Pardon me duke but I'm kinda on that conspiracy theory shit....
George Bush (both the original & the sequel) as well as Dick Cheney (the man who was really ran shit) were straight gangster. On BMF, Rick Ross should’ve rapped, “I think I’m George Bush” instead of Big Meech. ‘Cuz the Bush Family didn’t take over blocks, they took over entire countries. You think Rich Porter, Alpo & AZ moved a lot of coke? They ain’t have nuthin’ on the Bush Family. Gangbangers in Cali think they’re packin’ an arsenal? Oliver North and The Bush Family provided entire dictatorships with weapons, nigga! Ya’all ain’t sayin shit!
Conspiracies or Coincidences highlights the various assassinations carried out by the Bush Family’s goons. Almost makes me scared to post this shit. But I’ma be bold and share an excerpt from this bone-chilling article
Beltway muckraker Wayne Madsen charts the dubious demises of the dynasty’s enemies.
What are the odds that an appreciable number of people who had opposed the Bush administrations or knew too much about the Bush family’s shady past all suffered mysterious deaths, most of them ruled suicides? Of course, lists of suspicious deaths have been produced before as a way to tie past Presidents to the untimely demises of their enemies. Right-wingers compiled a rather questionable list in order to tarnish President Bill Clinton. However, given the sordid past of George H.W. “Poppy” Bush, the number of baffling deaths of people who threatened to expose corruption by him and his sons (including George W.) is remarkable and may be more than coincidental.
Some individuals made front-page headlines when they died (notably Senator Paul Wellstone, ex-CIA Director William Colby and Enron’s Cliff Baxter), while others remain largely unknown to the general public.
PRE-GEORGE W. BUSH MYSTERIOUS DEATHS INVOLVING POPPY BUSH
Chilean arms dealer Carlos Cardoen allegedly engaged in weapons smuggling. According to a 1995 deposition by Howard Teicher, a Reagan National Security Council official, Cardoen worked with the CIA during the 1980s to illegally ship military hardware, including deadly cluster bombs, to Saddam Hussein’s regime during Iraq’s devastating war with Iran. In 1990 and 1991 three journalists investigating various aspects of arms and high-tech trafficking believed to involve George H.W. Bush were found dead under suspicious circumstances. Freelance journalist Danny Casolaro—discovered in a bathtub in a Martinsburg, West Virginia, hotel—died from seven slashes on each wrist. Casolaro, who had traveled to Martinsburg in August 1991 to meet a source, was working on a book that charged George H.W. Bush was part of a global criminal enterprise, which Casolaro called the “Octopus.” Ominously, the freelancer’s notes and briefcase were apparently stolen from his hotel room.
British aviation journalist Jonathan Moyle was found hanging in the closet of his hotel room in Santiago, Chile. He had uncovered details of Cardoen’s role in the rumored Poppy Bush deal to illegally ship weapons to Iraq.
Anson Ng, a Financial Times stringer, was looking into secretive Bush Octopus-related operations that purportedly used California’s Cabazon Indian Reservation as a cover. Ng was discovered shot to death in the bathtub of his Guatemala City apartment.
HIGH-LEVEL CIA SUSPICIOUS DEATHS
On April 27, 1996, former CIA Director William Colby went missing at his Rock Point home on Maryland’s Cobb Island. Days after Colby’s canoe was found adrift along the shoreline of Chesapeake Bay, his submerged body was located nearby. The veteran of CIA missions in Southeast Asia and elsewhere was said to have lost his footing and drowned. At that time, Colby was cooperating with John DeCamp—a Republican state senator in Nebraska and a former CIA Phoenix Program colleague from Vietnam days—in investigating a national child-sex ring that purportedly went as high as the first Bush White House. This was reported in a series of articles in 1989 in the Sun Myung Moon-owned Washington Times and in DeCamp’s book, The Franklin Coverup. That same year, ABC newsman and Republican lobbyist Craig Spence, who allegedly organized Beltway parties for pedophiles, was found dead in a Boston hotel room—an apparent suicide.
In the mid-1970s, President Gerald Ford had appointed the tightlipped Poppy Bush to replace Colby as Director of Central Intelligence after Colby volunteered too much information to the Church Committee, which was probing the CIA and various covert actions, such as the assassination of John F. Kennedy. (For Bush Sr.’s connection, see pages 56-60.) Back in 1982, Moon had been convicted of tax evasion and sentenced to 13 months in federal prison. When Moon’s newspaper began investigating alleged pedophiles in the Bush White House in 1989, the Bush camp became frantic. Soon enough, the Washington Times dropped its investigation. Meanwhile, the former President has become a frequent paid speaker at various Moon functions.
Colby’s suspicious death was not the first, nor would it be the last, involving a high-level U.S. intelligence official. On September 26, 1978, the sailboat of John A. Paisley, a retired CIA deputy director for strategic research, was found moored off Solomon’s Island, Maryland. Later, Paisley’s body was discovered in the nearby Patuxent River, his submerged corpse tied to diving weights. Although Paisley was shot through the head, police bizarrely ruled the cause of death as suicide. Paisley was involved with the electronic intercept programs of both the CIA and the National Security Agency (NSA). He may have had important information on the JFK assassination that he was about to impart to the House Select Committee on Assassinations, a follow-up to the Church Committee. Former CIA officer Victor Marchetti told the Baltimore Sun that he believed Paisley was about to “blow the whistle” on JFK’s death.
John Millis, staff director of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, allegedly committed suicide on June 4, 2000, a day after forcing the CIA to release a controversial report dealing with cocaine trafficking. Police in Fairfax, Virginia, still refuse to reveal the contents of a suicide note allegedly written by Millis. Millis’s knowledge of CIA drug dealing posed a threat to the Presidential campaign of George W. Bush, since many of the alleged activities occurred during the Vice Presidency of W’s father, who supported Contra operations in Central America in the 1980s. The Contras were counterinsurgency terrorists illegally armed and funded by the Reagan-Bush regime to destabilize Nicaragua’s leftist Sandinista government. The Contra-coke link was widely reported in newspapers.
SUSPICIOUS DEATHS SKYROCKET UNDER GEORGE W. BUSH
On July 17, 2001, a maid discovered the body of James Howard Hatfield in a Day’s Inn motel room in Springdale, Arkansas. Police later said that Hatfield was wanted for credit card fraud and that he committed suicide from an overdose of prescription drugs. J.H. Hatfield was no ordinary suicide victim. He had written the controversial, New York Times -bestselling book Fortunate Son, which uncloaked George W. Bush’s shady past, including the future President’s AWOL status while serving in the Texas Air National Guard and his alleged 1972 arrest for cocaine possession in Houston. However, it was not Bush’s past but Hatfield’s that became an issue. The writer’s criminal rap sheet—which included embezzlement and taking out a contract on his former boss—overshadowed the troubling allegations about Bush. After the media hits on Hatfield, St. Martin’s Press recalled 70,000 copies of Fortunate Son, even though the publisher, editors and attorneys had carefully fact-checked the book. According to Hatfield, the source who confirmed W’s coke bust was Karl Rove.
(For more details on the Hatfield story, check out the film Horns and Halos, available on DVD.)
On January 25, 2002, the body of former Enron Vice-Chairman J. Clifford Baxter—who had abruptly left the company in May 2001—was found near his home in Sugar Land, Texas. The embattled executive, who left a suicide note, died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound—at least according to the official cause of death.
Cliff Baxter was in a position to finger George W. Bush’s close friend, Enron Chairman Kenneth Lay, for his role in the Enron Ponzi scheme, which helped finance Bush’s 2000 election campaign. Baxter was scheduled to provide testimony to a Senate subcommittee and a federal grand jury investigating the Enron collapse. All of a sudden, the government was absent its star witness. On May 25, 2006, “Kenny Boy” Lay—a major Bush Jr. campaign supporter—was convicted on fraud charges, but died on July 5, 2006, while awaiting sentencing. The official cause of the 64-year-old’s death was a heart attack.
DEATH BY AVIATION MISHAPS
On October 25, 2002, progressive Minnesota Democratic Senator Paul Wellstone, engaged in a tight reelection race with Republican Norm Coleman, died along with his wife, daughter, staff members and flight crew in a plane that crashed on approach to Eveleth Airport in northern Minnesota. At the time of his death, the fiercely antiwar Wellstone was pulling ahead of Coleman in the polls. Initially, the National Transportation Safety Board reported that there was a “slight irregularity” in the Eveleth airport’s radio beacon. An investigation of the debris suggested that both of the plane’s engines were running at the time of impact.
Columns appearing in the Duluth News Tribune and on the AlterNet Web site suggested that Wellstone was murdered in a conspiracy involving the Bush White House. The Bushes and their political cronies never liked the left-leaning Democrat. In 1991, at a White House reception for new members of Congress, freshman Senator Wellstone cautioned President George H.W. Bush against engaging Baghdad in a costly war after the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait. Bush was then allegedly overheard asking, “Who is this chickenshit?” In the months prior to the second U.S. invasion of Iraq, “taking out”Wellstone was a top priority for Vice President Cheney and Presidential adviser Karl Rove. Coleman went on to narrowly defeat Wellstone’s replacement on the ticket, former Vice President Walter Mondale.
Plane crashes involving those who posed a threat to the Bush family have plagued a number of politicians. On April 5, 1991, Texas Republican and former U.S. Senator John Tower, the chairman of the Tower Commission probing the Iran-Contra scandal, perished along with his daughter and 21 other passengers and crew when Atlantic Southeast Airlines Flight 2311 crashed on approach to Brunswick, Georgia.
The day before, Pennsylvania Senator John Heinz III—a Republican member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence (which had oversight on the Iran-Contra scandal)— died when a helicopter collided with his aircraft over a Philadelphia suburb. Heinz’s widow, Teresa, later married Massachusetts Democratic Senator and 2004 Presidential candidate John Kerry. Poppy Bush is widely believed to have been implicated in the Iran-Contra scandal: After Congress banned funding for these Central American terrorists, White House operatives illegally sold arms to Iran and then used the proceeds to finance the Contras.
On July 16, 1991, the Piper Saratoga piloted by John F. Kennedy Jr. crashed seven miles off of Martha’s Vineyard. Kennedy, his wife and sister- in-law were killed. The NTSB blamed haze and pilot disorientation for the crash, even though JFK Jr.’s flight instructors maintained that he was a careful and conscientious aviator. Some had expected Kennedy to run for the U.S. Senate from New York, with a possible view to a future Presidential bid. Given Bush Sr.’s alleged ties to the JFK assassination, the Bush clan would feel threatened by a rising star in the Kennedy camp. Kennedy was also reportedly going to overhaul his George magazine and devote more of its content to hard-hitting investigative reporting—sleuthing that may have reopened the conspiracy behind the assassination of his father in Dallas in 1963.
On November 7, 2003, John J. Kokal, an analyst with the State Department’s Bureau of Intelligence and Research Near East and South Asian Division (INR/NESA), was found dead outside State Department headquarters. According to police, the 58-year-old had plummeted from the building’s roof in an apparent suicide. The INR/NESA was at the forefront of confronting claims that Iraq possessed weapons of mass destruction. A colleague of Kokal’s told this reporter that the Iraq analyst was despondent over “problems” with his security clearance. Washington police never ruled out homicide as the cause of Kokal’s death. On November 25, 2003, former National Security Council official Dr. Gus W. Weiss, an outspoken critic of the Iraq War, was found dead outside a service entrance to Washington’s Watergate East, where he lived. Police ruled that Weiss had killed himself by jumping from the roof of the building. Weiss was a former assistant secretary of defense for space policy under President Carter and served on the Signals Intelligence Committee of Carter’s Intelligence Board. Weiss also served as an adviser to the CIA and as a member of the Defense Science Board.
MORE STRANGE DEATHS
At around 9 p.m. on September 29, 2003, Fairfax County, Virginia, police responded to what might be described as a freak accident. But on closer examination, the police discovered they were dealing with the mysterious death of an employee of venture capitalist Marvin Bush, the younger brother of President George W. Bush. Sixty-two-year-old Bertha Champagne, described as a longtime “babysitter” for Marvin and Margaret Bush’s two children, was found crushed to death by her own vehicle in a driveway in front of the Bush family home in Alexandria.
The police report revealed that Ms. Champagne had gone to her car to retrieve a videotape of her and President Bush in order to show it to Marvin. The vehicle, a 2000 Oldsmobile SUV, supposedly went into gear by itself and pinned Champagne against a structure that had served as a Secret Service checkpoint when Marvin’s father was President. There are only two persons listed on the police report— Bertha Champagne, the victim, and Marvin Bush, listed as “other” in a box for “arrested, suspect or other.”
The body of Maryland publisher Philip Merrill was discovered on June 19, 2006, in the Chesapeake Bay near Poplar Island, with a gunshot wound to the head and weighed down with an anchor. The death of Merrill was eerily similar to the Chesapeake Bay “suicide” of the CIA’s John Paisley in 1978. Merrill’s remains were found just north of where Paisley’s body had turned up. Merrill’s corpse was discovered some 11 miles from where his boat had been found a week earlier. Investigators concluded that Merrill had killed himself with a shotgun and ruled his death a suicide even before an autopsy was performed. Merrill, a close friend of Vice President Dick Cheney, was a financial backer of various neoconservative organizations. Most significantly, he headed the U.S. Export-Import Bank, which made a number of dubious loans to the U.S.- run Coalition Provisional Authority (CPA) in Iraq and a successor agency known as the Trade Bank of Iraq. In late 2003, $500 million in credit was extended to the Trade Bank of Iraq by the Export-Import Bank. Much of the money was supposed to facilitate U.S. “exports” to Iraq, but was actually used to pay major U.S. contractors operating in the occupied country.
A 2005 audit report by the Office of the Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction concluded: “The CPA did not establish or implement sufficient managerial, financial and contractual controls to ensure that funds were used in a transparent manner.” The report stated that $8.8 billion allocated to the CPA was unaccounted for. Colonel Ted Westhusing, a professor at his alma mater, West Point, was found dead on June 5, 2005, from a purported self-inflicted gunshot wound in his trailer near Baghdad Airport. At the time of his death, Westhusing (the Army’s top expert on military ethics) was investigating a private contractor, U.S. Investigations Services (USIS) of Virginia, for fraud and human rights abuses. USIS is financially linked to the Carlyle Group.Westhusing’s family and friends rejected the Army’s determination that the ethicist took his own life. The Army based its decision on a “suicide” note said to be written in Westhusing’s handwriting.
The Carlyle Group employed Bush Sr. for a number of years as a senior adviser. Other Carlyle advisers include Bush’s former secretary of state, James Baker, and former British Prime Minister John Major. On September 10, 2001, Bush Sr. attended a Carlyle business meeting at Washington D.C.’s Ritz-Carlton Hotel along with Shafig bin Laden, a brother of Osama bin Laden. After spending the night of September 10 at the White House, Bush Sr. flew out of Washington on a private jet before the first hijacked plane struck the World Trade Center. Back in 1990, Carlyle placed failed businessman George W. Bush on the board of one of its subsidiaries, Caterair, an airline catering company.
Paul Sanford is the California attorney and journalist who argued before the U.S. Supreme Court why “Under God” should be excised from the Pledge of Allegiance. But Sanford is best remembered for asking then-White House Press Secretary Scott McClellan in 2005 why the leaking of CIA agent Valerie Plame’s name by the White House should not be considered an act of treason. By Christmas Eve 2006, Sanford was dead, after supposedly committing suicide at the Embassy Suites in Seaside, California. According to police, Sanford—who was married and the father of two children—“probably” jumped from between nine and 12 floors above the hotel’s atrium to his death. The Monterey County Herald reported that he was not a registered guest, although his car was parked next to the building. Sanford and his associates often met at a nearby Chili’s restaurant because it was close to the KRXA studios, where he cohosted a Saturday radio show. Sanford’s friends expressed disbelief that he would put his family through such a trauma.
Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist Gary Webb authored Dark Alliance: The CIA, the Contras, and the Crack Cocaine Explosion, a damning exposé about the Bush family’s alleged involvement in trafficking drugs under the umbrella of covert intelligence operations. On December 10, 2004, Webb—who had recently complained about government surveillance—was found dead in his home. Despite two gunshot wounds in Webb’s face, the Sacramento County, California, coroner ruled the death a suicide.
MORE TROUBLING DEPARTURES
On April 3, 1996, Commerce Secretary Ron Brown and 34 others on a trade mission to the Balkans were killed when a modified U.S. Air Force Boeing 737 crashed into a mountainside in Croatia. Although a raging snowstorm was at first cited as the cause of the crash, aircrew error and a faulty cockpit panel were ultimately blamed. Clinton opponents immediately suggested that Brown was murdered in some plot ordered by the White House.
However, also onboard the doomed 737 was Paul Cushman, vicepresident for international banking of Riggs Bank in Washington, D.C. Riggs had been intertwined with the Bush family in a number of dubious deals, including slush funds for dictators from Chile to oil-rich Equatorial Guinea.
In the years after Cushman’s death, U.S. and foreign authorities began criminal proceedings against a number of individuals who either ran Riggs’s overseas banking operations or had international accounts with Riggs. George W. Bush’s uncle, Jonathan Bush, served as a top Riggs official before its acquisition by PNC Bank of Pittsburgh. On October 16, 2000—just three weeks prior to Election Day and one night prior to a Presidential debate— Missouri Governor Mel Carnahan, his son Randy (the pilot) and his former chief of staff died when their twin-engine Cessna crashed 35 miles south of St. Louis. Unable to run for governor again because of term limits, Carnahan challenged incumbent ultraconservative Republican Senator John Ashcroft. Under state law, Carnahan remained on the ballot, and—although dead—he prevailed at the polls. George W. Bush later named Ashcroft his attorney general, while Jean Carnahan filled her husband’s Senate seat.
Finally, a story that was detailed in Hustler’s September ’06 issue: the 2004 wrist-slashing “suicide” of Raymond Lemme, an investigator at the Florida Inspector General’s office. Lemme was probing possible voterigging involving Governor Jeb Bush and his associates. Although it may never be conclusively determined how many deaths of Bush enemies were truly suicides, accidental or the result of foul play, one thing seems certain: As long as the Bush Crime Family maintains its political grip, these mysterious deaths will most likely never be solved.
Wayne Madsen is an investigative journalist and syndicated columnist whose articles have appeared in publications such as In These Times, the Miami Herald and The Village Voice. He is the author of Jaded Tasks: Brass Plates, Black Ops & Big Oil; Genocide and Covert Operations in Africa 1993–1999; and Handbook of Personal Data Protection. A former U.S. Naval officer, Madsen has appeared on 20/20, 60 Minutes and Nightline. He lives in Arlington, Virginia.