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Chertoff has ties to Bin Laden financier

Lynne Cheney said of John Kerry just after the third debate, "He's a bad man."

Never-the-less, her husband's boss seems to have a penchant for nominating bad people to the most important positions in his cabinet. And Michael Chertoff is looking a lot worse that Bernie Kerik ever was. And that's saying a lot. Maybe not as bad as a torturer and an executor of retarded people (Al Gonzales), but somewhere above Kerik and below Gonzales on the Dastardly Index.

It seems as though Chertoff has ties to 9/11 terrorism financier Magdy Elamir:

Federal Appeals Court Judge Michael Chertoff’s ties to the financiers of the Sept. 11 attacks may prevent his confirmation as Homeland Security Chief.

According to a June 20, 2000 article in the The Record of Bergen County, New Jersey, Chertoff defended accused terrorist financier Dr. Magdy Elamir.

Elamir’s HMO was sued by the State of New Jersey to recoup $16.7 million in losses. At least $5.7 million went "to unknown parties... by means of wire transfers to bank accounts where the beneficial owner of the account is unknown," according to the article.

Yeah. This is worse than Tasers, nannies, bronze busts, and defective doors. A LOT worse. Oh wait, there's more:

In 1999, Magdy Elamir and brother Mohamed were named suspects in Operation Diamondback, an FBI/ATF undercover infiltration of Pakistani arms merchants who sought to arm Osama bin Laden with conventional and nuclear weapons, according to independent researcher and former New Jersey police officer Allan Duncan and taped transcripts with FBI informant Randy Glass.

Read the full article here.