Journalist's Book Reveals Deceptions Omitted in George W. Bush's Memoir

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Interview with Russ Baker, award-winning investigative reporter, conducted by Scott Harris

bush In his new memoir titled, "Decision Points," former President George W. Bush provides his personal, upbeat account on the major events that shook the nation and his presidency. Among the episodes that Bush recounts are the initial confusion and critical decisions made after the devastating 9/11 attacks, and the deliberations within his administration before he made the fateful decision to invade and occupy Iraq.

Reaction to the book included the half-serious notion that "Decision Points," should be correctly placed in the "True Crime" section of local bookshops, citing Bush's authorization of Bush's authorization of mass arrests, detention without charge or trial, torture of prisoners and warrantless surveillance of U.S. citizens. Violations of international law that were perpetrated by Bush during his eight years in office prompted London Mayor Boris Johnson to warn that if the former president flew to Britain on a book tour, he might well be arrested for war crimes, much like Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet in 1998. Critics point out that there are many passages in "Decision Points," written with the help of Peter Rough and his former speechwriter Christopher Michel, that appear to be lifted wholesale from articles and books found in a quick search of the Internet.

Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Russ Baker, award-winning investigative reporter and author of the new book, "Family of Secrets, The Bush Dynasty, America's Invisible Government, and the Hidden History of the Last 50 Years." Here, Baker discusses Bush's memoir, "Decision Points," and what his own book reveals about the Bush family's powerful political dynasty.

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