We did not research the following article for accuracy. However, we believe
it to be true and just a tip of the Bush iceburg. Note, if you will,
the Phyllis Schlafley article on "Why Are Gas
Prices So High?". Note, if you will, how Schlafley defends the Republican
Read our article "Who Silenced the Outcry" and
remember this statement: "The Phony Conservatives will never talk about a
Republican president, governor, congress person, state legislator, etc. UNLESS
one of those people steps outside of the planned agenda. In those cases they
eat their own.
A classic example of the above comment was the railroading of Oregon Congressman,
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Subject: LOOKING BEHIND THE BUSHES....Sam Smith
From: "Karolyn Martin"
Ladies and Gentlemen: The quick erasure of BUSH BODY COUNT from Free Republic
within hours of it being posted on Free Republic made some of us want to
read it even more! No doubt pressure prompted Jim Rob to remove it in haste.
As a substitute and perhaps even more apropos, Sam Smith's LOOKING BEHIND
THE BUSHES, a collection of newspaper clippings and research Sam collected
for a few years on the Bush family through 1996 is both revealing and
amusing. --The pattern of this family is astounding in its suppression
of facts and activities, cover ups, and complete and
deliberate disregard for laws and the citizens of the United States.
MEET THE FAMILY OF OUR NEXT PRESIDENT.
Ozzie and Harriet or Nick and Nora they are not. Neither are they The
Flintstones They may not even be Americans.-- as in Mom and Apple Pie, that
Looking behind the Bushes
Little noted or little remembered moments in the life of George Bush Sr.,
his family, and his pals
This article appeared in the Progressive Review during the 1992 campaign
Prescott Bush Sr., leads a raid on a Indian tomb
to secure Geronimo's skull for Skull & Bones.
Prescott Bush's investment firm sets up deal for
the Luftwaffe so it can obtain tetraethyl lead.
Three firms with which Prescott Bush is associated
are seized under the Trading with the Enemy Act.
George Bush and the Liedtke brothers form Zapata
Petroleum. Zapata's subsidiary, Zapata Offshore, later becomes known for
its close ties to the CIA.
The Bush family buys out the Liedtke brothers.
George Bush sets up a Mexican drilling operation,
Permago, with a frontman to obscure his ownership. The frontman later is
convicted of defrauding the Mexican government of $58 million.
Manuel Noriega recruited as an agent by the US Defense
Some investigators believe George Bush spent
part of this year and the next in Miami on behalf of the CIA, organizing
rightwing exiles for an invasion of Cuba. Is said to have worked with later
Iran-Contra figure Felix Rodriguez.
According to the Realist, CIA official Fletcher Prouty
delivers three Navy ships to agents in Guatemala to be used in the Bay of
Pigs invasion. Prouty claims he delivered the ships to a CIA agent named
George Bush. Agent Bush named the ships the Barbara, Houston and Zapata.
Bay of Pigs invasion fails. Right-wingers blame Kennedy for failure to provide
air cover. CIA loses 15 men, another 1100 are imprisoned.
George Bush invites Rep. TL. Ashley -- a fellow Skull & Boner -- down
to Texas for a party in order to meet "an attractive girl." Bush writes that
"she may be accompanied by an Austrian ski instructor but I think we can
probably flush him at the local dance hall." Bush notes that he's had to
unlist his phone because "Jane Morgan keeps calling me all the time." [From
a letter in the Ashley archives uncovered by Spy magazine.]
Zapata annual report boasts that the company has paid no taxes since it was
John F. Kennedy is assassinated. Internal FBI memo
reports that on November 22 "reputable businessman" George H. W. Bush reported
hearsay that a certain Young Republican "has been talking of killing the
president when he comes to Houston." The Young Republican was nowhere near
Dallas on that date.
According to a 1988 story in The Nation, a memo from J. Edgar Hoover states
that "Mr. George Bush of the CIA" had been briefed on November 23rd, 1963
about the reaction of anti-Castro Cuban exiles in Miami to the assassination
of President Kennedy. George says it ain't him, admits he was in Texas but
can't remember where.
George Bush runs as a Goldwater Republican for Congress.
Campaigns against the Civil Rights Act.
Bush, runs as a moderate Republican, gets elected
to Congress. Robert Mosbacher chairs Oil Men for Bush.
Apache leader Ned Anderson meets with the Skull & Bones lawyer and George
Bush's brother Jonathan who attempt to return the skull Prescott Bush had
looted in 1933. Anderson refuses the skull because he says it isn't
Bush loses Senate race to Lloyd Bentsen, despite
$112,000 in contributions from a White House slush fund. Jim Baker is campaign
chair. Bush later claims to have reported correctly all but $6000 in cash
--which he denies he got. A 1992 story in the New York Times says the $6000
was listed in records of Nixon's "townhouse operation" which was designed
in part to make GOP congressional candidates vulnerable to blackmail.
Bush is named UN Ambassador by Nixon.
Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs finds enough evidence of Noriega's
involvement in drug dealing to indict him, but US Attorney's office in Miami
considers grabbing Noriega in Panama for trial here to be impractical. State
Department also urges BNDD to back off.
Bill Liedtke gathers $700,000 in anonymous contributions
for the Nixon campaign, delivering the money in cash, checks and securities
to the Committee to Re-Elect the President (the infamous CREEP) one day before
such contributions become illegal. Bill says he did it as a favor to
Bush is named GOP national chair. Brings into the
party the Heritage Groups Council, an organization with a number of Nazi
Bush, according to Lowell Weicker, inquires as to whether records of the
"townhouse operation" should be burned.
Robert Mosbacher wins an offshore drilling concession from Philippine dictator
Watergate tapes indicate concern by Nixon and aide HR Haldeman that the
investigation into Watergate might expose the "Bay of Pigs thing." Nixon
also speaks of the "Texans" and the "Cubans." and mentions "Mosbacher."
In another tape, Nixon decides following his re-election to get signed
resignations from his whole government so he can centralize his power. Says
Nixon to John Erlichman: "Eliminate everyone, except George Bush. Bush will
do anything for our cause."
Bush is named special envoy to China.
DEA report notes Noreiga's involvement in drug
Jerry Ford names George Bush CIA director, his fourth
political patronage job in a little over five years. Bush later claims this
is the first time he ever worked for the CIA. At his confirmation hearings,
Bush says, "I think we should tread very carefully on governments that are
Bush holds first known meeting with Noriega. Noriega starts receiving $110,000
a year from the CIA.
Noriega found to be working for Cubans as well, but keeps his CIA gig.
Bush sets up Team B within the CIA, a group of neo-conservative outsiders
and generals who proceed to double the agency's estimate of Soviet military
Senate committee headed by Frank Church proposes revealing size of the country's
black budget -- intelligence spending that, in contradiction to the Constitution,
is kept secret even from the Hill. According to journalist Tim Weiner, Bush
argues that the revelation would be a disaster and would compromise the agency
beyond repair. By a one vote margin the matter is referred to the Senate.
It never reaches the floor.
Chilean dissident Orlando Letelier is assassinated by Chilean secret police
agents. CIA fails to inform FBI of pending plot and of assassins' arrival
in US. CIA claims the hit was the work of left-wingers in search of a
Bush writes internal CIA memo asking to see cable on Jack Ruby visiting Santos
Trafficante in jail. In 1992, Bush will deny any interest in the JFK
assassination while CIA head.
Bush claims nuclear war is winnable.
Philippine dictator Marcos buys back Robert Mosbacher's
oil concession. Mosbacher claims he was swindled. Philippine officials
say they never saw any expenditures by Mosbacher on the project.
Bush, Mosbacher and Jim Baker become partners in
an oil deal.
From a Washington Post article by Bob Woodward and Walter Pincus:
"According to those involved in Bush's first political action committee,
there were several occasions in 1978-79, when Bush was living in Houston
and traveling the country in his first run for the presidency, that he set
aside periods of up to 24 hours and told aides that he had to fly to Washington
for a secret meeting of former CIA directors. Bush told his aides that he
could not divulge his whereabouts, and that he would not be
available." Former CIA chief Stansfield Turner denies such meetings took
Bush becomes Reagan's vice presidential candidate.
Runs as a rightwinger again.
Mosbacher becomes chief fundraiser for Bush's presidential campaign. Forms
a millionaire's club of 250 contributors, each of whom cough up $100,000.
William Casey forms a working group to prepare for possible Carter October
political surprise. In early October, an Iranian official meets with three
top Reagan campaign aides. All three deny memory of the meeting in subsequent
On October 21, Reagan hints he has a secret plan to release the hostages.
This is right around the alleged date of a Paris meeting at which the so-called
"October Surprise" was settled. Some allege that at this meeting it was agreed
to end the arms embargo against Iran if Iran would release its hostages after
the election. While Bush's presence at this meeting has been denied by the
House committee investigating the October Surprise, Bush's whereabouts at
this critical time remain in doubt. The White House, in fact, has leaked
Rep. Dan Quayle goes on a Florida golfing vacation with seven other men and
Paula Parkinson an insurance lobbyist who later posed nude for Playboy.
Parkinson describes Quayle as a husband on the make, but says she turned
him down because she was already having an affair with another congressman.
Marilyn Quayle says, "anybody who knows Dan Quayle knows he would rather
play golf than have sex."
The Reagan-Bush campaign receives stolen copies of Carter's briefing books.
Bush's campaign manager, James Baker, forces the dismissal of Bush aide Jennifer
Fitzgerald, described in a 1982 Time story as having "much to say about where
Bush goes, what he does and whom he sees." Bush continues to pay Fitzgerald
out of his own pocket.
Reagan-Bush inaugurated. Hostages released moments
before. Shortly thereafter, arms shipments to Iran resume from Israel and
America. In July, an Argentinean plane chartered by Israel crashes in Soviet
territory. It is found to have made three deliveries of American military
supplies to Iran. In a 1991 story in Esquire, Craig Unger quotes Alexander
Haig as saying "I have a sneaking suspicion that someone in the White House
winked." Says Unger: "This secret and illegal sale of military equipment
continued for years afterwards."
James Baker named Reagan's chief of staff.
SEC filings for Zapata Oil for 1960-66 are found to have been "inadvertently
Reagan authorizes CIA assistance to Contras.
CIA director William Casey begins Operation Black
Eagle to expand US role in Central America. Urges use of "selected Latin
American and European governments, organizations and individuals" in the
Inslaw, a computer software company, signs a $10 million contract to install
a case-tracking program in 94 US Attorney's offices. Four months later, after
obtaining a copy of Inslaw's proprietary version of the program, the government
cancels the contract and begins an aggressive campaign to force the company
into bankruptcy. Later sources claim that the program was installed by the
CIA and sold to various foreign intelligence agencies.
1983 - Noriega meets again with George Bush.
KAL 007 crashes under circumstances that remain suspicious to this day.
Bush promotes Jennifer Fitzgerald from appointments secretary to executive
assistant. Seven staffers resign in protest. Fitzgerald tells the New York
Post: "Everyone keeps painting me as this old ogre. I really don't worry
about it. All these bizarre things just simply aren't true."
Neil Bush forms his first oil company. He puts in $100, his partners contribute
$160,000 and Neil is named president of the firm, JNB Exploration.
Jeb Bush's business partner, Alberto Duque, goes bankrupt, is eventually
convicted of fraud and is sentenced to 15 years in prison.
1984 - Jeb Bush lobbies the Department of Health & Human
Services on behalf of Cuban-American businessman Miguel Recarey, Jr., whose
medical firm later collapses. Recarey, who was close to mobster Santos
Trafficante, later disappears with at least $12 million in federal funds.
George Bush takes part in meetings to plan increased "third country" aid
to the Contras..
CIA mines Nicaraguan harbors.
1985 - Jennifer Fitzgerald is sent to work on Capitol Hill
after stories arise linking her romantically with George Bush.
Stuart Spencer's public relation firm starts receiving over $350,000 from
Panama to improve Noriega's image.
CIA starts using BCCI as a conduit.
George Bush thanks Oliver North for "dedication and tireless work with the
hostage thing, with Central America." Bush will later deny knowing about
the Contra effort until late 1986.
Neil Bush joins the board of Silverado S&L, serves until 1988. Silverado
loans his partners in JNB $132 million which they never repay. Silverado
will eventually collapse at a taxpayer cost of $1 billion.
408 TOW anti-tank missiles are shipped from Israel to Iran. A day later,
US hostage Benjamin Weir is released.
1986 - VP Bush goes to Honduras to promote support for the
Contras. Takes along baseball players Nolan Ryan and Gary Carter.
Contra figure Felix Rodriguez meets with Donald Gregg, Bush's national security
advisor, to complain about Iran-Contra operatives skimming funds from the
Bush may have made several secret visits to Damascus between 1986-88 according
to a 1992 report in Time, which said two senior GOP senators were pressing
for a probe. The allegation is that Bush went to negotiate the release of
hostages in Lebanon but in fact stonewalled Syria, "playing for
campaign timing. Republicans want to get to the bottom of intelligence-community
suspicions that the US somehow blew a chance to free Terry Anderson and his
Iranian arms runner Manucher Ghorbanifar proposes "diversion" of profits
from Iran arms sales to Contras.
George Bush Jr. and partners receive more than $2 million of Harken Energy
stock in exchange for a failing oil well operation, which had lost $400,000
in the prior six months. Bush named to Harken board and as a consultant for
fees of between $50,000 and $125,000 annually.
1987 - Bush's former chief of staff, Daniel Murphy, flies
to Panama with South Korean influence peddler Tongsun Park on a private plane
owned by arms dealer Sargis Soghnalian to meet with Noriega. Murphy later
tells a Senate subcommittee that he informed Noriega that he need not resign
before the 1988 election despite the Reagan administration public pressure
to the contrary.
Bill Casey dies.
Lee Atwater accuses Robert Dole of spreading stories about Bush and Jennifer
Fitzgerald. An agreement is worked out, as reported by Sidney Blumenthal
in the Washington Post: "The Dole people didn't spread any rumors and promised
not to do it again. And the Bush people haven't spread rumors about the Dole
people spreading rumors and won't do it again. "
Harken Energy project gets rescued by aid from the BCCI-connected Union Bank
of Switzerland in a deal brokered by Jackson Stephens, later to show up as
a key supporter of Bill Clinton.
1988 - Dan Quayle is named VP candidate. Stuart Spencer
is assigned to improve Dan Quayle's image, the same job he handled for Noriega
Prisoner who claimed he sold marijuana to Quayle is put into solitary confinement
by the head of federal prisons, aborting a planned news conference shortly
before the election.
Silverado S&L goes under after receiving 126 cease & desist orders
in past four years from the Topeka office of the Office of Thrift Supervision.
These orders found conflict of interests, insider abuse and other
Dwight Chapin, ex-Nixon dirty trickster, gets job in Bush campaign.
GOP flier warns that "all the murderers, rapists and drug pushers and child
molesters in Massachusetts vote for Michael Dukakis."
Bush establishes Team 100, which will eventually grow to 249 individuals
who contribute nearly $25 million in soft money to help the GOP cause. The
contributions also apparently help the contributors, various of whom get
ambassadorial appointments, legislative favors, and intervention on regulatory
and criminal matters.
Bush denies knowledge of Noriega's involvement in drug dealing.
The Willie Horton ad is aired. Credit for similar tactics is given to campaign
guru Lee Atwater, whose PR firm had represented drug-connected Bahamian prime
minister Oscar Pinding and the Philippines' Marcos. Atwater himself had
represented UNITA, the CIA-backed Africa rebel group.
Fred Malek, ex-Nixon aide, resigns from the Bush campaign after it's revealed
that he compiled a list of Jews in the Labor Dept. as part of a Nixon
investigation of a "Jewish cabal."
A few days before the supposedly surprise arrest of five BCCI officials,
some of the world's most powerful drug dealers quietly withdraw millions
of dollars from the bank. Some government investigators believe the dealers
were tipped off by sources within the Bush administration.
Although Felix Rodriguez, former leading cop under Batista, claims he left
the CIA in 1976, Rolling Stone reports that he is still going to CIA headquarters
monthly to receive assignments and get his bulletproof Cadillac serviced.
Bankruptcy judge George Bason Jr. concludes that the government stole Inslaw's
software through "trickery, fraud and deceit."
Stock market drops 43 points on false rumor that Washington Post was about
the publish the Bush-Fitzgerald story.
1989 - Bush inaugurated. Aides tell the press that the new
administration would rather "stay one step behind than be one step ahead."
Bush authorizes CIA support to Noriega's opposition, giving Noriega an excuse
to annul Panama's elections.
Bush claims executive privilege to avoid testifying in the Oliver North trial,
thus becoming first president to use this power to keep his acts as vice
president under wraps.
Dan Quayle declares changes in Soviet Union "just a public relations
Bush brother Prescott flies to Shanghai after the Tiananmen Square massacre
to close a deal for an $18 million resort there, despite his brother's ban
on high-level Chinese contacts. Prescott says, "We aren't a bunch of carrion
birds coming in to pick the carcass. But there are big opportunities in China,
and America can't afford to be shut out."
Prescott Bush also visits Japan, searching for consulting contracts just
ten days before his brother arrives on a presidential tour. The Japanese
firm that paid Prescott a quarter-million dollar consulting fee comes under
investigation for exchange law violations and links to the Japanese mob.
C. Boyden Gray, the president's top ethics official, corrects his 1985 and
1986 financial disclosure forms. He forgot to include $98,000 in income.
George Bush signs the S&L bailout bill promising that "these problems
will never happen again."
The Chicago Tribune reports: "After 14 fishing outings, the President has
failed to catch a single fish."
At White House behest, the DEA lures drug dealer to Lafayette Park to make
arrest in front of presidential home for the benefit of Bush's upcoming drug
speech. At first, drug dealer is dubious, asks DEA agent, "Where the fuck
is the White House?"
Defense secretary nominee John Tower runs into confirmation troubles when
it is revealed that he has received hundreds of thousands of dollars in
consulting fees from defense contractors. Runs into more trouble with revelations
of womanizing and drinking. His nomination is rejected.
The sale of three communications satellites to China is announced. Prescott
Bush is a $250,000 consultant in the deal.
GOP memo is leaked implying that House Speaker Tom Foley is a homosexual.
Pres. Bush signs a top-secret directive ordering closer ties with Iraq, which
opens the way for $1 billion in new aid just a little more than a year before
Bush goes to war against that country. The agricultural credit allows Saddam
Hussein to use his hard currency for a massive military buildup.
A second judge concurs that the government stole Inslaw's software.
The Statistical Abstract of the United States, published by the US government,
reports that the GNP of East Germany during the 1980s was greater than that
of West Germany. The figures come from the CIA.
Bahrain officials suddenly break off offshore drilling negotiations with
Amoco and decide to deal with Harken Energy, George Bush Jr.'s firm. Harken
has had a series of failed ventures and no cash, so the Bass brothers are
brought in to finance Harken's efforts at a cost of $50 million.
Neil Bush bails out of JNB Exploration, the firm where he became president
with a $100 ante, leaving his partners to worry about its debt. Days earlier
he forms Apex Energy with a personal investment of $3000. The rest of the
money -- $2.7 million -- comes from an SBA program designed to help "high
risk start-up companies." Like JNB, it proves to be just that. Apex will
later go belly-up with no assets.
1990 - Federall regulators give Bush son Neil the mildest
possible penalty in the $1 billion failure of the Silverado S&L. The
deal is so good that Bush drops his appeal. Among other things, Neil, as
a Silverado director, voted to approve over $100 million in loans to his
George Bush Jr. sells two-thirds of his Harken Energy stock at the top of
the market for $850,000, a 200% profit, but makes no report to the SEC until
March 1991. Bush Jr. says later the SEC misplaced the report. An SEC
representative responds: "nobody ever found the 'lost' filing." One week
after Bush's sale, Harken reports an earnings plunge. Harken stock falls
more than 60%.
Fred Malek returns to power with ambassador status to head up planning for
the economic summit.
S&L industry is losing money at the rate of $3 million a minute. Bailout
chief estimates total cost at $325-500 billion.
Some 200 young soccer players have their games canceled for security reasons
because Bush wants to go fishing on the Potomac nearby. Says one seven-year-old
player: "We had a tough soccer game and he's just going fishing. He could
play somewhere else."
Bush son Jeb gets the federal government to pay off the $4 million he owed
to a failed Florida thrift.
Bush brother Jonathan's east coast brokerage fined in two states for violating
laws and Jonathan is barred from public trading in Massachusetts.
Bush's attorney general, Richard Thornberg, is warned about BCCI but does
Federal court of appeals throws out the Inslaw case on the grounds that it
did not belong in bankruptcy court.
Bush says, "The economy is headed in the right direction."
1991 - Former top aide to White House Chief of Staff John
Sununu goes to work for a prominent figure in the BCCI scandal less than
a month after leaving the Bush administration. Edward Rogers Jr. signs a
$600,000 contract to give legal advice to Sheik Kamal Adham, an ex-Saudi
intelligence officer who is being investigated for his role in BCCI's takeover
of First American Bancshares.
The Miami acting US Attorney is allegedly rebuffed by the Justice Department
in his efforts to indict BCCI and some of its principal officers on tax fraud
charges. Justice Department later denies this occurred.
Danny Casolaro, a reporter investigating the Inslaw story, is found dead
in a motel room bathtub, the day after he met a key source. The death was
ruled a suicide. Perhaps he is despondent over the loss of his briefcase,
which is missing from the room.
George Bush spends three nights in a Houston hotel so he can claim Texas
residency. Texas has no income tax.
Neil Bush bails out of Apex Energy after collecting $320,000 in salary plus
expenses. Bill Daniels, cable-TV magnate who has been lobbying against regulation
of the cable industry, offers Neil a job. According to a representative,
he "thought Neil deserved a second chance."
1992 - New York Times reports that three of Bush's top
fundraisers are being sued in connection with bank failures and another pleaded
guilty to mail fraud in connection with an S&L. These men include the
GOP national finance chair, vice chair and two co-chairs of the President's
Dinner, which raised
$9 million for Republican causes.
Former US Attorney General Elliot Richardson, representing the owners of
Inslaw, tells Mother Jones, "I don't know any case where the government has
stonewalled like this."
First of Harken Energy's wells off Bahrain comes up dry. George W. Bush takes
a leave of absence from the firm to work in his father's campaign, saying
"I don't want to involve this company in any kind of allegations of conflicts
or whatever may arise."
Village Voice reports that President Bush has taken at least 76 partisan
flights during his term, at a cost to the taxpayers of over $6 million.
Campaign sells photo opportunities with the president at a fundraiser for
Washington, DC, loses $52,000 in taxes because Bush claims to be a Texas
Donald H. Alexander contributes $100,000 to Team 100; shortly thereafter
he's named ambassador to the Netherlands.
Bush says: "I will do what I have to do to be reelected." -- Sam Smith
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