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Quick Takes: News You May Have Missed

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Despite Denials, Obama Likely
Was Member Of Far-Leftist Party

Has Barack Obama been caught in a lie that could become a major issue in the upcoming election?

During the 2008 presidential election cycle, Obama’s campaign categorically denied that the politician was ever a member of the New Party, which sought to elect members to public office with the aim of moving the Democratic Party far leftward to ultimately form a new political party with a socialist agenda.

The denial came in the wake of reports of Obama’s participation with the party, including one by this reporter on evidence that Obama was listed as a member of the socialist New Party in the group’s own literature. This reporter also conducted an exclusive interview with Marxist activist Carl Davidson, a founder of the New Party, who recounted Obama’s participation with the party.

Now researcher and author Stanley Kurtz, writing at the National Review Online, reports on documentation from the updated records of Illinois ACORN at the Wisconsin Historical Society that “definitively establishes” that Obama was a member of the New Party. Kurtz reports that Obama also signed a “contract” promising to publicly support and associate himself with the New Party and its politics while in office.

In 2008, Obama’s Fight the Smears campaign website conceded the New Party did support Obama in 1996 but denied that Obama ever joined it.

The New Party, established in 1992, took advantage of what was known as electoral “fusion,” which enabled candidates to run on two tickets simultaneously, attracting voters from both parties. But the New Party went defunct in 1998, one year after fusion was halted by the Supreme Court.

Obama’s 2008 political campaign may not be alone in making possibly misleading statements about the politician’s alleged membership in the New Party. The now defunct New Party’s founder, University of Wisconsin professor Joel Rogers, is currently denying that his organization ever had any members, thus making it impossible for Obama to have been an official member.

However, this reporter found scores of reports from the 1990s describing thousands of members of the New Party. Also, the New Party’s own newsletters lists members.

Al Qaeda-Affiliated Fighters Caught En Route To Syria

Jordan for the first time publicly stated that its security officials arrested two jihadists affiliated with al Qaeda on their way to Syria to fight against President Bashar Assad.

Last month, this column reported that there is a growing collaboration between the U.S.-supported Syrian opposition and al Qaeda as well as evidence that the opposition is sending weapons to jihadists in Iraq, according to an Egyptian security official.

Syria recently told the United Nations and the U.S. that it was a group affiliated with al Qaeda, armed by Turkey, that slaughtered more than 100 civilians in their homes in Houla two weeks ago, according to informed Middle Eastern security officials. The international community has been pinning the blame for the Houla massacre on forces acting under the direction of Assad’s regime.

The information that al Qaeda is aiding the opposition is significant. Multiple reports have claimed the U.S. is helping to coordinate massive weapons shipments to the opposition. The Obama administration has denied these reports, stating that the U.S. is only sending non-lethal aid to the opposition.

In the latest development, Jordan this week confirmed that its police arrested two jihadists attempting to infiltrate the Syrian border to fight alongside the Syrian opposition. A security official from the Jordanian government told the Associated Press that the two Jordanians belong to a small extremist militant organization called the Salafi Movement. Authorities say the group numbers 800 activists, including many who fought alongside al Qaeda in Iraq.

Thirty Years Since Zachary Baumel’s Disappearance

As Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s regime faces a well-armed insurgency, this past Monday marked the 30th anniversary of the purported capture by Assad’s forces of a Brooklyn-born Israeli soldier.

Zachary Baumel was seized in Lebanon in 1982; in the past few years, information has surfaced that Baumel may still be alive and in Syria.

Baumel, a dual American-Israeli citizen, was taken along with two Israeli members of his tank crew, Yehuda Katz and Tzvi Feldman, during the Lebanon War. All three were photographed in Damascus on the day of their capture, and several eyewitnesses, including a Time magazine reporter, said they watched a parade in which the tank and crew were led through a major street in Damascus and flaunted to cheering crowds. The ceremony was the last occasion the soldiers were seen publicly.

In March 2005, Yona Baumel, Zachary’s father, who died in 2009, told this reporter that sources he had cultivated in Syria told him they visited his son that year at a Syrian military installation just north of the border with Iraq. Baumel was also given a book from a confidante of a family in Syria that contains coded messages that Baumel says could have been written only by his son.

Yona Baumel in 2005 showed this reporter pages from the book, a 1999 novel titled The Map of Love. The lettering has been stained after extensive Israeli forensics testing, but a series of marks are visible under the letters “BAZMUTACUMKCEL” – ZACK BAUMEL MTUC.

The MTUC, Yona had explained, came from an old family joke that outsiders would not be in a position to know. “It had to have been written by Zack,” said Baumel. “It refers to an old joke he was told from a long time ago when his mother, whose maiden name was Miriam Turetsky or MT, was a kid. The other children would point at her head and say ‘it’s empty you see,’ or MTUC.”

Additionally, phrases throughout the book were underlined or circled, including “A child forsaken,” “I have hope” and “help me.”

Aaron Klein is Jerusalem bureau chief and senior reporter for WorldNetDaily.com. He is also host of an investigative radio program on New York’s 770-WABC Radio, the largest talk radio station in the U.S., every Sunday between 7-9 p.m. His website is KleinOnline.com.

About the Author: Aaron Klein is a New York Times bestselling author and senior reporter for WND.com. He is also host of an investigative radio program on New York's 970 AM Radio on Sundays from 7 to 9 p.m. Eastern. His website is KleinOnline.com.


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4 Responses to “Quick Takes: News You May Have Missed”

  1. Amazing. I told Klein myself that I had no knowledge of Obama being a member of the New Party, despite meeting with him and supporting his race, or 'signing a contract', or that the New Party was 'socialist' (it was not) or that it was 'far left' (the far left in Chicago all opposed the NP as too reformist for them). But yet he cites my name to back up all these claims. I suggest readers keep this in mind about everything else about which he has an axe to grind.

  2. allisonw says:

    The New Party’s stated objectives were: “full employment, a shorter work week, and GUARANTEED MINIMUM INCOME FOR ALL ADULTS ; a universal ‘social wage’ to include such basic benefits as health care, child care, vacation time, and lifelong access to education and training; a systematic phase-in of comparable worth and like programs to ensure gender equity.”

    Wow! Everything but a free pony.

    To paraphrase Bastiat, socialism is that great fiction by which everyone tries to live at the expense of everyone else!

  3. Aaron Klein Responds:

    Similar to a tactic popularized by his ideological comrades at the controversial Media Matters for America, Carl Davidson here is denying statements that were never actually attributed to him in the first place.
    In my column above, I reported on evidence from the New Party's own literature listing President Obama as a member. I also reported that Stanley Kurtz at the National Review Online dug up Obama's signed contract with the New Party.

    As anyone can read, the only mention of Davidson in my entire column was the following factual statement: "This reporter also conducted an exclusive interview with Marxist activist Carl Davidson, a founder of the New Party, who recounted Obama’s participation with the party."

    No where in my column did I cite Davidson's name to back up any of the information he misleadingly mentions in his posting. I only wrote that Davidson recounted, as a New Party founder, Obama's participation with the party.

    My column is a shorter version of a longer article of mine in which I posted Davidson's full quotes reminiscing on Obama's participation. Unfortunately due to space limitations (I must squeeze three Quick Takes into 900 words) I was not able to include Davidson's full quotes, although the paraphrase was accurate.

    For trivia purposes, here is what Davidson told me:

    “A subcommittee met with (Obama) to interview him to see if his stand on the living wage and similar reforms was the same as ours. e determined that our views on these overlapped, and we could endorse his campaign in the Democratic Party,” Davidson said.
    Davidson said that to his knowledge Obama was not a member of the New Party “in any practical way” – using qualifying language.
    Asked whether Obama signed the New Party contract, Davidson replied there was “no need for him to do so” – information now contradicted by Kurtz's discovery.
    “At the end of our session with him, we simply affirmed there was no need to do so, because on all the key points, the stand of his campaign and the New Party reform planks were practically the same,” Davidson said.

  4. But to be fair, you would state what I actually said, that the party was not socialist and that we exempted Obama from signing any contract at the meeting I was at. But that didn't fit your aim. I'll leave it to your readers to evaluate your 'spin.'

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