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Dr Stuart Jeanne Bramhall

Dr Stuart Jeanne Bramhall
New Plymouth, New Zealand
December 02
Retired psychiatrist, activist and author of 2 young adult novels - Battle for Tomorrow and A Rebel Comes of Age - and a free ebook 21st Century Revolution. My 2010 memoir The Most Revolutionary Act: Memoir of an American Refugee describes the circumstances that led me to leave the US in 2002. More information about my books (and me) at


APRIL 13, 2011 6:55PM

The Ford Foundation and the CIA

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Attorney General Robert Kennedy was the first, in 1967, to investigate the use of the Ford Foundation and other foundations as “conduits,” “pass-throughs,” and “fronts” to disguise CIA funding for domestic operations (it’s technically illegal for the CIA to operate on US soil under federal law). The investigation ended with Bobby Kennedy’s assassination in 1968 but in 1976 was taken up by the Church Committee, a Senate Select Committee formed in the aftermath of Watergate. The Church Committee found that between 1963-1966, 164 foundations gave out 700 grants over $10,000. Of these, 108 involved partial or complete funding by the CIA (Frances Stoner Saunders, Who Paid the Piper?: the CIA and the Cultural Cold War)

Saunder’s work was the first, in an impressive body of research by progressive academics and investigative journalists:

  • Who Paid the Piper?: the CIA and the Cultural Cold War (1999) by British historian and journalist Frances Stonor Saunders
  • Foundations and Public Policy: The Mask of Pluralism (2003) by New Hampshire political science professor Joan Roelof
  • The Revolution Will Not Be Funded: Beyond the Non-Profit Industrial Complex (2007) by Incite! Women of Color Against Violence
  • The Shock Doctrine (2007) by Canadian author and social activist Naomi Klein
  • Towers of Deception: the Media Cover-up of 911 (2006) by Canadian journalist, documentary producer and political activist Barry Zwicker
  • Barack H. Obama: the Unauthorized Biography (2008) by historian and journalist Webster Tarpley

CIA Funding of Alternative Media

Most of the research into left gatekeeping foundations involves the funding of so-called alternative media outlets, largely based on information derived from tax returns. The most prolific writer in this area is Massachusetts-based investigative journalist Bob Feldman. Feldman published the bulk of his research in a paper in Critical Sociology “Report from the Field: Left Media and Left Think Tanks – Foundation-Managed Protest?” Although Critical Sociology charges a fee to download this paper, Feldman and others have republished excerpts elsewhere on the Internet. Edward Ulrich published a helpful digest of Feldman’s work in March 2011 at his blog “News of Interest” at

The History of CIA/Ford Foundation Collaboration

Feldman starts ( by recapping the history Frances Sanders lays out in Who Paid the Piper?: the CIA and the Cultural Cold War).

The Ford Foundation was created in 1936 from the immense Ford family fortune. Historically its governance and mission has been conservative and pro-corporate, in line with its namesake Henry Ford, a rabid anti-Semite who admired Adolph Hitler and helped finance his rise to power.

The Internation Jew by Henry Ford

The International Jew by Henry Ford


The CIA-Ford Foundation collaboration began in 1953, when John McCloy, another Nazi sympathizer, because the director of the Ford Foundation. McCloy’s corporate credentials include serving as chairman of Chase Manhattan Bank, Westinghouse, AT&T, Allied Chemical and United Fruit Company. As a lawyer, he served as chief counsel to Standard Oil of New Jersey, Mobil, Texaco and Gulf I.G. Farben (German chemical company that was Hitler’s primary German sponsor and which developed the nerve gas used in the mass executive of European Jews). Mcloy watched the 1936 Berlin Olympics from Hitler’s box seat and as the Assistant Secretary of War, blocked Jewish immigration to the US, as well as the bombing of railroads leading to Nazi concentration camps. As High Commissioner of Germany following the war, he pardoned a large majority of Nazi war criminals and assisted in their secret repatriation in the US and South America. Finally in 1963-64 he served on the Warren Commission, which like the 911 Commission, played a critical role covering up FBI, CIA and Pentagon involvement in the JFK assassination.

McCloy publicly advocated for the Ford Foundation to cooperate with the CIA. He argued that open collaboration was a better alternative than having the Agency secretly infiltrate the Foundation’s lower echelons and subvert their work. McCloy also chaired a three man committee that had to be consulted every time the CIA wanted to use the Foundation as a pass-through.

Ford Foundation archives reveal a raft of joint Foundation-CIA projects. The most prominent of these CIA fronts are the Eastern European Fund, the Congress for Cultural Freedom, and International Rescue Committee (where William van den Heuvel, father of Nation editor and publisher Katrina van den Heuvel, was a long time board member). The Ford Foundation has also been the primary funder of two secret elite planning groups, the Council on Foreign Relations and the Trilateral Commission.

Alternative Media Outlets Funded by the Ford Foundation

According to Feldman, the so-called alternative media outlets receiving Ford Foundation funding (based on their tax returns) include:

  • Democracy Now!
  • Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR) and their radio program Counterspin
  • Working Assets Radio
  • The Progressive
  • Mother Jones
  • South End Press (Z Magazine)
  • Alternative Radio
  • Ms. Magazine
  • Political Research Associates (run by rabid anti-conspiracist Chip Berlet)

As Feldman points out, each of these outlets has systematically marginalized independent researchers who have systematically studied 9-11 and the JFK and other political assassinations. Feldman currently blogs at “Where’s the Change?”

To be continued.

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Michael Moore may agree with you. He worked at Mother Jones and was marginalized while working there. Fascinating. Reminds me of Herbert Marcuse.

You also need to look at the large law firms the CIA and these Foundations go through. The top 5-10 law firms in the United States, based in NYC and Philadelphia and DC do alot of dirty work for these organizations. Now, if somebody infiltrated them as a paralegal, and downloaded documents and delivered them to wikileaks...
Actually I've only just started - a lot of this research has already happened. There are a number of other left gatekeeper foundations funding other alternative media outlets - and "counterinsurgency" projects that infiltrate and disrupt genuine grassroots organizing.. Recently I've been reading up on how these conservative foundations also fund the "nonviolent protest movement" - to ensure that anyone who even thinks about "violent" protest is instantly marginalized.
You should check the only link I have on my blog site it is there for a reason. It go's to the White Rose an award winning web site that will take you for the grand tour of the treasonous inception of the organization known as the CIA. They are getting ready to try to blame everything on the Jews just as Hitler learned to do from Ford when he was in prison for the beer hall putsch when he read with religious fervor My Life and Work, and The International Jew. The Jew has always played the all to willing dupe for the capitalist pigs because he keeps his mouth shut and go's along for the ride out of his love affair with his own greed just as the Jewish media has done in this country after 9/11.
You really think that Democracy Now! is some sort of rightist front? Wow. They really have gone out of their way then.

This seems a little far-fetched, to say the least.
Boko, I'm not saying that Democracy Now! is a rightest front. What I'm suggesting is that their refusal to report on the 911 Truth movement and the JFK, RFK and MLK assassinations isn't a coincidence. That it has a lot to do with where they get their funding. You should check out some of my links and references.
Jack, I checked out your White Rose link - lots of good resources there. However I tend not to agree with theories that a person's ethnic or cultural background endows them with innate personal characteristics. There is nothing in a Jewish person's DNA or cultural background that makes them more greedy than any other social group. In fact some of our greatest revolutionary thinkers have been Jewish. And I'm not really sure what you mean by the Jewish media?
Its all about "managing dissent" and "repressive tolerance."

Elites do and have done this for a long time. Its why Big Business has chosen to infiltrate the Democratic Party. You can minimize the ability of the party to resist the GOP.
I knew you would question that comment, as you should, it was not meant to be politically correct there is no more time for that as Jim Morrison once said “the man is at the door”. I know you are in New Zealand so perhaps you are insulated from the growing anti Semitic sentiment as expressed by right wing orientated web sites (and I am saying they are CIA controlled Boko) like for example… Jeff Rense. As for Jewish media… C’mon now Dr. I will just let the top film critic in the world answer that one for me:

‘Who runs Hollywood? C'mon’
December 19, 2008|JOEL STEIN

The foundation of sociological science is that a person is what their cultural background made them regardless of what their ethnic back round is so I do not understand how as a practicing psychologist you can lump the 2 together they are diametrically opposed. Speaking of revolutionary Jewish thinkers how can we ignore the Jesus Christ of politics Carl Marx, the son of a Rabbi, who devoted much of his earlier writings to the problem of “Jewish money grubbing”?

Do the Jews really control the media? Hell no they are just employees as I have said before in my writings: the Kings and Queens of the earth did not abdicate their thrones in exchange for bankers trinkets. This is a myth spread by people like Ford and perpetuated by the complacent silence of their well paid straw men. Aside from Oliver Stones JFK where are all the movies of just what these Nazi scumbags that call themselves the CIA represent? I will give you ‘Avatar’,period, which was more comic book than hard theater. Otherwise they are represented as heroic supermen forever vigilant against Americas enemy.

Arnold Schwarzenegger and Martin Sheen articulated the disgust and revulsion that the warrior feels for these slinking cowards with movies like ‘Predator’ and ‘Apocalypse Now’, respectively. Arnold Schwarzenegger recants with numerous latter movies depicting omnipotent CIA and NSA operatives fighting against Americas enemy's and becomes governor of California and Mr Shriver. Sheen does nothing and retires with all his money, his son becomes the poster child for drug addiction in Hollywood. Kind of reminds me of what the papacy said about black magicians: in order to join the cult the inductee had to kiss the goats ass.
Sorry, I still don't get it. I know AMY from LISTENER SPONSORED WBAI broadcasting from the Empire State building.

Whywould they fund her, and the other's You list?


I'm sure You know WWII would have been over far, earlier were it not for Rockefeller, supplying them with cash and fuel.
antisemitism is a tool whereby the rich maintain their riches, by duping poor peasants into killing and attacking highly educated middle and upper middle class folks with very little real power.

Jews don't really have any power. But they always get the blame, because they are often a go-between between rich Christian nobility and poor Christian peasants. When the peasants get slammed, they blame the messenger, which is dumb.

I reserve my disdain for the Nobility. Jews often get shafted by the Nobility when things get bad. We saw this in Nazi Germany.
I believe Dulles’ firm also did work for the oil companies before they initiated the coup in Iran in 1953. I’m not completely surprised that they are funding Democracy Now; they have done some good work but I became suspicious when Amy conducted an interview with Philip Zimbardo in a positive light. I have written before about how I suspect that he is almost certainly working with the CIA and has been since he conducted the Stanford Prison experiment and other obedience to authority experiments. He claims to be opposed to war yet he has worked for the Office of Naval Research. This work could clearly be used to help the military understand how to indoctrinate their recruits in boot camp as well as how to manipulate people for the CIA. Ironnically some of the best evidence comes from Zimbardo himself in, the Lucifer Effect if you know what to look for and use discretion. Alfred McCoy also wrote about how Stanley Milgram was probably working for the CIA. I’ll be writing more about this within a week or two if you’re interested. One possibility is that the CIA wants to have people on both sides of the spectrum and they want to control how, when or if information is disclosed.
Can't say I can make the leap that the aforementioned that media outlets are scared or prevented to report on "the truth" about 9/11 or JFK. I think many of the folks mentioned would give back the cash before allowing that to happen.
However, one interesting aspect is how post-Church committee, much of the 'civil society' work being done secretly by the intelligence community got mainstreamed in the 1980s with the creation of the Center for International Private Enterprise, National Democratic Institute and National Republican Institutes, and the National Endowment for Democracy. All are quasi-governmental agencies that do a lot of the work that used to be done in secret, yet they don't get much scrutiny.
If people haven't read Manufacturing Consent by Noam Chomsky, I think they need to. Seems perfectly logical to me the CIA would control debate on both the left and the right. Why wouldn't they? I think think you have to ask yourself why Americans aren't marching in the streets in millions like the rest of the world. Part of it relates to the corporate-controlled media. But a big part of it relates to the control the CIA (via its foundation funding) has over the official Left. This is partly by funding the alternative media - no one in the mainstream or alternative media is going to bite the hand that feeds them - they lose their grants if they do. If you don't believe me, check out some of the links at the end.

Even more pernicious is the way some of these left gatekeeping foundations infiltrate grassroots organizations. I dealt with them for 14 years in the single payer movement in Washington State - disrupting meetings, sabotaging databases, forming parallel organizations, starting hate mail campaigns (against me). In fact this is what the 2nd half of my book is about. Also see my blog about this:

And other good links regarding left gatekeeping foundations:
I had never heard some of this stuff; you are a real asset to us here.