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By Servando Gonzalez
February 21, 2014

Suddenly, concerns about Obama’s imperial dreams have been raised again, now with extraordinary force and concern.

On January 26, 2014, the Christian Science Monitor published an article by Linda Fieldmann, asking, “Is Barack Obama an imperial president? President Obama’s use of executive action to get around congressional gridlock is unparalleled in modern times, some scholars say.”

The article rightly pointed out how Obama,

“… has unilaterally changed elements of the Affordable Care Act (ACA); declared an anti-gay-rights law unconstitutional; lifted the threat of deportation for an entire class of undocumented immigrants; bypassed Senate confirmation of controversial nominees; waived compliance requirements in education law; and altered the work requirements under welfare reform.”

Moreover, the article adds:

“Obama also expanded presidential warmaking powers, surveillance of the American public, and extrajudicial drone strikes on alleged terrorists outside the United States, including Americans.”

Just two days later, on January 28, the Wall Street Journal published an opinion piece by Senator Ted Cruz, entitled “The Imperial Presidency of Barack Obama.” In his article, Senator Cruz warns:

“Of all the troubling aspects of the Obama presidency, none is more dangerous than the president's persistent pattern of lawlessness, his willingness to disregard the written law and instead enforce his own policies via executive fiat.”

To some Republican critics, Obama has become an “imperial president,” who is willfully violating the Constitution to further his political agenda. As expected, however, Obama’s Democratic supporters claim that he is just exercising his legitimate executive authority in the face of an unyielding Congress. According to them, Obama is keeping with the behavior of past presidents.

Nevertheless, it seems that, at least on their accusation that Obama is violating the Constitution, his Republican critics are right, and Obama himself has confirmed it. Just recently, in a clear example illustrating his idea about the presidential power, he succinctly described it this way: “I've got a pen, and I've got a phone.” Evidently, Obama’s idea of the power of the executive branch is not the way it is supposed to work according to the Constitution.

Now, still the question remains: is Barack Hussein Obama truly an imperial president? Has he become America’s emperor, as his critics claim? Well, I don’t think so. To understand why I disagree with his critics, we need to know first where the idea of an imperial president came from.

Like most of the bad things that have pushed America deeper down the drain, the idea of an imperial presidency originated at the Council on Foreign Relations.

In 1939, President Roosevelt’s Brain Trust of advisors — Harry Dexter White, Harry Hopkins, George Marshall and Henry Morgenthau, Jr., all of them CFR secret agents — advised him to create the Executive Office of the President, a major step in the creation of the imperial presidency. Another major step was the implementation of the so called “executive orders,” an unconstitutional power grab by which the president, bypassing Congress and behind the backs of the American people, can write veritable diktats, more akin to dictators than to democratically elected presidents of a constitutional Republic.

In his 1973 book The Imperial Presidency, CFR agent Arthur Schlesinger, Jr. analyzed the increasing role of the president in the U.S. Government and how by the early 1970s, when he began writing the book, American presidents already had become close to absolute monarchs. He didn’t mention, however, the CFR’s key role in this process.

So, what is really this organization called the Council on Foreign Relations that had the power to change American presidents into emperors?

The Council on Foreign Relations claims that it has no affiliation with the U.S. government. Then, how can we explain these facts: Since the end of World War II, almost every Secretary of State, CIA Director, Secretary of Defense, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, National Security Council member, Federal Reserve Bank Director, is or has been a CFR member. Also, several U.S. senators and Supreme Court Justices are CFR members.

Actually, no other organization, not even any of the three branches of the U.S. government, exerts such control over this country.

Further proof that the Council on Foreign Relations is the true Invisible Government of the United States is the fact that in critical situations CFR agents infiltrated into the U.S. government bypass the legal government to report first to the invisible one. Examples of this are presidential adviser McGeorge Bundy (CFR) secretly informing the CFR before informing president Kennedy about the missiles in Cuba,[1] and CIA’s Richard M. Bissell, Jr. (CFR), secretly reporting to the CFR about covert operations.[2]

Still not convinced? I’ll give you two more examples.

Speaking on February 8, 2005, at the 45th Munich Conference on Security Policy, National Security Advisor Major General James Jones, told those in attendance that his chain of command does not run through the White House, but through CFR members:

“Thank you for that wonderful tribute to Henry Kissinger yesterday. Congratulations. As the most recent National Security Advisor of the United States, I take my daily orders from Dr. Kissinger, filtered down through General Brent Scowcroft and Sandy Berger, who is also here. We have a chain of command in the National Security Council that exists today.”

A few years later, in a speech at the opening of the new CFR headquarters in Washington D.C. on July 2009, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton recognized the fact that the real U.S. government is not in the nation’s capital. According to Hillary,

I am delighted to be here in this new headquarters. I have been often to, I guess, the mother ship at New York City, but it is good to have an outpost of the Council right here down the street from the State Department. We get a lot of advice from the Council, so, this would mean I won’t need that far to go to be told how we should be doing and what we should think about the future.

When the chips are down, the conspirators’ agents infiltrated into the U.S. government know perfectly well where the true center of power is located in this country —and it is not in Washington D.C.

Therefore, faced with overwhelming evidence, one has to conclude that there is an Invisible Government, a High Cabal, a Power Elite, a Secret Team, a Secret Empire, a group of Conspirators, Infiltrators, Usurpers, Insiders, or whatever name you choose to call it, who, using Fabian[3] gradual infiltration techniques, has penetrated the three branches of the U.S. Government as well as the Department of State, the CIA, the NSA, and the U.S. military, and currently has almost total control over them.[4] This Invisible Government also controls the mainstream media and public education.

Unfortunately, this group of conspirators is currently working hard to take control of the governments of most countries in the world. And they reside at the Harold Pratt House in Manhattan, headquarters of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Contrary to Obama’s conservative critics, however, the idea that the U.S. needs an Emperor, not a President, is much older.

Why an Imperial Presidency?

A long time ago, the CFR conspirators realized that it would be much easier to buy or coerce a single corrupt politician, the President, than a whole bunch of them. Faithful to their infiltration techniques copied from the British Fabians, they rather prefer to hide in the shadows as the power behind the throne than to be in the limelight. But there was no throne in the U.S. Actually, it was closer to a set of musical chairs. By creating the concept of the division of powers, the Founding Fathers had erected an inviolable barrier to the conspirators’ dreams.

But the CFR conspirators are very resourceful people. So, faced with the barrier of the separation of powers, they circumvented it and created the concept of the “imperial presidency.”

The CFR conspirators’ total control over the American presidents explains the phenomenon known as the “imperial presidency,” a term that became popular in the 1960s.

As I mentioned above, one of the scholars who studied the phenomenon in detail is CFR agent Arthur Schlesinger, Jr. In his book The Imperial Presidency, Schlesinger shows the increasing role of the president in the U.S. Government and how by the early 1970s, when he wrote the book, American presidents already had become close to absolute monarchs. According to Schlesinger, the U.S. Presidency is out of control and it has exceeded by far its constitutional limits.

What Schlesinger conveniently didn’t say, though, is why this has happened much less who were the people behind the idea of an imperial presidency. By reading his book one may reach the wrong conclusion that this has been a totally random process motivated by the craving for power of individual presidents. But this is not the case.

In their grab for power, the CFR conspirators faced a big obstacle: the separation of powers. Conscious of the politician’s lust for power, the Founding Fathers created a form of government almost impossible to control, by avoiding the concentration of power in a single point. This was the idea behind the separation of power among the three branches of government: the executive, legislative and judicial powers. Eventually, the power of an independent press in the form of a watchdog to check on the other powers was considered itself a fourth power.

But, as the conspirators have admitted, the Founding Fathers were too clever.[5] The separation of powers created a strong barrier protecting the government from their attempts to control it. Granted, by the early 1930s they had a great control over the mainstream press and had effectively penetrated the State Department. But there were still many independent people they didn’t control in the Congress and the judiciary. Consequently, they concluded that it would be a lot easier to control a single person than hundreds of them. The solution for this problem was the creation of the so-called “imperial presidency” —an emperor used as figurehead, but under their full control.

Until the mid 1930s, U.S. Presidents had a small staff, most of them located at the President’s office in the U.S. Capitol. But this was changed dramatically as soon as their secret agent Franklin D. Roosevelt took office. Using the Great Depression and World War II as pretexts, Roosevelt’s Brain Trust of advisors, most of them CFR agents, implemented the New Deal and the creation in 1939 of the Executive Office of the President, a major step in the creation of the imperial presidency. Another major step was the implementation of the so called “executive orders,” an unconstitutional power grab by which the president, bypassing Congress and behind the backs of the American people, wrote veritable diktats, more akin to dictators than to democratically elected presidents of a constitutional Republic.

In 1941 President Franklin Roosevelt established the first central intelligence agency of the United States, the Office of Coordination of Information. The man chosen to head the new office, which became the Office of Strategic Services (OSS) in June 1942, was CFR agent Gen. William J. Donovan.

But, despite its intentionally misleading name, the Office of Coordination of Information (COI), was not a true intelligence agency. Its true role was not intelligence gathering and analysis, but cover military operations. It was the CFR conspirators’ first incursion into “espionage, sabotage, ‘black’[6] propaganda, guerrilla warfare, and other ‘un-American’ subversive practices.”[7]

The creation of the Office of Coordination of Information, a veritable military arm directly serving the CFR conspirators, had enormous political significance. In the fist place because never before the U.S. had had peacetime, civilian controlled, intelligence agency purely devoted to covert military operations. Secondly, because, being under the control of the executive power, the COI was an important unconstitutional expansion of presidential power which, given the fact that most U.S. presidents have been CFR puppets, actually meant a true power grab by the CFR conspirators.

The person who actually drew up the legal documents implementing the CFR conspirators’ plan to create the COI was Benjamin Cohen, a trusted CFR agent. In violation of the U.S. Constitution, CFR agent Franklin D. Roosevelt signed it into law by executive fiat, ignoring the system of checks and balances among the executive, legislative, and judicial powers established by the Constitution. I was the start of the preeminence of the presidency as dictatorial government arm, a process that eventually became what CFR agent Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr. called “the imperial presidency.”

Initially, not all American presidents were members of the Council on Foreign Relations. These were the cases of Truman, Kennedy, Johnson and Reagan. But, like carthorses wearing blinders, the CFR managed to surround U.S. presidents with a dark curtain of disinformation in the form of a large group of its secret agents, most of them grouped in the National Security Council.

The National Security Council is a key element to understand how the CFR conspirators control the U.S. government. CFR secret agents in the U.S. government pushed the creation of the National Security Council and the CIA in 1947, allegedly as a tool to avoid events like Pearl Harbor and to manage the military, intelligence, and foreign policy areas of the U.S. government.

But, soon after it was created, CFR agents infiltrated in the National Security Council changed it into a tool to control the information reaching the eyes and ears of the Presidents, thus creating a smoke screen of disinformation around them. This guarantees that the policy decisions they take are the ones already made at the Harold Pratt House.[8] Fletcher Prouty best describes the process in his book The Secret Team — which explains why the book was practically censored, and for many years was almost impossible to find.[9]

To make things even easier for them, the CFR conspirators created the concept of President’s plausible denial —a euphemism for President’s ignorance from which they highly benefited. Soon after, they expanded even further the concept of plausible denial with the notion that “what the President doesn’t know can’t hurt him politically.” This meant that the CFR conspirators, through their agents infiltrated in the White House, gave themselves a free hand in planning and carrying out American foreign policy with as little consultation as possible with the incumbent President, and this is exactly what they have been doing for more than half a century.

Since the Second World War, the CFR conspirators have been putting blinders on American Presidents and treating them like mushrooms: keeping them in the dark, and feeding them manure. This curtain of disinformation around the U.S. presidents explains why even the ones who were not CFR agents unknowingly advanced the goals of the CFR conspirators.

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So, certainly there is a US emperor, but he is not Barack Hussein Obama. Since 1949, when he appointed himself CFR Director, America’s emperor has been none other than David Rockefeller. Paradoxically, however, it seems that the only ones who ignored it are Americans, because every time David traveled abroad he was given the treatment of a chief of state.

The question is not if Obama is or is not the US emperor. The true question is who of the Rockefellers’ royal dynasty will inherit the US throne and become the next American emperor after David’s death.

In his inaugural address on January 20, 1961, President John F. Kennedy said: “Let the word go forth, that the torch has been passed to a new generation of Americans.” In the same fashion, in his farewell address, the impostor Barack Obama may proudly say: “Let the word go forth, that the torch has been passed to a new generation of America-haters — most of them CFR members. Mission accomplished!”

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1. On the evening of October 15, 1962, CIA deputy director Ray Cline informed JFK’s national security adviser McGeorge Bundy (CFR) that U-2 planes had discovered what appeared to be Soviet medium-range nuclear missiles bases on Cuban soil. But Bundy didn’t tell the President immediately. Instead he told the news to his associates at the CFR. A few minutes later, while the President was kept in the dark, CFR members Dean Rusk, Paul Nitze and Robert McNamara were informed about the findings. See, Walter Isaacson and Evan Thomas, The Wise Men: Six Friends and the World They Made (New York: Touchstone, 1986) P. 619.
2. On January 8, 1968, as part of a Discussion Group on Intelligence and Foreign Policy, senior CIA officer Richard Bissell (CFR) gives a secret lecture on “covert action” at the Harold Pratt House. Among the participants are Douglas Dillon (CFR), Thomas Hugues (CFR), Joseph Kraft (CFR), Robert Amory (CFR), Allen Dulles (CFR), Theodore Sorensen (CFR), and thirteen other senior CFR members. The minutes of the Bissell report are reproduced in Victor Marchetti and John D. Marks, The CIA and the Cult of Intelligence (New York: Dell, 1974), pp. 358-376.
3. The Fabian Society is an elite group of British intellectuals who formed a semi-secret organization for the purpose of bringing socialism to the world. But, contrary to the Communists, who wanted to establish socialism quickly trough violent revolution, the Fabians preferred to do it slowly and surreptitiously, through propaganda and legislation, after having infiltrated the government, the armed forces, the media, and the educational system. The symbol of the Fabian Society is the wolf in sheep’s clothing.
4. For many years, mostly thanks to J. Edgar Hoover, the FBI stayed out of CFR control. However, recent news that the Bureau has changed its primary mission from “law enforcement” to “national security” shows that it has fallen under CFR control. See, Liepar Destin, “FBI Changes Mission From ‘Law Enforcement’ to ‘National Security.’”, Daily Kos, January 7, 2014.
5. In his 1984 book The Power to Lead, author James McGregor Burns (CFR) recognized the fact that to carry out their plans the CFR conspirators need to get rid of the Constitution: “Let’s us face reality. The framers [of the U.S. Constitution] have simply been too shrewd for us. The have outwitted us. They designed separate institutions that cannot be unified by mechanical linkages, frail bridges, tinkering. If we are to ‘turn the Founders upside down’ — we must directly confront the constitutional structure they erected.”
6. Black: Said of any operation whose true source is hidden or falsely attributed to another source. In the case of propaganda, “black” also means that the content is mostly fake or forged .
7. R. Harris Smith, OSS: The Secret History of America’s First Intelligence Service (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1972) p. 1.
8. Critics of the Left and the Right, who strongly criticized Bill Clinton and George W. Bush and now are beginning to criticize Barak Obama for “his” disastrous policies, actually are throwing the public on the wrong track. Wittingly or unwittingly they are playing the conspirators game.
9. There is a new edition of Prouty’s The Secret Team available on bookstores online, but apparently it is not a faithful rendering of the original edition. But you can read the original edition of Prouty’s book. It is a highly revealing book worth reading.

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Servando Gonzalez, is a Cuban-born American writer, historian, semiologist and intelligence analyst. He has written books, essays and articles on Latin American history, intelligence, espionage, and semiotics. Servando is the author of Historia herética de la revolución fidelista, Observando, The Secret Fidel Castro: Deconstructing the Symbol, The Nuclear Deception: Nikita Khrushchev and the Cuban Missile Crisis and La madre de todas las conspiraciones: Una novela de ideas subversivas, all available at

He also hosted the documentaries Treason in America: The Council on Foreign Relations and Partners in Treason: The CFR-CIA-Castro Connection, produced by Xzault Media Group of San Leandro, California, both available at the author's site at

His book, Psychological Warfare and the New World Order: The Secret War Against the American People is available at Or download a .pdf copy of the book you can read on your computer, iPad, Nook, Kindle or any other tablet. His book, OBAMANIA: The New Puppet and His Masters, is available at Servando's book (in Spanish) La CIA, Fidel Castro, el Bogotazo y el Nuevo Orden Mundial, is available at and other bookstores online.

His most recent book, I Dare Call It treason: The Council on Foreign Relations and the Betrayal of the America, just appeared and is available at and other bookstores online.

Servando's two most recent books in digital versions only are The Swastika and the Nazis: A Study of the Misuse of the Swastika by the Nazis and the first issue of the political satire series OBSERVANDO: American Inventors.










A few years later, in a speech at the opening of the new CFR headquarters in Washington D.C. on July 2009, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton recognized the fact that the real U.S. government is not in the nation’s capital.