Interview with Russ Baker at Buzzflash

Mark Karlin at Buzzflash just posted a new interview with Russ Baker about Family of Secrets. Here’s a taste:

BuzzFlash: What is the biggest “bombshell” in Family of Secrets?

Russ Baker: Based on early feedback, I’d say there are a number of contenders. Could be the four chapters of never-before-revealed facts surrounding the JFK assassination. Or the evidence I have uncovered suggesting a new interpretation of Watergate. Some are most intrigued by the new examples of George W. as a naughty fellow and moral hypocrite — including on the matter of abortion. And some say that my examination of W.’s military service record is especially effective in settling the dispute over whether this eager-beaver “warrior king” skipped out on his own military obligations. Finally, some are most struck by the new evidence of a cynical calculation behind George W’s so-called religious rebirth.

For me, the big story is simply the cumulative sense, based on hundreds and hundreds of fresh facts, of the extent to which elites write our history. And the realization that, as we flee the Bush years, we remain utterly in the dark about so much.


  • By F.P., January 16, 2009 @ 3:37 am

    The discussion on Lydon’s program, “Open Source,” was excellent. I was not surprised, however, to read a very damning (and nearly hysterical) review of “Family of Secrets” in the L.A. Times; it illustrated the point RB made to Lydon about the American newsmedia being unable to countenance deep, extensive corruption in the ‘sacred’ American system (“not here!”), and the realities of the machinations of power, generally . So, yes, one needs to go outside it (e.g. the Guardian) for an unblindered view. Well done, Russ (or do you read these things?)

  • By Joseph, January 29, 2009 @ 2:39 pm


    I am thoroughly enjoying your book right now–about 3/4 the way through. I hope your have plans for a second volume connecting dots you sometimes allude to regarding the events on September 11th. Since you mention Peter Dale Scott, I am sure you are also familiar with the groundbreaking research by David Ray Griffin, Steven Jones, and Richard Gage, as well. What those three do not do so well, however, is connect the dots to a larger body of elite players among which is the Bush family. Fleshing out the best of these researchers with your own would be a very worthwhile volume, in my opinion. Best wishes, Joseph

  • By Chip, February 3, 2009 @ 3:11 pm

    I’ve got about 50 pages to go. Great book, but I wonder why Russ doesn’t go into 9/11. He mentions PNAC and their need for a new Pearl Harbor, but then drops the ball. Good grief, Russ, you’re already going to be labeled a nut for implicating Poppy in the JFK assassination, so you should have gone all the way…in the name of truth.

  • By Chip, February 4, 2009 @ 8:36 am

    Russ, you made a mistake when you said that “hundreds” died in Poppy’s invasion of Panama. The UN put the death toll at around 2,500. Human rights organizations said at least 4,000 died. And all agreed the deaths were mostly civilian.

  • By james, February 17, 2009 @ 4:32 am

    I ran across your book, seduced by serendipity,
    and I am just now getting my feet wet in its pages. Thank you so much for your careful scholarship re: JFK. The event was profoundly upsetting to me, and I find myself returning again and again to the scene of the “accident.”

    The evidence you have uncovered and your unravelling of the context is exceedingly valuable for those who crave understanding about where we have been and where we are now.

    Hats off to you, Russ.

  • By Russ Baker, March 12, 2009 @ 1:33 pm

    Yes, I do indeed read these comments. Thanks for all your comments and support.

  • By Leo@San Blas Panama, May 12, 2009 @ 2:28 pm

    I’m enjoying this book too. You know, people talk about the liberal media this and that. Why is it that John Kerry got bashed for his swift boat service but W managed to escape real critisms regarding his own service?

  • By sam eatherly, May 13, 2009 @ 2:14 pm

    I am an 85 year old nobody–but I knew George de Mohrenschildt(sp). As a geologist in Abilene in the 50s he was in our office numerous times and I looked after some of the wells he promoted. More chat if you desire.

  • By Terry Mizell, June 15, 2009 @ 10:06 am

    You describe in detail how The Bay of Pigs constantly knawed at Nixon. But, no one explains WHY. Sure the ‘spooks’ were in it up to their eyeballs, and it was a fiasco, but, again, why did he focus on it so much?

    What mystery is lurking in the closets of the White House.

  • By jlnies, July 15, 2009 @ 9:29 pm

    If true, it’s indeed difficult to face up to the reality behind these collected stories of Bush family influence in the rewriting of our generation’s most compelling historical events.

    This is not our history as we have come to understand it and as interpreted to fashion the thinking of future generations, perhaps the worst offense of these alleged offenses.

    The question is: will we face up to the truth about those who have taken our leaders to rewrite history as they wanted backed by an unnaccountable government agency that like a virus, infects but acts as if it is unaccountable and should fear no one.

    There seems no one in government willing to examine this or contemplate it, even while new evidence of government-sanctioned assasination renews its ugly head — as if the practice was ever halted.

    And Mr. Baker’s well-supported contentions are accurate, what does it say about the legitimacy of our recent electoral process. Can we even trust the results of Bush’s election in 2000 and 2004, perhaps Obama’s sudden rise to power? What about the 9/11 commission tale about the precursor event that has placed us on a permanent war footing in the war on terroism in Iraq and Afganistan?

    In its aftermath, we collectively permitted the suspension of our bill of rights, we enabled establishment of a larger inhouse agency for monitoring the domestic population under the guise of improved national security. At what cost? We are apparently paying that bill as we speak.

    It appears now that the real, unseen powers are interested only in maintaining a military footprint on every continent and world troublespot to ensure the well-entrenched military industial complex an ending source of policy grips to ensure the need and growth of defense contracting and arms industry growth.

    The idea of leaving Iraq as a battleground for a renewed buildup in Afganistan, while continuing a force presence there, signals that the Obama administration is simply placating military counsel to shift the focus but not our increasing overseas presence as our chief foreign policy aim.

    And, of course, our global interests are only tied to those places where we have resource extrtaction and drug trade interests.

    If we do nothing, perhaps the ony way we’ll ever guage what this all means, is by measuring the length of presidential tenure to assure ourelves that our current leader is meeting the needs of our invisbible ruling elite. That’s one easy way to keep score.

  • By Pat, November 25, 2009 @ 9:10 pm

    Blessings upon you. (and I am not religious)

    Anyone who still believes the 911 box-cutter Islamic terrorists fairytale has not looked properly at the facts. This one event has catastrophically destroyed our rights and our nation.

    Please google Richard Gage.

    Delve into who ran security for the WTC before and during 911. It would not hurt to find out what roles any and all Bush family members played.

    A close look at Dick Cheney’s self-ascribed powers leading up to 911 would also enlighten the public as I believe he put himself in charge of NORAD.

    Who helped the bin Laden family escape questioning and scrutiny? Is this not de-facto treason?

    The “liberal” media has never mentioned these details to the by-design ignorant American people.

    Watch your back.

  • By Meatwad, December 6, 2009 @ 2:43 am

    Pat there covers the question what were the other Bush clan members doing around 9 11. Well ole Jeb was only a few days before the unexpected event, declaring a state of emergency for the entire Florida. I personally think he jumped the gun when he got the phone call saying it was on. I bet he thought it was on right then – now, and forgot they planned a date. I wonder what Jeb knew to make that call to place the state under emergency power structures, on the 7th of September 2001. I couldn’t find any news that would push a governator over the edge to declare an emergency for his state. Some will say “all just coincidences” but when, after ten or so coincidences? When do you start to turn toward conviction of those that have obstructed justice. Ask Craig Peyer how many it took for his conviction for murder, not many.

  • By magistre, December 6, 2009 @ 12:43 pm

    I will be reading your book so I have no idea if you touch on this. Are you familiar with Prescott Bush who headed the U.S. branch of the German Bank until 1943? I have an idea that what he was really doing was funneling money and “marching orders” to Hitler.

  • By NeedToKnow, December 6, 2009 @ 5:44 pm

    Anyone know if Dr. Vanevar Bush is related?

  • By Moose, December 6, 2009 @ 6:56 pm

    I’m sure the book will be a good read but enough about the Bush Clan already. I’m quite sure you can write similar volumes about the Kennedys, Johnsons,Roosevelts et cetera. Very wealthy people live and behave differently than we commoners do. Just read Vanity Fair.

  • By stev, December 26, 2009 @ 3:51 pm

    Having done some previous homework on the Bush clan, I wonder why you chose not to address the assertions in ‘ the bush connection’. The story you have about the crash of the naval plane is talked about in the bush connection. Otto Skorzeny told Berman that Bush bailed on a perfectly good plane, killing the two crewmen [because the plane nose dives when you let go of the helm] so the nazis could recover the plane and get some technology.
    The connection to the house of Windsor is also telling. Baker falls short to point out that this clan moved into England from Germany.
    This is where King George hailed from and the two succeeding Georges are aptly named…. stev

  • By Hodag, January 24, 2010 @ 9:34 am

    Family of Secrets: Excellent, fact-based analysis of how we don’t really have a democracy anymore. I kept thinking how stupid I am to live in the United States, to simply be a tax slave so the elites can play around with the New World Order. Yet how can we reclaim the country when any organized effort to confront the elites would certainly lead to your death?

  • By JON NEWCOMB, January 16, 2011 @ 2:15 am


  • By Rich H, January 19, 2011 @ 8:58 pm

    Enjoyed your recent visit on Coast to Coast am.

  • By Noreen Curran, June 18, 2013 @ 3:10 pm

    I have believed for most of my life that the mass of Americans are a bunch of mindless
    robots. Many bought the story about Oswald being the assassin. A majority chose to believe LBJ and his lies. Russ Baker has not been on Fox News because the media is too busy feeding us nonsense.

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