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Sadly St. Martin's Press, shaken by threats and intimidation from the GOP, has decided to recall and burn all 70,000 copies of Fortunate Son. The author's only real mistake was his refusal to disclose the three sources that told him Bush was arrested on cocaine possession in 1972, and a friendly judge expunged his record as a favor to George Bush senior.

 



Barbara Bush: " you can criticize me, but don't criticize my children and don't criticize my daughters-in-law and don't criticize my husband, or you're dead." infowars.com

Soon after publication, of J.H. Hatfield book Fortunate Son he was found dead of an alleged suicide. A housekeeper found his body July 18, 2001 in room 312 at Days Inn in Springdale, Arkansas. messageboard / democracynow.org / davidcogswell.com


Bush Like Stalin, Burns Books To Silence Free Speech
Posted August 15, 2001 thepeoplesvoice.org


By the EDITOR

Sadly St. Martin's Press, shaken by threats and intimidation from the GOP, has decided to recall and burn the critical biography of Texas Gov. George W. Bush entitled, Fortunate Son, by J.H. Hatfield. Though there may be flaws or errors in the book, the utter erasure of the work from existence has frightening fascist overtones. The author's only real mistake was his refusal to disclose the three sources that told him Bush was arrested on cocaine possession in 1972, and a friendly judge expunged his record as a favor to George Bush senior.

Bush and his dad both deny the statements made in Hatfield's book, and have protested, "fraud and ugly", typifying the metaphor, 'pot calling the kettle black.' There was even talk of lawsuit, but the GOP settled on smear and defamation as the best course of action. The author Hatfield, was promptly investigated and it was discovered that the Dallas Morning News once reported another James H. Hatfield had been convicted of the attempted murder of two of his supervisors at a Dallas real estate firm in 1987. Though it wasn't the same James H. Hatfield,
St. Martin's folded under the pressure and announced the immediate removal of the book from the shelves, and the incineration of all 70,000 copies of Fortunate Son. The national press corps could be called the nationalistic press corps for praised the decision to burn the book, and criticizing Hatfield and St. Martin's for publishing it.

The conservatives have stepped over the edge into a fascist fantasy world believing that the rumors about Bush's cocaine use will end with the silencing of a writer and the destruction of his book.
With characteristic childishness the right-wing Washington Times gleefully joked about the successful obstruction of free speech; "Thought he would set the world on fire, he just didn't figure that it was his book that would be the kindling." The Washington Times, a trash rag financed by multi millionaire cult leader and
Bush contributer, Sun Myung Moon, also said: "One hopes the finality of the furnace puts an end to the story." [WT, Oct. 28, 1999]. One wonders if the finality of the furnace also puts an end to free speech.

The corporate controlled media blatantly ignores the truth on this and many other issues, choosing instead to emphasize only that which they want Americans to know. The astounding fact that Bush is encouraging the burning of books in order to silence free speech has received scant coverage.

During the height of communism in Russia, Stalin collected and burned publications which contained derogatory statements about him. Not in the 200 year history of America and the freedom for which it once stood, has an American president been a party to book burning, until now.

Since the Supreme Court presidential selection the corporate White House and Bush have exerted complete control over television, radio, and the print media, but they have not been able to silence the internet. The bush administration first tried strong-arm tactics, threats and coercion, the tools of the GOP, to shut down web sites that spoke out about him and his corrupt administration. Bush declared, "there ought to be limits to freedom," after he ran into a wall called the first amendment.

Like his father, George junior believes laws and constitutional rights only get in the way of his "New World order," a world ruled by the super rich, where the majority are powerless and voting is pointless.

With much of the cocaine information coming from Republican sources that personally knew Bush, the throttled media can only say Bush's use of cocaine is "unsubstantiated".

Bush easily denies charges like marital infidelity with little argument from the public, but the cocaine rumors persist. Could it be that there are just too many people walking around who did cocaine with George Bush, or saw him do it?

A greater threat to freedom of speech has not existed in our American democracy since it's inception 200 years ago. One must question if America will continue to enjoy freedom of speech and free elections, or will the rule of law succumb to the rule of the corporate.

2001 thepeoplesvoice.org, subject to FAIR USE


Daddy Bush's chief of staff said to be a source of claims G.W. used cocaine January 25, 2000 By Bev Conover While much of the American corporate media have done their best to discredit the messenger, while spreading his message, the Sunday Times of London scooped the story of Michael Dannenhauer, chief of staff to former President George Bush, becoming the only on-the-record source for G.W. Bush's alleged cocaine use in the new introduction to J.H. Hatfield's "Fortunate Son: George W. Bush and the Making of an American President." The controversial book, which its original publisher, St. Martin's, Press recalled and destroyed, following howls from the Bush family and questions about Hatfield's background, has been reissued by Soft Skull Press and will be back in bookstores beginning this week. victorian.fortunecity.com

 

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