THE HIDDEN HAND OF THE CIA - 9/11 and Popular Mechanics
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Date: Thursday, 17 March 2005, 8:29
THE HIDDEN HAND OF THE C.I.A.
AND THE 9/11 PROPAGANDA
OF POPULAR MECHANICS
By Christopher Bollyn
Exclusive to American Free Press
A brutal purge of the senior staff
at Popular Mechanics preceded the publication
of last month's scandalous propaganda
piece about 9/11. Pulling the strings
is the grand dame of Hearst Magazines
and behind the scene is her obscure
husband a veteran propaganda expert
and former special assistant to the
director of the C.I.A.
The Reichstag fire, a key event in
German history, and the steps that followed
en suite leading to the Nazi dictatorship
of Adolf Hitler, provide remarkable
precedents for what occurred in the
United States on 9/11 and since.
The fire that consumed the German parliament
building on the night of February 27,
1933, is "widely believed," according
to Encyclopedia Britannica, to have
been contrived by the newly formed Nazi
government to turn public opinion against
its opponents and allow it to assume
The day after the burning of the Reichstag,
the government headed by Adolf Hitler
enacted a decree "for the Protection
of the People and the State." Hitler's
emergency decree dispensed with all
constitutional protection of political,
personal, and property rights.
Likewise, a month after 9/11 the U.S.
Congress passed, without even reading,
similar emergency legislation: the Bush
administration's USA PATRIOT Act of
2001. The pre-prepared massive security
act's long title is "Uniting and
Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate
Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct
Within a month of the Reichstag fire,
on March 23, 1933, the parliament passed
the Enabling Act, whereby its legislative
powers were transferred to Hitler's
Reich Cabinet. This act, passed by a
vote of 444 to 94, legally sanctioned
the Nazi dictatorship,
Another parallel is seen in the way
George W. Bush and Hitler came to power.
Bush obtained the presidency in 2001
through a Supreme Court decision after
a flawed and un-counted election, while
Hitler secured the German chancellorship
through elections in November 1932 in
which the Nazi Party failed to win an
Hitler's propaganda minister, Joseph
Goebbels, is thought to have let arsonists
into the parliament building through
a tunnel leading from the official residence
of Hermann Gvring, Reichstag president
and Hitler's chief minister.
Gvring then presided over the official
investigation, which blamed the communists.
In a similar manner, the Bush administration
openly opposed an independent investigation
of 9/11 and fixed blame on Osama Bin
Laden and 19 Arab terrorists. Based
on this official, but unproven, explanation
for 9/11 the United States has invaded
and occupied two Middle Eastern nations.
"DISINFORMATION AND DECEPTION"
"Ninety-five percent of the work
of intelligence agencies around the
world is disinformation and deception," Andreas von B|low, former parliamentary
official responsible for the budget
for Germany's intelligence agencies,
told American Free Press in December
Like Nazi Germany of 1933, American
newsstands today carry a mainstream
magazine dedicated to pushing the government's "truth" of 9/11 while viciously smearing
independent researchers as "extremists"
who "peddle fantasies" and make "poisonous
The magazine pushing the government's
9/11 propaganda, Popular Mechanics (PM),
is published by the Hearst family. Its
March cover story, "Debunking 9/11 Lies," has been exposed by credible researchers
to contain numerous distortions and
American Free Press revealed that Benjamin
Chertoff, the 25-year-old "senior researcher" who authored the 9/11 article, is related
to Michael Chertoff, the new Secretary
of the Department of Homeland Security
(DHS). The PM article illustrates how
a propaganda method, used by dictatorships,
is now being employed by the U.S. government:
controlling mainstream media outlets
to promote its version of 9/11.
The actions of Michael Chertoff concerning
the events of 9/11, the non-investigation
that followed, the USA PATRIOT Act,
and the propaganda being disseminated
in PM, are strikingly similar to actions
attributed to the Nazi ministers Joseph
Goebbels and Hermann Gvring.
While Chertoff is the "czar" of DHS,
he is not sovereign at PM or Hearst
Magazines, its corporate parent. The
president of Hearst Magazines, one of
the world's largest publishers of monthly
magazines with 18 U.S. titles and more
than 100 international editions, is
Cathleen P. Black, a 60-year old native
of Chicago. Black oversees the publication
of 175 titles around the world including
Cosmopolitan, Harper's Bazaar, Town
& Country, Esquire, Good Housekeeping,
and Popular Mechanics.
Black is a former president and publisher
of USA Today. In 1983, Black was made
president of the new newspaper published
by Gannett. The following year she was
made publisher and soon became a member
of Gannett's board of directors.
"Despite her efforts," her biography
reads, "USA Today did not show an operating
profit in the eight years that Black
was there." The newspaper's non-profitability
notwithstanding, Gannett paid Black
$600,000 a year for her efforts. USA
Today reportedly had a circulation of
1.8 million when Black left in 1991.
USA Today is often given away free of
Black left USA Today to become president
and chief executive of the nascent Newspaper
Association of America (NAA), formed
on June 1, 1992. She then became the
leading spokesperson and lobbyist for
the nation's newspaper industry. Black's
position at the NAA carried "considerable
political heft," Paul Farhi of
The Washington Post wrote, "given
that the 1,400 members of her organization
control the nation's editorial pages."
In 1995, for an annual salary reported
to be "in excess of $1 million," Black was hired by Hearst Corp. to head
its magazine division.
Named by Fortune magazine as one of
the Most Powerful Women in American
Business, Black sits on the boards of
Hearst Corp., the Advertising Council,
IBM, and Coca-Cola. She is also a member
of the Council on Foreign Relations.
It is often said that USA Today is
controlled by the CIA, which, like the
paper, is based in McLean, Virginia.
The little-known fact that Black is
married to Thomas E. Harvey, an obscure
lawyer who became a White House Fellow
in 1977 and served as "special assistant'
to the Director of Central Intelligence
(DCI), provides substance to these rumors.
Black's corporate biography does not
mention her husband.
President Jimmy Carter made Harvey
a White House Fellow in May 1977. "In
that capacity," Harvey's biography
reads, he "served as special assistant
to the Director of the C.I.A. Following
that he held senior appointed positions
within the Department of Defense."
The DCI at the time was Stansfield
Turner, who had replaced George H.W.
Prior to serving the CIA, Harvey worked
at the New York law office of Milbank,
Tweed, Hadley & McCloy. The international
law firm, co-founded by Morris Hadley,
a 1916 member of Yale University's secret
society Skull & Bones, has ties
to the CIA and lists William H. Webster,
DCI from 1987-1991, as a senior partner.
Webster also serves on the Homeland
Security Advisory Council.
In the 1980s, Harvey served as General
Counsel and Congressional Liaison of
the U.S. Information Agency, the former
external propaganda arm of the U.S.
government. Harvey also served as Deputy
Assistant Secretary for the Army and
Navy. In 1992, Harvey was personnel
director for the Bush-Quayle '92 Campaign.
Calls to the offices of Black and Harvey
for the purpose of this article went
THE COUP AT POPULAR MECHANICS
In the months leading up to the Chertoff
article in PM, a brutal take-over occurred
at the magazine. In September 2004,
Joe Oldham, the magazine's former editor-in-chief
was replaced by James B. Meigs, who
came to PM with a "deputy," Jerry Beilinson,
from National Geographic Adventure.
In October, a new creative director
replaced PM's 21-year veteran who was
given ninety minutes to clear out of
A former senior editor at PM, who is
forbidden from openly discussing the
coup at PM, told AFP that the former
creative director was abruptly told
to leave and given severance pay of
two weeks wages for every year spent
at PM. "Three or four" people have been
similarly dismissed every month since,
he said. He said he was astounded that
the coup at PM had not been reported
in the mainstream media.
PM has long been a supporter of the
U.S. military. The magazine ran a full
page ad in support of the troops in
Iraq and Afghanistan in May 2003. Since
the purge last September, however, PM
readers have noticed that government
propaganda has replaced scientific writing.
A letter to the editor in the current
issue says, "I think you guys are just
another tool in the government's propaganda
to America's Last Real Newspaper - AFP