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Interesting junk mail.

Who doesn't get junk mail? Whose mail box isn't regularly stuffed with requests for donations, pleas for political support, "fantastic" bargains for goods and services, "now or never" savings on subscriptions, etc.? All of us wonder at times how we got on a list that enabled the dispenser of the junk mail to locate us. In one case of a well-stuffed mail box, however, the answer is both very clear and remarkably revealing.

A man I know quite well decided about a year ago to subscribe to Foreign Affairs, the prestigious journal of the Council on Foreign Relations. The man, a student of world affairs and a strong advocate for national independence, maintains that the CFR is the epicenter of the powerful drive to create a tyrannical world government. So he subscribed, as he stated, not to be a supporter of such a view but "to see what the enemy is up to." Because he was disinclined to have the CFR know precisely who he is, he did something a bit unusual: He subscribed using a fictitious name and a post office box address. The magazine began to arrive, along with a steady stream of junk mail.

Our man in question uses the fictitious name at his mail box address only for his subscription to the CFR's magazine. As a result, when the unwanted solicitations arrived addressed to his pseudonym, he deduced that the CFR was cooperating with the senders.

The Foreign Affairs staffers either sold or donated their mailing list to all these solicitors. Since sellers of a mailing list don't offer their names to ideological or political adversaries, it's reasonable to conclude that the CFR finds no disagreement with those to whom it provided its list. And it's quite enlightening to know who sought and obtained the Foreign Affairs list.

Not very surprisingly, both major political parties received the list. Back in 1966, Bill Clinton mentor Professor Carroll Quigley approvingly identified the CFR as the U.S. branch of a "secret society" to rule the world. About the national Democrats and Republicans, Quigley enthusiastically remarked that "the two parties should be almost identical," and should differ "only in details of procedure, priority, or method." The CFR is manipulating the political scene to suit its own ends, so it came as little surprise to our Foreign Affairs subscriber when he received solicitations from both Democrats and Republicans during the current election cycle. He already knew there wasn't much more than a dime's worth of difference between the two.

Identifying herself as "House Democratic Leader," Rep. Nancy Pelosi asked for contributions in five separate missives, two offering a "Fighting Donkey Lapel Pin," two offering membership in the "Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee," and the last one signed by candidate John Kerry himself.

The supposedly alternative Republican National Committee sent our friend a rather large fund-raising letter from the president containing a handsome color photo of the first couple adorned with the president's signature. Then, another letter from the White House and House Speaker Dennis Hasten arrived, inviting my friend to a $2,500-per-plate dinner in Washington.

Pleas from politicians were interspersed with invitations to subscribe to The Atlantic Monthly, Current History, the Wilson Quarterly, Financial Times, Forbes, and a magazine he had never heard of entitled Political Science Quarterly, published by the Academy of Political Science (APS). Honorary Members of the APS Board of Directors included CFR members Madeleine Albright, George H.W. Bush, David Rockefeller, George P. Shultz, Gerald Ford, and several other CFR luminaries.

More appeals unanswered by our friend came from the Wall Street Journal, laden with CFR members: Newsweek, owned by a CFR member; and The Economist, endorsed by CFR stalwarts Henry Kissinger and Alan Greenspan. A letter from CFR member Jimmy Carter sought donations for his Carter Center. An offer to get a credit card from MBNA America Bank provided a bit of variation in the accumulating pile of junk mail.

Perhaps the most revealing pieces found in our friend's mail box were two requests to join and finance the American Civil Liberties Union. The ACLU was begun in the 1920s by a collection of communists, including William Z. Foster, Louis Budenz, and Elizabeth Gurley Flynn; socialists, most prominent the six-time presidential candidate of the Socialist Party, Norman Thomas; and anarchists, led by Roger Baldwin. It has regularly supported the indefensible while attacking our nation's cultural and legal foundations. The ACLU appeals were signed by its President Nadine Strossen and Executive Director Anthony D. Romero, both of whom are CFR members.

The Council on Foreign Relations and its Foreign Affairs journal are obviously in bed with all of these groups, publications, and causes. Ask the council's leaders about themselves, however, and they'll tell you they never take a position, act only as a debating society, and welcome views from all sides. But the lengthening list of those permitted to use their mailing list speaks reams--both about the CFR leadership and about their junk-mailing allies.
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Title Annotation:The Last Word
Author:McManus, John F.
Publication:The New American
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Nov 15, 2004
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