by JoŽl van der Reijden
Recent membership additions to the
Pilgrims Society have shown that this organization has absorbed
leaders in the field of private intelligence, the SAS, and the
notorious mercenary companies. Pay special attention to the their
(honorary) connection to the British throne.
Sir Malcolm Rifkind is a British politician who opposed the Iraq
war. For good reasons it seems, because after the war documents
surfaced that implicated him in the Oil-for-Food scandal. Believing
in a swift rebuilding of Iraq, he became a non-executive chairman of
the ArmorGroup International in April 2004, a mercenary company with
offices all over the world, including several in Russia. One of the
things ArmorGroup is involved with in Iraq is protecting the
building sites and transportations of Bechtel and
Halliburton. Rifkind is a member of the Queen's Privy Council since 1986, a
governor of the Ditchley Foundation, and a non-executive director of Ramco Energy. He has been a consultant to BHP Billiton (the largest
mining organization in the world), PricewaterhouseCoopers (the
world's largest professional services firm), and Petrofac (another
Field Marshall Lord Peter Inge, who's a member of the Privy Council
and the Order of the Garter, is a non-executive chairman of the
mercenary firm Aegis Defence Services. Aegis has been awarded a $293
million contract for Iraq in 2004. CEO of Aegis is Lt. Col. Tim
Spicer, a controversial former SAS officer who also headed its
predecessor, Sandline International. Inge also sits on the board of
Hakluyt, a private intelligence firm set up by former MI6 agents
that often works for multinationals, and is a consultant to BAE
Systems and Vickers Defence Systems.
Lord Guthrie is a former SAS Commander, a former Chief of the
Defence Staff, a member of the Knights of Malta, and today a
director of N.M. Rothschild & Sons. Annual visitor of the Trilateral
Commission since 2002. Has been appointed Gold Stick to the Queen
and is a Freeman of the City of London. Already out of office, he
was sent to Turkey in December 2002 to discuss a possible invasion
of Iraq via Turkey. Apologist for the Bush and Blair
administrations. Warns the public for biological and nuclear attacks
by terrorists and thinks Syria is one of the largest supporters of
Sir John Weston, another director of the private intelligence group Hakluyt. He is also a governor of the Ditchley Foundation and a
director of Rolls Royce. Member of the the International Institute
for Strategic Studies in London, just as Lord Guthrie.
OSS and CIA agents have not been included in this list. If you add
all these agents and those members with suspected connections to
intelligence the list grows dramatically. The names above focus on
leadership positions in organizations that aren't mentioned that
often. Full biographies can be found in the membership list of the
November 4, 2005
Updated a bit of information on Henry John Heinz, member of the CFR and Pilgrims Society. The National Review said about him on
March 27, 1987: "He was an organizer of the Bilderberg meetings,
which he regularly attended." He attended the first Bilderberg
meeting in 1954. H.J. Heinz was the father of Teresa Heinz
Kerry's first husband, John Heinz III. Teresa later married 2004
presidential candidate John F. Kerry. John Heinz III died in a
small plane crash in 1991, one day before Pilgrims Society
chairman Senator Tower died in another plane crash. Some believe
these crashes had something to do with the Iran-Contra Affair.
Added Lord Edward Grey of Fallodon to the Pilgrims Society list.
He was a president of the Pilgrims in 1930, according to a
London Times article from that year provided by
Skullandbones.info. The article repeats that Nicholas Butler was
the president of the U.S. Pilgrims at that time. Together with
Colonel House, Lord Grey was a chief negotiator during the
outbreak of WWI and made the famous quote: "The lamps are going
out all over Europe; we shall not see them lit again in our
lifetime." Grey was known as a staunch imperialist.
Added Edmund de Rothschild to the Pilgrims Society membership
list. Mentioned by Charles Savoie. His membership has also been
mentioned by earlier investigators. Skullandbones.info helped
with the biography. Keep in mind that Edmond de Rothschild is
French, while Edmund de Rothschild is British. Even mainstream
sources get that confused.
Sent an email to the U.S. Pilgrims on Friday, October 28, 2005.
On Monday, October 31, I received an email from the U.S.
Pilgrims: "Neither Rothschild is a member of the Pilgrims of the
US." 30 minutes later the U.K. Pilgrims emailed: "I am sorry,
but no member of the Rothschild family is a member of the
Pilgrims of Great Britain." Although the full list is private,
the secretaries of the Pilgrims Society have been very helpful.
October 24 & 25, 2005
Added Lord Robin Renwick of Clifton and Lord John Kerr of
Kinlochard to the Pilgrims Society members list. Both have very
extensive biographies; JP Morgan, Fluor Ltd., Rio Tinto, BHP
Billiton, Shell, Richemont AG, the Rhodes Trust, the Imperial
College, the Trilateral Commission, Bilderberg, Ditchley, etc.
From 2002 to 2003 Lord Kerr was secretary-general of the
European Convention, which prepared the EU Constitutional Treaty
(rejected by the Dutch and French citizens in 2005 for all the
wrong reasons). Both names were provided to me by Charles Savoie.
Many names will follow in the future.
Adding Paul Volcker to the Pilgrims list turned out to be a
misread from my part. Since I now was desperate to confirm his
membership I sent the British Pilgrims an email: "I have a very
short question. Is mr. Paul Volcker a member of the
Pilgrims of the United States? The information is ment to be put
in a biography. Thank you very much." Within a day I received an
answer from their secretary: "From my lists, he is."