by David Guyatt
The use of suspect gold to launder drug
profits is well established. One example of such laundering
activities concerns a rogue airline that had the reputation of
flying anything to anywhere. Over a two-year period between 1989-91,
the airline made four flights carrying gold bullion weighing 160 tonnes with a market value of two billion dollars.
Each of the four
flights carried boxes with twelve bars of gold to a box that overall
weighed 41 tonnes per flight. All the boxes were palletised for easy
loading and accompanied by a guard. The flights originated from Medellin, Colombia, and were airlifted to London and apparently
cleared both ends without customs inspection. 
The amount of gold shipped was more than the gold reserves of most
central banks. The question then arises: where did this gold
originate? The likelihood is that it was part of the vast amounts of
gold plundered in WWII by the Axis powers.
The story about what really happened to the loot plundered by the
Nazis and Japanese during WWII remains one of the best-kept secrets
of the last fifty years. Few outside of the charmed circle of
initiated insiders possess any knowledge whatsoever of the true
dimensions of what can be described as the biggest cover-up of all
But it is not just public awareness of what exactly “happened” to
this plunder in the post war years that is the cause of supreme
unease amongst the powers that be. It is the sheer magnitude of
treasure forcibly confiscated by the Axis powers that causes
trepidation. Were the actual dollar numbers involved to be revealed,
it would lay bare an even more sensitive secret – one that has
endured for a hundred or more years.
A decades long propaganda campaign had served to focus public
attention on the gold stolen from governments – known as monetary
gold – as a means of eclipsing from public view far larger amounts
of privately held gold that was also stolen.
The heavy cloak of disinformation and double-talk had still another
layer. By putting the spotlight on Nazi plunder from the very
beginning, public attention was diverted away from the industrial
scale looting undertaken by Japan’s special plunder teams known as
the “Golden Lily.”
And it is here that the real story dwells.
PRINCE OF PLUNDER
History should have recorded him as the world’s most ruthless and
avaricious bandit of all time. Instead, it has passed him by
virtually unnoticed, thanks to the onset of the cold war and the
well-laid designs of western elites.
Prince Chichibu was the younger brother of Japan’s Emperor Hirohito
and had been named by the Emperor to head the ultra-secret Golden
Lily – a secretive group tasked with looting China of its wealth –
both government and privately owned hard assets. Beginning in 1937,
with the Rape of Nanking, the plunder teams set to work with a
vengeance. The spoils were far larger than had been imagined. It is
believed that 6,000 metric tonnes of gold, plus a bounty of silver
and precious gemstones fell in to the hands of Japan’s imperial
treasury as a consequence. 
The phenomenal wealth of East and Southeast Asia had accrued over
thousands of years and Japan wanted it all. Over the next seven
years the Orient was wrung dry of its precious metals, solid gold
religious artifacts and an unbelievable quantity of gemstones.
Most of this was shipped by the Japanese to the Philippines as a
collecting point, for onward shipment to Tokyo. However, by 1943 the
sea-lanes had been cut by US submarines and the decision was taken
to bury the plunder throughout the Philippines. This was based on
Japan’s expectation of a negotiated truce that would leave them
ruling the Philippines. Thereafter, the recovery of the plunder
could take place in secret over many years making Japan one of the
wealthiest nations in the world.
That, however, was not to be. The United States had its own
well-laid plans to become the imperial world power of post WWII.
These plans had been formulated before the Second World War by
Council on Foreign Relations an organization founded by wealthy
Americans in the wake of WWI, in tandem with England’s Royal
Institute of International Affairs, known as “Chatham House” for
The CFR plan called for a “Grand Area” that was to come under US
control. Included was the Western Hemisphere, Western Europe, the
Far East and the former British Empire. The latter was being
actively dismantled for this purpose. Also listed was the Middle
East, whose colossal oil resources were eyed with great passion. In
fact, if it was possible to achieve, the entire planet was to come
under US domination. 
In this scheme, Japan and Germany were assigned the role of the
“great workshops” of productivity. In short, there was no place for
a separate imperial power and Japan (and Germany) had to be
thoroughly defeated. Roosevelt’s call for “unconditional surrender”
of the Axis powers not only smashed Japan’s comfortable view of what
would be, but also sealed the fate of the post WWII world.
In addition to the Philippines, treasure plundered by the Japanese
is believed to have been stashed in Indonesia and, probably Korea,
too. But the Philippine Islands were the key. Here treasure sites
were excavated – usually using prisoners of war as slave labour. The
plunder was then stashed in these sites and booby traps were set to
deter would be treasure hunters.
With the prisoners of war still
inside the sites were sealed and disguised – leading hundreds to die
a grisly death in the name of greed and secrecy.
BLACK EAGLE FUND
The quantity of gold and other treasures buried was phenomenal.
Japanese cartographers made maps of each site and trusted
accountants marked them with three digits signifying the Yen values
of the gold, diamonds and other assets buried in each.
A site bearing the designation “777” was valued at 777 billion yen.
With 1945 exchange rates fluctuating between 3.50 and 4.00 yen to
the dollar, just one triple seven site was worth almost US$200
billion – a king’s ransom by any measure. There were many triple
seven (“777”) sites as well as triple nine and lesser sites.
Not only were these figures based on 1945 values -- when a dollar
was really a dollar – but also when the price of gold was $35.00 an
ounce. Today the price of gold is closer to $300 an ounce. But add
to this the fact that in the Philippines alone there were over 170
burial sites, and a picture forms of a wealth so unimaginable that
it almost defies belief. 
With the defeat of Japanese forces in the Philippines in 1945, a
project of the utmost secrecy was launched to recover the buried
Golden Lily plunder. This project was placed under the day-to-day
control of Captain Edward Lansdale and OSS operative Severino Garcia
Santa Romana. In 1945, Lansdale had been ordered to Manila as part
of General Willoughby’s G2 military intelligence team. On arrival,
Lansdale met up with Santa Romana and set to work. The CIA would
later recruit both officers.
Over the next few years numerous plunder sites were located and the
stolen assets recovered. The gold, gemstones and other treasure were
deposited in over 170 bank accounts spread across more than forty
countries – all of whom were signatories of the 1944 Bretton Woods
agreement. Collectively, the recovered loot came to be known as
Black Eagle Trust or fund.
Even to this day the mere mention of the Black Eagle Fund causes
unease, and the entire subject remains cloaked in official secrecy.
For example, during a 1999 discussion on this subject, one highly
placed banker familiar with the existence and arrangements of this
slush fund cautioned:
“if you wish to discuss certain aspects of
military program finance on the internet, you may be doing so in
contravention of several statutes and regulations, both in the
United States and in any NATO-member jurisdiction.”
According to official figures, the present volume of above ground
gold stocks is approximately 142,000 metric tonnes. This, it is
claimed, accounts for all the gold mined over six thousand years.
 In contrast to these figures, just one of the many “777” Golden
Lily sites would have held, using a conservative estimate, upwards
of 90,000 metric tonnes. 
Clearly, official figures don’t remotely begin to mesh with the
volumes of “black gold” stolen by the Axis powers. One major reason
for this is simply that the official statistics have never included
gold production in China, Southeast Asia and the former Soviet
Since the latter was the world’s second largest gold producer after
South Africa, this was bound to distort the accuracy of official
statistics. Curiously, despite the end of the cold war no apparent
effort has been made to “update” these figures following access to
strategic information of the former Soviet Union, who is now a
member of the powerful G8 group of nations. Meanwhile, China and the
Orient have had a love affair with gold dating back 6,000 years.
This obviously had to come from somewhere.
Is it really possible that the official gold mining figures are just
so much flim-flam, designed to hide the real picture? Could a
conspiracy so flagrant and so large be perpetrated under the noses
of an unsuspecting public?
To answer these questions we need do no more than hop across the
street to gold’s sister market -- diamonds. Diamonds are said to be
rare which accounts for their value. But like gold, they are not
nearly so rare as we have been told. One example of their abundance
is the Argyle mine in Australia, which was discovered in 1979. The
mine was estimated to have over one billion carats – the majority of
which were of gem quality. This is in stark contrast to South
Africa’s entire diamond reserves of 200 million carats noted in a
1980 US Geological Survey.
Diamonds may be a “girls best friend” but that is about as far as it
goes. As a true store of value in a true and unfettered free market,
diamonds would be worth considerably less. What keeps the value high
is the restricted access to gem quality stones which are rigidly
controlled by the “cartel.” The cartel is thought to be controlled
by the South African Oppenheimer family and De Beers, via the London
based Central Selling Organisation or CSO. 
Any one person or group that has a stranglehold on gold, platinum
and diamonds also has a strategic stranglehold on world commerce.
Industrial diamonds are the backbone of productive industry and
without adequate supplies of these, production would grind to a
halt. Such a situation came close to happening during WWII.
In a Washington Post article on 18th October 1988, former director
of the CIA accused De Beers and the Oppenheimer family of refusing
to sell the US a large quantity of industrial diamonds necessary for
war production. In a 2nd November 1988 letter, Sir Phillip
Oppenheimer retorted angrily to these charges calling them
Documentary filmmaker and author, Jani Farrel-Roberts, has
exhaustively investigated the diamond trade for many years and
undertook to discover what truth, if any, lay behind Admiral
Turner’s astonishing allegations. Access to government documents
under the Freedom of Information Act as well as extensive interviews
with attorneys who had spent years investigating De Beers on behalf
of the US government convinced her that De Beers had indeed
“…rationed diamonds supplies to the United States, depriving it of
essential war tools at a time when De Beers had ample diamonds to
supply all Allied needs. 
But more shocks were to come. Unearthed in the mounds of
declassified documents obtained by Farrell-Roberts was a highly
sensitive report on a secret British American investigation
detailing how Hitler’s Germany acquired all the industrial diamonds
it needed for its own war effort. Completed in 1944, the report
concluded that the Nazi’s were getting their diamonds from the same
syndicate that supplied the Allies.
Major A. W. Schmidt, the senior US investigating officer, stated in
the report that this trade was protected by senior officials in the
British Governments Ministry of Economic Warfare and accused these
officials of being treasonous and of prolonging the war.  Schmidt
additionally reported that measures taken to curtail the flow of
diamonds to Germany were,
“…sabotaged, not by the British Government,
but by the representatives of the Diamond Trading Corporation in
London through their domination of the Diamond Committee of the MEW
[Ministry of Economic Warfare].” 
PRIORY OF SION EXPLAINED?
the Minister of Economic Warfare during this period [1942-5] was
Lord Selborne. Amongst his other associations, Selborne was a member
of the top level “circle of initiates” of the secret society formed
by South African gold and diamond magnate, Cecil Rhodes – who
founded De Beers. Following Rhodes death this powerful and secretive
group was run by Lord Alfred Milner with Lord Selborne in the deputy
leader slot.  . Following Milner’s death in 1925, he assumed the
leadership of the “group.” Among his other wartime duties he headed
Churchill’s Special Operations Executive (SOE).
Lord Selborne would later come to the attention of millions of
readers of “The Messianic Legacy,” the best selling sequel about the
mystery of treasure hidden in
Rennes le Chateau in the French Pyrennes. This story was first brought to public attention in the
smash selling book “Holy Blood – Holy Grail” by the same authors.
Lord Selborne was identified as one of the principals who in 1956,
applied for export licenses of ancient parchments said to directly
relate to the Rennes le Chateau mystery. 
Did this mysterious treasure really have ancient roots or was it of
a more contemporary origin? There are good reasons to believe it may
rather have been part of the gold plundered by the Nazi’s that was
being buried, rather than ancient loot being dug up.
Nazi loot would certainly account for Lord Selborne’s interest in
these matters and would also bring in to sharp focus the August
1956, date mentioned above. Just months earlier in May 1955, the
Federal Republic of Germany had recovered it’s sovereignty,
following the cessation of Allied military rule. Consequently, the
outflow of plunder and assets orchestrated under the Nazi capital
flight programme “Operation Eagle’s Flight,” was put into reverse
gear by Reichsleiter Martin Bormann. This soon resulted in a massive
influx of capital into the newly risen Germany. More than anything
else, this is believed to account for Germany’s miraculous post war
Behind Bormann’s programme of repatriating Nazi assets was the idea,
developed in 1943, of using them in a confederated post war Europe
under Germany’s covert control in what was even then called a
“European Economic Community” or EEC.  Even though this
pre-dated the actual foundation of the EEC in March 1957, it was not
a new idea. Half a century earlier in 1899, W T Stead, a close
confidant of Cecil Rhodes, had authored a book titled “The United
States of Europe” along with “The Americanisation of the World.”
Since these are issues that remain current a century later, one
cannot help but acknowledge the foresight of Stead and Rhodes and
also wonder if Bormann was part of this overall strategy – knowingly
or not? Bormann was not a Rhodes scholar but some influential
Germans of that period were, and others had close affiliations with
members of the secret society founded by Rhodes who formed the
ruling elite of England during the war years.  Normally regarded
as Anglo-American in tone, the Rhodes Trust and Scholars had a
rather more “teutonic” flavour. 
The secretive nature of Rhodes secret society – arguably fronted by
the Rhodes Scholarships – throws up other curiosities as well. Only
3 of the 47 individuals who had been appointed trustees of Rhodes
Trust between the years 1902 – 1995 – have been Rhodes Scholars.
Furthermore, of the 17 Rhodes Trust Secretaries and Wardens of
Rhodes House appointed during these same years, not one has been a
Rhodes scholar. This is less than half a percent overall. Democratic
representation seems not to be an issue. 
In the latter months of the war, Bormann looked to SS Major
Otto Skorzeny to play a crucial role in spiriting away Nazi loot before
Germany surrendered.  In early 1944, Hitler’s “favourite
commando” was sent on a secret mission to the Corbieres region of
the French Pyrennes, on the instructions of SS leader, Heinrich
Himmler. What the purpose of this mission was remains unknown. 
These curiosities multiply even further.
Pierre Plantard, the
central character of the Rennes le Chateau mystery and supposed head
of the ancient Order,
the Prieure of Sion, is reported to have
transferred a “large quantity of gold to Switzerland in 1952.” 
Despite claims that the Priory of Sion has a 1000-year history
dating back to the Order of warrior knights, the Knights Templar -
chartered in 1151 - it only surfaced in 1956.
It is said that the founding of the Priory of Sion was an artful
ploy by Charles de Gaulle to conceal the true activities that were
taking place in France at that time. These had more to do with
laundering suspect gold bullion and political intrigue than ancient
treasure, religious cults or biblical bloodlines. The latter were an
accrual of old myths and legends cobbled together to form a
diversionary cover story 
The selection of Annemasse on the French Swiss border for Priory’s
headquarters in 1956 is also interesting. This small border town is
reported to be the centre for the “Gladio” stay-behind units formed
to fight behind the lines in the event the Soviet Union invaded
Western Europe. The prospect of Russia over-running Europe was most
unlikely - a fact known by the US and European military and
intelligence community of the day. The Europe-wide Gladio operation
had far darker designs. Its principal objective was directed at
keeping the allegiance of Western European nations securely in the
US economic orbit as well as moving their political infrastructure
further to the right. 
KNIGHTS OR POOR KNIGHTS?
Whether the Priory of Sion really had any historical relationship
Knights of Malta (SMOM) – who are sometimes referred to as
the “poor knights” – remains unknown. But different factions of
Malta Knights continually enter the story of gold and treasure
plundered during WWII.
An intriguing example of this involved the CIA front company and
Australian headquartered Nugan Hand Bank. Nugan hand Bank was active
in laundering WWII gold bullion recovered by Philippine President,
Ferdinand Marcos. It was also very active in the Golden Triangle
narcotics traffic. The bank was closed in 1980’s following the
“assisted” suicide of the banks co-founder, Frank Nugan.
Brigadier General Erle Cocke who was the Washington office of the
bank, was a Knight of Malta. In an April 2000 deposition that
directly related to gold plundered during the war, Cocke stated that
he was a “…Grand Commander in the Knight of Malta…” 
But according to Guy Stair Sainty, an acknowledged expert on
Knightly Orders – and a member of the “False Orders committee of the
five Order of St. John,” the title “Grand Commander” does not exist
in the genuine Order recognised by the Vatican, and Cocke’s name
does not appear on the official membership roll. 
Names that do appear either as members of as recipients of SMOM
awards, include many senior CIA officers – for example, Bill Casey,
Vernon Walters and James Jesus Angleton. The former Nazi spymaster, Reinhard Gehlen, was awarded SMOM’s Cross of Merito Melitense in
1948. Immediately the war, Gehlen went to work for the CIA and later
assumed command of the West German intelligence organization the BND,
when born in 1955. Post WWII, Gehlen worked closely with Otto Skorzeny and his boss,
Martin Bormann. 
But if Erle Cocke Jr. was not a member of the official Order of SMOM,
the likelihood is that he was a member of the Shickshinny Knights of
Malta of Pennsylvania. A so-called “false order,” the Shickshinny
knights were composed of individuals who leaned to the extreme
political right. The Order’s “Armed Services Committee,” included
such military notables as British Admiral, Sir Barry Domville – a
former head of Naval intelligence who was imprisoned in WWII for his
pro-Nazi activities. Domville headed a pro-Hitler group called “The
Link” which was intimately associated with the powerful and
traitorous pro-Nazi “Right Club.”
Membership of this “club” was composed of over 250 leading lights of
Britain’s Establishment. Included was John Milner Bailey, the son of
Sir Abe Bailey - another South African gold mining millionaire who
was a contemporary of Rhodes. Sir Abe was also the main financial
supporter of the Rhodes-Milner group after Rhodes death and was an
Rhodes secret society. A close friend of both
and Milner, he named his son after the latter. Significantly,
Milner Bailey was the largest financial contributor to the “Right
Club,” and had married Winston Churchill’s daughter Diana, some
The Rhodes group was not only zealously anti-Bolshevik – which it
typified as a tyranny – and generally pro-German (if not always
pro-Hitler) but was the moving force behind the formation of the
Anglo-American “special relationship.”
These reasons probably account for Admiral Domville’s membership of
the Shickshinny Knights of Pennsylvania – a state that boasted a
large “White Russian” community. Indeed, the Shickshinny Knights are
a “Russian” Order of Knighthood – albeit one that pre-dated the
arrival of Bolshevism in Russia. 
Another leading member of the Shickshinny Armed Services Committee
Philip J. Corso, who had served in US Army intelligence
for many years, including the latter years of WWII. At that time he
Operation Paperclip, recruiting former Nazi scientists to
work for the United States.  By the middle 1950’s, Corso was
working with West German paramilitary types connected to Gehlen’s
BND intelligence organization. It is not hard to conclude that the
“paramilitary” activities described were part of Operation Gladio.
And it is with the Shickshinny Knights that this story of WWII
plunder comes full circle – almost anyway.
Two other members of the
Armed Services Committee, were members of General Douglas
MacArthur’s WWII inner circle of trusted confidants. It will be
remembered that MacArthur ran Japan in the post war years as though
by divine right. 
The two MacArthur intimates were the German born, General Charles
Willoughby, who headed MacArthur’s intelligence apparatus (for whom
Ed Lansdale worked) and Brigadier General Bonner Fellers, MacArthur’s military secretary. Not mentioned as a Shickshinny
Knight is Major General William Marquat, MacArthur’s deputy,
economic supremo and of MacArthur’s “inner circle.
General Marquat was placed in charge of a massive slush fund that
came to be known as the “M-fund.” This fund merged several prior
secret funds including the “Yotsuya Fund” – that was created by
General Willoughby using proceeds from black market operations.
Another merged fund was the “Keenan Fund” named after Joseph Keenan,
the chief prosecutor of war crimes trials that was composed of money
derived from confiscated property. But the M-fund was predominantly
created from sales of Japanese war loot including industrial
diamonds, gold, platinum and silver plundered from nations occupied
by Japan during the war. 
Marquat’s slush fund was used to influence Japanese politics in the
immediate post-war years as well as for other sensitive projects.
The main aim was to ensure that Japan would snugly fit into the US
scheme of things rather than choose non-alignment. Political payoffs
were the price needed to ensure this happened as planned.
The M-fund was operated jointly by Americans and Japanese until the
late 1950’s but was then turned over exclusively to Japanese control
by Vice President Nixon. It has since been alleged that in return
for this largesse, Nixon secured a promise that Japan would assist
him to become the US president.
By 1960 the M-fund is believed to have been worth $35 billion but
has since multiplied at a truly staggering rate.
By 1995 it was said
to be worth a cool half trillion dollars and is under the complete
control of shadowy Japanese politicians and has been the cause for
several political murders.
SPOILS OF WAR
The key to understanding the secrecy that embraces this story is
that much – probably most - of gold that was plundered by Japan and
Germany was already “black” gold that didn’t officially exist.
Consequently, when the United States re-plundered this metal it did
so in complete secrecy. Not only was there the fear of crippling the
price of gold – and the world economy with it - were it discovered
that monumental quantities of gold existed, in addition to official
stocks, but the use to which it was to be put, also demanded
How can fabulous volumes of gold exist when all the world’s bankers
and economists continue to tell us that this metal is so rare? The
answer is as prosaic as it is damning.
Mining industry sources reveal that as much as 30% of annual
production of gold is quietly filtered into the “private market” and
does not, therefore, impact on the official figures. In years past,
off-market sales by the mining industry have been reported to be as
high as 80%. The reasons for selling into the private market are
varied but the central one is the avoidance of tax. In addition, as
we have already noted, gold production in the former Soviet Union –
the world’s second largest producer after South Africa – and that of
China and Southeast Asia have never been included in official gold
Prior to the American Gold Rush of 1848, the amount of gold said to
be in existence amounts to a miserly 10,000 tonnes. This, we are
told, is the sum total of gold mined throughout the world during the
preceding 5,850 years, for which mining records exist (and If you
believe that, I have a nice parcel of valuable land set in the
attractive Atlantic trench to sell you). Unsurprisingly, when
pressed to verify the accuracy of these figures, it was admitted
that they were nothing more than industry “estimates.” 
Never-the-less, this estimate has been incorporated into current day
official mining figures and punched out as actual fact. It is not
hard, therefore, to conclude that there are, indeed, very
substantial volumes of black gold in existence.
The total quantity of gold buried in the Philippines during WWII has
been reported to be over 1 million tonnes - or roughly 90% of the
worlds “actual” gold stock.  During the course of a seven-year
investigation into the subject, this writer has accumulated
information from a variety of sources suggesting this is indeed, a
more accurate figure. In other words, official statistics represent
a modest 10% of reality.
One knowledgeable source told this writer that one family, the
Oppenheimer’s, effectively control the world’s gold, diamond and
platinum market.  The Oppenheimer business empire of today was,
of course, drawn largely from the old business empire of Cecil
Rhodes. During the course of his life, Sir Harry Oppenheimer held
Rhodes in the highest regard, referring to him as “the Colossus.”
Sir Harry, who later converted from Judaism to Christianity, was
made a Knight of St. John – the British equivalent to the Catholic SMOM. 
He shares this distinction with other notable Establishment figures
such as Sir Otto Beit, the son of the German born Alfred Beit - a
contemporary of Cecil Rhodes in South Africa’s Kimberley diamond
fields and also a shareholder in De Beers. Alfred Beit also
generously helped to finance Rhodes secret society.
Lord Carrington is also a Knight of St. John and a former director
of Rio Tinto Zinc, Hambros Bank and was also Co-President of Chatham
House (all are, or were at one time, associated with the
Rhodes-Milner group).  Lord Carrington is also a leading light
of the secretive Bilderberg Group. Since its inception in 1954 (the
same year that the London gold market reopened following its closure
Bilderberg has had a large German representation over the
Indeed, the first Bilderberg chairman,
Prince Bernhard of the
Netherlands, is by birth, a German prince who prior to the war was a
member of the Nazi leaning
intelligence department: N W
7. Perhaps it is just coincidence that Martin Bormann was the
protégé of Herman Schmitz, Farben’s president, who taught Bormann
everything he knew about financial camouflage and capital flight.
Although Lord Carrington did not attend the first Bilderberg meeting
there were many from the ruling British Establishment that did. For
example, Sir Oliver (later Lord) Franks, once a director of the Rockerfeller Foundation and the Schroder bank (that positively
rumbled with Nazi and Bormann connections before, during & after the
war). Interestingly, Lord Franks was appointed a Rhodes Trustee in
Another attendee was Sir Colin Gubbins, who became Executive
Director of the SOE in 1942, and thus would have reported to Lord
Selbourne. Yet another present at the first meeting was Hugh
Gaitskell who was the Principal Private Secretary to the Minister of
Economic Warfare (Hugh Dalton) until 1942, when Churchill replaced
Dalton with Lord Selbourne. Gaitskell was also a Rockerfeller Fellow
Not least amongst those at the 1954 Bilderberg conference was
Ralph Assheton – later Lord Clitheroe. Assheton was Deputy CEO of RTZ
Chemicals (Rio Tinto Zinc) during the years 1973-87. 1973 also saw
him appointed a director of Halliburton, a position he held until
2002.  During that period he would certainly have been aware
that the late Ferdinand Marcos was a large Halliburton shareholder
via several cloaked foundations he owned that were managed by Swiss
banks. These included the Winthrop Foundation, The Palmy Foundation,
The Xandy Corp and the Scolari Foundation. 
Meanwhile, Peter Carrington is also a member of the Trilateral
The Trilateral Commission – which can be said to be the Bilderberg group dressed in another frock (membership critically
includes Japan’s elite) - has been deeply involved in black gold,
according to several accounts. Prior to the ousting of Ferdinand
Marcos as president of the Philippines, representatives of the
Trilateral Commission tried to persuade him to turn over 63,000
metric tonnes of gold to them. Marcos didn’t like the terms
presented and refused. A few days later his reign as President came
to an abrupt end. 
But the last word about the involvement of the Trilateral Commission
in plundered gold comes from Mr. Goldfinger himself – Severino
Garcia Santa Romana. Prior to his death in 1974, Sta. Romana told
his wife that he was a senior member (indeed, he claimed to be the
head) of the Trilateral Commission that he said “controlled world
finance.” He also revealed he was deeply involved with a secret
society known as
which he maintained had set in
motion a fifty year plan to “corner the major part of the worlds
gold supply” 
It is, of course, impossible to verify this claim. But it can be no
more an outrageous idea than that propounded by Cecil Rhodes for his
secret society. For it to succeed, Rhodes wrote in 1891, to his
friend W T Stead, would require “…gradually absorbing the wealth of
the world…”  Controlling the world’s supply of gold, platinum
and diamonds would undoubtedly be one way of achieving this
But in what is undoubtedly a complex story riddled with many
mysteries, there is one additional strand worthy of a brief note.
This is the extreme right-wing World Ant-Communist League (WACL).
Colonel Philip Corso, who we mentioned earlier, was a member of this
group. So to, were the late Ferdinand Marcos, and the CIA’s deputy
director of intelligence, Ray Cline. Perhaps the most notorious
member was the one time chairman, General John Singlaub, a covert
operator of considerable talent.
In 1986, a business company called Nippon Star that had a tangled
ownership and shadowy connections, set out to recover some of the
gold buried in the Philippines. This was to be used to fund
right-wing activities. Sitting behind Nippon Star were a group of
former military and intelligence officers. These included the CIA’s
Ray Cline; General John Vessey, the former chairman of the Joint
Chiefs of Staff; General Robert Schweitzer formerly of the Pentagon
and National Security Council and, not least… General John Singlaub.
Whoever now controls the spoils of war buried in the Philippines by
the Japanese Golden Lily has arguably “cornered” the major part of
world’s gold supply. Whether this was by design or default it would
seem that Santa Romana’s boast has come true.
 Privately sourced.
 Drawn from personal correspondence and conversations with
Robert Curtis, a mining engineer, who has 6,000 pages of
documentation from the private files of former President
Ferdinand Marcos of the Philippines, concerning the Golden Lily
and Marcos gold transactions. For additional background, see
also Sterling Seagrave’s “Yamato Dynasty” (Bantam Press, London,
1999) who was also sourced by Curtis.
 See Shoup & Minter’s “Imperial Brain Trust: The Council on
Foreign Relations and United States Foreign Policy, for a
background on the CFR’s ‘Grand Area.’ Likewise, Noam Chomsky’s
“What Uncle Sam Has Really Wants.”
 Many trillions of 1945 dollars worth, in fact.
 A brochure published by the London Bullion Market
Association (LBMA) states that “…almost all the gold ever mined,
in excess of 100,000 tonnes, remains in existence today.” In
1998, the World Gold Council’s website stated “In the last 6000
years over 125,000 tons of gold has been recovered.” Once cannot
help pondering on the use of the caveats “in excess of” and
“over” in both these cases. Meanwhile, the November 1998 issue
of the LBMA’s house magazine “Alchemist” provides a pie-chart
which, when totalled, places the figure at 134,800 metric tonnes.
 This calculation assumes that only half the $200 billion
value of plundered assets that composed a triple seven site was
gold with the balance being made up of gemstones and other
 See Jani Farrell-Roberts excellent self published book
“Blood Stained Diamonds – A World-wide Diamond Investigation”
 Jani Farrell-Roberts “Blood Stained Diamonds,” page 54 (see
note above for details of this book).
 Ibid page 72.
 Carroll Quigley “The Anglo-American Establishment (GSG &
Associates, C\alifornia – 1981) page 48. Following Rhodes death
the group became known as “Milner’s Kintergarden,” with Lord
Selborne operating as deputy leader. Milner was born in 1854 in
Giessen, a small town in Germany, and later studied Oxford
University where he made his mark.
 Baignent, Leigh & Lincoln’s “The Messianic Legacy” (Corgi
Books, 1986) page 306
 Paul Manning “Martin Bormann - Nazi in Exile” (Lyle Stuart
Inc, New Jersey – 1981) pages 281-2.
 Carter P Hydrick’s excellent “Critical Mass – The Real
Story of the Birth of the Atomic Bomb and the Nuclear Age
 In late October 2002, Valery Giscard D’estang – the former
French President, and European Union trouble-shooter, announced
plans for a “United States of Europe.”
 Indeed, Germans were some of the first to be awarded Rhodes
scholarships, a practice that began in 1902 and continued
through 1913, but ceased with the onset of WWI. Thereafter
German names that are listed in the register of Scholars are
predominantly of North American universities – although
scholarships of German nationals recommenced beginning 1930, but
in far smaller numbers.
 Perhaps “Saxon” is a better word than Teutonic if one bears
in mind the significance of the Saxon peoples prior to the
pre-Norman conquest of Southern Britain.
 Drawn from the Register of Rhodes Scholars 1903-1995.
 Charles Higham “American Swastika” (Doubleday & Co, Inc, NY
– 1985) pages247-8.
 Guy Patton & Robin Mackness “Web of Gold” (Sidgwick &
Jackson, London – 2000) pages 144-9.
 Ibid page 214.
 One knowledgeable French source states that the Priory was
specifically created by Charles de Gaulle for the purpose of
laundering gold bullion and engaging in political intrigue.
 Philip Willan “Puppet Masters – The Political Use of
Terrorism in Italy” (Constable, London – 1991) pages 146-59.
 Extracted from a copy of the deposition in this writer’s
 Private correspondence with Guy Stair Sainty, 25th
September 2001. The five Orders h mentions are: the SMOM, the
British, German, Dutch and Swedish orders of St John
 See Paul Manning’s book cited in an earlier footnote.
 See Carroll Quigley’s “Anglo American Establishment” cited
elsewhere in these footnotes for background on the Rhodes’ group
virulent ant-Bolshevik attitude.
 Interestingly, Corso - like Edward Lansdale and his boss,
General Willoughby – have all, at one time or another, been
connected to the JFK assassination. See Martin Davis, “Saucers,
Secrets & Shickshinny Knights -
 “Gladio” was the name of the short sword used by Roman
Legionnaires. Hence in England it was known as Operation “Sword”
and in Austria Operation “Schwert” – meaning sword. For further
information see my article “Operation Gladio” .
 For background on the Shickshinny Knights see Martin Davis,
“Saucers, Secrets & Shickshinny Knights, in a foregoing
 Extracted from a July 1995 paper published by the Japan
Policy research Institute (paper #11) entitled “The 1955 System
and the American Connection: A Bibliographic Introduction” by
Chalmers Johnson. This includes a four-page summary document
written by Norbert Schlei, a former Assistant Attorney General
in the Kennedy and Johnson Administrations.
 Correspondence with the World Gold Council, circa 1998.
 Eric San Juan’s “The Marcos Legacy Revisited.”
 Correspondence from Robert Curtis, 29th January 1998.
 Oppenheimer’s membership of St. John is referenced in the
privately published book “The Obedience of Australia” by the
late Peter Jones.
 Lord Armstrong of Ilminster was also a director of Rio
Tinto Zinc and was appointed a Trustee of the Rhodes Trust in
 See Manning’s “Martin Bormann – Nazi in Exile” referenced
elsewhere in these endnotes detailing this very close
 The inter-connections of the 1954 Bilderberg meeting with
SOE/Rhodes types has been only briefly touched upon here but are
extensive and fascinating. For example, none of the named
Germans appear in the 1954/55 or current International Who’s Who
except for one: Max Brauer, who left Germany in 1933 and later
delegated by the league of Nations to be an adviser on local
government and administrative affairs to General Chang Kai-Shek.
The story of Chang Kai-Shek and looted Chinese gold is fulsome,
 Copies of Marcos bank statements showing these holding –
and a great many others, in fact – are in this writer’s
 The actual amount of gold involved in the Trilateral
Commission negotiations with Marcos was 62,321 metric tonnes. A
copy of the TC letter is in this writer’s possession. Bob Curtis
says that Imelda Marcos later turned over the bullion as part of
her settlement to walk away from federal prosecution –
correspondence dated 27th January 1998.
 Extracted from numerous papers, documents and writings (in
this writer’s possession) of C.E. “Jim” Brown, the second
husband of Santa Romana’s widow, Luz. For viability of a “fifty
year plan” see footnote 14 regarding plans just outlined to
federate Europe into a “United States of Europe.”
 Referenced only (and thus easily missed) in the endnotes of
Chapter Three of Carroll Quigley’s The Anglo-American
Establishment. Quigley – an academic of the first order -
subsequently noted that Rhodes secret society not only survived
his death but also grew in strength over the next decades and
had sufficient power to punish Quigley for revealing its secrets
in his massive exposition “Tragedy & Fate” published in 1966. No
mainstream publishing house would touch Quigley’s writings after
 See “The
Secret Gold Treaty”