BBC: W's grandpappy planned fascist coup of USA

Kevin says:

A BBC Radio 4 investigation sheds new light on a major subject that has received little historical attention, the conspiracy on behalf of a group of influential powerbrokers, led by Prescott Bush, to overthrow FDR and implement a fascist dictatorship in the U.S. based around the ideology of Mussolini and Hitler.

Document uncovers details of a planned coup in the USA in 1933 by a group of 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.


Reader comment:

Steve says:

Prescott Bush stole Geronimo's bones! This has even been fact-checked: The skull of Geronimo, Fort Sill's most illustrious prisoner of war, no longer occupies his tomb on the base; the Apache warrior's cranium was reportedly exhumed one night in 1918 by a group of Army officers and smuggled to Yale, where it resides in the vault of the Skull and Bones society. The young officer who wielded the shovel, according to university historian Alexandra Robbins, was the President's grandfather, Prescott Bush.

Adam says:

The BBC was in touch with me about its Fascist Coup program, as much of its information came from the Feral House release, War is a Racket by General Smedley Butler. My introduction discussed the coup attempt, which was first revealed to Congress and the press by General Butler, and it had material that was initially covered up in the public release of the Congressional Investigation into the fascist coup and later revealed in an obscure book called 1000 Americans: The Real Rulers of the U.S.A. by George Seldes.

I think I should also mention that Prescott Bush, though he later openly expressed sympathies to Hitler, was not specifically involved with the 1933/34 coup attempt. This was mainly engineered by J.P. Morgan's forces.