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April 18, 2007 04:45 AM PDT

This interview was conducted in 1985 and gives a great overview and introduction to the story of Mae Brussell. I would recommend this interview for anyone. Especially those who are just discovering the world of mae Brussell.

March 26, 2007 01:12 AM PDT

Mae Brussell was a radio host based in Carmel, Cal. during the 1970's and 1980's. She was first attracted to the political researching field after the assassination of John F. Kennedy She read through all 26 books of the Warren Report and discovered many discrepancies. She began her radio program, Assassination Dialogues and then later, World Watcher's Intl. and continued on-air for 16 years. She went on to be one of the most astute researchers in modern US history apprenticing the likes of Dave Emory and John Judge.

She died prematurely in 1988 of cancer. Many believe she was the victim of a weaponized cancer considering she was just getting involved in researching criminal and occult practices within our military after the Presidio conspiracies that took place in 1986 which implicated high level military officers in satanic ritual abuse of children.

This episode is called "The SLA is the CIA" and it touches on chemical war fare of future. Deadly chemicals, botulism, tetanus, delivered to BUFFALO, NY. 1984. TERRORIST HAND BOOKS FOUND IN PRISONS, 1984. SLA taught "terrorism," Nazis, Mao, 1974, ten years earlier. PART I: ATOMIC BOMBS SENT OUT BY VATICAN, REAGAN "FRIENDS" Rossano Brazzi, Italy. (South Pacific) bombs for Middle East, Argentina. Terror on the right. Links to MITRE, "Atomic security."

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California born and raised in the era of early punk rock, I grew up no stranger to the dirtier side of political intrigue growing up in this great nation of ours under Nixon and Reagan. Most of the defense companies that today have all the power were or are centered in the Southern California area. Boeing, Hughes, Raytheon, etc. Other than a passing thought here and there, I never gave politics much mind though until 9-11 happened. The events of 9-11 and the 2004 election changed that all for me and after decades of ignorance, I found myself eating the red pill. This show will attempt to shed some light on news items that have slipped by the collective consciousness of the masses and pass on some of the information I have discovered that helped me finally see the light. The last place left to find out the truth is the internet. Print, radio, and television are completely bought out and censored. Most of what you hear are lies. To get to the truth, we have to go back 25 years to when we still had a semblance of a free press. Until the 1990's, there were 100's of families that owned varioius media outlets. Today there are only 5 that own 96 percent of our media in the U.S. One of the last free-thinkers out there was Mae Brussell. She is a genious when it comes to weeding through the BS and getting to the truth. ae Brussell, a gutsy, no-holds-barred, investigative radio host, who was acutely interested in Conspiracies and UFOlogy, died in 1988 of a fast-acting cancer – just as did Ann Livingston and Karla Turner. By the time President Kennedy was assassinated in 1963 Mae was married with five kids and living in Southern California. Like many Americans, she wasn't convinced that Lee Harvey Oswald had acted alone in the assassination, so she bought the 26-volume Warren Commission Hearings and began reading, filing, and cross-indexing. With the massive addition of books, articles, and government documents, Mae not only found connections to the CIA and Germany, but began to see relationships to many other current and past events throughout the world. Mae began to realize that the international terrorist network that made up the Axis powers during World War II had effectively gone underground and continued their worldwide fascist campaign even before the War had officially ended; As one country after another changed hands, Mae recognized many of the same familiar names, methods, and tactics that were used to swallow up Germany in the 1920s and 1930s. Unfortunately this growing list of countries does not exclude the United States; Most anything Americana is being infiltrated, raped, 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." In May of 1971, after seven years of research and now living in Carmel, California, Mae appeared as a guest on KLRB, a local FM radio station independently owned by Mr. and Mrs. Bob and Gloria Baron. Mae discussed her views on political assassinations and the New York Times release of the Pentagon Papers. The response was so good she became a regular weekly guest and before too long had her own show Dialogue: Conspiracy. (She later changed the name to World Watchers International hoping it would spread like Weight Watchers did.) Almost every week for seventeen years Mae shared with her audience her voluminous daily research in her rapid-fire, no-holds-barred style. Occasionally Mae's research produced predictions with stunning accuracy: • On May 29, 1968 Mae confronted Rose Kennedy at the Monterey Peninsula Airport and handed her what she said was a poem, but actually a note telling her Robert Kennedy would soon be assassinated. A week later Senator Kennedy was shot to death at The Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles. • A month before Ted Kennedy's Chappaquiddick incident Mae warned his office of "the nest of rattlesnakes" that surrounded him and his upcoming bid for the White House. • Two weeks before the SLA kidnapped Patty Hearst she told a Syracuse University audience that the SLA shooting of black school superintendent Marcus Foster was just the beginning of what would be 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 that this might be a training camp for assassination teams – this was more than a year before 913 members of the church were massacred. • Mae's most shocking crystal ball research was probably her March 29, 1981 evening broadcast when she spent much of the hour listing the reasons she believed the Reagan White House were at war with one another and asked who will kill off their team members first. The following morning President Reagan was shot in Washington D.C. In addition to Mae's close friends and weekly listeners, she corresponded and networked with such people as Jim Garrison, Col. L. Fletcher Prouty, and Larry Flynt. Her first published article in Paul Krassner's The Realist was actually financed by John Lennon. And Frank Zappa once gave her a computer for filing and cross-indexing her research (but she never used it). 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. Many of the articles Mae wrote tackled subjects that to this day remain unparalleled by anyone in the United States. The epitome of Mae's journalism "The Nazi Connection to the John F. Kennedy Assassination" appeared in Larry Flynt's premier issue of The Rebel magazine in November 1983. 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. 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. A year before she died, at dinner one night in her house, she pulled up the blind and pointed out the house across the cul-de-sac she lived on. "The CIA bought that house several months ago," she said, "and they have been observing me." The house across the street burned down the night she died.



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A Tribute to Mae Brussell


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Later, when Maxwell Taylor had become the chairman of the JCS, the only JCS John Kennedy knew was even more CIA biased, since Maxwell Taylor himself was by that time more oriented toward the Secret Team than the military, and Krulak was closer than ever to the President.

Thus it was not the real military that Kennedy would have offended if he had withdrawn from Vietnam in 1963. It was the chameleon Secret Team/CIA military who made him think they would have objected, and who made him think that they represented the military.

Thus it was not the real military that Kennedy would have offended if he had withdrawn from Vietnam in 1963. It was the chameleon Secret Team/CIA military who made him think they would have objected, and who made him think that they represented the military.

As important to the Secret Team as SACSA was, of equal importance was the return to the government and especially to the Pentagon of Maxwell Taylor. After the Bay of Pigs, it was inevitable that Allen Dulles would leave the CIA. His chief lieutenant, Dick Bissell of U-2 fame and of Laos and Bay of Pigs infamy, left the Agency to become the head of the Institute of Defense Analysis, an organization with many interesting functions – among them, acting as a conduit for CIA activities. Dulles again showed that uncanny ability of his and of the Agency’s to rise above each fiasco on to new heights. During the Bay of Pigs inquiry he ingratiated Maxwell Taylor to the Kennedys so firmly that Jack Kennedy assigned General Taylor to the position of Military Adviser to the President. This was a good cover assignment for General Taylor. However, everyone else in the need-to-know clan knew that Maxwell Taylor was in the White House to be the President’s liaison man with the CIA. The President may not have known how closely Maxwell Taylor’s aspirations and those of Allen Dulles matched each other. During the last days of the Dulles era, Maxwell Taylor served as the focal point man between Dulles and his Agency and the White House.


Kennedy had the misfortune, which he was overcoming rapidly, of being young and inexperienced in the inner ways of government, such as those employed by the Secret Team. He could not have realized that Maxwell Taylor, for example, by the time he had returned to the Pentagon as chairman of the JCS, was actually more of a Judas goat, as far as the military was concerned, than the leader of the herd, as he had been when he left three years before. Few great armies have been so vastly demoralized and stricken by an integral campaign as has the U.S. Army since those dark days of 1964 and 1965, when Maxwell Taylor and his Secret Team counterparts led them into Vietnam under the banner of counterinsurgency.


Book Review: “The Essential Mae Brussell: Investigations of Fascism in America”

By Mike Kuhlenbeck / April 10th, 2015


Mae Brussell has been called “the intellectual forbear of the study of parapolitics” by conspiracy writer Kenn Thomas and “the Queen of Conspiracy” by others. This book of articles, interviews and radio transcripts from Brussell’s prolific career, however, shows a complex, compassionate woman whose work challenges and compels.

Mae Brussell was born May 29, 1922, in Beverly Hills, her father Rabbi Edgar Magnin of the Wilshire Boulevard Temple, the man who blessed President Richard Nixon at the White House. Magnin’s close connections to Hollywood earned him a nickname: Rabbi of the Stars. Brussell grew up in an affluent, mostly conservative family. She married and had five children. In a 1974 interview with Playgirl, she described years of studying the world through a traditional lens:

I went to Stanford University and got married a few weeks before graduation. I majored in philosophy. We studied Plate, Nietzsche, Emerson, and Thoreau – yet the professors didn’t seem to understand anything about real life. Those were the war years, 1940 to 1943. Hitler was raising a holocaust all over Europe – but we were upper middle-class children, so we studied medieval history … It was as if the world outside didn’t exist.


The age of innocence for Brussell ended with rifle shots in Dallas and the assassination of President John F. Kennedy on November 22, 1963. In the wake of that event, Brussell purchased all 26 volumes of the Warren Commission Reportand painstakingly cross-referenced every detail in the report, a task that took eight tedious years and resulted in 27,000 pages of textual analysis. She found an abundance of contradictions, omissions and distortions, casting doubt on the validity of the official investigation into Kennedy’s death. She used this work, she says, as her “Rosetta Stone.”

“It unlocked every other conspiracy,” Brussell told the San Francisco Chronicle in 1981.

Brussell channeled her revelations on the radio broadcast Dialogue: Conspiracy 7655940(later called World Watchers International) on KLRB, an FM station in Carmel, California. In 1983, she moved her hour-long program to KAZU-FM in nearby Pacific Grove. She produced 851 broadcasts for a devoted legion of listeners, engaging supporters and detractors for 17 years until she died of cancer in 1988 at age 66. She holds the distinction of teaching the first accredited college course in conspiracy, “American Assassinations,” this at Monterey Peninsula College.


Before the Internet, Brussell collected her trove of research using old-school techniques. She lined the walls of her home with dozens of bookshelves and 39 four-drawer filing cabinets filled with newspaper clippings, magazines, underground zines, unpublished manuscripts, declassified government documents and other materials. She used these to cross-reference items and talking points she found in mainstream press.

“There are ways to counteract the evil being purposely planned,” Brussell said. “Study history. Separate fears and prejudices from facts. Recognize facts from propaganda. Invest energy in fighting for what you believe in. Analyze harder where we are going and what you are doing about it. What do you really believe in? How much do we care?”

She found a supporter in journalist Paul Krassner, founder of the now-defunct counterculture magazine The Realist, who also wrote the introduction to this collection. He affectionately referred to Brussell as the “Bionic Researcher.” He published her first full-length article in 1972, a piece on the Watergate break-in. (John Lennon financed it, providing $5,000 for printing costs.) Brussell also published articles in Hustler, People’s Almanac, The Rebel and the Berkeley Barb, and assisted with research for Ramparts.

“I thought she was an American hero,” Krassner told the San Jose Mercury News. “We should look upon her as a role model for not accepting things that are spoon-fed to us, not accepting it automatically as the truth.”

Some critics may charge that Brussell’s dusty relics of history have no value in contemporary America. But one need look no further than her issues – government surveillance, endless war, the oligarchic control of the ultra-wealthy – to see vital connections to our times.

Brussell’s conspiracy theories feel remote from those of far-right ideologies that underlie today’s so-called conspiracy culture. Brussell inclined her attitudes more toward the counterculture of the 1960s and ‘70s, although she did not allow the “right and left dichotomy,” as she put it, to skew her research.

Contemporary conspiracy-mongers (disciples of the John Birch Society; Gary Allen, author of None Dare Call it Conspiracy) thrive on elements of xenophobia and nationalism. Brussell despised this. She focused on the ruling class, what we hear today called “the illuminati,” and speculated that it might successfully implement a “divide and conquer” strategy in times of turmoil to distract people from the crimes of those in power. Some thoughts seem eerily prophetic.

I believe that the Nazis and the Minutemen and the Christian movement are going to get very strong, and at the same time there’s going to be a massive depression. I see large masses of people around the world being deliberately starved every day. I see terrible things happening to reduce the population of this earth, so that those who control the corporations don’t have to provide for the needs of the poor.

These words, spoken in 1978, sound more relevant today than when first uttered.

Pundits, politicians and academics use the term conspiracy theorist to smear the reputations of those who hold unpopular opinions or who challenge a widely accepted narrative. Feral House publisher Adam Parfrey points out in this book’s preface that the CIA facilitated the term through media to discredit those who challenged Warren Commission findings that Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone in Kennedy’s murder.

Civil discourse on conspiracies changed drastically when Obama appointed legal scholar Cass Sunstein to his cabinet in 2008 as administrator for the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs. Sunstein co-authored an essay entitled “Conspiracy Theories” that proposed government agents infiltrate groups that promote “anti-government conspiracy theories” to disrupt and disband them in a fashion similar to former FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover’s COINTELPRO program.

Sunstein and co-author Adrian Vermeule state in their proposal, “Those who subscribe to conspiracy theories may create serious risks, including risks of violence, and the existence of such theories raises significant challenges for policy and law.”

Mae Brussell’s collection challenges such blind assertions, touching on a wide range of crimes in fact perpetrated by the US government: the FBI’s complicity in the assassinations of Black Panther Party leaders; the CIA’s recruitment of Nazi war criminals into the agency shortly after WWII; the U.S. military’s backing of right-wing terrorist regimes in Latin America.

Many of these events get lost in the memory hole. It takes someone like Brussell to rescue them, to preserve this information and use it to prevent such events from happening again. One might not agree with her conclusions or methodology, but she still offers valuable insight into issues in today’s society.


Mike Kuhlenbeck’s journalism has appeared in The Humanist, Z Magazine and The Des Moines Register. He is a member of the National Writers Union and Investigative Reporters and Editors.

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