View Full Version : FTR #730 Interview with Russ Baker

Ed Jewett
01-18-2011, 04:14 AM
For The Record

FTR #730 Interview with Russ Baker (Author of “Family of Secrets”)

Posted by Dave Emory ⋅ December 26, 2010

Tags Bush (http://spitfirelist.com/tag/bush/), Bush Family (http://spitfirelist.com/tag/bush-family/), Bush-George H W (http://spitfirelist.com/tag/bush-george-h-w/), Bush-George W (http://spitfirelist.com/tag/bush-george-w/), CIA (http://spitfirelist.com/tag/cia/), Cover-Up (http://spitfirelist.com/tag/cover-up/), Iraq (http://spitfirelist.com/tag/iraq/), JFK (http://spitfirelist.com/tag/jfk/), Nixon (http://spitfirelist.com/tag/nixon/), Oil (http://spitfirelist.com/tag/oil/), Reagan (http://spitfirelist.com/tag/reagan/), Watergate (http://spitfirelist.com/tag/watergate/)

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MP3 Side 1 (http://spitfirelist.com/archives/f-730a.mp3) | Side 2 (http://spitfirelist.com/archives/f-730b.mp3)
Flash Audio (http://wfmu.org/flashplayer.php?version=2&show=38428&archive=65597)
NB: Lis*ten*ers should be sure to ref*er*ence FTRs 711 (http://spitfirelist.com/for-the-record/ftr-711-interview-1-with-russ-baker-author-of-family-of-secrets/) through 716 (http://spitfirelist.com/for-the-record/ftr-716-interview-6-with-russ-baker-author-of-family-of-secrets/) (inclu*sive), ana*lyz*ing Fam*ily of Secrets (http://www.familyofsecrets.com/) in depth.

Intro*duc*tion: Sup*ple*ment*ing ear*lier inter*views with Russ Baker (http://russbaker.com/), the author of the con*sum*mately impor*tant Fam*ily of Secrets, this pro*gram ana*lyzes, among other things, the phe*nom*e*non of the book itself.
Gar*ner*ing strong endorse*ments from pro*gres*sive lumi*nar*ies such as Bill Moy*ers, Gore Vidal and Dan Rather, the book could be con*sid*ered fun*da*men*tally trans*gres*sive. Not only does Fam*ily of Secrets treat the assas*si*na*tion of Pres*i*dent Kennedy in the fac*tual his*tor*i*cal con*text in which it actu*ally occurred, Baker’s inves*ti*ga*tion impli*cates George H.W. Bush in the event, pos*si*bly as a principal.
It is highly unusual for a book that vio*lates taboos to gain the rel*a*tive accep*tance that this book has received.
Baker’s analy*sis of the Bush/JFK assas*si*na*tion link is, in turn, deriv*a*tive of one of the book’s strongest features–analysis of the Bush family’s inex*tri*ca*ble con*nec*tion to the intel*li*gence com*mu*nity. That link in an expres*sion of the intel*li*gence agen*cies’ role as vehi*cles for fur*ther*ing the polit*i*cal and eco*nomic goals of the cor*po*rate elite.
Through*out the course of their polit*i*cal his*tory, the Bush fam*ily has advanced its inter*ests through the appli*ca*tion of the method*ol*ogy of covert action to both busi*ness and elec*toral politics.
When look*ing at a Bush busi*ness operation–Zapata Off*shore Petro*leum and Harken Energy are two examples–it is appar*ent that the enti*ties are actu*ally fronts for the illicit mov*ing of money. Many of them, such as Zap*ata, were prob*a*bly intel*li*gence fronts in and of themselves.
Begin*ning with the role of Prescott Bush and his asso*ciate (and pro*fes*sional bene*fac*tor of “Poppy” Bush) Robert Lovett in cre*at*ing the CIA, the clan*des*tine pedi*gree of Amer*i*can transna*tional cor*po*ra*tions and their allied inter*ests is evi*dent through*out the Bush narrative.
Lovett abet*ted Poppy’s rise through the ranks of Dresser Indus*tries and later assisted in the launch*ing of Zap*ata. Robert Gow, a Zap*ata employee, helped groom Dubya, even as his father was cement*ing his deci*sive role in GOP and U.S. politics.
The impact of Baker’s book and a sig*nif*i*cant cog*ni*tive divide on the sub*ject of “con*spir*acy the*ory” turns on the inabil*ity of many polit*i*cal ana*lysts to make the con*nec*tion between the doc*u*mented fact that Amer*i*can cor*po*rate inter*ests rou*tinely engage in clan*des*tine oper*a*tions to influ*ence their for*tunes in for*eign coun*tries, and the fact that there is more wealth at stake in this country.
It stands to rea*son, there*fore, that the use of covert action and deadly force used abroad would be applied at home.
It has been, and is being, used and the rise of the Bush fam*ily attests to that fact.
Polit*i*cal and insti*tu*tional iner*tia, par*tic*u*larly with regard to our media estab*lish*ment, have min*i*mized the main*stream media’s cov*er*age of Fam*ily of Secrets, while Dubya’s Deci*sion Points–a tis*sue of self-serving dis*tor*tions and out*right invention–receives char*ac*ter*is*ti*cally soft coverage.
Indeed, this “fact-free” polit*i*cal envi*ron*ment (as for*mer Pres*i*dent Clin*ton char*ac*ter*ized the present polit*i*cal sci*en*tific land*scape) has had much to do with the ascent of Dubya, as well as Sarah Palin and the Tea Partiers.
Pro*gram High*lights Include: Review of the decades-long pro*fes*sional rela*tion*ship between the Bush fam*ily and the Gammells–a pow*er*ful Scot*tish bank*ing and fos*sil fuels clan; review of the Gam*mells’ rela*tion*ship to Tony Blair; review of the Gam*mells’ rela*tion*ship to BP; review of the evo*lu*tion of KBR from polit*i*cal financiers of LBJ, through its pur*chase of Dresser Indus*tries and its sub*se*quent acqui*si*tion by the Dick Cheney-controlled Hal*libur*ton (like BP, impli*cated in the Deep*wa*ter Hori*zon deba*cle in the Gulf of Mex*ico); review of jour*nal*ist Mickey Hershkowitz’s dis*clo*sure that Dubya was think*ing of invad*ing Iraq in the late 1990’s; review of the close rela*tion*ship between Poppy Bush and LBJ; review of the close rela*tion*ship between Nixon and the Bushes.


Peter Lemkin
01-18-2011, 09:58 AM
Good interview, as have been others on BOR and Guns and Butter. If you haven't read the book yet and underlined, you going to sit in detention hall until you do!

Dawn Meredith
01-18-2011, 01:18 PM
Good interview, as have been others on BOR and Guns and Butter. If you haven't read the book yet and underlined, you going to sit in detention hall until you do!

Thanks Peter. Will listen later, after work. And I have read and underlined. Loved the book.

Keith Millea
01-18-2011, 04:27 PM
Jim D.review of "Family of Secrets" at CTKA.A little different take on things.


Ed Jewett
01-18-2011, 07:08 PM
Dave Emory's FTR series had six previous interview with Baker on this book; be sure to catch those as well with your own searching.