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Wednesday, June 13th, 2012

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.

Quick Takes: News You May Have Missed

Wednesday, October 27th, 2010

Carter To Work For Anti-Israel Sanctions
 
   Former president Jimmy Carter told the Palestinian government he would work privately to push for U.S. and international sanctions against Israel, according to officials in the Palestinian Authority.
 
   Separately, Carter told Hamas leaders that he would lobby the Obama administration to open dialogue with the terrorist organization, Hamas officials in Gaza told this column.
 
   According to the PA officials, Carter, in the Middle East to visit Syria, Israel and the Palestinian territories, said he would lobby for sanctions against the Jewish state due to Israel’s continued blockade against the Gaza Strip as well as its settlement activity – Jewish construction in the West Bank and eastern sections of Jerusalem.
 
   The PA officials said Carter expressed in meetings held with them in eastern Jerusalem that he sees settlements as the main obstacle to an Israeli-Palestinian deal.
 
   Carter last week visited Syria, where he met with Hamas chief Khaled Meshal as part of an international delegation that seeks to end the isolation of Hamas.
 
   In 2009, Carter made a solidarity trip to the Gaza Strip, embracing Hamas leaders and calling for the international community to open dialogue with Hamas. At the time, Mushir al-Masri, a member of Hamas’s parliament and a spokesman for the Islamist group, told this column that Carter presented them with a written initiative intended to open talks between the Hamas and the U.S.
 

   Hamas’s chief political adviser in Gaza, Ahmed Yousef, refused to confirm or deny that any message was passed to his group from the White House. Yousef did tell this column, however, that Carter is the “right person” to serve as a middle man between Hamas and the Obama administration.

 

Iran-Hamas Bond Grows Tighter

 

   Iranian Revolutionary Guard units have stepped up their training of Hamas commanders inside the Gaza Strip, according to a senior Egyptian security official.
 
   The official acknowledged a growing level of cooperation with the Guard in efforts to smuggle weapons into Gaza, while Egypt has reported an increase in Guard training of Hamas division commanders inside the Gaza Strip.
 
   The information comes as Iran publicly solidifies its hold over its other allies along the Israeli border, most notably Syria and the Iranian-backed Hizbullah militia in Lebanon.
 
   This column reported last week that it was Lebanese-based Iranian Revolutionary Guard units and the Hizbullah militia that assumed security control for Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s recent visit to Lebanon.
 
   “The Lebanese Army was just the cover for Iranian Guards based in Lebanon and for Hizbullah, which both assumed full security control for Ahmadinejad,” said a top Lebanese politician, speaking on condition of anonymity.
 

   “This shows how Iran can take over Lebanon’s security when needed,” he said.

 

More Evidence On Obama’s

New Party Associations
 
   Yet more evidence has emerged tying President Obama to the New Party, a Marxist-led socialist party that sought to infiltrate the Democratic Party and push it so far leftward that it ultimately would become a socialist organization.
 
   John Nichols, Washington correspondent for The Nation magazine, recalled speaking with Obama at New Party events in the 1990s.
 
   “When we spoke together at New Party events in those days, he was blunt about his desire to move the Democratic Party off the cautious center where Bill Clinton had wedged it,” wrote Nichols in a January 2009 piece published at Progressive.org.
 
   Nichols’s recollection of Obama’s “desire” to move the Democratic Party leftward matches the goal of the New Party.
 
   While running for the Illinois state Senate in 1996 as a Democrat, Obama actively sought and received the endorsement of the New Party, according to confirmed reports during the 2008 presidential campaign.
 

   This reporter’s latest book, The Manchurian Candidate, cites evidence showing Obama was a member of the New Party, including interviews with New Party founders and copies of New Party newsletters listing Obama as a member of the socialist party in the 1990′s.

 

Huckabee Slams Republican Elitism

 

   Former Governor Mike Huckabee blasted what he described as “elitism” within the Republican establishment, decrying figureheads like Karl Rove for his criticism of Delaware senatorial candidate and tea-party favorite Christine O’Donnell.
 
   “I was very disappointed in some, particularly Karl and others who were so dismissive of Christine O’Donnell,” said Huckabee. “I think it’s not the kind of thing that helps us.”
 
   He continued, “I’ve been on the receiving end of some of that when I ran for president. A lot of the establishment types were very contemptuous toward me and treated me like some backwater. And that’s one of the things that happens when you didn’t go to the right school and you’re not a regular [attendee] at the proper cocktail parties on the D.C. social circuit.”
 
   Huckabee was speaking in a radio interview on this reporter’s show on New York’s WABC Radio.
 
   The Fox News host and former Republican presidential candidate blasted what he said was the “country-club attitude” of some in the Republican party.
 
   “It’s about, again, to be blunt, the kind of country-club attitude that we’re not sure there are certain people we really want as members of the club and we’re not going to vote them in,” Huckabee said. “And we don’t mind showing up to events to put up signs and making phone calls and going door to door making those pesky little trips that we don’t like to do, but we really don’t want them dining with us in the main dining room,” he said.
 

   “Unfortunately, there is an elitism within the Republican establishment,” Huckabee told this reporter. “And it’s one of the reasons the Republicans have not been able to solidify not only the tea-party movement but solidify conservatives across America.”

 

 

   Aaron Klein is Jerusalem bureau chief and senior reporter for Internet giant 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 2-4 p.m.

Quick Takes: News You May Have Missed

Wednesday, July 14th, 2010

   President Obama extracted a guarantee from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that on the ground Jewish construction in most of the West Bank and eastern Jerusalem will be frozen for months to come, according to a senior Palestinian Authority negotiator.
 
   Last November, under intense U.S. pressure, Netanyahu agreed to a temporary halt to new Jewish construction in the West Bank. The prime minister claimed at the time he would not extend the freeze beyond its 10-month deadline, which is set to expire in September.
 
   Following his White House meeting with Obama Tuesday, Netanyahu sidestepped questions about whether he was prepared to extend the West Bank construction moratorium beyond the September deadline. In Israel, Netanyahu stated he did not agree to a new settlement freeze.
 
   However, the PA negotiator and other PA officials claimed to this column they were satisfied with the Obama administration’s explanation that the U.S. extracted from Netanyahu a concession that he would not allow any new construction in both the West Bank and eastern Jerusalem besides the main “settlement” blocks – meaning the towns of Ariel, Maale Adumim and Gush Etzion.
 
   While Netanyahu openly pledged a 10-month freeze to West Bank Jewish construction, he has claimed he will not agree to a similar moratorium in eastern Jerusalem.
 
   On the ground, however, there have been almost no new building projects in eastern Jerusalem for more than four months.
 

   Staff members of the Jerusalem District Planning and Building Committee reportedly have been instructed by Netanyahu’s office to halt their work.

 

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   The Obama administration facilitated the planned opening in Syria of major technology firms such as Google and Microsoft, an official from Syria’s foreign ministry told this column.
 
   Syria is in a military alliance with Iran, hosts the leaders of the Hamas and Islamic Jihad terrorist groups and is accused of fueling the insurgency against U.S. troops in Iraq and Afghanistan.
 
   As part of its diplomatic overtures to Syria, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s top technology adviser, Alec Ross, and Jared Cohen, a member of Clinton’s policy planning staff, led a delegation last month of top technology companies to Syria.
 
   Senior executives of five big U.S. technology companies – Microsoft Corp., Dell Inc., Cisco Systems Inc., VeriSign and Symantec Corp. – participated in the trade mission amid expectations Syria’s population is set to grow massively in the next seven years. The companies say they want to tap into the country’s youth market to promote more open lines of communication to the outside world.
 
   Although Google was not part of the State Department delegation, the Syrian foreign ministry official claimed the Internet giant is planning to open a headquarters in Syria, as is Microsoft.
 
   Microsoft did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
 
   A spokesman for Google told this column: “The U.S. Treasury Department recently decided to allow the export of Internet communications software and services to Iran and other sanctioned nations where freedom of expression is limited. … We’ll be exploring how we might provide our communications products to them, though we don’t have any specific plans to announce at this time.”
 
   The Google spokesperson was referring to waivers by the Obama administration in March to allow U.S. technology companies to bypass sanctions and export chat and social-media software to Iran, Sudan and Cuba.
 

   The Syrian government official, meanwhile, claimed the technology companies were responding to diplomatic and economic overtures by the Obama administration to lure Syria from the Iranian axis.

 

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   This reporter’s recently released NY Times bestselling book touts evidence showing President Barack Obama was a member of a socialist political party whose aim was to move Democrats far leftward to ultimately form a new political party, one that had fully embraced a socialist agenda.
 
   The book, “The Manchurian President: Barack Obama’s Ties to Communists, Socialists and Other Anti-American Extremists,”also documents how key leaders of the socialist New Party helped to craft recent White House legislation, including Obama’s “stimulus” bill.
 
   Last week, a poll conducted by Democracy Corps, the firm of James Carville and Stan Greenberg, showed 55 percent of likely voters find “socialist” an accurate label for Obama.
 
   “The Manchurian President” presents newspaper evidence showing Obama was listed in 1996 as a member of the socialist New Party, which sought to ultimately mold the Democratic party into a socialist organization.
 
   Previously, it was documented that while running for the Illinois state Senate in 1996 as a Democrat, Obama actively sought and received the endorsement of the New Party. Among New Party members was linguist and radical activist Noam Chomsky.
 
   Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign responded to the allegations concerning his involvement with the New Party, denying the politician was ever a member of the party.
 
   “The Manchurian President” reports on copies of the New Party News, the party’s official newspaper, which show Obama posing with New Party leaders, list him as a New Party member and include quotes from him.
 
   The newspaper lists other politicians it endorsed who were not members but specifies Obama as a New Party member.
 
   In an exclusive e-mail interview with this reporter, Marxist activist Carl Davidson, a New Party founder, recounted Obama’s participation with his organization.
 
   “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,” recalled Davidson.
 
   “We determined that our views on these overlapped, and we could endorse his campaign in the Democratic Party,” Davidson wrote in the e-mail.
 
   Davidson wrote that he personally handled some of the New Party member databases and attending most of the party’s meetings.
 
   Davidson remembers Obama attending one New Party meeting to thank attendees for voting for him.
 
   Becoming a New Party member requires some effort on behalf of the politician. Candidates must be approved by the party’s political committee and, once approved, must sign a contract mandating they will have a “visible and active relationship” with the party.
 
   Asked whether Obama signed the New Party contract, Davidson replied there was “no need for him to do so.”
 
   “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 NewParty reform planks were practically the same,” Davidson wrote.
 

   Aaron Klein is Jerusalem bureau chief and senior reporter for Internet giant 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 2-4 p.m.

Quick Takes: News You May Have Missed

Wednesday, May 12th, 2010

   President Obama’s nominee for the Supreme Court, Elena Kagan, has argued that certain forms of speech that promote “racial or gender inequality” should be illegal, this column has found.
 
   In her 1993 article “Regulation of Hate Speech and Pornography After R.A.V.,” for the University of Chicago Law Review, Kagan writes: “I take it as a given that we live in a society marred by racial and gender inequality, that certain forms of speech perpetuate and promote this inequality, and that the uncoerced disappearance of such speech would be cause for great elation.”
 
   In a 1996 paper, “Private Speech, Public Purpose: The Role of Governmental Motive in First Amendment Doctrine,” Kagan argues that it may be proper to suppress speech because it is offensive to society or to the government.
 
   Kagan’s name was also on a brief, United States V. Stevens, dug up by the Washington Examiner, stating: “Whether a given category of speech enjoys First Amendment protection depends upon a categorical balancing of the value of the speech against its societal costs.”
 
   Meanwhile, in her undergraduate thesis at Princeton, Kagan laments the decline of socialism in the country as “sad” for those who still hope to “change America.”
 
   Titled “To the Final Conflict: Socialism in New York City, 1900-1933,” the paper argues that infighting caused the decline of the early socialist movement. Kagan asks why the “greatness” of socialism was not reemerging as a major political force.
 
   “In our own times, a coherent socialist movement is nowhere to be found in the United States. Americans are more likely to speak of a golden past than of a golden future, of capitalism’s glories than of socialism’s greatness,” writes Kagan.
 
   “Why, in a society by no means perfect, has a radical party never attained the status of a major political force? Why, in particular, did the socialist movement never become an alternative to the nation’s established parties?” she asks.
 
   In the senior thesis, Kagan, who graduated from Princeton in 1981, addresses infighting in the socialist movement.
 
   “Through its own internal feuding, then, the SP [Socialist Party] exhausted itself forever and further reduced labor radicalism in New York to the position of marginality and insignificance from which it has never recovered.
 
   “The story is a sad but also a chastening one for those who, more than half a century after socialism’s decline, still wish to change America,” she writes. “Radicals have often succumbed to the devastating bane of sectarianism; it is easier, after all, to fight one’s fellows than it is to battle an entrenched and powerful foe. Yet if the history of Local New York shows anything, it is that American radicals cannot afford to become their own worst enemies. In unity lies their only hope.”
 

   Her thesis was dedicated to her brother “whose involvement in radical causes led me to explore the history of American radicalism in the hope of clarifying my own political ideas.”

 

Axelrod’s Communist Connection

 

   Newly uncovered correspondence quotes a purported communist activist claiming to have served as political mentor to President Obama’s Senior Adviser David Axelrod.
 
   The correspondence is highlighted in this reporter’s new book, The Manchurian President: Barack Obama’s Ties to Communists, Socialists and other Anti-American Extremists. The book exposes evidence of Axelrod working closely with a pair of communist activists who boasted of aiding Axelrod’s political career; it ties Obama to the same activists as well.
 
   The book also documents how Don Rose, founder of the pro-communist Hyde Park Voices and member in the 1960s of a purported Communist Party front, the Alliance to End Repression, boasted of his relationship with Axelrod:
 
   “Your dad and I ‘mentored’ and helped educate [Axelrod] politically,” Rose wrote to Marc Canter – the son of David S. Canter, who co-founded the Voices newspaper and was named as a communist in the late 1960′s by the House Committee on Un-American Activities, “which is perhaps why you may recall seeing him hanging around the house.”
 
   “I later wrote a reference letter for him [Axelrod] that helped him win an internship at the Tribune, which was the next step in his journalism career,” Rose admitted, referring to an internship Axelrod landed at the Chicago Tribune in 1977.
 
   The newspaper later hired Axelrod full-time. At the age of 27, Axelrod became the youngest Tribune writer when he served as the City Hall Bureau Chief and a political columnist for the publication. 
 
   Axelrod worked again with Rose and Canter when Obama’s future top adviser was hired in 1987 to aid in the successful reelection campaign of Harold Washington, Chicago’s first black mayor. Washington himself was supported by a coalition of communist and socialist groups.
 
   Canter, a key Chicago political fixer, was reportedly instrumental in convincing Washington to first run for election in 1981.
 
   Rose and Axelrod then worked together again, running the 1992 senatorial campaign of Carol Moseley Braun, whose election was notoriously aided by a massive voter registration drive led by Obama himself at Chicago’s Project Vote.
 
   Rose was later an organizing member of Chicagoans Against the War in Iraq, the group that invited Obama to speak at its October 2, 2002, antiwar rally in Chicago – an address that propelled Obama to national attention.
 
   The rally was organized by Marxist Carl Davidson and extremist activists Marilyn Katz and Bettylu Saltzman.
 
   Davidson is a notorious far-left activist and former radical national leader in the anti-Vietnam movement. He served as national secretary for the infamous Students for a Democratic Society anti-war group, from which Ayers’ Weathermen later splintered.
 
   Davidson is also a founder of the New Party, a controversial 1990s political party that sought to elect members to public office with the aim of moving the Democratic Party far left.
 

   The Manchurian President contains new evidence, including an exclusive interview with Davidson himself, indicating that Obama was a New Party member.

 

   Aaron Klein is Jerusalem bureau chief and senior reporter for Internet giant 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 2-4 p.m.

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