Law and Disorder Radio – Russ Baker on the Bush Dynasty – Philip Weiss on J Street and Israel/Palestine – Hosts: Dalia Hashad, Heidi Boghosian, Michael Steven Smith & Michael Ratner – Produced by Geoff Brady

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familysecrets michael - russ1Family of Secrets:  The Bush Dynasty, the Powerful Forces That Put It in the White House, and What Their Influence Means for America

From the Kennedy assassination to Watergate to Prescott Bush’s ties to Nazi Germany, the book Family of Secrets: The Bush Dynasty, the Powerful Forces That Put It in the White House, and What Their Influence Means for America, digs into the hidden history of the Bush family. Author Russ Baker takes on the Bush legacy with powerful investigative journalism. One review states that the chapter on George W. Bush’s private life is worth the price of the book alone. Baker also reveals George H. W. Bush’s connections with the CIA began in 1953, not when he publicly joined the agency in 1976. Bush’s oil companies were used as fronts for the intelligence agencies around the world with an agenda controlled by power brokers. Award-winning investigative reporter Russ Baker also tells us why this insight into the Bush family is important to know now during the Obama administration.

Russ Baker:

I was training investigative journalists in Yugoslavia 2002, and when I traveled Europe people were asking me what has happened to your country. I knew superficially what happened, but I didn’t know why it happened.

From the son, I looked into the father, because had the father not been president, the son wouldn’t be president.

George H. W. Bush had a secret past more than 20 years, preceding his appointment to the CIA in 1976

George H. W. Bush starts up offshore drilling companies that make no sense, very few customers, very few rigs, but he’s traveling all over the world. It’s perfect intelligence cover.

They even put a rig in Cuba before the Bay of Pigs; they had Cuban exiles working there.

OK, he’s working in intelligence, I assume that’s what he’s doing while he was a Congressman, an oil man, an ambassador to the UN. This is fascinating and also deeply troubling.

I think what we’re looking at is a permanent construct of power.

Journalists: I don’t think they’ll say so publicly but privately they’ll tell you how scared they are, whether for their personal safety or they don’t want to lose their job.

The Bush dynasty was the ultimate triumph of the military-industrial complex that Dwight Eisenhower, a formal general, had warned us about.

Harry Truman speech on the CIA: I signed the Act that created the CIA, but they never told me the kind of things that they got in to.

The Bush Family: You see them as the ultimate operatives on behalf of the coalition of powerful Wall St. interests, military contractors, resource extraction mining interests, going all over the world to bring back the plunder essentially.

They (Bush family) are the representatives, they are not the bosses.

Obama: It’s very difficult to go against these interests. Our economy runs on war, it’s very difficult to undo that.

I myself was naive, and I covered politics for more than 20 years, and I never understood the extent at which democracy is subverted.

Power in America resides in pool of people about whom we’ve never even heard; the only way you find out is if you look at these Fortune 1000 lists.  This is not a conspiracy, it’s just the way things work.

Michael Smith: When I was starting out and learning how this country works, I was reading C. Wright Mills, Ferdinand Lunberg.

Guest host Jim Lafferty: This is a matter of commonality of interests that run this country – specialized in doing deep politics investigation – historic epochs that haven’t been properly explored.

Everybody hated Kennedy except the people.

Guest – Russ Baker is an award-winning investigative reporter with a track record for making sense of complex and little-understood matters. He has written for the New Yorker, Vanity Fair, the Nation, the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Village Voice and Esquire. He has also served as a contributing editor to the Columbia Journalism Review. Baker received a 2005 Deadline Club award for his exclusive reporting on George W. Bush’s military record. He is the founder of WhoWhatWhy/The Real News Project, a nonpartisan, nonprofit investigative news organization, operating at


MondoWeiss: The War of Ideas In the Middle East

Did the recent bombing of Gaza and killing of 1,400 Palestinians create a breakdown in the traditional Jewish American support for Israel? In the first of its kind, last month’s J Street Conference brought together 1,500 people to the meeting aimed at ending the Arab-Israeli and Israeli-Palestinian conflicts peacefully and diplomatically. The conference is a political arm of the pro-Israel pro-peace movement that also lobbied more than 100 members of Congress to press forward with the peace process and two-state solution.

Meanwhile the Boycott, Divestment and Sanction movement gains momentum and Code Pink activists continue to protest, demonstrate in and around Gaza. As many listeners may know, living conditions in the Gaza Strip have deteriorated. Salt water has contaminated a large percentage of drinking water and is damaging the kidneys of Palestinian children.

Philip Weiss:

  • J Street is the alternative Israel lobby or alternative Jewish lobby because they identify themselves as a Jewish organization.
  • They are taking on AIPAC, which has traditionally taken on the role to shape the US response to Israel.
  • It was landmark moment in changing the original purpose of the Israel lobby to speak with one voice
  • Here’s a lobby that says. . guess what? Jews are not going to speak with one voice, we’re going to have a lot of different voices that contend on this issue.
  • Finally there’s a little bit of fragmenting of this reactionary force of AIPAC and the Israel lobby.
  • 160 Congressmen were at the J Street Conference in Washington DC. You saw lefty Jews with a spring in their step. The conference disappointed me in a number of ways, it only had Zionists, progressive Zionists. It condemned the Goldstone Report
  • There were some bright lights at this conference. It’s not that different from AIPAC in a number of ways.
  • There was a strong sense if you were to speak there (J Street Conference) you had to be a Zionist.
  • Zionist: I think it is support for a Jewish state. We need a Jewish state because we could be persecuted again and we need to go somewhere.
  • Generally the rank and file of these people are old Jewish lefties. J Street represents a break in the heresy. The heresy is that we speak with one voice.  This process of colonization continues in the West Bank, unabated basically.
  • One state with an apartheid system and that’s going to be the struggle. I think if you scratch any Jew in this country he has some connection to Israel. For me it was the 9/11 thing. As they say.
  • My brother said, I demonstrated against the Vietnam War, as I did, but my Jewish newspaper says the Iraq War could be good for Israel.
  • I couldn’t avoid the issue anymore then when I confronted the issue I became this Palestinian Solidarity person.
  • The desperation is heightened by the fact there’s so little recognition of that in the United States.
  • Goldstone, a Jewish jurist from South Africa who fought apartheid and Bosnian war crimes, that he could say, look, this is persecution, and that can be so ignored, defied and stomped on in the United States…it’s a horror.
  • Our country can affect the situation (In Gaza / West Bank)

Guest – Peter Weiss, longtime journalist and regular contributor to the Nation and a fellow at the Nation Institute. Philip is the author of two books: a political novel, Cock-A-Doodle-Doo, and American Taboo, an investigative account of a 1976 murder in the Peace Corps in the Kingdom of Tonga. His website is called Mondoweiss. It explores Middle East policy and Israel/Palestine issues. Philip attended the J Street Conference two months ago.