Ben Chertoff: Propagandist & Illuminati Disinformation
By Christopher Bollyn
American Free Press
March 6, 2005
How The Bush Administration Uses Nepotism To Conceal Its Dark Secrets About
Exclusive to American Free Press
Dictators like Saddam Hussein have always used nepotism to protect their
secrets and maintain control. Like a dictatorship, the inner cabal that
directs the actions of the Bush administration uses the same tactics to
confuse the public and conceal the truth of 9/11.
Dictators have always employed nepotism, the placing of family members in
key positions, for one simple reason: only loyal family members can be trusted
with the secrets that keep them in power. For this reason the shameless
nepotism of the Bush administration should alarm Americans because it indicates
that a dictatorship is encroaching upon the United States.
The Defense Department defines nepotism as the situation when relatives
are in the same chain-of-command.
An egregious example of dictatorial-style nepotism occurred when George
W. Bush won the White House - twice - thanks to the key "swing state"
of Florida, where the presidential candidate's younger brother is governor.
In 2000 and 2004, against all odds, Florida swung decisively, the Bush way.
The official canvass from the 2004 election in Florida, certified less than
a fortnight after the election by three hand-picked lieutenants of Governor
Jeb Bush, shows Republican Members of Congress winning, such as Tom Feeney,
without congressional seats without even appearing on the ballot. In other
races, a handful of candidates for the Florida state house won with 100
percent of the vote against write-in candidates who didn't even receive
With high federal offices being given to the wives, sons and daughters of
senior members of the Bush administration, the Hearst Corporation
executives that publish Popular Mechanics magazine
probably didn't worry about the ethical considerations of hiring a cousin
of Michael Chertoff, a former Assistant Attorney General and the new Secretary
of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), as senior researcher.
But the March 2005 issue of Popular Mechanics (PM) plumbs new depths of
nepotism and Hearst-style "yellow journalism" with its cover story
about 9/11. PM's senior researcher, 25-year-old Benjamin Chertoff,
authored a propagandistic cover story entitled "Debunking 9/11 Lies"
which seeks to discredit all independent 9/11 research that challenges the
official version of events.
"Conspiracy theories can't stand up to the hard facts," the cover
reads. "After an in-depth investigation, PM answers with the truth,"
it says. But the article fails to provide evidence to support its claims
and doesn't answer the key question: What caused the collapses of the twin
towers and the 47-story World Trade Center 7?
The lead editorial by James Meigs, Editor-in-Chief of PM carries the title
"The Lies Are Out There." It continues: "As a society we
accept the basic premise that a group of Islamist terrorists hijacked four
airplanes and turned them into weapons against us."
But do we, "as a society" accept this basic premise? None of the
19 "Islamist terrorists" were even found on the passenger lists
"Sadly," Meigs continues, "the noble search for truth is
now being hijacked by a growing army of conspiracy theorists."
What Meigs fails to acknowledge is that while the fact that a conspiracy
is behind the 9/11 attacks is obvious, the question being raised by independent
researchers is: Who was involved in this conspiracy?
The Meigs' editorial concludes, "But those who peddle fantasies that
this country encouraged, permitted or actually carried out the attacks are
libeling the truth - and disgracing the memories of the thousands who died
on that day."
Nobody says that the United States of America did anything on 9/11, Mr.
Meigs. "This country," the USA doesn't do anything, Mr. Meigs,
people do. In the case of 9/11 we are dealing with a very small group of
people, perhaps no more than a dozen or so at the highest "architectural"
level, and there is no guarantee that they are from any one country - most
likely they are not.
The Chertoff article goes on to confront the "poisonous claims"
of 16 "myths" spun by "extremist" 9/11 researchers like
myself with "irrefutable facts," mostly provided by individuals
in the employ of the U.S. government.
But who is Benjamin Chertoff, the "senior researcher" at Popular
Mechanics who is behind the article? American Free Press has learned that
he is none other than a cousin of Michael Chertoff, the new Secretary of
the Department of Homeland Security.
This means that Hearst paid Benjamin Chertoff to write an article supporting
the seriously flawed explanation that is based on a practically non-existent
investigation of the terror event that directly led to the creation of the
massive national security department his "cousin" now heads. This
is exactly the kind of "journalism" one would expect to find in
a dictatorship like that of Saddam Hussein's Iraq.
Because the manager of public relations for Popular Mechanics didn't respond
to repeated calls from American Free Press, I called Benjamin Chertoff,
the magazine's "senior researcher," directly.
Chertoff said he was the "senior researcher" of the piece. When
asked if he was related to Michael Chertoff, he said, "I don't know."
Clearly uncomfortable about discussing the matter further, he told me that
all questions about the article should be put to the publicist - the one
who never answers the phone.
Benjamin's mother in Pelham, New York, however, was more willing to talk.
Asked if Benjamin was related to the new Secretary of Homeland Security,
Judy said, "Yes, of course, he is a cousin."
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