Meyered in ConFusion

Photo of a young Mary Pinchot Meyer with then husband Cord Meyer.

Fusion Paranoia V: Cord Meyer and the New World Order

A recent discussion on Rob Sterling's Konformist e-newsletter about Mikhail Gorbachev's current role as a Green globalist--a promoter for an ostensibly pro-environment international lobbying effort--led to the following contribution to the on-going fusion paranoia debate. Although it begins with a discussion of Gorbachev, it moves more into a look at Cord Meyer, a famous spook who worked as an organizer for one-world government idealists in the late 1940s and touches also on the role of drug traffic in the New World Order.

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I saw Gorbachev do the the "end of the iron curtain" speech in Fulton, MO, where Churchill first popularized the phrase "iron curtain," a term which had previously been coined by Joseph Goebbels. It wasn't too much later when I found myself in San Francisco at the protests against Zhirinovsky speaking at a posh supper club--November 11, 1994, actually. The trip from Soviet thaw to old-time ethnic bigotry in Russia seemed quick.

Recently, though, I learned something interesting about globalism from the new issue of Lobster. Lobster is a highly recommended conspiracy analysis magazine in England published by Robin Ramsay (214 Westbourne Avenue, Hull, HU5 3JB, UK). The current issue deals with how the new British prime minister Tony Blair is beholden more to transnational investment corporations than British self interest. A sidebar to this discussion includes an anecdote from a conservative MP named Richard Body, who co-chaired an anti- European Economic Community referendum. He reports that infamous spook Cord Meyer, "not a normal CIA man...well known in the Federalist movement", was being brought to England in part to help subvert the anti-EEC campaign.

Cord Meyer, of course, was at one time married to Mary Pinchot Meyer, who gave LSD and sex to JFK in the White House, bless her heart. Cord Meyer was a founder of the World Federalist movement in the late 1940s, but he had forsaken it and later described that time in his autobiography as the naive liberalism of his youth. And yet here he is in 1975 using that background on assignment to derail the anti-ECC movement. I thought that was a good example of "fusion paranoia" that New Yorker wrote about.

Then the paranoia fused in the other direction. The Lobster article shed new light on some 1948 correspondence over Cord Meyer's lecture visit to St. Louis. Manuscript archives include a letter on that lecture sent back to Meyer afterwards with a list and some descriptions of the people who attended. This could have just been follow up work to tap potential donors, but it always looked all the world like a vacuum cleaner operation. Meyer's covert mission could have been to collect the data on people who would come out to something like a World Federalist meeting. The possible duplicity there seemed more plausible after reading Lobster.

In a 1990 book about POW/MIAs called Kiss The Boys Goodbye by Monika Jensen-Stevenson and William Stevenson (Dutton: New York): "Cord Meyer was such an old hand in diplomacy and intelligence that the New York Times had profiled him on January 7, 1973, as a man who had made a long journey from idealistic hopes for world unity to `the Department of Dirty tricks.' Newspapers had quoted Meyer as talking openly about his success in carrying out a CIA assignment to discredit a book alleging CIA involvement in illegal drug trade."

This was the 1972 book The Politics of Heroin in Southeast Asia by Alfred W. McCoy (Harper and Row: New York). In light of the San Jose Mercury News revelations about CIA drug traffic in south central LA, I thought this made a good comment about how transnational conspirators really see the global government working.

Kenn Thomas ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

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