Chertoff – “Son of the Devil” – Back from the grave to sell us his Body Scanners
January 4th, 2010
With the sudden “need” for full body scanners in every airport… Cui Bono? (Who Benefits?)
E pluribus unum, (Latin for “Out of many one”):
This one has emerged.
The Chertoff Group, a security and risk-management firm whose clients include a manufacturer of body-imaging screening machines.
The former Secretary of the Department of Homeland control – er I mean Security has made quite a lavish career for himself using his government contacts to benefit high flying (and paying) clients the world over.
Yes its the business as usual revolving door, with (alleged) public servants making millions in the after life as consultants and skid greasers.
For any business trying to make their way in the Security, or military industrial complex, having guys like Cheney, Rumsfeld, or Chertoff in your corner is almost a guarantee for success.
On their website, The Chertoff Group, like predecessors Giuliani partners, and Kissinger associates; brag about their embedded contacts in government, which clients crave to sell their wares.
“Security know-how with a “hands-on, can-do attitude”, they state.
More from their website:
As Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Michael Chertoff worked closely with America’s most experienced intelligence experts and security professionals. Now a select group of them have joined him to form the Chertoff Group.
The Chertoff Group provides business leaders and local government officials with the same kind of high-level, strategic thinking and diligent execution that have kept the American homeland and its people safe since 9/11.
Our principals have mastered the field the hard way: through years of hands-on experience at the highest levels of the Department of Defense, the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Justice, the National Security Agency, the CIA, military intelligence and law enforcement.
We have also formed a strategic partnership with Burson-Marsteller, allowing us to tap their extensive experience in crisis response and management.
Together, our expertise and global networks span every aspect of risk prevention, crisis management and post-crisis recovery.
Our principals will roll up their sleeves, stand by you and help guide you through the risks you face.”
Also on the board as a principal at Chertoff Group, is one General Michael Haden, Former head of the NSA, and the CIA.
CG’s areas of expertise includes a section for biometrics:
Areas of Focus:
* Global risk management strategy and counsel
* Data & cyber security, including detection, encryption, computer forensics and data recovery
* Border protection
* Global commerce, supply-chain security
* Biometrics and identity management programs
* Critical infrastructure protection
* Natural or man-made disaster preparedness, response and recovery
* Fraud prevention and investigation
* Intelligence and counter-terrorism
* Chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear (CBRN) security
And there’s this: (Village Voice)
Former Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff has been making the media rounds since the Christmas terror attempt promoting wider use of full-body scanning in airports to keep us safe in the skies. According to the Washington Post, he’s also been promoting a client. Unfortunately, he hasn’t been talking about that part.
Rapiscan, which until recently was the only company qualified to sell full-body scan machines to the TSA, has been a client of the Chertoff Group since the former Secretary left his post. He first disclosed the relationship in response to a direct question on CNN Wednesday. The Chertoff Group has not released a list of their clients.
Chertoff claims that full-body scanning would have caught the bomb Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab had in his underwear (here, in the New York Times, where his conflict was not disclosed). Some experts disagree.
Chertoff’s relationship with Rapiscan was revealed in a note at the bottom of his most recent stab at the subject. Ironically, that piece was on the opinion page of the same issue of the Washington Post. If you missed it, he’s scheduled to appear on Meet the Press tomorrow morning.
Now, would Mr Chertoff and his former spooks at CG be committed enough to serve their clients to arrange for a convenient “Underwear” bombing on Christmas Day?
OR… are they just one’s to never waste a good crisis.
Either way, they will be the beneficiaries of the event. Remember them the next time you have TSA goons (Chertoff’s former employees) looking under your cloths.
Better have some clean underwear!
To read Chertoff’s latest pitch in the Washington (Bilderberg) Post go here