Unanswered Questions as Obama Anoints HW Bush

Pres. Obama gives Medal of Freedom to George H. W. Bush

On February 15, President Obama bestowed the Medal of Freedom, the United States’ highest award, to a group of people which includes former president George H.W. Bush. Having spent five years researching the elder Bush and discovering a staggering array of secrets to the man’s life—none of them favorable, I was curious why Obama gave Bush the medal.

Officially, it goes to individuals “who have made especially meritorious contributions to the security or national interests of the United States, to world peace, or to cultural or other significant public or private endeavors.” In fact, it goes to all kinds of people for all kinds of reasons. In the case of Bush, it was an obligatory Washington ritual for a former President who is in the last chapter of his life.

Notwithstanding the inevitability of the process, President Obama needed to trot out some explanation or other as to why each recipient was deserving.  In remarks at the ceremony,  he said that H.W.’s “His life is a testament that public service is a noble calling….his humility and his decency reflects the very best of the American spirit.” And he referred to Mr. Bush’s “extraordinary life of service and of sacrifice.”

His life has certainly been extraordinary. Though whether “decency” is the right term, or whether his activities “reflect the very best of the American spirit,” or whether his has been a “life…of sacrifice” seem to be debatable.

There’s another side to the elder Bush. It goes to the heart of his purported “humility,” and whether it is truly humility—or his need to hide so many secrets. Especially as it relates, remarkably, to the assassination of another president, John F. Kennedy.

Here are some questions that must be asked of George H.W. Bush, while he is still around to be asked.  These questions are based on revelations from my book, Family of Secrets: the Bush Dynasty, America’s Invisible Government, and the Hidden History of the Last Fifty Years, copies of which can be found in major American bookstores and libraries, including the Library of Congress. The underlying points are all documented and footnoted—and some of these questions have appeared before in an earlier post on this site and others.

-Former president Bush, we all know that you served for a single year as director of the Central Intelligence Agency. What about the fact trail suggesting that, just like the Russian leader Vladimir Putin, you actually spent your entire adult life prior to becoming vice president working in covert operations—but unlike Putin, have not admitted that? What about documentation showing that, as far back as the early 1950s, your small but hyperactive company, Zapata Offshore, was commercial cover for super-secret ops?

-Some years ago you claimed not to remember where you were on the morning of Nov. 22, 1963? Have you since been able to recall?

-Can you tell us about your decades-long friendship with George de Mohrenschildt, the man who was in and out of Lee Harvey Oswald’s house on almost a daily basis in the year before the Kennedy assassination?

-Did you, as characterized in an FBI memo, work as a CIA officer in tandem with Cuban exiles at the time of the Kennedy assassination?

-Why have you never spoken publicly about the documented call you made to the FBI on Nov 22, 1963, in which you identified yourself fully and claimed to have information on a possible suspect in Kennedy’s death? What was the purpose of that call, in which you mentioned your whereabouts at the time of the call, 1:45pm, as Tyler, Texas, i.e. about 99 miles away but just a short flight on the private plane on which you were traveling? Why did you tell the FBI that you were en route next to Dallas and would stay at the Sheraton there when you had already been at the Sheraton the night before—and right after that call flew to Dallas but only to switch planes and fly back immediately to Houston? Why were you giving the FBI the impression you would be staying in Dallas the night after the assassination instead of letting them know you had stayed there the night before the assassination?

-Why was your own assistant at the home of the man you would finger as a suspect in the shooting, and why did he end up providing the man with an alibi? Was the ultimate purpose of that call not to cause the alleged suspect any permanent harm, but merely to use the call as an excuse to state in government files that you were in a place other than Dallas?

-Since you claimed not to remember where you were when Kennedy was killed, how is it that after these FBI memos surfaced, your wife Barbara suddenly found and published an old letter placing you and her in Tyler, Texas shortly after the shooting?

-On the day of the assassination, were you in touch with your friend and Republican running mate Jack Crichton, a military intelligence figure who was connected to figures forcing their way into the pilot car of Kennedy’s motorcade? The same Crichton who controlled the man who served as the interpreter between Oswald’s wife and police and reframed her words so as to implicate Oswald in Kennedy’s shooting? The same Crichton who was working out of a secret underground communications bunker below the streets of Dallas? The same Crichton whose secret military intelligence unit counted dozens of men who simultaneously held jobs as Dallas police officers? The same Crichton who did secret oil industry intelligence work in the Middle East while you did intelligence related oil industry work via your company, Zapata Offshore?

-Finally, do you know people who consider the events of November 22, 1963 to, in their minds,   “reflect the very best of the American spirit?” You say almost nothing, ever, about the Kennedy assassination, even skipping over it in your own memoir, which details much more trivial events of the same year. Why is that? And why then, in your eulogy for former President Ford, a member of the increasingly-discredited Warren Commission, did you go out of your way to oddly praise him for promoting the increasingly-discredited “single bullet theory?”  You said:

After a deluded gunman assassinated President Kennedy, our nation turned to Gerald Ford and a select handful of others to make sense of that madness. And the conspiracy theorists can say what they will, but the Warren Commission report will always have the final definitive say on this tragic matter. Why? Because Jerry Ford put his name on it and Jerry Ford’s word was always good.”

Why did you, so bizarrely, smile when you uttered those words?

Now, with your Medal of Freedom, given you by a Democratic president who ran as an agent of change, you truly seem to be enjoying the last laugh.

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  • Bronx

    Change you can believe in.

    • Soularddave

      This guy ought to get some kind of recognition for being the only person in America that doesn’t know where he was when President Kennedy was assassinated.

      Further, when awarded, it should have been put around his neck BACKWARD (tails – we loose). Surely there’s some sort of verbiage that goes along with the award, and I wish Russ Baker would have been the one to compose it.

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  • Trevor

    why did he smile ? “was the ultimate purpose of that call was” makes no sense. sry i personally don’t enjoy the question-asking method espoused here, and the tangential discussion of Crichton is distracting. wat about humility, thought that was ur thesis but it never shows up again. i would like to see links to the documents u found that show wat ur talkin about.

    • Logarithmic Pig

      If you want to know more about the points Russ makes, read “Family of Secrets.” It’s all there with plenty of documentation to back it up.

      I’m wondering if you’re not just some cyber persona created by the U.S. military:


  • Wondering Mike

    While you are at it, why not check out the allegations of Bush’s secret Nazi past? Just Google “Bush” and “Nazi” to open this Pandora’s box.

    This really explains why we are in such trouble.

    • Mary Love

      Indeed, the Nazi and Arab liaisons that the Bush family has always indulged are among the hideous skeletons in the American Peoples’ closet. I cannot fathom why the populace does not rise up and find a way to censure the criminals who’ve usurped our country; and anyone with half a will to know the Truth realizes this all started ‘way back before Reagen, and even was a prelude to at least World War II. I have a friend who had access to some very rare archival documents that reside at Yale’s library, and he says, don’t kid ourselves; the Roman Empire never fell, and we are it; we fought (and it was only the fight of the landed gentry, listen to Howard Zinn’s last great speech about the “Holy Wars” to see how little the American Revolution was wanted by the American people, most of whose lot would be simply to serve a different master–a more local one) in order to be the ones to develop the West, i.e. to eviscerate Britain’s imperialism so that we could perpetrate our own devastation of the indigenous tribes and steal their lands. It is such an unspeakable evil, and only an amorally corrupt conscience-deprived form of Capitalism such as American practices (read the “Shock Doctrine”) could have mesmerized the American people under the ill-conceived banner of nationalism to commit this crime. Thanks for your apt comment, and for the excellent critique of the well-intended but poorly presented argument that precipitated these comments; I couldn’t even wade through that format, it went so far off base, and I’m a highly motivated reader!! The BUSHes need to be censured, bigtime; they are Satan’s own dynasty (I’m not religious, just metaphorical), so it’s hilarious that the Republicans, known liars as they are, are talking about toppling what’s become a “monarchy” in Washington, as I heard some lame-ass say on the morning news! Irony up the yin yang; a clean-up would involve the whole Republican party taking a flying leap right out of politics (and the nation) altogether; tragic, ‘though, to have Obama honour them!!

      • Meremark

        A short note referencing a long subject, here prompted by your wording “Bushes … are Satan’s own dynasty,” Mary Love. (For the prez’s Bush Sr. and Bush Jr. my ‘nicknames’ are B. Sinister and B. Jughead.)

        Anyway, about “Satan’s own.” I practice astrology. The most abominable chart, (abominably ‘bad’ or ‘evil,’ an abomination), or ‘horoscope’ of all that I’ve studied in the 20th century, is the planet pattern of June 12, 1924, B.Sinister’s birthdate.

        That was also the day Giacomo Matteotti was torture murdered, after being abducted June 10 by Mussolini’s thugs, (as Mussolini admitted in ‘confessions’ during his Jan.1925 speech). Matteotti’s body was found ten days later. He had become the ‘highest office’ elected Socialist in the world, socialism’s “rising international star/celebrity” at the time he was abducted and murdered.

        I looked for a chart similar to B.Sinister’s, trying to find a ‘precedent’ or ‘comparable’ one. First I found one that is close to exactly opposite B.Sinister’s. It is Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens) Nov. 30, 1835. The prominent ‘figure’ of B.Sinister is a Grand Trine in Air signs; where as Mark Twain’s birth features a Grand Trine in Fire signs — that’s the basis for my describing it as “exactly opposite.” (The two triangles fit together ‘opposing’ like the geometry of the 6-pointed Star of David.)

        Ultimately I found another chart similar alike to B.Sinister’s. And that is the planet pattern for the birth of Vlad the Impaler, widely known as Dracula. There are some obscurities in comparing Vlad the Impaler’s chart, and for anyone interested in the details, start by reading Vlad’s entry in wikipedia. (For instance, his exact birth day is uncertain within a 60-day interval, but astrology acumen can with high probability specify the correct day in the interval.)

        Considering B.Sinister’s chart, 6/12/1924: In it are planet arrangements described (or defined) as “monstrous birth” by Ptolemy in his Tetrabiblios, published about 100 A.D.

        [ http://www.sacred-texts.com/astro/ptb/ptb53.htm ]
        [ Book IV, Chapter IX, ‘Monstrous or Defective Births ]

        B.Sinister’s horoscope IS “monstrous” or “defective” birth, or in other words, “Satan’s own.”

        In a few attempts I have tried to stir or goad other astrologers to comment on B.Sinister’s chart, their interpretation of it, as a ‘second opinion’ to corroborate OR to dispute my interpretation, and maybe bring light and insight of his ‘personality’ to share with biographers of him (such as Russ or Webster Tarpley) — and/but all my astrologer ‘buddies’ stay silent, claiming a ‘decorum’ or astrology ‘ethic’ which disfavors such commentary unsolicited (unless by the Native, whose chart it is), whereas I say they are cowed and being cowardly in their silence. But there is this: None other has denied my interpretation nor contradicted it.

        I recognize that Astrology artisans and artfulness is meaningless (or worse) for most folks. I am not ‘selling’ it, though; only saying it satisfies something in me, my destiny with it. I simply offer this view from another (extensive and venerable) vantage point that sees B.Sinister in the same appearance as Russ sees him.

        Also, like you Mary Love, I am not religious. (Fully, I’m an atheist. ‘Pure’ Astrology is also atheistic, although some ‘astrologers’ think to say otherwise.) Yet Ptolemy’s terminology and my usage of ‘monstrous’ and ‘defective’ has a pragmatic or ‘concrete’ quality, (‘reproducible results’ by independent observers 2000 years apart), such that what is being said has a veracity which is ‘more’ or ‘stronger’ than “metaphorical.” The terms are more like ‘instinct’ or ‘primal’ or ‘genetic/congenital’ in what they refer to

  • Bruce Blevins

    I am in the process of reading your fascinating book, less than half-way through, and all those questions and more popped into my head when I saw the story. I am still wondering why anyone believes that GHWB was not in Paris for a secret meeting with Iranians that led to the arms-deal-that-never-was, including hostages held until after the 1980 election, and all the subsequent foul play in Nicaragua. I am surprised that he became president, since he was so good at flying below the radar. It also makes me wonder how wired-in Pres. Obama is to the CIA-Pentagon-Old money-skull-and-bones network. After reading JFK and the Unspeakable, I wonder how independent any President has been, Your info on Nixon and watergate runs along the same lines.

    • The Golden Dawn

      Dan Smoot wrote a book called “The Invisible Government” when JFK was president. He claims that JFK had very close connections with the CFR. Also, Rufus Phillips has wriiten a book enttiled, “Why Vietnam Matters”. I believe his point was that there were two camps in the JFK Admin regarding Vietnam. One side wanted local Special Forces/ Green Beret units to fight geurilla warfare with the VietCong (insurgents/ terrorists??) and the other side wanted a full scale war with the NVA (axis of evil??) Then there is Antony Sutton with his bad interpretation of Hegelianism that is supposed to explain not only Vietnam but World War I, World War II and Korea. Oh and I. G. Farben and Wall Street and the holocaust and …..and and by the way Antony Sutton was a libertarian. Not that libertarian’s think there is a government conspiricy. Oh the joys of the internet. Why don’t we just twitter each other and start a New World Revolution to counter the New World Order? Then Winston Churchill was actually the person who started World War I when he was running the British Navy. Have I left anything out? The same questions over and over. Whew. I am saying this because I appreciate Bruce’s comment. “We have come to praise Caeser. Not to bury him”. Where are we going?

  • Rich

    I’m reading your book now and am a few chapters in. It’s not a fast read! The amount of research in there is staggering. I’m toying with the idea of going back and starting again, this time with a whiteboard to capture all the actors and their relationships.

  • Lucius

    Too many unanswered questions. Russ, are you familiar with John Hankey’s DVD “Dark Legacy George Bush and the Murder of John Kennedy”? You and he are certainly on the same page regarding the CIA, Zapata Offshore and November 22. Hankey lays out all the connections and pieces together all the skullduggery. A very compelling investigative documementary.

    (Btw, I posted this comment on the TruthOut site that carried this story)

  • http://townsend.be Jim Townsend

    seems to be enjoying the last laugh. except we all know the awards are phoney and the only ones these people fool anymore are themselves. the night is always darkest before the dawn. his legacy has always been one of darkness, so it is fitting that the final chapter of his life will close in the bloodshed of his legacy and it is likely his children will be swept into the grave with him. let us hope his-story forgets such a hideous vile creature ever strode the earth.

    • Mary Love

      Thank you for this profound and positive observation. It is so important to our national mental and emotional health that we anticipate Good rather than reinforcing the darkside with negative thinking and expectation!! Well written, and well-wished!

  • http://yahoo.com Mark Allen

    It makes me sick to know a wealthy family can do such attrocities ,have several countries wanting to bring up on charges both dad & son .We allow to live comfortably in a country they have RAPED for their own self-serving ideas , buddies .Some Americans remember the Kennedy family ; Their Many great contributions , organizations , programs , projects , the idea that we Are That NEW breed of American JFK spoke of Frequently ; He NEVER took a salary! not as a congressman , or President ! And we get the slimy family from Texas ,placing America in a very precarious place in the world economy . Both Father and son , Dysfunction and Charachter flaw , but placed in Power with the weathiest dangerest men in the world . Still inpart influencing the fall of Labor and Government , Benefits , Unemployment programs , Medical care , Pensions , secure jobs for a fare wage . All of this STUFF , They , Their Buddies , Constituants , everyone that HAS Wants to TAKE AWAY From workers who have earned benefits . NO DOUGHT He Knows and played a hand to the Death Of A Great Man and Great President , if He & Bobby were here STILL , THESE Men Would be on the run until they were caught . I forgot to mention Ted , Another Great politician , John jr. RIP Gentlmen , Glory to God

    • Joe Dimagio

      Please explain the death (murder?) of Marilyn Monroe

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_YE77TMB2FQZNECLVIHE7FO5HOM SavyinDallas

      Please don’t say they are from Texas -neither of the Bush criminals are from here.

  • Mary Love

    Thanks for all this brilliant, accurate reportage. How refreshing to get away from the lies!

  • Bronx

    Bill Cooper was on to the Bushes (and the rest of the power elite) waaaaay back. It cost him his life.


    • Doug Russell

      Yea, OK

  • Anonymous

    Thank you for your work, Russ.

  • Vaknighto1

    This sounds like nothing more than a shameless plug for what has been found to be a worthless book.

    • The Yankee Clipper

      I would like someone to better explain more clearly the motive behind killing JFK. Michael Beschloss wrote a book a long time ago called “MAYDAY: Eisenhower, Khrushchev, and the U-2 Affair ” I believe he claims that JFK made a serious mistake by talking about a “missle gap” with the Soviet Union. The book makes JFK look like the worst kind of political opportunist. Wouldn’t this go against Eisenhower’s “prophetic” words about the military/ industrial complex? Wouldn’t this make JFK a friend of them? And many people talk about how JFK wanted to “pull” the troops out of Vietnam when it appears that he was content with many Marines and Green Berets fighting insurgent forces in a covert war. Ok, many people were not happy with the outcome of the Bay of Pigs. But what was the result of the assasination? JFK became a martyr and then a very unpopular war unfolded. The pieces of this puzzle don’t easily fit together.

      • B Hunt

        Once you step back and see the entire picture and who benefited the most, the pieces fit together quite nicely. “JFK had issued an Executive Order to begin withdrawing from Vietnam after the 64 election. His death would mean that war profiteers such as Bell Helicopter and KBR, a subsidiary of Halliburton would continue to place 58,000
        soldiers on the altar of their greed for 12 more years.”

  • Scifiliven2012

    funny how everyone takes the credit for Osama,if you r a reporter i give you tips.Look at so called informant from gitmo,know they had to know they where going to kill Osama,and bury him at sea beforehand,dna got from brother.  If you really want to know truth,go to yahoo chat  religions and beliefs,, go to christian chat rooms 7 and 9,access the archives,look up scifiliven,scifiliven2012 go back to 1997,you will find truth,i left markers of many things done in power of GOD,lik told fbi of 30 killings in texas,to trick them into telling pyshic did it,Osama was one of many many things GOD has done,and it is written in chat,why do you think no bombings after Osama,i learned not only to tell future,but burn wires from inside with my mind,sounds crazy,but i darn u to go to yahoo archives,your world will change

  • Scifiliven2012

    try this,who started the “tea party” whom disarmed christmas bomber,whom told of time square?? i tell the truth these answers and much much more,is where i told u to look

  • Scifiliven2012

    funny how FBI knows where madd men are about to strike before they do,yet in al there history never was they so good,, look for truth,search for it,dont listen to it

  • Scifiliven2012

    Hows this,you want to see the power of GOD?  this so called hurricane going into Rico,and hatti,at this very second i will use power of JESUS CHRIST to break it up,i will bring winds down to 65mph,then take it down to topical storm,and heavy rain,and keep it from going up east coast,i dont do this for fame or money,i dont want to b known,i just want to know GOD does miracles daily

  • Scifiliven2012

    people think a spiritual war will start soon,it has been happening since JESUS CHRIST was raised from the grave,i help u,read revalations 12then 6 and 18

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  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Robert-Morrow/100001131639170 Robert Morrow

    Google “Jeb Bush and the Murder of CIA Drug Smuggler
    Barry Seal in 1986”

    • Kariann Hart

      This is sickening as well as frightening. Perhaps this is the open door to what exists in those 50,000 documents? If so, America will NEVER see the truth. The documents will be or already has been destroyed. Then there’s always that possibility of a Jeb Bush presidency. All this power, greed, and the desire to destroy. Sad…very, very sad.

  • Roger Stone

    Great respect for Russ Baker’s work. I have built on it in my own book due out in November. I make the case that LBJ arranged JFK murders with elements of the CIA , the Mob and Texas Oil.


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  • https://disqus.com/home/settings/profile/ Disapointed William

    They’re all on the same train. Need a new engineer. Can’t even imagine putting anything on ‘poppy’s’ neck but a rope!

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