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Council for National Policy (CNP): Command and Control for the US Right

Council for National Policy, Sourcewatch. This organization was a major force behind the attempted coup on January 6, 2021:

How the CNP, a Republican Powerhouse, Helped Spawn Trumpism, Disrupted the Transfer of Power, and Stoked the Assault on the Capitol  2/22/2021 Washington Spectator
Christian-Right Council for National Policy Linked to Violent Breach of Capitol  1/12/2021 Truthout
Christian Right Council for National Policy Tied to Violent Insurrection at U.S. Capitol  1/11/2021 PR Watch

Two members, John K Singlaub and Oliver North, have had distringuished careers in high level narcotics trafficking. Singlaub was Felix Rodriguez' boss in Vietnam and Laos, where they set up a large scale narcotics network. Singlaub later backed Ronald Reagan and helped kick-off a drastic increase in death squad activities in Guatemala.

Another member of CNP is Elsa Prince, mother of Erik Prince and Betsy Devos. Erik Prince has recruited Colombian military experts in torture and assassinations into his mercenary enterprises.

Marco Rubio, closely tied to Uribe/Duque, has spoken at a CNP meeting as has former Attorney General Bill Barr who was once corporate counsel for Southern Air Transport, a company proprietary active in the drug trade.

The CNP's beginnings are telling: 

 As I documented in my 2009 book, Republican Gomorrah, the Council for National Policy was founded in 1981 with seed money from T. Cullen Davis, a Texas oil billionaire who found his way to Jesus and the Christian Right after a high-priced lawyer secured his acquittal on charges that he hired a hit man to kill his ex-wife and her family, then attempted the job himself, murdering his step-daughter and his ex-wife’s boyfriend while paralyzing an innocent bystander and wounding his ex-wife in the process, according to prosecutors.--


God, Trump and the Closed-Door World of a Major Conservative Group  10/25/2021 WaPo: "“The conservative movement, I think it was already sort of stuck in a time warp,” he said. “It was like every day was January 20th, 1981.” That remark stuck with me. It captured a feeling I had about CNP throughout my efforts to understand the group. In their quest to remake our country — to purge it of the cultural and political decay they believe has sapped it of virtue — CNP members are looking backward to receding triumphs. But it’s clear they’re also looking forward — and they are as determined as ever to shape the nation’s future."

The Shadow Network (Council for National Policy) Is Not Going Away  3/24/2021 Bill Moyers: "The Biden administration came to office with a nearly 7 million lead in the popular vote, but his Electoral College victory was based on a razor-thin margin of less than 45,000 votes in Georgia, Arizona (both current targets of voting suppression legislation), and Wisconsin. As election-watchers look ahead to 2024, they should bear in mind that the Council for National Policy is characterized by three traits: it does not give up; its tactics are infinitely morphable; and it is willing to operate on the very fringes of legality, without regard for public safety or the principles of democracy."

How the CNP, a Republican Powerhouse, Helped Spawn Trumpism, Disrupted the Transfer of Power, and Stoked the Assault on the Capitol  2/22/2021 Washington Spectator: "One major player in the events leading up to the assault on the Capitol was the Council for National Policy, an influential coalition of Christian conservatives, free-market fundamentalists, and political activists. Over the previous year the CNP and its members and affiliates organized efforts to challenge the validity of the election, conspired to overturn its results, and tried to derail the orderly transfer of power. This is an account of the measures they took, leading up to the deadly January 6 insurrection."

Christian-Right Council for National Policy Linked to Violent Breach of Capitol  1/12/2021 Truthout: "Tea Party Patriots co-founder and CNP executive committee member Jenny Beth Martin promoted the rally and was listedas a speaker. Last November, Tea Party Patriots Action announced that it was “working with FreedomWorks, Turning Points, Heritage, and countless social media influencers” to promote and hold “Protect the Vote” rallies in Georgia, Arizona, Michigan, and Pennsylvania, CMD reported."

Christian Right Council for National Policy Tied to Violent Insurrection at U.S. Capitol  1/11/2021 PR Watch: "The astroturfed #StoptheSteal group that drew thousands of Trumpists to the Washington, D.C. rally on Wednesday that turned into a violent insurrection at the Capitol has strong ties with the influential Christian Right Council for National Policy. The rally, like many other #StoptheSteal events held since the election of Joe Biden, gathered right-wing extremists who believe the lies spread by Trump and complicit politicians that the election was fraudulent in order to demand that Congress ignore its obligation to certify the Electoral College votes and overturn the election. At least five members and leaders of the Council for National Policy (CNP) worked to turn out MAGA extremists and were scheduled to speak at the rally after Trump exhorted the crowd to march on the Capitol."

Conservative Activist Leaders Call For an End to Democracy  12/11/2020 Exposed by CMD: "Leaders of the secretive, Christian Right organization the Council for National Policy (CNP) are calling on state legislators in six swing states that President-elect Joe Biden won to throw out the votes of their constituents and appoint the Electoral College electors themselves. In a Dec. 10 letter posted to the website of the allied Conservative Action Project, CNP members, including CNP President William Walton, CNP Executive Director Bob McEwen, former South Carolina senator and former Heritage Foundation president Jim DeMint, former Ohio Secretary of State Ken Blackwell, Leadership Institute President Morton Blackwell, and Tea Party Patriots Chair Jenny Beth Martin, advocated abolishing the nation’s popular democracy and openly lied about the clear results of the election, which members of the federal Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency called “the most secure in American history.”"

How Powerful Is This Right-Wing Shadow Network?  2/19/2020 The New Republic: "In 1981, Weyrich, Viguerie, LaHaye, Republican functionary Morton Blackwell, anti-feminist lawyer Phyllis Schlafly, oil scion Nelson Bunker Hunt, beer magnate Joseph Coors, and some 50 other conservatives began meeting every Wednesday morning in Viguerie’s handsome Virginia home. It was there that they founded the Council for National Policy."

The Real Grand Chessboard and the Profiteers of War by Prof. Peter Dale Scott  1/10/2010 Global Research: "To offset the pressure on limited armed forces assets, Donald Rumsfeld escalated the increasing use of Private Military Contractors (PMCs) in the Iraq War. At one point as many as 100,000 personnel were employed by PMCs in the US Iraq occupation. Some of them were involved in controversial events there, such as the Iraq Abu Ghraib prison scandal, and the killing and burning of four contract employees in Fallujah. The license of the most controversial firm, Blackwater, was terminated by the Iraqi government in 2007, after eight Iraqi civilians were gratuitously killed in a firefight that followed a car bomb explosion.[28] (After much negative publicity, Blackwater renamed itself in 2009 as Xe Worldwide.) Insufficiently noticed in the public furor over PMCs like Blackwater was the difference in motivation between them and the Pentagon. Whereas the stated goal of Rumsfeld and the armed forces in Iraq was to end violence there, the PMCs clearly had a financial stake in its continuation. Hence it is no surprise that some of the largest PMCs were also political supporters for pursuing the ill-conceived "War on Terror." Blackwater was the most notorious example; Erik Prince, its founder and sole owner, is part of a family that figures among the major contributors to the Republican Party and other right-wing causes, such as the Council for National Policy. His sister once told the press that "my family is the largest single contributor of soft money to the national Republican Party."

Diebold, electronic voting and the vast right-wing conspiracy  11/10/2004 Free Press: published 2/04, very informative - "In the early 1980s, brothers Bob and Todd Urosevich founded ES&S’s originator, Data Mark. The brothers Urosevich obtained financing from the far-Right Ahmanson family in 1984, which purchased a 68% ownership stake, according to the Omaha World Herald. After brothers William and Robert Ahmanson infused Data Mark with new capital, the name was changed to American Information Systems (AIS). California newspapers have long documented the Ahmanson family’s ties to right-wing evangelical Christian and Republican circles. In 2001, the Los Angeles Times reported, “. . . primarily funded by evangelical Christians – particularly the wealthy Ahmanson family of Irvine – the [Discovery] institute’s $1-million annual program has produced 25 books, a stream of conferences and more than 100 fellowships for doctoral and postdoctoral research.” The chief philanthropists of the Discovery Institute, that pushes creationist science and education in California, are Howard and Roberta Ahmanson. According to Group Watch, in the 1980s Howard F. Ahmanson, Jr. was a member of the highly secretive far-Right Council for National Policy, an organization that included Lieutenant Colonel Oliver North, Major General John K. Singlaub and other Iran-Contra scandal notables, as well as former Klan members like Richard Shoff. Ahmanson, heir to a savings and loan fortune, is little reported on in the mainstream U.S. press. But, English papers like The Independent are a bit more forthcoming on Ahmanson’s politics."

October 14-15, 2021 -- Trump has his own "deep state" and it's more dangerous than any other, Wayne Madsen Report

Donald Trump and his acolytes are often complaining about the "deep state." When asked to describe their "deep state," Trumpists are unable to provide a coherent answer. Some spew forth the stock villains often cited by the far-right: the CIA, the Federal Reserve, the Vatican, George Soros, the Illuminati, the Bilderberg Group, the globalists, and, of course, their traditional target, the Jews.

The one thing that is standard practice with Trump and his supporters is their use of projection, accusing others of what they, themselves, do. And when it comes to charges that the deep state is out to get them, they fail to mention that a much-more clearly defined deep state supports Trump and his anti-democratic goals to destroy the constitutional order of the United States and replace it with a pluto-theocracy. How do we know about Trump's deep state? We have the list of its members.

Last month, the full list of the secretive Council for National Policy (CNP, 2020) was leaked to the media. The list, updated as of September 2020, provides an insight into the extent and depth of Trump's deep state in big business, evangelical organizations, the courts, and Republican politics. The CNP was formed in 1981 during the Ronald Reagan era and its founders included many Republicans close to the Reagan administration, including right-wing evangelicals like Tim LaHaye, Pat Robertson, Jerry Falwell, and Paul Weyrich. The CNP's policies later sharply veered into the far-right extremist territory of the Trump movement. Over the years, CNP membership has included Steve Bannon; Blackwater founder Erik Prince; longtime Federalist Society executive Leonard Leo; Associate Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas’s wife, Virginia (Ginni) Thomas; and Trump's White House adviser, Kellyanne Conway.

The CNP was founded as a right-wing counterpart to the Council on Foreign Relations, which was founded in 1921 and has long been described by the right-wing as an integral component of the "deep state." The CNP's membership list is "strictly confidential" and membership in the group is by invitation only. Members are cautioned against using the name of the organization in public and meetings are closed to outsiders, including the press. In other words, the CNP has adopted the same rules of the many organizations, including the Bilderberg Group, that the right-wing accuses of being part of the "deep state."

The CNP's "Values Statement," which is included in its Membership Directory, states that "CNP members look to God for guidance." Apparently, Donald Trump has taken the place of God in recent years.

One of the current listed members of the group is former Ohio Secretary of State Ken Blackwell, who was the key person in charge of committing election fraud in 2004 to deliver the state's 20 electoral votes to George W. Bush, ensuring his re-election. He is now playing a hypocritical role in advocating that Joe Biden was not legitimately elected president in 2020.

Another CNP member is Lawson Bader, the head of two PACs tied to Trump and one-time Steve Bannon funder, billionaire hedge fund owner Robert Mercer. The Mercer PACs are Donor's Trust and Donors Capital Fund. The address for this secretive financial tranche is listed as 1800 Diagonal Road, Suite 280, Alexandria, Virginia. Bader's email is also listed:

Other members represent a "Who's Who" of Trump "deep state" conspiracy world, including conspiracy author Jerome Corsi; Judicial Watch president Tom Fitton; Center for Security Policy founder Frank Gaffney; former Senator Jim DeMint (R-SC); James Dobson; U.S. Representative Jody Hice (R-GA), who is running as Trump's candidate in 2022 for Georgia Secretary of State to replace Brad Raffensperger; and convicted former U.S. Representative Steve Stockman, whose 10-year prison sentence for campaign donation fraud was commuted by Trump.

The CNP "In Memoriam" page includes such right-wing figures as Jesse Helms, Rich and Helen DeVos, Jack Kemp, TV evangelist Dr. D. James Kennedy, Reed Irvine, Nelson Bunker Hunt, John Birch Society co-founder Robert Welch, Howard Phillips, and R. J. Rushdoony.

Although CNP meetings are closed to the press, there is an ample contingent of the right-wing press present among the group's rank-and-file, including Steve Forbes of the Forbes Media empire; Phil Anschutz, owner of the Washington Examiner and Weekly Standard, Larry Beasley, CEO of The Washington Times; and Richard Bott II, Chairman and CEO of the Bott Radio Network.

And for those who do not believe the CNP has connections to the U.S. intelligence community, consider the fact that among the CNP members is Marc Johansen, the vice president of the Satellites and Intelligence Program at Boeing.

Links/Enlacestop  Membership List  - contact list of "employees"

Consejo de Política Nacional - Council for National Policy -


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