Mae Brussell,the Queen of Conspiracy Research...

Mae Brussell -Sirhan Sirhan, Victim of CIA hypnosis, mind erasing- Originally broadcast June 6, 1977.

Mae Brussell,the Queen of Conspiracy Research...

Complacent Beverly Hills housewife Mae Brussell had quite an awakening in 1963 when President Kennedy was assassinated, and again when she read and cross-indexed the massive 26-volume Warren Commission Hearings. She saw that the international terrorist network that had made up the Axis powers during

World War Two had gone underground and continued their world-wide fascist campaign, overthrowing one country after another. America was not exempt.

Frustrated that this vitally important information was largely unknown to the American people, Mae went to her friend Henry Miller of Big Sur, California (with whom she would later brag to friends about an affair). He told her that people can do anything they want if they apply themselves; live anywhere, learn anything. And there is nothing worse than looking back and regretting not having done what was important to you. "Don't die before you're dead."

And with that advice Mae moved herself and the kids to Carmel, California and began the selfless, nonstop journey of political and history research that would soon rock the radio airwaves of Monterey and Santa Cruz counties from 1971 through 1988. Her listeners would never be the same.

While most of America slept:
Mae saw that most anything Americana was being infiltrated, murdered, infected, poisoned, or deregulated. As Mae stated at the University of California in Santa Cruz: "What is happening to us is a classical case of totally destroying us. And by the same people who've been at the top doing it since World War Two."

On May 29, 1968 Mae confronted Rose Kennedy at the Monterey Peninsula Airport and handed her a note telling her Robert Kennedy would soon be assassinated. A week later he was shot to death at The Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles.

Mae's first published article in Paul Krassner's The Realist was actually financed by John Lennon (Krassner couldn't afford the $5,000 printing cost).

Frank Zappa once gave her a computer for filing and cross-indexing her research (but she never used it).

Two weeks before Patty Hearst was kidnapped Mae told a Syracuse University audience that the SLA shooting of school superintendent Marcus Foster was the beginning of terror and psychological sabotage, in the same vein Germany had been subjected to in the 1930s.

In August 1977 (broadcast #282) Mae discussed Jim Jones and the Peoples Temple move to Guyana. She speculated it might be a training camp for assassination teams – this was more than a year before 913 members of the church were massacred.

Much of Mae's March 29, 1981 broadcast was spent discussing the power- struggle within the Reagan Administration and asked who will kill off their team members first. The following morning President Reagan was shot in Washington D.C.

Her countless list of German and White Russian fascist fingerprints to President Kennedy's assassination reached its peak in May of 1988 when she discovered the name "Adolf H. Schicklgruber" handwritten in Marina Oswald's notebook of poetry in the Warren Commission exhibits.

There were times when death threats drove Mae off the air: once by Charles Manson family member Sandra Good in September 1975. Sometimes Mae resorted to recording her shows at home on her small cassette tape recorder and privately mailed out copies to her subscribers.

In 1983 Mae's show was picked up by listener-sponsored KAZU

FM in nearby Pacific Grove. Five years later she was forced off the air, for the last time, from death threats but continued sending out her weekly tapes to subscribers until June 13, 1988 (tape #862).

Mae died of cancer on October 3rd of that year. She was 66.

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I've been aware for a long time that Frank Zappa was way ahead of the rest of us in his understanding of what was happening in the world. I often puzzled where people like Zappa got their information. It appears Mae Brussell was a source. Now the question, where was Mae getting hers?

BTW, I was a huge fan of The Mothers of Invention for their first seven.

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Mae Brussell

Mae Brussell was a philosophy student at Stanford. I think she completed three years before time and tides forced her to quit: she got married and that was pretty much par for the course for those days. Being a student of philosophy one can, rightly, assume that she could parse words and abstract thoughts. Her research began in earnest when her husband brought home the 26 volumes of The Warren Commission Report, this was the long form version an abridged version also circulated. She set out to cross reference the players in the assassination of JFK.

Seeing some initial interest in her work; she had some publishing success and did various radio interviews; she set out to do the work full time ultimately garnering a serial spot on KAZU FM out of Pacific Grove. The main thrust of her research modality was cross referencing the characters that she read about in the several newspapers that she read daily and from which she kept up clip files. She had earlier noticed that many of the same players would recur on the world stage and that often they had ties to the JFK assassination.

She would correspond with listeners and many of them sent in tips to her. She was readily available to speak with her audience and even answered calls on her home phone. One can only assume that some of her listeners were connected and that she occasionally got a hot tip.

Selection of writings:

A pretty comprehensive digital collection of all the shows (cheap for what you get)

A small archive maintained by Len Osanic of Black OP Radio:

Grateful for her efforts

As if John Lennon needed anything else to put himself in the crosshairs of The Man, the issue of 'The Realist' that he and Yoko paid to have published featured Mae Brussell's research into the Watergate break-in, which was way ahead of Woodward, Bernstein, and everyone else at the time, paying attention to what Martha Mitchell had said instead of dismissing her as a kook, and following the leads, finding connections, as usual:

But I had no idea of her foresight re the SLA, Jonestown, and the Reagan shooting. Pretty amazing!

She certainly put her life to good use. She and all the others who took the trouble to read the long version of the Warren Report are the ones who put the lie to Allen Dulles' statement, 'People don't read in this country.'

(Re Zappa and the Mothers--I have the first and third in Joe's list, and love 'em both!)

Hip to the scene.....

Since you are pretty hip to the whole Watergate thing, RM, then you must have seen All the President's Men. In a telling little aside (which I wondered about at the time) Bernstein has to correct Woodward's copy. That, it seems, was as far as the scriptwriters dared to go in insinuating that Woodward was intel. Otherwise, what in the hell would a reporter who couldn't write a newspaper story be doing at one of the biggest and most influential presses in the world?

And of course, like all political intrigues, the scandal is the cover up. Much like in the Iran/Contra affair. Running drugs and guns out of the White House basement was a cover for the real work that was going on and what Ollie North, who thinks he is a f*ing hero, was really shredding was the Constitution as he worked as a point man in the creation of Continuity of Government. As an adjunct to that and at the risk of sounding "classist" was the fact that North's secretary, Fawn Hall, helped him shred documents and the effrontery of this is quite astounding. The idea that someone with as little education as Hall, just a high school diploma, would out of loyalty to her boss, attempt in any way to steer the ship of state when she wouldn't know a dialectic if it bit her on the ass is just incredible.

There's been continuity of something, alright

Yeah, I remember that scene. At one point he also needed to ask one of his supervisors, 'Who's Charles Colson'? (Not the best informed intel.) I think they tried to pass it off as, it was initially considered such an insignificant story--not really expecting it to amount to more than the 'third-rate burglary' claimed by the White House--and not important enought to warrant having more experienced staff cover it. Ultimately, of course, they wound up focusing solely on Nixon's re-election committee to the exclusion of the CIA connection. In that sense, the film was true to how things played out in real life.

I've needed to learn, over the years, to differentiate the Jason Robards character in the film--whom I liked--from the real-life Ben Bradlee. I was impressed to learn years later that Bradlee had been friends with Richard Helms literally since boyhood.

As for Iran-Contra, I think they would have been happy enough to not have any scandal result, and go on their merry way claiming that hostage releases were the result of 'standing tall' rather than arms deals, and finding neat new 'extra-legal' ways to keep funding the Contras. There were some candid comments by a downed US pilot in Nicaragua, Eugene Hasenfus, a few weeks before the scandal broke. But what really got the ball rolling, as I recall, was a report on the arms-for-hostage deals appearing in a Lebanese newspaper, that led to questioning from members of the press here. (Imagine that--members of the Washington press corps actually thinking their might be some credence to a newspaper story from 'one of thooose countries.' That's something I can't imagine happening now.)

Anyway, once the scandal broke, they were able to use it to develop their methods of cover-up further. They took the 'national security defense' to new heights (or depths). Defendants would claim that classified materials were necessary for their defense, the executive branch would then refuse to release those materials, the judge would then rule that the defendant could not thus be tried farily on this count or that--and the special prosecutor thus found himself having to drop charges as a result. And even what hard-won indictments and convictions he did get were washed away in the Poppy Bush pardons.

That is it in a nutshell......

That is a pretty good and concise analysis of how things went down. And when it is said, the scandal is the cover up, it is not to imply that the Iran Contra scandal was blown up on purpose to cover COG but merely thrown out there post facto, like a bone, to confuse the scent of the hounds.
However, it could have been cooked up, in the first place, as reason to have Ollie North seconded to the White House to satisfy the curiosity of any intel that may have not been down with the whole COG thing. I don't think it is protocol to have a military person in that position but for some reason it was important to have him there because of certain special talents that he uniquely possessed: i.e. he is a piece of scum on par with Himmler and that kind of trash doesn't grow on trees.

Zappa Quote

Frank Zappa observed, "It's not getting any smarter out there. You have to come to terms with stupidity, and make it work for you."

Best Zappa Quote

"The illusion of freedom [in America] will continue as long as it’s profitable to continue the illusion. At the point where the illusion becomes too expensive to maintain, they will just take down the scenery, they will pull back the curtains, they will move the tables and chairs out of the way and you will see the brick wall at the back of the theater."