Popular Mechanics - Coburn

What the BBC fails to tell us about Coburn and Popular Mechanics is much more relevant than their confident and reassuring introduction: links with the Republican Party, CIA, Council for Foreign Relations and allegedly, Homeland Security i.e. the Bush administration and institutions connected to the higher echelons of power.

The year before "Debunking 911 Lies" was published saw radical change in PM's staff orchestrated under the authority of the president of Hearst Magazines, Cathleen P. Black. Black is married to Thomas E. Harvey, Ex CIA & Department of Defense. Black is listed as a member of the Council for Foreign Relations, an institution connected to the worlds richest and most powerful individuals. i.e. she and thus Popular Mechanics, represent the views of the very establishment that sceptics accuse of treason.

In 2004 editor Joe Oldham was removed. A new creative director replaced PM's 21-year veteran who was given ninety minutes to clear out of his office." In the following months more people were similarly dismissed. These were the long standing nuts and bolts mechanics, the ones who had earned the accolade of “good spanner men” on old Cadilacs and Corvettes.

Benjamin Chertoff arrived to head the "Debunking 911 Lies" project. He is reportedly the cousin of Michael Chertoff head of Homeland Security.

Once the original staff had been dismissed, Popular Mechanics emerged as a major investigator to “Debunk 911 Lies” with Chertoff and Coburn prominent. The suggestion that the 9/11 reports reflects PM's long tradition of expertise is misleading.

Coburn was a sports and tit bits writer till 2004. He worked for the Sentinel a Pennsylvania local newspaper. His experience of science, engineering and fires was limited to covering such events as a blaze at Arby’s steak and chip house in July 2003 ...., “firemen raced to Arby’s to thwart a fire that flame broiled a three foot open space between the buildings roof and the restaurants decorative wood ceiling”. Davin Coburn staff writer.

“flame broiled”, creative writing maybe but from the BBC Charter should we not expect authoritative analysis not sound bites from a reporter of high school basketball matches and chip fat fires. Coburn claimed however, in a radio interview, that he was provided with secret information by state security authorities. The BBC fails to inform us of his insider connections or the credibility of such information. Instead Popular Mechanics and Coburn are lauded as respected and reliable sources of engineering and scientific insight, [9:45] (CC) "Popular Mechanics is a no nonsense nuts and bolts magazine writing about technology since days of Henry Ford".

Rather that interview an ex junior sports writer the BBC could have reported the following 490 testimonies by engineers and architects listed at:

The BBC makes no mention of world wide professional, academic and political scepticism of the WTC events or of Benjamin Chertoff and his connections. Both he and Popular Mechanics management refuse to clarify the family connection with Michael Chertoff - the head of US Homeland Security.

The “After word” of the book that followed the magazine's major feature on 911 questions, states that the Chertoffs may be distantly related. The magazine that claims to have uncovered the central truths of 911 cannot verify the relationship between a key researcher and head of the Department of Homeland Security .... a connection that must undermine Popular Mechanics and Davin Coburn’s independence from the political and military elite.

Despite the substantial conflicts of interest / allegiance, Popular Mechanics, with Coburn,are used by the BBC to back the official debunking of those that question.

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