Monday, May 09, 2011

Why Weren't Fascist Coup Plotters Irénée du Pont, J.P. Morgan And Prescott Bush Executed For Treason?


None were ever even tried, although they were the financial backers of a coup against FDR that sought to install a fascist dictatorship in the U.S. similar to the ones they were backing in Germany and Italy. Even after the war started and Bush's shipping company, which had been used for years to smuggle arms to Hitler and to smuggle Nazi spies into America, was seized, Bush managed to walk away relatively unscathed. (Bush's bank, the Union Bank, a Nazi front, was also seized under the Trading With the Enemies Act in 1942.) Below is an extract from Vesting Order No. 126:
Seizure of all the assets of the Hamburg-American Line and of the North German Lloyd and of all the American branches jointly operated by them. Prescott Bush, George Herbert Walker and others operated the U.S. arm of Hamburg-American Line, seized herewith. Among other things, the company offered a cash reward to any American who would travel to Germany on a one-way ticket and proselytize for Hitler. The line also smuggled Nazi spies into the U.S., even after America had entered the war. President Roosevelt felt this constituted treason.

I'm posting the BBC documentary below so you can grasp for yourself the scope of the coup attempt by some of the biggest names in Big Business who were every bit as disloyal and fascist-oriented then as our current batch of plutocrats and corporate bigwigs are today-- and have always been. By not moving against them-- albeit, as you will see below, for good reason-- Roosevelt enabled future generations of fascist businessmen to just keep on trying, as they are today through political lackeys they financed... from Scott Walker and Paul Ryan in Wisconsin to Rick Snyder in Michigan, John Kasich and Rob Portman in Ohio and Rick Scott and Marco Rubio in Florida. Because they will never be satisfied until they reinstitute slavery or serfdom again-- not even with their wealth growing exponentially and corporate profits up 81% and taxes on the rich at historical-- and disgraceful-- lows.

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At 7:33 AM, Anonymous sewa mobil said...

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At 1:03 PM, Anonymous SqueakyRat said...

So at this point the whole story turns on Smedley Butler's testimony. It's hard to see what motive he could have had for lying about the matter.

On the other hand, what could have made the conspirators think they could safely reach out to Butler? Had Butler himself displayed any fascist sympathies?

At 11:27 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Butler led expeditions overseas to protect US business interest. This led the conspirators to mistake that as sympathy. In reality, he was simply being a good soldier and obeying whatever his orders were.
Butler was also admired by many WWI vets and could have organized them if he had chosen.


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