Gerald Bellett Age of Secrets

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Age of Secrets

 
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During the Watergate hearings, one man wanted to tell a spellbound nation secrets about the Nixon White House, the CIA and Howard Hughes. He could have told them why the burglary happened but that was not what the Committee wanted to hear. To keep him from telling his secrets, he was persecuted, jailed and forced into exile in Canada. His name is John Meier; his employer was Howard Hughes; Age of Secrets is his story.

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Critical Comments by New York Times bestselling author Jim Hougan John Meier s story is really interesting and, I believe, important. I ve spent a number of years studying the American cryptocracy and there is no question in my mind that Meier is dead-right when he says that the CIA was running the Hughes empire. So, too, with Intertel. I was the first journalist to write about the firm (in Harper s), and it s apparent to me, as it is to Meier, that its business plan was drawn up in Langley. That said, this is complicated stuff. The way I see it, American politics from 1954-74 is a continuum defined by the struggle between the Richard Nixon apparat and the Kennedy machine, with the Howard Hughes empire serving as a fulcrum in what amounted to a secret war for the country s soul. CIA spooks, mobsters on three coasts and a coven of Texas oligarchs built the magic box . John Meier s story is a fungible one in the sense that it could serve as the basis for a rock- em-sock- em tv series, motion picture or documentary about the Deep State. By that, I mean the cryptocracy that has evolved since the Cold War along a political continuum defined by assassination, surveillance and cover-up. The Howard Hughes organization, with its ties to Texas oil, Las Vegas gambling, Hollywood and the CIA was the secret fulcrum of that continuum, mediating a political struggle that, by turns, saw the Kennedy s devastated by murder and the Nixon camp destroyed by what looks, increasingly, like a soft coup d etat. In this, John Meier was a Zelig-like figure, at once a witness and a participant, so well-connected - and so deeply involved - that it could only have ended in exile or a grave. The focal point of that tale, from which everything else proceeds, is obviously the secret war for the Hughes empire. If it were a film, it would be as exciting as The Bourne Identity, and I think it would pull in the same audience (and for many of the same reasons) that both The Bourne Identity and JFK did. --New York Times bestselling author Jim Hougan

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