John J. McCloy

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Person.png John J. McCloy   IMDB Powerbase Sourcewatch SpartacusRdf-entity.pngRdf-icon.png
(lawyer, central banker, politician, diplomat, deep politician)
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BornJohn Jay McCloy
31 March 1895
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Died11 March 1989 (Age 93)
Stamford, Connecticut
Alma materAmherst College, Harvard Law School
SpouseEllen Zinsser
Founder ofAmerican Council on Germany
Member ofAtlantic Institute, Atlantik-Brücke, Council on Foreign Relations/Historical Members, National Committee for a Free Europe, The Georgetown Set, The Warren Commission
US deep politician, Warren Commission, CFR Chair for 17 years, President of the World Bank ...

Employment.png U.S. High Commissioner for Germany

In office
September 2, 1949 - August 1, 1952

Employment.png President of the World Bank Group

In office
March 17, 1947 - July 1, 1949
EmployerWorld Bank Group
Preceded byEugene Meyer
Succeeded byEugene Black

Employment.png American High Commissioner for Occupied Germany

In office
September 21, 1949 - August 1, 1952

John J. McCloy was a US deep politician with a wide net.

"Chairman of the Establishment"

The New York Times obituary stated "Between times and often concurrently, he was board chairman of the Ford Foundation, chairman of the Council on Foreign Relations and board chairman of a dozen or so other entities, including the Salk Institute and of E. R. Squibb & Sons. As a lawyer, he represented scores of corporate clients, including 23 oil companies dealing with the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries. Mr. McCloy was chairman of so many boards and had his hands in so many ventures that the political writer Richard Rovere once proposed that he was the informal chairman of the Establishment, a group that 'fixes major goals and constitutes itself a ready pool of manpower for the more exacting labors of leadership.'"[1]

World War II

McCloy was heavily involved in the US government program of interning Japanese-Americans in World War II. Defending that policy in 1981 before a Congressional commission, he claimed that it was "reasonably undertaken and thoughtfully and humanely conducted", althoguh history disagreed and in 1988 the US Congress paid compensation to those internees who were still alive.[1]

U.S. High Commissioner of Allied Forces in West Germany

McCloy once stated "I had the powers of a dictator as High Commissioner of Allied Forces in West Germany, but I think I was a benevolent dictator".[1]

In 1947, Klaus Barbie was recruited as an agent for the 66th Detachment of the U.S. Army Counter Intelligence Corps (CIC).[2] When the French discovered that Klaus Barbie was in U.S. hands, having sentenced him to death in absentia for war crimes, they requested McCloy, U.S. High Commissioner for Germany, hand him over for execution, but McCloy refused.[3] Instead, the CIC helped him flee to Bolivia with the help of a "ratline" organized by U.S. intelligence services[4] and the Croatian Roman Catholic priest Krunoslav Draganović.

Other activities

McCloy was CFR chairman from 1954 until 1970. A member of the Warren Commission, he worked to prevent the truth coming out as regards the assassination of JFK.


Events Participated in

Bilderberg/1957 February15 February 195717 February 1957US
St Simons Island
Georgia (State)
The earliest ever Bilderberg in the year, number 5, was also first one outside Europe.
Bilderberg/195813 September 195815 September 1958United Kingdom
The 7th Bilderberg and the first one in the UK. 72 guests
Bilderberg/196420 March 196422 March 1964US
A year after this meeting, the post of GATT/Director-General was set up, and given Eric Wyndham White, who attended the '64 meeting. Several subsequent holders have been Bilderberg insiders, only 2 are not known to have attended the group.
Bilderberg/19652 April 19654 April 1965Italy
Villa d'Este
The 14th Bilderberg meeting, held in Italy
Bilderberg/196625 March 196627 March 1966Germany
Hotel Nassauer Hof
Top of the agenda of the 15th Bilderberg in Wiesbaden, Germany, was the restructuring of NATO. Since this discussion was held, all permanent holders of the position of NATO Secretary General have attended at least one Bilderberg conference prior to their appointment.
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