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FTR #244 Trouble on Oiled Water, Part V — Line of Succession (Restoring Dignity to the Office of the Presidency)

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1. Through­out the cam­paign­ing of 2000, the Repub­li­cans have stat­ed that they (George W. Bush) should be elect­ed, in order to “restore dig­ni­ty to the office of the Pres­i­den­cy.” (This, pre­sum­ably, in ref­er­ence to the scan­dals of the Clin­ton Admin­is­tra­tion. The role of the George H.W. Bush fac­tion of the intel­li­gence com­mu­ni­ty in the cre­ation of these scan­dals is dis­cussed in numer­ous broad­casts.)

2. This broad­cast under­scores the role of the elder Bush, peo­ple asso­ci­at­ed with his admin­is­tra­tion, and oth­er key Repub­li­can politi­cians (past and present) in the mur­der (or attempt­ed mur­der) of past Pres­i­dents. In par­tic­u­lar, the pro­gram focus­es on what might be called ‘“vice” Pres­i­dents’” — Repub­li­cans who either held, or ran for, the office of Vice-Pres­i­dent and par­tic­i­pat­ed in what might be viewed as the ulti­mate “vice” of some­one in that posi­tion. These “vice” Pres­i­dents either mur­dered, or attempt­ed to mur­der, the chief exec­u­tive of the Unit­ed States.

3. The broad­cast begins with dis­cus­sion of the pre­dom­i­nance of Bush admin­is­tra­tion fig­ures serv­ing as prin­ci­pal advis­ers to George W. (The New York Times, 7/21/2000, p. A19.)

4. In that con­text, it is not unfair to assess “Dubya” in the con­text of his father’s actions, par­tic­u­lar­ly since the Repub­li­cans have attempt­ed to tar Al Gore with Clin­ton’s indis­cre­tions. The first half of the pro­gram con­sists large­ly of a long excerpt from Mis­cel­la­neous Archive Show M‑20 (George Bush and the Shoot­ing of Ronald Rea­gan.) Record­ed on 7/10/88, M‑20 sets forth analy­sis of a strong body of cir­cum­stan­tial evi­dence link­ing the elder Bush to the shoot­ing of Ronald Rea­gan. (M‑20 was record­ed dur­ing the course of “Cam­paign ’88.” At the time Rea­gan was shot, for­mer Direc­tor of Cen­tral Intel­li­gence Bush was Vice-Pres­i­dent.)

5. John Hinck­ley was a for­mer mem­ber of the Nation­al Social­ist Par­ty of Amer­i­ca. (San Fran­cis­co Exam­in­er, 3/31/81.)

6. He was expelled for being so vio­lent that his fel­low Nazis sus­pect­ed him of being a gov­ern­ment agent. (Idem.)

7. In Octo­ber of 1980, Hinck­ley had been arrest­ed at the Nashville (Ten­nessee) air­port as then Pres­i­dent Jim­my Carter was due to arrive. (Idem.)

8. At the time, he had a .38 cal­iber pis­tol and two .22 cal­iber hand­guns in his pos­ses­sion, along with 50 rounds of ammu­ni­tion. (Idem.)

9. Inter­est­ing­ly, this for­mer res­i­dent of Dal­las, Texas, had pur­chased the weapons at Rock­y’s Pawn Shop, on the very street on which Pres­i­dent Kennedy had been assas­si­nat­ed. (Idem.) One won­ders to what extent some of these “coin­ci­dences” were intend­ed to send a mes­sage. The Nazi par­ty to which Hinck­ley belonged had been found­ed by George Lin­coln Rock­well, whose Arling­ton (Vir­ginia) name and address were in Lee Har­vey Oswald’s address book at the time of his (Oswald’s) arrest

10. Hinck­ley had attend­ed a memo­r­i­al march to com­mem­o­rate Rock­well. (San Fran­cis­co Chron­i­cle, 4/1/81.)

11. The broad­cast sets forth evi­dence that Hinck­ley’s father, John Hinck­ley Sr., had been a sig­nif­i­cant con­trib­u­tor to George Bush’s pri­ma­ry cam­paign (when Bush Sr. was chal­leng­ing Ronald Rea­gan for the nom­i­na­tion.) (Idem.)

12. The night after the shoot­ing, John Jr.‘s broth­er, Scott Hinck­ley, was sched­uled to have din­ner with Neil Bush (George W.‘s broth­er and, like “Dubya” and George Sr, a petro­le­um indus­try pro­fes­sion­al.) (San Fran­cis­co Chron­i­cle, 4/1/81.)

13. Scott was, at the time, an exec­u­tive with the Hinck­ley fam­i­ly’s inde­pen­dent oil com­pa­ny, Van­der­bilt Ener­gy. (San Jose Mer­cury News, 4/1/81, p. 24A, San Fran­cis­co Chron­i­cle, 4/1/81.)

14. Hinck­ley Sr.‘s par­tic­i­pa­tion in a Chris­t­ian Evan­gel­i­cal orga­ni­za­tion called World Vision is of more than pass­ing inter­est. (San Fran­cis­co Exam­in­er, 3/31/81.)

15. World Vision had served as a front for U.S. intel­li­gence in Cen­tral Amer­i­ca, employ­ing for­mer mem­bers of Anas­tazio Somoza­’s Nation­al Guard to inform on El Sal­vado­ri­an refugees in Cos­ta Rica. (Nation­al Catholic Reporter, 4/23/82.)

16. A num­ber of the refugees were liq­ui­dat­ed, after being iden­ti­fied as gueril­la sym­pa­thiz­ers by World Vision oper­a­tives. (Idem.)

17. World Vision had also func­tioned as a front for U.S. intel­li­gence in South­east Asia dur­ing the Viet­nam War. (Chris­t­ian Cen­tu­ry Mag­a­zine, 7/4–7/11/1979.)

18. Hinck­ley Sr.‘s par­tic­i­pa­tion in World Vision, the lat­ter’s con­nec­tions to U.S. intel­li­gence, and the close­ness of the Bush and Hinck­ley fam­i­lies should be eval­u­at­ed in light of the fact that George Sr. had been head of the CIA. Hinck­ley Jr. was even­tu­al­ly rep­re­sent­ed by the law firm of Edward Ben­nett Williams, one of the most pow­er­ful law firms in Wash­ing­ton D.C. (San Fran­cis­co Exam­in­er, 4/1/81, p. A12.) The Williams fir­m’s pre­vi­ous clients includ­ed for­mer CIA direc­tor Richard Helms, Robert Vesco (also con­nect­ed to U.S. intel­li­gence), Jim­my Hof­fa and John Con­nal­ly.

19. With the assis­tance of the Williams law fir­m’s rep­re­sen­ta­tion (and a pli­ant media estab­lish­ment) Hinck­ley’s doc­u­ment­ed Nazi con­nec­tions were mag­i­cal­ly trans­formed into “delu­sions” of this “lone nut.” (San Fran­cis­co Chron­i­cle, 5/18/82.)

20. After the excerpt from M‑20, the pro­gram high­lights the prob­a­ble role of George Sr. in select­ing for­mer Bush Defense Sec­re­tary Dick Cheney as George W.‘s Vice-Pres­i­den­tial can­di­date. (New York Times, 7/26/2000, p. A16.)

21. Like the Georges Bush, Cheney is an oil man. (Wall Street Jour­nal, 7/26/2000, p. B4.)

22. Cheney was also the White House Chief-of-Staff for anoth­er “vice” Pres­i­dent, Ger­ald Ford. (The New York Times, 7/25/2000, p. A19.)

23. Like George Bush, Sr., Ger­ald Ford was involved in cov­er­ing-up the assas­si­na­tion of Pres­i­dent Kennedy, as well as the close­ly over­lap­ping Water­gate scan­dal. In a tru­ly grotesque touch, George W. showed footage of Pres­i­dent Kennedy dur­ing the Repub­li­can con­ven­tion. (The New York Times, 8/12/2000, p. A27.)

24. The sec­ond half of the pro­gram doc­u­ments a num­ber of con­nec­tions between the milieu of “vice” Pres­i­dents George Bush Sr., Ger­ald Ford, Richard Nixon and V.P. can­di­date Dick Cheney to the assas­si­na­tion of Pres­i­dent Kennedy and Water­gate. One of the acqui­si­tions of Hal­libur­ton Oil (head­ed by Dick Cheney) [3] was Dress­er indus­tries. (Wall Street Jour­nal, 7/26/2000, p. B4.

25. The pro­gram reca­pit­u­lates an excerpt from RFA-37. The excerpt doc­u­ments Bush Sr.‘s employ­ment with Dress­er indus­tries, Dresser’s con­nec­tions to the intel­li­gence com­mu­ni­ty and to Prescott Bush Sr. (George Sr.‘s father), Dresser’s con­nec­tions to the Skull and Bones soci­ety, to which both Bush­es and George W. belong; the prob­a­bil­i­ty that Dress­er served as a cov­er for George Sr.‘s work for the CIA, and George Sr.‘s close con­nec­tions to Oswald han­dler and prob­a­ble Nazi spy George de Mohren­schildt. (“In the Com­pa­ny of Friends,” by Antho­ny L. Kim­mery, Covert Action Infor­ma­tion Bul­letin, Issue #41, Sum­mer 1992.)

26. After dis­cussing for­mer “Vice” Pres­i­dent Nixon’s con­nec­tions to the JFK assas­si­na­tion, the broad­cast high­lights the close rela­tion­ship between Richard Nixon and George Bush, Sr. Nixon appoint­ed Bush Sr. as head of the Repub­li­can Nation­al Com­mit­tee dur­ing the Water­gate scan­dal, just as he appoint­ed Ger­ald Ford as Vice-Pres­i­dent. Ford then suc­ceed­ed Nixon, par­doned him, and appoint­ed Bush as direc­tor of the CIA. Bush then helped to obstruct [4] the House Select Com­mit­tee on Assas­si­na­tions’ inves­ti­ga­tion of the Kennedy assas­si­na­tion. It should be not­ed that George Sr.‘s name crops up in con­nec­tion with the Kennedy assas­si­na­tion in sev­er­al dif­fer­ent con­texts

27. The con­clud­ing seg­ment of the pro­gram con­sists of a read­ing of a por­tion of Jack Ruby’s tes­ti­mo­ny before the War­ren Com­mis­sion. (The Yan­kee and Cow­boy War: Con­spir­a­cies From Dal­las to Water­gate, copy­right 1976, Sheed Andrews and McMeel, Inc., ISBN 0–8362-0680–0, pp. 116–131.)

28. In that tes­ti­mo­ny, Ruby indi­cat­ed that he was part of a con­spir­a­cy. His rev­e­la­tions were made in vain, as the War­ren Com­mis­sion ignored what he had to say. Ruby’s tes­ti­mo­ny serves to high­light the numer­ous con­nec­tions between the Kennedy assas­si­na­tion and Water­gate. Nixon (George Bush Sr.‘s polit­i­cal men­tor) refused to release the Water­gate tapes because of his fear that “the whole Bay of Pigs thing” would come out, if he did.

29. Nixon aide H.R. “Bob” Halde­mann dis­closed in his book The Ends of Pow­er that “the whole Bay of Pigs thing” was a code word in the Nixon White House for the assas­si­na­tion of Pres­i­dent Kennedy. (It should be remem­bered that Nixon was in Dal­las on 11/22/63, yet he told the FBI in Feb­ru­ary of 1964 that he had left Dal­las two days pri­or to Kennedy’s assas­si­na­tion.)

30. Ruby’s de fac­to con­fes­sion was wit­nessed by Ger­ald Ford (who suc­ceed­ed Nixon as Pres­i­dent and par­doned him of all crimes com­mit­ted), Leon Jawors­ki (a War­ren Com­mis­sion coun­sel, direc­tor of a CIA domes­tic fund­ing con­duit and select­ed by Nixon to be Water­gate Spe­cial Pros­e­cu­tor) and Arlen Specter (anoth­er War­ren Com­mis­sion coun­sel, who is now chair­man of the Sen­ate Judi­cia­ry Com­mit­tee.)

31. Then Chief Jus­tice of the Supreme Court Earl War­ren (who ran for Vice-Pres­i­dent on the Repub­li­can tick­et under Thomas Dewey in 1948) han­dled most of Ruby’s inter­ro­ga­tion. Bear in mind that Dick Cheney was Ford’s White House Chief-of-Staff, and that his selec­tion as George W.‘s run­ning mate was appar­ent­ly dic­tat­ed by George Sr.

32. As indi­cat­ed in the pro­gram’s title, the web of con­nec­tions join­ing these “vice” Pres­i­dents could very well be viewed as con­sti­tut­ing a line of suc­ces­sion. Note, as well, the pres­ence of the petro­le­um indus­try in this chain of events. (Record­ed on 8/13/2000.)