Crimes of the State|
"Chertoff delayed federal response, memo shows"
"Chertoff didn't shift that power to Brown
until late afternoon or evening on Aug. 30,
about 36 hours after Katrina hit"
How many dead babies and grandparents does it take to earn one the title of "butcher?"
A handful should be sufficient, if the killer is a common nutcase. Dozens of dead bodies aren't required in our mainstream sensationalist culture, certainly not hundreds, or thousands!
The buck stops where?
LA TIMES: "Under the National Response Plan, the Homeland Security secretary is deemed the 'principal federal official'? the overall manager ? for all major natural disasters."
Knight-Ridder: "But Chertoff - not Brown - was in charge of managing the national response to a catastrophic disaster, according to the National Response Plan, the federal government's blueprint for how agencies will handle major natural disasters or terrorist incidents. An order issued by President Bush in 2003 also assigned that responsibility to the homeland security director."
Clearly Michael Chertoff was in charge the entire time. Which means that when FEMA actively blocked every conceivable manner of aid and rescue from arriving -- or entering into -- New Orleans and Jefferson Parishes, Michael Chertoff was directly responsible for the needless deaths that resulted. Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff should be arrested immediately for murder, or at least for "manslaughter."
Sander Hicks has investigated Michael Chertoff for his newly released book: The Big Wedding, 9/11... Hicks provided some crucial information about Chertoff in a radio interview with Dave Emory on WFMU's For the Record (mp3):
"Their attorney happened to be Michael Chertoff"
"(Michael Chertoff) just happened to be the defender of these Egyptians who were financiers of Osama bin Laden. And it's an incredible anomaly, and it should have completely spoiled his chances for becoming Director of Homeland Security, however there seemed to be an extremely tight media blackout.
"(NJ State investigators) found ten million. Five million [$] was still missing, still unaccounted for. It looks like that ended up in the hands of Osama bin Laden. So, Dr. Magdy Elamir had a lot to answer for. But he hired one of the most powerful attorneys at the time: Michael Chertoff (...) and Chertoff got him off. And Magdy Elamir never went to jail.
"And, [undercover informant] Randy Glass first tipped me off to this because Randy Glass was interfacing with Magdy Elamir's brother Mohammad Elamir who was trying to arrange for a major international arms shipment.
"This is what Randy Glass said. Around the time of Chertoff's confirmation hearings, Glass contacted [Washington Post reporter John] Mintz.
"Glass remembers: John [Mintz] loved it, Chertoff, that whole piece. All of a sudden John called me up and said, 'Randy listen, they're not letting me run with it. Something funny's going on. I've talked to other people in the biz. There's a lot of strings being pulled in town. Everytning you told me is true. We verified everything.'"
Randy Glass told Sander Hicks about the "media blackout." Sander Hicks called up John Mintz at the Washington Post, and relays the following conversation:
Hicks: "This is what Randy Glass said. Is it true?"
Mintz: "You can't quote me verbatim. (...) It's all a lie. Everything Randy Glass told you is a lie. This is obviously some sort of conspiracy theory."
Hicks: "Well, now hold on a second Mr. Mintz. This is not a conspiracy theory when the State of New Jersey takes over Dr. Magdy Elamir's HMO, my friend, and finds a blatant $5 million missing. It's hardly in the realm of theory. And Chertoff defends this guy."
Hicks: "I also talked to John Vicente (sp?) at the Palm Beach Post (...) And he said he had the same reaction. He tried to do a story on Chertoff's connections to financiers of Osama bin Laden, and his editors wouldn't let him do the story."
Of more importance than the case of the missing $5 million, Michael Chertoff was selected to head up the Department of Justice's Criminal Division. This put him in charge of the FBI's terrorist financing (blocked) investigations, in the wake of September 11th 2001.
Hicks: "(Chertoff) headed up Operation Greenquest. So he was supposed to be the guy tracking down the financial network of international terror, which was really ironic because the appointment as Greenquest head overlapped by about a month with his private practice of DEFENDING a key proponent of 5 million dollars of Islamic terror financing. So go ahead an riddle me that. You know, tell me how that works."
Chertoff's client, Dr. Magdy Elamir, had some actual links to Islamic terrorist networks, as reported by DATELINE NBC. An intelligence report, given to the chairman of the House International Relations Committee implicates Dr. Elamir:
Dateline NBC: "Should counterterrorism investigators take an interest in Dr. el Amir? Well, take a look at this document obtained by DATELINE last fall. A foreign intelligence report that makes a startling allegation about the doctor, that he has had financial ties with Osama bin Laden for years. The report was given to a senior member of Congress, Ben Gilman, back in 1998 when he was chairman of the House International Relations Committee."
It's also telling that nothing was done by FEDERAL investigators regarding the Dr. Elamir/bin Laden connection. Years later, it was NJ STATE investigators who did the work of prosecuting this.
Michael Chertoff headed up the "Greenquest" (non) investigation while he was at the Department of Justice. There, at DOJ, he deliberately covered up whatever terror financing links were known, as reported in an important expos? in Newsweek.
At that point in time, the new Department of Homeland Security (led by Tom Ridge) was spearheading its own anti-terror financing investigation, but the DOJ/FBI people, led by Michael Chertoff, were fighting them to keep the information a secret.
Newsweek (Dec. 10, 2003):
"The FBI-Justice move [to take over the investigation], pushed by DOJ Criminal Division chief Michael Chertoff and Deputy Attorney General Larry Thompson, has enraged Homeland Security officials, however. They accuse the bureau [Chertoff] of sabotaging Greenquest investigations?by failing to turn over critical information to their agents?and trying to obscure a decadelong record of lethargy [actually criminal obstruction] in which FBI offices failed to aggressively pursue terror-finance cases.
?They (the FBI) won?t share anything with us,? said a Homeland Security official. ?Then they go to the White House and they accuse us of not sharing ? If they can?t take it over, they want to kill it.?
This is a clear indication that the enemy is inside the gates. The "incompetence theory" that somehow the top levels of the intelligence bureaus keep repeatedly "failing" is a sad farce.
The nonsense that they sell to the ignorant public is that this is a "turf war" between agencies, a childish rivalry that seems to enable spectacular acts of terrorism here, which are conveniently the pretexts for serial wars in the oil-rich middle east, long a neo-con wet dream.
The people who get caught time and again in "failures" which directly help the alleged "terrorists" get promoted inside this regime, up to the highest positions that the federal government has to offer. Look up "David Frasca" on Google for more about that phenomenon.
Chertoff's "investigation" (sic) covered up the terrorist financing so well that the Kean 9-11 Commission could write in its report:
"Similarly we have seen no evidence that any foreign government--or foreign government official--supplied any funding."
Well that's odd, seeing how the head of Pakistani Intelligence was forced to step down when FBI agents confirmed to Indian intelligence that the Pakistani ISI chief had ordered a $100,000 wire transfer to alleged lead hijacker Mohammad Atta. This was ftont page news in India, and was reported in several venues here. Not a word about ISI chief Lt. General Mahmoud Ahmad appears in any of the 9-11 reports. This news story makes the 9-11 Commission Report a bald faced lie.
Chertoff also had a hand in drafting the PATRIOT ACT.
Washington Post: "In meetings with the White House, Chertoff pushed for expanded powers to conduct secret searches, steps that civil libertarians have challenged with some success in federal court. ("Democracy," a federal judge wrote recently in striking down such a provision, "abhors undue secrecy.") Chertoff labored to dismantle barriers that kept intelligence agencies from sharing information with local law enforcement agencies."
So Who Is This Chertoff Guy?
If you're a 9-11 researcher, then you already know that: "Chertoff's Cousin Penned Popular Mechanics 9/11 Hit Piece." The cousin goes by the name of Benjamin Chertoff, whom the Hearst (yellow journalism inc.) publication Popular Mechanics made the "senior researcher" for the piece. This Popular Mechanics article was so ridiculously bad, that it claimed:
Popular Mechanics: "In the decade before 9/11 NORAD intercepted only one civilian plane over North America: golfer Payne Stewart's Learjet, in October 1999."
If you're not laughing out loud, it's probably because you're crying out loud.
Associated Press: "From Sept. 11 to June, NORAD scrambled jets or diverted combat air patrols 462 times, almost seven times as often as the 67 scrambles from September 2000 to June 2001, Martin said."
-Maj. Douglas Martin, NORAD spokesman
Oops. The rest of that Popular Mechanics article is an exercise in covert propaganda. The "debunking" is primarily of wild claims that very few people --if any -- have actually made. The substantive 9-11 allegations never appear.
Christopher Bollyn, American Free Press: "(Benjamin) 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.'
"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."
The American Free Press alleges that Michael Chertoff may hold dual-citizenship as an Israeli citizen. This charge stems from Chertoff's mother Livia helping to create the state of Israel, and helping in a Mossad operation called "Magic Carpet," where thousands of Yemeni Jews were flown to Israel in El Al planes in 1949-50. Israeli law holds that children of Israeli citizens are automatically citizens of Israel.
Chertoff has denied the allegation, and he has evaded specifics about his childhood: "I'll take the fifth." Chertoff's father was a rabbi, and his siblings are reported to be ardent Zionists. Chertoff's wife Meryl is a prominent member of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL).
This brings up a plethora of questions about Israeli spying in America, and Israeli links to the 9-11 operation itself.
For example: why were 140 Israeli agents who were detained after 9-11, many of whom had demolitions training, released without charge, and the matter made "classified?" Why were the five Mossad agents who were caught celebrating the WTC demolition, photographing themselves holding up cigarette lighters, released as well? And why has none of this made it into the "Independent" 9-11 Commission's "Investigation", or into the Congressional Joint Inquiry?
Did Michael Chertoff's role as the head of the Department of Justice Criminal Division have something to do with this Israeli participation cover-up?
A MAN FOR ALL RULERS
At the time of Michael Chertoff's Homeland Security confirmation hearings, he received lots of "Bipartisan Praise". This bipartisan love fest had begun way back at the inauguration of Bill Clinton (1993):
LA Times: "When President Clinton took office, he fired all the U.S. attorneys who had served under his Republican predecessor except one: New Jersey U.S. Attorney Michael Chertoff."
That's some exceptional guy, as the article shows. It reveals something quite out of the ordinary about Michael Chertoff.
Not a word from anyone in power about Chertoff's successful defense of a known bin Laden financier. Even though the Bergen Record newspaper had published the facts of the case in a series of articles. This news was never picked up nationally -- somehow not being newsworthy enough to rate a few lines in the major press -- and they call this "freedom" and "democracy," ad nauseum.
Michael Chertoff was confirmed by the senate in a vote of 98-0.
Sources and Additional Research:
Chertoff delayed federal response, memo shows, By Jonathan S. Landay, Alison Young and Shannon McCaffrey, Knight Ridder Newspapers, 9-13-05
THE RESPONSE, Put to Katrina's Test, LA Times, By Nicole Gaouette, Alan C. Miller, Mark Mazzetti, Doyle McManus, Josh Meyer and Kevin Sack, 9-11-05
Archives for Dave Emory
September 27, 2005: FTR #525: Interview with Sander Hicks about The Big Wedding.
Trail of Terror, Never before broadcast tapes of how arms merchants who may have links to terrorism are buying arsenals of weapons, even components for nuclear bombs, by Chris Hansen and Ann Curry, Dateline NBC, August 2, 2002
Whose War on Terror? Newsweek Web Exclusive, Dec. 10, 2003
Scoop Links: FBI Whistleblower Blows Lid Off 911
LA Weekly, Another FBI Agent Blows the Whistle, New evidence that the Bureau quashed another terror probe before 9/11, by Jim Crogan
Judicial Watch, FBI Agent: Bureau Blocked Terrorism Investigation - Sues FBI for Blocking His Attempt to Tell the Public the Truth
The Complete 9-11 Commission Report (pdf)
Cover-up or Complicity of the Bush Administration? The Role of Pakistan's Military Intelligence (ISI) in the September 11 Attacks , by Michel Chossudovsky, Professor of Economics, University of Ottawa
Amid Praise, Doubts About Nominee's Post-9/11 Role, By Michael Powell and Michelle Garcia, Washington Post
Chertoff's Cousin Penned Popular Mechanics 9/11 Hit Piece, Chistopher Bollyn for American Free Press | March 7 2005
Popular Mechanics Attacks Its "9/11 LIES" Straw Man, by Jim Hoffman Version 1.2, February 9, 2005
Maj. Douglas Martin, NORAD spokesman, Military now notified immediately of unusual air traffic events, LESLIE MILLER; Associated Press Writer
Chertoff Nomination Gets Bipartisan Praise, DONNA DE LA CRUZ, Associated Press Writer
Did Bush's new homeland chief shield terror ring in NJ?, Madcow Morning News, Daniel Hopsicker
CONTROLLED PRESS CONCEALS CHERTOFF'S ISRAELI ROOTS, AFP, Christopher Bollyn
Israel Is Spying In And On The U.S.? Published: 12/12/01 FOX News. Part 1 of a 4 part series:, Carl Cameron
THE ISRAELI ART STUDENTS AND MOVERS STORY, By Wayne Madsen