The Whitehouse Coup

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Filed under: First Amendment Issues, Fraud and Deception

Here is a link to a thirty minute BBC radio program by Mike Thomson, plus articles written by Scott Horton and David Swanson about a little known coup attempt on the U.S. government in 1934 by prominent American businessmen, one of whom is the grandfather of the current president of the United States.


document_20070723_5200.jpgThe Whitehouse Coup
by Mike Thompson
BBC
July 23, 2007

Document uncovers details of a planned coup in the USA in 1933 by right-wing American businessmen. The coup was aimed at toppling President Franklin D Roosevelt with the help of half-a-million war veterans. The plotters, who were alleged to involve some of the most famous families in America, (owners of Heinz, Birds Eye, Goodtea, Maxwell Hse & George Bush's Grandfather, Prescott) believed that their country should adopt the policies of Hitler and Mussolini to beat the great depression.

Mike Thomson investigates why so little is known about this biggest ever peacetime threat to American democracy. Listen to the BBC program here.


document_20070723_3200.jpg1934: The Plot Against America
by Scott Horton
Harpers Magazine
July 28, 2007

In November 1934, federal investigators uncovered an amazing plot involving some two dozen senior businessmen, a good many of them Wall Street financiers, to topple the government of the United States and install a fascist dictatorship. Roth's novel is developed from several strands of this factual account; he assumed the plot is actually carried out, whereas in fact an alert FDR shut it down but stopped short of retaliatory measures against the plotters. A key element of the plot involved a retired prominent general who was to have raised a private army of 500,000 men from unemployed veterans and who blew the whistle when he learned more of what the plot entailed. The plot was heavily funded and well developed and had strong links with fascist forces abroad. A story in the New York Times and several other newspapers reported on it, and a special Congressional committee was created to conduct an investigation. The records of this committee were scrubbed and sealed away in the National Archives, where they have only recently been made available. Read the full story here.


document_20070723_2-1200.jpgBush Fulfills His Grandfather’s Dream
by David Swanson
Let’s Try Democracy
July 28, 2007

It’s remarkably common for a grandson to take up his grandfather’s major project. This occurred to me when I read recently of Thor Heyerdahl’s grandson taking up his mission to cross the Pacific on a raft. But what really struck me was the BBC story aired on July 23rd documenting President George W. Bush’s grandfather’s involvement in a 1933 plot to overthrow the U.S. government and install a fascist dictatorship. I knew the story, but had not considered the possibility that the grandson was trying to accomplish what his grandfather had failed to achieve. Read the rest of the story here.

Thanks Toni Dalton