1. Jimmy Carter and the Trilateral Commission
In the election year of 1976, Jimmy Carter ran a .successful campaign
for the presidency which was based on his image as an anti-establishment,
peanut-farming, ex-governor of the state of Georgia. Yet, since the
fall of 1973, Carter had been associated with David Rockefeller and
other members of an international power elite through his association
with the Trilateral Commission, one of Rockefeller's many policy-making
organizations. While this side of Carter's background was almost totally
ignored by the mass media, the American. public was fully informed about
his peanut-farming activities, the Playboy interview, and Amy's lemonade
stand. According to the Italian publication Europa, as cited in The
Review of The News, Rockefeller and Zbigniew Brzezinski, a founding
director of the Trilateral Commission (TLC), had agreed on Carter's
potential as our next president as far back as 1970. Supportive of Carter's
close relationship with this little-known power elite is the fact that
many members of his administration have been drawn from the membership
rolls of the TLC. These include: Cyrus Vance, Secretary of State; Brzezinski,
National Security Adviser; W. Michael Blumenthal, Secretary of Treasury;
Harold Brown, Secretary for East Asian and Pacific Affairs; Warren Christopher,
Deputy Secretary of State; Richard N. Cooper, Under Secretary of State
for Economic Affairs; Andrew Young, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations;
and C. Fred Bergsten, Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for International
Economic Affairs. Carter's personal choice for vice president, Walter
Mondale, is also a member of the TLC. The virtual blackout of information
available to the public through the mass media concerning the relationships
between Jimmy Carter, David Rockefeller, and the Trilateral Commission
qualifies this story for nomination as a "best censored" story.
" The Crisis of Democracy, Michael Crozier, Samuel P. Huntington,
Joji Watanuki, "Report on the Governability of Democracies to the
Trilateral Commission;" published by New York University Press,
" Seven Days, February 14, 1977: "From the folks who brought
us light at the end of the tunnel" by William Minter, and "Trilateral
RX for crisis: governability yes, democracy no" by Noam Chomsky.
" The Review of the News, August 18, 1976.
" The Berkeley Barb, Gar Smith, July 30, 1976.
" Jimmy Carter / Jimmy Carter, Gary Allen; published by '76 Press,
P.O. Box 2686P Seal Beach, California 90740, 1976.
" American Opinion, "Carter Brings Forth a Cabinet,"
by Gary Allen, Feb.'77.
" San Francisco Examiner, December 12, 1976 , by W.E. Barnes, political
" New York, December 13, 1976, "Carter's Little Kissingers,"
by Aaron Latham.
" Time, December 20, 1976.
" In These Times, February 2, 1977.