Despite his claims to the contrary, there is documentary evidence that George H. W. Bush was in Dallas on Nov. 22, 1963, and was affiliated at that time with the CIA, despite protests that he was not associated with the agency until President Gerald R. Ford appointed him director in 1976.
Two FBI memos and a photograph of a man standing outside the Texas School Book Depository are among the intriguing items addressed in Jerome Corsi’s new book “Who Really Killed Kennedy”.
The evidence is significant as Corsi broaches the question asked by some researchers of the assassination: Was John F. Kennedy the first presidential victim of the emerging “New World Order” championed by former CIA directors Allen Dulles and George H. W. Bush?
The New World Order view pursued as U.S. foreign policy by Allen Dulles and his brother John Foster Dulles, as secretary of state under Eisenhower, Corsi writes, envisioned employing U.S. military action to preserve U.S. business interests, whether or not it was truly in U.S. national security interests.
The photograph, widely circulated on the Internet, shows a man with his hands in his pockets on the street by the front doorway of the Texas School Book Depository in the immediate aftermath of the JFK shooting who bears a resemblance to George H. W. Bush. No positive identification of the man has been made.
On Wednesday, Nov. 20, 1963, an advertisement under “Club Activities” was published in the Dallas Morning News stating that George Bush, president, Zapata Off-Shore Co., would be speaking for the American Association of Oilwell Drilling contractors at 6:30 p.m., the next day at the Sheraton-Dallas Hotel.
The advertisement places George H. W. Bush in Dallas the day before JFK was assassinated; there is no public record indicating when Bush left Dallas on that trip.
Further, an FBI memo written by J. Edgar Hoover on Nov. 29, 1963, advised that the FBI office in Miami warned the Department of State on Nov. 23, 1963, one day after the assassination, that “some misguided anti-Castro group might capitalize on the present situation and undertake an unauthorized raid against Cuba, believing that the assassination of President John F. Kennedy might herald a change in U.S. policy, which is not true.”
In the last paragraph of the memo, Hoover noted that “Mr. George Bush of the Central Intelligence Agency” furnished the background information contained in the report. Spokesmen for George H.W. Bush have said the reference might be to a different George Bush.
“George William Bush,” a person with a different middle name from the future president, was a CIA employee at the time of the JFK assassination.
However, George William Bush submitted a statement in a legal action before the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia stating that he reviewed the memo in question and Hoover was not referring to him.
In his signed statement, George William Bush noted he had carefully reviewed the FBI memo written by the FBI director, dated Nov. 29, 1963. He stated he did not recognize the contents as information furnished to him orally or otherwise while he was at the CIA. Thus, he concluded, he was not the George Bush of the CIA referenced in the memo.
Mark Lane, in his 1991 book “Plausible Denial: Was the CIA Involved in the JFK Assassination,” noted that Joseph McBride, the journalist who found the memo, also tracked down George William Bush, who he described a a lower level researcher at the CIA. McBride said George William Bush also denied he was the person mentioned in the memo.
Was George H. W. Bush the “George Bush” in the memo? If so, what precisely was the relationship with the CIA? In 1963, was he a CIA agent or merely a CIA asset?
When the memo surfaced, the New York Times questioned Stephen Hart, then a spokesman for Vice President Bush, and asked when George H. W. Bush first joined the CIA. Hart replied that Bush denied any involvement with the CIA before President Ford named him director in 1975.
The newspaper also reported that Bill Divine, a CIA spokesman, declined to comment on the possibility that George H. W. Bush, or anyone else with that name, ever worked for the CIA. Devine told the New York Times, “We never confirm nor deny.”
Bush’s tip to FBI
A second recently disclosed memo supports the conclusion that George H. W. Bush was in Dallas the day JFK was assassinated.
FBI Special Agent Graham Kitchel wrote the memo to the FBI’s Houston bureau, dated Nov. 22, 1963, the day of the assassination.
The memo reads in the first paragraph: “At 1:45 p.m. Mr. GEORGE H. W. BUSH, President of the Zapata Off-Shore Drilling Company, Houston, Texas, residence 5525 Briar, Houston, telephonically furnished this following information to writer by a long distance telephone call from Tyler, Texas.”
Tyler is a small town about 100 miles east of Dallas.
In the second and third paragraphs, Graham discloses, “Bush stated that he wanted to be kept confidential but wanted to furnish hearsay that he recalled hearing in recount weeks, the day and source unknown.”
Graham then relates that Bush suspected a James Parrott, a student at the University of Texas, had been talking of assassinating JFK when the president came to Houston. The lead turned out to be inconsequential.
But in the last paragraph, Graham confirmed that Bush was going to be at the Sheraton-Dallas Hotel in Dallas on the day of the assassination, returning to his residence in Houston the next day.
Some researchers – noting the discrepancy that the Dallas Morning News claimed Bush would be at the Sheraton-Dallas on Thursday night, Nov. 21, 1963, while the Kitchel memo suggests Bush would be at the hotel on the night of the assassination – have speculated that Bush made the call to establish an alibi.
Russ Baker, author of the 2009 book “Family of Secrets,” observed: “In summary, then, Bush called in a pointless tip about an innocent fellow to an FBI agent whom he knew, and whom he knew could be counted on to file a report on this trip – out of what may have been hundreds of calls, some of them not even worthy of documenting, and, after a cursory investigation, the tip was confirmed as useless.”
Baker has argued the real point of the call was “to establish for the record, if anyone asked, that Poppy Bush was not in Dallas when Kennedy was shot. By pointing to a seemingly harmless man who lived with his mother, Bush appeared to establish his own Pollyannaish ignorance of the larger plot.”
Baker argued the truth was Bush had already stayed at the Sheraton in Dallas on Thursday, as the Dallas Morning News ad stated.
A phone call to the FBI stating he was planning to go to Dallas would create a misleading paper trail suggesting that his stay in Dallas was many hours after the assassination, rather than the night before, since the phone call could have come from anywhere.
Perhaps Bush called the FBI because he became concerned he had been photographed in front of the Texas School Book Depository in the moments immediately after the JFK shooting.
Bush has been vague about where he was when he first learned JFK had been shot, a moment virtually every American old enough to remember has fixed in their minds.
When asked where he was when Kennedy was shot, Bush has said vaguely that he was “somewhere in Texas.”