Wednesday, December 31, 2008

New Controversy Swirls around George H.W. Bush and Nov. 22 1963


George H.W. Bush, who once compared the American people's continuing interest in the murder of JFK to those who are obsessed with Elvis' sightings is the target of a new book which discusses his possible role in the event of November 22, 1963. Russ Baker, a longtime investigative reporter is the author of this book called "Family of Secrets: The Bush Dynasty, the Powerful Forces That Put It in the White House, and What Their Influence Means for America". One subject he tackles is the whereabouts of George Bush Sr. on Nov. 22, 1963. In all, four chapters of the book are devoted to the murder of JFK. Here's an excerpt of an interview with Mr. Baker on the subject:
Buzz Flash:
"Over the years, one of the most discussed allegations about George Herbert Walker Bush was that he was a CIA operative back in the later '50s and early '60s and was lurking around the periphery of the Kennedy assassination. You discuss this in your book, of course. What, in summary, do you suggest was “Poppy” Bush's role with the Kennedy assassination and the CIA at the time?
Russ Baker: I am very careful not to speculate. What I do is begin with the curious fact that G.H.W. Bush has said he could not remember where he was on November 22, 1963. That makes him just about the only adult alive at the time who has that memory defect. Seeking to understand why he would not want to answer that question, I discovered that, in fact, he had been in Dallas that day. After that, he traveled to a nearby city, and then placed an odd phone call that established in FBI files a record of his being outside Dallas at the time of the call. As intriguingly, it turns out that G.H.W. Bush was a friend of the intelligence operative who befriended and guided Lee Harvey Oswald after his return to Dallas from the Soviet Union. I also provide much evidence that Bush Sr. had a connection to the CIA long before his short period as CIA director. There is much more, covering chapter after chapter of Family Secrets. Let's just say for now that there is enough to raise the eyebrows to the ceiling."
(You can read the full interview here: http://www.buzzflash.com/articles/interviews/140 )
Russ Baker is receiving some interesting positive reviews for this book from people such as Bill Moyers of the PBS and Roger Morris, a former senior member of the National Security Council under Presidents Johnson and Nixon (He resigned over the invasion of Cambodia). Morris is also the author of several award winning history books himself. Of Baker's new book Morris has this to say:"“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 insight—from the Kennedy assassination to Watergate to the oil and financial intrigues that lie behind today's headlines—this is a sweeping drama of money and power, unseen forces, and the emblematic triumph of a lineage that sowed national tragedy. Russ Baker's Family of Secrets is sure to take its place as one of the most startling and influential works of American history and journalism.”

T.

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