Seagrams, Zapata, Brown & Root
ALL INTERCONNECTED IN THE SPIDER'S WEB
After serving as Secretary of Defense for President Bush, Cheney reaped the
financial rewards of the revolving money door between the military and industry.
Cheney became a member of the board of directors of Morgan Stanley. the
Union Pacific Corp., Procter & Gamble Co. and Electronic Data Systems Corp.
(Ross Perot company) But, most important, in 1995 Cheney became the CEO of
Halliburton (owner of Brown and Root) ( Cheney, the chairman of the board, holds
a $45.5 million stake as Halliburton's biggest individual stockholder.
Brown and Root reaped multi-millions from the Bosnia war.
In 1998 Richard Cheney got the idea that Halliburton should purchase Dresser
Industries, for $8.1 billion (creating the world's largest oil-drilling services
company) while on a quail hunt with Dresser chair Bill Bradford. Dresser
and Halliburton merged. Dresser Industries was owned and operated by Brown
Brothers Harriman. Prescott Bush (George H.W.'s father) was a partner of Brown
Brothers and on the board of Dresser for decades until he became a U.S. Senator.
CHENEY'S FIRM HALLIBURTON AND BROWN & ROOT FINANCED, (IN PART) PERMINDEX, THE
CORPORATE FRONT, WHICH OPERATED THE ASSASSINATION OF PRESIDENT JOHN F. KENNEDY.
PERMINDEX was a corporate front, headed by Major Louis M. Bloomfield of Canada.
Clay Shaw operated a division of PERMINDEX in New Orleans at the International
Trade Mart. The connections between Clay Shaw, David Ferrie and Lee Harvey
Oswald have, at this time, been proven by documentary and photographic evidence,
despite myriad attempts to discredit the Garrison investigation.
Halliburton was one of the financiers of PERMINDEX. George and Herman Brown of
Brown and Root were also financiers. Halliburton acquired Brown and Root after
1963. In the Nomenclature of an Assassination Cabal, William Torbitt,
The principal financiers of Permindex were a number of U. S. oil companies, H.
L. Hunt of Dallas, Clint Murchison of Dallas, John DeMenil, Solidarist director
of Houston, John Connally as executor of the Sid Richardson estate,
Haliburton Oil Co., Senator Robert Kerr of Oklahoma, Troy Post of Dallas,
Lloyd Cobb of New Orleans, Dr. Oschner of New Orleans, George and Herman
Brown of Brown and Root, Houston, Attorney Roy M. Cohn, Chairman of the
Board for Lionel Corporation, New York City, Schenley Industries of New York
City, Walter Dohrnberger, ex-Nazi General
and his company, Bell Aerospace, Pan American World Airways, its subsidiary,
Intercontinental Hotel Corporation, Paul Raigorodsky of Dallas through his
company, Claiborne Oil of New Orleans, Credit Suisse of Canada, Heineken's
Brewery of Canada and a host
of other munition makers and NASA contractors directed by the Defense Industrial
PERMINDEX was the operator of death squads in Europe, Mexico, Central American,
the Caribbean and the United States. The persons and corporations who
worked with PERMINDEX took over the government of the United States of America
on November 22, 1963. The perpetrators have never been brought to justice,
and now Halliburton, a Permindex backer, thus and financer of the ASSASSINATION
OF PRESIDENT KENNEDY, has one of its own, Dick Cheney, trying to be the
Vice President of the United States.
Researchers of the JFK assassination have tried since 1963 to determine if
George H.W. Bush had any intelligence role in November 1993. Efforts to
conclusively prove that George H. W. Bush was a CIA agent at that time have been
futile. Efforts to conclusively prove that he was directly involved with the
Cuban exiles have also been futile. This is so, despite the close proximity of
the Zapata oil platform to Cuba and the naming of boats for the Bay of Pigs
invasion, notably the "Barbara." However, the financial and corporate
structures which have financed George H.W. Bush and now his son, can be
conclusively proven by documents.
The following article by Linda Minor is an analysis of these financial and
corporate roots of the Bush family political and financial fortune. Note
how these roots lead to the Harrimans, British Intelligence (right-wing variety)
and to Halliburton and Brown and Root, thus to PERMINDEX.
Who were the clients of Brown Brothers Harriman when Prescott Bush and his
wife's father, George H. Walker, worked for them? It was these investors
who funded George H.W. Walker's campaigns. His biggest contributors were
his uncle Herbie Walker, formerly of St. Louis, and Eugene Meyer, whose father
spent his entire career working for a competing investment bank--Lazard Freres--or
Lazard Brothers, as it was called in London.
The Bush family ties to the Lairds and Lords of Scotland and England.
Lazard Brothers was controlled by officials in the British government. It
was always the investment bank of David Rockefeller. And, besides Meyer
and Walker, George Bush's other large investor in Bush-Overbey was British
Assets Trust, Ltd., an investment company whose directors interlocked with the
management of companies associated with Lord Kindersley, such as Hudson's Bay
Company. The chairman of British Assets Trust in 1956 was J.G.S. Gammell
in Edinburgh, Scotland, and in 1985 by J.C.R. Inglis, a partner in Shepherd &
Wedderburn, WS, an Edinburgh law firm. Inglis was also a director of The
Royal Bank of Scotland Group, Scottish Provident Institution for Mutual Life
Assurance, Edinburgh American Assets Trust and Atlantic
Assets Trust, as well as chairman of European Assets, N.V., Gammell also
had served as director of The Royal Bank of Scotland Group, as did such other
notables as The Right Hon. Lord Balfour of Burleigh, The Right Hon. Lord
Clydesmuir and The Right Hon. Lord Polwarth. Polwarth, incidentally, began
serving as a director of the Halliburton Company, parent of Brown & Root, in
The Bush family continued to amass its fortune an power from the British and
Scottish sources named above, as these sources introduced their financial
tentacles into Texas, and as George H.W. Bush and Barbara drove that old red
Studebaker into Houston. Has anything changed? Do the same people
run the selection of Dick Cheney as Vice President today? Will their
scion, that old Skull & Bonesman, George W. be annointed?
The PERMINDEX connection to the Bush power moves.
Paravicini Bank and Permindex
In the same year that Zapata and Pennzoil were moving toward hostile takeovers,
a new Swiss bank opened in Houston with J. Hugh Liedtke and George
Bush's securities adviser, W.S. Farish III, among the directors.
Called "Bank for Investment and Credit Berne" (BICB), its stock was owned by
Capital National Bank and Paravicini Bank, but investors included Seagrams,
Boeing, Minute Maid in Zurich, the London subsidiary of Brown and Root and
the Schlesinger Organization of London and Johannesburg. These investors
are more than interesting in light of the fact that Paravicini is a
descendant of the Venetian Pallavicini family, whose attorney in Rome,
Carlo d'Amelio, was the general counsel to Centro Mondiale
the Italian arm of Permindex. CMC was incorporated in Berne
Switzerland, and D' Amelio sat on the board of directors during the time
that Seagrams' attorney, Louis Mortimer Bloomfield of Montreal, was
chairman of Permindex.
When the role of CMC in the attempted assassination of President DeGaulle of
France was discovered, it fled Europe and re-emerged in Johannesburg,
South Africa. However, the parent company, Permindex, continued to be
managed from Montreal by Bloomfield. Clay Shaw, the man prosecuted in New
Orleans by Jim Garrison for his role in the Kennedy assassination,
was also a board member of CMC, with which his International Trade Mart
According to a 1970 report called "The Torbitt Document," (,
William Torbitt, states: "...a
compilation of information gathered by a Texas attorney from "court-approved and
documented evidence" from sources in the U.S. Customs Department and the
Narcotics Bureau, from the Warren Commission and the Garrison investigations,
Bloomfield's Permindex Corp. supervised five subsidiary groups:
(1) "White Russian" organization called the Solidarists--members Ferenc
Nagy of Dallas (former Hungarian premier) and Jean De Menil of Houston (head of
(2) American Council of Churches--H.L. Hunt organization;
(3) Free Cuba Committee--Carlos Prio Soccaras (Cuban ex-president);
(4) "The Syndicate"--Clifford Jones and Bobby Baker working with Joe
Bonanno Mafia family;
(5) NASA's Security Division--Werner Von Braun, headquarters in Redstone Arsenal
in Muscle Shoals, Alabama and on East Broad Street in Columbus, Ohio.
The Kennedy assassination was planned and carried out by Division Five of
the FBI, which acted in conjunction with the Defense Intelligence Agency
under the control of the Joint Chiefs. These divisions had a highly secret
police agency called the Defense Industrial Security Command, which also
worked with NASA, the Atomic Energy Commission (AEC), USIA and weapons and
ammunition supply corporations (munitions makers) which contract with
those agencies. The police force originated in the 1930's to
work for the Tennessee Valley Authority, then expanded to the AEC, tying it in
with army intelligence. Agents of this force included Clay Shaw, Guy
Bannister, David Ferrie, Lee Harvey Oswald, Jack Ruby and others, and was headed
up by Bloomfield.
According to the Torbitt report:
The principal financiers of Permindex were a number of U.S. oil companies,
H.L. Hunt, Clint Murchison, John De Menil, Solidarist director of Houston,
John Connally, as executor of Sid Richardson estate, Haliburton [sic] Oil Co.,
Sen. Robert Kerr of Okla., Troy Post of Dallas, Lloyd Cobb of New
Orleans, Dr. Oechner of New Orleans, George and Herman Brown of Brown & Root,
Attorney Roy M. Cohn, Chairman of the Board for Lionel Corp., New York City,
Schenley Industries of New York City, Walter Dornberger, ex-Nazi general
and his company, Bell Aerospace, Pan American World Airways and its
subsidiary, Intercontinental Hotel Corp., Paul Raigorodsky of
Claiborne Oil of New Orleans, Credit Suisse of Canada, and Heineken's Brewery of
Canada and a host of other munitions makers and NASA contractors directed
the Defense Industrial Security Command.
PERMINDEX AND SEAGRAMS USED THE SAME INVESTORS THE BUSH FAMILY USED.
Roy Cohn was a very close friend of Lewis Rosenstiel, who was in turn a
friend of Sam Bronfman. Bloomfield was also president of Heineken of
Canada. What these companies seem to have in common is their
shareholders, directors and financiers. They are the same persons
who invested in Bush-Overbey, Zapata and Dresser Industries through the
investment trusts they controlled. The 1992 edition of Dope, Inc. (a
LaRouche publication) has this to say about the banks involved:
Both Seagram's (and its old Prohibition rum-running partner, Hudson's Bay)
are interlocked through a maze of contacts with all five of the big Canadian
chartered banks: the Bank of Montreal, the Royal Bank of Canada, the
Bank of Nova Scotia, the Toronto Dominion Bank, and the Canadian
Imperial Bank of Commerce. Thus, the dirty money gleaned from the
drug trade is conduited through these banks to points further south:
The banks' offshore centers in the Caribbean, and from there the money
makes its whirlpool round of worldwide laundering.
The chairman of this Houston-based international investment bank, BICB,
whose investors included Seagrams and the Schlesinger mining interests in
South Africa, was Johan F. (Fred) Paravicini. Vice-chairman was L.F.
McCollum, Sr.-a long-time Humble Oil employee, who headed Conoco and
founded Capital National Bank of Houston in 1965. The bank's president was
Baker Lovett, cousin of James A. Baker III, and grandson of the first
president of Rice University, Odell Lovett, a friend of Woodrow Wilson at
In an interview with the Houston Post, Baker stated that his experience of 15
years in banking indicated that Houston had a relatively short supply of
money, and that venture capital had to come from New England-from "more
mature economies." He believed a bank "should dedicate a portion of its
resources to relatively risky situations because it's those which
sometimes really pay off." As the 1980s showed, however, it was also that
type of investment that resulted in the bailout of the savings and
In addition to its investment in the BICB set up by Conoco's chairman, Seagrams
also owned a great deal of stock in Conoco and caused a major eruption with
DuPont in 1981 over who would control the company.
Seagrams was interested in Conoco because it owned a 53% interest in
Hudson's Bay Oil and Gas Co. in Canada. Since it had recently
received $2.3 billion cash profit from the sale of Sunoco stock, with which it
had tried and failed to purchase control of DuPont's St. Joe Minerals, the
Scottish-financed liquor barons at Seagrams saw another chance to
grab something prized by the New Englanders-control of Conoco.
In 1969 W.S. Farish III was 31 years old and was a partner in the
investment companies of Underwood Neuhaus and W.S. Farish & Co.,
through which he handled millions of dollars of his family's wealth
in addition to George Bush's blind trust. Farish was also
serving as president of a company called Fluorex, an international mineral
and exploration company, and in 1973 also became a director of Houston
Natural Gas. He was the only grandson of one of the founders
of Humble Oil, W.S. Farish, Sr., who had been chairman of Standard
Oil of New Jersey prior to World War II. W.A. Harriman & Co. helped
Jersey Standard finance a merger with I.G. Farben,
the German chemical corporation which manufactured the gas used to
so many Jews.
Lehman Brothers, which had an office in Capital National Bank's building at 1300
Main-on the same floor, incidentally, as George Bush's friend (and later,
Commerce Secretary, Robert Mosbacher), was represented on the board
of the Capital National and its international investment branch. One
director was Lehman Brothers partner, John B. Carter, Jr., and another was
director I.H. "Denny" Kempner III, heir to the Imperial Sugar fortune,
whose brother was a Lehman representative in Houston.
The Kempner brothers' mother was Mary Carroll Kempner, a granddaughter of
W.T. Carter and sister of W.T. Carter, Jr., whose wife was Lillie Neuhaus,
making them first cousins of Victor J. Carter. Lillie was a niece of
C.L. Neuhaus and W. Oscar Neuhaus, the founders of Neuhaus & Co.
(later Underwood Neuhaus). Oscar's son, Hugo, married
Kate Rice, Libbie Farish's cousin, and after W.S. and Libbie's son died in
1943, their daughter-in-law, Mary Wood Farish, married
Kate Neuhaus' son. The Oscar Neuhaus who became trustee for the
wealthy Cullen family and secretary of a joint venture between Dresser and
Cullen interests, was a key member of the Neuhaus/Farish banking
interests-which thus had control of Cullen/Dresser real estate matters in
downtown Houston. This relationship resulted in the construction of a
complex of office buildings in the southwest part of downtown leased to Dresser,
Cullen/Frost Bank, Enron, Oppenheimer & Co. and assorted other interesting
companies. The Carter family also were investment bankers in Houston.
Still another director of Capital Bank was Bill Barziza, a descendant of
Decimus et Ultimus Barziza, founder of Houston Land & Trust, which has since
merged into First International Bank. This ancestor was the son of a
Venetian count and French-Canadian mother, born in Williamsburg, Virginia,
who, during the Civil War, had been captured at Gettysburg and smuggled
through the Confederate underground to Canada where he was returned to Houston
via the blockade route through Bermuda.
The decision to form a partnership with Paravicini may have also been influenced
by another Lehman representative-William Mellon Hitchcock--grandson of
William Larimer Mellon, founder of Gulf Oil, and nephew of banker
Andrew Mellon. Bush's partners in Zapata were the sons of
William Liedtke, Sr.-one of the "highest ranking lawyers in Gulf Oil
Billy Mellon Hitchcock worked from 1961 to 1967 for "his father's mentor,"
Bobby Lehman of Lehman Brothers in Manhattan. Fred Paravicini began
an illegal trading relationship with Billy in 1965, for which they were not
indicted until 1973-Hitchcock in February and Paravicini in June.
Hitchcock pled guilty in April. He then appears to have disappeared
What Hitchcock shows us is a classic fondi member, educated at Harvard,
trained at Lazard Brothers during Lord Cowdray's tenure, who while vacationing
in Venice, is recruited to work for CIA-connected investment bank with
connections to the Bronfman family by a member of his father's polo team!
How did he manage to get caught? These people never get caught.
But what was never followed up on was how Hitchcock and Paravicini were
connected to Conoco, Seagrams, Standard Oil, Brown & Root and the
Schlesinger mines in Johannesburg. These connections lead straight to
Permindex, the Bronfmans and to the Dallas oil men funding the JFK
assassination. They also lead to George Bush through W.S. Farish-investor
of his blind trust.
The Pearson Group and Texas oil men.
Although it has never been proven that Farish, Liedtke or George Bush had any
background in intelligence operations before Bush was appointed director
of the CIA by Gerald Ford in 1976, an inference can be made just by reviewing
the associations that existed in the Texas oil community in the 1960s. Billy's
training as an investment banker had taken place at the English branch of Lazard
Freres, which has been shown to be closely tied to one of George Bush's
original investors, Eugene Meyer, and to Everett DeGolyer, a Dresser director
who had spent most of his career working for Sir Weetman Pearson (Viscount
Cowdray). DeGolyer left his job at Amerada Petroleum in New York and moved
to Dallas where he established a geological consulting firm called
DeGolyer and MacNaughton and served from 1954 until his death in 1956 on
the board of Dresser Industries in Dallas. He was replaced on the
board by his partner, Lewis W. MacNaughton, who remained until 1969. Lewis
MacNaughton was also a director of Empire Trust, a company whose largest
single holding of stock was comprised of Loeb-Lehman, Bache and Bronfman
holdings, in which Edgar Bronfman became a director in 1963.
Edgar Bronfman, Sr. married the daughter of John L. Loeb (Loeb, Rhoades),
who was himself married to a Lehman. A vice-president of
Empire Trust in Dallas was Jack Crichton (also president of Nafco Oil &
Gas, Inc.) who was connected with Army Reserve Intelligence.
In a 1995 book written by Fabian Escalante, the chief of a Cuban
counterintelligence unit during the late 1950s and early 1960s, he
describes that as soon as intelligence was received from agents in Cuba
that Fidel Castro had "converted to communism," a plan called
"Operation 40" was put into effect by the National Security Council,
presided over by Vice-President Richard Nixon. Escalante
indicates that Nixon was the Cuban "case officer" who had assembled an
important group of businessmen headed by George Bush and Jack Crichton,
both Texas oilmen, to gather the necessary funds for the operation.
Nixon was a protégé of Bush's father Preston [sic] who in 1946 had supported
Nixon's bid for Congress. In fact, Preston Bush was the campaign strategist that
brought Eisenhower and Nixon to the presidency of the United States.
With such patrons, [Tracy] Barnes was certain that failure was impossible.
According to Peter Dale Scott, Crichton arranged for Marina Oswald to have Ilya
Mamantov as her interpreter when she was questioned after Oswald's arrest.
Mamantov also taught scientific Russian classes at Magnolia Oil Co.
Lee and Marina Oswald first met the Paines at a party at the home of
Richard Pierce and Everett Glover where practically all the guests worked for
Magnolia Oil. The guests included a German named Volkmar Schmidt who came to
Dallas in 1961 to do geological research at Magnolia's laboratories
in nearby Duncanville.
MacNaughton's personal accountant was George Bouhe, who also worked at
Tolstoy Foundation with Paul Raigorodsky-a man involved with the National
Alliance of Solidarists. Bouhe was closely tied to George DeMohrenschildt,
who later became famous as the White Russian assigned to "handle" Lee
Harvey Oswald in Dallas. It was DeMohrenschildt who had taken the Oswalds to a
party where they met Volkmar Schmidt, and then a later party at the same house
where they met Michael Paine. DeMohrenschildt was also the one in
charge of getting Marina a place to stay at Ruth Paine's home, and it was Ruth
Paine who found Oswald the job at the book depository office in the
building owned by Jack Crichton's friend.
DeMohrenschildt also was involved with the Russian Orthodox Church Outside
Russia in Dallas which received subsidies from the Baird Foundation, which
was determined to be a CIA conduit by the Patman House Select Committee
hearings [cf. New York
Times, March 5, 1967, p. 36].
DeMohrenschildt immigrated to the U.S. in 1938, having been involved in
espionage with the OSS and probably with the Nazis. He had a
doctorate in commerce from the University of Liege, Belgium, when he
came to the United States at age 27 where his brother Dmitry was a
professor at Dartmouth, having degrees from Columbia and Yale.
While visiting his brother and American sister-in-law at Bellport, near
East Hampton, on the eastern, ocean tip of Long Island,
DeMohrenschildt met many influential people, including stockbroker
Jack and Janet Bouvier (Jackie's parents). He was also a friend of
Margaret Clark Williams, whose family had vast land holdings in
Louisiana, who gave him a letter of introduction to Humble Oil.
DeMohrenschildt came to Texas by bus "where he got a job with Humble Oil
Company in Houston, thanks to family connections," and, "[d]espite being
friends with the chairman of the board of Humble," he worked as a
roughneck in the Louisiana oil fields. DeMohrenschildt came to Texas in
1944 and got a master's degree in petroleum geology at the University of Texas
at Austin. For a time he worked overseas
for the Murchisons' Three States Oil and Gas and for Pantipec, an oil
company owned by William F. Buckley, Jr.'s father operated in Mexico at
the same time Sir Weetman Pearson (later Viscount Cowdray) and DeGolyer were
there running the Mexican Eagle. In fact, Buckley and his brother were the
attorneys for the Mexican oil companies after their properties were taxed
illegally by the Mexican government. According to William Engdahl,
Pearson worked for British Secret Intelligence, "as did all other major
British oil groups." They had financed and put in power the regime
of General Victoriano Huerta, subsequently overthrown by President Woodrow
Wilson, who was supporting the objectives of Standard Oil in
attempting to take from Britain at least a portion of its concessions for
half of Mexico's oil.
The U.S. under Rockefeller cover sent money and arms to Carranza.
(The Deep Politics of the Bush Family Political Empire by Linda Minor © 2000):
Pete Brewton, The Mafia, the CIA and George Bush, p. 137. Brewton's
information came from two articles in the Houston Post-dated April 25, 1969 and
January 11, 1970. The earlier article, naming the corporate
investors in the new bank, had no by-line.
Dope, Inc. (1992), p. 459.
Dope , Inc., p. 256. The Royal Bank of Canada is said by the EIR
writers of Dope, Inc. to be the dirtiest bank, followed closely by the
Bank of Nova Scotia, of which Bronfman aide and Zionist, R.D. Wolfe,
is a director. This bank is also involved in the financing of
business in Jamaica tied to the arms trade, as well as being tied to the
Canadian gold markets through an interlock with Noranda Mines. The gold
exchange also serves as a means of payment for the illegal weapons
The Paravicinis are the descendants, most likely, of Sir Horatio Pallavacino,
who filled the post of Venetian ambassador to England -- which had been vacant
for 50 years or so -- in 1603 when James VI of Scotland became James I of Great
Britain. Pallavicino was the head of an intelligence service which "was at the
disposal of Cecil, as, presumably, was his money." See David Cherry, The Found
of Englands Civil Warres Discover'd, as cited in Al and Rachel Douglas's
manuscript on Venice. The "more mature economies" he referred to in New
England were those which began with the first life insurance company
established in America in 1762 by the Presbyterian Ministers Fund. The
managers brought in to oversee this fund were members of Br