by David Guyatt
(Posted here by Wes Penre
for Illuminati News, June 8, 2004)
more sinister, and certainly more shadowy than the
Bilderbergers, the "Pinay Cercle" is an "Atlanticist"
right-wing organization of serving and retired
intelligence operatives, military officers and
politicians that conspired to "affect" changes in
Amongst other things they claim credit for
engineering the election of Margaret Thatcher in the
U.K. and may have been behind the ousting of Australia’s
By David Guyatt
Now almost forgotten, the decade of the "Seventies" was a time of
immense political upheaval, dirty tricks and incessant rumours of
right-wing military Coup d’etats in leading western democracies.
Amongst the long list of resulting casualties of
"decade of tension" were:
Britain’s Prime Ministers:
Harold Wilson and Ted Heath
Australia’s Gough Whitlam
Sweden’s Olaf Palme
America’s Jimmy Carter
France’s Francois Mitterand
The more southern flanks of Nato’s
...converted rumour into chilling fact
via the steel-blue glaze of gun-barrels. Italy, home of
Pizza, the Pope, and Propaganda Due (P2) came in for its own brand
of political fixit, courtesy of Uncle Sam’s very own CIA.
As the decade of the "eighties" slowly slipped above the now less
than pink eastern horizon, right-wing beneficiaries of a
coordinated international destabilization programme gave their
Among them were Britain’s Iron Lady, Margaret
Thatcher - Madonna of the Armaments industry - and America’s
less brittle, and considerably less acute, Ronald Reagan -
humble originator of the mega-tax-buck-swallowing SDI "Star Wars"
programme and also, thus, a valued friend of the boys at Guns R
These two decades saw a proliferation of right-wing, quasi official
and secretive groups that coordinated intelligence, propaganda and
undertook covert black-operations around the globe. One of the most
shadowy of all is the "Pinay Cercle", named after its founder
Antoine Pinay, Premier of France in 1951. Known more simply
as "Le Cercle" it is recognized as a more clandestine sister
organization to the already very secretive
Bilderberg Group - a
"behind-the-scenes ‘invisible’ influence" network.
Both groups share a familiar membership which includes Henry
Kissinger, Zbigniew Brzezinski and David Rockerfeller.
Each of these three luminaries of the international power network
are, in addition to the foregoing, influential members of
The Trilateral Commission and the
Council for Foreign Relations as
well as being regular attendees at Britain’s "Chatham House" -
The Royal Institute of International Studies - shadowy twin to
Antoine Pinay was extremely influential in Europe and the
United States, where he had forged links with President Nixon.
Pinay attended the Bilderberg inaugural meeting in Oosterbeek,
Holland during May 1952. By 1969, Pinay together with Jean
Violet, a Lawyer working for the French Intelligence Service
SDECE, and Archduke Otto von Habsburg, heir to the
Austrian throne, formed Le Cercle, and secretly began
recruiting men of influence as members.
The intention was to shift the political climate of Europe to the
far right via a secretly financed campaign of propaganda, and to
establish a private intelligence service that would work,
unofficially, with the existing security apparatus of the west.
Author Stephen Dorrill also believes there are serpentine
inter-connections between Le Cercle and the Gladio network,
a "stay-behind anti communist" military guerrilla force set up by
Nato’s Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe (SHAPE)
during the "fifties", that was largely composed of ex Nazi’s.
Le Cercle has a different flavour to Bilderberg,
The latter is an important link to the overt "influence"
organizations cited above and almost certainly focuses its efforts
on the broader political issues, being careful to keep well-away
from "direct actions". Le Cercle has a much more "hands
on" role. Interestingly, its membership is more heavily composed
of serving or former members of various Intelligence Services,
senior military officers as well as politicians, bankers and VIP’s
with right wing connections.
The "Cercle" was unknown until 1500
internal documents of the rightist (and Le Cercle funded)
Institute for the Study of Conflict, were leaked to Time Out
Magazine in 1975. Subsequently the documents have gone
missing. At the time ISC was headed by CIA agent and "Cercle"
Chairman, Brian Crozier who was heavily involved in another
covert action group known simply as "The 61."
Unknown to Crozier, Hans von Machtenburg (a pseudonym)
a senior intelligence official of Germany’s Intelligence service,
BND, (and a member of Crozier’s "61") had been exchanging full
reports on Crozier’s secret get-together’s with Hans Langemann,
formerly a senior ranking officer of Germany’s Intelligence Service,
the BND and latterly Head of Bavarian State Security.
fit of depression, Langemann blew the whistle on a number of
alarming and sinister conspiracies to the left wing German glossy
magazine Kronket. Soon the story was picked up by Der
Spiegel who featured it.
One of Langemann’s more sensational
reports, dated 1979, stated:
Specific aims within this framework
are to affect a change of government:
(a) in the United
Kingdom - accomplished
(b) in West Germany - to defend freedom of
trade and of movement and to oppose all forms of subversion
In another secret memorandum dated 8th
November 1979 and addressed "Personal for the state minister only",
Langemann notes that "Crozier worked with the CIA for
years." He concludes, therefore "that they are fully aware of
his activities" and goes on to observe that Crozier,
"has extensive connections with
members, or more accurately, with former members, of the most
important western security and intelligence services."
Further on he advises that Crozier,
"Dickie Franks, Director of
Britain’s SIS, and Nicholas Elliot, a senior department
head in MI6" were recently invited to Chequers (the country home
of the incumbent Prime Minister, in this case Margaret Thatcher)
for a working meeting."
Langemann continues: "It must
therefore be concluded that MI6 is fully aware of, if not indeed
one of the main sponsors of", Crozier’s "diverse circle of
friends in international politics..."
Additional subjects covered in the
Langemann papers include the,
"involvement of the main
intelligence and security agencies both as information
sources and as recipients for information in these
as well as "undercover financial
transactions for political aims"
that would be utilized by
conducting "international campaigns aiming to discredit
hostile personalities or events,"
the "creation of a (private)
intelligence service specializing according to a selective
point of view"
and 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"
plans also called for "provision of contributions by certain
well-known journalists in Britain, the US and other countries"
and the organization of "public demonstrations in particular areas
on themes to be decided and selected."
The Cercle and their Chairman,
Crozier (left), clearly had lined-up a whole strategy of
political "actions" that were not only known about, but approved by
the western intelligence community, in additional to leading
political figures including Prime Minister Thatcher and
Presidential candidate Reagan.
In his autobiography Crozier
regales us with his repeat visits to the White House to meet senior
administration figures. In 1980 he flew to California to meet Reagan
and "brief him" on his network and to offer his services when he
Crozier stayed in close touch during the
election with William Casey, Reagan’s campaign chief, later
appointed DCI of the Central Intelligence Agency. After
Reagan’s election victory he appointed Californian friend,
William A. Wilson, to act as a his liaison with the Cercle
and the related 61 group.
The Cercle has intimate connections with a host of
inter-locking right wing outfits including:
Propaganda Due (P2)
the Jonathan Institute
Many of these are funded fully or in
part by the American Central Intelligence Agency. Members
Nicholas Elliott (British
SIS/MI6 Dept. Head)
the CIA’s Director of
Central Intelligence William Colby
Colonel Botta, (Swiss
Franz Josef Strauss (German
Defense Minister, Head of CSU party and Bavarian
Alfredo Sanchez Bella (head
of European operations for Spain’s Secret Service and
closely connected to Opus Dei)
Giulio Andreotti (former
Italian Prime Minister, P2 member and Mafia confidant)
General Antonio de Spinola
(head of the Portuguese putschists)
Silva Muñoz (former Franco
minister and senior Opus Dei member)
Monsignore Brunello (Vatican
prelate and BNG agent)
Stefano della Chiaie,
leading member of P2 and Italy’s Secret Service, SID
This list is by no means complete.
Another major aim of Le Cercle was to influence West German
elections to ensure that Franz Joseph Strauss (below), the
leader of the Christian Social Union Party, became Chancellor
In the event Strauss was defeated, due, it is believe to
effective counter-measures taken by Germany’s security and
intelligence apparatus, the BND and BfV, who’s
"operational chiefs do not follow his political lines." However,
despite this set-back, other projects were more successful.
the "Cercle’s" meeting held on 28-29th June 1980 in
Zurich, Switzerland, discussions were focused around,
"a series of appropriate measures to
promote the electoral campaign of presidential candidate
Reagan against Carter."
Elliott reported that in this
context positive contact had been made with George Bush as
Journalist, David Teacher, a keen investigator of Cercle
"It is becoming more and more
apparent that the treatment reserved for Harold Wilson at
the hands of the intelligence services was only the U.K end of
an international phenomenon. Around 1975 a surprising number of
government were targeted by their own (or others’) intelligence
agencies because of their radical policies."
He goes on to list a number of known
"destabilization" programs that the Cercle are known, or
believed, to have been involved:
"The UK: the concerted
efforts by elements in the British intelligence and security
services, with CIA and BOSS, to bring down Wilson, Thorpe and
The USA: the CIA’s Operation
Chaos, the FBI’s
Cointelpro program and, of
Australia: the loans scandal and other destabilization of
Gough Whitlam by the CIA and SIS."
Additional Cercle targets may have been
Olaf Palme, Sweden’s Prime Minister.
In 1987 the leading Swedish
newspaper Dagens Nyheter carried a sensational story that the 03
section of the Swedish intelligence service, SAPO, were heavily
involved in Palme’s assassination, following their fury at his
policy of détente towards the Soviet Union, and possibly fearful
that he may discover the extent of their implication in arms sales
to Iran. Other "direct actions" possibly include a Coup d’etat in
Belgium during 1973, "planned by gendarmerie officers and extreme
By no means least were the allegations
by France’s leading daily, Le Monde, which in 1978 revealed
the activities of Circle member and head of the intelligence
service SDECE, Alexandre de Marenches. Le Monde
claimed that de Marenches led a domestic campaign of terrorism and
disinformation. It is fairly apparent that these activities were,
"designedly", to keep Francois Mitterand from office during
the 1974 elections. However, with the exception of the Langemann
papers, and an ISC memo published in Lobster 17, there are no
other Cercle documents available to confirm these allegations.
Despite a strong focus on European issues, the Cercle were
not unaware of the significance of establishing psyops "action
centres" in North America. In 1975 the Washington Institute for
the Study of Conflict (WISC) was launched under the
chairmanship of George Ball.
Characteristically, Ball, one
time Senior Managing Director of the enormous Wall Street
international investment bank, Lehman Brothers, and Under
Secretary of State (1961-66) was a member of
the Trilateral Commission; on the
steering committee of the
Bilderberg Group and a member of
Council for Foreign Relations.
association with the WISC mark him as a close friend of
the Cercle. Others members of the WISC committee were
Zgigniew Brzezinski and Kermit …
Four years later, in 1979, Maurice
Tugwell, former head of Information Policy, a black propaganda
unit set-up by British military intelligence in Northern Ireland,
formed the Canadian Centre for Conflict Studies. CCS
largely operates on contract work for the Royal Canadian Mounted
Police (RCMP), the Canadian Dept. of National Defence
plus others. We have seen that one aim of the Cercle was to
aid in the election of President Reagan.
Presumably they can
also cite this aim as being "accomplished"? Their close connection
to George Bush may have extended to helping in his drive to
election victory also. Canada also veered sharply to the right
during the eighties.
We may never know the true extent to which the Cercle, and
its black psyops "fronts" the ISC, WISC, CCS
and others had in "affecting" a wholesale change in government in
Europe, North America and elsewhere. Clearly the decade of the
eighties witnessed a marked shift to the political right in the
western democratic arena. It would be stretching credulity to
suggest that this rapid swing in political ideology took place
It is also abundantly obvious that the Cercle’s
primary influence resided in its top level connections to the
shadowy intelligence apparatus of the west. At the same time it
possessed serious clout inside the sinews of transatlantic power
that repose in the Council for Foreign Relations, the
Royal Institute of International Affairs, the Trilateral
Commission and the Bilderberg Group.
The foregoing outline - slim as it is - serves not only to
underscore the inherent and potential weaknesses that reside in the
institution of representative democracy, but also demonstrates the
"will o’ the wisp" nature of covert activities that hide comfortably
behind the public face of government.
That a small handful of
influential men across the planet may be able to manipulate "free"
elections to suit their personal and ideological advantage, is not a
new concept. Generally, utterances of this sort are met by the
blanket rejection: "conspiracist theory" and discarded out of hand.
Such rebuffs rarely take into account the underlying evidence,
fragmentary as it is. Perhaps they are not meant to?
Despite the wholesale collapse of the Soviet bloc, the Cercle
has not packed up its victorious bags nor have its members
Attendees at the 1990 Cercle meeting at the
sumptuous Al Bustan hotel, Muscat, in Oman, included
Jonathan Aitken (Minister of
Alan Clarke (Minister of State
Lord Julian Amery (joint
Sheikh Qaboos (Ruler of Oman)
General Norman Schwarzkopf (the
bear-like Commander of the Allied forces in the Gulf)
Paul Channon (former secretary
of State at the Dept. of Trade & Industry)
the Head of the Dutch Secret
an unnamed French Naval Admiral
plus other serving or former intelligence operatives and
Aitken, Clarke and Channon have
all been heavily implicated in the arms to Iraq affair
examined by Lord Justice Richard Scott
Significantly, Alan Clarke
revealed in his hugely successful "Diaries" that the
Cercle was funded by the Central Intelligence Agency.
With its apparent "raison d’être" (anti communist psyops)
clearly in tatters, one can only suppose that there is, or, perhaps,
always was an additional hidden agenda lurking behind Cercle
To understand what this may be one must look further
ahead. An increasing international focus are the calls for
"minimalist" government. This has always been a central plank of
laissez faire economics. Deregulation and the freeing of government
imposed constraints on international business to engage in
activities as it sees fit, is a long-term and obvious objective.
history is any judge, the attainment of this singular goal may usher
in a new dark age of unrestrained capitalism, coordinated by the
gargantuan trans national corporations - all of whom are heavily
represented on the membership rolls of the CRF, the
Trilats, RIIA, Bilderbergers etc.
In the meantime a new millennium awaits.
Stephen Dorrill’s LOBSTER NO:
Robert Eringer’s "the Global
Manipulators" (Pentacle Books 1980)
Brian Crozier in his book "Free
Agent" (HarperCollins 1994) confirms that he was an
erstwhile "Chairman" between 1971 and 1985 but disputes that
there was a membership in the "formal sense". In his words
it was an "informal group of broadly like-minded people".
Make of this what you will. The word
"insignificant" immediately jumps to my mind. During
telephone conversation with this writer. Stephen Dorrill
"The Silent Conspiracy" (Mandarin 1993) p 438
See Brian Crozier’s "Free Agent"
LOBSTER No: 17
LOBSTER No: 17
Brian Crozier "Free Agent"
(HarperCollins 1994) pp 178-186
LOBSTER NO: 18
LOBSTER NO: 17
LOBSTER NO: 18
BOSS = South Africa’s "Bureau of
State Security". Jeremy Thorpe was the leader of the British
Liberal Party until forced in to resignation. See Stephen
Dorrill’s and Robin Ramsay’s "Smear!" (Fourth Estate Ltd
1991) for a full account of the British campaign of
LOBSTER NO: 18
Stephen Dorrill’s LOBSTER NO: 26
Alan Clark "Diaries" (Phoenix
ibid. pp 369-374