By DC Dave
First written: January 7, 2002
He hasn’t been the head of the DHS since the Republicans went out in 2009, but like an STD, Michael Chertoff continues to infect the nation.
Brasscheck suggests that we should call the current era the “Chertoff Century” because of his pernicious influence, from primary authorship of the freedom-destroying Patriot Act all the way to his current role profiting from the airport radiation gauntlets.
Conspicuously missing from Brasscheck’s litany of charges against Chertoff is that before he was DHS head, he was the head of the criminal division of the Department of Justice.That put him in the key position to solve the crime of 9/11 and to bring the perpetrators to justice.Put another way, he was in the perfect position to cover the crime up.He was the man responsible for sending back to Israel the so-called “dancing Israelis” who were seen apparently celebrating the attack on the twin towers, even after they were found to be employed not by a legitimate moving company but by the Mossad.And it was on his watch that the evidence in the form of the destroyed buildings in New York was quickly gathered up and sold for scrap abroad.
Chertoff was born on November 28, 1953 in Elizabeth, New Jersey. His father is Rabbi Gershon Baruch Chertoff (1915–96), a Talmud scholar and the former leader of the Congregation B’nai Israel in Elizabeth. His mother is Livia Chertoff (née Eisen), an Israeli citizen and the first flight attendant for El Al. His paternal grandparents are Rabbi Paul Chertoff and Esther Barish Chertoff.
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MICHAEL CHERTOFF, MASTER OF THE COVER-UP
Why do I doubt that Osama bin Laden was behind the atrocities of September 11? In the first place, it was a sly, covert operation. The massive U.S. budget for such things, which exceeds the gross national product of most of the countries of the world, is not spent in vain. In the covert world there is as little room for small, independent operators in the United States as there is in the news business, the automobile business, or the drug business.
Every political organization you can think of, especially those who wish ill for America’s ruling establishment, is thoroughly laced with informants on the federal payroll, recent lamentations about a shortage of “humint” resources notwithstanding.
Recent history has shown thatthe more important the matter,the greater the likelihood that they will lie to us about it.
THE SAME ACTORS
Michael Chertoff, Chief Counsel to the Senate Whitewater Committee can make smart people look stupid. Fade back to the summer of 1995. He is getting his first crack at the Clinton inner circle in the matter of the death of Vincent Foster, deputy White House counsel, two years before.In an intense cross-examination, he asks Susan Thomases, New York lawyer and close friend of Hillary Clinton, why she was notified before President Clinton of the discovery of a torn up note in Foster’s briefcase six days after his death. She explains that the president was out of town. Most lawyers would follow up by asking why the president’s being away presented a problem. But Chertoff commands a more expeditious means of torpedoing her explanation: He points out that Thomases herself was out of town.Amidst all the minutiae of Foster’s death, not every lawyer would have recalled the whereabouts of Susan Thomases at a moment’s notice. But Chertoff is a lawyer of rare skill.A 1978 graduate of Harvard Law School, he studied under Watergate special prosecutor Archibald Cox and worked on the law review. His prowess at argument made him the inspiration for not one but two characters in Scott Turow’s bestselling book about law students, One L.He went on to clerk for Supreme Court justice William Brennan, who called him “exceptional.”Later, Chertoff had a meteoric rise through the ranks as a U.S. attorney in New York (his boss was Rudy Giuliani) and New Jersey, successfully prosecuting four mayors, as well as notorious figures like consumer electronics tycoon “Crazy Eddie” and Genovese crime king Anthony “Fat Tony” Salerno.
This, in a microcosm,is how cover-ups are carried out in America today.
ED Noor: Never forget that "It is our duty to force all mankind to accept the seven Noahide laws, and if not ~ they will be killed." ~ Rabbi Yitzhak Ginsburg
Before we look at another example of our new top cop’s cover-up skills, let’s have a last look at who’s lavishing the praise on Chertoff. It is the Weekly Standard magazine, edited by William Kristol.
CHERTOFF IN ACTION
Now let’s have a closer look at the intense interrogation techniques of Mr. Chertoff in the Foster case. Hearings are taking place on July 20, 1995, exactly two years to the day after the Deputy White House Counsel and former law partner of Hillary Clinton had been found lying face up behind a berm in the far end of an obscure Civil War relic in Virginia called Fort Marcy Park. The park is about a mile from CIA headquarters, accessible at its main entrance from the scenic George Washington Parkway, which doubles as a busy commuter route, and from its back side from Chain Bridge Road.
Mr. CHERTOFF. Thank you, Mr. Chairman. Welcome everybody. It’s evident you’re all experienced in the area of law enforcement. Sergeant Braun, let me direct my attention to you first. I’d like to focus, please, on July 20, 1993 at around 6 p.m. Did you get a call to attend a scene of a violent death at that point in time?Ms. BRAUN. Yes I did.Mr. CHERTOFF. Who did you go to the scene with?Ms. BRAUN. I went to the scene with Investigator Rolla and Investigator Apt.Mr. CHERTOFF. Did you find at the scene the body of Vincent Foster?Ms. BRAUN. Yes I did.Mr. CHERTOFF. Approximately how long did you remain at the scene that evening?Ms. BRAUN. Until approximately 8:30 in the evening.Mr. CHERTOFF. You remained there with Detective Rolla?Ms. BRAUN. Yes.Mr. CHERTOFF. Where did you go next?Ms. BRAUN. After we left the scene, we went to the hospital to retrieve some property.Mr. CHERTOFF. After you were at the hospital, did you get a call to go pick somebody up?Ms. BRAUN. Yes we did.Mr. CHERTOFF. Who was that?Ms. BRAUN. We were requested to pick up Mr. David Watkins to allow him and his wife to assist us with the notification of the Foster family.Mr. CHERTOFF. Did you pick up David Watkins?Ms. BRAUN. Yes sir.Mr. CHERTOFF. Can you tell us how Mr. Watkins introduced himself to you, what he told you his position was?Ms. BRAUN. It’s been 2 years. I don’t remember exactly how he introduced himself. It was fairly informal. He introduced himself as David Watkins, and he presented me with one of his business cards.Mr. CHERTOFF. Did you learn from that business card that he was a senior official at the White House in charge of administration?Ms. BRAUN. Yes.Mr. CHERTOFF. Where did you and Detective Rolla take Mr. Watkins?Ms. BRAUN. We took Mr. Watkins to Mr. Foster’s home in Georgetown.Mr. CHERTOFF. Is it fair to say you arrived there sometime between 10 and 10:30 p.m.?Ms. BRAUN. As my recollection serves me, it was around 10 p.m.Mr. CHERTOFF. In the car, did you have any discussion with Mr. Watkins on the way to the Foster residence?Ms. BRAUN. We had a brief conversation. I recall asking Mr. Watkins if he had any indications why Mr. Foster would have committed suicide, and at that point, the only thing he could tell me was that he knew that Mr. Foster was upset over the Travelgate press that he had been getting.Mr. CHERTOFF. Was there any discussion in the car with Mr. Watkins about whether there was a note that had been found at the scene in Fort Marcy Park?Ms. BRAUN. No, I don’t recall any conversation to that effect.Mr. CHERTOFF. Now, what was the reason you wanted to go to the house with Detective Rolla?Ms. BRAUN. We were responding to the Foster home to make the death notification to Mr. Foster’s wife and relatives.Mr. CHERTOFF. Typically, does that process of making a death notification also involve a certain investigative element?Ms. BRAUN. Yes, it does.Mr. CHERTOFF. What is that?Ms. BRAUN. In a situation like that, it would be to look for information that would confirm that the suicide victim was despondent or had made prior attempts, anything that would confirm our suspicions that it was, in fact, a suicide.Mr. CHERTOFF. Now, you’ve said “suspicions” that it was a suicide. Recognizing that we’re concerned with your state of mind as it was that night, not what we know 2 years later–as of that night, had you concluded from an investigative standpoint that it was a suicide?Ms. BRAUN. I was fairly certain that it was a suicide but, during the course of an investigation, you would look for other information just to confirm it.Mr. CHERTOFF. So you still had to hold open the possibility of something else?Ms. BRAUN. That’s correct.Mr. CHERTOFF. Can you describe very briefly what occurred, what the scene was at the Foster home when you arrived there with Mr. Watkins?
He certainly showed me that he knows enough about the Foster case to know what not to ask, that is, if his purpose is to prevent the truth from coming out. When Ms. Braun told us that after she and Rolla left Fort Marcy Park they first went to the hospital to “retrieve some property,” a simpler person would have wondered out loud what property it was they thought they might “retrieve” at the hospital, of all places, and how it might be so important as to take precedent over talking to the family about Foster’s death.
Chertoff, though, is smart enough, and knowledgeable enough, to give that topic a wide berth. And notice how coy and careful Ms. Braun is as well, not specifying what the property might be nor explaining anything about the retrieval mission. One can almost picture the two of them winking at one another as she made her statement. To see what it is they are waltzing around and also to enjoy the contrast in sophistication between the investigating partners, Braun and Rolla, check out this questioning of John Rolla from the first Senate inquiry on July 21, 1994:
Q. Did you get any keys?A. I searched his pants pockets. I couldn’t find a wallet or nothing in his pants pockets. Later on Investigator Braun and myself searched the car…We searched the car and we were puzzled why we found no keys to the car…As it turned out Investigator Braun and myself went to the morgue in Fairfax hospital, after we made a death notification, to recheck him.
Q. Did he [Sgt. Robert Edwards] say he thought that the death was a suicide?A. I don’t recall exactly how he did it, and he did show the pictures to it that he had snapped.Q. Was it your understanding that a determination had been made as to the cause of death?A. I think we more made that determination. You know, like I said, when we first got the call. It was for a dead body. Then I asked if it was natural or of suspicious nature. And I was told suspicious, so I had them close the gate. Then once we got there, maybe actually I do remember speaking to Lieutenant Gavin. So maybe it was Lieutenant Gavin who might have–it might have been Lieutenant Gavin then who actually initially explained what the scene was, because I had some knowledge of it when I went to speak with the couple and ask them if they had heard anything or seen anything and ask them about other vehicles that were in the area. Yeah, I would say it was Lieutenant Gavin actually.Q. Did Lieutenant Gavin mention anything about suicide?A. I can’t recall. I don’t–I don’t recall if he or if that was what we–it seems to me that we had made that determination prior to going up and looking at the body.
ED Noor: Never forget that "It is our duty to force all mankind to accept the seven Noahide laws, and if not ~ they will be killed." ~ Rabbi Yitzhak Ginsbu