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A Journalist's call to action
from John Buchanan
November 19, 2003

On Wednesday, November 19, 2003 John Buchanan wrote:

A Call To Action For An Important Journalistic-Historical Project

On September 17, I became the first journalist in U.S. history to independently confirm and report in a reputable newspaper -- The New Hampshire Gazette, founded in 1756 and the oldest paper in America -- the Nazi past of the Bush family, via its 27-year business relationship with Nazi industrialist Fritz Thyssen from 1924 until 1951. Both Prescott Bush, the grandfather of George W. Bush, and George Herbert Walker, his maternal great-grandfather, were part of the partnership, under the banner of the private bank Brown Brothers Harriman.

Beginning in August 1942, those Nazi-front business assets were seized by the U.S. government under The Trading with the Enemy Act. The seizures continued until 1951, when Thyssen, the financial architect of The Third Reich, died in Argentina. It was the liquidation of those Nazi assets after Thyssen's death that were the foundation of the Bush family fortune.

Last March, Newsweek Polska, the magazine s Polish edition, published a brief but shocking story that linked the Bush fortune directly to slave labor at Auschwitz. The U.S. edition, as I reported in my first NHG story on October 10:


.... spiked the story for reasons that have never been accounted for by Newsweek.

Since my discovery of the actual documents, many of which were only declassified and approved for public release on September 14 (four days before I got to the archives) virtually every major news organization in the U.S. has refused to investigate the Bush-Nazi story or even examine the documents. The list includes The New York Times, ABC News, Washington Post, Knight-Ridder Newspapers, Miami Herald, CNN, The Wall Street Journal and USA Today.

Despite the failure of the mainstream media to acknowledge my historic scoop, Associated Press put the story out to the world over the weekend of October 17-19, and it ran in major international newspapers including The Guardian (UK), Jerusalem Times and Ha'aretz (Israel), Hindustan Times (India), Sydney Morning Herald (Australia) and The Moscow Times (Russia).

However, liberal Bush-bashing columnist and author Joe Conason, author of 'Big Lies,' dismissed the Nazi allegations as a smear against President George W. Bush in The New York Observer. Cartoonist Garry Trudeau then weighed in with a Sunday Doonesbury. The Moscow Times ran a Prescott Bush Nazi parody. Howard Kurtz addressed my reporting and lack of wider coverage in his Washington Post media column.

Then, on November 17, noted Presidential biographer and Bush biographer Herbert Parmet put things into perspective with an essay at The History News Network at George Mason University:


"We need to do more," Parmet wrote, "than merely sift through the essence of Buchanan's assertions, as troubling as they may be, to appreciate the value of his labors, and wonder at the contribution to public knowledge of Steven Fowle's maverick newspaper."

It is in that spirit that this undertaking is made. This is a challenge to deliver on his challenge to give wider voice to the facts.

Steve Fowle, the editor and publisher of The New Hampshire Gazette, and I are asking that interested journalists, editors, researchers and historians join us so that we, with our limited resources, can aggressively and accurately follow the Bush-Nazi story to its conclusion.

Specifically, we intend to prove the Bush family connection to slave labor at Auschwitz with documentary evidence and living sources.

In addition, we intend to prove that the Bush family fortune did indeed originate as blood money from its support of totalitarian, non-Democratic regimes that included Hitler, the Bolsheviks, Mussolini and Stalin.

The even larger issue, however, is whether this newly-confirmed information matters to the American people, the Congress and the media or not. We submit, based on the international reaction to date to my first three articles in the Gazette, that the American people have a right to know, on a major story national basis, of this troubling and until now secret chapter of U.S. history.

Do you agree? If you do, we must include your voice in the first media action we will soon be bringing (a barrage of incoming phone calls and e-mails demanding fair coverage of this story) in order to get the attention of the major news outlets.

If you agree the story is important, we also need your support in asking that Congress investigate the 60-year media cover-up of the Bush family history and its implications for the present and future.

If you do not agree the Bush-Nazi connection is important and relevant, please say so and state your reasoning. We welcome all opinions and points of view, including those of media and news executives from both the mainstream and alternative presses, on all sides of the debate.

Most important, however, we need to get to work on the next stories in the NHG. Please let me know what resources and/or contacts you can contribute, or what advice you have on how best to proceed with the systematic reporting of this information.

The critical story element now is the Auschwitz connection. To research and report that part of the story with the same document-supported, unimpeachable credibility as the first articles will be difficult at best. Please let me know your best ideas for pursuing it, both in the U.S. as well as Germany and Poland.

I will keep you all posted on developments over the coming days and weeks as the story develops and finds a wider audience, both here and abroad.

Ultimately, I trust, it is the American people and the people of the world not the media or politicians who will determine whether this discovery is truly important or not, and if so, why. For myself, I believe it is vitally important and terribly relevant.

I look forward to your insights, discoveries, revelations and reactions.

Thank you for your interest and support.

John Buchanan jtwg@bellsouth.net
TOMJournalist & Investigative Reporter

Posted: November 24, 2003


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