by Linda Minor © 2000

Several months ago NewsMakingNews published online evidence that Dick Cheney is much more than meets the public eye. 
Click. All indications are that Cheney is part of a global network of families whose ties can be traced through the Union Pacific Railroad, Brown & Root construction, Halliburton oil services, Dresser Industries oil and gas pipeline accessories, and into the land  development and oil production projects ancillary to the real estate acquired by the railroad whose investments they manage.

LBJ was a sleeper put in power by the King Ranch, which as was shown in part I of this series, is closely tied to Anne Armstrong, is a director of Halliburton.  In 1942 until he left public office, LBJ  was financed completely by Brown and Root, now part of Halliburton.  In 1960 LBJ was thrust upon Kennedy as his vice president so LBJ could carry Texas for Kenney.  LBJ had proved in 1948 that he and his team could guarantee winning the Texas vote. In 1963 Kennedy was killed most likely by an assassination network operated by the King Ranch group and Clint Murchison in Mexico.  Murchison was, of course, very close to Rockefeller.  As soon as LBJ became president, he escalated the war in Vietnam, which primarily benefited Brown and Root.  If this year's election fraud is allowed to stand, what does Halliburton, headed by Dick Cheney, have planned for us?

Although individual men die a generation at a time, networks of families live on.  That is what Cheney represents.  Thus it comes as no surprise to see what is happening in the presidential election is focused at the moment on Broward and Palm Beach Counties, Florida.  A network such as Cheney represents is always prepared for any exigency. This same network was prepared to carry the vote  in 1948 when Lyndon Johnson ran for the United States Senate.

But Johnson was a Democrat, you say!  Not so.  He was an egotist and a pragmatist-- he did whatever he had to do to promote Lyndon.  His opportunity to broaden his horizons came during the Depression, when he was offered a job in Congress working for a man, seemingly not unlike George W. Bush, a scion of a wealthy ranching family in South Texas with no real abilities or interests, who was elected to Congress on his name and needed someone to do the work for him--Congressman Kleborg.

Part One of this series showed the history of Congressman Kleberg, and the King Ranch which his family owned--a ranch which was acquired with profits made from
the shipping of contraband munitions during the Mexican War--a war orchestrated by persons who used Barbara Bush's ancestor, Franklin Pierce, to take the land south of the Nueces River from Mexico after Texas was annexed as a state.  The ranches in this territory, owned by Richard King, Mifflin Kenedy and their partner Charles Stillman, operated as a buffer between the U.S. and Mexico.  Resentful Mexicans, who felt their land had been stolen from them, engaged in continual raids across the new Rio Grande border.  To counteract these raids, the Texas ranchers used the Texas Rangers, commanded by William G. Tobin to chase away the raiding parties. Tobin's family has continued its ties with the King Ranch family ever since.

The Tobin family is intermarried with the King-Kleberg family and with the Armstrongs of San Antonio, Texas.  From the present generation springs Anne Armstrong, who is a director of Halliburton alongside Dick Cheney.  She has also served on the board of American Express with Henry Kissinger and Vernon Jordan--not to mention having been in London as Ambassador to the Court of St. James.

British banking interests have been interested in the King Ranch since as early as 1882 when Mifflin Kenedy sold his adjoining ranch to a syndicate of Dundee, Scotland, called the Texas Land & Cattle Co., Ltd.  (See The King Ranch Tom Lea).  Within a year of that sale, King considered selling to the syndicate, but the deal was never closed. Another syndicate of unnamed eastern capitalists attempted to buy the ranch
in 1907, the same year that Bostonian F.S. Pearson was involved in building railroads from Mexico through west and north Texas to connect to St. Louis. In 1902 the ranchers turned to B.F. Yoakum, friend of Uriah Lott, the creator of the Tex-Mex Railroad.  As a result, a corporation was formed with shareholders including the Kings, Klebergs, Armstrongs, Kenedys and others--with Uriah Lott as president.  The railroad became the St. Louis, Brownsville & Mexican Railway--which like so many other railroads built by Lott was financed by G.H. Walker & Co. of St. Louis.


Once Lyndon Johnson began to make himself heard in Congress, he quickly attracted the attention of Franklin Roosevelt.  He was groomed for many of the endeavors he would use to make his name by FDR backers such as Joe Alsop,  who had begun his undercover intelligence career in the O.S.S. Alsop and his brother Stewart were related to FDR by marriage on his mother's side--the Delano family whose role in the
opium trade has been documented previously on this website--as well as being
the sons of Eleanor's first cousin, Corinne Robinson Alsop .  In fact, it was Joe Alsop who in 1963 repeatedly suggested to Johnson that the only way to keep the Washington Post off his back was to appoint the Warren Commission to investigate the assassination.

The Alsop, Delano, Roosevelt and Forbes families of Boston and New York were interwoven by marriage and by financial investment in enterprises such as the Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad.  These families stem from a syndicate created by Thomas Handasyd Perkins of Newburyport, Massachusetts--forced out of the lucrative African slave trade to establish an alternative shipping empire based on opium.  By the 1830s, the Russells had bought out the Perkins syndicate and made Connecticut the primary center of the U.S. opium racket. Massachusetts families (Coolidge, Sturgis, Forbes and Delano) joined Connecticut (Alsop) and New York (Low) smuggler-millionaires under the Russell auspices.  This account is supported by historical research conducted by John K. Fairbank in his 1968 article for the American Historical Association, posted at .  Fairbank indicates that the opium profits were invested in the Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad and the Michigan Central.  A man named John N. Alsop Griswold of
New York, a Russell & Company partner at Shanghai, returned to become president of the Illinois Central in 1855 and was later chairman of the CB &Q.

The CB & Q was, of course, based in St. Louis, and it constituted the northern extension of the same railroad that dipped southerly into Mexico through Kingsville and Laredo. It was financed by the same opium profits.  See the NewsMakingNews article
at This railroad now stretches from Mexico to Canada under the control of the Burlington Northern Santa
Fe. This railroad was the primary beneficiary of NAFTA.  It is also steeped in allegations of drug smuggling. and

Alsop was aided in his handling of Johnson by Floridian, Phil Graham, the son-in-law of Eugene Meyer--the only man besides Bush's Uncle Herbie who is known to have invested in George H.W. Bush's first oil company in Midland, Texas. In December 1959, in preparation for the 1960 election,  Graham was already busy planning how to  clinch the Democratic nomination for Lyndon.  As soon as Phil realized that Johnson was not going to make it, he hatched the plan for Kennedy to select Johnson as his running mate.  Johnson himself would later credit Phil with pushing Kennedy to choose him.  He told biographer Doris Kearns Goodwin that Phil "told Kennedy to make me vice president."

Once Kennedy clinched the nomination, Phil and Joseph Alsop hurried to his suite at the Biltmore and explained the virtues of Johnson as running mate....According to Pierre Salinger, John Kennedy's press secretary, Phil [Graham] was one of the elite group of journalists--others were Ben Bradlee, Joe Alsop, Walter Lippmann--who could simply pick up the telephone and call JFK. They were very close.

But the man who really gets credit for electing LBJ is usually said to be George R. Brown of Brown & Root.  In the 1930's the Brown brothers were in a two-bit construction business, paving the streets of small towns in Central Texas.  Almost overnight, in 1942 after teaming up with Johnson, they won their first government contract to build a dam, then a naval air station in Corpus Christi, near the district Cong. Kleberg had represented.  Their next opportunity was to expand into shipbuilding.  By 1947  George Brown was placed on the boards of a number of multi-national corporations with interlocking directorates.  During George Brown's tenure on the ITT board other directors included Allan Kirby, an heir to the Woolworth fortune, Robert Young, a former stockbroker turned railroad tycoon connected with
Allegheny Corp., and Robert McKinney-Young's cousin-of Davis Manufacturing.

The names Allan Kirby and Robert Young provide a strong clue to Brown's other connections.  Allan Kirby had had virtual control of Allegheny since 1937.  Solomon Warfield had secured a number of shares of Allegheny preferred stock, "issued in a storm of controversy by the banker J.P. Morgan, who was a chief investor for King George VI and Queen Elizabeth at the time they were Duke and Duchess of York," for his niece, Wallis Simpson (later the Duchess of Windsor), which she inherited upon his death in 1927. This stock had always been her "first investment favorite," according to her biographer Charles Higham.   When the Duke and Duchess became friends with
Robert Young, allegedly after being introduced by mutual friend Robert Foskett after they moved to the Bahamas, Young and his wife Anita became one of their few close friends.  Both Foskett and Young were directors of Allegheny and lived in Palm Beach, Florida.  By 1941 Young owned a controlling interest in the Allegheny Corporation, a holding company which owned the Chesapeake and Ohio Railroad of Baltimore.  In 1954, after a long proxy struggle, and with the aid of fellow Texans Clinton Williams
Murchison, Sr., and Sid Williams Richardson, Young gained control of the New York Central and became the chairman of its board. On January 25, 1958, Young apparently committed suicide with a shotgun at his winter mansion in Palm Beach, Florida.

Before his death, Young had convinced Murchison to entertain the Duke and Duchess and their entourage at his secluded ranch in the interior of Mexico in January 1950.  This is the same ranch that has been alleged to have been used as a haven for the assassination team which operated out of the King Ranch.  There was testimony given in a Texas murder trial that there were twenty-five to thirty professional assassins kept in Mexico by the espionage section of the U. S. Federal Bureau of Investigation; that these men were used to commit political assassinations all over North, South and Central America, the East European countries and in Russia; that these men were the absolute world's most accurate riflemen; they sometimes took private contracts to kill in the
United States; that the contact man for employment of the riflemen was a man named Bowen posing as an American Council of Christian Churches' missionary in Mexico; that you could reach Bowen through the owner of the St. Anthony's Hotel in Laredo, Texas.  Albert Alexander Osborne, alias John Howard Bowen, alias J.H. Owen, a charter member and employee of the A.C.C.C., met Lee Harvey Oswald and accompanied him to Mexico City in late September of 1963.

Osborne, alias John Howard Bowen, was discovered to have another person working with him who also used the alias John Howard Bowen. The second person also traveling as Bowen was Fred Lee Crismon, another agent for the munitions makers police agency, the Defense Industrial Security Command. Crismon also posed as a missionary and also used other aliases. Among the cognomens for Crismon were Fred Lee, Jon Gould and Jon Gold. Osborne and Crismon also bore a marked resemblance and appeared to be about the same age. Crismon was a Syrian immigrant and had been closely associated with Osborne since the 1920's.  Crismon, Osborne and their riflemen charges in Mexico were based at Clint Murchison's huge ranch when not posing as missionaries in other areas of Mexico.