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FTR #714 Interview (#4) with Russ Baker, Author of “Family of Secrets”

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Introduction: Journalist Russ Baker has authored Family of Secrets: The Bush Dynasty, America’s Invisible Government and the Hidden History of the Last 50 Years–a potentially decisive, multi-generational political history and analysis of the Bush family. This fourth of six interviews with Mr. Baker focuses largely on the Watergate scandal.

Analyzing the Watergate scandal, Russ develops compelling information indicating that Watergate was far from being the “re-affirmation” of American democratic principles that it is represented as being. Rather, that historical episode was a carefully orchestrated coup d’etat, executed by well-placed opponents of Nixon with strong connections to the intelligence community.

George H.W. Bush appears to have been a major player in this operation. The Watergate gambit fundamentally reflected the events of 11/22/1963, while anticipating and setting the stage for much of what followed in succeeding decades.

Understanding Watergate necessitates understanding the relationship between Nixon and the Bush clan. Reviewing an aspect of Nixon’s career, Baker reviews the role of Prescott Bush in the political elevation of “Tricky Dick.”

Prescott Bush appears to have launched Nixon’s political career with a visit to Los Angeles. Prescott appears to have traveled to LA in order to recruit a GOP candidate to defeat Representative Jerry Voorhees, who was pushing to regulate Wall Street. (At the time, Brown Brothers, Harriman–Prescott’s employer–was heavily involved with the purchase of defense industries in the L.A. area. Dresser Industries, also close to the Harriman/Bush axis, was active in the petroleum business in Southern California. These relationships were the foundation of Prescott’s political connections to the powerful, reactionary Chandler family [publishers of The Los Angeles Times]. The Chandlers, in turn, were decisive supporters of Nixon’s campaign to defeat Voorhees.)

This debt of Nixon’s to the Bush family may well explain why, despite his antipathy toward the Eastern Establishment, Nixon appointed Poppy to positions that burnished his professional resume for future consideration. Nixon named Poppy Ambassador to the United Nations and, later, chairman of the Republican National Committee. Bush would later play a fundamental role in the removal of Richard Nixon from power, after he began to turn away from the interests who had promoted him to the White House in the first place.

(Like Poppy, Nixon was in Dallas, Texas on 11/22/1963 and had difficulty recalling just what he was doing, despite the fact that he called a press conference in his hotel room the day before Kennedy was killed. See Miscellaneous Archive Show M59 for an overview of the links between Nixon and the Kennedy assassination.)

Indeed, Nixon frequently spoke of “the whole Bay of Pigs thing” and his fears that the Watergate affair needed to be covered up lest the details concerning that “thing” emerge. As discussed in the interview (and in various broadcasts over the years), Nixon’s Bay of Pigs reference was a code word for the Kennedy assassination. When analyzing the Watergate affair, one not only observes that the key players have connections to the intelligence community, but that most of them have backgrounds that lead to Dallas and the Kennedy killing.

Of particular significance for the purposes of present discussion are Watergate Special Prosecutor Leon Jaworski and Gerald Ford, appointed as Vice-President by Nixon.

A member of the board of directors of the M.D. Anderson Fund (a CIA domestic-funding conduit), Jaworski had served as a Warren Commission counsel, after being appointed to investigate the Kennedy assassination for the state of Texas. Like Robert G. Storey, his associate on the Texas inquest, Jaworski had served on the “prosecutorial” staff at Nuremberg. As has been seen in numerous programs, the prosecutions of Nazi war criminals was badly attenuated, the courts largely serving to rubber-stamp many of Third Reich alumni for service in the postwar German government and/or for employment by Western intelligence services or defense industries.

Throughout his career, Jaworski was very close to Poppy Bush, as well as the Texas corporate and political elites. (In Miscellaneous Archive Show M31, we looked at early indications of Jaworski’s professional corruption and nascent Nazi sympathies.)

Ford, who replaced Nixon and pardoned him after his resignation, had served on the Warren Commission which had covered up Kennedy’s assassination in the first place. Ford, too, was close to Poppy Bush.

After noting that Nixon–like his nemesis JFK–was running afoul of the petroleum industry, Baker also points out that Nixon’s policies of detente with Russia and rapprochement with China alienated the far right and the Cold War lobby.

Baker points out that the available evidence suggests that Nixon was set up in the Watergate burglary, with the CIA veterans who comprised the “Plumbers” unit deliberately bungling the operation that led to their arrest.

In Family of Secrets, Baker notes Poppy Bush’s primary role in the “Townhouse” affair, one of the back stories to Watergate. The Townhouse operation developed a money trail linking Nixon’s White House to nefarious financial doings that later helped to grease the skids for Nixon.

Poppy Bush was also very close to former Connecticut Senator Lowell Weicker, one of Nixon’s most important opponents in the Watergate incident. Baker develops an excellent case that Poppy Bush helped to maneuver Weicker into position to unseat Nixon.

Program Highlights Include: Nixon’s rejection of Poppy Bush as Vice-President on the GOP ticket in favor of Spiro Agnew (whom Nixon regarded as his insurance against assassination; Watergate burglar E. Howard Hunt’s alleged presence in Dallas on 11/22/1963; the CIA and Bay of Pigs backgrounds of the other members of the “Plumbers” unit; the intelligence connections of John Dean, whose disclosures are viewed as fatal to Nixon’s presidency; Dean’s selection of former Warren Commission counsel Charles Shaffer as his attorney; the Naval Intelligence background of Bob Woodward, one of the reporters who broke the story for The Washington Post; the intelligence backgrounds of Egil “Bud” Krogh and Jeb Stuart Magruder; Magruder’s relationship with Yale University and Skull and Bones member William Sloane Coffin (who gained fame through his opposition to the Vietnam war); the Bay of Pigs connections of Nixon White House staffers Alexander Haig and Alexander Butterfield (whose disclosure of the White House taping system led to the struggle over the tapes that forced Nixon’s exit.)

Discussion

3 comments for “FTR #714 Interview (#4) with Russ Baker, Author of “Family of Secrets””

  1. Woodward & Bernstein have just written their first joint byline in over 30 years.

    The piece amounts to a limited hangout (they’re no Russ Baker), but it’s worth noting … for the record:

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/woodward-and-bernstein-40-years-after-watergate-nixon-was-far-worse-than-we-thought/2012/06/08/gJQAlsi0NV_print.html

    Posted by R. Wilson | June 9, 2012, 5:04 pm
  2. @R.Wilson–

    If you haven’t listened to/read this, please do so at your convenience.

    http://spitfirelist.com/for-the-record/ftr-253-rewind-%e2%80%94-the-watergate-tapes-revisited/

    It goes a little further than anyone with regard to Watergate/JFK and the matter of the White House tapes.

    Keep those eagle eyes of yours open.

    Best,

    Dave Emory

    Posted by Dave Emory | June 10, 2012, 5:33 pm
  3. ” … a quest for dirt and secrets about his opponents as an organizing principle of his presidency.”

    Posted by Rob Coogan | June 10, 2012, 7:15 pm

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