|Date:||Saturday - December 5, 2009|
|Guests:||Russ Baker, Fred Burton|
Ian Punnett welcomed award-winning investigative reporter Russ Baker, who discussed the connections between the Bush family and the intelligence community, as well as startling evidence that shed new light on the JFK assassination and Watergate. According to his research, George H.W. Bush's affiliation with the CIA began as far back as 1953, as opposed to Bush's "official" joining of the organization in 1976. Two elements that led him to this conclusion were that Bush was briefed on the JFK assassination by the CIA on the day after Kennedy's murder and he also appeared to be using his oil company to set up "fronts" for the intelligence agency around the world.
However, Baker said, these CIA outlets were merely part of a larger agenda driven by wealthy elites who have designs on shaping the world to their end. Stressing that the Bush family are merely players in this group of power brokers, Baker said, "they're not the guys running the thing. They are just operatives." He dismissed the notion that it is an organized group, suggesting that it is more of a collection of like-minded, powerful people working together to consolidate their power. "It's not this absolute club or anything like that," Baker explained, "you're talking about a mindset." Ultimately, he expressed concern that this coterie continues to exert its power, "I think what we're looking at is a very sensitive and fragile situation that perpetuates to this day."
He suggested that the Watergate scandal was one historic event that this faction, including George H.W. Bush (who was head of the RNC at the time), played a hand in orchestrating. Baker put forth the idea that Richard Nixon, previously put into power by these elites, had begun to move away from their influence. As such, the Watergate event was developed as a means to drive Nixon out of office in a "cleaner" fashion than they had eliminated JFK. According to Baker, this explains why the break-in seemed so poorly done, how the story ended up in the press, and why Nixon was so befuddled by what had happened. "It's almost like a rolling coup d'etat," he observed, "when you're in these permanent bureaucracies, you don't have a lot of use for these elected presidents. They're an annoyance and a problem for you."
Ft. Hood Shooting
During the first hour, former State Department counter terrorism special agent Fred Burton talked about the Fort Hood shootings. In looking at alleged shooter Nidal Hassan, Burton theorized that the FBI knew about his terrorist leanings and were considering trying to co-opt him as a veritable double agent. Ultimately, Burton blamed poor analysis of intelligence information for letting Hassan slip through the cracks. "The technology did not fail here, we intercepted the communication" Burton said, "the failure was the ability to evaluate what Major Hasan was up to at that time."
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George H.W. Bush in Dallas?
Over the years, the political career of George H.W. Bush has seen him at the epicenter of a number of noteworthy historical events. Comparative analysis of a picture from November 22nd, 1963 suggests that Bush may have been in Dallas the day JFK was assassinated. More details can be seen at tomflocco.com.
The Great Balloon Hunt
Across America, people are looking to the skies in hopes of spying one of 10 red balloons launched Saturday by government agency DARPA. The balloons are part of a contest celebrating the 40th anniversary of ARPANET, the precursor to today's Internet. Contestants, many of whom have been preparing for today's launch for months, have formed online teams in order to properly scour the entire continental US. The first team to correctly determine the coordinates of all 10 balloon will win $40,000. More on the story at ABC News.
Bumper music from Saturday December 05, 2009
- Midnight Express (The Chase)
- Another Day in Paradise
- Whirlpool's End
- Policy of Truth
- Mongrel Meets His Maker
- Family Affair
Sly & The Family Stone
- Running Up That Hill
- That's Your Secret
- Little Lies
- Lights of Heaven
- Talking in Your Sleep
- Two Step
Dave Matthews Band
- Twilight Zone
- Hands of Time