1953: George H. W. Bush and John Overbey formed a new business with Hugh Liedtke and Bill Liedtke named Zapata Petroleum Corporation.
April 17, 1961 – April 20, 1961: Bay of Pigs Invasion (OPERATION ZAPATA)
November 29, 1961: Allen Dulles, head of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), Deputy Director for Plans Richard M. Bissell Jr. and Deputy Director Charles Cabell, were forced to resign by President John F. Kennedy. .
October 16, 1962 – October 29, 1962: Cuban Missile Crisis
November 22, 1963: John F. Kennedy/Assassinated
November 22, 1963: Memo from FBI Special Agent Graham Kitchel to the FBI’s Houston bureau, advising of a tip received from “Mr. GEORGE H. W. BUSH, President of the Zapata Off-Shore Drilling Company,” regarding the assassination of President Kennedy. Call from Tyler, Texas.
November 23, 1963: the day after the assassination of John F. Kennedy, FBI files include a memo from bureau director J. Edgar Hoover, noting that his organization had given a briefing to two men in the intelligence community. The memo refers to one as “Mr. George Bush of the Central Intelligence Agency” and the other as “Captain William Edwards of the Defense Intelligence Agency.”
November 29, 1963: President Lyndon Baines Johnson appointed Allen Dulles as one of seven commissioners of the Warren Commission to investigate the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.
Allen Welsh Dulles (April 7, 1893 – January 29, 1969) was the first civilian Director of Central Intelligence (DCI), and its longest-serving director to date. As head of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) during the early Cold War, he oversaw the 1953 Iranian coup d’état, the 1954 Guatemalan coup d’état, the Lockheed U-2 aircraft program, the Project MKUltra mind control program and the Bay of Pigs Invasion. He was fired by John F. Kennedy over the latter fiasco.
Dulles was one of the members of the Warren Commission investigating the assassination of John F. Kennedy. Between his stints of government service, Dulles was a corporate lawyer and partner at Sullivan & Cromwell. His older brother, John Foster Dulles, was the Secretary of State during the Eisenhower Administration and is the namesake of Dulles International Airport.
On August 23, 1951, Dulles was promoted to Deputy Director of Central Intelligence, second in the intelligence hierarchy. In this capacity, in 1952–53 he was one of five members of the State Department Panel of Consultants on Disarmament during the last year of the Truman administration.
After the election of Dwight Eisenhower in 1952, Bedell Smith shifted to the Department of State and Dulles became the first civilian Director of Central Intelligence.
Several failed assassination plots utilizing CIA-recruited operatives and anti-Castro Cubans directly against Castro undermined the CIA’s credibility. The reputation of the agency and its director declined drastically after the Bay of Pigs Invasion fiasco of 1961. President Kennedy reportedly said he wanted to “splinter the CIA into a thousand pieces and scatter it into the winds.” However, following a “rigorous inquiry into the agency’s affairs, methods, and problems … [Kennedy] did not ‘splinter’ it after all and did not recommend Congressional supervision.”
During the Kennedy Administration, Dulles faced increasing criticism. In autumn 1961, following the Bay of Pigs incident and the Algiers putsch against Charles de Gaulle, Dulles and his entourage, including Deputy Director for Plans Richard M. Bissell Jr. and Deputy Director Charles Cabell, were forced to resign. On November 28, 1961, Kennedy presented Dulles with the National Security Medal at the CIA Headquarters in Langley, Virginia. The next day, November 29, the White House released a resignation letter signed by Dulles. He was replaced by John McCone.
In 1953, George H. W. Bush and John Overbey formed a new business with Hugh Liedtke and Bill Liedtke named Zapata Petroleum Corporation. The corporation was based in Midland, Texas. Hugh Liedtke became president, and George Bush became vice president of the new business venture. In 1954, the parent company formed Zapata Off-Shore Company, of which Bush was named president. In 1959, the company was split, leaving the Liedtkes with control of Zapata Petroleum Corporation and establishing Bush as the head of Zapata Off-Shore. In 1963 the Liedtkes merged several oil companies, including Zapata Petroleum and South Penn Oil, to form the Pennzoil Company. Hugh Liedtke was the first president of Pennzoil.
Bush has long denied allegations that he had connections to the intelligence community prior to 1976, when he became Central Intelligence Agency director under President Gerald Ford. At the time, he described his appointment as a ‘real shocker.’
But the freshly uncovered memos contend that Bush maintained a close personal and business relationship for decades with a CIA staff employee who, according to those CIA documents, was instrumental in the establishment of Bush’s oil venture, Zapata, in the early 1950s, and who would later accompany Bush to Vietnam as a “cleared and witting commercial asset” of the agency.
According to a CIA internal memo dated November 29, 1975, Bush’s original oil company, Zapata Petroleum, began in 1953 through joint efforts with Thomas J. Devine, a CIA staffer who had resigned his agency position that same year to go into private business. The ’75 memo describes Devine as an “oil wild-catting associate of Mr. Bush.” The memo is attached to an earlier memo written in 1968, which lays out how Devine resumed work for the secret agency under commercial cover beginning in 1963.
“Their joint activities culminated in the establishment of Zapata Oil,” the memo reads. In fact, early Zapata corporate filings do not seem to reflect Devine’s role in the company, suggesting that it may have been covert. Yet other documents do show Thomas Devine on the board of an affiliated Bush company, Zapata Offshore, in January, 1965, more than a year after he had resumed work for the spy agency.
It was while Devine was in his new CIA capacity as a commercial cover officer that he accompanied Bush to Vietnam the day after Christmas in 1967, remaining in the country with the newly elected congressman from Texas until January 11, 1968. Whatever information the duo was seeking, they left just in the nick of time. Only three weeks after the two men departed Saigon, the North Vietnamese and their Communist allies launched the Tet offensive with seventy thousand troops pre-positioned in more than 100 cities and towns.
While the elder Bush was in Vietnam with Devine, George W. Bush was making contact with representatives of the Texas Air National Guard, using his father’s connections to join up with an elite, Houston-based Guard unit – thus avoiding overseas combat service in a war that the Bushes strongly supported.
The new revelation about George H.W. Bush’s CIA friend and fellow Zapata Offshore board member will surely fuel further speculation that Bush himself had his own associations with the agency.
Indeed, Zapata’s annual reports portray a bewildering range of global activities, in the Mideast, Asia and the Caribbean (including off Cuba) that seem outsized for the company’s modest bottom line. In his autobiography, Bush declares that “I’d come to the CIA with some general knowledge of how it operated’ and that his ‘overseas contacts as a businessman’ justified President Nixon’s appointing him as UN ambassador, a decision that at the time was highly controversial.
Previously disclosed FBI files include a memo from bureau director J. Edgar Hoover, noting that his organization had given a briefing to two men in the intelligence community on November 23, 1963, the day after the assassination of John F. Kennedy. The memo refers to one as “Mr. George Bush of the Central Intelligence Agency” and the other as “Captain William Edwards of the Defense Intelligence Agency.”
OPERATION ZAPATA (Bay of Pigs, Cuba, 1961)
The United States launched the invasion three months into Kennedy’s administration. Between 15 and 19 April 1961 the administration supported the abortive Bay of Pigs invasion of Cuba designed to overthrow Castro. The operation began with airstrikes against Cuban airfields. Two days later, the “Cuban brigade” established a beachhead at theBay of Pigs. Over 1,400 Cuban exiles, trained and equipped by the CIA, landed on Cuba’s coast without air cover. It did not go smoothly. Without air cover, which the administration declined to provide because it still sought to protect the fact that the United States was involved in the operation, the exiles remained pinned down on the beach.
The success of the invasion depended on a large uprising against Fidel Castro. However, the CIA had underestimated Castro’s military strength and his popular support. The invasion was a debacle almost from the beginning. It was predicated on an assumption that the Cuban people would rise up to welcome the invaders and when that proved to be false, the attack could not succeed.
A B-26 bomber crew crashed in Nicaragua in 1961. The two-man civilian crew was supporting Bay of Pigs-related operations. The bomber pilot and navigator died when they crashed April 19 in a remote area near the Bocay River in Nicaragua. The 27-year-old exiles were identified as pilot Crispin Garcia Fernandez of Havana and navigator Juan de Mata “Nabel” Gonzalez Romero of Las Vallas, Cuba.
The exiles were defeated by Castro’s forces after President John F. Kennedy declined to provide air cover or military backup. As the actual invasion grew into a political and military fiasco, Shannon and three other Americans were given permission to fly, but it was too late. Early in the morning of 19 April 1961, 2506 Brigade troops, having landed with CIA support, were in a desperate situation. Pleas for help finally persuaded the CIA to allow American “advisors” to fly a combat mission. Joe Shannon and three other members of the Alabama ANG took off in two Cuban-marked B-26s and headed for the island’s south coast. Making landfall at dawn after a 3-hour flight, between Giron and Cienfuegos, they turned west along the coast at full throttle and 200 feet above the sand. Suddenly, a Cuban Lockheed T-33 fighter attacked them. As his wingman crashed into the sea, Shannon instinctively pushed the throttles and prop controls full forward, heading downward until his propellers were nearly “dipping into the water.”
All of the exiles were captured or killed by the Cuban armed forces within three days. Castro’s forces killed 114 of the exiles andtook 1,189 prisoners. They had sparked no uprising inside the country.
The powerful people that do high profile crimes burn their trails or kill witnesses. That’s why Oswald was killed; that’s why Ruby was killed; that’s why the railroad tower operator who witnessed the person on the grassy knoll was killed.
Anyone that knows guns and ballistics, knows that there was at least a second gunman that hit JFK from the grassy knoll. The frontal shot from the grassy knoll was the immediate lethal shot in which the impact of the high powered bullet went through the President’s forehead violently throwing him backward towards Jackie.
Now, let us count the bullet holes. The windshield had a bullet hole. The roof frame had a bullet hole. JFK had 3 bullet holes: a hole to his back, a hole through his neck, and a bullet through his head that blew his brains out. Governor Conley had numerous wounds: a bullet hit his right armpit shattering Conley’s 5th rib and exited, a bullet shattered Conley’s right wrist and exited, a bullet hit Conley’s left thigh and exited. A bullet wounded Secret Serviceman James Taig standing near the underpass bridge in advance of the motorcade. Additionally reported, police counted 11 bullet holes in the street, 12 bullet holes in the sidewalk, and 13 bullet holes in the grass. No wonder the onlookers were diving for the grass with all those projectiles flying! But, the press and media coverage — which is controlled — state that Lee H.Oswald was the LONE gunman cranking off three shots. Oswald cannot be a lone gunman since there are more than 3 shots to be counted. Yet, today’s media pounds the message over and over that Oswald acted alone. It is important for media to reiterate this because the players involved are still alive. Let it be known that by the time The President received the throat wound, about 12 shots had rung out. Some ballistic experts have voiced that there was a gunman on the overhead bridge to make the throat wound the entrance, and the back wound the exit of a bullet trajectory.
With all those gun shots going off, why did the driver not speed away when the first few shots rang out? JFK’s vehicle driver keeps looking toward the back seat, and he doesn’t step on the gas until the head shot is received. I’m sorry, but Secret Service Men and military are just about brain washed to react to gunfire situations. The driver was definitely a key part of this murder.
Why wasn’t JFK’s vehicle forensically inspected for the post investigation? Because the CIA had confiscated it and made repairs to the vehicle immediately.
Let us move onto what would have been NORMAL protection for The President. A military guard unit was canceled. Secret Servicemen were told to get away from The President’s car. Motor bikes were told to fall back. Who has the POWER to do all this and leave The President open to attack? The CIA might be one organization to ponder.
Why would the CIA be at odds with The President? Because they were having a rocky and abrasive existence. As a result of the U.S. failure at Bay of Pigs and the diplomatic embarrassment that ensued, JFK fired long-time CIA director Allen Dulles, CIA Deputy Director Charles Cabell, and the CIA Deputy Director Richard Bissel. Publicly, Kennedy assumed full responsibility for the failure, but he secretly blamed the CIA and ordered a full investigation of the operation.
JFK also had bad relations with big banks that backed the Federal Reserve. On June 4, 1963, JFK signed Executive Order No. 11110 that returned to the U.S. Government the power to issue currency. This was made to strip the Federal Reserve Bank of its power to loan money to the government at interest. Wasn’t Prescott Bush a Wall Street executive banker (head of National Bank)?
Prescott Bush made his fortune in the 1930s to 1942 supporting the Nazi war machine build-up utilizing free camp labor. His Father-In-Law, George Walker, also had a hand in German profits through I.G. Farben a chemical company that produced Zyklon B gas and conducted medical experiments with camp prisoners. Prescott hired Allen Dulles to hide the funds they were making from Nazi investments and the funds they were sending to Nazi Germany.
After the war, Prescott purchased a Senate seat upon the death of the incumbent. He became very predominate in the Republican Party. He had his attorneys, the Dulles Brothers appointed to the positions of Director of the CIA (Allen W.Dulles), and Secretary of State (John F.Dulles).
You see from above that the tennis-ball-court is starting to be divided by a net at midway point, with JFK’s enemies are on one side, and the Kennedy brothers on the opposing side.
GHW Bush was connected to the CIA as J.E.Hoover uncovered, and GHWB clearly pushed his views of the New World Order depicting his roll in the “changes” happening in the USA. GW Bush is clearly a liar. If you ever watched his pre-election battles with Al Gore, Little George changes to Mr.Hyde in the Presidency; his position on diplomacy goes 180 degrees. He maneuvered the United States into Iraq — were we had no conflict, and the inspectors found no weapons of mass destruction. We had NO business being in Iraq other than to make a fighting platform to access Iran.