Tracing the pro-Hitler roots which formed the branches of the fortunes of the Bush and Cheney families, who intend to take over the Presidency of the United States.

Researcher Anton Chaitkin was the son of a Jewish attorney, Joseph Chaitkin, whose clients invested in bonds issued by the Hamburg-Amerika Line, which had taken over the North German Lloyd steamship line. After Hitler came to power, Hamburg-Amerika stopped payment to the bondholders based on an order issued by Hitler, but actually arranged by John Foster Dulles and his friend Hjalmar Schacht. Schacht was born in Germany but had grown up in the U.S. and been educated alongside America's elite sons, but who returned to Germany to be Hitler's finance minister.

Joseph Chaitkin filed suit in New York in 1934 on behalf of his clients and organized a boycott against trading with the new German government. His efforts were stifled by a number of investment bankers operating in the United States, ostensibly American patriots, but later accused of being traders with the enemy. The research conducted by Anton Chaitkin into the cover-up that ensued has been thoroughly documented in the book he wrote with Webster Tarpley called The Unauthorized Biography of George Bush. Click to read excerpts.

I have never been one who believes anything I read without investigation. After reading the book, I asked myself: "What is the best way to actually remove the veil that preserves the secrecy around the investments managed by the investment bank of Brown Brothers Harriman?" Is there anything I can do to find out what the real truth is?

This alleged conspiracy -- of Bush and Harriman trading with the enemy--which took place between the two world wars, was continued after World War II by the rise to power of both Dulles brothers and their creation of the Central Intelligence Agency. After learning about this conspiracy, it seemed that the only way to learn the truth about whether the same type of trading with the enemy  is continuing today is to follow the advice of the secretive "Deep Throat" and "follow the money." Thanks to the internet, all of us can do the same thing in the privacy of our own homes and offices.

A few years ago I downloaded a list of all the partners of Brown Brothers Harriman & Co. from a university computer. Recently I have been taking each name and running it through the recorded filings which are accessible through the SEC Edgar sites on the internet.

Let's take one of those names and explore what we find. It's an historical name passed down through the generations--Elbridge T. Gerry--a family name which was around even before E.H. Harriman became a household word. The first Elbridge T. Gerry (a merchant shipper) was a signer of the Declaration of Independence and took a seat at the Continental Congress in 1776, served until 1785, and then retired to Cambridge, Mass. He was elected governor of Massachusetts in 1810 and, in 1813, was elected as James Madison's vice-president, though he died a year later. He had three sons and four daughters. (see ).

His grandson "Commodore" Elbridge Thomas Gerry, 1837-1927, was a reformer. A position as legal advisor to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals led to his founding (1875), with the help of Henry Bergh, the New York Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (sometimes called the Gerry Society). He devoted most of his life to this cause, which became national in scope. He and his wife, Louisa M. Gerry had two sons named after wealthy New Yorkers, Peter Goelet and Robert Livingston, and two daughters, Angelica and Francis. (See )

Robert Livingston Gerry married Cornelia Harriman (daughter of railroad tycoon E.H. Harriman) in March 1908, and in 1912 built an estate, known as Aknusti on their 2,000 acre property in Delaware County, New York. They had four sons - Elbridge T., Robert L., and twins Henry and Edward. (See )

In 1939 their son, Edward H. Gerry, married Martha Botts Farish -- the daughter of William Stamps Farish, founder of Humble Oil in Houston. Cornelia Harriman was the sister of Averill. Edward's brother Elbridge, the eldest, born in 1908, held general partnerships in the banking firms Brown Brothers Harriman & Company, and Gerry Brothers & Company, and was a well-known philanthropist, notable polo player, avid participant in harness racing, and breeder of champion horse racers. In 1932 he married Marjorie Kane, daughter of John P. Kane. They had two sons, Elbridge T. Jr. and Peter G. II, and a daughter Marjorie. Elbridge Gerry, Sr. died February 26, 1999. Elbridge T. Jr. has assumed the role as partner in the Brown Brothers Harriman & Co. limited partnership.

The Edward Gerrys had four children including Mrs. Cornelia Corbett (owner of American Soccer League team--Tampa Bay Rowdies) [note #1 below] and William F. Gerry, and have been heavily involved in horse-breeding. The Farish family genealogy shows that the family came to Virginia from Cumberland, England shortly after 1700, relocating to Mississippi a few generations later, before the Civil War. An ancestor, Hazlewood Farish, was married to the niece of Confederate president Jefferson Davis, and his son married Kate Power in 1860, whose father Stephen Power, owned one of the largest plantations in Natchez, Mississippi. Their son, the first William Stamps Farish, was born in Mississippi in 1881. His son was born in Texas in 1912 and died in 1943, one year after his father. (Genealogy set out in ).

In 1928 W. Averill Harriman had played polo with Major Louis A. Beard, Walter A. Goodwin, William Ziegler, Elbert T. Gerry III, Robert Gerry, R. Penn Smith, and Marshall Field at Saratoga. In 1932 other players included John Hay "Jock" Whitney, C.V. "Sonny" Whitney, Robert Gerry, Edward Gerry and Henry Gerry. It was at Saratoga also that the family of Billy Mellon Hitchcock played polo, including Billy's father, Tommy Hitchcock who was on Averill Harriman's team for a time.

Elbridge T. Gerry, Jr. was elected to the corporate board of Union Pacific Corporation in 1986, where he now sits alongside Mr. Richard B. Cheney. He is a member of the corporation's executive committee and finance committee. The current members of the Corporate Governance and Nominating Committee are Robert P. Bauman (Chair), Philip F. Anschutz, Richard B. Cheney, Elbridge T. Gerry, Jr., and Richard J. Mahoney. They also comprise directors of a separate holding company called Union Pacific Capital Trust, which recently issued a prospectus containing excerpts shown below.

My understanding of what the Union Pacific Capital Trust prospectus describes (convertible preferred securities) is that it is similar to getting a second lien on your home to put a new roof on. But in order to get the money from the lender, you have to go to the first lender and get it to determine that its lien is worthless unless the roof is repaired, and so the lender agrees to subordinate the first lien. What that means is that existing shareholders are giving the opportunity to sell their stock to raise the money. The new owner acquires preferred (non-voting) shares which can be converted back to common shares by repayment of the money given to the company in accordance with the terms of the agreement. If it turns out, however, that there is no increase in the share value, the seller of the stock can decide to forego the right to repurchase the shares and let the lender/purchaser foreclose and get the shares which were the collateral for the money paid.

Now this may not be exactly right, since I'm a real estate lawyer instead of an investment banker or tax accountant, but it gives you a general idea about what the following filings are talking about and about how the Union Pacific Railroad appears to be in the process of being looted by people like Dick Cheney and Brown Brothers Harriman. The question is: "Who is going to gain from this situation?" You can bet that it will be taxpayers, along with the pension funds and other holders of mutual funds, who will lose.

Click to read the prospectus of the Union Pacific Capital Trust.

Note that Lynne V. Cheney is a director for the spin-off company, Union Pacific Resources, Inc., serving on both the Audit and Finance Committees. which has its offices at 777 Main Street in Fort Worth, Texas. This building also houses Richard Rainwater's Crescent Real Estate Equities, which is one of the largest REITs in the U.S. See SEC filing at , which shows the following resume for Mr. Rainwater:

Richard E. Rainwater has been an independent investor since 1986. From 1970 to 1986, he served as the chief investment advisor to the Bass family, whose overall wealth increased dramatically during his tenure. During that time he was principally responsible for numerous major corporate and real estate acquisitions and dispositions. Immediately after beginning his independent investment activities, he founded ENSCO International Incorporated, an oil field service and offshore drilling company, in 1986. Additionally, in 1987 he co-founded Columbia Hospital Corporation, and in 1989 participated in a management-led buyout of HCA-Hospital Corporation of America. In 1992, Mr. Rainwater was one of the founders of Mid Ocean Limited, a provider of casualty re-insurance. In February 1994, he assisted in the merger of Columbia Hospital Corporation and HCA-Hospital Corporation of America that created Columbia/HCA Healthcare Corporation. Mr. Rainwater serves as a director of Pioneer Natural Resources ("Pioneer"), one of the largest oil and gas companies in the United States. In 1996, Mr. Rainwater led a recapitalization of Mesa, Inc. (Pioneer's predecessor), and a partnership controlled by Mr. Rainwater became a major shareholder in July 1996. Mr. Rainwater is also chairman of the board of directors of Crescent Operating, Inc. ("COI"). Mr. Rainwater is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin and the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University. Mr. Rainwater has served as the Chairman of the Board of Trust Managers since the Company's inception in 1994. 

Note that Rainwater's connection to Columbia/HCA may be no coincidence, since one of the biggest investors in that company was the 1818 Fund controlled by Brown Brothers Harriman. Brown Brothers Harriman partner Elbridge T. Gerry, Jr. is also a director of Union Pacific Corporation and Union Pacific Capital Trust.]

[For more insight into the Bush connection to Richard Rainwater, see: HOW BUSH REALLY MADE HIS MILLIONS.]  See attached picture of locations of the resources owned by the company. See also: 

FORT WORTH, Texas, Jan. 26 /PRNewswire/ -- Union Pacific Resources Group Inc. (NYSE: UPR - news) today announced that its Board and the Board of Norcen Energy Resources Limited (Norcen) have unanimously approved the acquisition of Norcen by UPR. The US$2.6 billion all cash transaction will increase UPR's estimated 1998 revenues to US$2.7 billion from US$1.9 billion. UPR is offering C$19.80 per share (US$13.65) for all outstanding shares of Norcen stock which represents a 29 percent premium over Norcen's closing price on January 23, 1998 of C$15.30 per share. UPR will also assume Norcen's outstanding net debt of approximately US$900 million, giving the overall transaction a US$3.5 billion value. Norcen's properties are located in four major areas which include Western Canada, the Gulf of Mexico, Venezuela and Guatemala. In addition, Norcen owns producing properties in Argentina and offshore Australia.  

The Company's executive offices are located at 1717 Main Street, Suite 5900, Dallas, Texas 75201-4605, and its telephone number is (214) 743-5600. This is in the Bank One Center building.] To learn about the shareholders, investors and activities of the Union Pacific Capital Trust, click here.

Note that Richard B. Cheney is one of the Directors of the Union Pacific Capital Trust.

If you would like to participate in this research project, you can follow the names of persons you read about in the news and want to know more about. One search site [ ]allows you to search a name of an individual, and it will give you back a list of every SEC filing in which that name appears. However, unless you subscribe for a fee, you cannot open the sites it returns. You can, however, make a note of the corporations and search them for the name.

The best site for searching the corporations is .You can search the corporation name. If any filings are found by the search, the name will be returned with the option "view filings" which you can then click on. The next screen will list all types of forms the corporation has filed with the SEC. The form most likely to list the names of the directors and officers of the company is called DEF 14A. If you click on that, it will return to you the introductory portion of that filing in the main screen, with an index in the frame section to the left of the screen. If you scroll down under table of contents, and click on DEF 14A--Definitive Proxy Statement, you will then have the complete filing in the right-hand screen, which can be searched for relevant names. That is how I find most of the information about individuals or corporations I know they are involved with.

In the event the individual is the manager of a fund or the director of a private company which is not required to file with the SEC, it can still be mentioned in filings of other corporations. In that case, you can do a "full text search" at: by clicking on "Full text search" under "search filings" in the left frame of the  home site.

NOTES: 1. Born in Manhattan in 1946 to a "well-to-do" family (she'll say only that her father is in "investments," her mother owns racehorses and Cornelia herself has "private income"), Corbett earned a degree from New York University (Washington Square) in history. As soon as she graduated though, "Cornie" as friends and family call her went west to teach skiing in Aspen. She met Dick there in '68 and returned with him to New York City. They married two years later. The honeymoon was exotic and long three months of hiking and wandering through Tibet, Nepal, Kamandu and the Himalayas. "The two of us slept in mud huts with the Nepalese," remembers Dick. "We traveled with nothing but the clothes on our backs and two sleeping bags. That trip showed she was a great outdoors lady. Leaving Manhattan, she was comfortable sleeping in a mud hut next to a campfire, crawling up and down the Himalayan range. She was a doer and great fun to be with."

As her husband made his first million in real estate (see sidebar), Cornelia spent three years as a case officer investigating abuse and neglect for the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children. "It was interesting and pretty gruesome," she recalls. When their first child was born in '73, it was time for a career change. "I could no longer be objective," says Cornelia. "I couldn't do case work. Every child became my own." The Corbetts met on the ski slopes, but Dick himself a former light-weight amateur boxer with a nose broken in six places to prove it introduced Cornelia to golf and, of course, she's been playing ever since. They take family vacations to hunt or go white-water rafting in Colorado, climbing in the Grand Canyon and camping with Wild Kingdom TV host Jim Fowler (he is godfather to one of their children). The couple is "simpatico," says Cornelia, very upbeat.

If an impression of Cornelia Corbett as ultimate sportswoman is being formed, it's not incorrect. "I've been a sports nut all my life," she says. "If I have been consistent in one thing in my life, it's my love of sports and competition." Cornelia and Dick moved to Tampa in 1978. In 1984, when the NASL went under, Dick Corbett's partners in the Rowdies, Stella Thayer and Bob Blanchard, decided to bow out as well. They didn't know where soccer was going if anywhere and lacked the spirit and time to continue. Dick and Cornelia toughed it out although the team has nowhere to play in '85. In '86, Dick made his wife sole owner.

To read an interesting article of Dick Corbett's International Dream, which connects him to Joseph P. Kennedy, various financial service companies, the old railroads and his dreams of international business, click here.

As you can see, if you trace the tentacles, the Octopus, founded by the Harriman's is alive and thriving and intends to take over the Presidency and Vice-Presidency of the United States.