The Institute for the Study of Globalization and Covert Politics is a project that began in 2004 and is occasionally updated. The site started out as an attempt to analyze the various establishments of the western world and to see how they interact with both each other and national governments. Strictly speaking from an informational point of view, it has been highly successful.
ISGP has been a unique project for some of the following reasons:
- It put together a list of about 1,000 important privately-funded non-government institutes (NGOs) and the key persons who form an international "permanent establishment". In the recent past not even a dozen of these organizations were mentioned on one site or in one book, let alone studied to any significant degree.
- It published the first detailed articles on the Pilgrims Society and the 1001 Club, based on never before seen membership lists of both groups. As a result of publishing the 1001 Club membership lists, this group appeared on the evening news for probably the first time in almost 40 years. The information also made its way into a new biography of Prince Bernhard.
- It wrote the first two extensive articles on Le Cercle, a private transnational security group that has existed since the early 1950s. Later on it was also the first to publish photocopies of membership lists of Le Cercle.
- It was the first to publish an extensive article about the American Security Council, which included a list of over 200 historical board members.
- It published and translated many Belgian judicial documents: the X-Dossiers, various documents related to the X-Dossiers, and the ATLAS Dossier.
- It wrote unique articles about the Sun Valley Meetings, the Bohemian Grove, the Multinational Chairman's Group, the Association of Former Intelligence Officers, the OSS Society, the JASON Group, the John F. Kennedy assassination, peak oil and a variety of other topics.
- It introduced a "four-establishment model" that can explain how conspiracies happen and who are the key persons involved in them.
- It produced the first article on the JFK assassination which briefly but indisputably explains why there was a cover up and who was behind it. It is the first to tie this same network to the events on 9/11, although those articles were far less brief.
- It briefly described Russia's establishments. This aspect was never published in great detail due to a lack of time and funding to finish up a 50,000 word article.
- It put together a list of more than 350 suspicious deaths worldwide, the names gathered from years of research into this area.
- It makes it quite clear that almost the complete alternative media is unreliable, as it is only spreading superficial information and even that is mixed in with large amounts of political bias and disinformation.
All articles on ISGP were written by Joël van der Reijden, with about half a dozen contributors - some of whom professional investigative journalists - who provided essential information.
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||Including a good portion from high society. Until September 2010 when site was taken down. Traffic to the backup site has only been a fraction. Also, statistics aren't kept anymore.
The information has been gathered systematically since early-2004 and the first articles were ready in May 2005. The ISGP website - under the name Project for the Exposure of Hidden Institutions (PEHI) - was created in July 2005 and began to count visitors several months later, on October 1. After having reached 150,000 individual visits in May 2007, the site was transferred to www.pehi.eu.
In July 2008 the site's name changed to Institute for the Study of Globalization and Covert Politics (ISGP) in an effort to make it sound both better and more professional. The url changed from pehi.eu to isgp.eu. At this point the site had reached just over 500,000 total page loads and 296,000 unique visitors, with a daily average of just below 300 unique visitors.
In 2008 several volunteers provided the site with membership lists of the Pilgrims and 1001 Club, more information on Le Cercle, and more perspective on information contained within the Belgian X-Dossiers. Various articles were written based on this new information.
ISGP largely went inactive after the November 2008 publication of David Teacher's book. This remained the case throughout 2009. Shorter articles were added in 2010, until the site was taken down in September of that year. Due to the amount of visitors it was financial burden to maintain at the time, certainly with everyone praising but no one donating. It also took up gigantic amounts of time to be able to produce quality articles.
From August 2012 to July 2014 many additional updates were made to the site at one of the locations where it was backed-up: at Wikispooks.com. The four-establishment model was introduced, as well as an index of private institutes and influential names. Articles appeared on the American Security Council, the OSS Society, the AFIO, Russian elites, the non-independence of major alternative radio shows and authors, and highly stigmatized (which has a purpose) topics as the John F. Kennedy assassination and 9/11. It's the last thing I would have wanted to be associated with, but these subjects had to be discussed the proper way. In my opinion this has either not or hardly been done before.
ISGP has never been able to rebuild itself to its former popularity and it is the question if it ever will. The reason the site grew so much in the 2005-2010 period is due to early support of people working for Alex Jones sites Infowars and Prisonplanet. ISGP was ditched, however, the second it went after Alex Jones darlings as Le Cercle, the American Security Council and related ultra-right groups. A last $500 "bribe" to put up the Beyond Dutroux article in 2007 resulted a huge influx of visitors that stuck around and spread the word. It is unlikely that ISGP will ever get that kind of visibility ever again. And even when ISGP would regain that visibility, it would be quite stressful because from the very beginning there have been very clear hints that ISGP is a goldfish swimming among very big sharks. I do hope they appreciate some of the oversights I've created.
Statistics early days
What others think
Besides two or three exceptions, every email I have received has either been positive or didn't voice an opinion. Following is a selection of emails and internet comments. Names are not given, as people might not want to be publicly associated with this site.
"I just last night stumbled on your site, and am still reeling from how much excellent work you have managed to bring under one roof."
- History professor from Harvard University (2006)
"I just discovered your site which is fascinating, and we ought to talk one day. It so happens that I have personally met some of the people you mention on your site, or their close collaborators. ... My father was known in history as probably the biggest supporter of world government ... You may not agree that what I do is a solution, but I enjoin you to ... look for one."
- Person who plays an important role in a number of private institutes and think tanks. (January 2008)
"Found your website .... Fabulous."
- Well known author on the United Nations and the neoliberal globalization process (2006)
"Your own report on Le Cercle is excellent and I have begun circulating it
among my colleagues."
- Writer and researcher for Executive Intelligence Review (EIR) (November 2006)
"I find your article on Le Cercle very useful and obviously the result of tremendous labor on your part."
- Another writer and researcher for Executive Intelligence Review (EIR), who wrote a well known book. (August 2007)
"Things would have remained like that [a manuscript for a book unpublished] had I not recently come across the ISGP website run by Joël van der Reijden (www.isgp.eu) - as far as I can see, the only serious investigation of the Cercle Pinay since the original articles by Robin Ramsay and myself in the Lobster twenty years ago."
- An investigative journalist on the Pinay Cercle. Also a former translator at the European Union in Brussels and an international administrator in Geneva. (November 2008)
"Hi Joel, this is getting to be boring I know, but I just read your new Pilgrims essay and it's another triumph."
- Email from an investigator who, appropriately, used to be banker in the City of London.
"Yours was a very impressive rewrite in remarkably short order. Well done."
Journalist and documentary maker who volunteered some important information to this site. (September 2008)
"I was a bit nervous about approaching your [peak oil] article. I had developed a high opinion of your work while reading the horrific "Beyond the Dutroux Affair", but when dealing with "technical" subjects I am accustomed to seeing people make basic errors which often ruin or weaken their otherwise sensible arguments. In your case, my fears turned out to be unfounded."
Geologist for a contractor to the oil and gas industry. Also a senior staff member who develops training programs for staff members and upcoming engineers in the area of geology and geotechnical engineering. (December 2007)
"The Project for the Exposure of Hidden Institutions, based in the Netherlands, is run by a gifted researcher. I suggest you consider visiting the site which also discusses other related organizations including Le Cercle."
- Columnist at Silver Investor who is largely responsible for informing the world on the Pilgrims Society (July 2006)
"I saw your web site and find this the best on the theme on the web."
- Apparent medical doctor from eastern Europe with mid- or high level friends in local Masonry. First to bring Memphis-Misraim to my attention. (2006)
"After spending a few hours here... you may never be the same."
- Interesting internet comment from a reader
"For years I have been interested in the topics covered on ISGP. For years I have sought such a database. For years I have sought logical and comprehensive articles covering these topics. After all the searching I have done in the past, all the articles I've read, all the trash information I've sorted through, through all the half-truths and half-lies I have brushed aside, I have finally found what I had been waiting for. ISGP is not only the way forward, but the way through. Keep up the amazing work."
- One of the more poetic emails I got from Canada. All this sounds nice, but rest assured that I too have far more questions than answers. (August 2007)
"A very interesting site I've seen is "Project For The Exposure Of Hidden Institutions". It gives a lot of interesting info, and a lot of who's who in each.. Some names I never heard of . This site is one of the most awesome on the subject I've seen yet. A must see..enjoy!!"
- Internet comment from a reader (2007)
"Just wanted to say how much I enjoyed your site. Being an interested skeptic I would have to say your site stands alone in its depth of research and breadth of information."
- Email from a reader (November 2007)
"The Project for the Exposure of Hidden Institutions. It's like the big brother to this blog. The fucking motherload. The holy grail of the answer to the loaded question at the top of your screen, WHO'S REALLY PULLING THE STRINGS?... The Project has an article, well-researched like every other article on its page (and there aren’t too many–the author really goes for depth and meaning, unlike this author who rants and doesn’t always back it up ;)"
- Funny comments from a blogger. However, I still don't know who really "pulls the strings" of government, and there's definitely a world out there with far more talented researchers than me. (August 2007)
"This stuff is incredible - read the Dutroux page… Jesus - check out the whole site ... and spread the word. This website is amazing."
- Amusing internet comment (2007)
"I have been reading Otherwyze's link she posted on Dutroux all morning and although I am terribly sick and depressed about it now it really does give an insight into how things are covered up and why... I am only half way through the article but the police investigation and mis-information resemble Madeleine's case."
- Turning mothers and housewives into conspiracy theorists--I'm definitely going to hell now. (2007)
"I was planning to do some research on Jean Monnet and Schuman at some point and mentioned it in one of my articles, I think I asked if anyone knew who they were. One of my readers sent me your link because they're both included in your writings and man oh man, what a great find you were!... I have seen some of this elitist society exposure over the years but nothing as comprehensive as your site."
- Email from a reader (February 2007)
"The Project for the Exposure of Hidden Institutions has provided one of the most thorough debunkings of Loose Change."
- A news editor at telegraph.co.uk. (as he's referring to the no-757 theories I'll take that as a compliment) (May 2006)
"Finally! ISGP.EU update.. More on the Pilgrim's Society. Fuckin awesome, been waiting for this for months.. thought it'd never came."
- Internet comment (July 2008)
"Out of the Netherlands, ISGP, formerly the PEHI - Project for the Exposure of Hidden Institutions, is an independent online project very much in keeping with my own goals. A fantastic database on some of the less well known secret societies and covert groups - the author states that there is plenty of info on the CFR, Trilaterals and Bilderberg elsewhere online, and distances himself from the wacko religious mumbo-jumbo that often comes hand in hand with any analysis of the 'Illuminati' and 'New World Order' Globalism. It also seems relatively neutral regarding the alleged intent of its subject, which is quite rare and a welcome breath of fresh air. I give this my full endorsement... enjoy :)"
- Internet comment (late 2008)
"I actually can’t say enough about the Institution for the Study of Globalization and Covert Politics (ISGP): It amazes me that Infowars hasn’t published anything by http://www.isgp.eu, the site has several leaked documents and produced original scholarly research. ... It doesn’t simply point out who the bad guys are, like Infowars does. For example, after reading some of the ISGP articles, David Rockefeller seems more or less like a front man and leader of [the] globalization [process], than someone who is working evil behind the scenes. It's enlightening opening information, so you need an open mind. ... ISGP also has connected early Conspiracy writers (people who talked about “illuminati” and “new world order”) and their connections to groups funded by intelligence agencies or connected to families who were deeply connected to intelligence or right-wing fascist groups. This is very important. ... So, take your time reading http://www.isgp.eu, because it presents a larger and deeper picture than you would get from Infowars. It goes away from the “new world order” picture, and presents something very shocking about the Ango-American Establishment, Pan-Europa/Vatican, and Intelligence/Military-Industrial-Complex groups that are working behind the scenes. Extremely eye opening."
- Comment placed in reaction to an article linked to at Inforwars.com. (August 2008)
"[Quigley's Round Table] is interesting information, but old (from the 1960’s). Check out http://www.isgp.eu for NEW information on this anglo-american establishment, particularly the pilgrims. ... It was MUCH more than the round table group."
- Infowars internet comment (August 2008)
""Institute For The Study Of Globalization And Covert Politics"....Holy Shit Mike, thanks for this link!!! I think I'm going to spend a couple of days reading through this site...Finally a "Think Tank" thats on our side!!!"
- Internet comment (March 2009)
"Anyway, as one follows pedophocracy links and trails, one heads further and further into red pill territory. It's almost enough to make you sympathise with that fellow in the Matrix who regretted taking the aforementioned. Eventually my trail led me to this, and this [ISGP], and this. To a certain extent I wonder if I should be linking to such things. Only because it's the equivalent of being thrown in the deep end. Hmm... 'deep end' doesn't quite cut it - how about 'the abyss'?"
- Blogger. (March 2009)
"Joël van der Reijden has written an article about the political impact of the Pilgrims Society that is highly respected even among us in the Republic of Letters."
- Internet comment (April 2009)
"I must admit that I am naturally skeptical of any information that I come across, but when I started to really look at these articles and follow up with more research from reliable sources, close to all of what I had read from ISGP not only became factually consistent to me but also logically coherent (in terms of what purpose each suspected group, bank, or institution really served). It's really disappointing to see a website like ISGP go offline."
- Email from reader (October 2010)
"Why would you take it down? You are providing valuable information. You want people like [----- ----] to be the only ones carrying the torch? ... Your writings have had a huge impact on my overall political worldview. You are right up there with Noam Chomsky."
- Email from reader (October 2010)
"[Maybe you can] get a doctorate - it is certainly of a high enough standard, and there's plenty enough in what you've written to produce a full doctoral thesis If you fancied the idea, Prof __ [of a major university and specialized in Atlantic relations and intelligence studies] ... would seem the best choice. I'd be happy to support the idea with him if that was where you wanted to go."
- Suggested after making the new Cercle documents available. Unlikely to happen though. (November 2011)
Joël van der Reijden
Updated: June 2014