Conspiracy theorists seem to love to make ridiculous connections that prove things like how a small group of people are responsible for everything evil in the world. According to some, the Bush Family, the Skull and Bones, the Free Masons and Major League Baseball are all organizations dedicated to dastardly deeds and are responsible for a large scheme that involves the 9/11 attacks, the moon landing hoax, the alien crash in Roswell New Mexico, the Nazis, the sinking of Atlantis and anything else evil, creepy or mystical you can think of.
Here’s a new one (at least for me), though: The Bushes were behind the Kennedy assassination, the granddaddy of all conspiracy theories. It would seem like the first logical step of any conspiracy theorist would be to claim the current president George W. Bush was the operative involved, but that might be just a little too far fetched as he was 17 at the time.
So it falls to daddy Bush, as in George H. W. Bush. At the time of the assassination, Bush Sr. was the head of a company called Zapata Offshore Company, a subsidiary of Zapata Corporation, the oil company which George H. W. Bush helped found and which would become the source of much of the family wealth. Bush Sr. wasn’t involved in politics very much at the time. He would become the head of his county’s republican party in 1964 and then run for the Senate. He lost and went back to the corporate world for another two years until he won a seat in the congress in 1966. Later Bush would work as an envoy to China and eventually be apointed director of the CIA by Gerald Ford. But there’s no indication that he had any kind of connection to the FBI, CIA or any other agency in 1963.
So where is the evidence that Bush had anything to do with the Kennedy assassination. Well, it’s this photo:
Impressive, eh? The photo was taken about a half hour after the assassination and shows a group of people infront of the Texas School Book Depository. In the photo are investigators, news reporters and random people who happened to work in the building. There’s also a guy who kinda-sort looks a little like George H W Bush. Is it? Well, it could be. Or it could be someone else. Even if it were George H. W. Bush it doesn’t prove much. The man lived in Texas, though not in the Dallas area, but closer to Houston. Still, for a Texas buisiness man to be in Dallas on a given day is hardly proof of anything.
Here’s how the consparicy theorists see it:
The photo of George H W Bush shown for comparison was taken in 1964, and it does (kinda) look like him, although the photo is very grainy and low resolution. Well, as it turns out, the conspiracy theorists didn’t even bother doing their homework and finding out if they could get a more definitive answer. I was able to find a much higher quality version of this same image online from the Sixth Floor Museum.
Here it’s shown next to a 1964 photo of George H W Bush, the same one used in the comparison above.
FAIL. Sorry but that is NOT George H. W. Bush. It does look a little bit like him, but there are a few major distinctions. George H. W. Bush has a chin that sticks out prominently, yet the man on the left clearly does not have as much of a protruding chin. The brow line on the man on the left is a bit heavier and his nose does not have as much of a point to it. The hair line is similar, but not identical.
The other thing cited is that a memo surfaced which showed George H. W. Bush had made a report regarding the assassination. This appears to be genuine and it shows that GHW Bush had advised law enforcement, after hearing that the president had been assassinated that he recalled someone he knew talking about it. To put this in context, this is one of literally thousands of reports made to law enforcement that day by Texas residents, who were shocked by the event and were providing any information they had on who might be involved. The memo also happens to note that he was in Houston at the time but was headed to Dallas later in the day for unrelated reasons. (This happening after the event.)
There have also been allegations that Bush’s company had been working with the CIA in the early 1960′s on operations related to spying on Cuba or attempting to oust Fidel Castro. That may or may not be true, and if it is, they were certainly not the only company involved in that sort of thing.
Another Memo surfaced in the 1988 presidential election which was claimed to be to the FBI director J Edgar Hoover. This memo cites “George Bush of the CIA” as a source for information on the assassination. The memo is highly suspect for numerous reasons. In addition to the time it surfaced and the fact that the origin of the copy has never been given, it refers to Bush as “of the CIA,” implying he was a member of the agency and not an operative or a cooperating corporate entity, something which he was clearly not in 1963.
Whether or not Bush’s company was involved with the CIA at all has become something of a conspiracy theory on its own. Being an offshore drilling company, it would not be that much of a stretch to think that the CIA may have used the company to supply transport ships or platforms for covert operations. Still, that has absolutely nothing to do with any alleged conspiracy involving the death of John F Kennedy.
What truly amazes me in the end, is how far these conspiracy theorists will stretch things and use something as poor as a grainy photograph of a man in Dealy Plaza after the assassination that bares a mild resemblance to Bush Sr. to claim that he must have somehow been behind the planning and execution of a big consparicy. Even if he was, why the hell would he have been physically at the site? The whole thing is as stupid and ridiculous as most consparicy theories. Inductive logic, very far reaching attempts to connect things, and the enlarge feature of Photoshop badly overused.
By the way, I’m not saying I am a big fan of George W. Bush or George H. W. Bush. Just that the whole idea of a grainy photo (that they didn’t even bother finding a better copy of) and a suspicious memo copy don’t mean that he shot JFK.
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