Michael Chertoff: You can’t keep a good man down

It’s good to see that Michael Chertoff has been able to profit from the Orwellian security/military matrix that he helped to create while faithfully serving in public office.

After all, if we didn’t allow people to parlay their public service into successful business careers, nobody would ever want to serve.

Earlier this year, the lawyer, turned Secretary of Homeland Security, turned businessman, made some waves when he gave dozens of media interviews touting the need for the federal government to buy more full-body scanners for airports.

A few cry babies have publicly have accused Chertoff of using “former government credentials to advocate for a product that benefits his clients.”

Kate Hanni, founder of FlyersRights.org said that “Mr. Chertoff should not be allowed to abuse the trust the public has placed in him as a former public servant to privately gain from the sale of full-body scanners…”

Can you imagine the gall?  I mean, why on earth would anyone leave a lucrative private sector law firm partnership for public service, if not to establish a demand for their post-public service business ventures?

Kate Hanni is simply penalizing Mr. Chertoff for his superior business acumen.  Most likely because she is jealous.

Chertoff’s extraordinary savvy was on display again earlier this week when he was named to the Board of Directors for BAE Services.

As per its own website, BAE Systems is a global defense, security and aerospace company with approximately 107,000 employees worldwide. The Company delivers a full range of products and services for air, land and naval forces, as well as advanced electronics, security, information technology solutions and customer support services. In 2009 BAE Systems reported sales of GBP 22.4 billion (US $36.2 billion).

This is an absolute win-win for everyone involved.  Chertoff gets a great job with a very successful, multi-national corporation, and BAE gets a man who is extremely well connected to the politicians who create the demand for their “product”.  So what if a few million people get maimed and killed?  After all, business is business.  Either accept that, or go live in a socialist cave in Costa Rica.

There’s just no pleasing some people.


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