- 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
- 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 1 vote.
- 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
- 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
- But do we, "as a society" accept this basic
premise? None of the 19 "Islamist terrorists" were even found
on the passenger lists that day.
- "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."