George H.W. Bush

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Biography

Occupations

Corporations

  • Zapata Oil (probable CIA cover)
  • Carlyle Group: Senior adviser to Carlyle Asia Advisory Board (1998-2003)

Government positions

  • US Congressman (R-TX-7): 1967-1971
  • CIA: Director (1976-1977)
  • US Vice President: 1981-1989
  • US President: 1989-1993

Political organizations

Organizations

Policy

CIA operations

Economic policy

Foreign policy

China

Nicaragua

Panama

Soviet Union

Gulf War

NAFTA

Controversies

Hidden CIA career

[Recruited into the CIA when he joined the Texas oil business, quite possibly as a cover. There's little doubt that he was a CIA operative all the way back to the 50s or 60s. All that remains is how deeply involved he was. Some authors, like Russ Baker, claim that he played a pivotal role in the JFK assassination and Watergate scandal before becoming CIA director.]

Iran-Contra

Main article: Iran-Contra

Child molestation

Main article: Franklin child sex ring

Political connections




Corporate connections

References

External links

Hidden CIA career

  • JFK assassination allegations
    • CIA agent Trenton Parker told Rodney Stich in 1993 that George Bush was involved in the JFK assassination plot (see also Denver Post, "Horses seized from Weld man who threatened to shoot them", 2009/09/04: "Parker claimed that during his glory days in Denver, he actually was working for the CIA and that his run for the U.S. Senate was orchestrated by the CIA.")
    • JFK Facts, "About that lame Bush conspiracy theory", 2013/03/29
    • JFK Facts, "Exchange on the ‘Bush did it’ theory", 2013/08/09
    • Joan Mellen, "The Kennedy Assassination and the Current Political Moment", 2016/07/13: "Present in Dallas that November morning of the 22nd were not only George H. W. Bush, shortly to depart for Tyler, then return that afternoon to Dallas, but also Richard Nixon. [...] it does seem odd that they were in Dallas along with David Atlee Phillips. [...] A CIA document at the National Archives and posted on the Internet (Record Number 104-10310-10271) reveals that in 1953, when George H.W. Bush founded Zapata Oil, his partner was one Thomas J. Devine—an oil wildcatter and long-time CIA staff employee. Thomas Devine’s name does not appear in the original papers of Zapata, but it does in the company Bush created shortly thereafter as “Zapata Offshore.” This CIA document reveals that Thomas Devine had informed George Bush of a CIA project with the cryptonym, WUBRINY/LPDICTUM. [...] WUBRINY involved Haitian operations, in which, the documents reveal, a participant was George de Mohrenschildt, the Dallas CIA handler of Lee Oswald. [...] Bush and Devine later traveled to Vietnam together, a trip for which the Department of Defense issued Devine an interim “Top Secret” clearance. No surprise there: Devine obviously had never left the Agency. [...] Joseph McBride’s Nation article (“The Man Who Wasn’t There: George Bush, CIA Operative, July 16, 1988), exposed how George H.W. Bush was debriefed by the FBI about the Kennedy assassination on November 23rd . The inadvertently released document refers to “Mr. George Bush of the Central Intelligence Agency.” Bush claimed it was a different George Bush, George William Bush, who worked for the Agency. But it wasn’t so. George William came forward to say he was never debriefed by anyone. [...] What should also give us pause is that these documents about Zapata Offshore, which had offices on several continents but never did much business, were released under the JFK Act as Kennedy assassination documents. So it is the Agency itself, not the dreaded “conspiracy theorists,” that links George H.W. Bush with the Kennedy assassination."
  • Phoenix Program links
    • Russ Baker, "Bush and the JFK Hit, Part 10: After Camelot", 2013/11/20: "Congress was a great place for a spy – even better, in some ways, than the CIA. Congressmen were expected to travel the world, looking into matters of interest to the United States. In December 1967, less than a year after Bush was sworn in, he was off to Indochina, with his CIA partner Thomas Devine in tow. It was Christmas break, a time when congressmen often make overseas trips, but Bush and Devine did not have a typical agenda. Correspondence indicates that having arrived in Vietnam, Bush and Devine hastily canceled an appointment with the U.S. ambassador in favor of other, unstated activities. For the CIA, the hot item at the time was the so-called Phoenix Program, a secret plan to imprison and “neutralize” suspected Vietcong. This was being rolled out at precisely the moment that Poppy and Devine arrived “in country.” If J. Edgar Hoover’s 1963 memo was correct in mentioning “George Bush of the CIA” as an intermediary with Cuban exiles, the coincidence of Rodriguez’s activities in Vietnam with that of Bush’s visit raises questions as to how the two were connected. In 1970 Rodriguez joined the CIA front company Air America, which allegedly played a role in trafficking heroin from Laos to the United States. The Laotian operation was led by Donald Gregg, who would later serve as national security adviser during Poppy Bush’s presidency. When Bush and Devine traveled to Vietnam the day after Christmas 1967, Devine was in his new CIA capacity, operating under commercial cover. Handwritten notes from the trip show that Poppy was especially interested in the Phoenix program, which he referred to by the euphemism “pacification.”

Bush family

Reagan shooting

  • Russ Baker, "Bush Angle to Reagan Shooting Still Unresolved as Hinckley Walks", 2016/08/16: "John Hinckley Jr., the man who shot and nearly killed President Ronald Reagan in 1981 — an attempt which, if successful, would have resulted in then-Vice President George H.W. Bush moving up to the top spot — was none other than a friend of the Bush family. [...] The story was broken by the now-defunct Houston Post, and then picked up briefly by the AP and UPI wire services, and some newspapers, plus Newsweek. Then it vanished without a trace or further inquiry or comment in the mainstream media. [...] The Hinckleys and the Bushes have been friendly for decades, going back to the days when both families set down stakes in the dusty town of Midland, Texas, a magnet for the children of wealthy, East Coast families seeking to cash in on the oil boom. The Hinckleys were donors to Poppy Bush’s political campaigns over the years, and they gave to support the first, unsuccessful bid for Congress of the young George W. Bush, in 1978. The families lived close to each other, they socialized; I saw indications that, at one point, they may have shared the same lawyer. Even more strangely, Neil Bush, son of the vice president, was scheduled to have dinner with Hinckley’s brother, Scott, the day after the shooting. [...] Neil and his wife, and Scott, all lived in Denver at the time. Scott’s father’s oil company, Vanderbilt Oil, had its headquarters in Denver at that time. Scott was a company vice president. Meanwhile, the shooter, John W. Hinckley Jr., lived from time to time with his family in a small town outside Denver. In fact, at the time he shot Reagan, he was living with his parents."
  • UPI, "Hinckley came from wealthy oil family", 1981/03/31: "John Warnock Hinckley Jr. had 'all the advantages' of a 'top-drawer' family -- he came from a wealthy background, his father was a respected businessman and his parents had a posh $300,000 home. [...] Hinckley's parents and an older brother, Scott, went into seclusion at the home of a neighbor, Williams Sells, after the shooting, but confirmed Monday night in a statement that John Jr. had undergone psychiatric treatment. They refused to say anything about his disorder. [...] Neighbors of the family remembered seeing John Jr. around the house, which is nestled in ponderosa pines on an acre of land along the Hiwan Country Club golf course. But none said they had ever talked with the young man, or knew much about him. The Hinckley family moved to Evergreen, an affluent community near Denver, after John Sr., president of Vanderbilt Energy Corp., a multimillion-dollar oil and gas exploration firm, moved his business to Colorado in 1974. [...] But John Jr. spent little time with his family at their $300,000 home, family associates say. [...] Earlier this month, he spent 16 days alone in a nondescript motel in Lakewood, a suburb of Denver, and visited a pawnshop."
  • New York Times, "HINCKLEY REPORTED TO DISCUSS 'CONSPIRACY' IN SEIZED PAPERS", 1981/10/21: "A Justice Department source late tonight confirmed a report that John W. Hinckley Jr. had written in papers confiscated from his cell in July that he was part of a conspiracy when he shot President Reagan and three other men March 30. [...] Guards first read the papers on July 23 during a routine search of Mr. Hinckley's cell. They reported the contents to the F.B.I. on July 27 and seized the papers from the cell that day, according to the testimony. [...] The Justice Department source said this evening that the F.B.I. immediately investigated the ''leads'' in the document concerning a possible conspiracy but did not alter its July 26 conclusion that Mr. Hinckley had acted alone in the shooting. He also confirmed a report that Mr. Hinckley had attempted to send letters to what appeared to be fictitious co-conspirators and that the letters were intercepted, read by officials and investigated. [...] Pretrial hearings were held in closed session this afternoon to prevent the press and public from learning the contents of the handwritten papers. Lawyers for the 26-year-old defendant have asked Federal District Judge Barrington D. Parker to bar prosecutors from introducing the papers and a diary, both in Mr. Hinckley's handwriting, as evidence."
  • Edward Richardson - another would-be assassin paralleling Hinckley in striking ways
    • New York Times, "MAN, 22, IS ARRESTED IN MANHATTAN FOR THREATENING THE PRESIDENT'S LIFE", 1981/04/08: "A 22-year-old unemployed man armed with a .32-caliber revolver was arrested yesterday afternoon in the Port Authority bus terminal in midtown Manhattan on charges of threatening the life of President Reagan. According to United States Attorney John S. Martin, the man, Edward Michael Richardson of Drexel Hill, Pa., later told investigators that if he failed to kill the President, he ''intended to get'' Secretary of State Alexander M. Haig Jr. or Senator Jesse Helms, Republican of North Carolina. [...] According to the agents, the letter threatening Mr. Reagan said, in part, ''I depart now for Washington, D.C., to bring to completion Hinckley's reality.'' ''Ultimately,'' the letter continued, ''Ronald Reagan will be shot to death and this country turned to the 'Left.' '' ''If I cannot get at the President,'' it went on, ''I am prepared to slay some other prominent 'Right Wing' political figure.'' The letter, dated April 7, 9:15 A.M., was addressed ''To the Fascist Powers,'' and signed ''Edward Richardson, Inter. Peoples Court.'' [...] Mr. Richardson is the youngest of four children of Joseph Richardson, a retired mailman, and his wife, Claire. [...] He graduated from Upper Darby High School in 1976, attended Delaware County Community College without graduating and reportedly served in the Air Force for about six months. [...] ''What brought this about, I don't know,'' the elder Mr. Richardson told a reporter for The Associated Press, adding that his son had told him he ''liked'' President Reagan. [...] He said Mr. Richardson had taken an avid interest in Charles Manson, the Symbionese Liberation Army and the Rev. Carl McIntire, the radio preacher. [...] Several neighbors said that in the last year or two, Mr. Richardson had foresaken Catholicism and had become a ''born-again Christian.'' One of the neighbors said that, for a time, Mr. Richardson attended a Bible college in Florida."
    • UPI, "Investigators are looking into similarities between two letters threatening...", 1981/04/08: "Investigators are looking into similarities between two letters threatening the life of President Reagan, federal sources said Wednesday -- one allegedly written by a gunman arrested Tuesday and the other received by a magazine the day Reagan was shot. An anonymous letter mailed March 25 from Grand Junction, Colo., and received March 30 by 'The Evangelist' magazine in Baton Rouge, La., contained wording almost identical to that of a letter found Monday that allegedly was written by Edward Richardson, the sources said. [...] Hinckley, 25, son of an Evergreen, Colo., oilman, was in Colorado the day the anonymous letter was sent from Grand Junction, according to information already gathered in the investigation of the assassination attempt. David Hail, a spokesman for the Rev. Jimmy Swaggart, who owns 'The Evangelist,' said the unsigned letter his magazine received said, 'Ronald Reagan will be shot to death and the country will turn to the left.' [...] Hinckley allegedly flew out of Denver March 25, the day the Colorado letter was sent, to begin a cross-country odyssey that ended with the shooting in Washington. Richardson's lawyer, J. Edward Meyer, said through a spokeswoman that his client was at his parents' home in Drexel Hill 'for the week ending March 30.' [...] The magazine is not sold on newsstands and can be obtained only by writing an address given on Swaggart's television and radio broadcasts, Hail said. He said the magazine staff had done a 'limited search' of subscriber records, but had not found either Hinckley's or Richardson's name among them."
    • New York Times, "TESTS SET FOR MAN CHARGED IN THREAT", 1981/04/09: "The accused man, Edward M. Richardson of Drexel Hill, Pa., told of the dream in a letter that was delivered to Jodie Foster, the actress, at Yale University last Monday, Federal law enforcement officials said. In the letter, Mr. Richardson indicated that in the dream he had received instructions to kill the President from John W. Hinckley Jr., the 25-year-old man who has been charged with attempting to assassinate Mr. Reagan in Washington on March 30. ''I will finish what Hinckley started,'' the letter said in part, according to the law enforcement officials. [...] A number of parallels between Mr. Richardson and Mr. Hinckley have emerged. Both had apparently been captivated by the 18-year-old Miss Foster, the star of such films as ''Taxi Driver'' and ''Carny.'' Both stayed briefly at the Park Plaza Hotel in New Haven and sent letters to Miss Foster. Both had recently lived in Lakewood, Colo., just outside Denver. Both had been unable to find work and appeared to have been drifting around the country with little purpose in the weeks before they allegedly took action against the President."
    • UPI, "A federal grand jury today indicted Edward Richardson on...", 1981/04/09: "A federal grand jury today indicted Edward Richardson on two counts of threatening the life of President Reagan. [...] Richardson, 22, of Drexel Hill, Pa., was arrested Tuesday with a loaded handgun in the Port Authority bus terminal in Manhattan on a Philadelphia-bound bus. He had taken a bus to New York from New Haven after staying at the Sheraton Park Plaza hotel, the same place where John W. Hinckley, accused in the assassination attempt on President Reagan last week, had stayed in a futile attempt to contact Miss Foster at Yale. [...] Authorities said Wednesday they are investigating similarities between another letter allegedly written by Richardson and an anonymous message mailed to a Baton Rouge, La., magazine. The anonymous letter -- mailed March 25 from Grand Junction, Colo., and received March 30 by 'The Evangelist' magazine -- contained wording almost identical to that of one allegedly written by Richardson, sources said. [...] Authorities said Richardson had stayed at a Lakewood apartment with his two sisters from mid-December until early March. Hinckley stayed in the Golden Hours motel in Lakewood from March 8 until March 23, and then returned to his family's home in Evergreen, Colo."
    • EIR, "'Manchurian Candidate' 'pattern behind assassination potential", 1981/04/21
      • "According to some intelligence community sources, Hinckley had a routine schedule during his Lakewood stay of getting up at 9:00 a.m. and going to bed at 9:00 p.m. At regular intervals Hinckley would receive a telephone call ordering him to a predesignated phone booth where his apparent "controller" would issue coded instructions. The motel manager, Ginger Ancourt, confirmed this schedule, and when Hinckley was questioned by her as to his activity, he would only state that he was "going to work.""
      • "In 1976 Richardson joined the Air Force and was stationed in Texas. He was discharged within six months after an incident in which he was stabbed. Hinckley had undergone five months of psychiatric care in early 1980 with Evergreen Consultants in Human Behavior in Evergreen, Colorado. Evergreen Consultants practices a wide range of psychiatric techniques, some of which are admitted to be unorthodox.

        Little is known about Hinckley's personal psychiatrist, Dr. John J. Hopper, except that he completed training in Texas in the mid-1970s. Dr. Foster W. Cline of Evergreen Consultants revealed to the Baltimore Sun that he personally practiced "rage therapy" to force patients to release pent-up infantile emotions."
      • "Two institutes of possible significance for the Hinckley-Richardson investigation are:

        Naropa, located in Boulder, Colorado. The city is a center for environmental and Arab terrorist groups in the region. The assassin of Saudi Arabia's King Faisal was tracked to the Boulder area. Naropa has been preliminarily linked with Timothy Leary, the sponsor of drug-induced behavior modification experiments developed in the MK-Ultra program.

        Mt. Airy Hospital, an exclusive psychiatric hospital specializing in drug and alcohol addiction treatment. As yet unconfirmed reports have Hinckley staying there as a patient. Dr. Edmund Casper, who claims to have taught Hinckley's psychiatrist at Evergreen, Dr. Hopper, his "street-wise sense," is on Mt. Airy's staff. Casper was a division psychiatrist with the U.S. Army in Vietnam at the time when behavior modification techniques of the sort developed at the Tavistock Clinic in England were first introduced."
      • "From 1979 until his stay in Lakewood, Colorado, Richardson attended the Shelton Bible College, whose founder, Rev. Carl McIntire, is also the founder of the American Council of Christian Churches (ACCC). Shelton is a nonaccredited college whose facilities have traveled from Collingswood, N.J.-also the base of McIntire's 20th Century Reformation Hour-to Florida when Richardson was a student."
      • "[...] Dr. Cline, the associate of Hinckley's psychiatrist in Evergreen, works as an adviser with Colorado Christian Home, which specializes in youth with a proclivity toward violence."
      • "John Hinckley's father underwent conversion from the Episcopalian Church to become a "born again" Christian. He funds one of the largest nondenominational, religious relief agencies called World Vision International. WVI's original base at its founding five years ago was in Pasadena, California, the former West Coast base of ACCC. According to Robert Ainsworth, the head of the U.S. Ministries Division of WVI and a former political-military affairs specialist for the State Department, Hinckley, Sr. and he traveled to the Sahel and Zimbabwe in Africa on WVI-related matters."
    • New York Times, "MAN WHO SENT NOTE THREATENING REAGAN ENTERS A GUITLY PLEA", 1981/07/14: "The man, Edward M. Richardson, made the surprise plea before Judge Ellen M. Burns of Federal District Court here. He is being held at the Federal Correctional Institution in Danbury. Mr. Richardson was arrested April 7 when he arrived at the Port Authority Bus Terminal in New York City carrying a loaded .32-caliber pistol. The day before, Mr. Richardson had sent a threatening note to actress Jodie Foster, a freshman at Yale University, containing a threat to kill the President. [...] Today, Mr. Richardson told Judge Burns that hewrote the notes, but never intended to carry out the threats. ''I did it because of a drug-induced fantasy concerning a young Yale movie actress,'' he said. Mr. Richardson's lawyer, J. Edward Meyer, told the judge that his client at the time was involved in ''intense marijuana use and some use of L.S.D.''"
  • Jimmy Carter assassination attempts
    • New York Times, "INVESTIGATORS THINK HINCKLEY STALKED CARTER", 1981/04/12: "Officials said they suspected that Mr. Hinckley stalked Mr. Carter here last September, December and January and followed him to Chicago and Nashville last October, when he was campaigning for re-election. [...] Federal officials said that the possibility that Mr. Hinckley stalked Mr. Carter before turning his attention to Mr. Reagan was now a central focus of the F.B.I.'s investigation."
    • UPI, "FBI: No proof Hinckley stalked Carter", 1981/04/13: "The FBI said Monday it has 'no conclusive proof' that John Hinckley Jr., the man accused of trying to assassinate President Reagan, stalked Jimmy Carter last fall. 'I don't think it would be a proper assumption to state that he has been involved in any kind of stalking activity. It's also impossible for us to discount that as a possibility,' said spokesman Roger Young. [...] Hinckley was arrested at Nashville (Tenn.) Airport last October with three guns on the same day then President Carter was in town. He posted a $50 bond and was freed after Carter left the city. His weapons were confiscated. [...] On the day he left Nashville, Young said, Hinckley flew to New York and that evening he was in New Haven, Conn. Federal investigators have said Hinckley may have been motivated by an obsession for 18-year-old actress Jodie Foster, a freshman at Yale University in New Haven. A letter reportedly found in Hinckley's hotel room following the Reagan shooting said, 'Dear Jodie, There is a definite possibility that I will be killed in my attempt to get Reagan.'"
    • Cannon Courier, "Hinckley Stalked Carter In Tennessee", 2012/01/01: "“John Hinckley Jr. was in Nashville the same day (Oct. 9, 1980) Jimmy Carter was at Opryland Hotel and making appearances at other sites in our city,” confirmed Smyrna resident Darrell Long, who was one of the security officers who arrested Hinckley at Nashville International Airport. [...] “President Carter was in town all that day, and left the city before Hinckley got a shot at him,” described Long, who today serves as a deputy with the Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office as chief of security for judges and the public at the Judicial Building in downtown Murfreesboro. [...] The fact that Hinckley was arrested and detained at Nashville International Airport on that date possibly helped prevent an assassination attempt on Carter. “Hinckley also had a ticket to fly to New York when we found weapons in his suitcase,” Long recalled. “President Carter’s next stop on Air Force One was also New York.” And Hinckley would have followed if an X-ray of his luggage in Nashville had not revealed weapons inside. “We found three guns in Hinckley’s suitcase that day,” Long added. [...] “When the assassination attempt on President Reagan’s life happened, the pieces fell into place that Hinckley had been in Nashville stalking President Carter the same day we arrested him here in Nashville,” Long confirmed."
    • Dayton Daily News, "John Hinckley stalked Carter in Dayton before shooting Reagan", 2016/07/27: "As part of Hinckley’s trial, prosecutors offered video showing that months before he shot Reagan, Hinckley was less than six feet from President Jimmy Carter at a campaign event in Dayton Oct. 2, 1980.They offered the Dayton information as part of a pattern, adding that one week later, Hinckley was arrested on a weapons charge in Nashville, Tenn., the same day Carter was campaigning there. [...] Traffic reporter Sgt. Mark Bowron with AM 1290 and News 95.7 WHIO, a retired Dayton police detective, was on the security detail the day Carter was in Dayton for an event at the Convention Center.“There was a huge investigation into John Hinckley (after the shooting),” Bowron said. “They actually checked out pictures that had been snapped of that (Dayton) event and found that Hinckley was in the crowd, very close to the front. [...] The Dayton Daily News reported in 1982 that Hinckley had checked into the Sheraton Dayton hotel on South Jefferson Street (near what is now the Wright Stop RTA hub) two days before Carter’s appearance at the Convention Center a block to the south. [...] The Dayton Daily News article said he requested a room with a view of the Convention Center and was given room 818, for which he paid $35.52."
  • Ted Kennedy assassination ambitions
    • New York Times, "SHOOTINGS BY HINCKLEY LAID TO SCHIZOPHRENIA", 1982/05/15: "Mr. Hinckley told him, the doctor said, that in the previous few weeks, homicidal and suicidal thoughts had been ''running rampant through his mind,'' and that he had fantasized about killing himself, massacring a classroom full of students at Yale, killing Senator Edward M. Kennedy and shooting up the House of Representatives in the fashion of Puerto Rican terrorists he had read about."

Economic policy

  • Was his criticism of Reagan's "voodoo economics" legitimate, or a front for his actual beliefs?
  • Pittsburgh Press, "Economic Woe Deepened By Policies of Reagan, Democratic Governors Say", 1983/08/02: "A letter by Nebraska Gov. Bob Kerrey, signed yesterday by five other Democrats, criticized vice President George Bush, who at the meeting's opening session Sunday argued against increased taxes. Kerrey's letter to Bush said Reagan's economy plan has "failed to produce anything other than a $200 billion deficit and an artificially strong dollar which is liquidating our first line of defense our industrial and agricultural production capacity." Bush had told the governors the answer to deficits "cannot possibly be to raise taxes and spend money just as this recovery is gathering strength.""

Child molestation