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sce56 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-17-10 03:37 PM
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1/3rd Review: Family Of Secrets-- Best Book On The Real Story Of The Bush Family
I'm a third of the way through this and have to say Russ does a fantastic job of connecting all the dots on how a few well connected people in this country can control it's history and the hiding of the true facts behind such things as the JFK assassination, the overthrow of the Nixon administration ( is Bob Woodward a CIA operative?) Did they setup Nixon because he was to liberal? Nixon did give us the EPA & OSHA! Where was George W Bush when he was AWOL?




Here is a short synopsis from DownWithTyranny http://downwithtyranny.bl...all-your-worst-fears.html


Chapter 4: Where Was Poppy?

Poppy Bush has claimed not to remember where he was on November 22, 1963, the day John F. Kennedy was shot in Dallas. Thats odd, since almost every other American alive at that time can recall where he or she was. Poppys amnesia become stranger still-- or perhaps, more understandable-- when declassified documents show (1) that he was working in Dallas for the CIA at the time, and (2) that he called the FBI from a town near Dallas at the very hour Kennedys death was being announced.

In that call, Bush Sr. introduced himself as a private citizen, and offered a supposed tip about a possible suspect-- a man who turned out to be innocent, and to have ties back to Bush himself. Though the tip was a red herring, it served a clear purpose: to establish that Poppy was not in Dallas at the time of his call. Baker exhaustively explores Bushs activities that week and day, which included spending time with a top CIA expert on removing government leaders. He also dissects a peculiar Nov. 22 letter purportedly written by Barbara Bush and published by her decades later, that explains-- too artfully by half-- the couples movements at the time.

Baker reveals the deep animus toward President John Kennedy harbored by the Bushes and their friend, CIA director Allen Dulles, whom JFK had fired in the aftermath of the Bay of Pigs disaster. And he describes the dramatic, sudden changes in the lives of both Prescott Bush and his son in the wake of that firing.

Chapter 5: Oswalds Friend

In 1976, a letter arrives for CIA director George H. W. Bush. His aides assume it is from a crackpot-- the writer claims that some kind of net is closing in on him, and attributes this to his having been indiscreet in talking about Lee Harvey Oswald.

Bush acknowledges to his perplexed staff that he actually knows the man, who is an anti-communist Russian migr named George de Mohrenschildt. Poppy Bush confirms in an internal memo that de Mohrenschildt did indeed have some connection to Oswald-- but says he cannot recall the details of the Oswald connection. This is strange, stranger still for the head of the US spy agency.

Bush writes back to de Mohrenschildt that he has nothing to fear. Yet within a year the man is dead from a shotgun blast to the head. The official verdict is suicide. Baker begins a lengthy exploration of de Mohrenschildts ties to the Bush family, and to oil interests generally, dating back many decades. And he details the previously unknown military-oil-intelligence pipeline that brought anti-communist Russians out of the Soviet Union and settled them in Dallas, where they were plugged into business and society at the highest level.

We learn of de Mohrenschildts involvement with lucrative oil investment schemes in Cuba that were upset by Fidel Castros revolution, and his ties to what is described as a private CIA serving the interests of wealthy Americans abroad. Also revealed are De Mohrenschildts links to many figures identified in one way or another with the JFK assassination story-- from Abe Zapruder, whose footage of the assassination became a crucial piece of the conventional narrative of that day, to the leader of a military intelligence unit whose members included many members of the Dallas police department, and whose associate forced himself into the pilot car of Kennedys motorcade.


I was so excited about this book I bought three copies and gave two to close friends this truly needs to be #1 on the NYT best seller list if we can get it there then we might actually see real change in the way our country works!
It is available from Amazon for about $14.00 If I would have seen it earlier it would have made a great Xmas present to all my close friends.

Also many thanks to the Ichingcarpenter that posted about it here on the 4th of Jan.
http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.ph...
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grasswire Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-17-10 03:40 PM
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1. so where WAS W when he was awol?
Working for the CIA?
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Bitwit1234 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-17-10 04:08 PM
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5. I would also like to know. But I bet rove sent his trolls to the NARA
and the rest of the repositories to delete any thing about bush during those years. I read somewhere were they were clerks from the white house at the Archives even after bush was appointed.
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sce56 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-18-10 01:24 AM
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18. Appointed more like Annointed by the SCOTUS! n/t
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stray cat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-17-10 03:41 PM
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2. are the details factual and reputable - meaning well supported?
Edited on Sun Jan-17-10 03:43 PM by stray cat
the reviews in general have questioned the conspiracy theories that are the basis for the book and think the charges are overboard and not sufficiently substantiated although it certainly sounds interesting
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sce56 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-17-10 03:52 PM
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4. The notes on where he got the information are on pages 500-560!
For more look here www.familyofsecrets.com


From one of the pages
Learn why the conventional understanding of Watergate gets the story wrong. Discover how Nixon was implicated in a sprawling plot to which he was not a party, and how an aggressive effort was mounted to use the facts of the case to force him from office. Read new revelations about the precise involvement of Poppy Bush, Bob Woodward and White House counsel John Dean in this still-mysterious American epic.

Also learn:

* Why George H.W. Bush cant remember where he was on November 22, 1963
* Why oilman George H.W. Bush shows up in early CIA documents
* The real story behind George W. Bushs missing military service
* The inside scoop on the Bushes and Saudi influence in America
* The strange saga of Harvard University and its endowment
* The untold real story behind George W. Bushs religious awakening
* Never before told anecdotes from George W. Bushs wild past
* How the CIA monitors the White House and its occupants
* Why Barack Obama and his supporters should read this book
Also listen to the podcast from Russ interviewed Dec. 17 by Sibel Edmonds, FBI whistleblower, and Peter B. Collins, on their radio show, Boiling Frogs:
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WhiteTara Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-17-10 04:33 PM
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6. tell me about John Dean`
I was watching the hearing when John sat down and matter of factly told his tale.
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sce56 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-17-10 04:44 PM
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7. Read the book! Dean went from being fired for moonlighting on the side in his first law firm job to
Edited on Sun Jan-17-10 04:57 PM by sce56
the White House in 4 years. On Edit took some time to find this after looking at the notes in the book!
http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,907442...

He joined a Washington law firm, but his career as a practicing attorney ended sourly six months later. Assigned to help prepare a client's application for a new television station, Dean was discovered to be working on a rival applicationfor himself and some friends and was fired. He was promptly hired as minority counsel for the House Judiciary Committee by its ranking Republican, Representative William McCulloch, who was both a fellow Ohioan and Wooster alumnus.




Remember how the Bush family works, they name a anti environmental bill pushed through congress the "Clean skies initiative" when in reality it is full of loop holes to roll back pollution control laws and allow more smog in the skies! In the way they control the country it is always smoke and mirrors I'm not saying Dean is bad but Russ shows how he and the RNC Chairman Poppy Bush got Nixon deeper into something that he did not start and pushed him into the cover up that sank him.

From the reviews at Amazon
Praise for Family of Secrets:
One of the most important books of the past ten years.Gore Vidal



A tour de force Family of Secrets has made me rethink even those events I witnessed with my own eyes.Dan Rather



Shocking in its disclosures, elegantly crafted, and faultlessly measured in its judgments, Family of Secrets is nothing less than a first historic portrait in full of the Bush dynasty and the era it shaped. From revelation to revelation, insight to insightfrom the Kennedy assassination to Watergate to the oil and financial intrigues that lie behind today's headlinesthis is a sweeping drama of money and power, unseen forces, and the emblematic triumph of a lineage that sowed national tragedy. Russ Bakers Family of Secrets is sure to take its place as one of the most startling and influential works of American history and journalism.Roger Morris, former senior staff member, National Security Council, and author of Richard Milhous Nixon: The Rise of an American Politician and Partners in Power: The Clintons and Their America



Left-wing paranoia? Baker, a solid investigative journalist, works hard to back up his claims a reader could choke on the complex, interwoven details in Family of Secrets. He's a man on a mission, desperate to stop the methods of stealth and manipulation that ... reflect a deeper ill: the American public's increasingly tenuous hold upon the levers of its own democracy.San Diego Union-Tribune



Prodigiously industrious investigative journalist Russ Baker. connects the dots between the Bushes and Watergate. Lev Grossman, Time Magazine



Praise for Russ Baker:

In an era dominated by corporate journalism and an ideological right-wing media, Russ Bakers work stands out for its fierce independence, fact-based reporting, and concern for what matters most to our democracyA lot of us look to Russ to tell us what we didnt know. Bill Moyers, author and host, Bill Moyers Journal (PBS)



Russ Baker has the three most important attributes of any great investigative reporter: He is skeptical, he is fearless, and he is indefatigable. Whenever he examines anythingincluding the most allegedly wellcovered topicshe breaks important new ground. David Margolick, author and contributing editor, Vanity Fair
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WhiteTara Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-17-10 06:57 PM
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16. thieves and honor
don't mix.
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midnight Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-17-10 03:42 PM
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3. k&R
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Tippy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-17-10 04:58 PM
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8. I can' wait till I get a copy....This I am sure this wil fill in a lot of blanks..
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sce56 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-17-10 05:06 PM
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9. They are good at hiding shit I suspect this is only the tip of the Iceberg that has plowed into and
has been sinking this country for the past century! I have to include 911 in that part I have yet to finish the book and suspect there is a lot more! Listen to the podcast from Boiling Frogs!
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Tippy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-17-10 06:49 PM
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15. I am going to listen to it later right now have a house full
There are a lot of tips in this mess, every time they parade any one of the Bush's out there I feel like screaming...GW in Haiti with Clinton it really made me sick. For his part in sending GW to Haiti, Obama is going to hear from me...The Bush clan hates poor people...
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Bushfire Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-17-10 05:09 PM
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10. Buy the book, and support real investigative journalism
The Bush crime family would like nothing more for this book die a quick death. I bought this book about a year ago, and enjoyed every chapter. Exposing the Bush crime family was never better reading. An author like Baker should be rewarded for his hard work putting together so many interviews in one place.
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sce56 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-17-10 05:34 PM
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11. Amen!
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Blue Owl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-18-10 10:23 AM
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21. Investigative journalism -- what's that?
Please remind me, I'm forgetting...


:sarcasm:
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sce56 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-18-10 03:19 PM
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23. Long Road out of Eden
Reminds me of a song by Don Henley
Long Road Out Of Eden

Moon shining down through the palms
Shadows moving on the sand
Somebody whispering the 23rd Psalm
Dusty rifle in his trembling hands
Somebody trying just to stay alive
He got promises to keep
Over the ocean in America
Far away, the master sleeps

Silent stars blinking in the blackness of an endless sky
Gold, silver satellites, ghostly caravans passing by
Galaxies unfolding and new worlds being born
Pilgrims and prodigals creeping toward the dawn
And it's a long road out of Eden

Music blasting from an SUV
On a bright and sunny day
Rolling down the interstate
In the good old USA
Having lunch at the petroleum club
Smoking fine cigars and swapping lies
They say, "Give me 'nother slice of that barbecued brisket
Give me 'nother piece of that pecan pie"

Freeways flickering; cell phones chiming a tune
We're riding to Utopia; road map says we'll be arriving soon
Captains of the old order clinging to the reins
Assuring us these aches inside are only growing pains
But it's a long road out of Eden

Back home, I was so certain; the path was very clear
But now I have to wonder - what are we doing here?
And I'm not counting on tomorrow and I can't tell wrong from right
But I'd give anything to be there in your arms tonight

Weaving down the American highway
Through the litter and the wreckage, and the cultural junk
Bloated with entitlement, bloated on propaganda
Now we're driving dazed and drunk

Went down the road to Damascus, the road to Mandalay
Met the ghost of Caesar on the Appian Way
He said, "It's hard to stop this binging once you get a taste
But the road to empire is a bloody, stupid waste"

Behold the bitten apple, the power of the tools
But all the knowledge in the world is of no use to fools
And it's a long road out of Eden


There was another song he wrote stating journalisim dead and gone.
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sce56 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-18-10 03:22 PM
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24. Here it is: Business As Usual


Look at the weather, look at the news
Look at all the people in denial
We're running time, leaving grace
Still we worship at the marketplace
While common sense is goin' out of style
I thought that I would be above it all by now
In some country garden in the shade

But it's business as usual
Day after day
Business as usual
Just grinding away
You try to be righteous
You try to do good
But business as usual
Turns your heart into wood

Monuments to arrogance reach for the sky
Our better nature's buried in the rubble
We got the prettiest White House that money can buy
Sitting up there in that beltway bubble
The main jefe talks about our freedom
But this is what he really means...

Business as usual
How dirty we play
Business as usual
Don't you get in the way
Yeah, make you feel helpless
Make you feel like a clown
Business as usual
Is breakin' me down

Boy, you can't go surfing in Century City
Yeah, them sharks out there are lurking beneath the curb
Yeah, they rob you blind, chew you up, and it ain't pretty
And it's a soul suckin', soul suckin', soul suckin', soul suckin'
Soul suckin', soul suckin' world

Business as usual
Day after day
Business as usual
Feel like walking away
A barrell of monkeys
Or band of renown
Business as usual
Is breakin' me down
Breakin' me down





Well that was not it either
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mdmc Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-17-10 05:43 PM
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12. thanks for the info..
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sce56 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-17-10 05:58 PM
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13. Your Welcome please pass this on especially after reading the book! n/t
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bertman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-17-10 06:07 PM
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14. I'm half way through the book. Very well-written and very interesting to say the least.
What has caught my attention the most is how interconnected the wealthy families are who control our nation. As the relationships are revealed and the various business and governmental connections are revealed it becomes more and more apparent why we are where we are now.

The rapid rise of the CIA and its influence over our government is not so mysterious once you see who was involved in its inception and how they brought other like-minded individuals into the fold. Seeing how the various actors were involved in pivotal political events that strengthened their control over the Military-Industrial-Corporate Complex is nothing short of astounding. Also, the extent of the tentacles that reach into other nations and regions is mind-blowing.

There is so little that we working-class stiffs know about our nation and the people who run it. Our history books certainly do not tell us anything other than the sanitized and approved versions of how and what happened.

This book is a real gem, and a must-read for anyone who wants to see how the system works. But be prepared because it is not a pretty picture nor is it an inspiring one. Unless you are an aspiring member of the elite ruling class.

Recommend highly.

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sce56 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-17-10 08:33 PM
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17. Russ is very thorough on this
The book needs to be way up there on the best seller list!
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Vidar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-18-10 04:25 AM
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19. K&R.
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Richard Steele Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-18-10 04:56 AM
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20. K&R
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sce56 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-18-10 12:32 PM
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22. Morning kick
Thanks for all the recs!
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