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Salon‘s David Talbot dishes at length on the new Kitty Kelley book about the Bushes.

According to Kelley, the Bushes aggressively maintain their all-American family image by scrubbing government files of embarrassing facts, stonewalling journalists, and terrorizing critics. “Some people felt that George’s past did not seep out and embarrass him and his family,” she writes of the White House’s current Bush, “because he was protected by a coterie of former CIA men with an allegiance to his father.” An Austin, Texas, political consultant named Peck Young told Kelley that when a woman claiming to have been a call girl from Midland showed up in Austin with “intimate knowledge” of W. during his oil wildcatting days, she was approached by what she described as “intelligence types” and left town abruptly. According to Young, the men “made her realize that it was better to turn tricks in Midland than to stop breathing.”

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