(Article changed on July 7, 2013 at 15:53)
Four years ago, my research documenting the Bush administration frame-up of Alabama's former governor Don Siegelman led me to find nationwide patterns of similar horrors.
Providing inspiration for me along this journey has been OEN Founder Rob Kall and the vibrant community of reader-commenters, columnists, and editors convened on this site.
So, this is the natural place to announce publication of the findings in my new book, Presidential Puppetry: Obama, Romney and Their Masters:
Hidden elites control our presidents. The evidence is everywhere, including in such unpopular recent positions by President Obama as his justifications for massive domestic surveillance and economic austerity. The Justice Department's sell out of Siegelman's freedom fits into a century-long pattern.
That conclusion will not surprise this site's sophisticated readers. But many specific illustrations are novel, especially when the dots are connected. Presidential Puppetry is, I believe, the first book to analyze the second-term. The book places the president's recent decisions into a larger framework that includes the disloyalty to Obama of CIA Director David Petraeus, Karl Rove's attempt to rig 2012 election results, and still-unreported scandals among second-term Obama appointees.
The historical context includes the Rove-inspired theft of the 2002 Alabama gubernatorial election from Siegelman. Stripped of power, the former governor was framed on bogus corruption charges. One motive was the huge payoff from vast federal dollars that can be controlled if one-party rule is established, thereby providing a power base to steer federal contracts to insiders.
The corrupt system relies on Democrats, the mainstream media, and other political players to remain co-opted or intimidated. As a result of lack of effective leadership and watchdogs, any reform impulses become watered down after every new outrage.
Right now, the Obama-Bush interception and storage of virtually all the electronic communications of all Americans creates headlines. Yet that astonishing breach of our freedom risks being transformed into the story of the manhunt for Edward Snowden, the former NSA contractor. That focus enables the real story, law breaking by Snowden's employers and its threat to each of us, to fade from memory.
Only in the alternative media can we find President Obama's family history illustrating that he ascended as a favorite of Wall Street and the national security state, not as their prospective master.
Obama worked for a CIA front company in his first job out of college, as OEN contributor Wayne Madsen, a former Navy intelligence officer and NSA analyst, described last year in his book, The Manufacturing of a President. I have a declassified CIA document illustrating the point, which is ignored by the mainstream media.
That Obama work for Business International Corp. and the national security connections of Obama's long-lost lover from that period cast a new light on Obama's other secrets, including his Wall Street-friendly policies that help Republican leaders impose austerity upon the public.
My research draws on diverse sources from across the political spectrum, as well as my own experiences. Thus, I reveal how my late mother -- Margaret Kreig, a World War II Marine volunteer and best-selling author -- was a covert CIA operative in 1972 when the Chinese government issued a rare invitation for her to visit the Communist nation as a VIP.
Such patterns are readily visible also in the Obama family history. Further, a close look reveals that all but one of our recent presidents built secret relationships in their twenties with the CIA or FBI. The exception is George W. Bush, whose father happened to be director of the CIA and Rove's employer as young George was starting his career. That's not a very startling exception to the general pattern.
CIA and NSA activities -- including impact on domestic politics and media -- need to be discussed more openly.