Michael Chertoff hired as Chairman, Board of Trustees, Freedom House

August 10, 2018: Michael Chertoff has been hired as the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the independent watchdog group Freedom House, effective on October 17, 2018. Chertoff succeeds D. Jeffrey Hirschberg. Chertoff was previously the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS). He was also a U.S. Court of Appeals Judge and the Executive Chairman of the Chertoff Group. Chertoff was the DHS Secretary from 2005 to 2009; a Judge for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit from 2003 to 2005; and an Assistant U.S. Attorney General from 2001 to 2003. Earlier in his career, he worked as a federal Prosecutor, prosecuting cases of political corruption, organized crime, corporate fraud, and terrorism. He is a graduate of Harvard College and the Harvard Law School. “Freedom House, the United States' first nonprofit organization dedicated to the defense of democracy worldwide, was founded in 1941,” according to a statement at the group’s website. “It has tackled many of the major threats to freedom, not only fascism and communism abroad but also problems at home, such as McCarthyism and the Jim Crow system in the American South. It created and annually publishes Freedom in the World, which has served as a barometer for the global health of democracy. With the rise of the internet, it created Freedom on the Net, which tracks the growing efforts by governments to censor and manipulate online content.”

Attribution: The Hill, Freedom House

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