Sunday, October 12, 2014

Where Do They Come From? (Why the 9/11 Investigation Was Never Allowed - FBI Finally Uncloaked) Dick Cheney Obstructed Investigation/Redacted Involvement of the Saudi Agents Employed in CA by Saudi Civil Aviation Authority (Tidbits About U.S. Leaders)

This is not, Tuchman says at the outset, "the book I intended to write when I began. Preconceptions dropped off one by one as I investigated. The period was not a Golden Age or Belle Epoque except to a thin crust of the privileged class. It was not a time exclusively of confidence, innocence, comfort, stability, security and peace. . . . Our misconception lies in assuming that doubt and fear, ferment, protest, violence and hate were not equally present. We have been misled by the people of the time themselves who, in looking back across the gulf of the War, see that earlier half of their lives misted over by a lovely sunset haze of peace and security. It did not seem so golden when they were in the midst of it."

. . . Living in a state of considerable wealth and privilege, she was given to rather conventional limousine-liberal political and ideological convictions and occasionally to oracular pronouncements thereof. Though clear-eyed about the Anarchists in these pages, she waxes more than a trifle misty about the socialists. Though the full import of the U.S. presence in Vietnam was far from clear as this book was written, the chapter about American imperialism unquestionably was colored by present events. When she quotes Charles Eliot Norton of Harvard - "I have been too much of an idealist about America, had set my hopes too high, had formed too fair an image of what she might become. Never had a nation such an opportunity; she was the hope of the world. Never again will any nation have her chance to raise the standard of civilization" - his thoughts clearly are her own.

. . . Whatever lessons about the present Tuchman may have wanted us to learn from it, there is vastly more to be learned about the past. In muscular, vivid prose, she portrays a world in transition, "the culmination of a century of the most accelerated rate of change in man's record." It was a pivotal moment in history, in a way made even more dramatically so because of our awareness now, that its participants had absolutely no idea where it was taking them.

The more we consider the history of the U.S. (and the world) after World War I (and the history investigated by Barbara Tuchman before World War I in The Proud Tower), most of us will struggle mightily to comprehend the unyielding grasping for gold (so to speak) that has occurred over time as more and more wealth was created but then designated by those in charge as appropriately owned only by the top 1% of the population.

I was reminded again and again while reading the following discussion that we have had more people of integrity (not that many, but quite a bit more) appointed to important investigative and leadership positions by Nixon and Reagan administrations than by the current Wall Street Regime. I'm thinking of the Billy Ruckleshauses, Frank Churches, Eliot Richardsons, James Bradys and Terrell Bells.

It boggles the imagination.

For today . . .

If you've been feeling confused or conflicted by the current international mayhem . . .

Welcome to the Big Bamboozle.

In so many ways.

Since the "news" about the Saudi connection to 9/11 has received so much play in the fringe media just recently (for some reason), I thought my readers might be interested in reviewing some of the known history so far.

The unknown knowns will have to await the final sighs of those involved probably.

Which may become widely known (although no one should bet on it) sooner than they had hoped.

Now you don't have to believe that the Saudis (who benefit so overwhelmingly - along with Israel - from the attacks causing chaos and ushering the U.S. Air Force bombing runs into now many different war theaters) are the perpetrators of much of the funded mayhem of late.

But it is quite a different argument if they're not involved.

And, of course, there was that telling kiss of death or alliance (remember Dubya and Bandar's hand-holding moments?) after the first meeting of the Bush Tribe after 9/11.

Hope you came equipped with a tall drink.

From the perspective of a Boeing 767 captain and former "special activities" contract pilot, Philip Marshall straps the reader into the cockpits of hijacked commercial airliners to tell the story of the most sophisticated terrorist attack in history. Based on a comprehensive ten-year study into the murders of his fellow pilots on 9/11, he explains how hijackers, novice pilots at the controls of massive guided missiles, were able to beat United States Air Force fighters to iconic targets with advanced maneuvering, daring speeds and a kamikaze finish. But, as Marshall explains, the tactical plan was so precise that it rules out car-bombers and shoe-bombers known as al Qaeda, KSM and Osama bin Laden. So then, who was it? That's what you are about learn.
Backed by official NTSB, FAA and black box recordings, Marshall finds the most capable and most documented group of conspirators buried deep within a Congressional Inquiry's report and retraces their work in gripping detail. Fasten your seatbelt - the sad truth is that all of the solid evidence points to a dark collaboration between members of the Bush Administration and a covert group of Saudi government officials.
This is a game changer that will finally set the record straight on the most horrific crime in US history. This book is a compilation of official reports that disputes the Bush Administration, the Bush Intelligence Community and the American media's account of the 9/11 attack. United States Senator Bob Graham's Congressional Joint Inquiry in 2002 revealed that Saudi Arabian Intelligence agents met the 9/11 hijackers in the Los Angeles in January of 2000, harbored them and led them to 18 months of flight training in Florida and Arizona.
Marshall follows reports from FBI field agents that warned George W. Bush's Administration that a "cadre of individuals of investigative interest were engaged in flight training" in the Arizona desert in the spring of 2001. Marshall identifies three top federal investigators who complained that Dick Cheney obstructed justice by refusing access to suspects who supposedly confessed to the greatest crime in U.S. history.
None of the federal investigators were ever allowed to verify the confession of Khalid Sheik Mohammed who had been water boarded over 180 times at Guantanamo detention facility. The book disputes the video and media confession of Osama bin Laden and points out that none of the accusations by the Bush Administration could be proved. Marshall asserts that the Saudi government was the true executioners of the 9/11 attack and framed their enemies while CIA special operations set up an elaborate decoy named Osama bin Laden to divert attention away from the Saudi operation.
He follows the hijackers to flight training airports and finds that Saudi agents led the hijackers to the Arizona desert where Boeing 757 and Boeing 767 airliners were parked at a secluded CIA operated airport. The operators of the CIA airport were traced to suspicious insider stock trades on two airlines, United Airlines and American Airlines, the only two airlines used in the 9/11 attack. Marshall breaks down the tactical flight plan that was used by the hijackers and chronicles the actions of Condoleezza Rice, Donald Rumsfeld, Saudi Arabian Prince Bandar bin Sultan, Dick Cheney and George W. Bush to learn that their account of the attack was severely flawed.
Three top investigators wrote that Dick Cheney had obstructed the investigation and redacted the involvement of the Saudi government agents who were employed in California by the Saudi Civil Aviation authority. The Congressional Inquiry reported that the Saudi agents had "seemingly unlimited funding from Saudi Arabia" and had traced the hijacker financial support to Prince Bandar through a Riggs Bank account.
Finally Marshall chronicles the media trial that allowed Bush and Cheney to derail American Justice by trying the 9/11 case with media propaganda and away from the American federal court system.

Earlier we find this discussion of the pilot/hijackers' knowledge:

Saudi Connection to the 9/11 Hijackers

The hijackers’ training records from several U.S. flight schools indicate that they were marginal pilots, at best, even in single-engine airplanes. In early 2000, three of the pilot/hijackers are heavily documented at a small flight school near Venice, Florida, while the fourth attended schools in Arizona and California. This would account for the basic flight training of the pilots but in no way can explain the expert level of airmanship required for the 911 hit.

Dozens of reports focused on the pilot/hijackers Mohamed Atta, Hani Hanjour, Ziad Jarrah and Marwan al-Shehhi. Flight instructors around the United States told similar stories of attempting to train them. All four had a very difficult time in their basic training on small, single-engine airplanes. The English-speaking instructors repeatedly cited the language barrier with the Arabic-speaking students as a major obstacle and said that they had encouraged the students to quit. Obviously, this language issue had found a solution by 911; the only logical solution is that Arabic-speaking flight instructors were used, more specifically, Arabic-speaking Boeing flight instructors.

By using small flight schools for basic flight training, the cell remained below the radar, while the pilots’ documented use of the schools could be counted on later to provide some sort of explanation (albeit a very weak one) as to how they learned to fly these complicated heavy jets, and might help keep investigators off the trail of the real training. But the leap from a small 4,000-pound single-engine propeller airplane to a 300,000-pound twin-engine jetliner needs a specific explanation. For instance, it took me 20 years, dozens of ground school courses and 15,000 hours between my first lesson and taking command of my first commercial airliner.

Adding computer games and outdated simulators to their training was a helpful step, but until they actually felt the yoke and added the hours of experience it takes to understand the momentum of a heavy 767, they would be all over the sky and completely out of control. Not only were they under control, they flew above the average skills required to operate in an airline environment. This miraculous leap has only one explanation:  expert and repeated training in the actual Boeing 757 or 767. And by all indications, this took place in the final months of preparation, during the spring and summer of 2001.

There are two different worlds in aviation — the general single-engine airplane world with a service ceiling of 10,000 feet and a top speed of around 200 miles per hour, and the commercial swept-wing jetliner world at 40,000 feet and Mach numbers for speed calculations. Little within that first world prepares the pilot for the second, high-altitude world.

So began my search for Middle Eastern operators of Boeing airliners. Because the hijackers were mostly Saudi Arabian, the firm of Dallah Avco, a Saudi operator of multiple private Boeing airliners, soon stood out as a focal point. To my amazement, I immediately discovered that Congressional investigators had already linked Dallah Avco with the actual hijackers.

Omar Bayoumi, a Dallah employee and operative within the Saudi Ministry of Aviation, had provided housing and basic support for three hijackers:   Nawaf al-Hazmi, Khalid al-Mihdhar and the pilot/hijacker of American 77, Hani Hanjour.

FBI evidence of the cell would confirm that the hijacking team of American 77 had formed and operated separately with direct financial support from top-level members of the Saudi government, bitter enemies of al Qaeda. The picture was beginning to clear.

From this point in the research, the guilt needle began pointing steadily toward Saudi Arabia, in part because 15 of the 19 hijackers were Saudis. With every new piece of evidence, that needle does not fluctuate. As the focus narrowed on San Diego, the footprints of a large Saudi contingent began to appear.

Congressional investigators had found, within buried FBI files, evidence that United States Senators would later call “undeniable” that top Saudi officials had known that terrorists were entering the U.S. beginning in 2000 in preparation for some sort of attack.

These same officials are among those who work with American oil companies and regulate the flow of crude oil to the United States, the same Saudi officials that regulate the price that has gone from $30 per barrel to over $140 post 911.

One Saudi official in particular, Prince Bandar bin Sultan, Saudi Ambassador to the United States from 1983 to 2005, was quickly traced to direct funding of the hijackers, through cashier’s checks, not from him he would say, but from his wife.

Alabama Senator Richard Shelby, Maine Senator Susan Collins and Florida Senator Bob Graham learned that Saudi officials had directed agents in the United States to assist the future hijackers. These senators would quietly back out of the investigation after the White House threatened them with “leaking classified information” and a criminal probe.

Senator Graham was told in no uncertain terms to back off and shut up in telephone calls from Vice President Cheney. This evidence alone on the Saudis provided more plausibility than two chapters of KSM’s ramblings. Here was opportunity to provide airplanes and instructors for hijackers who were solidly linked to Saudi operatives working for Prince Bandar.


Phillip, thanks for connecting the dots regarding the heirarchy of corruption in the Federal Government. My question is this, if the Saudis were the dope smoking whore mongers they were portrayed to be why would they sacrifice themselves crashing planes into buildings without any hope of getting the 72 hairy, smelly virgins?
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Philip Marshall, a veteran airline captain and former government "special activities" contract pilot has authored three books on Top Secret America, a group presently conducting business as the United States Intelligence Community.

Beginning with his roles in the 1980s as a Learjet captain within a DEA sting on Pablo Escobar and later in the covert arming of Nicaraguan Contras, Marshall has researched 30 years of covert government activities, a revolving door of Wall Street tricksters, media moguls and their well funded politicians into every branch of our government.

Our bestest source tells the tale:

FBI:  Knew About Saudi 9/11 Hijacker Ties — But Lied to Protect “National Security”

The FBI apparently has known for a decade about links between powerful Saudi interests and the alleged 9/11 hijackers, and has been forced to tacitly admit that it lied about it for all of these years.

In case the import is not clear, let us state emphatically:  this is a huge development.
In court filings seeking to stave off a media Freedom of Information request, the FBI has stated that releasing documents relating to this issue will harm “national security.”  As proof of the sensitivity of the matter, the FBI gave the judge a document dated April 4, 2002, in which the FBI states that its own inquiries “revealed many connections” between a well-connected Saudi family with a house in South Florida and “individuals associated with the terrorist attacks on 9/11/2001.”
The Sarasota Affair
The Freedom of Information request that prompted these reluctant admissions was filed by the Broward Bulldog, a South Florida nonprofit investigative site which first covered the Saudi connection in 2011.
The Bulldog’s reporting explained how a family living in an exclusive gated community outside Sarasota, on Florida’s West Coast, had apparently vanished suddenly some 10 days before the 9/11 attacks. Investigators, including a swarm of FBI agents, found that the family’s departure was clearly so sudden that they left almost their entire household intact, down to cars, clothing, and food in the refrigerator. Most significant, though, investigators had established that several of the men publicly identified as among the 9/11 hijackers, including purported ringleader Mohammed Atta, had visited the house and/or been linked to it through a web of telephone communications.
The FBI told none of this to Congress, and it was not mentioned in the original 9/11 Commission report released in 2004.
WhoWhatWhy, in an original investigation, went deeper, and established that the owner of the house was  a prominent Saudi businessman who works directly for the Saudi prince most involved with aviation—including being the first Saudi who trained to fly planes in South Florida.  You can read our complete story here.
The significance of this cannot be stated strongly enough. Although many people think they “already know” about ties between the hijackers and Saudi royals, they confuse these important revelations with reports that prominent Saudis were permitted to leave the country shortly after 9/11, as popularized in Michael Moore’s film "Fahrenheit 9/11."
This new revelation is far more significant. The older story shows possible favoritism toward, or at least concern for, well-connected Saudis on the part of the US government in permitting them to leave. The Sarasota story, however, shows that the US government came upon what may have been a command or control center for the men we are told hijacked the planes.
And with the connections documented by "WhoWhatWhy," it is almost impossible not to conclude some kind of awareness, either before or after the act, on the part of Saudi Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdul Aziz Al-Saud and the powerful clique he represents within the royal clan. Again, for more on this, please read the entire story, which continues over three pages on our site.
The FBI Reversal
Kudos to the Bulldog for filing the FOIA request, which unearthed that gem of an FBI submission. It was included in filings by Miami Assistant U.S. Attorney Carole M. Fernandez, and was part of a sworn 33-page declaration from FBI Records Section Chief David M. Hardy. He stated that producing classified information related to the matter “would reveal current specific targets of the FBI’s national security investigations.” The purpose of the filings was to convince U.S. District Judge William J. Zloch not to allow the FOIA suit to succeed.
The April 4 document is significant for three reasons:   (1) it demonstrates that the authorities are aware of the Saudi link, (2) it demonstrates that the FBI previously lied when it declared that its inquiries in the matter found no links to the terrorists or the plot, (3) it has the FBI asserting that no more disclosures should be made in order to protect “national security.”
The FBI’s practice of finding evidence tied to Saudi Arabia, then denying it had such evidence, then reluctantly admitting that it did (but only as a way of blocking still more disclosure) is telling. The apparent willingness of the FBI to brazenly lie and then reverse itself — seemingly with no consequences — is now beginning to look like standard operating procedure.
As "WhoWhatWhy" has demonstrated in articles about the Boston Marathon bombing, the FBI has been guilty of an astonishing array of disinformation, story reversals, unaccountable violence, and general misbehavior just in that one affair alone. See this, this, this, and this.
In the Boston bombing case, the FBI claimed not to know anything about the alleged perpetrators, Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, then was forced to admit it had had direct contact with them and their family. It also initially claimed via leaks to mainstream media reporters that one of its officers shot and killed Ibragim Todashev, a figure connected with the Tsarnaevs, because he attacked them with a knife. Since then, the story has changed repeatedly and is now obscured by a thick fog of misdirection. We’ve pointed out many other changing aspects of the FBI’s story.
Hence, when we look back at the granddaddy of all purported terrorist plots, 9/11, and see the FBI’s astonishing actions to block disclosure, we have to ask:    Just what is going on in this country?
What is the FBI, and does it actually serve democracy and the public interest? And where is the president, purportedly the most powerful person in the country, and the public’s representative? If the president is unable or unwilling to get to the bottom of these bizarre and deeply worrisome developments, what does that say about the health of the system itself?
The Biggest Revelations, Ignored
Fortunately for the FBI, almost the entirety of the media — from the corporate owned “mainstream” to purportedly outsider ”alternative” news outlets and websites — have steered clear of the entire subject.
The recent FBI court filings were revealed by a Bulldog article published in conjunction with one mainstream outlet — the "Miami Herald." Previous revelations that appeared in The Herald were generally ignored by the rest of the press, and we may reasonably expect the same disturbing indifference to the latest bombshell.
This development leaves us with three significant conclusions:
-The US government knows about, and is concerned about, apparent ties between its allies in the Saudi royal family and the men accused of having hijacked the planes on 9/11 and orchestrated the greatest attack in history on the American mainland.
-The FBI continues to lie and suppress information in other matters of public concern, supposedly all in the interest of our shared “national security.”
-The media continues to demonstrate how weak, compromised and intimidated it is. With the majority of Americans still dependent for their understanding of current events and their world on these same media, the ramifications can be considered alarming.

Whee doggies (if this only were a roily 60's TV show)!

In its own write-up of April 2002, the FBI connected the Dumpster incident with the Saudi family living in Prestancia, the daughter and son-in-law of Saudi businessman Esam Ghazzawi.

The document does not, however, mention Ghazzawi or his son-in-law, Abdulaziz Al-Hijji, by name. Ghazzawi, who maintained close ties to the Saudi royal family, owned the Prestancia home, records show. Al-Hijji attended the University of South Florida in Tampa while he and his wife and children lived in the home.

The FBI's report refers only to a "successful international businessman _____ and his family" who "resided in a $530,000 home in an affluent section of Sarasota Florida."

On July 4 of this year we learned quite a few more pre-9/11 extremely interesting "details:"

More Data from FBI on (Saudi) Family

By Michael Pollick

Friday, July 4, 2014

Less than two months after the 9/11 attacks on the Pentagon and New York City, the Manatee County Sheriff's office interviewed a man from Tunisia found dumping a terrorism manual and Venice flight school material into a trash bin behind a Bradenton storage unit.


Terror manual and flight school materials were put in bin
The Dumpster incident was investigated on Halloween and turned over to the FBI, Manatee County Sheriff's spokesman David Bristow said Thursday.

The incident came to light this week as part of a lawsuit against the FBI over 9/11 disclosures, filed to compel the agency to reveal what it knows about a well-connected Saudi couple that abruptly left a house in Prestancia two weeks prior to the attacks.

It was one of four heavily redacted documents, three of which had not been seen before.

"I did talk to one of our guys here who was involved in that. He works in intelligence," Bristow said. "He doesn't remember any kind of outcome or anything. They gave the information, gave what they had, to the FBI."

Bristow added the department does not have a file regarding the incident or the interview.
In its own write-up of April 2002, the FBI connected the Dumpster incident with the Saudi family living in Prestancia, the daughter and son-in-law of Saudi businessman Esam Ghazzawi.
The document does not, however, mention Ghazzawi or his son-in-law, Abdulaziz Al-Hijji, by name. Ghazzawi, who maintained close ties to the Saudi royal family, owned the Prestancia home, records show. Al-Hijji attended the University of South Florida in Tampa while he and his wife and children lived in the home.

The FBI's report refers only to a "successful international businessman _____ and his family" who "resided in a $530,000 home in an affluent section of Sarasota Florida."

The special agent who wrote the report mentions the Al-Hijjis "left behind valuable items, clothing, jewelry and food in a manner that indicated they left unexpectedly, without prior preparation and permanently."But the Dumpster incident sheds new light on what may have been a larger terror cell than previously believed in Southwest Florida.

"After the interview, closer examination revealed that the items discarded included a self-printed manual on terrorism and jihad, a map of the inside (of) an unnamed airport, a rudimentary last will and testament, a weight-to-fuel ratio calculation for a Cessna 172 Aircraft, flight training information from the Flight Training Center in Venice, Florida, and printed maps of Publix Shopping Centers in Tampa Bay."

Three entire paragraphs following that disclosure are blank because the agency contends they contain national security information. The subject interviewed also is not named.

The report goes on to disclose a narrative about "an individual who in "November 2001, _____ visited the United States for the first time. He traveled to Sarasota, opened a bank account and made initial queries into the purchase of property in south central Florida. _______ intends to establish a Muslim compound in Central Florida. _______ revealed that ______ is fearful of ________ and fears that ______ intends to begin offensive operations against the United States if he is able to purchase property and establish a Muslim compound in Central Florida."

It cannot be determined who the individuals are, or whether one of them is the same person who was in possession of the Bradenton storage unit.

The documents stem from a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit filed in September 2012 by the Broward Bulldog news organization and its editor, Dan Christensen, against the FBI and the U.S. Department of Justice. That litigation has been joined by the Herald-Tribune and the Miami Herald media groups.

Judge William Zloch earlier this year ordered the FBI to supply additional documents in the case. He intends now to review roughly 80,000 pages of material - some of which were labeled "classified" - representing the Tampa FBI office's probe into the 9/11 investigation.

Within days of the 9/11 attacks, it was learned that three of the terrorists had attended flight school at Venice Municipal Airport. But nearly 13 years later, the agency has not revealed how the hijackers were financed.

Terrorist ringleader Mohamed Atta and a companion, Marwan al-Shehhi, learned to fly airplanes at Huffman Aviation, a school at the airport. Accomplice Ziad Jarrah took flying lessons nearby, at Florida Flight Training. He was at the controls when United Flight 93 crashed in Pennsylvania.

Agents linked together phone calls with the Prestancia residents dating back more than a year "and found they lined up with the known suspects," the Broward Bulldog reported on the 10th anniversary of the attacks.

The FBI discredited the Bulldog's reporting, which led to the lawsuit.

"There are a thousand questions that are unanswered by this, and they are saying there are no other responsive documents," said Tom Julin, an attorney for the plaintiffs.

"That can't be right."

The Dumpster document was among those the FBI pledged to provide the judge early last month. But it took the agency three weeks to redact material.

Julin believes Judge Zloch could act decisively on the documents.

"He could direct the release of many of the other documents that have been withheld if he concludes that they are also responsive to the request and they are not exempt," Julin said.

And here's a few more documented bits of mild public interest (if you judge by how much organizing activity has taken place since they became fairly well known).

Presidential Puppetry:  Obama, Romney and Their Masters

Barack Obama

His official bio omits youthful national security connections ... Irregularities enable GOP opposition researchers to smear him with distortions because he cannot fight back ... His first serious love affair was with the daughter of the leader of Australia’s version of our National Security Council …”Community organizing” was a stepping-stone … Groomed as future leader …  Ratified many Bush policies, let Democrats take the heat for results ... Prevailed in 2012 even though he had become dispensable to many on Wall Street … Top GOP strategists knew his true past … Petraeus scandal was much worse than public knows, and a wake-up call for the White House ... Plays word games in denying the massive, Bush-era domestic spy program that intercepts and saves for potential retrieval almost all electronic communications of Americans .... Pleases puppet masters with plans to ramp up secret war against Syria at vast expense .... Hides real story of Benghazi .... Provides rhetoric but little else against Wall Street's austerity agenda for America.

Joe Biden

Elected to Senate as anti-war candidate in 1972 … Re-elected with large margins in corporate-friendly Delaware … Now nation’s most senior, VIP elected official … Unsuccessful in landmark Senate positions, opposing Clarence Thomas and Iraq War ... Still tarnished by 1988 plagiarism incident, which was just a slip-up and political smear ... Picked as VP to balance Obama’s tenuous image with whites, especially men ... In 2007, opposed Bush plan to bomb Iran as unconstitutional and threatened impeachment ... In 2013, counsels Obama as administration advocates bombing Syria.

Mitt Romney

Mormon religion was key to candidacy and policy switches … Church founder Joseph Smith had been assassinated in 1844 during U.S. Presidency race under platform of Mormon theocracy … Former “Bishop Romney” was groomed for top post … Romney track record of money-making heavily favored cronies, insiders … Fellow Bain leader’s father ran and looted Howard Hughes empire … Relied on Bush neo-con foreign policy and domestic surveillance teamSought austerity regime for “47 %,” and tax cuts for rich Bain cronies invested heavily in electronic voting machines…Karl Rove implicated in prospective 2012 electronic voting schemes…Election day planning suspected of replicating Ohio 2004 and Florida 2000 voting schemes...Planning to remain a force in politics helping Republicans to victory in 2014 elections.

Paul Ryan

Wisconsin congressman…Architect of massive austerity cuts for lower and middle classes, old and sick…Offered “trust me” budget-cut plans…Caught lying about his marathon and mountain climbing exploits Failed to disclose $1.6 million inheritance … Slept on House office cot to avoid DC rent…Leader in government-ordered restrictions on women’s reproductive health options … Anti-government rhetoric ... Has enjoyed taxpayer-paid job and benefits for almost his entire career Brother worked at Bain, won Massachusetts contract from RomneySteers funds to cronies ... Reappointed House Budget chair to impose austerity on public in 2013...Flip-flops on Syrian civil war policy, first seeking a muscular response and then putting onus on Obama to prove bombing would help America's security.

Format: Paperback
This is one of the most serious, detailed public interest books I have ever read, and I do read quite a bit.

I am in Afghanistan, with very little time to myself, and regret I have not been able to sit down with this book and give it the double read that it merits. As with any book that I consider a potential blockbuster, I started with the index, notes, and bibliography. All three are deep. This book is both a citizen's primer, and a reference work that will stand the test of time in helping future generations of students. It is a starting point for truth in the public interest.

I am one of those very few non-fiction reviewers that is also a former CIA clandestine case officer and a career intelligence officer. My reviews of over 300 books on intelligence are easily found (each review leading back to their Amazon home page) are easily found by searching for < Worth a Look:  Book Reviews on Intelligence (Most)> without the brackets.

Imagine my astonishment, then, when I get through the first part of the book and discover that Obama may be CIA's second wholly-owned president. Obama's parents appear clearly documented as non-official cover CIA officers (officers spy, agents are the people they recruit) responsible for spotting, assessing, and recruiting among the Islamic up-and-comers. This section alone makes this book priceless.

Now in fairness to Obama, it must be said that George Bush (Papa) is now known to have been a CIA non-official cover officer present in Dallas and probably also directly responsible for supervising the assassination of John F. Kennedy. I do not write such opinions lightly. See among many other references here at Amazon, Dark Legacy and JFK and the Unspeakable:  Why He Died and Why It Matters.

I would also observe that every President since JFK has been a puppet. The assassination of JFK by a mix of New York bankers, Texas energy and military wealth, and their "agents" in the FBI and CIA set the stage for every president thereafter to be a house pet, choosing between the gold certificates if they were good (Papa Bush and Clinton being a prime example), very little if they were neutral (Carter, Bush Junior), and death (none needed so far).

For a top level view of CIA, see my online post, < Search:  Seven CIAs [Steele on the Record] > from November 2012 when I was unemployed. Now that I work for the US Government again (and my wife continues to work for the CIA), I can no longer post on that topic, but my book reviews are legal and allowable as "spontaneous remarks." My new monographs and articles must go through pre-publication clearance and I am totally committed to that process. For two great books on CIA (good people trapped in a bad system) see, among others:

The Secret Team:  The CIA and Its Allies in Control of the United States and the World (Second Edition)

Legacy of Ashes:  The History of the CIA

A very helpful book in understanding where CIA got its off-the-books money controlled by Treasury (i.e. Wall Street) is by my friends Sterling and Peggy Seagraves, Gold Warriors:  America's Secret Recovery of Yamashita's Gold. CIA imported the Nazi hydra (that in turn corrupted major slices of the US military), and funded the resurrection of fascists in Japan, Italy, and Germany, as well as collaborative corrupt dictators all over the planet. Please understand that I care deeply about the craft of intelligence and hope one day to see the CIA restored as a reliable provider of decision support to the President and all others. My article in CounterPunch is easily found online, "Intelligence for the President -- AND Everyone Else."

I have gone on at length above because my intent is to firmly support the author's credibility. He offers facts and extended opinions that loosely-educated and poorly-read individuals will be quick to label "off the wall." NOT SO. This book across 22 chapters, does what books -- and investigative journalists -- are supposed to do. It connects dots to dots, dots to the readers, and God willing, one day, readers to readers in a non-violent revolution to restore the Constitution and the Republic.

Each of the subsequent chapters shocks me and teaches me. I never have thought I knew it all, but I had thought I was well-informed and this book shakes that understanding. With all my reading, I am at perhaps 20% of what can be known legally and ethically. This book is shocking across every single chapter, and all the more valuable because it not only skewers Obama and Bush and their associates, but also does a fine job on Mitt Romeny and the Mormon criminal empire that some suspect is also a drug cartel on the side.

The final chapter, "Next Steps" is alone worth the price of the book, and I strongly recommend this book even if you plan only to read this one chapter. I have put this book into my 6 star category (roughly 10% of the 1900 or so books I have reviewed) precisely because this is a transformative book. I ran for President briefly in 2012, as an accepted Reform Party candidate, primarily to put good ideas in one place (, and to confront all the other presidential candidates on the matter of electoral reform as fundamental. Hence I am thrilled to find that in this final chapter, the author closes in on that very point. Here is a marvelous quote from Sam Smith, founder of Progressive Review:

"If we wish to change events there is no better place to start than to change our own reaction to them, to declare that a politics lacking justice, equity, decency, and compassion is no longer acceptable. Economics, efficiency, perception, and brutish power calculations no longer suffice. The bottom line has bottomed out. The most radical act of individualism in which one can engage today is to come together with other individuals - as church, neighborhood, city and organization -- in order to uncover the biggest secret our leaders keep from us -- that we are not alone."

Bravo. ELECTORAL REFORM is the one thing that we can all come together on. I tried to explain this to Occupy in my now famous viral video (see also my video at Gnomedex), but Occupy was at the time a mob incapable of decisive action. We can still Occupy the HOME OFFICES of Senators and Representatives, and I continue to believe that we can force an Electoral Reform Act in time for 2016, one mandating that all eight parties (in addition to the two wings of tyranny, Democratic and Republican, the Green, Libertarian, Natural Law, Reform, and Socialist parties) be included on every state ballot for every federal office.

I have faith in America the Beautiful, and in the average citizen. I have lost faith in all of our institutions including churches, labor unions, the media, and universities. I pray that this book will in some manner inspire others to recognize that our government -- good people trapped in a bad system -- is rotten to the core and must be legally and peacefully abolished. We need a clean sheet fresh start with two words:  ENOUGH -- and INTEGRITY.

God Bless America -- and may God restore the goodness that was envisioned by our Founding Fathers.

Robert David STEELE Vivas
ELECTION 2008:  Lipstick on the Pig

See also:

All Rise:  Somebodies, Nobodies, and the Politics of Dignity (BK Currents (Hardcover))

Doing Democracy:  The MAP Model for Organizing Social Movements
The Average American:  The Extraordinary Search for the Nation's Most Ordinary Citizen
The Tao of Democracy:  Using Co-Intelligence to Create a World that Works for All

Vice:  Dick Cheney and the Hijacking of the American Presidency

Format:  Paperback

Presidential Puppetry is the dark political realism of power politics lurking in shadows away from mainstream media attention or public scrutiny. It is "real politik" under abusive forms of control fraud and succession planning coordinated and plotted by power consolidation and concentration that is taking over American Democracy. Andrew Kreig has produced a virtual encyclopedia of disclosures based upon his articulated exposure of this systemic institutionalized political capture, and shows it as deeply entrenched in our own "intelligence community" and capital structures. A culture of corruption and political deception has emerged on a global scale since the cold war and the new Trojan Horse is centered right inside the Gates of Washington DC.... Indeed, it has been brought into the White House itself. This is current events from deep levels of deception and power, and Mr. Kreig does a good job presenting the materials professionally and credibly.

Format:  Hardcover

I recently finished re-reading Barbara Tuchman's The Proud Tower:  A Portrait of the World Before the War, 1890-1914, concerning the Western world in the 25 years prior to World War I; it is a book I first read some 40 years ago, and it remains an excellent historical account of that period. I followed that re-read of Tuchman with Andrew Kreig's "Presidential Puppetry." One of the "takeaways" from that juxtaposition of reading choices was realizing that, thanks to Tuchman, I knew far more about the "Dreyfus Affair," an event that rocked France for most of the 1890's that I did about the background of the two major candidates in the last American presidential election. How can that be? It is the era of the 24/7 "news cycle," and I routinely read major main stream media publications like the "New York Times" and the "Washington Post" as well as significant internet-based news sources. Isn't that sufficient to have a basic understanding of the backgrounds of Obama and Romney? Apparently not. Kreig informs the reader that such knowledge "lacuna" is routine, even among reporters, and specifically relates an anecdote with Clare Nader, sister of Ralph.

Kreig was a reporter which provides him with an essential background on how the media works. Absolute censorship of an issue is rarer in America, though it does occur. Often a major event is reported "in passing," and "doesn't gain traction" while other distractive issues are reported ad nauseam. (And we don't even have to mention the "celebrity culture").Take, as Kreig does, the Presidential election of 2000, and the vote counting in the State of Florida.
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Format:  Kindle Edition

Andy Kreig participated in two press conferences at the National Press Club the week preceding presidential election 2012. He was a moderator of the October 24, 2012, conference laying out the entire electronic vote-rigging empire of Karl Rove. And, he was one of two members of the national press who participated in a press conference the day preceding the election in which the filing litigation in Ohio against ES&S and the Ohio Secretary of State was reported from Columbus. Clearly, Andy Kreig functions at the cutting edge of the recurring problem the United States has with the integrity of its elections.

However, Andy Kreig does more than rehash recent news. In this important work Kreig provides readers with background for the hidden dynamics of the current electoral and political scene. As his title suggests "presidential puppetry" addresses the way that intelligence operatives, perhaps most prominently CIA, groom candidates for major political offices in the United States. According to Kreig this grooming includes helping to gain access to education on favorable terms and providing assistance with the exposure of the scandal of their political competitors.

Kreig does not discuss much about whether Pres. Obama functions with a gun to his head - the stick used to influence foreign leaders, according to John Perkins in "Confessions of an Economic Hit Man." Rather, he focuses on the carrots and the assists that have been given to Barack Obama over the course of his rapid rise in the political hierarchy of American politics.

This could not be more timely in view of the pending appointment of James Comey for a term of ten years as director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. How else, other than by the appointment of a Republican with a history of supporting Karl Rove's candidates for president rather than Mr. Obama, could the national security complex better protect against any investigation of political assassinations, systemic election rigging, mass incarceration as a Jim Crow strategy and the most massive theft of the wealth and welfare of the people of United States by a cabal of greedy billionaires?<br /><br /> I especially appreciate Mr. Kreig's recognition of the important role of public integrity champion Jill Simpson and cutting edge reporting and actions of the Columbus Free Press in delaying, if not denying the over funded and overbearing march of the national security complex toward tyranny in the United States of America."

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Andrew Kreig uses his decades of investigative journalism talent to unmask the characters who have manipulated our democratic institutions. His formidable sources and sophisticated insights will enable elected officials, journalists, professors, and voters to evaluate the power interests at stake in the November 2012 elections. This is a frightening book that challenges all of us to act bravely. We must rouse ourselves to prevent a small number of wealthy, cynical men from usurping the power that rightfully belongs to the American citizen. He identifies these men, reveals their motives, shows us how they intended to accomplish their goals, and thus puts all of us on notice in this powerful exposé.
Lillian McEwen, author, D.C. Unmasked and Undressed

Andrew Kreig has produced a must-read. He was for many years a celebrated reporter for the Hartford Courant and author of Spiked. He went on to lead with distinction the Wireless Communications Association and the Justice Integrity Project. These efforts help provide the intimate knowledge of the Washington, national, and global affairs required for such ambitious reporting.
Robert Ames Alden, former president of the National Press Club, co-founder and former president of the National Press Foundation, and former Washington Post World News editor

This is one of the most serious, detailed public interest books I have ever read, and I do read quite a bit. This book is both a citizen's primer, and a reference work that will stand the test of time in helping future generations of students. It is a starting point for truth in the public interest. This book across 22 chapters, does what books - and investigative journalists - are supposed to do. It connects dots to dots, dots to the readers, and God willing, one day, readers to readers in a non-violent revolution to restore the Constitution and the Republic.
Robert David Steele, CEO, Earth Intelligence Network (501c3) Former spy, #1 Amazon reviewer for non-fiction Amazon Review

Presidential Puppetry reveals Washington's inside story. The big news organizations stopped fighting for the public Jack-Anderson-style, and it's high-time for the public to know it. Four decades ago, I described shocking abuses of the troops and taxpayers when I went on-the-record with Jack Anderson following my resignation from CIA service in Indochina during the Vietnam era. The situation is far worse now.
John Kelly, former news editor at NBC-TV and CBS-TV, and former CIA officer

A look behind the scenes in an uncompromising account of U.S. presidential politics. It’s a must-read for international readers.
Eelco H. Dykstra M.D., chairman, International Katrina Project Europe, based in The Hague

Andrew Kreig’s keen investigative skills, outstanding authoring and established track record make his aptly titled, Presidential Puppetry, a ready source of vital information!
Ron Fisher, Captain, U.S. Navy (retired) and Chair,

Everybody should know that Andy Kreig is the man to see in Washington, DC to report the most important stories.
Dana Jill Simpson, progressive political analyst

In Presidential Puppetry, Kreig sifts through the sugar-coated lies that make today's politicians palatable. He then exposes the hard, bitter truths. He offers rare, must-read insight into the background of those vying to lead the free world. Hang on. The truth is disturbing. But it has to be told.
Louis Manzo, author and former Jersey City mayoral candidate

One of the main reasons that the population of investigative reporters has not become extinct in Washington is because of the continued existence of Andrew Kreig.
Most of the rest of the media population has undergone a subtle but systematic information terror campaign orchestrated by avaricious oligarchs that has hunted them down and expelled them from the media territory.
All of us interested in the truth should be thankful that Andy's talents continue to ensure that darkness of media manipulation is not the only characteristic that envelopes the issues in Washington and the world.
John Edward Hurley, Washington commentator, civic leader, and historian

As I read key portions of Andrew Kreig's book I had the feeling that its insights could make good leaders better, and could give bad ones serious concern that their ongoing injustices have been exposed in a way that demands remedial public action.
Clifford Arnebeck, public interest attorney who has challenged the integrity of the 2004 Ohio presidential election

This is clearly the worst of times in many decades, perhaps since the Civil War. The problem that a writer has is that you can write this, explain it, argue it, prove it. But, in the end, the reader and friends have to do something about it.
Sam Smith, Progressive Review publisher, DC Statehood movement co-founder, and author of books that include Shadows of Hope, Captive Capital, and Why Bother?

Buy and read this book. You'll learn a lot more than you could have imagined, and you'll start seeing the world, politics, and the justice system in a very different, clearer, smarter way. This book exposes the puppet masters who pull the strings of leading officials in both major U.S. parties, including Obama and Romney. Its entertaining, cutting-edge reporting provides the kind of information that we in the independent press believe vital to informed decision-making.

As a publisher of Andrew Kreig's work, I confess to looking forward to publishing Andrew's postings, because he is an investigative journalist combined with constitutional scholarship extraordinaire. This book takes his investigations to the next level, connecting the dots to unveil a big picture that is startling yet not surprising at all.

The book goes into great depth, showing the connections behind the candidates. For example, I’ve written that Mitt Romney should be regarded as “Bishop Romney” because his experience in that LDS post is longer and more relevant to voters than his single term as governor. Kreig's book amplifies that theme into a full historical context found nowhere else regarding Bishop Romney and his ascendancy within the revamped, tea party-oriented GOP. The book applies similar treatment to President Obama and many more U.S leaders.

The author has been a respected OpEd News contributor for years. So I am not surprised this book’s revelations have enduring and even global significance. 
Rob Kall, publisher of, host of The Rob Kall Bottom-Up Radio Show, and blogger for Huffington Post

Washington, DC-based Andrew Kreig directs the Justice Integrity Project ( and two other organizations in business and civic affairs. He is an attorney, author, and strategist listed in Who’s Who in the World and Who’s Who in America since the mid-1990s. He has lectured on government and business issues on five continents, including as co-keynoter at the annual National Association of Broadcasters' Futures Summit and in recent years has been a research fellow affiliated with universities. Read more at

From 1996 to 2008, he was President/CEO of the Wireless Communications Association in its worldwide advocacy to create a wireless broadband industry. Earlier, he was an attorney with a national law firm, and law clerk to a federal judge. In 1987, he authored Spiked:   How Chain Management Corrupted America’s Oldest Newspaper, a widely reviewed case study of changes affecting newspaper industry, his first employer after college. He holds degrees from Yale Law School and the University of Chicago School of Law, and a history degree from Cornell University, where he was a student newspaper editor, rowing team member, and Golden Gloves boxer.

Tune in every Thursday to Andrew Kreig’s newsmaker guests as he co-hosts Washington Update on the MTL Network with co-host and producer Scott Draughon. Check out Washington Update here

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