Far from being an independent and unbiased collection of scientists and engineers, this magazine has some very suspicious ties and underwent radical changes prior to the publication of its 911 debunking article. The following is an excerpt from a new book by Former CIA officer David Ray Griffin entitled Debunking 9/11 Debunking.
In the months just prior to the publication of the article on which this book is based, a radical change in PM’s personnel was orchestrated by the president of Hearst Magazines, Cathleen P. Black. As reporter Christopher Bollyn pointed out, Black is married to Thomas E. Harvey, who has worked for the CIA, the Department of Defense, and the US Information Agency.
Bollyn, describing this Black-orchestrated change at Popular Mechanics as "a brutal take-over," wrote: "In September 2004, Joe Oldham, the magazine’s former editor-in-chief, was replaced by James B. Meigs. In October, a new creative director replaced PM’s 21-year veteran who was given 90 minutes to clear out of his office." In each of the following six months, Bollyn further reporter, three or four more people were similarly dismissed. Accordingly, PM’s long tradition of expertise is therefore misleading.
Bollyn also unearthed another fact relevant to the credibility of PM’s writing about 9/11: that 25-year-old Benjamin Chertoff, who described himself as the "senior researcher" for PM's 911 Debunking article, is a cousin of the new head of Homeland Security, Michael Chertoff. Bollyn then wrote an essay entitled "9/11 and Chertoff: Cousin Wrote 9/11 Propoganda for PM." The Hearst Corporation, Bollyn charged, had hired young Chertoff to work on an article supporting the very interpretation of 9/11 that had led to the creation of the department now headed by his older cousin.
As Bollyn learned, this family relationship seemed to be something that neither Benjamin Chertoff nor PM wanted to advertise. When young Chertoff was asked by Bollyn if he was related to Michael Chertoff, he replied "I don’t know," then said that all further questions should be put to PM’s publicist. Bollyn then called Benjamin Chertoff’s mother. When asked whether her son was related to the new secretary of Homeland Security, she reportedly replied "Yes, of course, he is a cousin."
From editor-in-chief Meigs’ "Afterword" to the book, however, a reader would assume there was some doubt about this. … After mentioning the conversation between Bollyn and Benjamin Chertoff’s mother, Meigs himself says: "it’s possible that Ben and Michael Chertoff are distantly related."
Meigs expression of doubt is amazing. He is claiming that he and his crack staff were, in a few months, able to discover all the central truths about 9/11 – why the planes were not intercepted, why the World Trade Center Buildings came down, what really hit the Pentagon, and what really happened to UA Flight 93 – and yet they were not able to find out for sure whether a member of their own team was related to the director of Homeland Security!
You’ve got a hostile take-over at Popular Mechanics headed by a woman whose husband worked for the CIA and Department of Defence. Following this take-over, the 25-year-old cousin of the director of Homeland Security serves as the "senior researcher" for an article that defends every last aspect of the government’s fairy tale about 9/11. They claim to be an extremely thorough and fact-driven publication, yet they can’t even find out if these guys are related?!?
Does this really sound like independent investigative journalism to you? Does this really sound like an article researched without bias or prejudice? Better yet, can you even fathom such a project resulting in even one bit of information that goes against the government’s story?
By the way, what I posted above is one half of one page of a 322-page book with 62 pages of footnotes, all of which rip to shreds the countless "debunking" articles written by PM, The New York Times, NIST, Vanity Fair, Time Magazine and many others.
I have David Griffins book, it is excellent and it is un-debunkable. Griffin nailed it beautifully and he is to be commended. Those of you who still believe the government’s 911 fairy tale seriously need to wake up.