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Deep state milieux are informal, clandestine gatherings to meet and arrange business. These organs of the deep state are created and governed by deep politicians. Like criminal syndicates, some are ephemeral, some perennial. They have varying procedures and protocols, but are generally characterised by the secrecy required by agents of the deep state.

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Informal, clandestine to a greater or lesser degree. Organisations and venues of the deep state, created and governed by deep politicians. Like criminal syndicates, some are ephemeral, some perennial. They have varying procedures and protocols, but are generally characterised by secrecy and frequented by agents of the deep state.

Deep state milieux are environments where deep politicians can meet and conduct deep political business. They vary in terms of secrecy from the relatively public (such as the CFR) to more secretive groups such as Le Cercle or the Club de Berne. Some have formal meetings and minutes (such as the Bilderberg), others are careful to commit as little as possible to paper - making them hard to track. The examples listed below are almost all international in nature.

“one of the tendencies of such groups is for their members to "play musical chairs", changing place frequently on the raft of names sponsoring an organization... [so] sharing a Board membership with someone does not necessarily imply intimate knowledge of the other's various activities.”
David Teacher [1]


The 2016 Cercle meeting in Washington, (Click to enlarge the photo)

Deep state milieux reflect the patriarchal Western societies from which they usually arise - they are typically full of older Caucasian men. The first Bilderberg, for example, was exclusively male. While no longer 100% male, a photo from the 2016 Cercle meeting in Washington shows a large majority of men.

In order to secure continuity of the institutions, some younger men are admitted, either on a trial basis or occasionally more permanently. Similarly, skin tone is predominantly pale rather than dark, although nowadays this may be less a reflection of institutionalised racism as much as on low social mobility and the ancestral basis of admission to such groups. Kwasi Kwarteng, for example, believed to have been chairman of Le Cercle from 2017-2018, is of African descent although his educational background is more standard for a deep state operative: Eton College, University of Cambridge, Harvard University. The previous chair, Nadhim Zahawi, was born in Iraq, but grew up in the UK and was made Minister for COVID-19 Vaccine deployment in November 2020.[2]

Media coverage

A very rare mention of Le Cercle by corporate media.

As of 2019, most deep state milieux are third rail topic‎s which the commercially-controlled media have next to nothing to say about. Where the group does have a public-facing narrative, corporate media reliably promotes this. Often such groups are described as "think tanks".

Occasional stories do get published however which are a source of information about these groups. One such was a 1997 article by The Independent which mentioned about Jonathan Aitken's dismissal as Chairman of Le Cercle.[3]


One exception is the Bilderberg, which since around 2000[citation needed] was the subject of intense efforts at exposure by independent online activists. It now publishes a guest list just before each meeting and is mentioned reliably in commercially-controlled media, albeit uncritically.

An illustrative 2011 piece from the BBC was entitled Bilderberg mystery: Why do people believe in cabals?. It quoted David Aaronovitch (later exposed as a member of the UK deep state's Integrity Initiative) as stating that the Bilderberg is "really an occasional supper club for the rich and powerful".[4]



Page nameStartEndDescription
Adelaide Club1863Exclusive Adelaide club for members of the Adelaide Establishment.
Agnelli familyThe absolutely most powerful dynasty in Italy, founded by Giovanni Agnelli
Albright Stonebridge Group26 April 2001Economic Hit Men
American Australian Association1948A group designed to create a cadre of influential Australians loyal to the United States
Australian Club (Sydney)1838The oldest establishment club in Australia
BIS17 May 1930The central bankers' central bank - nothing to see here.
Baseball LeagueSwedish extreme right wing milieu in the Stockholm police. Involved in the assassination of Prime Minister Olof Palme.
Bilderberg29 May 1954Long subject to a strong media blackout (almost never reported in newspapers before around 2010), protected by national police, the Bilderberg group holds an annual meeting of approximately 130 bankers, political & military leaders, CEOs of multinational corporations, editors and royalty. Meetings are firmly off the record, although increasingly leaky.
Bohemian Grove1878A US deep state milieu in Northern California.
Bullingdon Club1780An Oxford university dining club with a habit for inebriation and subsequent property destruction. A UK equivalent of the US Skull and Bones fraternity, which has had a large number of establishment insiders as members over the years.
Carnegie Cyber Policy InitiativeWEF connected Cyberterrorism/Preparation
Chatham House1920A key organ of the UK Deep state
Christian Democracy (Italy)19431994From 1946 until 1994, the DC was the largest party in the Italian Parliament, governing in successive coalitions.
Clandestine Planning Committee1951Together with the Allied Clandestine Committee, coordinates the Operation Gladio 'stay behind' groups.
Club de Berne1971Shadowy group of intelligence agencies of the 28 states of the European Union (EU), Norway, Switzerland and Israel etc
Club of RomeApril 1968Environmentalism with more than a hint of misanthropy
Committee of 300
Corsair Club1913Founded by the head of the US deep state over a century ago, the Corsair Club was a private dining clubs. It gathered 12 members gathered for off the record conversations, presumably about deep political intrigues. It is not known to have survived J. P. Morgan's death in 1913
Council on Foreign Relations1921A long established and relatively public organ of the US deep state.
Council on the Future of Europe2011A part of Nicolas Berggruen's network
Covington & Burling1919Washington DC law firm with deep state connections
Ditchley1958Another set of private meetings...
Ditchley/Canada1981The Canadian arm of Ditchley
Ditchley/UK1958The UK branch of the transatlantic deep state Ditchley Foundation
Dutch Minister of State1806
Dutch Round Table1901Dutch Round Table, a gathering every six weeks of important people in politics, business and the civil service
Economic Club of New York1907Bringing business people, economists and others together for discussions of economic, social and other public issues. Lots of Bilderbergers.
Elcano Royal Institute26 November 2001Group headed by Charles Powell of the Integrity Initiative, with staff including José Ignacio Torreblanca, also a member of the II Spanish cluster.
European Council on Foreign Relations2007Shares members with the Integrity Initiative's Spanish Cluster
European Documentation and Information Centre19521990Transnational network between European conservative politicians. Used by Francoist Spain to end its international isolation.
European Forum Alpbach1945Conference "connecting international decision-makers from all sectors of society with an interested audience and committed young people".
European Movement InternationalJuly 1947Lobbying association that promotes European integration. In its first few decades it received massive funding and attention from the CIA, and the personnel is intimately tied to the Bilderberg group.
Forum Portugal Global17 September 1996Lusophone subgroup of the Trilateral Commission.
French Institute of International Relations1979A "national think tank" founded by Thierry de Montbrial.
French-American Foundation1976A long established and relatively public organ of the US to control French politics.
Global Counter Terrorism Forum22 September 2011A club that was started just at the start of the Arab Spring. Calls itself "Informal, apolitical, multilateral." Interestingly, Saudi Arabia, the US & Colombia are members Iran and Israel aren't.
Global Panel Foundation1989NGO with members who are mostly people with deep ties to the intelligence community, working behind the scenes promoting international cooperation with regard to decision-making and implementation processes.
Grande écoleFewer than 500 graduates of these elite schools dominate the highest echelons of business and politics, with an unaccountable and unsackable "old boys' network" "that makes the British government and business Britain appear a model of social diversity."
Harvard/Kennedy School1936
Hudson Institute1961
Institute for Regional Security2014Spooky Australian think-tank
Institute of Public Affairs1943
Integrity Initiative/ClusterMetastases from the IfS/II. Covert cells with a single leader, been used to exert clandestine influence from the London HQ, for example to promote particular opinions or to smear people it deems undesirable.
Joint Special Operations CommandPerforms special operations worldwide, including inside the United States itself, its soldiers operating like the CIA, often alongside them in covert status.
Knights of Malta1099 JLA Roman Catholic military-religious order and/or secret society of, traditionally, a military, "chivalrous" and "noble nature". One of the world's oldest orders of knighthood, dating back to the 11th century. The Sovereign Military Order of Malta is headquartered in Rome, and is arguably a sovereign subject of international law.
LSV Minerva1974A prestigious Dutch elite fraternity
LUISS1974Predecessor was a founded by Félix Morlion to train anti-communist cadres on behalf of the Vatican and the CIA.
Le Cercle1952A deep state milieu set up around the same time as the Bilderberg, but smaller & far more secretive, attended especially by spooks, deep politicians and editors. Members promote their hawkish agenda by otherwise subverting the democratic process, apparently brokering weapons deals and possibly setting up false flag attacks. Their war making is also ideological - distributing propaganda to stoke fear of communism, promoting the "war on terror" etc.
Le Siècle1944A long established "bipartisan" network in the French establishment.
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