Friday, November 22, 2013

Killing Camelot: The Bush Connection

There are so many iconic images from that day in Dallas.  Jackie in her pink suit and pillbox hat, JFK waving from the car, Oswald handcuffed, Americans mourning.  These conspiracy theorists shouldn’t be shrugged off as loonies with too much time.  Everything that’s spoon fed to you shouldn’t just be accepted, especially when there’s obviously something fishy going on.  

Lesser known than the Warren Commission’s report are the findings of the 1976 House Select Committee on Assassinations investigation.  They concluded that scientific acoustal evidence establishes a high probability that two gunmen fired at President John F. Kennedy.  They also reported that on the basis of evidence available that President Kennedy was probably assassinated as the result of a conspiracy, but they lacked evidence to identify other gunmen or the extent of the conspiracy.[1]  

When Prescott Bush, George Herbert Walker Bush’s father, was at Yale he was a member of the shadowy Skull and Bones secret society, and it is accepted that his son and grandson were members as well.  In 1942 Prescott Bush saw the federal government seize several of his business interests under the Trading with the Enemy Act.  Along with fellow Skull and Bones members Averell  and Roland Harriman, Prescott was said to have helped finance Adolf Hitler’s Third Reich and supply them with materials.  

The Bush family

During the early 1960s George H.W. Bush was married to his wife Barbara, running his oil company, Zapata Off Shore Co., and living in Houston.  According to former Pentagon official Col. Fletcher Prouty,  the two ships used in the Bay of Pigs operation were named the “Barbara” and the “Houston.”[2] The code name for the invasion was Operation Zapata.

Over the years the Bush family has also done business with some interesting people like Salem bin-Laden, Osama’s older brother. He was an investor in Arbusto Energy, another of Lil George W.’s oil ventures.  Arbusto means bush in Spanish.  Salem died in a Texas plane crash in 1988. 

George de Mohrenschildt was a Russian oilman living in Texas who had ties to the Bush’s.  de Mohrenschildt also acted as a father or mentor figure to Lee Harvey Oswald upon his return from Russia with his Russian wife and their baby in tow.  He helped Oswald find an apartment and employment and took him to social gatherings.   He had a lot of powerful connections and is believed by some to have been on the CIA’s payroll, possibly as Oswald’s handler.

George de Mohrenschildt

de Mohrenschildt’s son-in-law told the Warren Commission is anyone had helped with the assassination it was de Mohrenschildt .  Letters believed to have came through the CIA have been uncovered in which de Mohrenschildt seems to be begging Bush to intervene, believing he was being followed and his phone was bugged.  A new doctor arrived in town some time after the assassination and George de Mohrenschildt began seeing him and starting showing signs of becoming mentally unstable.  His wife begged him to stop going.  The doctor left town, leaving a fake forwarding address and before de Mohrenschildt was scheduled to testify before the House Select Committee he was found dead from a gunshot wound.  When his personal address book was located investigators found written inside "Bush, George H. W. (Poppy) 1412 W. Ohio also Zapata Petroleum Midland." 

George H.W. Bush has repeatedly denied working for the CIA before he became its director in 1976.  When he has been asked about his whereabouts on the day of the assassination Bush has claimed to be in another city or has been unable to recall.  Aside from his earlier possible links during the Bay of Pigs invasion further evidence points to Bush, Sr. working within the CIA as early as 1961.  In the late 1970s the government released 100,000 pages relating to the assassination.  Among them were found numerous memos referring to George Bush.  The CIA has claimed they refer to another George Bush, but other evidence shows that the Bush in question had the same address as George H.W. Bush. 

George H.W. Bush, Director of the CIA

Although George H.W. Bush claims to not have been in Dallas that day, an uncovered CIA memo and possible photo seem to refute that.  A photo showing what have came to be called the “three tramps” standing outside the Texas School Book Depository shortly after the assassination.  The three were arrested, and later information released identified the men as drunken bums with criminal records.  Some don’t buy that explanation, and believe the Bush family’s money may have literally bought such
an explanation.  


Found years later among declassified documents was a memo sent by George H.W. Bush to the FBI on the day of the assassination concerning a man named James Parrot whom he reported he had overhead recently talking about killing the president when he came to Houston.  FBI agents were dispatched to the Parrot home, arriving to follow up on the lead less than an hour after the actual assassination.  Parrot’s mother informed the agents her son was not home.  In fact, he had came across a painting job at the local Republican headquarters after Kerney Reynolds, who happened to have been Bush’s personal assistant at one time, had stopped by that morning.  Conspiracy theorists contend that Bush, Sr. was attempting to establish an alibi after he had been seen in Dallas, which eventually backfired when it was discovered the people named were in effect all covering one another’s ass. The memo states that Bush called from Tyler, Texas, however there are no records to prove this.[3]


Prescott Bush and the Harrimans founded CBS in the 1950s.  A young reporter got a big break in 1963 when Dan Rather reported he had watched the Zapruder film, which wasn’t released to the public for 14 years (during which time the rights to it were owned by TIME magazine and some say tampered with) and saw the president’s head move violently forward.  Once the film was released, that obviously wasn’t the case, but enough Americans had already digested the story to not raise much of a ruckus.  Coincidentally perhaps, TIME was owned by Henry Luce at the time, also a Skull and Bones member.  Luce’s wife, Congresswoman Clare Booth Luce, was a supporter of the anti-Castro movement and believed to have CIA ties with high ranking operatives believed by some to have planned Kennedy’s assassination.  There’s so many players, it’s easy to get tangled up in the mess and give up.  

A name that pops up often is believed to have been one of Clare Booth Luce's close acquaintances and CIA operative David Atlee Phillips.  Phillips was a case officer for the anti-Cuba movement.  SOme believe he was Oswald's CIA handler or a contact.

Phillips worked closely with E. Howard Hunt, anther name that is often mentioned in connection with a conspiracy. Hunt, the leader of the Watergate burglar team, is believed by many to have been involved in the assassination as well.  Hunt’s sons say that following a long a shadowy career with the CIA their father had recorded statements claiming himself and several others, including Phillips, Lyndon B. Johnson, Cord Meyer, and Frank Sturgis were involved in a conspiracy to assassinate Kennedy.  Of course to counter and cause confusion Hunt’s widow told the LA Times that the sons had taken advantage of their father’s mental condition and coached him for financial gain.

The world will never know exactly what happened on that November day in Dallas.  It’s probable that those involved had little if any knowledge of others involved, provided that Oswald didn’t act alone.  As many as 60% of Americans today do not believe Oswald carried out the assassination by himself.  The country has mythologized the Kennedy assassination and will continue to pursue a truth they will never find.  That won’t stop some people from asking questions and searching for answers though.  Trust no one…

"The great enemy of the truth is very often not the lie, deliberate, contrived and dishonest, but the myth, persistent, persuasive and unrealistic." 

"The greater our knowledge increases the more our ignorance unfolds."  
                                                                                    - John F. Kennedy

For a great selection of video, other than the Zapruder film, of the assassination, click here. 
Further suggested reading: Stephen King - 11/22/63