CIA Helped Bush Senior In Oil Venture

Newly released internal CIA documents assert that former president George Herbert Walker Bush’s oil company emerged from a 1950’s collaboration with a covert CIA officer.

Bush has long denied allegations that he had connections to the intelligence community prior to 1976, when he became Central Intelligence Agency director under President Gerald Ford. At the time, he described his appointment as a ‘real shocker.’

But the freshly uncovered memos contend that Bush maintained a close personal and business relationship for decades with a CIA staff employee who, according to those CIA documents, was instrumental in the establishment of Bush’s oil venture, Zapata, in the early 1950s, and who would later accompany Bush to Vietnam as a “cleared and witting commercial asset” of the agency.

According to a CIA internal memo dated November 29, 1975, Bush’s original oil company, Zapata Petroleum, began in 1953 through joint efforts with Thomas J. Devine, a CIA staffer who had resigned his agency position that same year to go into private business. The ’75 memo describes Devine as an “oil wild-catting associate of Mr. Bush.” The memo is attached to an earlier memo written in 1968, which lays out how Devine resumed work for the secret agency under commercial cover beginning in 1963.

“Their joint activities culminated in the establishment of Zapata Oil,” the memo reads. In fact, early Zapata corporate filings do not seem to reflect Devine’s role in the company, suggesting that it may have been covert. Yet other documents do show Thomas Devine on the board of an affiliated Bush company, Zapata Offshore, in January, 1965, more than a year after he had resumed work for the spy agency.

It was while Devine was in his new CIA capacity as a commercial cover officer that he accompanied Bush to Vietnam the day after Christmas in 1967, remaining in the country with the newly elected congressman from Texas until January 11, 1968. Whatever information the duo was seeking, they left just in the nick of time. Only three weeks after the two men departed Saigon, the North Vietnamese and their Communist allies launched the Tet offensive with seventy thousand troops pre-positioned in more than 100 cities and towns.

While the elder Bush was in Vietnam with Devine, George W. Bush was making contact with representatives of the Texas Air National Guard, using his father’s connections to join up with an elite, Houston-based Guard unit – thus avoiding overseas combat service in a war that the Bushes strongly supported.

The new revelation about George H.W. Bush’s CIA friend and fellow Zapata Offshore board member will surely fuel further speculation that Bush himself had his own associations with the agency.

Indeed, Zapata’s annual reports portray a bewildering range of global activities, in the Mideast, Asia and the Caribbean (including off Cuba) that seem outsized for the company’s modest bottom line. In his autobiography, Bush declares that “I’d come to the CIA with some general knowledge of how it operated’ and that his ‘overseas contacts as a businessman’ justified President Nixon’s appointing him as UN ambassador, a decision that at the time was highly controversial.

Previously disclosed FBI files include a memo from bureau director J. Edgar Hoover, noting that his organization had given a briefing to two men in the intelligence community on November 23, 1963, the day after the assassination of John F. Kennedy. The memo refers to one as “Mr. George Bush of the Central Intelligence Agency” and the other as “Captain William Edwards of the Defense Intelligence Agency.”

When Nation magazine contributor Joseph McBride first uncovered this document in 1988, George Herbert Walker Bush, then vice president and seeking the presidency, insisted through a spokesman that he was not the man mentioned in the memo: “I was in Houston, Texas, at the time and involved in the independent oil drilling business. And I was running for the Senate in late ’63. I don’t have any idea of what he’s talking about.” The spokesman added, “Must be another George Bush.”

When McBride approached the CIA at that time, it initially invoked a policy of neither admitting nor denying anyone’s involvement with the agency. But it soon took the unusual step of asserting that the correct individual was a George William Bush, a one-time Virginia staffer whom the agency claimed it could no longer locate. But that George Bush, discovered in his office in the Social Security Administration by McBride, noted that he was a low-ranked coast and landing-beach analyst and that he most certainly never received such an FBI briefing.

It was perhaps to help lay to rest the larger matter of the elder Bush’s past associations that the former president went out of his way during his recent eulogy for President Ford to sing the praises of the Warren Commission Report as the final authority on those days.

After a deluded gunman assassinated President Kennedy, our nation turned to Gerald Ford and a select handful of others to make sense of that madness. And a conspiracy theorist can say what they will, but the Warren Commission report will always have the final definitive say on this tragic matter. Why? Because Gerry Ford put his name on it and Gerry Ford’s word was always good.

In fact, Ford’s role on the Warren Commission is seen by many experts as a decisive factor in his rise to the top. As a Commission member, Ford altered its report in a significant way. As the Associated Press reported in 1997, “Thirty-three years ago, Gerald R. Ford took pen in hand and changed – ever so slightly – the Warren Commission’s key sentence on the place where a bullet entered John F. Kennedy’s body when he was killed in Dallas. The effect of Ford’s change was to strengthen the commission’s conclusion that a single bullet passed through Kennedy and severely wounded Texas Gov. John Connally – a crucial element in its finding that Lee Harvey Oswald was the sole gunman.”

This modification played a seminal role in ending talk of a larger conspiracy to kill the president. Knowledge of Ford’s alteration has encouraged theorists to scrutinize the constellation of other figures who might have had a motivation to cover up the affair.

Meanwhile, there is much more to learn about George H. W. Bush’s friend, Thomas Devine. The newly surfaced memos explain that Devine, from 1963 on, had authority from the agency to operate under commercial cover as part of an agency project code-named WUBRINY.

Devine at that time was employed with the Wall Street boutique Train, Cabot and Associates, described in the memos as an “investment banking firm which houses and manages the [CIA] proprietary corporation WUSALINE.” These nautical names – ‘Saline’ and ‘Briny’ – or, for the Bay of Pigs invasion ‘Wave’ – are CIA cryptonyms for the programs and companies involved.

George H.W. Bush’s own ties are amplified in the 1975 CIA memo, dated November 29, which makes it clear that he had knowledge of CIA operations prior to being named the new director of the CIA in the fall of that year.

The 1975 memo notes that, through his relationship with Devine, “Mr George Bush [the CIA director-designate] has prior knowledge of the now terminated project WUBRINY/LPDICTUM which was involved in proprietary commercial operations in Europe.”

The Bush documents, part of a batch of 300,000 records the CIA provided to the House Select Committee on Assassinations, were publicly released in 1998 as the result of a lawsuit, donated to a foundation, scanned into a database – and only just noticed by an independent researcher.

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0 responses to “CIA Helped Bush Senior In Oil Venture”

  1. sammy says:

    the bush family are cancer. They need to cut out of theyll destroy the whole planetary body. They retired to paraguay after destroying america with terrorism and surveillance.

  2. Ellis Baxter says:

    Again you proffer suspicion but no proof…

    • sammy says:

      You going to reply to every post trying to defend the Bush family?

    • Ellis Baxter says:

      I am not defending anyone, but trying to gain proof is the issue. I may not like someone but I need the truth not suspicion to connect the dots. Most of the stuff I read is not based on evidence, it is just surmise … !

  3. larry wheeler says:

    Cui bono-as the Romans asked when a who done it was on the table. Cui bono is Latin for WHO BENEFITS?.

  4. larry wheeler says:

    The CIA was shaped by the Cold War. Bush fits the profile to the max. Zapata was a business cover, TRD Cruz’s dad also worked for Zapata , he fits a CIA profile.

  5. KaiserD2 says:

    I am the author of The Road to Dallas: The Assassination of John F. Kennedy, among other books.
    Regarding the George Bush of the CIA referred to in the FBI memo post-assassination, there’s no question that it was the other man. There was no problem locating him when the memo was released and he filed an affidavit stating that he was the watch officer for the CIA at that time. He confirmed this to me personally when I located him and asked him about it. GHWB may indeed have had some CIA connections before 1975, but he did not receive that briefing.

    • david letterman says:

      Are you kidding??? My Lord you must be on the Bush payroll or completely incompetent. George Bush 1 was definitely in the CIA during the Bay of Pigs fiasco. Three of the boats used in the operation were Zapata (his company), Barbara (his wife), and Houston (hometown). George Bush i is probably the last man alive with nearly full knowledge of the JFK assassination, as many of his CIA/Yale/Skull and Bones friends were involved. As for the Warren Commission, it was one giant cesspool of lies. A complete inside job engineered by LBJ, the ringmaster of the coup.

    • Ellis Baxter says:

      I am just wondering: do any of you ever do real research ?
      There were two landing sites for the Bay of Pigs: One was the bay itself and the flanking attack was on the beach facing the Zapata Swamp ! The boat was named ‘La Playa’.

      The JFK assassination has a lot of theories. But none of the famous people who might have wanted JFK dead are connected in any manner. Doing research on such things you would find that principals are never connected to these types of actions … never … Try this: Start with the following
      1.) Mrs. Oswald was staying at a Mrs. Paine’s Home [Nov. 22, 1963 & the rifle was stated to have been in her garage] what did Mrs. Paine’s husband do for a living and who did he report to…. 2.) Jackie O married Onassis – what was his connection to George De Mohrenschildt? A man young Jackie O called “uncle George” & whose wife had been in business with Abraham Zapruder! [ Time Life Film]

      Some things that are most odd and there’s way too many people connect .. .but none of the are named Bush … De Mohrenschildt did write H.W. Bush but there is no connection other than Bush was in the CIA .

    • david letterman says:

      You are right on certain things and dead wrong on others. And De Mohrenschildt and Bush ’41 went way way way back. They were linked through several connections that go all the way back to Bush’s days at Andover (high school).
      De. Morhrenechildt worked for William F. Buckley’s family’s oil company, and Buckley and Bush ’41 were very close (Skull and Bones).
      It is pretty clear who the major players in the coup were:
      Allen Dulles
      LBJ (his favorite htiman Malcolm Wallace fired at least one shot)
      Cord Meyer
      E. Howard Hunt
      Frank Sturgis
      David Atlee Phillips
      etc.
      I’ve personally identified about 40 people who were directly involved in the coup.
      And all of the Big Oil (Texas) Players wanted JFK dead. And of course the DoD wanted JFK dead as well.
      It is not a fluke that JFK was killed in Dallas. This was a brilliant plan hatched from the top.

    • Ellis Baxter says:

      Where is the proof .. you may do a lot of study but I do research for a lot of famous writers … and radio people.. ‘directly involved’ total Bs name them and how they were connected but you can not do that can you … All you list are the names .. no proof of a connection to Bush is anywhere if you have one where is it … ? I have done research on this for 52 years … you do not understand how this stuff works… you think you do but you don’t … perhaps your professor lets you get away with hearsay but not me… one day you will find something really close then and only then you will understand how wrong and how far off the mark you were …. on this anyway … I have interviewed many of the principles in this case ben to the original records … You say coverup where is the proof .. that is the right choice but I have a government official on the coverup .. Who said to me “you would have covered it up” …

    • david letterman says:

      OK you stupid grandstanding narcissistic jackass…
      Who the F do you think killed JFK???

      I have done the work.
      Clearly, this was an INSIDE JOB.
      Oswald was just the fall guy.
      He didn’t fire a single shot.
      Moreover, he was employed by both the CIA AND THE FBI.

      There were at least 6 shooters.
      And how do we conclusively know LBJ was involved???
      Malcolm Wallace, his chief hit man, was one of the shooters.
      Malcolm Wallace assassinated over a dozen people for LBJ.
      The only fingerprint recovered from the shooter’s nest was Wallace’s.
      That is CONCLUSIVE PROOF.

      The easy way to unravel the assassination is to start with Jack Ruby in prison and work backwards. Ruby strongly implies that his involvement goes all the way back to the highest levels imaginable. The major players and conspiracy quickly become apparent.

      Like all murder cases, you have to start with motive and means.

      It is very hard to kill the president, but even harder to cover it up. And that is why I spent years studying the Warren Commission (utter joke and a complete sham).

      I’ve also spent over fifteen years studying Skull and Bones. Several Skull and Bones members were involved in the coup and cover up.

      It is not a fluke that the mayor of Dallas changed the route to go past the Depository. The mayor’s brother was a senior CIA official who was fired by JFK for Bay of Pigs. And it was not a fluke that Henry Luce bought the Zapruder film. Luce was a member of Skull and Bones and very close to Prescott Bush and Averell Harriman and many other key players.

      So you talk a huge game and you said you’ve done 52 years of research. So who killed JFK?

      Don’t screw around with riddles. Don’t throw around clues. I don’t.
      Either MAN UP, or SHUT THE HELL UP.

      P.S. Three of the boats that were involved in the Bay of Pigs fiasco were the Barbara, Houston, and Zapata. Bush ’41’s oil company was named Zapata which had assets near Cuba. It was a cover for his CIA activities. He lived in Houston, And Barbara is his wife. Moreover, Bush had already named his WW2 plane for his wife.

      And all of Zapata’s SEC records have been destroyed. How convenient.

      One of the major reasons Bush ’41 became Director of CIA for one year was to destroy all of the files that linked him and others (friends, etc.) to the coup. He needed a clean slate before he ran for President. He also wanted to make sure that the Warren Commission could not be debunked by internal files.

    • Ellis Baxter says:

      The name of the boat ‘La Playa’ translates to ‘The Beach’. This was the name given to the chartered boat ‘the Houston’, by the men who would land on the beaches. There were in fact 5 boats chartered from the Garcia Steamship Line for this attack: the Houston, Rio Esondido, Caribe, Atlantic, & Lake Charles. These were chartered from the Garcia Steamship Line. Payment was made in cash.

      There were also two landing craft – the ‘Blagar’ and the ‘Barbara’! There was no boat named the Zapata. Zapata Swamp was the beach for the flanking attack.. There is no doubt that anyone connected to the CIA is under suspicion at the referenced time 1959 to 1964, but suspicion is not proof. William F Buckley is an interesting guy – in fact I met him once. He was very smart, and an early CIA operative. Mr. Buckley was not running CMC, the link to the world trade marts at the time a Buckley family investment, so there is no proof of Mr. Buckley ever having met De Morhrenechildt. In that social circle it is often proffered that any connection is a definitive one. Again suspicion but no proof.

      The main point about the JFK murder is not the ‘who’, but the ‘why’. Why was he killed ? Who paid for it, and why did they pay the rumored $20 million for the deed?

      Lastly, history is ripe with lessons, the first one is that normally a coup is revealed in a short time. With JFK, the ‘who’ is a long way from getting closer; it is further away … and is not important .. what is important is the event – it took away my breath, and everyone my age knows where they were when they heard that news. Two years later it did not make sense to me. So the work on the theories. I have left you all some items that need to be reviewed. At your leave…

    • david letterman says:

      @ellisbaxter:disqus
      I’ve been working on the JFK assassination and cover up for over two decades. I have a Master’s in History. And I will soon have my PhD in History. I do my own research.

    • Kafirs Uber Alles says:

      The other Bush’s affidavit:

      “I do not recognize the contents of the memorandum as information furnished to me orally or otherwise during the time I was at the CIA,” he said. “In fact, during my time at the CIA, I did not receive any oral communications from any government agency of any nature whatsoever. I did not receive any information relating to the Kennedy assassination during my time at the CIA from the FBI. Based on the above, it is my conclusion that I am not the Mr. George Bush of the Central Intelligence Agency referred to in the memorandum.”

      https://whowhatwhy.org/2013/09/16/part-1-mr-george-bush-of-the-central-intelligence-agency/

    • alistair mortimer says:

      YOU ARE FULL OF ****.

  6. Peter Jennings says:

    The assasination of JFK? look no further. This guy is a parasite who has spawned a whole family of them. George W was all for war a few years ago but ran like a chichenshit when it was his turn. He also ran his first company, given by daddy, into the ground and then left. What a family.

    Leave these to fester and america is truely done for.

    • Im Right says:

      Be ready we are going to get Jeb or Daddy Bush’s adopted daughter In-Law Hillary

    • Martin Wayne Vaughn says:

      George W. Bush flew F-102 fighters in the Texas Air National Guard. He held the rank of a Captain. Just because his unit wasn’t activated and sent to Vietnam, oh well.

  7. elvis says:

    evil Bush has Kennedy blood on his hands

  8. matthewcarmody says:

    Bay of Pigs by Manuel Artime and Haynes Johnson reported that an oilman from Texas donated two ships to the anti-Castro CIA operation. Both ships were registered in Houston. The ships’ names were Zapata and Barbara.
    Any guesses on who the mystery donor was?

    • Jim Lusher says:

      Zapata oil was the company and the ships where named the houston and the barbra j witch was the name on bushes plane that he flew in ww2

    • david letterman says:

      There were 3 ships: Houston, Barbara, and Zapata. Bush was a a CIA operative during Bay of Pigs.

  9. larry nichols says:

    An excellent book entitled “Compromised” by Terry Reed is another insight into Bush Senior during Iran Contra

    • Ellis Baxter says:

      ‘Compromised’ is a poorly written book but it is jammed with some facts as long as you understand that Terry was writing for cover at the time .. but good reference if confirmed by other …

  10. Rougek62 says:

    Great info. I have been reading, ‘researching’ the bush cabal off and on for about 2 yrs.. your info is of high value. I have yet to read the book, but  found it at Amazon and plan on purchasing it tomarrow morning.

    Will we ever know it all?  And if we do, will the American Public ever know? doubtful.. they are basically, at this point, deaf, dumb, and blinded by the infortaiment fed to them daily.  :(

    I firmly support the Occupywallstreet movement. Maybe this will be  a wake up call for America. It surely needs one before this facist takeover becomes complete.  I hope I am gone before that happens, if indeed it does.  If not, I am making plans to leave my home country that I love so .

    • Ellis Baxter says:

      Wall Street is really just a banking path. The real issue in all of this is the Congress and their spending to pad their lifestyle … it is always not who you think it is .. .until it is …

  11. Tim says:

    jfk murder empowered carried out by criminal elements of the U.S. government. Resulting in 50 years of selected presidents to further they’re evil agenda of a new world order, culminating in the 911 attacks.  Ask who has gained the most from this hidden agenda? The puppet masters – AKA – banking elite   Rothchild, Rockefellers, all hidden in plane view. The the re-education fema camps are built and waiting for the arrival of as many as 25 million of the most vocal Americans to be brought under the control of the satanic club that is set the take over in 2012. Wake up America we should be marching on Washington in millions demanding these treason committing bastards be put to death.  Instead the ruling elite use our military to order drone murders  with no trial, all in done in our name.

    • Ellis Baxter says:

      I would suggest you read Niall Ferguson’s two volume set on the Rothschild family. They never had the power you think that they did, the Rockefeller family is about the same but did have a lot of influence in the elections that followed … again read books on the family … not you tube video posts …

  12. reidh says:

    So Bush Senior got into the “Taxes” Oil Game just as a cover for his CIA activities, and made a bundle out of it to boot? Cool, but I still don’t like him or his son(s) and especially Dick Cheney.

    • Ellis Baxter says:

      Bush family – old money – social connections – suspicion but not proof … Cheney was a worker, he kept the parts working. The country was attacked he did his job … do not confuse workers with the players … Bush money is not all that large .. most of it came from Barbara…

  13. jessehemingway says:

    I thought one of the worst things possible known by humanity would be Al Qaeda blowing up nuclear reactors. When a tsunami destroys 6 nuclear reactors no big deal; remember the 9/11 commission report Al Qaeda choose an attack on Washington DC over nuclear reactors. Al Qaeda’s logic less security flying over Washington DC then nuclear reactors that alone discredits Al Qaeda.

    I remember the first time I heard Barrack Obama name it was after the speech at the 2004 Democratic convention even fux news praised him. He was fast tracked into the white house by the shadow government.

    I have been doing a little math and you might want check this out.

    Use this as your base line: Mar 13, 1986
    Estimated proven reserves, in billions of barrels, as of Jan. 1, 1986
    Saudi Arabia. . . 168.8 Kuwait . . . 89.8 Iran . . . 47.9 Iraq . . . 44.1 United Arab Emirates . . . 32.9 Venezuela . . . 25.6 Libya . . . 21.3 Nigeria . . . 16.6 Algeria . . . 8.8 Indonesia . . . 8.5

    In 2006 let’s look at these same countries oil reserves:

    Saudi Arabia..267 billion bbl Kuwait..104 (some sources say 48 billion – the difference is 5% of world reserves) Iran..132 Iraq..115 UAE.. 98 Venezuela.. 79 Libya.. 39 Nigeria.. 36 Algeria..12 Indonesia.. 4
    Reference:
    http://www.gravmag.com/oil.html

    Estimated Oil reserves increases up from March 13, 1986 – 2006 by %

    Saudi Arabia..37% Kuwait..15% Iran..63% Iraq..62% UAE..66% Venezuela..68%
    Libya..47% Nigeria..55% Algeria..33%

    Indonesia is the only country that has decreased in their estimated oil reserves by

    Report by: Robert L. Hirsch Titled ”The Inevitable Peaking of World Oil Production”

    According to this report it totally contradicts the pervious information there is absolutely no evidence of the dramatic oil reserves increase from 1986 to 2006. It indicates the complete opposite.

    Page 1 “last super giant fields were found in the 1960’s” on page 4 of this report there is a 60 year bar graph from 1940 – 2000 that breaks down annual oil consumption versus new oil field discovers. Link below:

    http://www.acus.org/docs/051007-Hirs…Production.pdf

    This link below states the obvious that there have never been any controls built into the oil industry it is strictly run by estimation.

    http://hubbert.mines.edu/news/Simmons_02-1.pdf

    • reidh says:

      There is a massive super field right in the middle of the Gulf of mexico that was found (in the early 80’s) and (by lease and license) controlled by Phillips-Royal Dutch-Shell Oil Co. but does not NOW show up in any search on the net.