- 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
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
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
headed by Adolf Hitler enacted a decree for the Protection of the People
and the State. Hitlers 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
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 Terrorism."
- 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
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 outright majority.
- Hitlers 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
explanation for 9/11 the United States has invaded and occupied two Middle
- "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 claims.
- 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 flawed conclusions. 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
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, Harpers Bazaar,
Town & Country, Esquire, Good Housekeeping, and Popular
- Black is a former president and publisher of USA Today.
In 1983, Black was made president of the new newspaper published by
The following year she was made publisher and soon became a member of
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
when Black left in 1991. USA Today is often given away free of
- Black left USA Today to become president and chief
of the nascent Newspaper Association of America (NAA), formed on June 1,
1992. She then became the leading spokesperson and lobbyist for the
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 nations editorial
- 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
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
a White House Fellow in 1977 and served as special assistant to the
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
- The DCI at the time was Stansfield Turner, who had
George H.W. Bush.
- 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
society Skull & Bones, has ties to the CIA and lists William H.
DCI from 1987-1991, as a senior partner. Webster also serves on the
Security Advisory Council.
- In the 1980s, Harvey served as General Counsel and
Liaison of the U.S. Information Agency, the former external propaganda
arm of the U.S. government. Harvey also served as Deputy Assistant
for the Army and Navy. In 1992, Harvey was personnel director for the
- Calls to the offices of Black and Harvey for the purpose
of this article went unanswered.
- 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 magazines former editor-in-chief was replaced by James B. Meigs, who
came to PM with a deputy, Jerry Beilinson, from National Geographic
In October, a new creative director replaced PMs 21-year veteran who was
given ninety minutes to clear out of his office.
- A former senior editor at PM, who is forbidden from
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
in May 2003. Since the purge last September, however, PM readers have
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 governments propaganda machine.