 2 coups in Portugal against the
communists with the consent of Circle members.
|Came to power
through Brian Crozier’s Shield committee and one
of her unofficial advisors was Lord Victor
Rothschild, a Cambridge Apostle and (former)
MI5/MI6 agent. In January 2005, her son Mark was
fined half a million dollars and received a
four-year suspended jail sentence in South
Africa for abetting a coup attempt in Equatorial
Guinea. This of course is very similar to Mark
Brzezinski, son of Circle member Zbigniew
Brzezinski, who was accused of abetting a regime
change in The Ukraine in 2004.
Frans Joseph Strauss
Goldsmith were running a clandestine campaign to
counter accusations against Strauss as KGB
Norman Lamont and Robert Cecil were running his
election campaigns. John Major has been chairman
of Carlyle Europe, chairman of the Ditchley
Foundation, Order of the Garter, and Privy
Councillor. He is also one of the few Brits that
visited the Bohemian Grove.
Undoubtedly, many politicians have been targets of the Pinay Circle,
but in the few documents we have, no specific names have been given.
It is also unknown to what extent
the Pinay Circle has been involved
in discrediting political figures.
Also, the role of the Circle in:
members are heavily involved in this line of business, but it’s
doubtful that the Circle is used as a platform to discuss these
issues. Looking at the 2005 speech made by Prince Al-Faisal, all
these people are concerned about is human rights and peace on earth
Even though you might like his speech, let me repeat something
important; Al-Faisal is the former Bin Laden protégé who is accused
of meeting with him in July 2001 together with the CIA and several
of Bin Laden’s family members (32).
At the same time, Al-Faisal was accused of having arranged trips to
Osama for some of these same family members
(33). If that isn’t
enough, Al-Faisal also decided to leave as 25 year head of Saudi
foreign intelligence on September 1, 2001(34).
Al-Faisal by the way, blames terrorism on either the Zionists
(35) or the secretive
Muslim Brotherhood (36).
On the surface, the Muslim Brotherhood is a friendly charitable and
harmless society, not unlike the
Knights the Malta or Opus Dei. But
even though it publicly denounces every terrorist attack, today it’s
generally accepted that the Brotherhood is the coordinating secret
society for international Islamic terrorism
The founders of the PLO, Hamas, and Al-Qaeda were all members of the
Brotherhood before they started their own terrorist organizations.
Bin Laden and Zawahiri are just the figureheads of the Al-Qaeda
branch, just as Arafat was the figurehead of the PLO branch, and
Sheikh Yassim of the Hamas branch, that’s all. We still don’t know
very much about the inner workings of the Muslim Brotherhood,
although we do know that branches of it are protected by western
intelligence agencies (38).
The key to understanding international terrorism and crimes against
humanity is to understand the
world’s secret societies.
Le Cercle is
probably quite important, but there many more.
 Meetings of the Pinay Circle
/ Le Cercle
 April 1986, Lobster Magazine, Appendix 2: ’The Pinay
 April 6, 2003, The Observer, ’So, Norman, any regrets
 Winter 1986, Covert Action Information Bulletin, #25,
’Special: Nazis, the Vatican, and CIA’
 March 11, 2004, Reseau Voltaire, ’Apartheid et anti-communisme,
Les gentlemen du Cercle Pinay’
 Joseph Retinger, father of Bilderberg & Vatican agent.
 May 5, 1989, National Catholic Reporter, ’Who’s who -
Knights of Malta’
 September 24, 2000, New York Post, ’CIA Admits Long
Relationship With WWII German Gen. Reinhard Gehlen’
 May 7, 2001, San Francisco Bay Guardian, ’The CIA’s
 2005, Daniele Ganser, ’Nato’s Secret Armies’
 2003, Christopher Booker & Richard North, The Great
Deception, ’The secret history of the European Union’, page
 Winter 2002, Lobster Magazine, ’How many divisions does
the Pope have’ (see also reference 8 & 9)
 1986, Antony Sutton, ’The best enemy money can buy’
 November 1991, Lobster Magazine, ’Another Pinay
 July 10, 1997, An Phoblacht/Republican News comments
about a recent Independent article on Le Cercle
 2005, Benador Associates, Biography of Lord Lamont says
he is the chairman of Le Cercle since 1996
 Wikipedia Privy Council membership list (membership is
for life. Aitken is one of the few who had to resign from
 February 1999, History Today, William D. Rubinstein,
’The Secret of Leopold Amery’
 November 1988, Lobster Magazine, #15, ’Brian Crozier,
the Pinay Circle and James Goldsmith’*
 December 1993, Lobster Magazine, #26, Book review:
’Free Agent: the unseen war 1941-1991’*
 October 27, 2002, The Observer, ’Trouble in banking
paradise as Uncle Sam’s sheriffs ride in’
 1977, David Atlee Phillips, ’The Night Watch’
 The Safari Club
 Wake Up Magazine, ’The Psyops War - British
Intelligence and the covert propaganda front...’
 Group 13: Her Majesty’s assassination squad
 General Stilwell’s SFD-K
 General Stilwell’s Intelligence Support Activity (ISA)
 Rumsfeld’s Proactive Preemptive Operations Group (P2OG)
 NPS / VPRO, Andere Tijden, ’ Bilderberg-conferentie
1954’, first broadcasted on January 6, 2004. Includes
interviews with Bernhard, Retinger’s secretary, and
recordings from the 1954 meeting.
 August 1984, Lobster Magazine, #5, ’Brief Notes On The
Political Importance Of Secret Societies’ (part 1)*
 June 21, 2005, Saudi Embassy in London, ’Ambassador
talks to major foreign policy-security group’
 October 31, 2001, Le Figaro, Bin Laden visited by Saudi
Circle member (don’t forget this very similar event)
 November 05, 2001, The New Yorker, ’The House of Bin
Laden’ (membership list)
 August 8, 2003, Telegraph, ’Saddam, Osama and me’
 June 27, 2004, The Sunday Telegraph, ’Saudi envoy’s
Zionist claims ’are offensive’
 April 27, 2004, Council on Foreign Relations, ’The
United States and Saudi Arabia: A Relationship Threatened By
 September 11, 2004, Washington Post, ’In Search Of
Friends Among The Foes; U.S. Hopes to Work With Diverse
 November 5, 2004, Mad Cow Morning News, ’Bush Officials
to ’reach out’ to 9.11 Terrorists’
[A] November 11, 1977, supposed
White House memo on Strauss visiting Cercle Violet
[B] June 1985, Lobster Magazine, ’The Pinay Circle’
[C] October 1989, Lobster Magazine, ’The Pinay Circle and
Destabilization in Europe’*
[D] June 1994, Lobster Magazine about Anthony Cavendish and
the Pinay Circle
[E] February 1, 1998, News Confidential, ’Jonathan Aitken
David Guyatt, ’Circle of
Power’ (plus additional emails from Guyatt)
[G] Winter 2000, Lobster Magazine, about the Sunday
Telegraph article on Le Cercle
[H] May 2001, Punch Magazine, ’Spooks in the House’ (thx to
[I] May 25, 2004, St. Helens Capital, ’Chairman attends
Paris Meeting of the Oil Club’
[J] July 22, 2004,
Parliament publication about Lord
Norman Lamont confirms he is Le Cercle chairman
[K] September 5, 2004, Sunday Times, ’
Cercle of the elite’
[L] Campaign Against Arms Trade, ’The Arabian Connection:
The UK Arms Trade to Saudi Arabia’
[M] Mark Shernick , ’Did
Le Cercle kill Diana?’
[N] Simon Regan, ’Who Killed Diana?’
[O] European Council of Princes (At this official site you
can see how royal families like the Stewarts and
Habsburgs are intertwined with the Order of St. John,
the Order of Malta, the Ordo Draconis, and the
whole Knights Templar theme)
[P] Some additional information about the strange ’Dragon
genes’ ideas of the European Nobles and Royals
* Some lengthier articles from Lobster Magazine that
haven’t been reproduced here.