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BFP Exclusive- Interview with Andrew Kreig: The CIA, Global Empire & the U.S. Presidency

by Mark Mondalek, January 10, 2014, published at the Boiling Frogs Post

“Uncovering the Puppet Master Class of the Mega-Corporations”

1129_PresPupIn this exclusive interview with Andrew Kreig, author of Presidential Puppetry: Obama, Romney and Their Masters (Eagle View Books, June 2013), we discuss the findings behind his most recent research into President Obama’s contentious past, the current and historical impact of the intelligence services on American politics, and the Mitt Romney, Mormon-inspired presidency that might-have-been.

Boiling Frogs Post: Early on in Presidential Puppetry you talk about your visit to the National Archives with Wayne Madsen, a fellow investigative reporter, who showed you a New York Times article from 1977 asserting that Business International Corporation, President Obama’s first job after graduating from Columbia University in 1983, was, at one point, a CIA front company. Did that discovery form the early inspiration for your book?

Andrew Kreig:  Yes, it did. Wayne Madsen, the former Navy intelligence officer and national security analyst, took me over to the National Archives in February 2009 to show me how to look up de-classified documents, and like most people right at that time we thought we had a whole new big change from the Bush administration. In fact, I’m based right in downtown Washington, right across the street from the National Archives; the parade came right by my office on Pennsylvania Avenue in late January. So this was quite a jolt to see this New York Times article. It started the unraveling of mysteries that did result in the book, as you pointed out.

BFP: It’s interesting because, on the one hand, working for the CIA obviously doesn’t automatically implicate a person. Your own mother, for example, would occasionally brief the agency as a globetrotting author/editor in the 1960s, and you also note that informants, in many cases, aren’t always aware of what their research is really being used for in the first place. With that said, if a former intelligence asset winds up president of the United States one day, do you believe that that one aspect of his or her life is really grounds for throwing their entire biography into question?

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BFP Book Review- ‘Presidential Puppetry: Obama, Romney & Their Masters’ by Andrew Kreig

by Mike Mondalek, November 30, 2013, published at the Boiling Frogs Post

The Enthralling Connections That Make “Viable” Presidency Candidates

1129_PresPupI was in college when I first read President Obama’s 1995 memoir Dreams from My Father. It was just a little over a year after his inauguration and the book had been curiously assigned in an advanced nonfiction reading course featuring the works of Mark Twain, James Baldwin and George Orwell. A natural aversion to political memoirs undoubtedly left several literary-minded classmates feeling skeptical over the selected reading material, myself included. Not only was the 2008 election still very fresh in our minds, but we were additionally attending classes in Chicago at the time, the very city that had launched it. Many of us had been present for the beginning and the end of Obama’s historical march to the American throne, swept up into a frenzy of youthful optimism and “hope” as we lined the streets outside Grant Park for what seemed like miles on end just for the chance to hear him speak that previous November: tears rolling down Jesse Jackson’s cheeks, Oprah Winfrey’s self-entitled photo op; sporadic puffs of marijuana smoke rising into the sky on an atypical warm Chicago night.

I had mostly skimmed through the majority of it, admittedly. However, the immediate and lasting impression of the text, which likewise seemed to take us all a bit off-guard at the time, was the startling fact that, by God, the man wrote a novel, after all. As someone quite clearly seeking public office, on the surface-level, he seemingly veered unabashedly into the personal, writing in clear, concise, and sometimes startlingly beautiful prose. It can even be argued that Dreams is the anti-political memoir, in a sense: a carefully placed “Establishment-friendly” record of Obama’s past quietly waiting in the wing––like a timed mine.

He could have been a professional novelist, some say. Instead, he wanted to be president.

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Barack Obama, His Mother, and the CIA

by William Blum, July 5, 2012, published at the Boiling Frogs Post

So Why the Omission?

0705_Barack1In his autobiography, Dreams From My Fathers, Barack Obama writes of taking a job at some point after graduating from Columbia University in 1983. He describes his employer as “a consulting house to multinational corporations” in New York City, and his functions as a “research assistant” and “financial writer”.

Oddly, Obama doesn’t mention the name of his employer. However, a New York Times story of October 30, 2007 identifies the company as Business International Corporation. Equally odd is that the Times did not remind its readers that the newspaper itself had disclosed in 1977 that Business International had provided cover for four CIA employees in various countries between 1955 and 1960.[10]

The British journal, Lobster — which, despite its incongruous name, is a venerable international publication on intelligence matters — has reported that Business International was active in the 1980s promoting the candidacy of Washington-favored candidates in Australia and Fiji.[11]  In 1987, the CIA overthrew the Fiji government after but one month in office because of its policy of maintaining the island as a nuclear-free zone, meaning that American nuclear-powered or nuclear-weapons-carrying ships could not make port calls.[12]  After the Fiji coup, the candidate supported by Business International, who was much more amenable to Washington’s nuclear desires, was reinstated to power — R.S.K. Mara was Prime Minister or President of Fiji from 1970 to 2000, except for the one-month break in 1987.

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