Excellent research: elite roster & agendas re/warming


Richard Moore

The human-induced global warming agenda 
A formerly unsubstantial aspect of the environment movement, the idea that CO2 is causing global warming, has become a very hot item since former vice president Al Gore came out with his documentary ‘An Inconvenient Truth’ in 2006. Since that time the media has
1001 Club members David Rockefeller, Edmund de Rothschild, and Maurice Strong (not to mention James Baker III) already promoted an agenda in the 1980s that their associate Al Gore only really put on the map in 2006 with his film ‘An Inconvenient Truth’. At these early meetings, Strong introduced Edmund the Rothschild as the founder of the “conservation banking” program. The audio recordings are hard to dispute, but let’s hope the document produced by George Hunt in which these people describe using the United Nations to take over the world is not true.(see old introduction article for details)The Gore family has intermarried with the Schiff family of The Pilgrims and the Wildlife Conservation Society. Gore’s closest ally in his global warming campaign is Theodore Roosevelt IV, another establishment family whose members for decades have been top-level CIA officers and in one case an anti-Establishment (disinformation) propagandist. Family members also were great fascist appeasers who supported the overthrow of FDR in favor of a more “right wing” government (seePilgrims Society article for the details). You can find this latest Theodore Roosevelt in such organizations as the Alliance for Climate Protection (vice chair under Gore), the Pew Center for Global Climate Change (chairman), the World Resources Institute, and the Wilderness Society. Maurice Strong is also still very active today. He is chairman of the Earth Council Alliance and sits on the board of the Chicago Climate Exchange, a CO2 trading scheme.
  bombarded Western society with the “undeniable fact” that the earth is heating up, that we humans are the cause of it, and that if we fail to make drastic changes, a large portion of the earth’s population will die in horrible cataclysms. 

The problem with Al Gore’s theories is that they are terribly lopsided, as documentaries as Channel 4’s ‘The Great Global Warming Swindle’ and CBC’s ‘Global Warming Doomsday Called Off’ have shown. Although the former may take a slightly too biased approach from a skeptical point of view, both documentaries clearly show that ‘An Inconvenient Truth’ is nothing more than a crude propaganda piece. The changes the earth – not to mention other planets in the solar system – is going through are likely to be nothing more than a natural cycle largely caused by the sun’s increased energy output.

Unfortunately for the world, Al Gore is backed by the most powerful interests in the Anglo-American liberal establishment, resulting in almost zero opposition to the theory that human-produced CO2 is the major cause for the warming of the earth. The WWF is just one establishment institute that blindly supports Al Gore’s theories. Looking at their websites, other organizations promoting the ideas of Al Gore are the Business and Industry Advisory Committee of the OECD, the International Chamber of Commerce, the James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy, the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, and the Carnegie network. The Carnegie Endowment alone makes large annual grants to numerous United Nations programs, to the CFR, the Royal Institute of International Affairs, and the Atlantic Council of the United States, not to mention dozens of universities in the United States (including Harvard, Yale, and Princeton). It works closely with the Ford Foundation, the MacArthur Foundation, and the Rockefeller Foundation.

Al Gore would be the perfect 1001 Club member, and he could well be one. Unfortunately there are no

recent membership lists available, so the only thing that can be concluded is that Gore’s mentors have been among the membership of the 1001: Maurice Strong, Edmund de Rothschild, and David Rockefeller. As has been documented quite extensively in ISGP’s old introduction article, these are the people who set up the globalist-environmental agenda in the 1970s and 1980s, and were the earliest funders and promoters of human-induced global warming theories. And they are still involved. 

* This paragraph primarily reflects the author’s opinion. It is not meant as an in depth discussion of the theory that CO2 is causing catastrophic global warming.

Organizations represented by 1001 Club members
When you take a look at the membership list that we have compiled so far, you’ll find the leaders and founders of some of the environmental organizations below.

African Wildlife Foundation A few 1001 Club members and alleged members have been involved in setting up and running the institute since 1961, which was first known as the African Wildlife Leadership Foundation. Among the founders were Russell E. Train (cousin of John Train, the Pilgrims Society member and former financial advisor to CIA-ally John Hay Whitney, who was a vice-president of the Pilgrims), Kermit Roosevelt Jr.(the CIA coup plotter who founded the anti-communist Safari Club), and Arthur Windsor Arundel. Sue Erpf van de Bovenkamp of the 1001 Club used to sit on the president’s council.
Aga Khan Rural Support Program (AKRSP) Founded by 1001 Club member Prince Sadruddin Aga Khan. According to the World Bank in 2002: “By many measures the Aga Khan Rural Support Program (AKRSP) is a highly successful NGO-run rural development program. It reaches some 900,000 people in about 1,100 villages in the Northern Areas and Chitral District of Pakistan, near the Afghanistan border.”
BIOMA Formerly owned by the Latin American globalist giant Gustavo Cisneros. This leading Venezuelan environmentalist group was shut down after it was caught faking dolphin killings for a campaign against the tuna fishing industry. At times, the WWF and Greenpeace have been accused of doing the same thing. Cisneros is a Knight of Malta, a member of the chairman’s council of the Americas Society, trustee of the Rockefeller University, and a member of the international advisory board of the Power Corporation of Canada. Accused by Chavez of complicity in the April 2002 coup attempt in Venezuela and of using his private TV station Venevision to undermine the administration. Among his friends are the Rockefellers, Bushes, and King Juan Carlos.
Club of Rome Founded by (alleged) 1001 Club member Alexander King in 1968 with Fiat’s second man, Aurelio Peccei. The former number one man in Fiat, Gianni Agnelli, used to be a 1001 Club member. People like Dean Rusk and Carroll Wilson, both of the Pilgrims Society, helped. 1001 Club member King Juan Carlos is as a honorary member of the Club of Rome.
Natural Resources Council of America (NRCA) The NRCA was founded in 1946, to a large extent by 1001 Club member Clinton R. Gutermuth, and included in its leadership council people from the Sierra Club and the Wilderness Society; among them was Russell Train.
Peace Parks Foundation The founder and chairman of the Peace Parks Foundation is Anton Rupert, who is said to have come up with the idea of the 1001 Club. The Peace Parks Foundation manages the nature and wildlife parks that are part of the WWF. TheClub 21 is the primary financier of the foundation and also acts as its advisor. Among its 21 members are numerous companies of the Rupert Family, the Rothschild Foundation (Anglo-Zionist), De Beers (Anglo-Zionist), Deutsche Bank (German), Philips (Dutch), Total (French; largely controlled by the Suez Group), and DaimlerChrysler (US).
Rhodesia and Nyasaland Club 1001 Club members Harry Oppenheimer and Sidney Spiro dined at the club. Julian Amery, a later head of Le Cercle went there, just as Lord Grenfell of the Pilgrims Society family.
South Africa Foundation Founded by 1001 Club members Major General Sir Francis de Guingand, a former head of Military Intelligence, and formerly headed by 1001 Club member Harry Oppenheimer. It is a South African big business lobby, and it includes corporations as De Beers, Anglogold, Angloplatinum, GFL Mining Services, Shell, Siemens, Sony, etc. Guingand became secretary and president of the foundation. In November 1969 the foundation gave a luncheon in honour of 1001 Club founder Anton Rupert. 1001 Club member Sidney Spiro was among the participants. The 2nd Lord Beaverbrook, another 1001 Club member, has also attended meetings.
Survival Anglia 1001 Club member Lord Buxton was CEO of the Anglia TV Group from 1958 to 1986. He was chairman of the nature documentary producer Survival Anglia from 1986 to 1992. Besides being Prince Philip’s right hand man, he actively suppressed information about the WWF and 1001 Club that journalist Kevin Dowling wanted to make public. A cousin of his, Andrew Buxton, was a long time leading figure in Barclays Bank and created the high-level LOTIS discussions.
Wildlife Conservation Society 1001 Club members Mrs. Vincent Astor, Laurance Rockefeller, Joseph Cullman III, Sue Erpf Van de Bovenkamp are/were all trustees of WCS. Pilgrims Society member David T. Schiff is chairman of the WCS. Other important officers and trustees are Howard Phipps, Jr., John N. Irwin III (son of a Pilgrim), Murray Gell-Mann (JASON Group), Paul A. Gould (Pilgrims family), and George F. Baker III (Pilgrims and 1001 Club family).
WWF Worldwide From Hong Kong to South-America, all the national heads of the WWF are members of the 1001 Club.
Zoological Societies of New York and London Charities that work together with some of the local zoos, nature parks, and research centers.

Controversial members 
Just as Le Cercle, a lot of members of the 1001 Club have a remarkably controversial background. Below you can find examples of some the more controversial and-or remarkable individuals. You can find many more names, plus far more extensive biographies, in 
themembership list list.

Agha Abedi Co-founder and chairman of the BCCI, which went down in the most massive banking scandal ever. The BCCI was a money laundering center for weapons, drugs, and all kinds of other illegal businesses. The role of the Bank of England was investigated by a Pilgrims Society member who became a member of the Order of the Garter in 2005.
Ali Ahmed Corrupt Bengal/Pakistani project developer said to have been involved in the smuggling of diamonds, gold, and weapons with the Dutch, the British, and some American interests. Partner of the mafia-connected CFR member Maxwell Rabb. Disappeared in 1976.
Sir Max Aitken Son of the 1st Lord Beaverbrook, who was an intimate of Hitler’s inner circle and became a very good friend of Rudolph Hess, the Thulist who, like Beaverbrook, was promoting the idea of an Anglo-German Peace. Privy councilor Jonathan Aitken, the former head of Le Cercle who was deeply involved in illegal arms transports, is a great nephew of the 2nd Lord Beaverbrook.
Walter H. Annenberg Born in one of Chicago’s most powerful crime families which both inspired and befriended Al Capone. Somehow ended up becoming Ambassador to England in 1969. During this time, he appointed Gordon Gray, a psychological warfare expert, as head of his Triangle Broadcasting Company. Annenberg became a member of the Pilgrims Society.
Herbert Batliner Trust manager in Liechtenstein and partner of 1001 Club member and corrupt Mossad agent Tibor Rosenbaum. Accused by the German BND for having laundered money for chancellor Helmut Kohl, Ferdinand Marcos of the Philippines, drug lord Pablo Escobar, and Mobutu Sese Seko of Zaire. Batliner also keeps a job in Vatican City.
Bechtel family Generally seen as a very powerful family with many intelligence connections. Family well known for their prominence in Bohemian Grove’s Mandalay Camp. Big funders of the Neoconservative movement since the 1980s.
Salem Bin Laden Half brother of Bin Laden. Business partner of the Bushes. Killed in a 1988 plane crash after his involvement in the BCCI became known.
Louis Mortimer Bloomfield Ardent Canadian Zionist who helped train the Jewish army in the late 1930s and was part of the Zionist/Haganah Sonneborn espionage and action network in the United States in the period after World War II. Met numerous times with Israeli prime minister David Ben Gurion. Has been a member of the SOE, OSS, CIA, FBI Division Five, and was a co-founder of the shadowy Permindex. Suspected of being involved in the assassination of JFK and the attempted assassinations on Charles de Gaulle. Member of the Order of the British Empire. Said to be gay, just like his good friend J. Edgar Hoover. Good friend of the Bronfmans.
King Juan Carlos Even though his patron and good friend was Franco, Carlos is seen as the person who introduced democracy to Spain. He’s a Knight of Malta and supporter of Opus Dei. Carlos likes to hunt with foreign leaders like George Bush, Sr. and kill as many endangered species as possible.
Gyanendra Dev and killer nephew Ascended to the throne of Nepal in June 2001 after most of the Royal family had been murdered by his nephew, Crown Prince Dipendra. Gyanendra dismissed the democratically-elected government in October 2002.
J. Peter Grace Former chairman of the Knights of Malta in the United States. Member of the Pilgrims Society, the CFR, and the Council for National Policy. Chairman of the chemical giant W.R. Grace & Co. from 1945 to 1992, which was especially big in South-America. Close to the Rockefellers. Said to be a major player in the fascist underground in the post WWII era, especially in South America. His brother was another member of the 1001 Club.
Nelson B. Hunt He and his brother were oil heirs. His brother sat on the boards of some of the largest U.S. companies. Hunt is a member of The Military and Hospitaller Order of Saint Lazarus (Templar-inspired militant roman catholic organization). He was a major financier of the John Birch Society and the Council for National Policy. He sat on both boards and was president of the CNP in 1983 and 1984. Hunt has done jobs for the CIA, the Vatican, and the Rockefellers. He has been accused of creating death squads and being responsible for a genocide among tribes in the Amazon basin. He is suspected of having stood in contact with Lee Harvey Oswald, the supposed assassin of JFK. He went bankrupt after his effort to corner the silver market failed. Convicted for it in 1988.
Thomas V. Jones Longtime chairman, chief executive and president of the Northrop Corporation. Has been bribing international government officials all his life. Convicted for some of them. Lord Joseph Kagan, another member of the 1001 Club, was the conduit for the money from Lockheed to Prince Bernhard. Fred Meuser was another 1001 Club member said to have been involved in the Lockheed Affair.
Francis L. Kellogg Briefly served in the OSS during WWII. An American businessman involved in raw materials shipping, including gold, diamonds, and petroleum. Moved in relatively elite circles. Chief of protocol for Queen Sirikit of Thailand during her visits to the United States in the 1980s. Worked for the CIA during his business life. Trustee of the William J. Donovan Foundation and awarded by the Sovereign Military Order of Malta.
Prince Sadruddin Aga Khan Said to be a direct descendent of the prophet Mohammed, the ancient Persian royal families, and the Assassin families, who worked with the medieval Knights Templar. The Aga Khan are collaborators of the British empire since the mid-19th century. Sadruddin’s father, Aga Khan III, was a Freemason and a member of the Privy Council. Pilgrims Society executive John Train was Sadruddin’s roommate at Harvard while Jay Rockefeller (Pilgrims-1001 Club family) was the roommate of Karim Aga Khan IV (another 1001 Club member). Longtime tennis partner of George H.W. Bush and heavy funder of the WWF. Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire and received awards from the Vatican.
Prince Hans Adam II von Liechtenstein A member of the 1001 Club together with his late father Prince Franz Joseph II von Liechtenstein. Of Habsburg descent. Almost certainly very close to Opus Dei and Knights of Malta interests, as many other Catholic aristocrats. In recent years drew a lot of power to himself, which turned Liechtenstein from a regular parliamentary monarchy to more of a classical (dictatorial) monarchy. Believe it or not, co-funded the June 1992 Abduction Study Conference at MIT, which included the research of John Mack (work funded by intelligence-big business interests), Budd Hopkins (supposedly worked for the CIA to come up with therapies for the “abductees”), David Jacobs (another prominent abduction researcher who has a decidedly negative view of the subject), and several others. Dr. Steven Greer of the Disclosure Project claims to have spoken with Prince Hans Adam II and has stated that the prince has been so interested in funding abduction research, because one of his brothers had been abducted (according to Greer, by a perfectly human “stagecraft” team). According to Greer, the Rothschilds, Rockefellers, and Prince Philip have all been very interested and to some extent involved in the UFO subject. In case of Prince Philip, this has been confirmed by other witnesses.
Count Leopold Lippens From Belgium. Brother of Maurice Lippens, who is one of two or three most influential bankers of Belgium, and an occasional visitor of Bilderberg and the Trilateral Commission. At least three members of the Lippens family, including the two brothers, have been accused by about half a dozen witnesses of extremely sadistic child abuse. Other past and present Belgian 1001 Club members as Baron Daniel Janssen, Charly De Pauw, and Pierre Solvay have also been uncomfortably close to child abuse scandals.
Daniel K. Ludwig Very wealthy. Visitor of the Bohemian Grove. Destroyed a chunk of the rain forest in one of his business enterprises. He later helped Meyer Lansky, chief of the Jewish mafia in New York, to set up his drug money laundering empire in the Bahamas. Did everything he could to stay out of publicity. April 27, 1999, The Daily Mail, ’20 years ago’: “Once fired a tanker skipper for submitting a two-sheet report which had been paper-clipped together… the paperclip was wasteful… Although too stingy to pay his former wife Gladys just [pounds sterling]100 a month in alimony… he poured hundreds of millions into his charity, the Ludwig Institute of Cancer Research, in Zurich.”
Paul Mellon Son of the robber baron Andrew Mellon. Paul became an OSS station chief in London during WWII. After the war he and the family’s companies worked closely with the CIA. Richard Helms, when head of the CIA, made regular visits to his estates, just as the Queen of England. Member of the Pilgrims Society and the elite Roxburghe Club, together with the Rothschilds, Oppenheimers, Cecils, Cavendishes, and Dukes of Norfolk.
Peter Munk A Hungarian Jew, regular skiing partner of Prince Charles, and one of the wealthiest men in Canada. CEO and chairman of the world’s largest gold-mining corporation, Barricks Gold, which was founded and majority owned by the controversial Iranian arms dealer Adnan Khashoggi. Khashoggi has close ties to the British royal family and his career has been jump started by the Bin Laden family. Khashoggi has been a business partner of Wally Hilliard, the financial backer of Rudi Dekkers who trained the main 9/11 hijackers. Munk tried to keep it under wraps that his company purchased the rights to a gold mine in Nevada — containing $10 billion in gold — for only $10,000. His U.S. gold mines have been accused of poisoning the local water. Munk was accused of insider trading back in 1967.
John M. Olin Member of the 1001 Club together with his brother and wife. The Olin Foundation was one of the most important in funding the neoconservative movement in the 1980s. The foundations have also been named as being close to intelligence.
Mrs. Edgar de Picciotto Wife of a controversial banker from Geneva. From an old Portuguese Jewish trading family. De Picciotto was a director of George Soros’s Quantum Fund back in the 1990s. Long-time friend and business associate of the late 1001 Club Edmund Safra, who laundered large amounts of funds for the Russian mafia and was tied to the Mossad.
Tibor Rosenbaum A Hungarian Jew who became a a Mossad agent in 1951. He was a friend of Prince Bernhard. In 1958, with Edmond de Rothschild (1001 Club member), he was a founder of the Swiss BCI through which he funded Mossad and Permindex operations. The bank was kind of a forerunner of the BCCI and equally involved in money laundering.
Edmond Safra Descendent of a Syrian-Jewish banking family. His ancestors were gold traders in the Ottoman empire. Founder and head of the reasonably large Republic Bank. In the 1980’s and 1990’s he and his banking system were investigated for drug and money laundering practices ranging from the U.S. to Moscow and from Turkey to South-America. It is known that Safra laundered money for the Mossad and the Russian mafia. In 2000, the Republic New York Corporation and its sister company Safra Republic Holdings were acquired by HSBC for $10.3 billion. In the 1980s Safra was member of the Board of Overseers of B’nai B’rith International, together with Edgar M. Bronfman (chair) and Max Fisher (highest level connections in the US and Israeli governments). Has many banking friends in England, Switzerland, and Italy. Safra died in a fire in his Monte-Carlo apartment back in 1999. Seemingly informed sources have claimed that Safra was murdered for having given evidence to the FBI pertaining to the diversion of IMF credit to Russia (after the FBI had closed in on his money laundering practices). He had a fight about this with Boris Berezovsky several months before his death. Among the friends of the Safra couple were Nancy Reagan, Condoleezza Rice, and Prince Charles. His wife was later introduced to the aristocratic circles of London by Lord Jacob Rothschild.
Mobuto Sese Seko Long time dictator of Zaire, which went from one of the richest countries in Africa to one of the poorest. In 1961, Mobutu overthrew the communist Lumumba and, with the support of Belgium, executed him. He forced foreign business interests out of the country. Supported the Rwandan Hutu’s, even after the 1994 genocide. When his government issued an order in November 1996 forcing Tutsis to leave Zaire on penalty of death, they erupted in rebellion. From eastern Zaire they launched an offensive to overthrow Mobutu which succeeded in 1997. Laurence Kabila (assassinated in 2001) came to power.
Shah of Iran Likely an early member (before 1978). The anti-communist dictator of Iran who was an ally of the West. His secret service killed quite a number of dissidents. He was a member of Kermit Roosevelt’s anti-communist Safari Club and greatly supported by the Rockefellers and associates.
Baron Heinrich II “Heini” von Thyssen-Bornemisza His uncle Fritz was the most important financial backer of Hitler, in cooperation with Hjalmar Schacht, the Dillons, the Rockefellers, Speyers, and several other families. Pilgrims Society member John J. McCloy would acquit his uncle of all the Nuremberg charges, together with Hjalmar Schacht and Alfried Krupp. David Rockefeller was impressed by his art collection in May 1960. Neo-fascist Cercle member Franz Josef Strauss has been accused of taking at least one half a million dollar bribe from the Thyssens in order to promote some of their weapon systems back in the 1980s. Today the Thyssen empire has merged with that of the Krupp family, forming ThyssenKrupp AG. The company is represented at Bohemian Grove camp Mandalay through James H. Brandi (from a Pilgrims Society family).
Robert Vesco The king of the fugitive financiers. Business partner of Mafia chief Meyer Lansky. Accused of stealing $224 million dollar in 1973 and donated $200,000 to Richard Nixon’s re-election campaign. He tried to buy an island and establish it as a sovereign state. Stuck in a Cuban jail until 2009. He will be released when he is 74.
Lew Wasserman Gave many millions to Jewish and Catholic causes. Donated so much to Catholic charities that Pope John Paul II asked to meet him in 1987. Wasserman was a god in the Hollywood movie business up to the 1980’s. Stories circulated of executives who fainted or vomited in the midst of Wasserman tirades. Among his friends and business partners were many mafia figures, but his full involvement hasn’t been fully explored. Died in 2002.


[1] August 1, 1980, Private Eye, #486, ‘Lowlife Fund’
Article available for download at the bottom of this page.
[2] April 11, 1978, The Times, Court Circular, page 18:
“The Duke of Edinburgh, President of the British National Appeal of the World Wildlife Fund, gave a Reception this evening at Windsor Castle for Members of the 1001 Club.”
[3] May 1973, confidential introduction to the 1001 Club written by Charles de Haes
Document available for download at the bottom of this page.
[4] Friday, October 28, 1977, The Fremont Argus, ‘Dutch prince loves nature’:
“KATMANDU, Nepal (UPI) – Prince Bernard of the Netherlands arrived here yesterday at the head of a 30- member group of naturalists. The members of the “1001 Club,” a group of nature lovers, will be in this mountain kingdom for five days. Bernard, consort of the Dutch queen, was met on arrival by Prince Gyanendra, brother of Nepal’s King Birendra. Among those accompanying the prince on the trip are Francis Kellogg, president of the American Wildlife Fund, and Mt. Everest conquerer Tenzing Norkay. The group plans to visit Everest National Park, highest in the world, and the Chitwan National Park, which contains rare one-horned Asian rhine and tigers.”
[5] 2004 (expanded election edition), Greg Palast, ‘The best democracy money can buy’, chapter 4
[6] Van Rossem in the Dutch documentary ‘Het Grote Complot – Part 3’ (‘The Big Plot – Part 3’), broadcasted on January 24, 2004:
[7] November 5, 1997, De Groene Amsterdammer (small weekly magazine), ‘The World Nature Army’, includes an interview with Kevin Dowling 
[8] September 24, 1999, Kleintje Muurkrant, ‘Advocaat levert felle kritiek op Wereld Natuurfonds’ (Dutch – partial translation used for the article) 
[9] 1999, Adam Curtis, ‘The Mayfair Set’ (broadcasted on BBC2). Excerpt: “David Stirling was a close friend of Julian Amery’s and together they were determined to find a way to stop Nasser… Stirling and Amery had diner with the foreign secretary, Alec Douglas Hume, at the White’s Club in St. James’s. They proposed a plan: a group of SAS men would mount an operation to fight the Egyptians, but they would do it privately.”
[10] Ibid. This documentary does not discuss the role of George Kennedy Young, Billy McLean and the Mossad. 
May 1990, Issue 19, Lobster, ‘The final testimony of George Kennedy Young – Introduction’ (written by Young himself): “However Nasser did get his uppance. Young had already left MI6 for merchant banking when Mossad approached him to find an Englishman acceptable to the Saudis to run a guerrilla war against the left-wing Yemeni regime and its Egyptian backers. ‘I can find you a Scotsman’, replied Young, and over a lunch in the City introduced Colonel Neil (‘Billy’) Maclean to Brigadier Dan Hiram, the Israeli Defence Attache. The Israelis promised to supply weapons, funds and instructors who could pass themselves off as Arabs, and the Saudis eagerly grasped the idea. Maclean’s irregulars restored the Imam’s rule and Nasser pulled out his troops whose morale had been badly shaken by the Yemeni practice of sending back captured troops with their lips cut cut off in a ghastly grin.”
[11] A few examples to make the point that the group Stirling hung out with were robber barons, imperialist and fascists: 
*) 1999, Adam Curtis, ‘The Mayfair Set’: “In 1962, John Aspinall opened his own gambling club, the Clermont Club in Mayfair. Stirling was one of its members… [Other members] included James Goldsmith, a playboy and ferocious gambler who is to become a close friend of Stirling’s; the tycoon Tiny Rowland, who Stirling already knew from his time in Africa; Lord Lucan, the descendant of the man who led the charge of the Light Brigade; and Jim Slater, the takeover tycoon and asset stripper who ran the notorious Slater Walker. What united all these men was a belief in decisive reckless action. It was this, they believed, had made Britain great; not moderate post-war governments.” 
*) January 9, 2005, The Observer, ‘Desperate Lucan dreamt of fascist coup’: “when he [Lucan] left Hatchards, the book under his arm was a Thirties translation of Hitler’s political testament, Mein Kampf … The Countess of Lucan confirmed this weekend that Lucan was an extremist in his politics: ‘He did have very right-wing views, some might describe them as fascist. I didn’t know he was indulging in extremist reading matter in 1972, although I knew he listened to recordings of Hitler’s speeches at Nuremburg Rallies… he [Lucan] and his associates, who included casino owner and party host John Aspinall, and the tycoon Sir James Goldsmith, were increasingly convinced Britain had fallen victim to a socialist conspiracy. Daily Express journalist Charles Benson, one of Lucan’s friends, said: ‘He was very right wing and never watered it down in front of liberals. He would talk about hanging and flogging and niggers to get a reaction.’ One biographer, Patrick Marnham, said: ‘Seen from the Clermont Club [Lucan’s favourite gambling haunt], the country was starting to resemble the less stable years of the Weimar Republic. Sir James Goldsmith began to develop his theory of “the Communist infiltration of the Western media”. Over the smoked salmon and lamb cutlets, the talk turned to the pros and cons of a British military coup… His marriage had collapsed, gambling debts were crushing him and he had become convinced Britain was going to the dogs. In his growing desperation, he had convinced himself that his wife was unfit to bring up his three children and had spent the previous year trying to get her committed to mental institutions. In fact, the 7th Earl of Lucan, who disappeared in November 1974 after the murder of the family nanny [Goldsmith is said to have flown him out of the country], was himself growing increasingly unstable.'” Brian Crozier, former head of Le Cercle and a great defender of Francoism, was a close associate of Goldsmith in the failed effort of getting Franz Josef Strauss (of Le Cercle) elected chancellor of Germany. Strauss was a good friend of Francoist ultrafascists as Federico Silva Munoz (Le Cercle) and Gonzalo Fernandez de la Mora. These two were also defended by Crozier. 
*) July 27, 1998, The Financial Times, ‘The talented but ultimately unacceptable face of capitalism’: “Mr Rowland, born Roland Walter Fuhrhop, of a German father and Anglo-Dutch mother in India in 1917, was a natural outsider and maverick. Educated first in Germany, then briefly in England, he was detained on the Isle of Man during the war, where he was suspected of Nazi sympathies.” 
*) August 16, 1992, Sunday Times, ‘Gadaffi to buy ‘SAS package’ from Khashoggi’:“Colonel Gadaffi, the Libyan leader, is recruiting disaffected former members of South Africa’s special forces to train his commandos… Gadaffi is also seeking to buy large amounts of top-quality military equipment, including a sophisticated radar air defence system, American M-40 anti-tank weapons, and NBC combat suits designed to protect troops against the effects of nuclear, biological or chemical attack. According to documents obtained by The Sunday Times, the secret deal of special forces training and equipment for Libya has been negotiated by Adnan Khashoggi, the Saudi arms dealer recently involved in a controversial partnership between Gadaffi and Tiny Rowland… the relationship has blossomed, with both Khashoggi and Rowland promising Libya political influence in the West…”
*) According to Wikipedia, John Aspinall once claimed that Britain was in need of “a Franco-ite counter-revolution”.
*) 1999, Adam Curtis, ‘The Mayfair Set’ (John Aspinall speaking): “Some people actually seek risk, and they put themselves at risk voluntarily. And I think this is a spirit that is to be admired. I think it’s the spirit that built the prosperity that everybody in this country is enjoying today was created by adventurers; by merchants-adventurers; by pirats if you like, like [Henry] Morgan and [Sir Francis] Drake.” Morgan and Drake worked in part on their own and in part for the British Crown during the war against the (Catholic) Spaniards. Most people would probably agree with the first part of the statement, but many would become worried when a businessmen’s idols are pirats like Morgan and Drake. 
*) March 13, 2006, Daily Mail, ‘A very British Coup’: “As for Colonel David Stirling,… he too believed the situation in Britain had become so serious that a military coup had to be an option. According to his friend, Major Alexander Greenwood, Stirling also offered a more informal way of handling the trades union agitators – provoking them into a confrontation. ‘He thought: “Let’s attack the leaders, let’s get them run over by a bus – then they’ll start thinking,” ‘ says Major Greenwood, who had become a stockbroker after his Army career.”
*) September 5, 1996, The Independent, Julian Amery’s obituary: “He threw himself with zest into the role of a backbencher, intervening, in that great, rumbling voice of his, on a wide variety of subjects but, increasingly, in support of the rebel Rhodesian government headed by Ian Smith, thus showing he was his Imperialist father’s son to the core… When Margaret Thatcher became Prime Minister in 1979 his first major foreign challenge was the conference of Commonwealth Prime Ministers in Lusaka in the autumn, where the main topic was to be Rhodesia (the government of which was now headed by Bishop Abel Muzorewa, with Smith in close attendance). Rhodesia was the main subject in the adjournment debate of 25 July, the last occasion for discussion of the matter before the summer recess. The Prime Minister took great care over her speech, seeking to placate both those who wanted to bring Muzorewa and Smith down, and the many on the Conservative back benches who sympathised with them. She succeeded, with one exception. Amery alone in the debate divined instantly that she had decided to abandon the Muzorewa-Smith government and, in a bitter and powerful speech, he castigated her for so doing. It was to no avail.” 
*) March 30, 1997, The Independent, ‘Courtiers down the centuries; Profile Robert Cranborne’: “After the Guards it was the City and in 1970 he married, causing a family crisis because his bride, Hannah Stirling (daughter [actually, niece] of the founder of the SAS), was a Roman Catholic. The Cecils take the defence of Protestantism and the Church of England seriously and Robert’s mother, Mollie, took time to be reconciled. A compromise was reached and the two sons (the “heir and the spare”) were brought up as Anglicans, the three daughters as Roman Catholics. In 1978 domestic calm was shattered when Lord Cranborne’s brother Richard was killed by guerrillas while filming in Rhodesia. The family were strong supporters of the white settlers – the name of the country’s capital, Salisbury (after the 3rd Marquess), giving away the connection. Robert went to Africa to try to find out how his brother died. His brother’s death seems only to have reinforced his public support for the whites. During the 1980s he helped organise a secret meeting between Ian Smith and Tory MPs, and backed sporting links with apartheid South Africa.” When Robert was reporting on Rhodesia he referred to the resistance as “terrorists” and reported every gruesome detail of attacks and retaliations by the local black resistance fighters, clearly showing his intent of upholding support for White minority rule.
[12] Ibid.
[13] *) January 31, 1997, The Guardian, ‘SAS linked to rogue force in South Africa’: “The SAS has been linked to violence by a ‘third force’ that threatened to undermine South Africa’s transition to majority rule, in a report considered so explosive it was suppressed by Nelson Mandela… It confirms the involvement of commando units in random violence, the use of poison – supplied by the Seventh Medical Division – by hit squads, and the supply of arms and training to the Zulu-dominated Inkatha movement… The truth commission document says evidence was given to Gen Steyn that destabilisation of the government and neighbouring countries was planned ‘to enable the military to step in credibly to create order’. Preparations for this allegedly involved stockpiling arms in countries which included Kenya, Zambia, Mauritius and Portugal, to create ‘springboards’ for possible military action. It said there was ‘a suggestion that there was close contact with the British SAS’… As reported by the Guardian, a group of SAS officers working for a private security firm in Britain [KAS] were hired by wealthy conservationists in the late 1980s to come to South Africa to fight elephant and rhinoceros poachers. They became involved with local intelligence agencies and reportedly took part in paramilitary training. The British security firm, Kas Enterprises, was owned by Sir David Stirling, the founder of the SAS, and taken over after his death by Sir James Goldsmith. The security firm’s SAS mission to South Africa was headed by Ian Crooke, who led the SAS…”
*) September 24, 1999, Kleintje Muurkrant, ‘”People have been murdered under the cover of nature protection” – Attorney severely criticises the World Wide Fund for Nature’ (translated from Dutch to English): “It looks like the WWF to a large degree is responsible for several projects, especially in South Africa, where in two fases respectively one and a half million people and subsequently ten thousand people were killed. In the first phase it was about the battle in the frontline states against the ANC [the major anti-apartheid movement], especially against the military wing. The war has been waged under the cover of nature protection and while protecting nature these people have lobbied the legislator to adopt a “shoot to kill” policy, whereby it became legal to shoot poachers in the field before arresting them. Afterwards you have to say that among the victims were quite a lot of ANC members… After 1990 the struggle shifted to the territory of South Africa [instead of the whole of southern Africa]. During that time these people trained a number of elite black units in the wildlife parks [of the WWF], like the anti-cattle thieves brigade and the crowbar-unit that turn out to responsible for the murder of several ten thousand inhabitants of the townships. This was part of the plan to create a civil war between the Bantus and the Zulus, that is to say that the ANC had to be set up against Inkatha [of Inkatha Freedom Party, the second largest anti-apartheid movement which mainly represented the Zulus] and that operation has been conducted with the intention of destabilizing southern Africa.”
[14] November 5, 1997, De Groene Amsterdammer (small weekly magazine), ‘The World Nature Army’, includes an interview with Kevin Dowling 
[15] September 24, 1999, Kleintje Muurkrant, ‘Advocaat levert felle kritiek op Wereld Natuurfonds’ (Dutch – partial translation used for the article)
[16] January 17, 2000, Algemeen Dagblad, ‘WWF lost from lawyer’ (Translated from Dutch to English)

Additional references and downloads

[1] May 1993, Washington Monthly, Book Review: ‘At the Hand of Man: Peril and Hope for Africa’s Wildlife’
[2] November 1994, Executive Intelligence Review, ‘The Coming Fall of the House of Windsor’, pp. 17-18, 43
[3] All of the 1001: A Nature Trust information from the WWF’s own archives.
[4] 2002, Philip Dröge, ‘Beroep: Meesterspion, Het geheime leven van Prins Bernhard’, p. 216 [photocopy]
[5] 2004, Philip Dröge, ‘Het Oranjekapitaal,’ pp. 211-216 (mentions Ali Ahmed, the Shah of Iran, Herbert Batliner, among other names)
[6] August 1, 1980, Private Eye, #486, ‘Lowlife Fund’ [download]
[7] 1978, 1001 Club, confidential membership list (provided by Kevin Dowling in September 2008) [download]
[8] 1987, 1001 Club, confidential membership list (provided by Kevin Dowling in September 2008) [download]
[9] May 1973, confidential introduction to the 1001 Club written by Charles de Haes [download]

Author: Joël van der Reijden
Original: August 14, 2005
New version : September 18, 2008