#1: Jimmy Carter and the Trilateral Commission

by Project Censored

In the election year of 1976, Jimmy Carter ran a .successfulcampaign 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.


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  • Time, December 20, 1976.
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