• So what happened to your bunker in Bld. 7 Guilliani? How'd that bldg. come down from a fire? IT DIDN"T! .....SO WHO BLEW IT UP?
  • POLICE STATE BILLBOARD AD. All dictators have 'em. George is such a tough guy, just look at him.
  • God Bless (I mean this) Heroic Mr. Fireman. Glad you didn't get blown up by all the bombs going off in the demolition of the World Trade Centers. Let's ask W. about that. Well, you can't b/c of "States Secrets Abuses by Bush.
  • War Criminal
  • "Gad, if yer really up therr listenin... Please give me that raise I've been itchin for. I really need a Swamp Donkey..." - tangent
  • Madonna song*********** ;)) - BillyWarhol
  • <– I'M WITH STUPID - dM.nyc™
  • BLUEBUNNY ICE CREAM!! Lamars, South Dakota!! ;PPP - BillyWarhol

911 Propaganda Billboard - July, 2005

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This is a photo of an electronic billboard taken on July 14, 2005.

This electronic billboard ad was along interstate I-10 in a spot where traffic backs up for hours every day in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Never seen anything like it in the US. This is another devious example of how Bush has used the 911 incident to manipulate the American people. And the worst part is that the Bush administration (after everything else they have lied about) has without question lied to the world about the truth regarding the 911 attacks.

Today on October 3, 2005 I found out from Lamar Advertising of Baton Rouge, that a "Private" donation (an individual) from Rural Louisiana Funded this series of Bush Advertisements.

Given that the Bush administration has now been found to be "Buying News" illegally, is this form of advertising acceptable? The Bush administration could design an ad and get anyone to pay for it and we would never know the difference. Just like Payola in the music industry. Would it be okay to put up abortion ad's paid for by the HMO's for example? (SEE THE OTHER AD WITH A CROSS erected from 911 Steel beams: www.flickr.com/photos/antifluff/26013360/in/photostream/)


Have a look at this: Naomi Wolf talks with Amy Goodman of "Democracy Now" about " 10 Step Blue print for closing down a democracy", and America has already implemented all of these steps:

Her interview on Democracy Now:

- July 31 2006 : The 911 Truth movement held a www.americanscholarssymposium.org/ symposium in Los Angeles on June 25, 2006. This taping is now airing (it's July 29 2006) on CSPAN many times over. I must say it was something to see on mainstream media. It's about time, better late than not at all.

****You can see it here online: video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-5004704309041471296&...

This info. about the "Loose Change" video added to this post on 5-13-06.

This video will probably be the next Farenheight 911 only this is the real thing and it gets down
to the irrefutable meat and potatoes of the Bush admin.'s 911 coverup and complicity in the attacks.

IF YOU WATCH THIS VIDEO IT WILL MOST LIKELY CHANGE WHAT YOU BELIEVE ABOUT 911: video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-8260059923762628848&...

-A video to watch which explains the biz. end of things regarding the invasion
of Afghanistan. Sibel Edmonds is mentioned as well as the Bridas Corp. which successfully
sued in the US and won millions: Karl Schwartz video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-6032507852941583054&...

Buying of News by Bush's Aides Is Ruled Illegal

Published: October 1, 2005

WASHINGTON, Sept. 30 - Federal auditors said on Friday that the Bush administration violated the law by buying favorable news coverage of President Bush's education policies, by making payments to the conservative commentator Armstrong Williams and by hiring a public relations company to analyze media perceptions of the Republican Party.

In a blistering report, the investigators, from the Government Accountability Office, said the administration had disseminated "covert propaganda" in the United States, in violation of a statutory ban.

We have to override the Bush Media Machine and expose the truth about this criminal administration. The things they have done and are doing are unprecedented. Don’t believe ANYTHING you SEE or HEAR no matter what the medium. This is how we got in this position.


What's it gonna take?
The Bush administration has not told the truth about 911.
They are lying. How could they do that you ask? They did it with a war! How? With advertising, covert propaganda, lying, buying media, fixing elections, fraud, payola, threatening judges lives...

Pentagon Bars Military Officers And Analysts From Testifying

September 21, 2005, Wednesday
By PHILIP SHENON (NYT); National Desk
Late Edition - Final, Section A, Page 15, Column 5, 477 words

Republicans See Signs That Pentagon Is Evading Oversight

Published: September 29, 2005
Correction Appended

QUESTION: Think about this carefully. Do you really think Jet Fuel could bring down the World Trade Center Buildings? And Building 7 one block away?
Why were the Huge STEEL pylons burrowed deep into the earth’s bedrock on fire & Smoking for weeks? How could jet fuel possibly do that? Especially when the Jet fuel would be incinerated immediately in the explosion?
Look at this: www.whatreallyhappened.com/wtc7.html

Larry Silverstein, WTC 7, and the 9/11 Demolition

We have access to unprecedented amounts of information.
Let it not obscure the truth.



Thursday, August 18, 2005

Bush continues to use "State Secrets Privilege" to Block Inquiries into Treasonous Behavior regarding 911 & Nuclear Weapons Trading


- Bunnatine Greenhouse

This is no doubt a great and courageous woman. She is laying down her life and future to expose Dick Cheney for his Halliburton No Bid Contracts (52%) involved with the illegal justification of murder in Iraq.

Army Whistleblower Draws Fire After Questioning Deals
'Bunny' Greenhouse Asks Why No One Competes Against Halliburton, Other Contractors

WASHINGTON (Aug. 7) - In the world as Bunnatine Greenhouse sees it, people do the right thing. They stand up for the greater good and they speak up when things go wrong. She believes God has a purpose for each life and she prays every day for that purpose to be made evident. These days she is praying her heart out, because she is in a great deal of trouble. www.vanityfair.com/commentary/content/articles/050307roco02


Below are links for those who want to investigate for themselves. Don’t take my word for it and for God’s Sake Don’t Take Bush’s word for it:



*** Watch David Gergen former Clinton Adviser talk about Bohemian Grove:


Occult Activities at the Elite Bohemian Grove in Northern California Exposed!

-More on Bohemian Grove: www.rotten.com/library/conspiracy/bohemian-grove/

Some of the most powerful people in the US government attend occult worship events every July at "Bohemian Grove". Is that funny? Do you think it's true? Decide for yourself. Movies of it exist. Hit the links.

-See George W. Bush, “Christian”- "God told me I was going to be president..." flip the BIRD on Video.

****Watch these two videos below:

- “Video Clip from Loose Change”: this video link to "Loose Change" is no longer available?
But you can view the trailer here and look at other interesting things about the 911 coverup:

- “Video of 911 Truth”:
This one is Long but it's a very important video to watch to get the whole picture. It's worth it.

-This Blog is dedicated to 911 Truth:


Reopen911.org: reopen911.org/



-911 The Road to Tyrany: tvnewslies.org/html/911-_the_road_to_tyranny_dvd.html

-911 Video Page: tvnewslies.org/html/covering_up.html


- Carlyle Group/Bush Sr. www.hereinreality.com/carlyle.html
“Carlyle Group Exposed Video”: www.indybay.org/news/2004/04/1678405.php

Larry Silverstein, WTC 7, and the 9/11 Demolition

-Oil/Halliburton/Cheny/PNAC... Mere Coincidence?
“The study estimates that Halliburton has received roughly 52 percent of the $25.4 billion that the Pentagon has paid out to so far to 77 private contractors in Iraq.”


Bombs in the Building: World Trade Center 'Conspiracy Theory' is a Conspiracy Fact

Florida under martial law?
Rumors persist despite official denial from Jeb Bush administration.

Hijack 'suspects' alive and well
BBC News



Occult Activities at the Elite Bohemian Grove in Northern California Exposed!

What causes Gulf War Illness?
(a.k.a. Gulf War Syndrome; Persian Gulf Illness)

Rove: out of White House, into jail?


White House Silenced Experts Who Questioned Iraq Intel Six Months Before War
by Jason Leopold
June 12, 2003

John Dean, the former counsel to President Richard Nixon, wrote in a column this week that if President Bush mislead the public in building a case for war in Iraq, a case for impeachment could be made.

"Presidential statements, particularly on matters of national security, are held to an expectation of the highest standard of truthfulness," Dean wrote this week. "A president cannot stretch, twist or distort facts and get away with it. President Lyndon Johnson's distortions of the truth about Vietnam forced him to stand down from reelection. President Richard Nixon's false statements about Watergate forced his resignation."



Desperately Seeking Jesus:

Authoritarianism and ideology

Dick Cheney: "Torture Man"

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  1. Antifluff Superstar 95 months ago | reply

    Thank you Fruitmand

    I looked at your website, and I agree with your position re: corporations The money comes from somewhere to be sure.

  2. Antifluff Superstar 94 months ago | reply

    - July 31 2006 : The 911 Truth movement held a www.americanscholarssymposium.org/ symposium in Los Angeles on June 25, 2006. This taping is now airing (it's July 29 2006) on CSPAN many times over. I must say it was something to see on mainstream media. It's about time, better late than not at all.

    ****You can see it here online: video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-5004704309041471296&...

  3. Antifluff Superstar 93 months ago | reply

    Thanks Laydee Liberty,

    Done a lot of research myself, and yes we've been told an epic lie about 911.

  4. brynmeillion - JAN 92 months ago | reply

    I know that not all American's voted Bush in but I have to tell you - you chose him - you got him- and we are all paying for it. I hope you learn from this America and may God forgive us all. To the poor victims of 911 - RIP.

  5. Antifluff Superstar 92 months ago | reply


    "and we are all paying for it"... ain't that the god awful reality.

    Not enough americans have been hit where it counts yet. Untill then people will most likely remain apathetic and unconcerned.

    It's a great scripted mystery how anybody in America could want anything other than to see Bush/ Cheney/Rumsfeld/Rove behind bars where they belong.

    Instead they can solicit Prime Time Media whenever they need to propagate or defend a new falsehood.

    What really needs to happen is a bona-fide revolution in America. Short of that more of the same for who knows how long. And the 911 myth will have to be revealed for anything like this to happen.

  6. Antifluff Superstar 90 months ago | reply

    Better late that not at all!

    finally... WAR CRIMES.... one of the words that describes the crimes of the Bush administration.

    The only way America can ever have any real victory over what the Bush administration has done to America's image in the world is to see these men prosecuted for war crimes. But Bush prepared for this. It doesn't matter what the ICC (international Criminal Court) thinks because Bush signed off being a member right away when he took office. So, they knew early on they were gonna do some awful things to an awful lot of people.


    Time Magazine:


    Charges Sought Against Rumsfeld Over Prison Abuse
    A lawsuit in Germany will seek a criminal prosecution of the outgoing Defense Secretary and other U.S. officials for their alleged role in abuses at Abu Ghraib and Gitmo

    Posted Friday, Nov. 10, 2006

    Just days after his resignation, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld is about to face more repercussions for his involvement in the troubled wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. New legal documents, to be filed next week with Germany's top prosecutor, will seek a criminal investigation and prosecution of Rumsfeld, along with Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, former CIA director George Tenet and other senior U.S. civilian and military officers, for their alleged roles in abuses committed at Iraq's Abu Ghraib prison and at the U.S. detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

    The plaintiffs in the case include 11 Iraqis who were prisoners at Abu Ghraib, as well as Mohammad al-Qahtani, a Saudi held at Guantanamo, whom the U.S. has identified as the so-called "20th hijacker" and a would-be participant in the 9/11 hijackings. As TIME first reported in June 2005, Qahtani underwent a "special interrogation plan," personally approved by Rumsfeld, which the U.S. says produced valuable intelligence. But to obtain it, according to the log of his interrogation and government reports, Qahtani was subjected to forced nudity, sexual humiliation, religious humiliation, prolonged stress positions, sleep deprivation and other controversial interrogation techniques.

    Lawyers for the plaintiffs say that one of the witnesses who will testify on their behalf is former Brig. Gen. Janis Karpinski, the one-time commander of all U.S. military prisons in Iraq. Karpinski — who the lawyers say will be in Germany next week to publicly address her accusations in the case — has issued a written statement to accompany the legal filing, which says, in part: "It was clear the knowledge and responsibility [for what happened at Abu Ghraib] goes all the way to the top of the chain of command to the Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld ."

    A spokesperson for the Pentagon told TIME there would be no comment since the case has not yet been filed.

    Along with Rumsfeld, Gonzales and Tenet, the other defendants in the case are Undersecretary of Defense for Intelligence Stephen Cambone; former assistant attorney general Jay Bybee; former deputy assisant attorney general John Yoo; General Counsel for the Department of Defense William James Haynes II; and David S. Addington, Vice President Dick Cheney's chief of staff. Senior military officers named in the filing are General Ricardo Sanchez, the former top Army official in Iraq; Gen. Geoffrey Miller, the former commander of Guantanamo; senior Iraq commander, Major General Walter Wojdakowski; and Col. Thomas Pappas, the one-time head of military intelligence at Abu Ghraib.

    Germany was chosen for the court filing because German law provides "universal jurisdiction" allowing for the prosecution of war crimes and related offenses that take place anywhere in the world. Indeed, a similar, but narrower, legal action was brought in Germany in 2004, which also sought the prosecution of Rumsfeld. The case provoked an angry response from Pentagon, and Rumsfeld himself was reportedly upset. Rumsfeld's spokesman at the time, Lawrence DiRita, called the case a "a big, big problem." U.S. officials made clear the case could adversely impact U.S.-Germany relations, and Rumsfeld indicated he would not attend a major security conference in Munich, where he was scheduled to be the keynote speaker, unless Germany disposed of the case. The day before the conference, a German prosecutor announced he would not pursue the matter, saying there was no indication that U.S. authorities and courts would not deal with allegations in the complaint.

    In bringing the new case, however, the plaintiffs argue that circumstances have changed in two important ways. Rumsfeld's resignation, they say, means that the former Defense Secretary will lose the legal immunity usually accorded high government officials. Moreover, the plaintiffs argue that the German prosecutor's reasoning for rejecting the previous case — that U.S. authorities were dealing with the issue — has been proven wrong.

    "The utter and complete failure of U.S. authorities to take any action to investigate high-level involvement in the torture program could not be clearer," says Michael Ratner, president of the Center for Constitutional Rights, a U.S.-based non-profit helping to bring the legal action in Germany. He also notes that the Military Commissions Act, a law passed by Congress earlier this year, effectively blocks prosecution in the U.S. of those involved in detention and interrogation abuses of foreigners held abroad in American custody going to back to Sept. 11, 2001. As a result, Ratner contends, the legal arguments underlying the German prosecutor's previous inaction no longer hold up.

    Whatever the legal merits of the case, it is the latest example of efforts in Western Europe by critics of U.S. tactics in the war on terror to call those involved to account in court. In Germany, investigations are under way in parliament concerning cooperation between the CIA and German intelligence on rendition — the kidnapping of suspected terrorists and their removal to third countries for interrogation. Other legal inquiries involving rendition are under way in both Italy and Spain.

    U.S. officials have long feared that legal proceedings against "war criminals" could be used to settle political scores. In 1998, for example, former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet — whose military coup was supported by the Nixon administration — was arrested in the U.K. and held for 16 months in an extradition battle led by a Spanish magistrate seeking to charge him with war crimes. He was ultimately released and returned to Chile. More recently, a Belgian court tried to bring charges against then Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon for alleged crimes against Palestinians.

    For its part, the Bush Administration has rejected adherence to the International Criminal Court (ICC) on grounds that it could be used to unjustly prosecute U.S. officials. The ICC is the first permanent tribunal established to prosecute war crimes, genocide and other crimes against humanity.

  7. constantskepticupdates 88 months ago | reply

    good picture, good info too, I still remain skeptical... I will let posterity decide the truth about this administration and what may or may not have occurred.

  8. Antifluff Superstar 88 months ago | reply

    Thanks... your name is too long to quote!

  9. BillyWarhol 81 months ago | reply

    thx Antifluff Superstar *


    "911 Propaganda Billboard - July, 2005" by Antifluff Superstar [?]
    911 Propaganda Billboard - July, 2005

    Seen next to a fellow photo of ORANGE FRIDAYS - WORLD CANT WAIT!!. (?)

  10. gmac4040 79 months ago | reply

    This a Joke RIGHT!!!!

    There is no way you can actually believe that Bush is behind the Killing of thousands of americans. He had nothing to Gain.

  11. rfwberdw 75 months ago | reply

    Don't worry about me. It's well known that members of the Bush Administration, including President Bush himself, repeatedly made false statements in order to create an environment where the war would be acceptable.

    It is also well known that Iraq did not threaten, nor did it pose a threat, to the USA prior to the invasion. As such, the invasion was illegal.

    There are certain members of the Bush Administration who are deserving of immediate confinement until a trial can be convened to hear various charges relating to allegations of malfeasance.

  12. Antifluff Superstar 75 months ago | reply

    Thanks for the comments, Robert.

    I'm afraid we'll never see Bush Incarcerated.
    It would require America to face up to truth's it could never swallow, but that is what must happen for America to become "America" again.

  13. rfwberdw 75 months ago | reply

    If what you say is true then it seems that America may truly be lost.

  14. Antifluff Superstar 75 months ago | reply

    Well, you can't find out what's true if the entire Justice System is politicized and the Supreme court is dominated by Right Wing patsies. The Supreme court decisions with Roberts and Alito in have already signaled it's not looking good...

    One example, (and there have already been many)The supreme court just ruled that makers of Medical devices that are defective, cannot be sued by the injured if the FDA approved them.?? Try and figure that one out! And the FDA is so politicized it's now clearly a danger to the public to believe anything they say.

    But, for sure America is "WAY" lost.

    As one example, check out Naomi Wolf's "10 step "Blueprint to closing down a democracy" : www.huffingtonpost.com/naomi-wolf/ten-steps-to-close-down...

    And her interview on Democracy Now: www.youtube.com/watch?v=EH5U-BPJor4&feature=related

    and if a Rebulican get's elected again for president, it's over because they could possibly appoint three supreme court Justices, and that's one of the biggest (and little known) issues at stake. They already threw the 2000 presidential election to Bush and that was before Alito and Roberts.

  15. rfwberdw 75 months ago | reply

    That is a good analysis.

    I have seen a couple of talks that Naomi Wolf has given about her new book, The End of America. Her testimony was deeply compelling.


    I haven't seen the Democracy Now! interview, I'll check that out.

  16. nicnac1000 73 months ago | reply

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Political Advertising, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

  17. CELTIBERVS PLVS VLTRA (PELIGRO IDEOLOGICO) [deleted] 72 months ago | reply

    Great Post!! The Truth is definitely stranger then Fiction! They're not playing tiddly winks!

  18. Antifluff Superstar 72 months ago | reply

    Thanks for the comment!

  19. Antifluff Superstar 65 months ago | reply

    I blogged this article a long time ago, but it's a good read into the background of the Bush family ties to Nazi Bankers and more. The information only became available recently b/c of the Freedom of Information Act.

    Suffice it to say, very few people in America know about the origins of the Bush family fortune.

    Hitlers Angel has $3Million in US BANKS

    Thyssen & Prescott Bush Connection

    How Bush's grandfather helped Hitler's rise to power | World news | The Guardian


    World news

    How Bush's grandfather helped Hitler's rise to power

    Rumours of a link between the US first family and the Nazi war machine have circulated for decades. Now the Guardian can reveal how repercussions of events that culminated in action under the Trading with the Enemy Act are still being felt by today's president

    -Ben Aris in Berlin and Duncan Campbell in Washington
    guardian.co.uk, Saturday September 25 2004 23.59 BST Article history

    George Bush's grandfather, the late US senator Prescott Bush, was a director and shareholder of companies that profited from their involvement with the financial backers of Nazi Germany.
    The Guardian has obtained confirmation from newly discovered files in the US National Archives that a firm of which Prescott Bush was a director was involved with the financial architects of Nazism.

    His business dealings, which continued until his company's assets were seized in 1942 under the Trading with the Enemy Act, has led more than 60 years later to a civil action for damages being brought in Germany against the Bush family by two former slave labourers at Auschwitz and to a hum of pre-election controversy.

    The evidence has also prompted one former US Nazi war crimes prosecutor to argue that the late senator's action should have been grounds for prosecution for giving aid and comfort to the enemy.

    The debate over Prescott Bush's behaviour has been bubbling under the surface for some time. There has been a steady internet chatter about the "Bush/Nazi" connection, much of it inaccurate and unfair. But the new documents, many of which were only declassified last year, show that even after America had entered the war and when there was already significant information about the Nazis' plans and policies, he worked for and profited from companies closely involved with the very German businesses that financed Hitler's rise to power. It has also been suggested that the money he made from these dealings helped to establish the Bush family fortune and set up its political dynasty.

    Remarkably, little of Bush's dealings with Germany has received public scrutiny, partly because of the secret status of the documentation involving him. But now the multibillion dollar legal action for damages by two Holocaust survivors against the Bush family, and the imminent publication of three books on the subject are threatening to make Prescott Bush's business history an uncomfortable issue for his grandson, George W, as he seeks re-election.

    While there is no suggestion that Prescott Bush was sympathetic to the Nazi cause, the documents reveal that the firm he worked for, Brown Brothers Harriman (BBH), acted as a US base for the German industrialist, Fritz Thyssen, who helped finance Hitler in the 1930s before falling out with him at the end of the decade. The Guardian has seen evidence that shows Bush was the director of the New York-based Union Banking Corporation (UBC) that represented Thyssen's US interests and he continued to work for the bank after America entered the war.

    Bush was also on the board of at least one of the companies that formed part of a multinational network of front companies to allow Thyssen to move assets around the world.

    Thyssen owned the largest steel and coal company in Germany and grew rich from Hitler's efforts to re-arm between the two world wars. One of the pillars in Thyssen's international corporate web, UBC, worked exclusively for, and was owned by, a Thyssen-controlled bank in the Netherlands. More tantalising are Bush's links to the Consolidated Silesian Steel Company (CSSC), based in mineral rich Silesia on the German-Polish border. During the war, the company made use of Nazi slave labour from the concentration camps, including Auschwitz. The ownership of CSSC changed hands several times in the 1930s, but documents from the US National Archive declassified last year link Bush to CSSC, although it is not clear if he and UBC were still involved in the company when Thyssen's American assets were seized in 1942.

    Three sets of archives spell out Prescott Bush's involvement. All three are readily available, thanks to the efficient US archive system and a helpful and dedicated staff at both the Library of Congress in Washington and the National Archives at the University of Maryland.

    The first set of files, the Harriman papers in the Library of Congress, show that Prescott Bush was a director and shareholder of a number of companies involved with Thyssen.

    The second set of papers, which are in the National Archives, are contained in vesting order number 248 which records the seizure of the company assets. What these files show is that on October 20 1942 the alien property custodian seized the assets of the UBC, of which Prescott Bush was a director. Having gone through the books of the bank, further seizures were made against two affiliates, the Holland-American Trading Corporation and the Seamless Steel Equipment Corporation. By November, the Silesian-American Company, another of Prescott Bush's ventures, had also been seized.

    The third set of documents, also at the National Archives, are contained in the files on IG Farben, who was prosecuted for war crimes.

    A report issued by the Office of Alien Property Custodian in 1942 stated of the companies that "since 1939, these (steel and mining) properties have been in possession of and have been operated by the German government and have undoubtedly been of considerable assistance to that country's war effort".

    Prescott Bush, a 6ft 4in charmer with a rich singing voice, was the founder of the Bush political dynasty and was once considered a potential presidential candidate himself. Like his son, George, and grandson, George W, he went to Yale where he was, again like his descendants, a member of the secretive and influential Skull and Bones student society. He was an artillery captain in the first world war and married Dorothy Walker, the daughter of George Herbert Walker, in 1921.

    In 1924, his father-in-law, a well-known St Louis investment banker, helped set him up in business in New York with Averill Harriman, the wealthy son of railroad magnate E H Harriman in New York, who had gone into banking.

    One of the first jobs Walker gave Bush was to manage UBC. Bush was a founding member of the bank and the incorporation documents, which list him as one of seven directors, show he owned one share in UBC worth $125.

    The bank was set up by Harriman and Bush's father-in-law to provide a US bank for the Thyssens, Germany's most powerful industrial family.

    August Thyssen, the founder of the dynasty had been a major contributor to Germany's first world war effort and in the 1920s, he and his sons Fritz and Heinrich established a network of overseas banks and companies so their assets and money could be whisked offshore if threatened again.

    By the time Fritz Thyssen inherited the business empire in 1926, Germany's economic recovery was faltering. After hearing Adolf Hitler speak, Thyssen became mesmerised by the young firebrand. He joined the Nazi party in December 1931 and admits backing Hitler in his autobiography, I Paid Hitler, when the National Socialists were still a radical fringe party. He stepped in several times to bail out the struggling party: in 1928 Thyssen had bought the Barlow Palace on Briennerstrasse, in Munich, which Hitler converted into the Brown House, the headquarters of the Nazi party. The money came from another Thyssen overseas institution, the Bank voor Handel en Scheepvarrt in Rotterdam.

    By the late 1930s, Brown Brothers Harriman, which claimed to be the world's largest private investment bank, and UBC had bought and shipped millions of dollars of gold, fuel, steel, coal and US treasury bonds to Germany, both feeding and financing Hitler's build-up to war.

    Between 1931 and 1933 UBC bought more than $8m worth of gold, of which $3m was shipped abroad. According to documents seen by the Guardian, after UBC was set up it transferred $2m to BBH accounts and between 1924 and 1940 the assets of UBC hovered around $3m, dropping to $1m only on a few occasions.

    In 1941, Thyssen fled Germany after falling out with Hitler but he was captured in France and detained for the remainder of the war.

    There was nothing illegal in doing business with the Thyssens throughout the 1930s and many of America's best-known business names invested heavily in the German economic recovery. However, everything changed after Germany invaded Poland in 1939. Even then it could be argued that BBH was within its rights continuing business relations with the Thyssens until the end of 1941 as the US was still technically neutral until the attack on Pearl Harbor. The trouble started on July 30 1942 when the New York Herald-Tribune ran an article entitled "Hitler's Angel Has $3m in US Bank". UBC's huge gold purchases had raised suspicions that the bank was in fact a "secret nest egg" hidden in New York for Thyssen and other Nazi bigwigs. The Alien Property Commission (APC) launched an investigation.

    There is no dispute over the fact that the US government seized a string of assets controlled by BBH - including UBC and SAC - in the autumn of 1942 under the Trading with the Enemy act. What is in dispute is if Harriman, Walker and Bush did more than own these companies on paper.

    Erwin May, a treasury attache and officer for the department of investigation in the APC, was assigned to look into UBC's business. The first fact to emerge was that Roland Harriman, Prescott Bush and the other directors didn't actually own their shares in UBC but merely held them on behalf of Bank voor Handel. Strangely, no one seemed to know who owned the Rotterdam-based bank, including UBC's president.

    May wrote in his report of August 16 1941: "Union Banking Corporation, incorporated August 4 1924, is wholly owned by the Bank voor Handel en Scheepvaart N.V of Rotterdam, the Netherlands. My investigation has produced no evidence as to the ownership of the Dutch bank. Mr Cornelis [sic] Lievense, president of UBC, claims no knowledge as to the ownership of the Bank voor Handel but believes it possible that Baron Heinrich Thyssen, brother of Fritz Thyssen, may own a substantial interest."

    May cleared the bank of holding a golden nest egg for the Nazi leaders but went on to describe a network of companies spreading out from UBC across Europe, America and Canada, and how money from voor Handel travelled to these companies through UBC.

    By September May had traced the origins of the non-American board members and found that Dutchman HJ Kouwenhoven - who met with Harriman in 1924 to set up UBC - had several other jobs: in addition to being the managing director of voor Handel he was also the director of the August Thyssen bank in Berlin and a director of Fritz Thyssen's Union Steel Works, the holding company that controlled Thyssen's steel and coal mine empire in Germany.

    Within a few weeks, Homer Jones, the chief of the APC investigation and research division sent a memo to the executive committee of APC recommending the US government vest UBC and its assets. Jones named the directors of the bank in the memo, including Prescott Bush's name, and wrote: "Said stock is held by the above named individuals, however, solely as nominees for the Bank voor Handel, Rotterdam, Holland, which is owned by one or more of the Thyssen family, nationals of Germany and Hungary. The 4,000 shares hereinbefore set out are therefore beneficially owned and help for the interests of enemy nationals, and are vestible by the APC," according to the memo from the National Archives seen by the Guardian.

    Jones recommended that the assets be liquidated for the benefit of the government, but instead UBC was maintained intact and eventually returned to the American shareholders after the war. Some claim that Bush sold his share in UBC after the war for $1.5m - a huge amount of money at the time - but there is no documentary evidence to support this claim. No further action was ever taken nor was the investigation continued, despite the fact UBC was caught red-handed operating a American shell company for the Thyssen family eight months after America had entered the war and that this was the bank that had partly financed Hitler's rise to power.

    The most tantalising part of the story remains shrouded in mystery: the connection, if any, between Prescott Bush, Thyssen, Consolidated Silesian Steel Company (CSSC) and Auschwitz.

    Thyssen's partner in United Steel Works, which had coal mines and steel plants across the region, was Friedrich Flick, another steel magnate who also owned part of IG Farben, the powerful German chemical company.

    Flick's plants in Poland made heavy use of slave labour from the concentration camps in Poland. According to a New York Times article published in March 18 1934 Flick owned two-thirds of CSSC while "American interests" held the rest.

    The US National Archive documents show that BBH's involvement with CSSC was more than simply holding the shares in the mid-1930s. Bush's friend and fellow "bonesman" Knight Woolley, another partner at BBH, wrote to Averill Harriman in January 1933 warning of problems with CSSC after the Poles started their drive to nationalise the plant. "The Consolidated Silesian Steel Company situation has become increasingly complicated, and I have accordingly brought in Sullivan and Cromwell, in order to be sure that our interests are protected," wrote Knight. "After studying the situation Foster Dulles is insisting that their man in Berlin get into the picture and obtain the information which the directors here should have. You will recall that Foster is a director and he is particularly anxious to be certain that there is no liability attaching to the American directors."

    But the ownership of the CSSC between 1939 when the Germans invaded Poland and 1942 when the US government vested UBC and SAC is not clear.

    "SAC held coal mines and definitely owned CSSC between 1934 and 1935, but when SAC was vested there was no trace of CSSC. All concrete evidence of its ownership disappears after 1935 and there are only a few traces in 1938 and 1939," says Eva Schweitzer, the journalist and author whose book, America and the Holocaust, is published next month.

    Silesia was quickly made part of the German Reich after the invasion, but while Polish factories were seized by the Nazis, those belonging to the still neutral Americans (and some other nationals) were treated more carefully as Hitler was still hoping to persuade the US to at least sit out the war as a neutral country. Schweitzer says American interests were dealt with on a case-by-case basis. The Nazis bought some out, but not others.

    The two Holocaust survivors suing the US government and the Bush family for a total of $40bn in compensation claim both materially benefited from Auschwitz slave labour during the second world war.

    Kurt Julius Goldstein, 87, and Peter Gingold, 85, began a class action in America in 2001, but the case was thrown out by Judge Rosemary Collier on the grounds that the government cannot be held liable under the principle of "state sovereignty".

    Jan Lissmann, one of the lawyers for the survivors, said: "President Bush withdrew President Bill Clinton's signature from the treaty [that founded the court] not only to protect Americans, but also to protect himself and his family."

    Lissmann argues that genocide-related cases are covered by international law, which does hold governments accountable for their actions. He claims the ruling was invalid as no hearing took place.

    In their claims, Mr Goldstein and Mr Gingold, honorary chairman of the League of Anti-fascists, suggest the Americans were aware of what was happening at Auschwitz and should have bombed the camp.

    The lawyers also filed a motion in The Hague asking for an opinion on whether state sovereignty is a valid reason for refusing to hear their case. A ruling is expected within a month.

    The petition to The Hague states: "From April 1944 on, the American Air Force could have destroyed the camp with air raids, as well as the railway bridges and railway lines from Hungary to Auschwitz. The murder of about 400,000 Hungarian Holocaust victims could have been prevented."

    The case is built around a January 22 1944 executive order signed by President Franklin Roosevelt calling on the government to take all measures to rescue the European Jews. The lawyers claim the order was ignored because of pressure brought by a group of big American companies, including BBH, where Prescott Bush was a director.

    Lissmann said: "If we have a positive ruling from the court it will cause [president] Bush huge problems and make him personally liable to pay compensation."

    The US government and the Bush family deny all the claims against them.

    In addition to Eva Schweitzer's book, two other books are about to be published that raise the subject of Prescott Bush's business history. The author of the second book, to be published next year, John Loftus, is a former US attorney who prosecuted Nazi war criminals in the 70s. Now living in St Petersburg, Florida and earning his living as a security commentator for Fox News and ABC radio, Loftus is working on a novel which uses some of the material he has uncovered on Bush. Loftus stressed that what Prescott Bush was involved in was just what many other American and British businessmen were doing at the time.

    "You can't blame Bush for what his grandfather did any more than you can blame Jack Kennedy for what his father did - bought Nazi stocks - but what is important is the cover-up, how it could have gone on so successfully for half a century, and does that have implications for us today?" he said.

    "This was the mechanism by which Hitler was funded to come to power, this was the mechanism by which the Third Reich's defence industry was re-armed, this was the mechanism by which Nazi profits were repatriated back to the American owners, this was the mechanism by which investigations into the financial laundering of the Third Reich were blunted," said Loftus, who is vice-chairman of the Holocaust Museum in St Petersburg.

    "The Union Banking Corporation was a holding company for the Nazis, for Fritz Thyssen," said Loftus. "At various times, the Bush family has tried to spin it, saying they were owned by a Dutch bank and it wasn't until the Nazis took over Holland that they realised that now the Nazis controlled the apparent company and that is why the Bush supporters claim when the war was over they got their money back. Both the American treasury investigations and the intelligence investigations in Europe completely bely that, it's absolute horseshit. They always knew who the ultimate beneficiaries were."

    "There is no one left alive who could be prosecuted but they did get away with it," said Loftus. "As a former federal prosecutor, I would make a case for Prescott Bush, his father-in-law (George Walker) and Averill Harriman [to be prosecuted] for giving aid and comfort to the enemy. They remained on the boards of these companies knowing that they were of financial benefit to the nation of Germany."

    Loftus said Prescott Bush must have been aware of what was happening in Germany at the time. "My take on him was that he was a not terribly successful in-law who did what Herbert Walker told him to. Walker and Harriman were the two evil geniuses, they didn't care about the Nazis any more than they cared about their investments with the Bolsheviks."

    What is also at issue is how much money Bush made from his involvement. His supporters suggest that he had one token share. Loftus disputes this, citing sources in "the banking and intelligence communities" and suggesting that the Bush family, through George Herbert Walker and Prescott, got $1.5m out of the involvement. There is, however, no paper trail to this sum.

    The third person going into print on the subject is John Buchanan, 54, a Miami-based magazine journalist who started examining the files while working on a screenplay. Last year, Buchanan published his findings in the venerable but small-circulation New Hampshire Gazette under the headline "Documents in National Archives Prove George Bush's Grandfather Traded With the Nazis - Even After Pearl Harbor". He expands on this in his book to be published next month - Fixing America: Breaking the Stranglehold of Corporate Rule, Big Media and the Religious Right.

    In the article, Buchanan, who has worked mainly in the trade and music press with a spell as a muckraking reporter in Miami, claimed that "the essential facts have appeared on the internet and in relatively obscure books but were dismissed by the media and Bush family as undocumented diatribes".

    Buchanan suffers from hypermania, a form of manic depression, and when he found himself rebuffed in his initial efforts to interest the media, he responded with a series of threats against the journalists and media outlets that had spurned him. The threats, contained in e-mails, suggested that he would expose the journalists as "traitors to the truth".

    Unsurprisingly, he soon had difficulty getting his calls returned. Most seriously, he faced aggravated stalking charges in Miami, in connection with a man with whom he had fallen out over the best way to publicise his findings. The charges were dropped last month.

    Buchanan said he regretted his behaviour had damaged his credibility but his main aim was to secure publicity for the story. Both Loftus and Schweitzer say Buchanan has come up with previously undisclosed documentation.

    The Bush family have largely responded with no comment to any reference to Prescott Bush. Brown Brothers Harriman also declined to comment.

    The Bush family recently approved a flattering biography of Prescott Bush entitled Duty, Honour, Country by Mickey Herskowitz. The publishers, Rutledge Hill Press, promised the book would "deal honestly with Prescott Bush's alleged business relationships with Nazi industrialists and other accusations".

    In fact, the allegations are dealt with in less than two pages. The book refers to the Herald-Tribune story by saying that "a person of less established ethics would have panicked ... Bush and his partners at Brown Brothers Harriman informed the government regulators that the account, opened in the late 1930s, was 'an unpaid courtesy for a client' ... Prescott Bush acted quickly and openly on behalf of the firm, served well by a reputation that had never been compromised. He made available all records and all documents. Viewed six decades later in the era of serial corporate scandals and shattered careers, he received what can be viewed as the ultimate clean bill."

    The Prescott Bush story has been condemned by both conservatives and some liberals as having nothing to do with the current president. It has also been suggested that Prescott Bush had little to do with Averill Harriman and that the two men opposed each other politically.

    However, documents from the Harriman papers include a flattering wartime profile of Harriman in the New York Journal American and next to it in the files is a letter to the financial editor of that paper from Prescott Bush congratulating the paper for running the profile. He added that Harriman's "performance and his whole attitude has been a source of inspiration and pride to his partners and his friends".

    The Anti-Defamation League in the US is supportive of Prescott Bush and the Bush family. In a statement last year they said that "rumours about the alleged Nazi 'ties' of the late Prescott Bush ... have circulated widely through the internet in recent years. These charges are untenable and politically motivated ... Prescott Bush was neither a Nazi nor a Nazi sympathiser."

    However, one of the country's oldest Jewish publications, the Jewish Advocate, has aired the controversy in detail.

    More than 60 years after Prescott Bush came briefly under scrutiny at the time of a faraway war, his grandson is facing a different kind of scrutiny but one underpinned by the same perception that, for some people, war can be a profitable business.

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