Agenda 21: Mind Control And Smart Growth

Joseph Goebbels once said "It is the absolute right of the state to supervise the formation of public opinion."

"[I]f the public are bound to yield obedience to laws to which they cannot give their approbation, they are slaves
to those who make such laws and enforce them." Candidus, Pen name of Samuel Adams during the era of the
Sons of Liberty. Source: in the Boston Gazette, 1772

Do you cherish your God-given constitutional right to own property? So do I! UN Agenda 21's Smart Growth is in full bloom across our nation. In East Tennessee the five county local "Regional " program is called Plan East Tennessee, (Regional Plan for Livable Communities), a plan which will eliminate private property rights in these five counties. Link It is a plan for Smart Growth. Rosa Koire, author of, "Behind the Green Mask," defines Smart Growth on her website, as "Human habitation as it is referred to now is restricted to lands within the Urban Growth Boundaries of the city. Only certain building designs are permitted. Rural property is more and more restricted on what uses can be on it."

In my recent article, Taxed Enough Already, I explained how our former Knoxville City Mayor, Bill Haslam (now Tennessee's Governor) hired his Democratic opponent, Madeline Rogero to work in his Republican Mayoral administration since the election was very close. He wanted a second term without her running against him. Rogero is now the new Knoxville City Mayor. While she was in Haslam's administration, she apparently received permission and applied for a federal grant from Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Office of Sustainable Housing and Communities. In fact, Governor Haslam has refused to even sign a resolution against Agenda 21 even though a Resolution has absolutely no power of law.

These grants, part of the Obama administration's Partnership for Sustainable Communities, bring together HUD, the Department of Transportation, and the Environmental Protection Agency. Two types of grants were awarded — those to update existing plans, and those to develop sustainability plans from scratch. Knoxville's Plan ET is from scratch and Knoxville received $4.32 million from the HUD grant. Another $2.5 million came from a Consortium of partners which includes non-profits.

Knoxville is also a dues paying member of ICLEI since 2007. From Tom DeWeese's article, Agenda 21 in One Easy Lesson, " ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability (formally, International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives). Communities pay ICLEI dues to provide "local" community plans, software, training, etc. Additional groups include American Planning Association, The Renaissance Planning Group, International City/ County Management Group, aided by US Mayors Conference, National Governors Association, National League of Cities, National Association of County Administrators and many more private organizations and official government agencies. The Foundation and government grants drive the process."

Community Forums and The Delphi Technique

From the Plan ET website, "Over the three-year PlanET process, three phases will lead to a targeted, meaningful outcome. Phase One (August 2011 – July 2012) will bring East Tennesseans together to establish a shared identity and vision (alleged data gathering). Phase Two (April 2012 – March 2013) will take that vision, and while educating and engaging the public, will develop a shared direction.(framework) Phase Three (January 2013 – December 2013) will produce and report the final product and focus on implementation activities." (Action plan for Smart Growth)

Series II of Plan ET held a week of six forums in every one of the five "regional" counties (Blount, Knox, (2) Anderson, Loudon and Union) asking for "community input." Yet, Plan ET's definition of "community input" seems to be neutralization of any expressed opposition to their plans of eliminating private property ownership under the guise of Smart Growth. Their "community consensus" is scripted for their pre-determined outcome via their use of the evil Rand Corporation's mind-control Delphi Technique. RAND developed the Delphi method in the 1950s for the U.S. Department of Defense. It was originally intended for use as a psychological weapon during the cold war.

These forums are headed by trained Delphi Technique facilitators at small table groups of 6 to 8 people. The facilitators or change agents are always likeable people who will smile and agree with your comments. The discussion consists of issues previously decided upon by the leadership of these forums. The facilitator manipulates the discussion in the desired direction, isolating and demeaning opposing viewpoints. Rarely does anyone ever challenge the process, thinking they were probably in the minority with their answers. Actually, the conclusions were established in the back room long before the meeting ever took place. The general public believes this program was theirs, but in fact, the outcomes had all been decided long before the meetings ever took place. The Delphi Technique is being used again and again to change our representative republic, given to us by our Founding Fathers, into a "participatory democracy."

Who Are The Facilitators?

Wallace, Roberts, and Todd (WRT) architectural firm, headquartered in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, is the Plan ET partner chosen to head the forums. They are paid $1.7 million to accomplish the pre-determined outcome of these forums through facilitation of the Delphi Technique. WRT was established in 1963 by David Wallace and they are expert "regional planners" with the firm's origins rooted in "sustainability." The American Planning Association (APA) has continually recognized this firm and their principal leaders for their contributions to sustainability and Smart Growth. The APA even has a "Policy Guide on Smart Growth." In Tom DeWeese's article, Lies and Doublespeak of the APA, these APA Sustainablists are teaching their planners to lie through their teeth to the opposition of their UN Agenda 21 Smart Growth policies.

The American Planning Association and their allies are countering the anti-Agenda 21 movement with these lies, double speak and stealth. Why? Aren't they proud of their policies? I guess Seattle planner J. Gary Lawrence said it best when he admitted several years ago that "participating in a U.N. advocated planning process would very likely bring out many...who would actively work to defeat any elected official... undertaking Local Agenda 21. So we will call our process something else, such as comprehensive planning, growth management or smart growth." Now, even those words have caught up with their secret agenda. So now they're having to invent more new words.

All of the following leaders from WRT are members of the American Planning Association.

The leading facilitator and principal from WRT is John Fernsler. John's bio states, "John is particularly adept at creating consensus among competing interests and in communicating Smart Growth planning concepts to diverse audiences." It also states he is adept at helping communities "striving to contain sprawl." Yes, they don't want you living in the rural areas, and they hate the suburbs. Plan ET's website contains pictures of downtown Knoxville, nothing of the rural community, suburbs, or Smoky Mountains. Fernsler has been the driving force from WRT since the very first Plan ET meeting in Knoxville last summer. I met him there and spent an hour talking with him. He said WRT had just "finished" Austin, Texas. He also said to me, "Maybe you'd understand a bit better if we called what we're doing, "stewardship." Now I see on their website they are using God's Word for "care of the earth" as a euphemistic term for their total control of our lives and property through Smart Growth.

Another facilitator and Senior Associate from WRT is Rob Kern. Rob's area of expertise is Transit design (they want us out of our cars and using public transportation, bicycles, or our feet). He is also adept, as they all are with Smart Growth planners, in urban design. (Once again, forget suburbia and rural communities).

Another WRT principal is David Rouse. His bio states, "David has a special interest in planning and design for sustainability, community engagement in the planning process, and capacity-building for implementation." (Capacity building is the stack-em and pack-em mega multi-family high rises built in the urban landscape after you've been moved off your suburban or rural property.)

From WRT's website, "Principal David Rouse is one of 11 members of the American Planning Association's Sustaining Places Task Force, established earlier this year to address the use of the comprehensive plan as the leading policy document and tool to help communities of all sizes achieve sustainability. The Task Force is part of the Sustaining Places Initiative, announced in March 2010 by APA President Bruce Knight and Chief Executive Officer Paul Farmer at the United Nation's Fifth World Urban Forum in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Sustaining Places is a multi-year, multi-faceted program to define the role of planning in addressing all human settlement issues relating to sustainability."

David Rouse, UN Smart Growth architect of Wallace, Roberts and Todd stated in the Times Free Press newspaper last fall that he is "committed to an open process, and that property rights won't be impacted without the public's consent." (Note: He said "without the public's consent, not the property owner's.)

Knoxville's Metropolitan Planning Commission

Mark Donaldson, the MPC Executive Director has been at every single forum meeting and is trained as a Delphi facilitator. At one of the first meetings in Series I, he did not present himself as Executive Director of MPC, but said he was Mark from Minnesota. Other members of MPC were also at many of the Plan ET meetings as well as countless members of Knoxville's Energy and Sustainability Task Force. Also present at all the Series II forums was Knoxville's "Regional" Transportation Planning Coordinator, Jeff Welch who, like Mark Donaldson is trained as a Delphi facilitator.

Invitees and Paid Attendees

Here's the real rub with this whole "community input" nonsense this UN Agenda 21 Smart Growth bunch is pulling. At the majority of meetings, there were18 to 23 Plan ET members present who are Delphi facilitators, along with WRT and MPC staff. Then there were 20 to 25 invitees from local governments including local government Planning Committees, Community Development, Oak Ridge National Labs, University of Tennessee, etc. All of these invitees are employed by government and have a vested interest in this Plan ET coming to full fruition. I have attended nearly all of the Plan ET forums, and at every table, the "shills" who were invited answered all the questions with the pre-determined and ordained outcomes the Smart Growth facilitators desired. Then there are another 18 to 25 people who know what Agenda 21 really is all about. The majority of meetings have approximately 40 to 45 people, not counting the facilitators, but if those of us against UN Agenda 21 did not attend, the only people giving "community input" would be the invited government shills who have a vested interest in Smart Growth and should not be voting at these Delphi meetings as it is a conflict of interest! At one meeting, one of the invitees admitted she was a paid participant. By the way, these attendance numbers were also given by the Plan ET staff present at all the forums.

At the Plan ET South Doyle Middle School forum on Wednesday, April 25th, I sat across the table from a woman named Linda. She works for Knoxville County Mayor Burchett's administration. Her boss, Grant Rosenberg, Community Development Director, was the invitee, but couldn't attend, so he sent Linda. I made a comment about UN Agenda 21 at this table and Linda adamantly stated that she loved everything about UN Agenda 21. What a shocker to hear one of these planted shills actually speak the truth. Most of them tell you they never heard of Smart Growth or UN Agenda 21. I asked her if she agreed with the 85% population reduction of Agenda 21 and she answered that was a total lie. How about limiting our usage of water to 28 gallons a day? She said that was a lie too. She should have gone to see one of my friends across the room who had the UN Agenda 21 book with him and he could have shown her the truth.

At the 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Plan ET forum at the Loudon County Technical Center on Thursday, April 26th, the leaders of the forum were in a hurry to usher us out of the building. One of our participants called the Tech Center the next day and asked if there was a time limit on how long we could be there chatting after the meeting. The person she spoke with told her there was no rush to close the building, but the Plan ET people had been there since 8 a.m. They had actually been taking the leading children in this Technical Center School and putting them through the Delphi Technique all day long! These are minor children. Then she called Public Affairs of Knox County Schools and found out children in other high schools in these counties were being Delphied as well. When she asked if the parents had given permission, she was told the school board had okayed the forums.

Finally, at the last meeting on Saturday morning, April 28th, at Union County High School in Maynardville, Tennessee, (video) there were only six invited local government employees and about 10 or 12 of us. At one table, one of our people was tossed out of the forum for asking too many questions. Then his daughter was tossed out. When I began to scream that this was a community forum and we were allowed to ask questions, I was threatened with being thrown out. Another woman was asking questions as well, and Jack Rhyne, the City Manager of Maynardville, kept pointing at her and telling her to get out. She kept saying, "No, I want to hear what the gentleman is asking." Rhyne actually took her elbow in an effort to grab her and escort her out of the building when facilitator Rob Kern of WRT stepped in to move her to another table. As an aside, this woman is a survivor of 9/11 at the Pentagon.


At the Board of Mayors meeting, which was the kickoff of Plan ET's Series II, several of us in the audience stood to ask questions of WRT's Rob Kern and the Mayor of Anderson County after the initial presentation. There must have been 10 or 15 people asking questions and raising hands and stating they wanted to hear answers. Both the Mayor and Rob Kern said, "We'll answer questions outside." We didn't want the questions outside in the foyer, we wanted them in the main room. Needless to say, these two men ended up running out of the room. At other meetings they would allow questions after the meeting in a corner with no microphone, but then we forced open mic questions and there were plenty.

Our property rights and God-given constitutionally guaranteed freedoms are being lost at exponential rates today. The 20 year anniversary of the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development in Rio occurs next month, June 2012. The planners intend to make UN Agenda 21 into hard law. This plan has existed for decades and was written about by six Russians in a book entitled, The Ideal Communist City. It was translated into English in the 60s. It is all about Smart Growth. I would urge you to buy Rosa Koire's book, Behind the Green Mask. It is available on, and from the Post Sustainability Institute and clearly and succinctly tells the whole story of the damnable UN Agenda 21.

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About Kelleigh Nelson
Kelleigh Nelson has been an investigative researcher since 1975. Formerly an executive producer for three different national radio talk show hosts, she was adept at finding and scheduling a variety of wonderful guests for her radio hosts. She and her husband live in Knoxville, TN, and she has owned her own wholesale commercial bakery since 1990. Prior to moving to Tennessee, Kelleigh was marketing communications and advertising manager for a fortune 100 company in Ohio. Born and raised in Chicago, Illinois, she was a Goldwater girl with high school classmate, Hillary Rodham, in Park Ridge, Illinois. Kelleigh is well acquainted with Chicago politics and was working in downtown Chicago during the 1968 Democratic convention riots. Kelleigh is presently the secretary for Rocky Top Freedom Campaign, a strong freedom advocate group.
  • lrs63

    OWEBAMA wants to use DELPHI technique to turn all our men gay so that he can get at our womenfolk.

  • Knife10

    Questioning the socialists' "predetermined outcomes" sure makes them angry, doesn't it? Maybe that's because they're such an agenda driven bunch. As we can see from Leon Trotsky's example, the only way to stop determined socialists is to kill them. Otherwise they just change the name of their activity (ACORN is now something else) and keep on undermining the fabric of society in their collectivist quest for that elusive workers' paradise they call nowhere (Eutopia), or in this case, UN Agenda 21's Smart Growth and it's spin off, Plan East Tennessee.

  • Kelleigh Nelson

    cpass, I'm doing an article on the zoning/codes right now...stay tuned, it should come out soon, and thanks for writing. I know the problems, getting people even away from their TV sets to save their freedoms is difficult at prying teeth...Lord help us!

  • metheoldsarge

    Agenda 21 didn't originate with Obama. I have done some research on United Nations Agenda 21. I haven't seen any of it in the Main Stream Media, Not even on FOX News. Glen Beck is the only nationally syndicated commentator I know of that has talked about it. I think you will find that Executive Order 13575, signed by President Obama on June 9, 2011, gives the individual states the green light to implement provisions on their own. Agenda 21 is not just Obama's idea. It has been around for over 20 years. Since Agenda 21 was first proposed in 1992, similar orders were signed by Presidents Bush 41, Clinton, and Bush 43. Of the few Americans who know about UN Agenda 21 many dismiss it. They are convinced that Agenda 21 could never happen in America and it is all a fantastic fantasy dreamed up by a bunch of conspiracy theorists. I would suggest that people Google it and do their own research. You may also want to research your own communities about the terms listed like Smart Growth, Sustainability, and High density urban development and see how they may be influencing land use planning codes and local government policies. In my area it is public record. Don't just take anyone's word for it. Do your own research and form your own opinions. Check this video out. It gives a simple to understand summary of Agenda 21.

  • alwaysgrams

    Trouble is they will implement it little by little and humans adjust and accept things that creep into their lifes. It's the old frog in boiling water story.

  • KDS

    The U.N. is part of Obama's Army of Goons. GET OUT NOW!

  • J J

    This is very scary stuff!!!! The UN is a entity that has way too much power and way too little compassion or common sense!!!

  • Sue

    "The American public has
    become so conditioned by crises, by warnings, by words, that there
    are few, other than the young, who protest against what is happening."

    Senator J. William Fulbright

  • formerrepublican

    We lost private property rights long ago.

    Buying a house and land is, at best, like "buying" a condo: there is a price (like a renter's security deposit), then property taxes to the county/city/etc., which amount to rent, except that most landlords can't change the rent anytime they feel like it or need more money. We can't even sell (that is, sign our rent obligation over to a new owner who pays us back our deposit) unless we pay the real owner (the government) to allow it.

    No landlord would let you add a bathroom or deck without permission, and neither will the government. If you pay for permission to make improvements, your rent goes UP to reflect the value YOU added: could a private landlord get away with that? In most of East Tennessee you can at least paint your house or repair your roof without a permit, but try it in much of CA or the northeast, or try not paying the property taxes anywhere and see what happens.

    The only reason you can still buy a light switch or plumbing supplies (which no unlicensed and unpermitted homeowner has any possible legal use for) is that such stores are, so far, powerful enough to quash any attempt to prevent them from selling as much as they can.

    Obama is trying to change the nature of our society? It was changed beyond recognition before he even went into politics. We're not resisting the slippery slope, we're skiing down it.

    • Louise Mussienko

      This is really true... You can't do anything before getting permission or a permit from the government. Then they descend upon you like Nazis if they catch you trying to go around them!

  • ccannon

    The U.N. is indeed a very malignant cancer. Why do we allow this destructive cancer to remain on our shores??? It will result in the ultimate death of our nation!

  • Babsan

    Sad indeed.But the no/lo voters got what they voted for and we all get included because we could/would not do the right thing last Nov.

  • Kelleigh Nelson

    Cpass...I know exactly what you're saying. In fact, I just wrote about the CSG in my recent article on the Constitutional Convention Call Redux, I believe it was in Part 3. It's a Rockefeller founded and funded organization of course. I will tell you one thing that may help. Buy yourself at least 10 of Rosa Koire's easy to read book, BEHIND THE GREEN MASK at the and give them to people who will read them. I think I've bought about 50 of them. If you buy 10 at a time, there is a huge discount. Email Rosa and tell her I sent you. Keep fighting...we have stopped this horror in many places, but certainly not enough. I am writing another article on this garbage right now and what the new zoning laws have done to small towns and cities. And the city councils and county commissions have passed this's why we must attend all these horribly boring and enlightening meetings.

    • cpass

      Thanks, Kelleigh...I have corresponded with Rosa and am familiar with her information. I also bought the booklets from Freedom Advocates to hand out to people. The unfortunate circumstance in my small city is the majority of the City Council is deaf, dumb, blind, and corrupted. It would be a cold day in Hades before they would read Rosa's book. I am doing what you are doing...educating everyone and anyone who will listen and passing out literature to them. The "zoning" you speak of ...I believe is the criteria placed in the new Comprehensive Plans for every city and county. We have that here as well. Verbatim from Agenda 21 / Sustainable Development. You won't give up and neither will I. Carry on!!

    • Kelleigh Nelson

      Note, I replied at the top rather than here...stay tuned

  • doug43

    It isn't just the UN it is Obama and his gang of very dangerous freaks we have in Washington, why else is Obama willing to invest American Tax Dollars for Brain Mapping!!
    This could never happen in America Right, and our Founding Fathers didn't see this coming back in 1776!!! And they want your helpless would that make you and powerful Them!!! We better be ready!! We are facing some very dangerous times, and it is shown with everytime we see a black kid killing a white baby, and Black Panthers calling for such action!! Endorsed by a Black President and Black Attorney General!!
    Obama wants to make Whites PAY for what he considers injustice, and has clearly made that clear before he became a Senator....but who really cares!!!

    • rick0857

      It's not all obamAO contrary to what most think. This whole thing goes all the way back to Woodrow Wilson our first communist President. He wanted to form what he then called The League of Nations which is now the UN which started after WWII. Some of the Presidents knowingly or not actively participating in this one world government have been: Teddy Roosevelt, James Harding, Franklin Roosevelt, Harry Truman, and every President since with the sole exception of Ronald Reagan and even then I'm not 100% sure about him, I just can't find any direct links to him and these UN slime. Dwight Eisenhower, John Kennedy warned us against this new world order Kennedy called it secret societies and Eisenhower said it was the military industrial complex Dwight waited till he was done as President but Kennedy didn't and they put a bullet in his head. After all as I've said many times here before the first George Bush stood up in front of Congress and told them and the American people what they were planning to do

      or if you want to watch the 33 minute version here that is as well

  • Noelle

    I HATE THE UN!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    where the hell is Americans fighting spirit?!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Louise Mussienko

      I don't understand either!! When I try to talk about this especially around liberals, they imply that I am a backwards type of person:/

    • siouxwolf1

      You are so right we need out of the UN and NATO, as we have Agenda 21, Chemtrails The NDAA.. all put through by the UN, NATO.and there best poster boy they have ever had I agree 100% with you but the Chemtrails.are not just harming our environment they are harming US citizens minds and health, the control.they want has a sinister touch to it, and it is satanic Every looked at Obama's eyes, His gestures, ? This man is sick demented and will do anything the UN or NATO says what's worse is that our own troops are being used against us.

  • cpass

    Kelleigh, yes indeed just described the same playbook that the "regional" unelected government system called Council of Governments has enacted in the Charlotte area of North Carolina. The methods are the same. The outcomes are the same. All top down tyranny from the Federal government...and the sorry thing is, most people are just completely clueless on this. I've had 4 op-eds in the local paper, had speaking engagements, spoken to all local elected officials....and yet, it is as if a blindfold and ear muffs have been placed on people. They can't grasp it. Or they don't want to believe it.

    It seems to me there are two keys to this. One would be trying to get the funding from Congress pulled from this Sustainable Communities Initiative...which may be too late since a lot of the money has already been disbursed. The other is to get local officials to pull out of it, but I am finding that is an uphill battle. The enormity of it is evidently over their heads....and all they see is dollar signs, even when the cost to benefit analysis is NIL...or worse..detrimental.

    Thanks to Freedom Outpost for publishing your piece....and keep up the good work!

  • SUSANM621