Investigations into America's Most Powerful Secret Society
Tue Sep 2 17:05:49 2003
* Everything you ever wanted to ask, but were afraid to know ? Blackmarket Bones
? Prescott Bush,the Union Banking Corporation and The Story ? The Tomb ? Man,
Magic and Yale ? The Skeleton Crew ? RTA Incorporated ? A Shill Game ? What Hath
Women Wrought? by Kris Millegan
Fleshing Out Skull & Bones ? Investigations into America's Most Powerful Secret
Prescott Bush, the Union Banking Corporation and The Story
?There?s three things to remember: claim everything, explain nothing, deny
everything,? recalled Prescott Bush as to how politics was explained to him by
Clare Booth Luce, congresswoman and wife of fellow Bonesman and magazine
magnate, Henry Luce. The remarks were recorded in a 1966 interview with Prescott
for an oral history project about the Eisenhower Administration by Columbia
The Bush political family seems to have taken those words to heart, one example
being the story of Prescott?s involvement with the Union Banking Corporation and
the financing of Hitler and fascism. Why there has been such a deliberate and
hard cover-up of this affair is in no doubt due to its sensitive nature.
The who, what and where of this business is already covered in several of the
other articles in this book. Here we will examine the story as it appears today.
The specific allegations about the Union Banking Corporation first surfaced in
Antony Sutton?s 1975 book, Wall Street and the Rise of Hitler. Sutton at that
time did not know about the Order of Skull & Bones. After becoming aware of the
Order in 1983 he expanded his writings on the subject in How the Order Creates
War and Revolution in 1984, which was later published, with Antony?s three other
booklets on The Order of Skull & Bones, together as America?s Secret
Establishment in 1986. The charges were articulated again in 1988 in Sutton?s
The Two Faces of George Bush.
The mainstream press and establishment historians ignored Sutton?s books and the
In 1992, Webster Tarpley and Anton Chaitkin authored George Bush: The
Unauthorized Biography (some chapters are presented in this book), which took
the investigations further. They found in U.S. government archives the vesting
order seizing the Union Banking Corporation and documented other Harriman/Bush
controlled interests that were doing business with the Nazis. Their book was
published by Executive Intelligence Review, a Lyndon Laurouche organization, and
again the reports were ignored.
John Loftus, a former attorney for the Office of Special Operations prosecuting
Nazi war criminals in the US Justice Department also added information about the
situation in his 1994 book, The Secret War Against the Jews.
A Dutch producer Dani? De Witt, from Dutch National Television interviewed
Sutton, Chaitkin, Tarpley and others in 1996, for a documentary on Skull & Bones
that included confirmation from Dutch officials concerning the Union Banking
Corporation and its activities in financing Hitler through a Dutch bank, the
Bank voor Handel en Scheepvart ( Bank for Trade and Shipping). ?Original
documents of the Amsterdam based International Institute of Social History (Instituut
voor Sociale Geschiedenis) clearly show the connection between the BHS, the
August Thyssen Bank from Fritz Thyssen and Harrimans Union Banking Corporation.?
The show ? as produced ? never aired.* The show was listed in printed schedules
and there was a preview in a TV guide but the program was pulled just before
being a televised in 1998. Finally in January 2001, a re-edited thirty minute
segment of the original eighty minute film was aired plus ten minutes of new
footage of interviews of the movie, The Skulls, writer and director.
With the advent and growth of the Internet and its ability to by-pass the
mainstream media editorial bottleneck there was a growing awareness of the
Nazi-Bush financial connections. Newspaper reporter Michael Kranish finally made
the accusations public through a mainstream press article in the Boston Globe
that became the story about the charges. A front-page article headlined
Triumphs, Troubles Shape Generations, ran on April 23, 2001. The story was told
in first three paragraphs.
Prescott Bush was surely aghast at a sensational article the New York Herald
Tribune splashed on its front page in July 1942.
?Hitler?s Angel Has 3 Million in US Bank,? read the headline above a story
reporting that Adolf Hitler?s financier had stowed the fortune in Union Banking
Corp., possibly to be held for ?Nazi bigwigs.? Bush knew all about the New York
bank: He was one of its seven directors. If the Nazi tie became known, it would
be a potential ?embarrassment,? Bush and his partners at Brown Brothers Harriman
worried, explaining to government regulators that their position was merely an
unpaid courtesy for a client. The situation grew more serious when the
government seized Union?s assets under the Trading with the Enemy Act, the sort
of action that could have ruined Bush?s political dreams.
As it turned out, his involvement wasn?t pursued by the press or political
opponents during his Senate campaigns a decade later. But the episode may well
have been one of the catalysts for a dramatic change in his life. Just as the
Union Banking story broke, Bush volunteered to be chairman of United Service
Organizations, putting himself on the national stage for the first time. He
traveled the country raising millions of dollars to help boost the morale of US
troops during World War II, enhancing his stature in a way that helped him get
elected US senator. A son and grandson would become presidents.
The next fifty plus paragraphs extolled Prescott?s liberal virtues, proclaimed
him to be ?akin to the Kennedys? and mentions Prescott?s membership in the Yale
singing group the Whiffenpoofs, but failed to inform about his membership in the
Order of Skull & Bones.
Alexandra Robbins, a member of Yale?s second oldest senior secret society Scroll
& Key, used the story in 2002 to deflect the charges in her faux expos?of the
Order of Skull & Bones, Secrets of the Tomb:
Nor was it Skull and Bones that specifically instructed members to aid Adolf
Hitler, though Hitler?s financier stowed $3 million in the Union Banking
Corporation, a bank that counted among its seven directors Prescott Bush.
That?s it. That is Ms. Robbins complete comment on the subject of the Union
Banking Corporation, financing of Hitler and the Order of Skull & Bones. No
mention about the American Ship and Commerce Company, Consolidated Silesian
Steel Corporation, Hamburg-Amerika Lines, Harriman Fifteen Corporation, Harriman
International Company, Holland-American Trading Company, Steamless Steel
Corporation or the Silesian-American Corporation, companies of which Brown
Brothers Harriman were involved and all of which were enmeshed with Hitler?s
rise to power. No mention that under the Trading with the Enemy Act many of
these companies were seized and were placed at the US Office of Alien Property
Custodian. No mention that the Union Banking Corporation was established in
August 1924 with George Herbert Walker serving as president and working out of
the offices of W. A. Harriman and Company. No mention that in 1932, four out of
the eight bank directors were members of the Order of Skull & Bones. No mention
that, in the fall of 1942 when Union Banking Corporation was taken over by the
government, that a total of three out of seven directors were members of the
Order and that a fourth director was an employee of Brown Brothers Harriman ?
effectively giving Brown Brothers Harriman voting control. No mention that while
there were many other non-Bones personnel in partnership at Brown Brothers
Harriman, none of them were directors of Union Banking, only Bones partners were
on the Union Banking Corporation board. The only exception being not another
partner but a Brown Brothers Harriman employee. No mention that two of the other
directors have been identified as Nazis. There was no mention of published
accounts such as ?[a] 1934 congressional investigation alleged that Walker?s
Hamburg-Amerika Line subsidized a wide-range of pro-Nazi propaganda efforts both
in Germany and the United States;? or that in June of 1936 ?[i]nstead of
divesting of the Nazi money, [Prescott] Bush hired a lawyer to hide his assets.
The lawyer he hired ? was Allen Dulles.? Was it because Ms. Robbins didn?t do
her homework ? or was she just advancing the story?
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