What are the chances of a president who has all his pre-presidential records
sealed winning re-election to a second term? At the moment, because of
Executive Order 13489, the public and press have virtually no way to
independently verify much of what Obama tells us of his early life. Except for
Fox News, the mainstream media has virtually ignored Executive Order 13489 (http://www.fas.org/sgp/obama/presidential.html),
which Obama signed immediately on assuming the presidency. In my view, this
poses a major public relations problem for a president who has broken all his campaign promises and who has no public record prior to 2004.
Among pre-presidential records declared "sealed" when the press has asked to see them are (see http://tinyurl.com/2g3k5vp):
- All college records from Occidental College, Columbia University or Harvard Law School.
- All Harvard Law Review articles and University of Chicago scholarly articles
- Obama's client list from the law firm he worked for in Chicago
- His Illinois state senate records and schedules (which are supposedly lost)
- His passport records.
- His parents' marriage license and divorce decree.
- His mother's marriage license from her second marriage.
- His adoption and kindergarten records
What's Obama Hiding?
Except for a few reactionary birthers, who believe the president was secretly born in Kenya (with an American mother, he would still be a US citizen under current law), the most popular theory is that Obama spent his early adult life working for US intelligence. The Russians apparently had their suspicions when they detained Senator Obama in 2004, following a three day disarmament fact finding mission and demanded to search his aircraft (http://tinyurl.com/43tgu28),
It's also a matter of public record that Business International Corporation (BIC), which employed Obama for one year after he graduated from Columbia University in 1983 was a front company the CIA used for economic intelligence gathering (New York Time s 12/27/77). According to the Times, BIC used journalists as non-official cover (NOC) agents in a number of foreign countries. A NOC (Valerie Plame is the best example) is an intelligence operative who assumes a covert role in an organization with no official ties to the government they are spying for. Obama's job was to do research and to write for two BIC publications, Financing Foreign Operations and Business International Money Report (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Business_International_Corporation)
Reverend Manning's Mock Treason Trial
Following Obama's inauguration, Harlem pastor Dr James David Manning propelled Obama's past into public view with a highly publicized mock treason-sedition trial in May 2010. In my view, the transcript of Dr Manning's trial makes a pretty convincing case that Obama didn't attend Columbia University in 1982-83, the years he claims to have been there. He's not listed in the year book or the graduation roster, and no one in the political science department (his major) recalls ever seeing him there.
The rest of the case is based on hearsay evidence from a phone conversation a Manning witness had with an alleged KGB-CIA double agent named Krezonoski. According to the double agent, Obama was really in Afghanistan in 1982-83, as the lead agent for the CIA operation training mujaheddin guerrillas to fight the Soviet occupation. In his testimony, the same witness implicates Obama in a vast liberal conspiracy which also involves Bill and Hillary Clinton and the Whitewater scandal.
Wayne Madsen's Investigation Into Obama's Elusive Past
Wayne Madsen, whose intelligence credentials (see below) make his allegations more plausible, also claims that Obama was in Afghanistan between 1981 and 1983. However his sources (unnamed intelligence operatives and arms dealers in Kabul) are only slightly more credible than an alleged phone conversation with a supposed KGB/CIA agent.
Obama admits that he was in Pakistan
in 1981, visiting his mother, who had been transferred from Indonesia
to Lahore. However there are some
interesting unanswered questions about this trip, such as why a 20 year college
student would be staying with a high level Pakistani official Muhammadmian
Soomo (who would become acting president of Pakistan in 2008) and why the President has sealed these passport records.
The Foundations Obama Worked for in Chicago
In 1984, Obama left Business International Corporation (BIC), to move to Chicago, where he became a civil rights lawyer. From that point on, he only had indirect links with the CIA, through his involvement in "left gatekeeping" foundations, many of which have a well-documented history of accepting CIA funding (see Who Paid the Piper?: the CIA and the Cultural Cold War by Frances Stonor Saunders - 1999, Granta Books London)
Obama first gained public prominence as the chairman of the board of the "liberal" Chicago Annenberg Challenge (CAC). However strong links between CAC and Chicago's business elite, as well as their successful attacks against teachers' unions (by empowering Local School Councils to fire hundreds of teachers and principals), raise serious questions about CAC's "liberal" credentials. This becomes especially significant in light of Obama's appointment of former Chicago school district CEO and school privatization champion Arne Duncan as director of the Department of Education (see blog).
As Webster Tarpley points out in Barack H. Obama: the Unauthorized Biography, one of the strongest supporters of CAC was Chicago corporate mogul Thomas Ayers. By an amazing coincidence, Ayers was the father of the former Weatherman terrorist Bill Ayers. Nevertheless Tom Ayers has impeccable corporate credentials, which include heading Commonwealth Edison for seven years in the seventies, and serving on the board of General Dynamics, Searle, Chicago Pacific, Zenith, Northwest Industries, First National Bank of Chicago and the Chicago Tribune.