President Obama's Hidden History: The First Clue

My journey to publishing Presidential Puppetry began in February 2009 with an eye-opening discovery about President Obama at the National Archives a month after his first Inauguration.

Investigative reporter Wayne Madsen, a former Navy Intelligence officer I had met at the National Press Club, invited me to visit the Archives with him so he could teach me how to search for declassified CIA documents. Wayne’s two decades of computer security expertise included a year at the super-secret National Security Agency (NSA).

Among those papers, I saw my first clues to one of the great mysteries of the Obama presidency. 

Over the next four years, I pursued the research, resulting in publication announced July 10 of Presidential Puppetry: Obama, Romney and Their Masters. This book answers, among other things, the riddle of why we know so little about a two-term president, his work, and his family except superficial impressions. Those impressions are, for most in the public, woefully incomplete or outright erroneous even after the mainstram media's coverage of him during two successful presidential campaigns.

No modern president has had such an exotic background marred by gaps in his background caused by lost or suppressed records, vicious enemies, and a protective and timid media. The president himself plays a huge role in this confusion. He has not only suppressed records and encouraged colleagues to remain silent. He has fostered vagueness and deceptions himself. A notable part of this is his memoir, Dreams From My Father, which was un-footnoted, un-indexed, episodic, reliant in part on composite figures -- and, I would argue, half-truths in certain key parts.

My conclusion based on extensive review of the evidence, including that in Wayne's Madsen's independently researched book book published last year, The Manufacturing of a President, is:

Obama and his family on both parental sides had significant relationships with intelligence agencies as well as elite foundations, businesses, and academic institutions that for decades have maintained largely secret interconnections. The right-wing "Birther" story has turned up some useful research, but is ultimately wrong. Obama was born in Hawaii.

The real story, and one that we should all care about even if the president does not want to discuss it, is what he has been hiding about his family past. There are many fascinating aspects to this, but the most central are the career paths of the future president's mother, anthropologist Ann Dunham; the future president's grandparents, Stanley and Madelyn Dunham; and Obama himself, famed worldwide as a community organizer and law professor in his younger days.

This inquiry is important because Obama withheld key parts of his biography from his memoir and elsewhere. The omissions have continued throughout his career, and have kept voters in the dark about his goals and loyalties. Descrepancies between his campaign platform and his policies are becoming increasingly apparent as he reaches a crucial juncture of his second-term. If he cannot accomplish anything significant in the next month Washington will adjudge him as having lost momentum from his re-election and on his way to lame-duck status.

Is his lack of success in implementing his platform just his bad luck and the work of his Republican opponents? Or is it part of his payback to powerful sponsors?

Far from being a radical or even a community organizer at heart, Obama implements the goals of a hidden government of in the private sector that largely controls the presidents, Cabinet members, senators, Supreme Court justices, and other top officials of both major parties.

My Inquiry Begins

Let's go back to the Archives in 2009 at the beginning of my research. I tried out the archival system by looking up Colonel J. Caldwell King, a high-ranking CIA executive who had oscillated between Wall Street and leadership of the agency’s covert operations in the Western Hemisphere. King’s career path of Wall Street, law, and foreign affairs resembled that of longtime CIA Director Allen Dulles and many other U.S. foreign affairs leaders for at least a century.

My late mother, Margaret Kreig, shown at left on the cover of her natural remedies book, Green Medicine, had described King to me as her primary secret CIA liaison when she was a globetrotting author/editor who occasionally briefed the agency about her observations beginning in the 1960s. Her research on natural remedies enabled her to arrange an invitation from Communist leaders in China to tour the nation’s medical facilities as a VIP guest in early 1972, during a period when nearly all Americans were forbidden to enter the country.

She is shown at right on the rear cover of her 1967 book, Black Market Medicine, investigating  an explosive tale of mob infiltration into producing counterfeit prescription drugs for the United States consumer market. For current purposes, the most significant aspect of her bio there is that she, not unlike, Ann Dunham, for example, was a known as a researcher who cobbled together a career that involved grants, jungle exploration and other work with little hint of secret government ties. Maybe that is because secrets are intended to remain secrets.

Back at the archives while I was learning more about King, Wayne Madsen looked up Business International Corporation (BIC). This was a New York-based research company that had been President Obama’s first employer after his 1983 graduation with a bachelor’s degree from Columbia University.

The search produced from CIA files a New York Times article published in 1977, “CIA established many links to journalists at home and abroad.”

The article stated that Elliott Haynes, a co-founder, said BIC had provided cover for four CIA employees in the late 1950s. Other evidence suggests that BIC remained so prominent in working with Western leaders that it seems likely that its intelligence connections continued until its purchase in 1986 by the UK’s Economist Group. The  CIA, after all, had invented (according to former CIA executve Cleon Skousen) the concept of "limited modified hang-out" to describe situations whereby it needed to acknowledge some activities, but wanted to keep more important ones secret.

The Secret Team

Others have used different names than my term, “puppet masters.” President Eisenhower, the World War II Allied commander in Europe, called an overlapping group, “The Military-Industrial Complex” in his 1961 Farewell Address warning against the cabal’s threat to democracy. Contemporary experts have adjusted Eisenhower’s term to “The Intelligence-Industrial Complex” because of several developments the past decade.

Among them are the growth of the CIA into a military force and the NSA into domestic spying, with all such government agencies increasingly reliant on private contractors in the intelligence field.

Air Force Colonel Fletcher Prouty, the top liaison at the Joint Chiefs of Staff between the CIA and Defense Department for covert activities in the late 1950s and early 1960s, coined the term, “The Secret Team” in his pioneering 1973 book by that name published by Prentice-Hall.

That said, my brief blog here about Obama is not the place to try to resolve all historical issues. It's just the start of the trail of clues that would result in Presidential Puppetry. The trail leads right to today's personnel, secrets, and decision-making.

The White House photo at right last month of the president and a to pnational security advisor walking on teh White House grounds suggests, somewhat evocatively, the isolation of decision-makers who wield awesome powers.

But we in the public have a right to know, at long last, the full story of their backgrounds --  and that of their most important backers. 


Coming next: The Obama Family Saga: Hidden Evidence In Plain Sight

 
 

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