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Baker - Family of Secrets (2009) - Synopsis

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Synopsis of Russ Baker, Family of Secrets: The Bush Dynasty, the Powerful Forces That Put It in the White House, and What Their Influence Means for America (New York, Berlin, and London: Bloomsbury Press, 2009). Discussed at Digging Deeper (www.ufppc.org) on June 8, 2009.
Synopsis of Russ Baker, Family of Secrets: The Bush Dynasty, the Powerful Forces That Put It in the White House, and What Their Influence Means for America (New York, Berlin, and London: Bloomsbury Press, 2009). Discussed at Digging Deeper (www.ufppc.org) on June 8, 2009.

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UFPPC (www.ufppc.org) — Digging Deeper LXXXIV: June 8, 2009, 7:00 p.m. 
Russ Baker,
Family of Secrets: The Bush Dynasty, the Powerful Forces That Put It in the White House, and What Their Influence Means for America
(New York, Berlin, and London: Bloomsbury Press, 2009 [publication date: Dec.18, 2008]).
[
Thesis:
George H.W. Bush has “ledwhat amounted to a double life” (492; heis a lifelong CIA asset involved inorchestrating many of the scandals of post-WWII American history, particularywith respect to the Bay of Pigs (161) , the JFK assassination (1963), and Watergate(1972), “not a Nixon operation at all, buta deep, deep covert operation
against 
Nixon” (236).]
Ch. 1: How Did Bush Happen?
Thisbook “chronicles the evolution of boththe Bush clan and the powerful interestsit represented over the last century” (5;1-6).
Ch. 2: Poppy’s Secret.
In 1985 JosephMcBride noticed a Nov. 29, 1963, memoto FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover identifying“George Bush of the CIA” (7-9). In 1988George H.W. Bush denied it was he; theCIA identified a different George Bush(who also denied) (9-12). In 1996,another CIA memo came to light, linkingGeorge H.W. Bush to the CIA’s Thomas J.Devine, Zapata co-owner (12-15). Bush’sconnections to intelligence derive fromthe intelligence community’s own originsin the Anglo-American financialestablishment, especially Brown BrothersHarriman (Prescott Bush had becomeclose friends of Roland “Bunny” Harrimanin 1916 at Yale and in Skull and Bones;Prescott joined W.A. Harriman in 1926,which merged with Brown Brothers in1930) (15-17). George H.W. Bush workedin an aerial intelligence program as aWWII pilot, where learned the importanceof secrecy (18). The various accounts of Bush’s actions when shot down in atorpedo bomber on Sept. 2, 1944, areinconsistent; Bush’s version waschallenged by tail gunner ChesterMierzejewski in the
New York Post 
inAugust 1988 (18-21).
Ch. 3: Viva Zapata.
Yale, whereGeorge H.W. “Poppy” Bush went in 1945, joining Skull & Bones, was a primerecruiting ground for the CIA (22-23). Heworked for Dresser Industries, an oilindustry services firm bought in 1926 byW.A. Harriman (23-25). Poppy went toOdessa, TX, and California, working forDresser (25-28). The Dulles brothersexercised “effective control” over U.S.policy, a matter of indifference toEisenhower; Bush clan also had greatinfluence (28-31). Speculation aboutAllen Dulles’s motives in recruiting Poppy(31-32). That G.H.W. Bush asserted hisindependence from the family bybecoming a Texas oil man is adeliberately propagated myth thatignores the Bush family’s long-standingties “to the very top of the oil industry”(32; 32-34). Zapata Offshore was usedby the CIA, particularly in connection withCuba (34-37). Poppy’s real interest waspolitics (37-38). Bob Gow, who workedfor Zapata (38-43). “Whether Zapatawas partially designed for launderingmoney for covert or clandestineoperations may never be known” (42).
Ch. 4: Where Was Poppy?
Kennedywas fighting the CIA (44-47). Sen.Prescott Bush (R-CT) announced hewould not run for reelection in the springof 1962, as Poppy Bush became moreinvolved in politics (48-49). A tip to theFBI minutes after JFK’s assassinationgiving a false lead on the assassinationmay have been designed to give theimpression that G.H.W. Bush had notbeen in Dallas on the evening before the
 
assassination of JFK, as he in fact was(49-66).
Ch. 5: Oswald’s Friend.
George deMohrenschildt, from a Russian émigréfamily involved in Baku oil, was a familyfriend of Bush (Poppy Bush roomed atPhillips Academy with the stepson of George’s brother Dimitri) who pursuedvarious oil interests in the Dallas areawhile maintaining CIA connections (67-84). Jack Crichton, a military intelligencefigure involved in oil companyintelligence (81).
Ch. 6: The Hit.
The record on G.H.W.Bush is characterized by a “sustainedfuzziness; what appears at first glance tobe unexceptionable details turn out, oncloser examination, to be potentiallyimportant facts that slip away intoconfusion and deniability. Little is everwhat it seems” (87; 85-87). Kennedy hadmade many enemies (87-89). Texas wasparticularly hostile (89-90). TheKennedys attacked the oil depletionallowance and had many enemies,including Clint Murchison, Robert Kerr,Lyndon Johnson, Everette DeGolyer, andGeorge McGhee (91-95). Doubts aboutthe official JFK assassination theory (95-97). Lee Harvey Oswald’s early life (97-100). George de Mohrenschildt’sextraordinary interest in helping Oswald(100-03). Speculation that deMohrenschildt’s later meetings withofficials about a coup in Haiti were acover for discussions of an assassinationplot (103-09). The Texas School BookDepository, actually the name of aprivate corporation whose officers wereanti-Kennedy (109-13). Othercoincidences (113-17). Summary so far(117-18).
Ch. 7: After Camelot.
Jack Crichtonagain, “connected in petromilitary circlesat the highest levels” (120; 119-22).Crichton arranged for Ilya Mamontov tointerpret for Marina Oswald, apparentlyin an effort to link Cuba to theassassination (121-22). “Virtuallyeverybody on the [Warren] Commissionwas a friend of Nixon’s or LBJ’s—or both”(123). Albert Jenner, assistant counsel tothe commission, was an anti-Kennedycorporate lawyer with no experience incriminal investigations (123-27). DeMohrenschildt had connections to thefamily of Jackie Kennedy (128-29). PoppyBush elected to Congress in 1966 from anew Houston district (129-30). PossibleBush CIA activities while in Congress:overseeing the Phoenix Program inVietnam; connection to Felix Rodriguez(130-31). LBJ connections to the Bushfamily (131-33).
Ch. 8: Wings for W.
George W. Bush,early years (134-37). National Guardservice (137-41; 143-45; 147-57).Relationship with Inge Honneus (141-43).Enabled girl friend Robin Lowman to getan abortion (145-47). Harvard BusinessSchool (157-58).
Ch. 9: The Nixonian Bushes.
Nixon-Bush family connections: mutual favortrading (159-74). 
Ch. 10: Downing Nixon, Part I: TheSetup.
Nixon suspected that Watergatewas a CIA operation in which he was thetarget (175-79). Nixon’s efforts to findout what the CIA was doing during thelast days of the Kennedy administrationwere stonewalled by the agency (179-82). Nixon was in Dallas on the morningof Nov. 22, 1963; in fact, “[t]hree futurepresidents of the United States were allpresent in a single American city on theday when their predecessor wasassassinated there” (184; 182-84). PepsiCEO and the national bottlers conventionthat coincided with the JFK assassination(184-89). Bush cultivated the image of aNixon loyalist (189-91). A “prelude” toWatergate, the “Townhouse Operation” tofund 1970 congressional candidates,seems to have been designed as a set-upto get Nixon (191-97). The Watergateburglary was designed to be discovered
 
(197-201). The Ellsberg break-in wasdesigned to generate a police report(201-02). Three recent books haveconcluded that Watergate was designedto set up Nixon: Jim Hougan’s
Secret  Agenda
(1984), Len Colodny and RobertGettlin’s
Silent Coup
(1991), and JamesRosen’s
The Strong Man
(2008) (203-04).
Washington Post 
 journalist BobWoodward denies it, but he had abackground in top-secret Navyintelligence and it is plausible that hewas working for the CIA (204-08). The
Post 
(including Carl Bernstein) alsoreported on CIA penetration of the media(208-09). George H.W. Bush was nationalchair of the Republican Party at the time,where he hired Harry Dent and Tom Lias,who had been supervising the TownhouseOperation (210-11). Sen. LowellWeicker’s participation on the WatergateCommittee (211-13). Perhaps Bush’sinside informant at the White House washis old friend Richard A. Moore, anotherSkull-and-Bonesman with a backgroundin intelligence (213-15). White Housecounsel John Dean frustrated Nixon’sdesire to come clean and actually helpedinculpate Nixon by transmitting a requestfor hush money (215-19).
Ch. 11: Downing Nixon, Part II: TheExecution.
A visit from Ed DeBolt,Republican national committeeman fromCalifornia, spurred Weicker’s anti-Nixonactivity (220-21). Bush exhorted Nixonto speak about the scandal (221-22).Gleason provoked Weicker to reopen thematter of the Townhouse Operation (222-23). John Dean’s background (223-25).Surmises that Egil Krogh, who pushed toget Dean into the White House, workedfor the CIA (225-26). Post-Watergatereporting has established that Deaninitiated many aspects of Watergate,including the DNC break-in itself andHaldeman’s discussion of obstruction of  justice (226-28). “[George H.W. Bush and John Dean] appear to have been skillfullyengineering a series of crucial eventswhose only outcome could bedevastating for Nixon(228-29). Deanand Weicker became friends (229-32).An apparent Bush set-up of Weicker wasreally meant to goad him on (232-33).Alexander Butterfield seems to be havebeen CIA, and revelation of the tapingwas engineered by Woodward and Dean(234-35). Bush’s attack on CarmineBellino on Jul. 24, 1973, was self-protective (235-36). Speculation on Leon Jaworski’s role (236-39). Contradictoryevidence is interpreted as pre-plannedcover (240-42). In 1967 RichardHarwood of the
Washington Post 
established the extensive CIAconnections of Texan figures associatedwith Bush (242-43). Nixon’s Justice Dept.was investigating many in the Bushcrowd for possible antitrust violations(interlocking directorates) (243-44). JebMagruder, who falsely testified against John Mitchell, had as a college adviserSkull-and-Bonesman and CIA veteranWilliam Sloan Coffin (244-45). Throughthe media, the Watergate story was spun—thus “Deep Throat” never really existedbut most believe otherwise—and a falseimage of a monstrous Nixon has beencreated (245-49). Bush becameambassador to China (250-52).
Ch. 12: In from the Cold.
TheRockefeller Commission concluded thatthe CIA had no involvement in the JFK investigation (253-54). The ChurchCommittee and the Pike Committee (254-56). In November 1975, anadministration reshuffle served to “re-empower elements of the security-intelligence elite that had been shuntedaside by Nixon”; Bush became CIAdirector (256-72). De Mohrenschildt’slast years and (alleged) suicide (272-79).
Ch. 13: Poppy’s Proxy and theSaudis.
Jim Bath and the Bushconnection to the Saudis, setting up a“secret intelligence partnership thatwould come to rival that between theUnited States and Israel” (281; 280-98).

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