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CHICAGO: CRIME KIND OF TOWN
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Posted on 12/19/2008 12:25:19 AM PST by hoosiermama

Edited on 02/09/2012 7:04:21 AM PST by Admin Moderator. [history]

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To: taildragger

Stolen: It’s the CHicago way....Trying to keep it all together. Make yurself at home and connect a few dots...there are plenty here. If we’ve collect this much since Christmas think what the FBI has!

From Hugh’s site: Tuesday, August 18, 2009
David Axelrod’s Very Big Problem

Posted by: Hugh Hewitt at 6:27 PM

The allegations in this Bloomberg story —if true— pose a huge problem for a senior advisor to the president, David Axelrod. This is the heart of the problem:

Axelrod was president and sole shareholder of AKPD from 1985 until he sold his interest after Obama’s victory, government records show. The firm owes Axelrod $2 million, which it’s due to pay in installments beginning Dec. 31. Axelrod’s son, Michael, still works there. He didn’t return a phone call. The firm’s Web site continues to feature David Axelrod’s work on the Obama campaign. (Emphasis added.)

The problem is that Axelrod’s former firm is currently receiving huge fees “from Healthy Economy Now, a coalition that includes the Washington-based Pharmaceutical Research & Manufacturers of America, known as PhRMA,” as well as AARP, the SEIU and other big players in the health care debate.

If Axelrod has been negotiating any part of any deal involving any of these players which are funneling money to the firm that owes him money, or if he is advising the president on the deals with any of these groups, that’s a conflict of interest. Laundering the money through a “coalition” doesn’t remove the conflict much less the appearance of impropriety. The coalition is in effect partially funding David Axelrod’s severance package though its members might have done so unknowingly. These forthcoming payments to Axelrod are much more significant than the sort of “retained ties” that Democrats blasted Dick Cheney for vis-a-vis Halliburton even though there was no high level negotiations between the vice president and his former company.

David Axelrod has some tough questions to answer, and according to Politico’s Mike Allen, Politico’s Ken Vogel will be publishing more on matters Axelrodian tomorrow. (Thetranscript of my interview with Allen will be posted here later tonight.) Vogel’s story on Axelrod’s son from a few days back casts doubt on the Bloomberg story’s accuracy as Bloomberg has Axelrod’s son still at Axelrod’s old firm, but Vogel has him at The Huffington Post.

If it was Karl Rove in a similar set of circumstances, the blogs and some in MSM would already be demanding a special prosecutor. There are lots of questions for Mr. Axelrod, the first one being whether the Bloomberg story is accurate. if the answer is “yes,” the second will be: “Have you lawyered up?”


551 posted on 08/18/2009 4:26:09 PM PDT by hoosiermama (ONLY DEAD FISH GO WITH THE FLOW.......I am swimming with Sarahcudah! Sarah has read the tealeaves.)
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To: maggief; kcvl

Didn’t even get to the second link before I knew it was from you....Gonna keep over here too. You do great work!


http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/wireStory?id=6665918

Obama Aide Axelrod Leaves Chicago Firm
David Axelrod, a top Obama aide, sells stake in Chicago consulting firm
WASHINGTON January 16, 2009 (AP)
The Associated Press

David Axelrod, President-elect Barack Obama’s top political adviser, is severing his ties with the Chicago media consulting firm he founded 23 years ago.

Axelrod, who will be a White House senior adviser with an office near the Oval Office, said Friday he has sold his stake in AKPD Message and Media. Among the remaining partners is David Plouffe, who was Obama’s presidential campaign manager.

(snip)

http://minstrelboy.blogspot.com/2009/05/chris-kenndy-is-in-for-senate-seat.html

Chris is in
Chicago Sun-Times (IL) - Wednesday, May 20, 2009
Author: Michael Sneed, The Chicago Sun-Times
SCOOPSVILLE . . .

Bet the ranch!

- Translation: Sneed has learned the Merchandise Mart’s Chris Kennedy, son of the late U.S. Sen. Robert F. Kennedy, will announce he is running for the U.S. Senate early next week.

- Tip ‘em: Sneed tipped (April 28) that Kennedy, who will be the first member of his famous family to run for office from Illinois, had commissioned Obama pollster John Anzalone — and talked to media consultants Larry Grisolano and John Kupper, who now run the AKPD firm once headed by David Axelrod , President Obama’s senior adviser.

- To wit: Kennedy will be running for Barack Obama’s old Senate seat, now held by Roland Burris, the beleaguered appointee of former Gov. Rod Blagojevich.

- The upshot: The AKPD firm has reportedly prepared an Internet commercial, which will be aired next week introducing Kennedy’s candidacy.

(snip)

http://weblogs.newsday.com/news/local/longisland/politics/blog/2009/05/nys_dinapoli_hires_del_cecato.html

NYS: DiNapoli hires Del Cecato for 2010 campaign
Newsday: Blogs (Long Island, NY) - Tuesday, May 12, 2009
Author: Dan Janison
Ramping up his 2010 election campaign, state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli today hired a veteran of Barack Obama’s presidential bid to advise him on media matters.

John Del Cecato, left, a partner in the firm AKPD founded by Obama media guru David Axelrod , will serve as a consultant to DiNapoli 2010.

Previously, Del Cecato worked on races for Philadelphia mayor, Congress and for state Attorney General Andrew Cuomo, as well as former Bronx Borough President Fernando Ferrer.

(snip)

http://www.boston.com/news/local/massachusetts/articles/2009/06/05/david_plouffe_top_obama_aide_will_advise_patrick_campaign/

Patrick picks Obama aide for his 2010 campaign
Boston Globe, The (MA) - Friday, June 5, 2009
Author: Matt Viser Globe Staff Globe Staff
Governor Deval Patrick is tapping the architect of Barack Obama’s presidential campaign to help run his bid for reelection next year, an indication of the type of political star power the governor may be able to utilize as he seeks another four-year term.

David Plouffe, who was Obama’s campaign manager and is widely credited with Obama’s successful run, will work as a campaign consultant focusing on Patrick’s message and strategy.

“What I’m excited about is bringing about change,” Plouffe said by phone yesterday. “And doing longer- term things is hard in politics. But I think he’s trying to bring about a lot of reforms and has been successful about them already.”

The announcement of Plouffe’s role in Patrick’s campaign is a sign the governor is beginning to build his campaign network and trying to put to rest doubts political insiders have raised about whether he is committed to running again.

“David Plouffe’s credentials speak for themselves,” said Steve Crawford, spokesman for the Patrick campaign. “It’s great to have him back as part of the campaign team.”

Plouffe is credited with keeping Obama’s campaign a tightly run ship, building a national grass-roots network and a fund-raising powerhouse, and running the mechanics of the race. He was the quieter, behind-the-scenes operator, while campaign strategist David Axelrod , who is now in the White House as an Obama senior adviser, was more of a public face for the campaign.

Plouffe did not take a position in the Obama administration and has maintained a low profile since the conclusion of the presidential campaign. He has been doing corporate consulting work, writing a book about the campaign called “The Audacity to Win,” and spending time with his family, who now live in Washington.

Plouffe is scheduled to be in Boston tonight for a fund-raiser, and is also delivering a keynote address at the Massachusetts Democratic State Convention tomorrow in Springfield.

“I feel a lot of loyalty to him,” he said of Patrick. “This will be the one race I spend a lot of time on.”

(snip)

...............................................

Numerous people with knowledge of PhRMA’s plans said they had been told it would likely reach $150 million and perhaps $200 million. They spoke on condition of anonymity, saying they were not authorized to divulge details.

Additionally, the industry is the major contributor to Healthy Economy Now, which recently completed a $12 million round of advertising nationally and in several states. The ads were made by companies with close ties to Democrats and the White House and generally reflected the administration’s changing rhetoric on health care.

In an interview, Ken Johnson, senior vice president of PhRMA, said, “We will have a significant presence over the August recess, both on television and newspapers and on radio, but we have not finalized details for our fall campaign.”

Independent calculations show Healthy Economy Now has spent about $12 million on three ads that ran nationally and in 17 states and the District of Columbia.

The messages meshed with the White House’s changing rhetoric. An ad that began in mid-June said patients would be able to choose their own doctors. Another, launched in mid-July, focused on consumer protections, including a ban on insurance companies denying coverage due to pre-existing medical conditions.

To make the ads, the group hired GMMB, a political consulting and advocacy advertising firm with close ties to the White House and Senate Democrats, as well as AKPD, top White House strategist David Axelrod’s former firm.

http://74.125.95.132/search?q=cache:N-ELdM8-qPsJ:www.enquirerherald.com/368/story/805615.html+Healthy+Economy+Now,+axelrod&cd=6&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=us

22 posted on Tuesday, August 18, 2009 6:22:43 PM by kcvl

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/01/18/AR2009011802286_pf.html

As the Consultants Turn

The world of political consulting has been compared to a soap opera — drama galore and a lot of sudden breakups and overdue reconciliations. The early days of 2009 are proving to be no exception, as a number of high-profile consultants are opening new shops, joining forces and otherwise re-orienting the professional political class.

Among the most noteworthy changes:

· David Axelrod, the lead strategist for Obama, has sold his ownership stake in the firm AKPD Message and Media. The new firm will comprise three of its current partners — John Kupper, David Plouffe and John Del Cecato — as well as Larry Grisolano, who coordinated the ad strategy and polling operations for Obama. Grisolano will be the managing partner of AKPD and will retain an “of counsel” role to the Strategy Group, a direct-mail firm in which he served as a partner. Axelrod’s decision to go into the White House necessitated a clean break with his consultant past. “It’s really difficult for me to leave a company that’s been such a huge part of my life, but I enter my new post with enormous pride and confidence in the team that’s taking over,” Axelrod said of the move.

· Jason Ralston, one of Obama’s lead admakers, is leaving the media consulting powerhouse GMMB to start a new company with John Lapp, the man who directed House Democrats’ 30-seat pickup as executive director of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee during the 2006 cycle. Lapp and Ralston got to know each other during that election as Ralston was the lead media consultant for the multimillion-dollar independent expenditure effort. Lapp, who spent the 2008 election cycle at the media firm McMahon Squier Lapp and Associates, said that he and Ralston “look forward to working together — to grow a progressive majority all across the country.” The new firm will be known as Ralston Lapp Media.

· Steve McMahon and Alex Castellanos — two of the most frequent TV guests among the world of political consultants — are teaming up to form Purple Strategies, a “strategic public affairs communications firm,” according to a news release trumpeting the new company. McMahon is best known as a senior adviser to the 2004 Democratic presidential campaign of former Vermont governor Howard Dean, and Castellanos was the lead media consultant for former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney’s unsuccessful 2008 Republican presidential bid. Bruce Haynes, who served as chief of staff to Rep. Bob Inglis (R-S.C.), will be the new firm’s managing partner, while John Donovan, a longtime Democratic media adviser, will lead the company’s creative team. The goal of the company is to offer “the complete perspective” on issues to corporations and nonprofit organizations, according to McMahon. Neither McMahon nor Castellanos will leave their political firms.


552 posted on 08/18/2009 6:24:37 PM PDT by hoosiermama (ONLY DEAD FISH GO WITH THE FLOW.......I am swimming with Sarahcudah! Sarah has read the tealeaves.)
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To: hoosiermama
http://blogs.ajc.com/political-insider-jim-galloway/2009/02/26/reed-lays-claim-to-obama-campaign-advisors/

Political Insider Reed lays claim to Obama campaign advisors
Atlanta Journal-Constitution, The (GA) - Thursday, February 26, 2009
Author: JIM GALLOWAY ; Staff
7:10 pm February 26, 2009

Last year, Councilwoman Mary Norwood said she’s the Barack Obama candidate in the race to succeed Shirley Franklin to become Atlanta’s next mayor.

But when it comes to Obama infrastructure, much of that has been snagged by state Sen. Kasim Reed, according to my AJC colleague Eric Stirgus.

Reed announced Thursday that AKPD Message & Media will serve as his camp’s media consultants. Some of the firm’s better known names include David Plouffe, Obama’s campaign manager; John Del Cecato, who produced many of the presidential candidate’s TV ads; and John Kupper, who helped the president-to-be as a message and advertising consultant.

Additionally, Reed said he has lined up Cornell Belcher, who was Obama’s pollster.

(snip)

//

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/03/03/AR2009030303210_pf.html

Minority Leader Limbaugh

By David Plouffe
Wednesday, March 4, 2009; A15

The 2008 election sent many messages. At the top: Americans wanted to turn the page on the politics of division and partisan pettiness, and they wanted a government — and country — that would put the middle class first.

Watching the Republicans operate this past month, it would appear that they missed that unmistakable signal.

Instead, Rush Limbaugh has become their leader.

(snip)

But if the GOP sticks with its strategy of failure as the only option, further eroding its brand with the people who decide elections, we may find out what it means for a political party to hit rock bottom.

The writer is senior adviser at AKPD Message and Media, a political consulting firm. He served as campaign manager for Obama for America and Obama-Biden 2008.

//

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/02/08/AR2009020802333.html

Obama Confidant Plans To Meet Azerbaijani Leader
Washington Post, The (DC) - Monday, February 9, 2009
Author: Shankar Vedantam, Washington Post Staff Writer
David Plouffe, who managed Barack Obama’s presidential campaign and was cited by Obama as the “unsung hero” in his ascendancy to the White House, is expected to meet this week with Azerbaijan’s president, who has been accused of undermining democracy in that oil-rich country.

Plouffe does not work for the White House, but he remains close to top White House officials. His outreach to Democrats, particularly through new-media ventures, was credited with propelling Obama to victory, and he continues to play an integral role with President Obama’s grass-roots political operation, Organizing for America. Last week, he e-mailed that group’s 13 million addresses with a video from Obama that urged support for the economic stimulus plan.

His trip to Azerbaijan is scheduled to include a speech today at Gerb University in the capital of Baku, followed by a meeting with President Ilham Aliyev and the speaker of the parliament, Oktay Asadov, according to Radio Free Europe, which first reported on the trip.

“Plouffe is coming as a private citizen,” Terry Davidson, a spokesman at the U.S. Embassy in Azerbaijan, told Radio Free Europe. “The embassy is not in charge of his schedule.”

//

(link available via google)

President Obama is holding a live strategy meeting on Thursday at 2:30 p.m. Eastern Time for all Organizing for America supporters. I hope you can join us, online or by phone.

The President will update us on the fight to pass real health insurance reform — what’s happening in D.C. and what’s happening around the country. He’ll lay out our strategy and message going forward and answer questions from supporters like you. And we’ll unveil the next actions we’ll organize together.

This is a critical time in this President’s administration, and in the history of our country. I hope you can join us.

Here are the details:

What: Organizing for America National Health Care Forum
Story continues below

When: Thursday, August 20th, 2:30 p.m. Eastern Time

RSVP and submit a question for the President.

The President wrote to us a few weeks ago to ask us to go the extra mile this month in the fight for health insurance reform. And so far, you’ve stepped up in a big way: Last week, an astounding 60,000 Organizing for America volunteers stopped by representatives’ and senators’ local offices. You told your health care stories to staffers and members of Congress — of losing insurance after getting laid off, of being denied coverage upon finding out about a serious illness. And you thanked those supporting real health insurance reform for all the work they’ve done so far.

But these local office visits were only part of the story. The D.C. media has been trumpeting coverage of town halls disrupted by angry opposition to reform. But the reality on the ground is very different. Organizing for America supporters are showing up in huge numbers at these meetings all across the country — outnumbering opponents of reform, often by overwhelming margins.

You’ve organized 11,906 local events in all 50 states — from press conferences to community discussions — since we launched our big campaign for reform in June. And you’ve made hundreds of thousands of calls to Congress.

Your work so far has been incredible. But the special interests and partisan attack groups who oppose reform will not let up, and they will tell whatever lies they can to spread fear. There’s a lot more work for all of us to do. This Thursday’s meeting is our chance to huddle as a team, get the latest information and talk about how we’re going to achieve this victory. You don’t want to miss it.

Click here to RSVP and submit a question for President Obama:

http://my.barackobama.com/forum

Hope you can make it,

David Plouffe

553 posted on 08/18/2009 6:35:40 PM PDT by maggief
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To: hoosiermama

Team Obama is making Richard Nixon look like a choir boy!!!


554 posted on 08/18/2009 9:34:04 PM PDT by kcvl
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To: maggief; penelopesire; 444Flyer

GOT It..think I remember of few of these names....but just liked it to some of the mateial on Rahm=E.


Rahm Emmanuel has ties to Durkin too:

http://www.goldtalk.com/forum/showthread.php?t=26591&page=6

(snip)
“Last week, investigators revealed the boys from the Water Department were heavily involved in Mr. Clean’s 2002 primary. That is important because Emanuel may be sitting in Congress today only because of the illegal contributions and help he received from the Daley machine back then.

Anyone who thinks that’s a stretch should ponder the situation young Emanuel was facing back then. He was one of eight Democrats fighting for his party’s nomination in a district the Democratic nominee was almost certain to win. It was a bitter primary that he finally won by only 11,058 votes. His major advantages were money and the support of the Daley machine. Still, he was forced to spend nearly $2 million and put hundreds of “volunteer” workers onto the streets of his district.

Emanuel denies any knowledge of all that. One assumes he must have just thought his message was really resonating with water department workers as they streamed in to help.

So the man the Democrats have chosen to fight the ethics war was himself elected only as a result of the machinations of a corrupt machine that he must have known was operating on his behalf, and he, like those he attacks, will be forced over and over again to argue that he just didn’t know what was going on around him.”


Conviction Upheld For Former Daley Patronage Chief
Analyst: Ruling May Have Profound Effect On Daley Administration”
(snip)”...Daley’s former patronage chief, Robert Sorich, was among those convicted of mail fraud. He was sentenced to four years in federal prison for his part in the scheme outlined by federal prosecutors, but won a bond allowing him to remain free pending the appeal.

Tuesday’s ruling means the 43-year-old Sorich has 72 hours to report to prison, according to his attorney, Thomas Anthony Durkin. Prosecutors said a federal judge would hear their motion to revoke the bond Thursday.

But Durkin noted he would continue the appeal process, all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court if necessary.”

http://images.google.com.jm/imgres?imgurl=http://llnw.image.cbslocal.com/0/2006/07/07/75x56/images_sizedimage_187221415.jpg&imgrefurl=http://cbs2chicago.com/search/default.aspx%3F__LOGIC%3D1311%26section%3DNews%26SearchString%3DThomas%2BDurkin&usg=__-9HCU-vEF0I4WXyBq_shQsIeYgI=&h=56&w=75&sz=4&hl=en&start=1&tbnid=Xm4JA8v7KTK0pM:&tbnh=53&tbnw=71&prev=/images%3Fq%3DThomas%2BAnthony%2BDurkin%26gbv%3D2%26hl%3Den%26sa%3DG

40 posted on Friday, August 21, 2009 12:07:39 PM by Conviction Upheld For Former Daley Patronage Chief
Analyst: Ruling May Have Profound Effect On Daley Administration”
(snip)”...Daley’s former patronage chief, Robert Sorich, was among those convicted of mail fraud. He was sentenced to four years in federal prison for his part in the scheme outlined by federal prosecutors, but won a bond allowing him to remain free pending the appeal.

Tuesday’s ruling means the 43-year-old Sorich has 72 hours to report to prison, according to his attorney, Thomas Anthony Durkin. Prosecutors said a federal judge would hear their motion to revoke the bond Thursday.

But Durkin noted he would continue the appeal process, all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court if necessary.”

http://images.google.com.jm/imgres?imgurl=http://llnw.image.cbslocal.com/0/2006/07/07/75x56/images_sizedimage_187221415.jpg&imgrefurl=http://cbs2chicago.com/search/default.aspx%3F__LOGIC%3D1311%26section%3DNews%26SearchString%3DThomas%2BDurkin&usg=__-9HCU-vEF0I4WXyBq_shQsIeYgI=&h=56&w=75&sz=4&hl=en&start=1&tbnid=Xm4JA8v7KTK0pM:&tbnh=53&tbnw=71&prev=/images%3Fq%3DThomas%2BAnthony%2BDurkin%26gbv%3D2%26hl%3Den%26sa%3DG

posted by 444Flyer


Well..well..well. One of the scumbag lawyers involved in this also represented the Al Qaeda terrorist that plotted to kill Bush.

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/n/a/2009/07/27/national/a012409D74.DTL

(snip)

“Defense lawyer Joshua Dratel said he will appeal the sentence. Dratel said he hoped that Abu Ali’s statement did not persuade the judge to impose a life sentence.”


http://www.chicagoclout.com/weblog/archives/2008/08/more_of_mayor_daleys_mbe_in_ac.html

Shortly before Daley was re-elected in 1999, Falcon said, she met with Sorich and Suzanne Kim, a city official who led a Korean-American group of precinct workers. At the City Hall meeting in the mayor’s Office of Intergovernmental Affairs, where Sorich worked, Falcon said Sorich asked the women to deploy their troops to the 39th Ward on the Far North Side for Daley.

Falcon’s group consisted of about 30 Asian-Americans, almost all of them city workers, she said.

She would shut the door of her office, Falcon said, when she asked workers in her departments to campaign during their time off the job for the mayor and candidates he endorsed. “I would ask them to knock on doors” on weekends to ask people to vote for Daley, said Falcon, who was born in the Philippines.

When Rahm Emanuel was running successfully for the Democratic congressional nomination, she again answered the call from Sorich: “They needed some Asians to be at a rally that the Korean-American group held, if I could bring some Filipinos there.”

Falcon made clear that her group and others sometimes worked for politicians that they did not even like. Falcon said she and Kim grudgingly agreed to commit their forces to help re-elect Ald. Patrick Levar (45th) “because Mr. Sorich asked us.”

Kim, now an assistant commissioner in the Water Management Department, did not return calls seeking comment Wednesday


“3 Years, 10 Months For Former Top Daley Aide Robert Sorich Was Convicted In Hiring Scheme”
(snip)”...Robert Sorich, Mayor Richard M. Daley’s former patronage chief, showed no emotion as U.S. District Judge David H. Coar delivered a harsh tongue-lashing. “The offense is corruption — corruption with a capital C,” Coar said. “For people to owe their jobs to political advancement rather than performance on the job stinks. “I don’t give a hoot whether this been going on for 200 years. It still stinks.” (snip)Sorich and his lawyers believe the feds overreached, turning what had been a civil violation — political hiring -— into a criminal offense.

“I think chasing after Mayor Daley on patronage hiring on some novel theory is a witch hunt,” Durkin said.

http://images.google.com.jm/imgres?imgurl=http://llnw.image.cbslocal.com/0/2006/07/07/75x56/images_sizedimage_187221415.jpg&imgrefurl=http://cbs2chicago.com/search/default.aspx%3F__LOGIC%3D1311%26section%3DNews%26SearchString%3DThomas%2BDurkin&usg=__-9HCU-vEF0I4WXyBq_shQsIeYgI=&h=56&w=75&sz=4&hl=en&start=1&tbnid=Xm4JA8v7KTK0pM:&tbnh=53&tbnw=71&prev=/images%3Fq%3DThomas%2BAnthony%2BDurkin%26gbv%3D2%26hl%3Den%26sa%3DG


555 posted on 08/21/2009 10:34:52 AM PDT by hoosiermama (ONLY DEAD FISH GO WITH THE FLOW.......I am swimming with Sarahcudah! Sarah has read the tealeaves.)
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To: 444Flyer

Got it.


Of Misc. relation to this topic:
“Cheney says Obama has increased risks to U.S.” (3/15/09)

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/03/16/us/politics/16cheney.html?_r=2&ref=politics

____________________________________________________________

“U.S. moving enemy combatant to Illinois court” (2/26/09-Wow, that was FAST)

http://www.cleveland.com/nation/index.ssf/2009/02/us_moving_enemy_combatant_to_i.html

___________________________________________________________

“UN expert rips U.S. allies for Anti-terror tactics, plans investigation into CIA, Gitmo detentions” (3/10/09)

http://www.cleveland.com/nation/index.ssf/2009/03/un_expert_rips_us_allies_for_a.html

____________________________________________________________

“Eric Holder tells West Point: The law was not followed in U.S. War Against Terror”

http://www.cleveland.com/nation/index.ssf/2009/04/eric_holder_tells_west_point_t.html

_______________________________________________________


556 posted on 08/21/2009 1:44:06 PM PDT by hoosiermama (ONLY DEAD FISH GO WITH THE FLOW.......I am swimming with Sarahcudah! Sarah has read the tealeaves.)
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To: hoosiermama

ping - thanks for this thread.


557 posted on 08/21/2009 5:23:35 PM PDT by SeattleBruce (God, Family, Church, Country & the Tea Party! Take America Back! (Objective media? Try TRAITORS.))
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To: SeattleBruce

One day I’ll make an index to make it easier to follow and connect the dots.....There are a lot of them here. Feel free to connect and add your findings...or add or ping me to any thing that you think might need to be added.


558 posted on 08/21/2009 5:50:40 PM PDT by hoosiermama (ONLY DEAD FISH GO WITH THE FLOW.......I am swimming with Sarahcudah! Sarah has read the tealeaves.)
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To: hoosiermama
COrruption in election contributions: Hillary/Obama FROM: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/08/26/nyregion/26fraud.html?_r=1&em August 26, 2009 Fund-Raiser Is Accused of $74 Million Fraud By BENJAMIN WEISER AND MICHAEL LUO A wealthy New York investor and prominent Democratic Party fund-raiser with ties to President Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton was arrested on Tuesday and accused of lying about his assets to obtain a $74 million loan from Citibank. The investor, Hassan Nemazee, a former national finance chairman for Mrs. Clinton, orchestrated the fraud by using forged documents showing that he held accounts with collateral worth hundreds of millions of dollars, a federal complaint charged. But the accounts “either never existed or had previously existed but had been closed years before,” said the office of Preet Bharara, the United States attorney in Manhattan, in a complaint filed in Federal District Court. Mr. Nemazee also gave Citibank phone numbers and addresses of various financial institutions that would purportedly vouch for his financial strength, but the numbers were controlled by him, the complaint said. It said that if officials at Citibank tried to confirm the assets’ existence, “they would in fact be contacting a telephone number assigned to Nemazee himself, and not any financial institution.” Mr. Nemazee, 59, who was charged with one count of bank fraud, did not enter a plea in a court appearance on Tuesday. He is chairman and chief executive of Nemazee Capital, a holding company with investments in private and public companies. But he is better known as a major player in Democratic fund-raising circles since the mid-1990s, when he started raising money for the Democratic National Committee and the Clinton-Gore campaign. He has personally contributed more than $450,000 to various candidates and party committees, dating back to 1990. Over the years, Mr. Nemazee, an Iranian-American and son of a shipping magnate, has entertained many political luminaries in his Park Avenue home on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. For the 2006 election, Senator Charles E. Schumer asked Mr. Nemazee to serve as finance chairman for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee. The committee ultimately raised $119 million, significantly outpacing its Republican counterpart and helping Democrats regain control of the Senate. Mr. Nemazee was one of several national finance chairmen for Mrs. Clinton’s 2008 presidential campaign and was one of her most prodigious fund-raisers. After Senator Barack Obama clinched the Democratic nomination, Mr. Nemazee rededicated himself, hosting a fund-raiser at his home for Mr. Obama with Mrs. Clinton as the featured guest over dinner, for $28,500 per couple. The Obama campaign eventually credited Mr. Nemazee with raising more than $500,000 on its behalf. Mr. Nemazee also donated $50,000, the maximum allowed, to President Obama’s inauguration committee. In the late 1990s, President Clinton selected Mr. Nemazee for an ambassadorship to Argentina, but the nomination stalled in the Senate Foreign Relations Committee after an article in Forbes magazine cast a negative light on Mr. Nemazee’s business practices, and Republicans questioned his qualifications. He subsequently said the accusations against him had been baseless. Spokesmen for Mr. Clinton, Mrs. Clinton and President Obama declined to comment on Mr. Nemazee’s arrest. Mr. Nemazee paid back the $74 million to Citibank on Monday, a day after the F.B.I. interviewed him at Newark Liberty International Airport, where he was about to check in for a flight to Rome, the federal complaint said. Prosecutors charged that Mr. Nemazee’s fraud scheme began around December 2006, when he began making agreements with Citibank that allowed him to pledge collateral for the right to borrow millions of dollars. But statements he gave the bank claiming to show that he had the necessary collateral were fakes, the complaint said. A spokeswoman for Citigroup said, “We are working with the authorities on this matter.” Mr. Nemazee was ordered jailed overnight by a federal magistrate judge, while arrangements were being made for his release on Wednesday on a $25 million bond. As part of the conditions of his release, Mr. Nemazee will be subject to house arrest and electronic monitoring, the judge, Ronald L. Ellis, said. Mr. Nemazee’s lawyer, Marc L. Mukasey, who said in court that the bond requirements were “onerous” and “draconian,” would not comment. A prosecutor, John M. Hillebrecht, opposed his release until Wednesday, when the electronic monitoring was to be started, telling the judge there were reasons “why that would be a huge mistake.” He did not elaborate.
559 posted on 08/25/2009 7:10:12 PM PDT by hoosiermama (ONLY DEAD FISH GO WITH THE FLOW.......I am swimming with Sarahcudah! Sarah has read the tealeaves.)
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To: maggief

Thanks.


Daley to apologize for parking meter problems (A new 75-year deal with private operator)
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
http://www.suntimes.com/news/cityhall/1584938,CST-NWS-deal21.article

Two of Mayor Daley’s former top aides — and a security company once co-owned by the brother of Ald. Danny Solis (25th) — are poised to make some serious coin from the $1.15 billion deal that privatized Chicago’s 36,000 parking meters.

Under pressure from aldermen to comply with the city’s minority set-aside requirements, LAZ Parking Chicago LLC has hastily assembled a team of subcontractors that includes former mayoral press secretary Avis LaVelle and Cortez Trotter, who was Chicago’s first African-American fire commissioner before being promoted to chief emergency officer.

Monterrey Security — owned by former Chicago Police Officer Juan Gaytan and once co-owned by former Chicago firefighter Santiago Solis — is in line for $1.2 million in 2009 and has already been paid $413,152, according to a document distributed to aldermen.

LaVelle, Daley’s 1989 campaign spokeswoman and first City Hall press secretary, said she watched aldermen lambast the meter deal Monday, even though she had not yet signed a formal contract.

LaVelle’s invitation to attend the hearing came from Trotter, who had an “existing relationship” with LAZ CEO Alan Lazowski.

It was only after the City Council hearing that LaVelle and Trotter were asked to join the team under terms yet to be negotiated, she said.


560 posted on 08/25/2009 7:34:13 PM PDT by hoosiermama (ONLY DEAD FISH GO WITH THE FLOW.......I am swimming with Sarahcudah! Sarah has read the tealeaves.)
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http://blogs.suntimes.com/blago/


561 posted on 09/01/2009 6:59:19 AM PDT by hoosiermama (ONLY DEAD FISH GO WITH THE FLOW.......I am swimming with Sarahcudah! Sarah has read the tealeaves.)
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Obama Advisor Valerie Jarrett Linked to Real Estate Scandals -2008 Rezko

FROM:
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/2331958/posts

Judicial Watch, the public interest group that investigates and prosecutes government corruption, announced today that it has obtained documents linking Valerie Jarrett, an advisor to Barack Obama and the co-chairman of the President-Elect’s transition team, to a series of real estate scandals, including several housing projects operated by convicted felon and Obama fundraiser/friend Antoin “Tony” Rezko.Characterized as “the other side of Barack Obama’s brain” by CBS News, Jarrett first met the Obamas seventeen years ago when she offered Michelle Obama a job. While speculation has arisen that Jarrett could take Obama’s place in the U.S. Senate, the New York Times reported that it is more likely she will become a senior White House adviser, thus continuing her long record of being an important influence and mentor to Barack and Michelle Obama. Judicial Watch, the public interest group that investigates and prosecutes government corruption, announced today that it has obtained documents linking Valerie Jarrett, an advisor to Barack Obama and the co-chairman of the President-Elect’s transition team, to a series of real estate scandals, including several housing projects operated by convicted felon and Obama fundraiser/friend Antoin “Tony” Rezko.


562 posted on 09/04/2009 5:02:49 AM PDT by hoosiermama (ONLY DEAD FISH GO WITH THE FLOW.......I am swimming with Sarahcudah! Sarah has read the tealeaves.)
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To: Fred Nerks

Saved to the CHicago Crime thread:

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/chat/2332626/posts?page=1

Proof That Obama’s Hawaii and Chicago Communist Networks Were Linked?
NEWZEAL ^ | Monday, June 01, 2009 | Trevor Loudon

Posted on Friday, September 04, 2009 9:54:11 PM by Fred Nerks

It is now well established that Barack Obama was linked to the Hawaiian Communist Party network through his boyhood/teenage mentor Frank Marshall Davis.

It is also well known that after moving to Chicago, Obama linked up with the local communist networks.

Manning Marable, a leader of the Communist Party offshoot Committees of Correspondence for Democracy&Socialism claims that Obama “understands what socialism is. A lot of the people working with him are, indeed, socialists with backgrounds in the Communist Party or as independent Marxists. There are a lot of people like that in Chicago who have worked with him for years...”

This leads to two key questions.

A Were the Hawaii and Chicago networks connected?

B Did Obama’s connection to Frank Marshall Davis in any way influence his progress up the Chicago political ladder?

If the answer is yes to both, there are significant implications.

It means that that the Communist Party USA was watching Obama from an early age and was willing to help his political career.

Frank Marshall Davis was active in the Chicago Communist Party until he moved to Hawaii in late 1948.

I speculated in this post that Davis may have known left wing journalist Vernon Jarrett in post war Chicago. A connection would be significant because the Jarrett family has played a very important role in Obama’s rise to power.

Both Jarrett and Davis worked in the communist dominated South Side Community Art Center and on the communist influenced Chicago Defender newspaper, in late 1940s Chicago.

I have since found conclusive evidence that Davis and Jarrett not only knew each other, but worked together in another Communist Party dominated organisation-The Citizen’s Committee to Aid Packing House Workers.

“organized to support the united packing-House workers of America C.I.O. now on strike”

The letter above is dated April 12, 1948. Note that CIO (Congress of Industrial Organizations) was at the time a communist controlled labor federation.

To the left is a partial list of Citizen’s Committee to Aid Packing House Workers officials.

Note the names Oscar C. Brown (Treasurer) and Louise T. Patterson (Assistant Treasurer), F.M. Davis and Vernon Jarrett.

To confirm the connection, below is a close-up of the committee’s publicity committee. Note that it is chaired by Vernon Jarrett and includes Frank Marshall Davis.

That the Citizen’s Committee was communist influenced is beyond doubt.

Louise T Patterson was the wife of Illinois Communist Party vice-chairman and attorney William Patterson and a prominent Party member in her own right. Louise Patterson was still a leader of the Illinois Communist Party well into the 1970s.

Further down the page was list of the organization’s “Food and groceries committee”. Named among them was Ishmael Flory, a leader of the Illinois Communist Party from the late 1930s until his death in 2004.

Incidentally, one of the eulogists at Flory’s funeral was Timuel Black, a well known member of Committees of Correspondence for Democracy&Socialism and a long time friend and political supporter of Barack Obama.

Oscar C Brown-later a famous jazz musician under the name Oscar Brown jnr, was also at the time a Communist Party member. he joined in 1946 and was expelled around 1954.

In 1948 Vernon Jarrett left his job as journalist at the Chicago Defender to start a black oriented radio show “Negro Newsfront” with Oscar Brown.

Jarrett was clearly on the far left and almost certainly, like his colleague Frank Marshall Davis, a covert member of the Communist Party.

Jarrett worked hard promoting socialist causes including the communist controlled Progressive Party.

Vernon Jarrett went on to become the Chicago Tribune’s first black syndicated columnist and was a founder of the National Association of Black Journalists.

According to a Washington Post obituary May 25th 2004

Mr. Jarrett continually shone a light on African American history and pertinent issues in Chicago and throughout the country. He stoked the political embers in Chicago that led to the 1983 election of the city’s first African American mayor, Harold Washington.

Vernon Jarrett was a key influence in Washington’s decision to run for the Chicago mayoralty and remained a key supporter through his four year tenure.

Harold Washington defeated the Daley machine to win the mayoralty backed by a coalition led by Chicago’s Communist Party and the local branch of Democratic Socialists of America (DSA).

DSA member and socialist historian Paul Buhle, wrote in a 1992 article for the Encyclopedia of the American Left;

Communists also gained from long-standing political contacts in the black community. Victories of black mayoral and congressional candidates with decades — old ties to the CP — a short list would include Coleman Young and George Crocket in Detroit, Gus Newport in Berkeley, and somewhat more ambiguously, Harold Washington in Chicago

Washington was actively involved in Communist Party fronts such as the US Peace Council and the Chicago Committee on Southern Africa, right up to winning the mayoralty-with Party support. After victory he stacked his administration full of communists, socialists and sympathisers to create one of the most far left administrations in US history-cut short only by his pre-mature death after four years in office.

I quote from remarks by Illinois Communist Party organiser John Bachtell to a “Special District Meeting on African American Equality and Building the Communist Party and Young Communist League, Chicago”, IL September 30, 2007.

The legacy of Harold Washington’s election and his administration is in the collective consciousness not only of the African American community, but the entire city. Many of his democratizing achievements endure 20 years later.

The historic election of Washington was the culmination of many years of struggle. It reflected a high degree of unity of the African American community and the alliance with a section of labor, the Latino community and progressive minded whites. This legacy of political independence also endures...

This was also reflected in the historic election of Barack Obama. Our Party actively supported Obama during the primary election. Once again Obama’s campaign reflected the electoral voting unity of the African American community, but also the alliances built with several key trade unions, and forces in the Latino and white communities.

It also reflected a breakthrough among white voters. In the primary, Obama won 35% of the white vote and 7 north side wards, in a crowded field. During the general election he won every ward in the city and all the collar counties. This appeal has continued in his presidential run.

Barack Obama has stated that Harold Washington’s victory in 1983 was the spur that made him leave New York to move to Chicago.

Vernon Jarrett was also a fan of Barack Obama. He watched his career from its early stages and became an ardent supporter.

In 1992 Obama worked for the ACORN offshoot, Project Vote to register black voters in aid of the Senate Campaign of Carol Moseley Braun. Unsurprisingly Moseley Braun also had strong Communist Party ties and was Harold Washington’s legislative floor leader.

Obama helped Moseley Braun win her Senate seat, then took it over himself in 2004-backed of course by the same communist/socialist alliance that had elected his political predecessors Harold Washington and Carol Moseley Braun.

Commenting on the 1992 race, Vernon Jarrett wrote in the Chicago Sun-Times of August 11th 1992;

Good news! Good news! Project Vote, a collectivity of 10 church-based community organizations dedicated to black voter registration, is off and running. Project Vote is increasing its rolls at a 7,000-per-week clip...If Project Vote is to reach its goal of registering 150,000 out of an estimated 400,000 unregistered blacks statewide, “it must average 10,000 rather than 7,000 every week,” says Barack Obama, the program’s executive director...

Dee Myles is a Chicago activist and chair of the Education Commission of the Communist Party USA. In 2004, after Vernon Jarret’s death from cancer she penned this tribute for the People’s Weekly World of June 5th.

Readers like me can be extremely selective of the journalists we read habitually... We are selective about the journalists to whom we become insatiably addicted, and once hooked we develop a constructive love affair without the romance...

Such was my experience with Vernon Jarrett, an African American journalist in Chicago who died at the age of 86 on May 23. I became a Vernon Jarrett addict, and I am proud of it!

Vernon Jarrett’s career as a journalist in Chicago began and ended at the Chicago Defender, the African American daily paper. In between, he was the first Black journalist at the Chicago Tribune, and I first began to read his articles during his tenure at the Chicago Sun-Times

Jarrett’s claim to fame is that he was a partisan of the cause of African Americans in the broad democratic tradition of Paul Robeson and W.E.B. DuBois...

Robeson and DuBois were both Communist Party members. On April 9th, 1998 at Chicago’s South Shore Cultural Center, Jarrett hosted a Paul Robeson Citywide Centennial Celebration event, with his old comrade and Party sympathiser Margaret Burroughs and former Communist Party members Studs Terkel and his old friend Oscar C.Brown.

Dee Myles continues;

Jarrett was fanatical about African Americans registering and voting in mass for socially conscious candidates. He championed Harold Washington like a great warrior, and this March, from his hospital bed, wrote an article appealing to Black Chicago to turn out to vote for Barack Obama in the Illinois primaries. Obama astounded everyone with an incredible landslide victory as the progressive, Black candidate for the Democratic Party nomination for the U.S. Senate seat from Illinois. From his sickbed, Vernon Jarrett issued a clarion call, and the people responded.

The Jarrett/Obama conection did not end with Vernon Jarrett’s death-it moved to a higher level with his famous daughter-in-law Valerie Jarrett.

A former Deputy Corporation Counsel for Finance and Development under Harold Washington, Jarrett continued to work in the mayor’s office into the 1990s.

In 1991, while Deputy Chief of Staff for Mayor Richard Daley, Jarrett hired Michelle Robinson, then engaged to Barack Obama.

Later Valerie Jarrett ran the finances for Obama’s 2004 Senate bid and served as treasurer of Obama’s HOPEFUND.

The relationship is more than professional-Jarrett is regarded as one of the Obamas’ closest friends and advisors.

According to Take Political Action May 24th 2008;

“She’s always been the other side of Barack’s brain.” That’s how an Obama insider described Valerie Jarrett as an Obama campaign aide announced Thursday night the former CTA chief and current Habitat Co. CEO is taking on a larger role to help her close friend win his White House bid.

The development comes as Jarrett, a charter member of Sen. Barack Obama’s kitchen cabinet, has been formalizing her portfolio and stepping up the pace within the past few weeks as a top advisor within the campaign.

Though she will be part-time, Jarrett will be one of the most visible and powerful African-Americans in the top rungs of the Obama operation...

Today Valerie Jarrett serves as one of three Senior Advisors to President Obama. She is Assistant to the President for Intergovernmental Affairs and Public Engagement, and Chairs the White House Commission on Women and Girls.

Frank Marshall Davis works closely in communist causes with Vernon Jarrett in Chicago. Davis moves to hawaii where he eventually meets and mentors a young Barack Obama. Then Obama moves to Chicago where his career is promoted by both Davis’s old colleague Vernon Jarrett and the Communist Party. Vernon Jarrett’s daughter-in-law employs Barack Obama’s fiance, befriends the family and becomes one of President Obama’s most trusted advisors. The Communist Party throws its entire weight behind Obama’s presidential campaign.

Are we expected to believe that this is all mere coincidence?

Would there be an Obama/Jarrett relationship today, if there had been no Frank Marshall Davis/Jarrett connection through the Communist Party of post war Chicago?

What role, if any, has the modern Communist Party USA played in fostering that relationship in more recent times?

The Communist Party USA continues to back their “friend” Barack Obama.

How deeply has the Communist Party been involved in advancing Obama’s political career-through the Jarrett family, or by other means?

The answers to these questions will have major implications for the future of what’s left of the free world.


563 posted on 09/05/2009 11:22:21 AM PDT by hoosiermama (ONLY DEAD FISH GO WITH THE FLOW.......I am swimming with Sarahcudah! Sarah has read the tealeaves.)
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associations to toe the line”...........
“Shadow Government: What Obama Doesn’t Want You To Know About His Czars”
reuters.com | Sep 2, 2009 | reuters
FR Posted 09/06/2009 by Berlin_Freeper

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2333371/posts

ARLINGTON, Va, Sept. 2 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/
The founders of the National Republican Trust PAC (NRTP), Scott Wheeler and Peter Leitner, are set to release a powerful expose on Barack Obama’s unelected shadow government.

The book, “Shadow Government: What Obama Doesn’t Want You To Know About His Czars,” scheduled for release in mid-September is available for order at GOPTrust.com. Several thousand copies have been pre-ordered by the public.

— Adolfo Carrion, former Bronx Borough President with a history of taking bribes and putting the interests of his donors above those of the community was named Director of Urban Affairs by Obama.

— Ron Bloom, labor leader, is at the helm of the unprecedented government interference into the private sector. With no real experience in the auto industry, Bloom is the successor of the even less qualified Steven Rattner, who left his post amidst an SEC investigation into his private equity firm. Bloom is a former investment banker who made his name working with the United Steelworkers union.

— Van Jones, a self-avowed communist, was appointed Special Advisor for Green Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation at the White House Council on Environmental Quality (Green Jobs Czar).

— Kevin Jennings was appointed to be Safe Schools Czar. Jennings has actively promoted homosexuality in elementary schools, middle schools, high schools and on college campuses and has distributed graphic material to children as a way to support his crusade.

— Carol Browner, Obama’s Energy Czar, was listed as a commissioner in Socialist International, the worldwide organization of social democratic, socialist and labour parties. (Excerpt) Read more at reuters.com ...

88 posted on Sunday, September 06, 2009 5:43:27 PM by Liz (When people fear govt, we have tyranny; when govt fears the people, we have freedom.)


564 posted on 09/06/2009 4:49:31 PM PDT by hoosiermama (ONLY DEAD FISH GO WITH THE FLOW.......I am swimming with Sarahcudah! Sarah has read the tealeaves.)
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To: bitt

trying to keep the chicago information in one spot....Great info.


Yes, I think it is the Tides Foundation, but here’s the deal with Obama’s Gal Valerie and the rest of the Thugs:

http://newzeal.blogspot.com/2009/06/obama-file-78-smoking-gun-proof-that.html

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/chat/2332626/posts

It is now well established that Barack Obama was linked to the Hawaiian Communist Party network through his boyhood/teenage mentor Frank Marshall Davis.

It is also well known that after moving to Chicago, Obama linked up with the local communist networks.

Manning Marable, a leader of the Communist Party offshoot Committees of Correspondence for Democracy&Socialism claims that Obama “understands what socialism is. A lot of the people working with him are, indeed, socialists with backgrounds in the Communist Party or as independent Marxists. There are a lot of people like that in Chicago who have worked with him for years...”

This leads to two key questions.

A Were the Hawaii and Chicago networks connected?

B Did Obama’s connection to Frank Marshall Davis in any way influence his progress up the Chicago political ladder?

If the answer is yes to both, there are significant implications.

It means that that the Communist Party USA was watching Obama from an early age and was willing to help his political career.

Frank Marshall Davis was active in the Chicago Communist Party until he moved to Hawaii in late 1948.

I speculated in this post that Davis may have known left wing journalist Vernon Jarrett in post war Chicago. A connection would be significant because the Jarrett family has played a very important role in Obama’s rise to power.

Both Jarrett and Davis worked in the communist dominated South Side Community Art Center and on the communist influenced Chicago Defender newspaper, in late 1940s Chicago.

I have since found conclusive evidence that Davis and Jarrett not only knew each other, but worked together in another Communist Party dominated organisation-The Citizen’s Committee to Aid Packing House Workers.

“organized to support the united packing-House workers of America C.I.O. now on strike”

The letter above is dated April 12, 1948. Note that CIO (Congress of Industrial Organizations) was at the time a communist controlled labor federation.

To the left is a partial list of Citizen’s Committee to Aid Packing House Workers officials.

Note the names Oscar C. Brown (Treasurer) and Louise T. Patterson (Assistant Treasurer), F.M. Davis and Vernon Jarrett.

To confirm the connection, below is a close-up of the committee’s publicity committee. Note that it is chaired by Vernon Jarrett and includes Frank Marshall Davis.

That the Citizen’s Committee was communist influenced is beyond doubt.

Louise T Patterson was the wife of Illinois Communist Party vice-chairman and attorney William Patterson and a prominent Party member in her own right. Louise Patterson was still a leader of the Illinois Communist Party well into the 1970s.

Further down the page was list of the organization’s “Food and groceries committee”. Named among them was Ishmael Flory, a leader of the Illinois Communist Party from the late 1930s until his death in 2004.

Incidentally, one of the eulogists at Flory’s funeral was Timuel Black, a well known member of Committees of Correspondence for Democracy&Socialism and a long time friend and political supporter of Barack Obama.

Oscar C Brown-later a famous jazz musician under the name Oscar Brown jnr, was also at the time a Communist Party member. he joined in 1946 and was expelled around 1954.

In 1948 Vernon Jarrett left his job as journalist at the Chicago Defender to start a black oriented radio show “Negro Newsfront” with Oscar Brown.

Jarrett was clearly on the far left and almost certainly, like his colleague Frank Marshall Davis, a covert member of the Communist Party.

Jarrett worked hard promoting socialist causes including the communist controlled Progressive Party.

Vernon Jarrett went on to become the Chicago Tribune’s first black syndicated columnist and was a founder of the National Association of Black Journalists.

According to a Washington Post obituary May 25th 2004

Mr. Jarrett continually shone a light on African American history and pertinent issues in Chicago and throughout the country. He stoked the political embers in Chicago that led to the 1983 election of the city’s first African American mayor, Harold Washington.

Vernon Jarrett was a key influence in Washington’s decision to run for the Chicago mayoralty and remained a key supporter through his four year tenure.

Harold Washington defeated the Daley machine to win the mayoralty backed by a coalition led by Chicago’s Communist Party and the local branch of Democratic Socialists of America (DSA).

DSA member and socialist historian Paul Buhle, wrote in a 1992 article for the Encyclopedia of the American Left;

Communists also gained from long-standing political contacts in the black community. Victories of black mayoral and congressional candidates with decades — old ties to the CP — a short list would include Coleman Young and George Crocket in Detroit, Gus Newport in Berkeley, and somewhat more ambiguously, Harold Washington in Chicago

Washington was actively involved in Communist Party fronts such as the US Peace Council and the Chicago Committee on Southern Africa, right up to winning the mayoralty-with Party support. After victory he stacked his administration full of communists, socialists and sympathisers to create one of the most far left administrations in US history-cut short only by his pre-mature death after four years in office.

I quote from remarks by Illinois Communist Party organiser John Bachtell to a “Special District Meeting on African American Equality and Building the Communist Party and Young Communist League, Chicago”, IL September 30, 2007.

The legacy of Harold Washington’s election and his administration is in the collective consciousness not only of the African American community, but the entire city. Many of his democratizing achievements endure 20 years later.

The historic election of Washington was the culmination of many years of struggle. It reflected a high degree of unity of the African American community and the alliance with a section of labor, the Latino community and progressive minded whites. This legacy of political independence also endures...

This was also reflected in the historic election of Barack Obama. Our Party actively supported Obama during the primary election. Once again Obama’s campaign reflected the electoral voting unity of the African American community, but also the alliances built with several key trade unions, and forces in the Latino and white communities.

It also reflected a breakthrough among white voters. In the primary, Obama won 35% of the white vote and 7 north side wards, in a crowded field. During the general election he won every ward in the city and all the collar counties. This appeal has continued in his presidential run.

Barack Obama has stated that Harold Washington’s victory in 1983 was the spur that made him leave New York to move to Chicago.

Vernon Jarrett was also a fan of Barack Obama. He watched his career from its early stages and became an ardent supporter.

In 1992 Obama worked for the ACORN offshoot, Project Vote to register black voters in aid of the Senate Campaign of Carol Moseley Braun. Unsurprisingly Moseley Braun also had strong Communist Party ties and was Harold Washington’s legislative floor leader.

Obama helped Moseley Braun win her Senate seat, then took it over himself in 2004-backed of course by the same communist/socialist alliance that had elected his political predecessors Harold Washington and Carol Moseley Braun.

Commenting on the 1992 race, Vernon Jarrett wrote in the Chicago Sun-Times of August 11th 1992;

Good news! Good news! Project Vote, a collectivity of 10 church-based community organizations dedicated to black voter registration, is off and running. Project Vote is increasing its rolls at a 7,000-per-week clip...If Project Vote is to reach its goal of registering 150,000 out of an estimated 400,000 unregistered blacks statewide, “it must average 10,000 rather than 7,000 every week,” says Barack Obama, the program’s executive director...

Dee Myles is a Chicago activist and chair of the Education Commission of the Communist Party USA. In 2004, after Vernon Jarret’s death from cancer she penned this tribute for the People’s Weekly World of June 5th.

Readers like me can be extremely selective of the journalists we read habitually... We are selective about the journalists to whom we become insatiably addicted, and once hooked we develop a constructive love affair without the romance...

Such was my experience with Vernon Jarrett, an African American journalist in Chicago who died at the age of 86 on May 23. I became a Vernon Jarrett addict, and I am proud of it!

Vernon Jarrett’s career as a journalist in Chicago began and ended at the Chicago Defender, the African American daily paper. In between, he was the first Black journalist at the Chicago Tribune, and I first began to read his articles during his tenure at the Chicago Sun-Times

Jarrett’s claim to fame is that he was a partisan of the cause of African Americans in the broad democratic tradition of Paul Robeson and W.E.B. DuBois...

Robeson and DuBois were both Communist Party members. On April 9th, 1998 at Chicago’s South Shore Cultural Center, Jarrett hosted a Paul Robeson Citywide Centennial Celebration event, with his old comrade and Party sympathiser Margaret Burroughs and former Communist Party members Studs Terkel and his old friend Oscar C.Brown.

Dee Myles continues;

Jarrett was fanatical about African Americans registering and voting in mass for socially conscious candidates. He championed Harold Washington like a great warrior, and this March, from his hospital bed, wrote an article appealing to Black Chicago to turn out to vote for Barack Obama in the Illinois primaries. Obama astounded everyone with an incredible landslide victory as the progressive, Black candidate for the Democratic Party nomination for the U.S. Senate seat from Illinois. From his sickbed, Vernon Jarrett issued a clarion call, and the people responded.

The Jarrett/Obama conection did not end with Vernon Jarrett’s death-it moved to a higher level with his famous daughter-in-law Valerie Jarrett.

A former Deputy Corporation Counsel for Finance and Development under Harold Washington, Jarrett continued to work in the mayor’s office into the 1990s.

In 1991, while Deputy Chief of Staff for Mayor Richard Daley, Jarrett hired Michelle Robinson, then engaged to Barack Obama.

Later Valerie Jarrett ran the finances for Obama’s 2004 Senate bid and served as treasurer of Obama’s HOPEFUND.

The relationship is more than professional-Jarrett is regarded as one of the Obamas’ closest friends and advisors.

According to Take Political Action May 24th 2008;

“She’s always been the other side of Barack’s brain.” That’s how an Obama insider described Valerie Jarrett as an Obama campaign aide announced Thursday night the former CTA chief and current Habitat Co. CEO is taking on a larger role to help her close friend win his White House bid.

The development comes as Jarrett, a charter member of Sen. Barack Obama’s kitchen cabinet, has been formalizing her portfolio and stepping up the pace within the past few weeks as a top advisor within the campaign.

Though she will be part-time, Jarrett will be one of the most visible and powerful African-Americans in the top rungs of the Obama operation...

Today Valerie Jarrett serves as one of three Senior Advisors to President Obama. She is Assistant to the President for Intergovernmental Affairs and Public Engagement, and Chairs the White House Commission on Women and Girls.

Frank Marshall Davis works closely in communist causes with Vernon Jarrett in Chicago. Davis moves to hawaii where he eventually meets and mentors a young Barack Obama. Then Obama moves to Chicago where his career is promoted by both Davis’s old colleague Vernon Jarrett and the Communist Party. Vernon Jarrett’s daughter-in-law employs Barack Obama’s fiance, befriends the family and becomes one of President Obama’s most trusted advisors. The Communist Party throws its entire weight behind Obama’s presidential campaign.

Are we expected to believe that this is all mere coincidence?

Would there be an Obama/Jarrett relationship today, if there had been no Frank Marshall Davis/Jarrett connection through the Communist Party of post war Chicago?

What role, if any, has the modern Communist Party USA played in fostering that relationship in more recent times?

The Communist Party USA continues to back their “friend” Barack Obama.

How deeply has the Communist Party been involved in advancing Obama’s political career-through the Jarrett family, or by other means?

The answers to these questions will have major implications for the future of what’s left of the free world.


565 posted on 09/10/2009 5:29:47 AM PDT by hoosiermama (ONLY DEAD FISH GO WITH THE FLOW.......I am swimming with Sarahcudah! Sarah has read the tealeaves.)
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To: hoosiermama

these dots to connect are *rather* large, huh??

thanks for the ping


566 posted on 09/10/2009 5:39:14 AM PDT by bitt (“You can’t make a weak man strong by making a strong man weak.” (Abraham Lincoln))
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Death of Kelly....Lots of threads with good comments on all:


Sources say they’ve been notified key Blagojevich probe figure is dead (The Chicago Way)

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2338176/posts


Key Blagojevich adviser dies (Blago’s close buddy, just pled guilty)
Chicago Tribune ^

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2338269/posts


http://www.suntimes.com/1767469,christopher-kelly-blagojevich-dead-091209.article

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/chi-christopher-kelly-dead-13sep13,0,3919783.story


Key Blagojevich adviser Christopher Kelly dead (Said on Tuesday he was thinking of turning on Blago)

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2338413/posts


567 posted on 09/13/2009 5:51:48 PM PDT by hoosiermama (ONLY DEAD FISH GO WITH THE FLOW.......I am swimming with Sarahcudah! Sarah has read the tealeaves.)
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from:
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-bloggers/2339437/posts


Obama’s Numerous Links with International Marxism Exposed
Thepostnemail ^ | 9/14/09 | John Charlton

Posted on 09/14/2009 10:54:14 AM PDT by American Dream 246

AN INTERVIEW WITH TREVOR LOUDON by John Charlton

Mr. Trevor Loudon (Sept. 14, 2009) — Revelations that Obama was not just chummy with Marxists and Socialists throughout his life, but even may have been recruited by the KGB, first surfaced with Tom Fife, the physicist’s testimony (see www.rense.com for audio file).

More recently, a New Zealand researcher has obtained documents which connect the dots, and seemingly confirm the Fife testimony.

To get a better understanding of the Communists network in America, I requested an interview with Trevor Loudon, of New Zealand Research Assosciates, who has spent much of his life investigating international marxism and its operatives. Such is Loudon’s authority, that Media Matters recently named him the “Blogger who nailed Van Jones.”

What follows is a highly informative interview with Mr. Loudon, which is a must read for all thoughtful American citizens in the present national crisis.

The Post & Email interviewed Mr. Loudon by email, at his residence in Christchurch, New Zealand.

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MR. CHARLTON: I asked your for this opportunity to interview you on the basis of a research article you recently posted on the Internet at your blog, The New Zeal, regarding the Communist Network in Chicago a generation ago. But before we discuss it, can you tell me something about yourself, for the readers of The Post & Email, who might be unfamiliar with Trevor Loudon, the New Zealand researcher.

MR. LOUDON: I have been researching communism since the 80s-when our own Moscow aligned Marxists turned New Zealand anti-nuclear and destroyed the ANZUS Alliance.

My special interest is the ability of the far left to infiltrate and manipulate “moderate” political parties and institutions to influence public opinion and alter government policies.

I began studying the US communist movement after observing the strength of the Anti-Iraq war movement.

MR. CHARLTON: What was it that lead you to investigate the Communist Network in Chicago?

MR. LOUDON: General research into the Communist Party USA led me to stumble on a reference to Obama and his communist mentor Frank Marshall Davis in early 2007. It piqued my interest-even at that stage I could see he was marked for high office. The more I dug, the more I found-ties to Democratic Socialists of America and Committees of Correspondence and direct evidence of Communist Party support during his 2004 Senate campaign.

MR. CHARLTON: What importance did the Communist Network in Chicago have among the Communists in the U.S.A., before, during and after WWII?

MR. LOUDON: Chicago was the birthplace of US communism — the party was founded there in 1919. Chicago and Detroit were the centers of Midwest communism into the 1930s. The communist influenced “Black renaissance “ movement was centered in two places-Harlem and Chicago’s South Side.

Chicago’s advantage in communist terms, was that the industrial South Side with its large working class white, black and Latino populations was bordered by the more affluent Hyde Park area, and the thoroughly communist infiltrated University of Chicago. The Marxist academics of the UC had half a city of proletarians on their doorstep to experiment with and practice on.

Hyde Park has been a major center of Socialism and communism ever since. I believe it is no accident that Obama based himself there.

MR. CHARLTON: First, for those who may be unfamiliar, can you say something about Communism, Marxism, Leninism? What’s their origin and what’s the difference between them?

MR. LOUDON: Marxism is the collectivist political philosophy developed by Karl Marx in the mid 19th century. Basically it states that class struggle is the motive power of social change and that the working class is destined to overthrow capitalism and establish a classless, communal society-communism.

Leninism — developed obviously by Lenin, father of the 1917 Russian revolution — is simply a philosophy and series of interlinked tactical strategies for achieving power for one group at the expense of all others.

Marxism-Leninism is the use by Marxists, of Leninist strategies to achieve power.

Most modern communists pay lip service only to Marxism, which has been well and truly discredited. Leninism on the other hand has proven highly successful and has been used to take power in dozens of countries.

Most communists today are Leninists in practice, Marxists in name only.

MR. CHARLTON: What role did the Union of Soviet Socialistic Republics have in spreading Communism internationally? And in organizing Communist parties world-wide?

MR. LOUDON: From the late 1920s to the late 1980s, the Soviet Union was unquestionably the leader of world communism.

Soviet defector and former KGB operative Anatoly Golitsyn, claims that even the Sino-Soviet split of the early 1960s was faked in order draw the US closer to China.

I support that view.

MR. CHARLTON: Can we discount claims that the USSR backed communist organizations in the West, since communists existed in the West before they did in Russia?

MR. LOUDON: Once the Russian revolution was consolidated, the Soviet Union became the supreme ruler of the world communist movement.

All direction came from the Communist Party of the Soviet Union until the Khrushchev era, when more ‘independent” forms of communism were introduced.

While some parties were nominally more independent and even critical of Moscow in some instances, the Soviets still maintained their central coordinating role.

MR. CHARLTON: What were the goals of the American Communist Party?

MR. LOUDON: A socialist/communist America — (and they) still are.

From early on the US communists put great emphasis on infiltrating the labor unions, the Democratic Party, the US government and the “civil rights” movement.

While hugely reduced in size the US communists and their allies in Democratic Socialists of America, Committees of Correspondence and the wider “progressive” movement have huge influence on the more than 70 strong Congressional Progressive Caucus, the AFL-CIO and several large black and Latino organizations.

These are being used to break down and alter the character of US society.

MR. CHARLTON: Who were the early leaders of this party in the U.S.A. in the inter war years (1918-1939)?

MR. LOUDON: William Z. Foster and Earl Browder were the main leaders in this period.

MR. CHARLTON: Who were the ringleaders, movers-and-shakers of the Communist Network in Chicago?

MR. LOUDON: In post-World-War-II Chicago you had prominent leaders like William Patterson and his wife Louise, later it was Jack Kling, the Childs brothers (both later revealed to be FBI agents) Claude Lightfoot, Ishmael Flory, Milton Cohen, Abe Feinglass, Richard Criley, Frank Wilkinson, Frank and Bea Lumpkin and Ted Pearson-today its John Bachtell, Scott Marshall and his wife Roberta Wood.

MR. CHARLTON: Who were the prominent African Americans in the Chicago network?

MR. LOUDON: In the 40s they included William and Louise Patterson, Ishmael Flory, Claude Lightfoot, Frank Marshall Davis and Oscar Brown. Vernon Jarrett (father-in-law of Obama advisor Valerie Jarrett) and future Chicago mayor Harold Washington were close to the network as was future Obama friend Timuel Black and close Obama associates: former Illinois State Senator Alice Palmer and one term Illinois Senator Carol Moseley Braun.

MR. CHARLTON: Can you tell me something about the Jarrett family?

MR. LOUDON: Vernon Jarrett was a prominent Chicago journalist who used his columns to promote Barack Obama during his 2004 Senate run (Jarrett died soon after).

In the later 40s Jarrett worked in at least three communist influenced or controlled organizations in common with Frank Marshall Davis — the two worked together on the publicity committee of a communist controlled Packing House Workers strike support committee in 1948..

After that Vernon Jarrett ran a black oriented radio program in partnership with Communist Party member Oscar Brown-later a famous jazz musician.

The Jarretts were family friends with the Bowman family and Valerie Bowman became Valerie Jarrett through a five year marriage to Vernon Jarrett’s now deceased son.

Valerie’s mother Barbara Taylor Bowman runs the Erikson Institute in Chicago. Tom Ayers, father of Weather Underground terrorist leader and Obama associate Bill Ayers served on the Erikson board as did Bill Ayers’ wife Bernardine Dohrn. Bill Ayers claims to be a friend and Hyde park neighbor of Barbara Bowman, who incidentally is an adviser on early childhood education to the Secretary of Education.

Valerie Jarrett hired Michelle Obama for a Chicago City job in the 90s and became a close friend and advisor to both Michelle and Barack, leading to her current job in the White House.

MR. CHARLTON: Can you tell me who was Frank Marshall Davis? And what were his connections to the Chicago Network?

MR. LOUDON: Frank Marshall Davis was a prominent Chicago journalist and poet in 1940s Chicago. He was member of the Dorie Miller Club of the Communist Party, but never publicly admitted membership.

Davis left Chicago for Hawaii in 1948, where he worked on the Honolulu Record, a paper controlled by the communist ‘owned’ International Longshoremen’s Worker Union.

Davis was an active, but still covert Party member in Hawaii and went underground with the Party in the mid 50s-after a Senate Inquiry into communist activities on the islands. Davis was one third of a three member underground cell with his wife Helen Canfield and one other comrade.

At one point the FBI observed Davis photographing obscure Hawaii beaches, leading to speculation that he may have been involved in intelligence gathering.

Davis was marked by the FBI for immediate arrest in the event of war with the Soviet Union.

Like many of his comrades Davis was an official in the Hawaii Democratic Party.

In 1970 Davis was introduced to a 10 year old Barack Obama, by Obama’s grandfather-who was Davis’ friend and drinking buddy.

The Davis/Obama relationship endured until 1978 when Obama left for college in Los Angeles.

Frank Marshall Davis was listed as an endorser of the well documented Communist Party front-Committee for Protection of Foreign Born until at least 1974.

Davis died in 1987.

MR. CHARLTON: Why did Davis go to Hawaii?

MR. LOUDON: It was reportedly at the suggestion of both the singer/activist Paul Robeson and ILWU boss Harry Bridges-both covert party members.

MR. CHARLTON: Did Barry get help from Davis to go to Occidental? To get into Columbia or Harvard?

MR. LOUDON: No evidence

MR. CHARLTON: Did the Chicago Network invite Barack Obama to Chicago?

MR. LOUDON: Obama claims that he was inspired to leave New York for Chicago in 1983 after the election of the city’s first black mayor Harold Washington-who was involved in Party fronts well into the 1980s.

It is important to note that Obama attended “socialist conferences” at the Cooper union while in New York.

Cooper Union was the usual venue of the annual Socialist Scholars Conference which was organized by Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) — the US’s largest socialist/Marxist grouping.

Chicago DSA allied with the Chicago CP to elect Harold Washington and Carol Moseley Braun.

DSA endorsed Obama in his 1995 Illinois State senate run.

Obama joined the Chicago New Party at that time. The New Party was a coalition of ACORN, DSA, Committees of Correspondence and SEIU activists

Obama worked closely with several DSA members in Chicago, a well as with come cadre from Committees of Correspondence — a Communist Party splinter group.

Several of Obama’s close friends, neighbors and colleagues were involved with DSA including Saul Mendelson, Quentin Young, Timuel Black, Rabbi Arnold Wolf, Jackie Grimshaw, Leon Despres and Congressmen Danny Davis and Jan Schakowsky.

Of those Mendelson was an ex Trotskyite, Young is an ex Communist, Despres was an ex Socialist Party member and Trotskyite, Black is also a member of CoC and Davis has ties to both the Communist Party and CoC.

MR. CHARLTON: What history is there between Obama and the Communist Party since his arrival in Chicago?

MR. LOUDON: Obama’s main documented links to the Chicago left were through DSA, Committees of Correspondence and the New Party.

Prominent CoC leader Manning Marable wrote in Britain’s Socialist Review of November 2008:

What makes Obama different is that he has also been a community organizer. He has read left literature, including my works, and he understands what socialism is. A lot of the people working with him are, indeed, socialists with backgrounds in the Communist Party or as independent Marxists. There are a lot of people like that in Chicago who have worked with him for years…

That said, both the Chicago Communist Party and Young Communist League campaigned for Obama in his 2004 Senate race and both organizations overtly campaigned for Obama in 2008.

Communist Party leader Sam Webb recently described Obama as a ‘friend.”

MR. CHARLTON: What does Obama mean by “Change we can believe in“? Who is this “we”, and what is this “change”?

MR. LOUDON: We is the broad ‘progressive movement” which includes the Communist Party, Democratic Socialists of America, Committees of Correspondence, Freedom Road Socialist Organization, ACORN, AFL-CIO, Change to Win, Demos, Institute for Policy Studies, Center for American Progress, Campaign for America’s Future, George Soros’s Open Society institute, United for Peace and Justice, Jobs with Justice, Economic Policy Institute, US Action, Apollo Alliance, the more than 70 strong Congressional Progressive Caucus, Progressive democrats of America, the wider Democratic Party…..etc, etc and their allies in the MSM, academia and government.

The change is towards a unionized, centralized, oligarchic “progressive” society where the values of the left reign supreme and traditional American values are demonized and all opposition is marginalized-by whatever means necessary.

MR. CHARLTON: Was Obama ever a Communist Party Candidate? A Socialist Party candidate?

MR. LOUDON: I doubt he was ever that silly. The New Party which Obama did join was established by DSA, CoC, ACORN, SEIU and the far left Institute for Policy Studies, but it was leftist, rather than openly Marxist.

MR. CHARLTON: Who in the current Obama Administration has ties to the Communist or Socialist parties?

MR. LOUDON: Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis has ties to the Communist Party, DSA, Socialist International and Cuba.

David Bonior (formerly number two Democrat in Congress) who is working for Obama to re-unite the AFL-CIO and Change to Win is a paid up DSA member.

Carol Browner (Energy/Climate change) has ties to the Socialist International-which despite its name now includes several ‘former’ communist parties — and China as an “observer”.

David Axelrod was mentored by two Communist Party linked activists, Don Rose and David S Canter in his early days in Chicago. At one point Canter, an importer of Soviet literature was required to register as an agent of the Soviet Union.

Van Jones, was of course involved with STORM and the Bay Area Committees of Correspondence.

New manufacturing Czar Ron Bloom is an anti-capitalist with some links to DSA

There are others who I’d rather “keep my powder dry” on at this time.

MR. CHARLTON: Is there any significance in the kind of authority or power he has given to each, regarding the “Change” that he wants to introduce?

MR. LOUDON: Take “manufacturing Czar Ron Bloom — I predict that he will push for card-check to increase union power.

He will also push for single payer health care. He will run the argument that to make US industry competitive, industry must be relieved of the health benefits burden. It must instead be loaded on to the taxpayer to get “industry’-unionized industry only of course-“back on its feet.

All the Czars have, I believe, been picked to centralize and socialize their particular sector of US society — or to provide camouflage for their underlings who will do the real work.

MR. CHARLTON: What significance do you put on the evidence you have gathered?

MR. LOUDON: That’s for my readers to decide.

MR. CHARLTON: For the record, from your research, can you say if there is any kind of collaboration or alliance between international Communism and Islamic Fundamentalism?

MR. LOUDON: That goes very deep. It is nothing new-the communists have been infiltrating Islam since the twenties, just as they have Christianity in the west and Hinduism and Buddhism in South Asia.

There are numerous links between Middle Eastern communist parties and the PLO and other radical Islamic groups. The same in the US-the left has bent over backwards to defend Islamic radicalism and attack all US efforts to defeat militant Islam.

MR. CHARLTON: Does China have any role in the Communist Party in America?

MR. LOUDON: Yes-the Communist Party USA has developed extensive ties to China in recent years. The Russians haven’t been forgotten though. Party leader Sam Webb was in Moscow a couple of years ago.

MR. CHARLTON: Why should free peoples everywhere, be wary about Communists after the fall of the Berlin Wall?

MR. LOUDON: Because China has 70 million party members and the movement is very strong in Europe, Japan, Latin America, Southern Africa and of course Russia.

You also have 70 members of the congressional progressive caucus, most of whom would be very comfortable in a European socialist or communist party.

You have a president who…….

Your media tells you little of communist/socialist strength overseas and nothing of your internal threats.

The big advantage that modern communists and socialists have over their 1950s counterparts is that today they have virtually zero governmental or media opposition.

Until Fox news that is.

MR. CHARLTON: What kind of Communist infiltration is there in the Main Stream Media in the West? Is their editorial policy based on this?

MR. LOUDON: The left infiltrated the journalism schools very early in the piece-turning budding reporters into “social change agents” rather than objective news gatherers.

Add to that a craven fear of being labeled a “McCarthyist” and a deliberate policy of infiltrating leftists into key media positions and you have a big problem.

The MSM practically went through Sarah Palin’s underwear drawer — which is perfectly legitimate as every candidate for high office deserves scrutiny — but gave Barack Obama and Van Jones a free pass.

MSM bias is blatant. Thank god for the internet and Glenn Beck.

MR. CHARLTON: Is there anything you would like to add?

MR. LOUDON: Thanks for the opportunity to address your readers.

MR. CHARLTON: Thank you for your time and availability Mr. Loudon; it has been a pleasure to speak with you about the Communist ties of Barack Hussein Obama.

Posted in International, Interviews, People in the News, Politics | Tagged Chicago Communist Network, Frank Marshall Davis, International Marxism, Obama, Obama’s Communist Ties, Trevor Loudon, Valerie Jarret, Van Jones | 2 Comments

2 Responses on September 14, 2009 at 7:53 am frank Mr. Loudan,

Supplimentary to your reference to the meaning of the word “change”, investigate the findings of the “Reese Committee Investigations of Tax Free Foundations” by the House of Representatives in 1953-4.

It was reported to this Committee that these Foundations enjoy exemption from taxes so that they may USE THEIR GRANT MAKING POWERS TO ALTER (”change”) LIFE IN THE U.S. SO THAT IT CAN BE MERGED WITH THE SOVIET UNION. This is exactly what has been happening for almost a century.

THIS IS TREASON! But it seems to have become our federal “public Policy” Incredible!!! We need to restore the House Committee on un-American Activities.

Just a suggestion.


568 posted on 09/14/2009 1:16:18 PM PDT by hoosiermama (ONLY DEAD FISH GO WITH THE FLOW.......I am swimming with Sarahcudah! Sarah has read the tealeaves.)
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To: hoosiermama

http://michellemalkin.com/2009/09/14/culture-of-corruption-blagos-dead-fundraiser-and-team-obama/


569 posted on 09/14/2009 7:56:04 PM PDT by hoosiermama (ONLY DEAD FISH GO WITH THE FLOW.......I am swimming with Sarahcudah! Sarah has read the tealeaves.)
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To: hoosiermama

http://michellemalkin.com/2009/09/14/culture-of-corruption-blagos-dead-fundraiser-and-team-obama/


570 posted on 09/14/2009 7:56:19 PM PDT by hoosiermama (ONLY DEAD FISH GO WITH THE FLOW.......I am swimming with Sarahcudah! Sarah has read the tealeaves.)
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To: thouworm

Stolen for CHicago Crime thread:
(great information more on thread.)
FROM:
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/2339871/posts?page=5#5

VALERIE JARRETT the Next Van Jones-—and Obama/Jarrett friend Marilyn “guerrilla nail” Katz
FrontPageMagazine.com ^ | 9-14-09 | Ben Johnson

Posted on Monday, September 14, 2009 11:09:31 PM by

“We have kind of a mind meld,” Jarrett said about Obama. “And chances are, what he wants to do is what I’d want to do.” Chicago tycoon Martin Nesbitt identified the source of Jarrett’s power in the fact that she establishes both Michelle and Barack’s “whole notion of authenticity.” Nesbitt relates she channels the Obamas’ inner voice, telling them: “That’s not you. You wouldn’t say that. Somebody else is saying that. Barack Obama wouldn’t say that.” Jarrett admitted to Vogue, “I kind of know what makes them who they are.”

Who is this person to whom Jarrett is so indebted – and who, we shall see, she calls a personal friend? Marilyn “guerrilla nail” Katz provided “security” for Students for a Democratic Society at the 1968 Democratic Convention.

That year (1983), Katz became an organizational entrepreneur herself, founding MK Communications, Inc., a public relations firm. Its clients include the ACLU, Amnesty International, Chicagoans Against War & Injustice, Harold Washington 1983-1987 Mayoral Campaign, Lloyd Doggett’s senate campaign, Human Rights Watch, Illinois Campaign for Choice, Illinois Coalition Against the Death Penalty, the socialist publication In These Times, the MacArthur Foundation, Mother Jones, National Community Development Initiative (for the Rockefeller Foundation), UAW Local 719, and numerous City of Chicago accounts.

Katz had a few other noteworthy clients: Project Vote, the ACORN-affiliated voter registry that first brought Barack Obama to Chicago as a “communist organizer”; the Habitat Company; The Joyce Foundation, on whose board Obama sat; and History Makers, which interviewed Valerie Jarrett, her mother, and her father-in-law.

And meet Obama/Jarrett friend


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After the inauguration, Jarrett successfully pushed to loosen restrictions barring officials from meeting with lobbyists, a rule enshrined in Obama’s executive memo on the Recovery Act, for fear other “legitimate” concerns – raised by “civil rights organizations whose directors happen to be registered lobbyists – will not be heard.”

Jarrett lobbied Obama to create the office of Chief Diversity Officer within the FCC, a position filled by Mark Lloyd, an Alinskyite and former senior fellow at the Center for American Progress, who appears fixated on silencing conservative talk radio. Her intent, according to some, was to change policy by altering the structure of the FCC.

Jarrett also helped recruit Cass Sunstein, who believes in the Fairness Doctrine, has argued we should “celebrate tax day,” and believes animals should have legal standing to sue humans. (This is a growing movement on the Green Left.

And meet Obama/Jarrett friend, Marilyn “guerrilla nail” Katz

1 posted on Monday, September 14, 2009 11:09:32 PM by thouworm


To: Fred Nerks
Katz is not merely a friend of Jarrett’s but also both Obamas. The president met Katz through his first job at a law firm run by Judd Miner. The New York Times reports Katz “gave him entry into another activist network: the foot soldiers of the white student and black power movements that helped define Chicago in the 1960s.” http://www.frontpagemag.com/readArticle.aspx?ARTID=36289

2 posted on Monday, September 14, 2009 11:15:02 PM by thouworm


571 posted on 09/15/2009 5:24:46 AM PDT by hoosiermama (ONLY DEAD FISH GO WITH THE FLOW.......I am swimming with Sarahcudah! Sarah has read the tealeaves.)
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To: STARWISE; maggief

Is there a Valerie Jarret link?


FROM:
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/2343996/posts?page=16

HSBC sues accused Democratic fund-raiser in New York
Al-Reuters ^ | 09-18-2009 | Reporting by Grant McCool; Editing by Ted Kerr

Posted on Saturday, September 19, 2009 11:26:42 PM by grey_whiskers

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A fund-raiser for Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and other Democrats who was charged last month with defrauding Citigroup Inc is being sued by HSBC for deceiving it into lending him $100 million.
snip.....
The lawsuit filed in New York State Supreme Court in early September accused private equity firm head Hassan Nemazee, 59, of engaging in an elaborate scheme to make HSBC Bank USA believe that its loan was secured by collateral in the form of U.S. Treasury Notes when it was not.
snip.....
The cases are HSBC Bank USA NA v Hassan Nemazee 602735/2009 in New York State Supreme Court in Manhattan and U.S. v. Nemazee, 09-mj-1927 in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York (Manhattan).
(Excerpt) Read more at
http://www.reuters.com/article/politicsNews/idUSTRE58H5Z820090918?feedType=RSS&feedName=politicsNews&rpc=22&sp=true


572 posted on 09/20/2009 5:22:56 AM PDT by hoosiermama (ONLY DEAD FISH GO WITH THE FLOW.......I am swimming with Sarahcudah! Sarah has read the tealeaves.)
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To: hoosiermama
http://nymag.com/news/politics/30634/

Obama at fund-raiser at Steven and Judy Gluckstern’s home, April 9, 2007. George Soros is seated to the right of the stairs.
(Photo: Michael Edwards)

The investment banker Robert Wolf first met Barack Obama one afternoon in December in a midtown conference room. Obama was in town to deliver a speech at a charity dinner for children in poverty at the Mandarin Oriental—but also to pursue another, less high-minded, but more momentous, objective: to begin the process of attempting to pick Hillary Clinton’s pocket.

The conference room belonged to George Soros, the billionaire bête noire of the right. After talking to Soros for an hour about his prospective bid for the White House, Obama walked down the hall and found assembled a dozen of the city’s heaviest-hitting Democratic fund-raisers: investment banker Hassan Nemazee, Wall Street power Blair Effron, private-equity hotshot Mark Gallogly, hedge-fund manager Orin Kramer. Most had been big-time John Kerry backers in 2004. Most had a connection to the Clintons. All were officially uncommitted for 2008.

(snip)

573 posted on 09/20/2009 5:58:40 AM PDT by maggief
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To: hoosiermama; thouworm

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/2333626/posts?page=58#58

HT: thouworm

CONNECTIONS?

Path to Power

Like Obama, Jarrett has a somewhat unusual life story, something they bonded over when the two first met in 1991.

Jarrett’s father [see below] was a doctor, and in the 1950s, he and his wife, Barbara, who is an expert in early childhood development, moved to Shiraz, Iran, about 500 miles south of Tehran. He was part of a program that sent American doctors and agriculture experts to developing nations,

and Jarrett was born in 1956 at Nemazee Hospital, the brand-new hospital for which he father worked. They lived in Iran for six years, and moved to England for one year before returned to Chicago and settling in Hyde Park

http://www.whorunsgov.com/Profiles/Valerie_Jarrett

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Nemazee Capital, established in 1987, invests in health care, media, oil and natural gas and other industries, according to the firm’s Web site. The firm has more than $3 billion under management, according to a July press release.

Hassan Nemazee was born in Washington in 1950 and graduated with honors from Harvard University in 1972, according to his Web site.

The online site lists affiliations with institutions including the RAND Center for Middle East Public Policy, the Asia Society, Harvard’s Center for International Affairs

and Nemazee Hospital in Shiraz, Iran, which was built into a modern facility by his father, Mohamed Nemazee, according to the site.

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Top Obama Fundraiser & CFR Member [HASSAN NEMAZEE] arrested for stealing $74 Million (Read 284 times)
« on: August 25, 2009, 07:15:13 PM »

Nemazee Fallout
http://www.nydailynews.com/blogs/dailypolitics/2009/08/nemazee-fallout.html
August 25, 2009

Poster:

Here’s the US Attorney of the Southern District Preet Bharara’s complaint against Democratic mega-donor Hassan Nemazee, the chairman of Nemazee Capital Corp. who was arrested today on charges that he used phony documents to trick Citigroup Inc. into lending him up to $74 million.

Nemazee is perhaps best known as a fundraiser for both President Obama and former Sen. Hillary Clinton.

He also served as national finance chairman for the DSCC when it was headed by Sen. Chuck Schumer, which is sort of ironic, considering that Bharara was, until very recently, working as chief counsel to the senior senator of New York.

Nemazee has maxed out in contributions to both Schumer and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, giving them a total of $4,800 each (two $2,400 checks to Schumer in April - one for the primary, one for the general - and two of the same amount to Gillibrand in June).

Woops. I missed some additional contributions. Nemazee gave Gillibrand $1,000 in 2005 and another $1,000 in 2006. He gave two $2,000 donations to Rep. Carolyn Maloney in 2005. There was also $151,700 to the DSCC between March 2006 and March 2009.

I’m still awaiting word on whether this money will be returned.

Nemazee, Hassan Complaint

http://forum.prisonplanet.com/index.php?PHPSESSID=f5d43a963a56b9c309ebf6ca16ea6e39&topic=128637.msg790365#msg790365
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Jarrett’s ties to the University of Chicago are longstanding.

Her father, James Bowman, is Professor Emeritus in Pathology and Medicine at the University and the first African American to be tenured in the Division of Biological Sciences. The University’s Bowman Society, which promotes minority health care and diversity in the biological sciences, is named after him.

http://news.uchicago.edu/news.php?asset_id=1522


574 posted on 09/20/2009 6:00:38 AM PDT by maggief
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To: Special Agent Anthony DiNozzo

Feel free to connect dots and/or post anything you want on this thread.


The Chicago Ouroboros: Obama, Ayers, Oughton, Dohrn, Minow, Taibbi, Koch, and DARK POOL TRADING
FREE REPUBLIC WORLD EXCLUSIVE | Friday, September 25, 2009 | FREE REPUBLIC WORLD EXCLUSIVE

Posted on 09/25/2009 11:21:32 AM PDT by Special Agent Anthony DiNozzo

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-bloggers/2348280/posts


575 posted on 09/25/2009 11:40:58 AM PDT by hoosiermama (ONLY DEAD FISH GO WITH THE FLOW.......I am swimming with Sarahcudah! Sarah has read the tealeaves.)
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To: Army Air Corps; Liz

tanks...Keeping it all together....Now if Soros could just join him in the ....naw we couldn’t be that lucky. (Liz is ther any possibility that They are all using those “foundation techiques” posted yesterday....)
From:

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2362974/posts

Wasserstein dead (the guy that made Rahm Emanuel a multi-millionaire)
NY POST ^ | 10/15/09 | MARK DeCAMBRE, PAUL THARP and JOSH KOSMAN

Posted on Thursday, October 15, 2009 7:57:39 AM by Liz

Wall Street bids adieu to famed Lazard dealmaker: Bruce Wasserstein died at age 61 after being hospitalized with an irregular heartbeat....the exact cause could not be determined. A Brooklyn native, Wasserstein amassed a fortune of about $2.3B doling out merger advice to players Carl Icahn and Ron Perelman. According to former Lazard banker, William Cohan, author of “The Last Tycoons: The Secret History of Lazard Freres,” Wasserstein made more money from investment banking than anyone else on Wall Street. “While everyone else was fighting the Vietnam War, he was studying English takeover law at Cambridge.” Lazard Deputy Chairman Jeffrey Rosen saw him slightly differently: “.....one who will be remembered as having the greatest impact on the investment banking business over the last 30 years.” Just nine months ago, Wasserstein took his fourth wife, shipping heiress Angela Chao, 29 (sister Elaine was Labor Secy for George W. Bush). One of five children of wealthy textile executive Morris Wasserstein, his grandfather was acclaimed Polish playwright Simon Schleifer; his sister was Pulitzer Prize playwright Wendy Wasserstein, who died in 2006. A graduate of U of Michigan, Wasserstein earned a law degree and MBA at Harvard. He started as a lawyer at Cravath, Swaine & Moore, but switched to investment banking.


(Sob) damn shame Wasserstein, Rhambo and Ohaha won’t be able to cash in, what with having the US Treasury at their disposal (/sarc). Rhambo and Ohaha must be c-r-u-s-h-e-d-—they will have to look elsewhere to squirrel away billions from the TARP slush fund and trillions from healthcare reform (sniffle).

RAHM TIMELINE: BALLETOMANE, CHICAGO OPERATOR, FOUNDED Rahm Emanuel and Amy Rule Charitable Trust TAX DODGE, CLINTON ADVISOR, WALL STREET MULTI-MILLIONAIRE, CONGRESSMAN, WHITE HOUSE COS (was not even voted most likely to succeed).

1992 Emanuel’s knowledge of the top Dem donors, and his affinity rapport with potential donors within the Jewish community, who were making zillions with Bernie Madoff, helped Clinton amass a then-unheard-of sum of $72 million which nailed the Billary victory.

1993 Emanuel became a senior advisor to Clinton 1993-1998. Emanuel was initially Assistant to the President for Political Affairs and then Senior Advisor to the President for Policy and Strategy. He was a leading strategist in the unsuccessful White House efforts to institute universal healthcare and many other Clinton initiatives.

1993 One of Rahm’s proudest moments was an event that touched his political sensibilities and his personal ties to Israel as a dual citizen and a volunteer in the Israeli military: the 1993 Rose Garden signing ceremony after the Oslo Accords between Israel and the PLO which cost US taxpayers several hundred billion dollars. Emanuel directed the details of the ceremony, down to the choreography of the famous handshake between Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and PLO leader Yasser Arafat (as terrorism resumed shortly thereafter).

1998 While official Washington was in the throes of the Monica Lewinsky scandal, Rahm Emanuel, a senior political aide to Pres Bill Clinton, ventured out to an elegant restaurant in Dupont Circle for something of a job interview, The New York Times’s Michael Luo writes.

John Simpson, who ran the Chicago office of the investment banking boutique Wasserstein Perella & Company, had flown to Washington to meet with Mr. Emanuel at the behest of Mr. Simpson’s boss, Bruce Wasserstein, a major Democratic donor and renowned Wall Street dealmaker who had gotten to know Mr. Emanuel.

“I had this idea that this could work and that it had upside,” Mr. Wasserstein, now chairman and chief executive of Lazard, the investment bank, told The Times. “It worked out better than I could have hoped.” And better than Mr. Emanuel could have imagined as well.

Over the course of a three-hour-plus dinner, Mr. Simpson and Mr. Emanuel discussed how they might work together. Shortly afterward, Mr. Emanuel accepted an offer, nudging him down what has by now become a well-trodden gilded path out of politics and into the lucrative world of business.

1998 Wonder Boy Rahm resigned his position as an advisor to Bill Clinton, to become a Wall Street investment banker with Wasserstein Perella, (now Dresdner Kleinwort), where he worked until 2002.

1999 Just like that (snaps fingers)——in 1999, Rahm became managing director at their Chicago office. According to Congressional disclosures, Emanuel made $16.2 million in his 2 1/2 year stint as a Wasserstein Perella banker (AND probably paid all his taxes).

Amazingly, with those contacts, Rahm became a multi-millioniare overnight——and he wasn’t even voted “Most Likely To Succeed.”

At Wasserstein Perella, Rahm worked on eight deals, including the acquisition by Commonwealth Edison of Peco Energy and the purchase by GTCR Golder Rauner of the SecurityLink home security unit from SBC.

2002 Rahm then ran for Congress (successfully, OF COURSE). Luckily (/snic) members of the securities and investment industry became Rahm’s biggest backers, donating more than $1.5M up to 2002, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.

2006 Rahm also leaned heavily upon the financial industry as 2006 Dem Congressional Campaign Committee Chair. Financial industry donors contributed more than $5.8M to the Dem committee (behind only retirees).

Remember, the point of Obama bringing Rahm in was so that “tolerant and compassionate bi-partisan Rahm” could work constructively w/ Congress to pass an ambitious agenda.......

Here’s tolerant Rahm expressing his feelings for America on inauguration day.


576 posted on 10/15/2009 6:28:54 AM PDT by hoosiermama (ONLY DEAD FISH GO WITH THE FLOW.......I am swimming with Sarahcudah! Sarah has read the tealeaves.)
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To: hoosiermama; Army Air Corps
......any possibility that They are all using those “foundation techiques” you posted yesterday...

If they're not using those “foundation techiques” ..............I have 50 additional single-spaced typed pages of tax dodges and scams they might be using.

577 posted on 10/15/2009 6:50:30 AM PDT by Liz
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To: Liz

Fifty pages?! Gads! I would like a copy of that list.


578 posted on 10/15/2009 7:00:36 AM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four fried chickens and a coke)
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To: Liz

Could it be posted/linked somewhere without encouraging people to use it the “wrong” way?

I’m sure that Nanzi, Rahm-E and Bye bye Bayh should be turned over to the IRS.....but would like to know what they are doing first.


579 posted on 10/15/2009 7:25:21 AM PDT by hoosiermama (ONLY DEAD FISH GO WITH THE FLOW.......I am swimming with Sarahcudah! Sarah has read the tealeaves.)
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To: maggief

Wish Beck would spend a week or two on Rahm-E.

================================================================Thursday, October 15, 2009 9:09:39 AM · 35 of 42
maggief to Liz; hoosiermama
Rahm Emanuel: From Clinton aide to money maker - He made friends and then a fortune
Chicago Tribune - Sunday, November 9, 2003
Author: Mike Dorning, Washington Bureau.

EXCERPT

Throughout his career, Emanuel has anchored his success in the spheres of public life where political and economic power are joined together most closely. He rocketed into national politics because of his proficiency as a fundraiser, helping Richard Daley secure resources to win his first mayoral term in 1989 and later spearheading fundraising for Clinton’s 1992 campaign.

In the White House, he was Clinton’s political director and later a senior adviser to the president. One of his signature successes was his work with William Daley in securing passage of the North American Free Trade Agreement, marking a turning point in the Democratic Party toward the free-trade interests of corporate America and away from the protectionist demands of labor unions.

During the short break from politics he took after leaving the Clinton administration, Emanuel chose in investment banking a field that allowed him to take full advantage of the contacts he developed with corporate titans during his political career. Timing also was helpful. The then-soaring stock market spawned a rush of mergers and acquisitions during the late 1990s and into 2000, making investment banking extremely profitable for major players.

All of that already was clear when Emanuel left the White House in October 1998 and three months later took a job as a Chicago-based managing director for Wasserstein .

” Bruce was always anxious to bring high-profile, well-known people into the franchise,” said Rolfe Kopelan, managing partner of Capstone Partnership, a firm that specializes in Wall Street recruiting. “That varnishes your own image. Bruce was very involved in Democratic politics. So Rahm Emanuel would have been attractive to him.”

In a statement issued through a spokesman, Wasserstein , now the chief executive officer for the investment bank Lazard LLC, said: “ Rahm did a great job for our firm. Energetic and extremely popular in the Midwest, he had a keen understanding of the interplay of regulatory aspects and corporate activity in financial advisory work, particularly in the utility and bank industries.”

According to congressional disclosure statements, Emanuel received $16.2 million from Wasserstein , based on fees that the bank earned from eight clients. In each case, he worked to land the business either through a key executive he had come to know during his political career or was provided an introduction by a contact he developed through his political work.

Three of those clients were corporations controlled by major Democratic donors who developed relationships with Emanuel through their involvement in national party politics: Loral Space and Communications Ltd., headed by Schwartz, who celebrated his 71st birthday at the White House; Slim-Fast, headed by Abraham; and GenTek Inc., a telecommunications manufacturer headed by Paul Montrone.

Schwartz said Emanuel contacted him shortly after leaving the White House, and the defense industry CEO responded with an invitation to meet at his New York office. He said he hired Emanuel to explore potential deals with other companies, which he declined to describe.

“He knew a lot of high-level people in U.S. corporations, and they respected him,” Schwartz said. “So he can get to the high level of corporations to present ideas. And that’s half the battle: to get to the right people, so you don’t waste a lot of time.”

Another Emanuel client, medical equipment manufacturer Lumenis, is controlled by Arie Genger, a financial backer and confidant of Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon who has served as a back channel between Sharon and the Bush administration.

Emanuel said he forged a relationship with Genger through work on health-care policy, first encountering the Israeli-American businessman at a talk Emanuel gave on the topic while on the White House staff.

Genger did not return repeated calls, but Emanuel and the company’s former CEO both said he led a Wasserstein team representing Lumenis in the acquisition of Coherent Medical, a California-based laser manufacturer.

Two more clients were institutions with deep ties in the Daley administration: the Chicago Board Options Exchange and Avolar, a since-disbanded business jet subsidiary of United Airlines. Emanuel was hired at CBOE by Chairman William Brodsky, an active player in Chicago politics. At Avolar, it was CEO Stuart Oran, a former chief lobbyist for United who had come to know Emanuel through his lobbying work and through local political and cultural activities.

Brodsky said he hired Emanuel to represent the exchange in negotiations with the Chicago Board of Trade over a governance issue. Brodsky said he based the decision largely on impressions of Emanuel that he formed through contacts they had while Emanuel was a Daley fundraiser and White House aide.

“It was really because I had such confidence in Rahm from my previous dealings with him,” Brodsky said. “There were political dimensions to this. It wasn’t just crunching the numbers. In membership organizations, you have to deal with personalities.”

Oran declined a request for an on-the-record interview.

By Emanuel’s account, he benefited most from two big deals. One was representing Unicom, the former corporate parent of Commonwealth Edison, in an $8.2 billion merger with Pennsylvania-based Peco Energy Co. The other was representing GTCR Golder Rauner, a Chicago-based venture capital fund managed by Rauner, in its purchase of the SecurityLink home security unit from SBC Communications.

Rauner said he first met Emanuel for lunch at the suggestion of Erskine Bowles, the former chief of staff for Clinton. For Unicom chairman and CEO John Rowe, it was breakfast at the suggestion of Lester Crown, a billionaire who is a major shareholder in defense contractor General Dynamics. Crown said he developed a strong relationship with Emanuel through their mutual involvement in Chicago’s tight-knit civic establishment.

“When Rahm was going to come into town [after leaving the White House], I called John and said, `You should get to know him. This is someone you could use in business,’” Crown said.

“There were a lot of good investment banking firms that could handle this on a technical level,” Rowe said. But in a merger that combined regulatory, political and economic issues, he said, “ Rahm seemed to give that extra bit to think about the pieces and how they fit strategically.”

Emanuel’s involvement also proved valuable because of the timing of the merger, announced shortly after Daley and other local officials savaged ComEd for its laggardly response to summer blackouts in 1999. Emanuel’s relationship with the mayor and his skill in massaging political issues proved crucial in overcoming the blackout backlash, said bankers and executives involved in the deal.

While the Unicom-Peco merger came together relatively quickly, GTCR’s purchase of SecurityLink was a troubled transaction that stretched on for a year and nearly collapsed when the venture capital company could not get a bank to finance the deal at the agreed price. Emanuel had brought the idea to GTCR, and his strong relationship with executives at SBC helped keep it alive, Rauner said.

Worked relentlessly

” Rahm was relentless. He, in his heart of hearts, knew this should work,” said David Donnini, the GTCR principal who worked most closely on the deal. “I remember getting a call from him almost every day, throwing out ideas to make it work, some crazy, some not.”

Under a regulatory deadline to divest itself of SecurityLink, SBC financed all but $100 million of GTCR’s $479 million purchase of the firm. Less than six months later, GTCR resold the company for $1 billion, earning a quick $500 million on its investment.


580 posted on 10/15/2009 9:15:40 AM PDT by hoosiermama (ONLY DEAD FISH GO WITH THE FLOW.......I am swimming with Sarahcudah! Sarah has read the tealeaves.)
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To: Army Air Corps

GOt it!

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http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2363103/posts


Acorn’s Ally at the NLRB Obama appoints an SEIU man with ties to Blago
The Wall Street Journal ^ | October 15, 2009

Posted on Thursday, October 15, 2009 10:55:30 AM by khnyny

One of Big Labor’s priorities in Washington is to place allies in key government jobs where they can overturn existing labor policy without battles in Congress. This is a very good reason for the Senate to hold a hearing on the nomination of Craig Becker to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB).

Mr. Becker is associate general counsel at the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), which is most recently in the news for its close ties to Acorn, the disgraced housing shakedown operation. President Obama nominated Mr. Becker in April to the five-member NLRB, which has the critical job of supervising union elections, investigating labor practices, and interpreting the National Labor Relations Act. In a 1993 Minnesota Law Review article, written when he was a UCLA professor, Mr. Becker argued for rewriting current union-election rules in favor of labor. And he suggested the NLRB could do this by regulatory fiat, without a vote of Congress.

Yet now that he could soon have the power to act on this conviction, Mr. Becker won’t tell Congress if this is what he still believes. In written responses to questions from Republican Orrin Hatch, Mr. Becker promised only to “maintain an open mind about whether [his] suggestions should be implemented in any manner.” That sounds like his mind is made up but he won’t admit it lest it hurt his confirmation.

Mr. Becker also won’t give a clear answer about his role in preparing several pro-labor executive orders issued by President Obama shortly after inauguration. Mr. Becker’s name was found in at least one of the documents, suggesting that he had written it.

When asked by Sen. Hatch if he was “involved or responsible in any way” for these executive orders, Mr. Becker responded:


581 posted on 10/15/2009 1:50:03 PM PDT by hoosiermama (ONLY DEAD FISH GO WITH THE FLOW.......I am swimming with Sarahcudah! Sarah has read the tealeaves.)
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Another close aide turns on Blagojevich (Lon Monk)

from:
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2367182/posts

Posted on Tuesday, October 20, 2009 10:12:17 PM by STARWISE

Even before he was elected governor in 2002, Rod Blagojevich and three of his closest friends schemed about ways to enrich themselves by controlling state government, the former governor’s former chief of staff alleged as part of a plea agreement today with federal prosecutors.

When Blagojevich took office, his three friends became key players in his administration and met repeatedly with the governor to share moneymaking ideas and get updates on their plans to bring in hundreds of thousands of dollars that they could split up later, former top aide Alonzo “Lon” Monk alleged.

Monk, who also was a groomsman at Blagojevich’s wedding and twice his campaign manager, pleaded guilty in the sweeping corruption case and agreed to testify against the former governor in exchange for a recommended sentence of two years in prison.

The picture Monk gave prosecutors is in sharp contrast to the image Blagojevich has been trying to present since his Dec. 9 arrest. Portraying himself as the victim of overzealous prosecutors, Blagojevich has crisscrossed the nation touting his book about the ordeal, watched his wife on a reality TV show and agreed to be on one himself.

Pulling back the curtain on how Blagojevich and his cohorts allegedly went about their plan, Monk’s plea suggests a possible pattern of political crimes that took place well before Blagojevich allegedly offered the Senate seat vacated by President Barack Obama to the highest bidder.

As part of his deal, Monk told prosecutors that he, Blagojevich and key fundraisers Antoin “Tony” Rezko and Christopher Kelly repeatedly met about how the four of them could secretly make money through state deals, offering the most specific account yet of how the alleged conspiracy in the case formed.

(Excerpt) Read more at chicagobreakingnews.com ...


582 posted on 10/21/2009 4:53:51 AM PDT by hoosiermama (ONLY DEAD FISH GO WITH THE FLOW.......I am swimming with Sarahcudah! Sarah has read the tealeaves.)
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To: hoosiermama

Chicago...the town of big shoulders and Big Crime!!!


583 posted on 10/21/2009 5:22:07 AM PDT by VOA
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One-degree of separation: The “Nadhmi Auchi Scrub Gallery” grows ... again - April 22, 2008

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-bloggers/2395729/posts

The Nadhmi Auchi webscrubbing continues. Martin Bright of The New Statesman reported April 22, 2008,
that the UK’s Guardian/Observer “has been forced to pull down five articles about Nadhmi Auchi,
the Iraqi businessman convicted of fraud in France in 2003.

Auchi has been on the warpath since his name was connected with Tony Rezko, the Illinois fundraiser currently
on trial in America, who was one of Barack Obama’s earliest backers. In the UK, The
Times has been pursuing the story with impressive tenacity.”

*snip*

Here is list of the articles. Bright plans to post links from elsewhere on the internet, so
check back to the original article link.

# 1. “Labour blocks extradition of Iraqi tycoon”, Observer, February 2, 2003

# 2. “Billionaire linked to Labour arrested in London”, Guardian, April 2, 2003

# 3. “So, Norman, any regrets this time?”, Observer, April 6, 2003

# 4. “Tycoon in quiz over ties to Labour”, Observer, April 6, 2003

# 5. “Politics of sleaze”, Observer, November 16, 2003 # 6. “MP questions Iraq role of Briton tainted over Elf”
(this has also been titled “British fraudster to profit from Iraq contract”), Observer, November 16, 2003

~~~~~~~~

Obama surfaces in Rekzo’s federal corruption case -
Source confirmed Obama is the unnamed “political candidate”
referred to in document which outlines case against Rezko

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For the first time, Democratic White House hopeful Barack Obama has surfaced in the federal
corrupton case against his longtime campaign fund-raiser, Tony Rezko, the Chicago Sun-Times has learned.

The Illinois senator isn’t accused of any wrongdoing. And there’s no evidence Obama knew contributions
to his 2004 U.S. Senate campaign came from schemes Rezko is accused of orchestrating.

The allegations against Rezko that involve Obama are contained in one paragraph of a
78-page document filed last month in which prosecutors outline their corruption and fraud case against Rezko,
who was also a key money man for Gov. Blagojevich and other politicians.

Rezko is set to go to trial Feb. 25. The revelation that Obama’s name could come up in court is a
political headache he doesn’t need as he heads into a round of primaries that are likely to determine his
party’s nomination for president.

Obama is not named in the Dec. 21 court document. But a source familiar with the case
confirmed that Obama is the unnamed “political candidate” referred to in a section of the
document that accuses Rezko of orchestrating a scheme in which a firm hired to handle
state teacher pension investments first had to pay $250,000 in “sham” finder’s fees.

From that money, $10,000 was donated to Obama’s successful run for the Senate in the name of
a Rezko business associate, according to the court filing and the source.

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Guardian, Observer agree to remove defamatory articles on British tycoon

British sister publications agree to withdraw inaccurate reports on Nadhmi Auchi.

LONDON – British sister newspapers The Guardian and The Observer have agreed to delete six articles
on British tycoon Nadhmi Auchi from their Web content and databases as
part of a settlement in a defamation case.

The British papers also pledged to contact Web search engines to inform them of the
articles’ removal.

~~~~~~~~~~

Follow the Money: Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner? Part 2

Based on testimony given March 20, 2008, by star witness Stuart Levine in the federal fraud trial
of indicted political fixer Antoin “Tony” Rezko, RezkoWatch expanded on the possible guest list for
the April 3, 2004, dinner at Chicago’s Four Seasons hotel arranged by Rezko on behalf of Iraqi-British
billionaire businessman Nadhmi Auchi.

Based on this new information, the guest list includes, of course, the guest of honor, Nadhmi Auchi
(left in photo), and the host, Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich (center in photo), as well as the following:

# Aiham Alsammarae (convicted of major theft-Iraq)
# Christopher Kelly (recent suicide0
# Jack Lavin (now top aide to Gov. Quinn)
# Stuart Levine (jail)
# Pat Quinn, Lt. Gov. of Illinois (Gov. of IL) # Rita Rezko
# Tony Rezko (jail)
# Michael Rumman

(Related: Who is protecting Aiham Alsammarae and why?”

RezkoWatch, Illinois blogger Bill Baar, 77WABC Radio’s John Batchelor, OpEd News contributor Evelyn Pringle, Pundita,
World Net Daily’s Aaron Klein, and a number of others would like to know why it is
that Chicago’s own resident international fugitive and former Iraqi minister of electricity, Aiham Alsammarae,
convicted by the Iraqi government in October 2006 for the theft of $650 million of Iraqi reconstruction funds,
U.S. tax dollars, that is, and wanted by Interpol as recently as April 26, 2008, is not
in jail—or at least answering questions.

Who is protecting Alsammarae and why?

Baar pointed out that Senators Byron Dorgan (D-N.D.) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) had written
a letter to the U.S. Treasury addressing concerns about corruption in Iraq and the very real
possibility that unknown amounts of U.S. taxpayer dollars destined for reconstruction in Iraq may have wound up in
the hands of the same militias in Iraq that our troops are having to engage in combat.
“All it takes is a hearing Senators,” Baar commented.

Who is protecting Alsammarae and why?

In the comments to RW’s article, Baar also stated that the “sad thing about the
Alsammarae story is so many people in the Administration and Obama’s campaign (and
his supporters in Congress!) have an interest in keeping the story buried.”

*snip*

Who is protecting Alsammarae and why?

As John Batchelor reported March 3, 2008, Alsammarae was still wanted by the Iraqi government. On April 10, 2008,
Batchelor wrote that Alsammarae had been sighted around the last week of March in “the first-class
lounge at the Queen Alia International Airport at Amman, Jordan.” Although seen in
the company of “Jordanian plain-clothes security men,” he did not enjoy the protection of Iraq.

On April 26, 2008, the Chicago Sun-Times wrote that an outstanding Interpol warrant for Alsammarae
“remains active, but U.S. authorities have shown no interest in arresting him” and that
the State Department “declined to comment” why he had not yet been arrested.

*snip*

The next day, on April 27, 2008, the Chicago Sun-Times stated that Alsammarae was not only NOT
in custody by U.S. or Iraqi authorities but had actually made a personal appearance at
the federal courthouse in Chicago to put up three of his properties as surety for his
friend and business partner, Tony Rezko.

If Aiham Alsammarae is not being returned to Iraq to complete his sentence or to be retried,
and if he is not being detained or questioned by U.S. authorities, the most likely conclusion
is that he is being protected in this country as well as several others in the Middle East—with the
obvious exception being Iraq.)

Additionally, on his website, Auchi posted this now-deleted narrative about his 2004 visit to
Illinois and Michigan in addition to a number of photographs, which have also been removed.

Herein are named three other individuals who attended the “reception”: Emil Jones, Jr., President of
the Illinois State Senate; Kwame Kilpatrick, Mayor of Detroit; and L. Brooks Patterson, Chief Executive Officer
of Oakland, Michigan.

This photograph of Emil Jones, Jr., with billionaire investor
Nadhmi Auchi points to an interesting tale about Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) and Jones. In a
multi-part
biographical series about Obama’s remarkable ascendance on the U.S. political scene, the
Chicago Tribune reported

Long before maverick Republican Sen. Peter Fitzgerald decided not to run for re-election in 2004, Obama approached
his mentor, Emil Jones, who was preparing to lead a new Democratic majority in the state Senate.

“You’re a very powerful guy,” Obama told Jones.

“I’ve got the power to do what?” Jones responded.

“You could help elect a U.S. senator,” Obama said.

Jones asked his protege if he had anyone in mind.

“Yeah,” Obama replied. “Me.”

Obama’s ambitions for higher office were an open secret in Springfield, but trying to make
the leap to the U.S. Senate seemed a long shot. He was an unknown
to most Chicago voters, let alone to those in the rest of the state. His loss to
Rush was so lopsided even Obama described it as “a spanking.”

He couldn’t count on the support of some prominent Black Caucus members, including Hendon.
In a recent interview, he said Obama was so ambitious that if the position were up for a vote, Obama would
run for “king of the world.”

Obama formally announced his campaign in January 2003, more than a year ahead of the primary.
Jones, of course, was there. Link, Walsh and Jacobs (see below) also attended, illustrating
that his support transcended the black community.

Hendon and Trotter (see below) were a tougher sell. Jones eventually got them to endorse Obama. Hendon
said it took “seven or eight” talks with Jones before he finally decided to go along. And,
Hendon said, he only did it out of loyalty to Jones.

Obama wasn’t expecting the endorsement of either Trotter or Hendon. He asked Jones how he pulled it off.

“I made them an offer,” Jones recalled telling Obama. “And you don’t want to know.”

# The Chicago Tribune wrote that “Link, Walsh and Jacobs” were Obama’s poker-playing pals: “blunt-talking
Denny Jacobs from the Quad Cities, and Larry Walsh from Elwood, whose ‘aw-shucks’ demeanor belied
deft political skills. ... Terry Link of Waukegan, who also was Lake County Democratic chairman.”
Additionally, Sen. Rickey Hendon is a “streetwise West Sider nicknamed ‘Hollywood’ who
once hoped to be a movie producer” and Sen. Donne Trotter “the Democratic point man on budget issues.

In 2000, Trotter and Obama vied to unseat U.S. Rep. Bobby Rush, but didn’t come close to toppling
the South Side congressman.”

Viewed in the light of his newly-launched campaign to become the next U.S. Senator from Illinois, and
the presence of both his political patron—Rezko—and his political mentor—Jones—the
chances that Obama may have dropped in at this particular reception at the request of
his friend Tony Rezko increase winningly.

~~~~

Obama’s Auchi Problem

Excerpt:

Who is Nadhmi Auchi and why is he important to Barack Obama? Let’s take a look.

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Contrary to Obama’s persistent claims, he indeed did favors for Tony Rezko, including this one:

“While Mr. Obama was running for the Senate, Mr. Rezko was also raising money for a
huge development in the South Loop of Chicago, often playing host to dinners
in a private room at the Four Seasons Hotel here.

“Former Rezko associates said that Governor Blagojevich attended one of the dinners, and
that at Mr. Rezko’s request, Mr. Obama dropped in at one for Middle Eastern bankers in early 2004,
just as he was starting to pull ahead in the Senate primary. The visits, Mr. Rezko’s
partners said, helped impress foreign guests.

“’I remember that he had been on the campaign trail, and he was completely wiped out and exhausted,’
said Anthony Licata, a lawyer who represented Mr. Rezko on real estate deals. ‘My recollection
is that he drank ice tea, and he talked about how he was really making progress, and we were all
excited to see him.’”

Last March, I asked: Was Nadhmi Auchi there?

Stuart Levine’s testimony on Monday didn’t answer that question, but no matter. Levine testified that
both Barack and Michelle Obama attended a reception Rezko held at his Wilmette home for Auchi. “News reports
from the courtroom said Mr. Rezko wanted to impress Mr. Auchi, who ultimately poured nearly $170 million
into the real estate venture,” the New York Times reports.

“Mr. Rezko’s lawyers have raised questions about Mr. Levine’s credibility on other issues, and Mr. Levine
offered few details on Monday about the party at Mr. Rezko’s house. Mr. Levine said Mr. Obama’s wife,
Michelle, was there. Mr. Obama’s campaign said she had no recollection of the event. Mr. Auchi’s
lawyer, Alasdair Pepper, has said that his client does not remember meeting Mr. Obama.”

The Sun-Times, however, reports that “according to two sources familiar with the gathering, the Obamas attended
the Wilmette reception, which came less than a month after Obama’s Democratic primary win for
his U.S. Senate seat.”

Let’s be clear then: The Obamas attended the Rezko party, and it’s not like Auchi
was just another guest. He was the guest of honor. The party was for him, as part of
Rezko’s effort to get him to invest in a real estate venture in the South Loop.
Surely Obama would know the purpose of a party and why the guest of honor was the
guest of honor (even as he somehow didn’t know that Rezko had slum properties in
his state senate district at the same time).

So that is established. Now, why does it matter?

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First, who is Nadhmi Auchi?

A lot of folks have been asking that question.

Short story: He’s a controversial Iraqi-born, British billionaire who,
according to one report, “set up a variety of deals with Saddam Hussein’s
regime prior to the 1991 Gulf War, and was one of the largest private
shareholders in BNP Paribas, the bank that trafficked most of the funds involved in the UN
Oil-For-Food scandal. He also admitted taking kickbacks from the French petroleum
company TotalFinaElf in the 1990s (Auchi later sued Elf for entangling him in their criminal activities,
according to Forbes).”

Auchi is apparently still appealing a 2003 fraud conviction in France. He
visited Chicago and Detroit in 2004, but wasn’t allowed back in the country in 2005.

“Prosecutors in Mr. Rezko’s case have said that Mr. Rezko asked Illinois officials to help obtain a
visa for Mr. Auchi’s visit to Chicago,” the Times says. “The officials
have not been identified, and Mr. Obama’s campaign has said he was not involved in that effort.”

Let me ask you a question:

You’re Tony Rezko and you’ve bankrolled Barack Obama’s entire political
career. You helped him buy his house and you and your wife socialize with him and
his wife. You’ve held a reception for a potential investor to which you invited Obama,
who had just been elected to the United States Senate, to impress your business partner.

And you appeal to Illinois officials to help him get a visa. Are you telling me you do
not ask for Obama’s help?

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Obama’s campaign says the senator “does not recall” meeting Auchi.
There’s a lot he didn’t “recall” about Rezko either for quite awhile.
You know, like actually knowing him.

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Not hard to imagine where the millions of campaign donations and the illegal foreign contributions to
0’s warchest came from and how our country is being sold down the river.

This despicable blight on our country, .. endangering us exponentially, destroying our precious American way
of life was purchased outright by evil people who wish us ill.

I pray for my country and our brave military suffering under these indescribable conditions..


584 posted on 11/28/2009 1:46:13 AM PST by hoosiermama (ONLY DEAD FISH GO WITH THE FLOW.......I am swimming with Sarahcudah! Sarah has read the tealeaves.)
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To: STARWISE

/Chicago Way) -Monk,Guilty plea background,Obama,

When/where will it ever end?...Thanks for the heads up AGAIN!

Blagojevich,Rezko,Levine,Kelly,Harris,Cellini..
Citizen Wells ^ | 11-2-09

Posted on Wednesday, December 16, 2009 10:25:32 AM by STARWISE
From:http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-bloggers/2408732/posts


Alonzo Monk, Guilty plea background, Obama, Blagojevich, Rezko, Levine, Kelly, Harris, Cellini, Indictment, Rezko trial transcripts, Chicago IL corruption, Crime, Board rigging, Evelyn Pringle articles

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Lest we forget about crime and corruption in Chicago

and the involvement by

Rod Blagojevich

Tony Rezko

Stuart Levine

Christopher Kelly

William Cellini

John Harris

Alonzo Monk

et al

and Obama’s ties to these corruption figures

Alonzo Monk Guilty Plea

Part II

In part I of this two part series on Alonzo Monk’s guilty plea, the Citizen Wells blog presented background on Monk’s involvement in corruption and how it impacted health care in Chicago and Illinois.

October 26, 2009

“It was further part of the conspiracy that defendants ROD BLAGOJEVICH and KELLY, along with Monk, Cellini, Robert Blagojevich, Harris, Rezko, and Levine, and others, used and attempted to use the powers of the Office of the Governor and of certain state boards and commissions subject to the influence of the Office of the Governor, to take and cause governmental actions, including: appointments to boards and commissions; the awarding of state business, grants, and investment fund allocations; the enactment of legislation and executive orders; and the appointment of a United States Senator; in exchange for financial benefits for themselves and others, including campaign contributions for ROD BLAGOJEVICH, money for themselves, and employment for ROD BLAGOJEVICH and his wife.”

The article reveals:

* Just as Obama is politicizing now, Blagojevich touted health care for all in IL.

* The IL Health Planning Facilities Board was rigged thanks to Obama.

* Mercy Hospital construction was rigged for kickbacks.

* Children’s Memorial Hospital was a corruption target.

* Michelle Obama’s hospital pay nearly tripled after Barack was elected US Senator.

Alonzo Monk, et al corrupt IL Health Care

Now for more background on Alonzo Monk’s involvement in corruption.

From the Chicago Tribune, December 23, 2007.

“For years, Rod Blagojevich has projected two distinct images that define his tenure as Illinois’ governor.

In one, he is a populist champion with an agenda of “putting people first” by pushing causes like health care for all.

In the other, he is a consummate politician with cronies who offer advice while raising campaign cash and asking for favors.

Now, under the lights of a federal investigation, the distinctions are blurring, and the crony image is threatening to wash out the populist one.

Federal prosecutors for the first time have put Blagojevich inside their widespread investigation of pay-to-play in his administration.

Blagojevich told one convicted federal informant, “You stick with us and you will do very well for yourself,” according to a court document prosecutors filed.”

“Nix, however, disputed that Knapp’s influence is overriding. Instead, she said Blagojevich long has used a team approach to politicking and governing. In this vein, he is a public official heavily reliant on his aides.

His team has a core nucleus of Nix, chief of staff John Harris, former chief of staff Alonzo Monk, longtime political aide John Wyma, state Rep. Jay Hoffman (D-Collinsville), state Sen. James DeLeo (D-Chicago) and campaign spokesman Doug Scofield.

But Monk, Scofield and Wyma are lobbyists, and their clients have won millions in state contracts under Blagojevich’s stewardship. And Kelly, another close adviser and friend, was indicted this month on federal tax fraud charges.” (((LATER COMMITTED SUICIDE, WHEN FACED WITH JAIL)))

Citizen Wells Note – I found this next statement interesting

***Remember, originially, Blagojevich was going to be the presidential candidate, not Obama.

“Instead of concentrating heavily on winning votes for his health care plan, Blagojevich crafted a strategy to initially sell his idea via a media blitz—a strategy that quickly fell on its face.

Critics, and even some of his allies, said the fatal flaw in this plan was funding the expansion through a gross receipts tax on businesses. True to political form, Blagojevich found his enemy—corporations—and railed against them.”

Read more:

http://newsblogs.chicagotribune.com/clout_st/2007/12/gov-blagojevich.html

From the indictment of

ROD BLAGOJEVICH, CHRISTOPHER KELLY, ALONZO MONK, WILLIAM F. CELLINI, SR., JOHN HARRIS, and ROBERT BLAGOJEVICH

“Alonzo Monk was a long-time associate of defendant ROD BLAGOJEVICH, and among other things served as his general counsel while a Member of Congress, as campaign manager for his 2002 and 2006 gubernatorial campaigns, on his transition team after his election in November 2002, and as his Chief of Staff from in or about January 2003 until in or about December 2005.

Beginning in or about early 2007, Monk worked as a lobbyist, doing business as AM3 Consulting, Ltd.

As a lobbyist, Monk principally represented businesses with interests involving Illinois state government, including businesses in the horse racing industry. In addition, Monk served as Chairman of Friends of Blagojevich from in or about December 2006 to in or about July 2007.”

“Means and Method of the Conspiracy

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6. It was part of the conspiracy that defendants ROD BLAGOJEVICH and CHRISTOPHER KELLY, as well as co-conspirators Alonzo Monk, William F. Cellini, Sr., John Harris, Robert Blagojevich, Antoin Rezko, and Stuart Levine, and others, engaged in a scheme to deprive the people of the State of Illinois and the beneficiaries of TRS of their intangible right to the honest services of defendant ROD BLAGOJEVICH, Alonzo Monk, John Harris, and Stuart Levine, as more fully described in Count Two, paragraphs 3 through 44 of this indictment.

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7. It was further part of the conspiracy that defendants ROD BLAGOJEVICH and KELLY, along with Monk, Cellini, Robert Blagojevich, Harris, Rezko, and Levine, and others, used and attempted to use the powers of the Office of the Governor and of certain state boards and commissions subject to the influence of the Office of the Governor, to take and cause governmental actions, including:

appointments to boards and commissions; the awarding of state business, grants, and investment fund allocations; the enactment of legislation and executive orders; and the appointment of a United States Senator; in exchange for financial benefits for themselves and others, including campaign contributions for ROD BLAGOJEVICH, money for themselves, and employment for ROD BLAGOJEVICH and his wife.”

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“Defendants ROD BLAGOJEVICH and KELLY, along with Rezko and Monk, agreed to direct lucrative state business relating to the refinancing of billions of dollars in State of Illinois Pension Obligation Bonds to a company whose lobbyist agreed to provide hundreds of thousands of dollars to Rezko out of the fee the lobbyist would collect, and Rezko in turn agreed to split the money with ROD BLAGOJEVICH, KELLY, and Monk;”


585 posted on 12/16/2009 9:09:57 AM PST by hoosiermama (ONLY DEAD FISH GO WITH THE FLOW.......I am swimming with Sarahcudah! Sarah has read the tealeaves.)
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To: AtlasStalled

Regulators clamp down on Giannoulias’ Broadway Bank
Chicago Business ^ | 01/27/10 | Steve Daniels
From:
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/2439453/posts?page=1

Posted on Thursday, January 28, 2010 3:00:12 PM by AtlasStalled

Broadway Bank, the troubled Chicago lender owned by the family of Illinois Treasurer and U.S. Senate candidate Alexi Giannoulias, has entered into a consent order with banking regulators requiring it to raise tens of millions in capital, stop paying dividends to the family without regulatory approval, and hire an outside party to evaluate the bank’s senior management. * * * This is not the first time the bank has been a source of embarrassment for Alexi Giannoulias. Three years ago, bank loans to several organized crime figures came to light. The bank foreclosed on properties held by two of those borrowers last year.

(Excerpt) Read more at chicagobusiness.com ...


586 posted on 01/28/2010 12:19:15 PM PST by hoosiermama (ONLY DEAD FISH GO WITH THE FLOW.......I am swimming with Sarahcudah! Sarah has read the tealeaves.)
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To: STARWISE

Something is NOT right here....Maybe other should have their expenses related to the Olympic COmmittee investigated too.

The office’s probe included a review of artwork purchased by the school system under Scott’s watch and items Scott himself had charged, including expenses related to his separate role as a Chicago 2016 Olympic Committee member.

FROM
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2441027/posts

HIS FINAL HOURS | Police files obtained by Sun-Times show School Board

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Sixteen hours before he was found dead, city School Board President Michael W. Scott got a Sunday-morning call from a top aide to Mayor Daley to schedule a meeting about questionable expenses that Scott and his staff had charged to board credit cards.

Scott had a 13-minute conversation with mayoral press secretary Jacquelyn Heard starting at 11:01 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 15, according to police reports obtained by the Chicago Sun-Times about Scott’s suicide.

Scott goes to the office of a real estate developer regarding Scott’s monthly fee for consulting on projects. Scott is told the consulting contract is void, according to reports from the Chicago Police Department, which blacked out the names of everyone who was interviewed.

(Excerpt) Read more at suntimes.com ...
http://www.suntimes.com/news/2020323,CST-NWS-scott31.article


587 posted on 01/30/2010 4:11:34 PM PST by hoosiermama (ONLY DEAD FISH GO WITH THE FLOW.......I am swimming with Sarahcudah! Sarah has read the tealeaves.)
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To: AtlasStalled

Stolen for the CHicago Crime thread...It’s the CHicago way!
Feel free to add more and/or connect all the dots you find... More on the “family in the early part of the thread” also around 400.


From:
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2441649/posts


Giannoulias admitted to most controversial bank loans
Chicago Sun-Times ^ | 01/31/10 | ABDON M. PALLASCH

Posted on Sunday, January 31, 2010 11:01:08 PM by AtlasStalled

Democratic U.S. Senate candidate David Hoffman cited a New York Times column Sunday morning saying front-runner Alexi Giannoulias needs to answer questions about what loans he approved as vice president and chief loan officer for Broadway Bank from 2002 to 2006. * * * Among the loans Giannoulias has gotten heat for:

* More than $10 million from 2001 to 2005 to alleged Father & Son Russian mobster team Lev and Boris Stratievsky. Father Lev has passed away. Son Boris is in jail facing money-laundering charges. Broadway funded development projects some on the South Side — that tenants and city attorneys complained were roach motels. Broadway has been unable to collect on the loans.

* About $12.9 million to convicted bookmaker Michael Giorango for a Miami Beach hotel and a Hollywood, Fla., restaurant, among other ventures, according to Crain’s Chicago Business. Broadway has sued Giorango and his partner, Demitri Stavropoulos, convicted of running a betting operation in Chicago, seeking to get the money back. Giannoulias initially downplayed his relationship with Giorango, noting the loans to him started before he joined the bank. Later he said he went to Miami to meet Giorango and inspect the property, and that another $3 million loan to Giorango was for a South Carolina casino.

“If I knew then what I know now, obviously we wouldn’t have made those loans,” Giannoulias told the Sun-Times regarding the loans to the organized crime-linked recipients.

(Excerpt) Read more at suntimes.com ...



588 posted on 01/31/2010 8:10:01 PM PST by hoosiermama (ONLY DEAD FISH GO WITH THE FLOW.......I am swimming with Sarahcudah! Sarah has read the tealeaves.)
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To: hoosiermama

Shiver.


589 posted on 02/01/2010 6:24:23 PM PST by Freedom'sWorthIt (Ronald Reagan: If we ever forget that we're one nation under God,then we'll be a nation gone under.")
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To: freespirited

Stolen...It’s the Chicago way....Pleads quilty/No discovery
Feel free to connect dots and add any material you find.

FROM:
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/2442349/posts?page=1

Ald. Carothers pleads guilty to corruption, resigns [Name that party Alert]
Chicago Breaking News ^ | 02/01/10 | Jeff Coen and Todd Lighty

Posted on Monday, February 01, 2010 10:13:55 PM by freespirited

Ald. Carothers pleads guilty to corruption, resigns February 1, 2010 6:48 PM | 44 Comments | UPDATED STORY

Ald. Isaac “Ike” Carothers pleaded guilty today to federal corruption charges in a deal with prosecutors that calls for him to be sentenced to 28 months in prison.

Hours after entering the plea, Carothers resigned from the City Council in a letter to Mayor Richard Daley. “Please keep me and my family in your prayers,” Carothers wrote.

In admitting he accepted $40,000 in improvements to his home for supporting a developer’s controversial project in his ward, Carothers joins a long list of crooked aldermen who have helped cement Chicago’s reputation for political corruption.

The 29th Ward alderman pleaded guilty to one count of failing to report the home improvements on his income taxes and to one count of corruptly accepting items of value for supporting a zoning change for the project.

The plea deal calls for prosecutors to drop four more serious wire and mail fraud charges that carried stiffer penalties.

Under state law, the guilty plea requires that Carothers’ City Council seat be vacated immediately.

“”I want to personally thank you for your deeply appreciated expressions of support during this very difficult time,” Carothers wrote in his resignation letter, addressed to Daley who will appoint a replacement. “It has indeed been a pleasure serving with you and other members of the Chicago City Council.”

Carothers’ attorney, Jeffrey Steinback, was asked why Carothers accepted a bribe in return for supporting the zoning change.

Steinback said the situation was not something Carothers initiated or demanded, and that Carothers already supported the change for Galewood Yards because it was good for his ward.

The home improvements he accepted were a reward for doing so, Steinback said, and Carothers first asked the developer, Calvin Boender whether an invoice for the work would be forthcoming.

“What was good for his ward was good for his ward, regardless of these additional benefits, which he should not have received,” Steinback said. “That is the crime.”

Carothers knew he should not have been accepting such things from someone doing business with the city, the lawyer said. The alderman is not denying that what he did was illegal, Steinback said.

“I haven’t yet met a perfect human being. I doubt in my lifetime that I will,” he said. “People engage in activities that they regret. I know that this is something that Ike regrets deeply. That’s why he has come in and pled guilty. That’s why he’s agreed to cooperate with the government — in an attempt to try to make things right.”

For months, Carothers has been cooperating with federal authorities and working undercover secretly recording other public officials and businessmen. He would be the government’s star witness at separate trials of the developer and of a businessman accused of bribing alderman for favors at Chicago’s two airports.

Carothers’ conviction brings to 28 the number of alderman found guilty of wrongdoing since 1972. One of those was Carothers’ father, William, who was accused of similar wrongdoing as his son. The elder Carothers was sentenced to 3 years in federal prison in 1983 for extorting remodeling work for his ward office.

Ike Carothers, 55, has been an alderman since 1999 and is one of Daley’s staunchest allies on the City Council. Aldermen are paid $110,560-a-year.

When Carothers was indicted last May, Daley said he was surprised by the charges and called the alderman a “hardworking, dedicated public servant.”

Carothers’ co-defendant, Boender, has pleaded not guilty and is scheduled to go to trial in March. Ten current or former aldermen are fighting subpoenas for their testimony sought by Boender.

Boender allegedly bribed Carothers to win his support for a zoning change for Galewood Yards, a controversial commercial and residential project in the alderman’s ward.

The Tribune in 2008 chronicled how Boender overrode the opposition of city planners to Galewood Yards after enlisting the support of Carothers and U.S. Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-Chicago). Boender and his associates had donated about $55,000 to Carothers’ re-election campaigns and $41,000 to Gutierrez.

Gutierrez has not been charged with any wrongdoing.

The indictment also alleged the Carothers asked Boender to donate to a relative who was running for Congress in 2004 and that Boender enlisted two others to give contributions on his behalf. Carothers’ aunt, Anita Rivkin-Carothers, ran unsuccessfully in 2004 for Congress.

Carothers has cooperated with the FBI beginning in 2008 and has recorded others with a hidden microphone and a video camera. Carothers is at the center of the federal bribery case of businessman Wafeek “Wally” Aiyash, who he secretly recorded.

According to court records, Aiyash allegedly offered a $100,000 bribe to Carothers to help him open seven restaurants at O’Hare International and Midway airports. Carothers was a member of the council’s Aviation Committee, whose duties include approving contracts at the airports.

Aiyash, like Boender, donated to the alderman’s political campaigns and did business in his West Side ward. Aiyash’s lawyer declined to comment


590 posted on 02/01/2010 7:27:57 PM PST by hoosiermama (ONLY DEAD FISH GO WITH THE FLOW.......I am swimming with Sarahcudah! Sarah has read the tealeaves.)
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To: hoosiermama; Fred Nerks; null and void; stockpirate; george76; PhilDragoo; Candor7; rxsid; ...
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CHICAGO: CRIME KIND OF TOWN

. . . . Another old thread full of information.

[Thanks, hoosiermama.]

591 posted on 02/03/2010 3:46:04 PM PST by LucyT
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To: LucyT

Yep .. now we maybe know why Alexi is all
over the press, blasting Cohen ..

Michael Giorango
February 03, 2010
Alexi, Please Do Answer
http://bitterqueen.typepad.com/friends_of_ours/michael-giorango/

Giannoulias calls for Cohen to step down
http://blogs.suntimes.com/sweet/2010/02/giannoulias_calls_for_cohen_to.html

More background:

Poll: Kirk whales Giannoulias
http://www.chicagonow.com/blogs/dennis-byrne-barbershop/2010/02/poll-kirk-whales-giannoulias.html

67 posted on Friday, February 05, 2010 10:55:32 PM by STARWISE


To: Velveeta
It would be great to find some ways to get any of the national media interested in the Illinois cesspool that raised Barack Obama’s political career -— I know it’s too much to ask that MSM clowns actually do some serious reporting, but not nearly enough has ever been reported widely about Rezko and co.

“Vrdolyak admitted he was to split the payment with Levine, who became the government’s star witness in the trial that ended in the fraud conviction of Tony Rezko, a top fundraiser for former Gov. Rod Blagojevich.”

Vrdolyak to be re-sentenced

appeals court found the probation and fine for Vrdolyak to be a joke..... seems that the original judge must have been either on the payroll or simply scared off, b/c he continually tried to undermine the prosecution and then gave the hand-slap probation sentence

68 posted on Friday, February 05, 2010 11:03:05 PM by Enchante


592 posted on 02/05/2010 8:44:50 PM PST by hoosiermama (ONLY DEAD FISH GO WITH THE FLOW.......I am swimming with Sarahcudah! Sarah has read the tealeaves.)
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To: DMZFrank

Interesting site...thanks for posting it.


593 posted on 02/20/2010 12:01:12 AM PST by caww
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To: BIOCHEMKY

cross reference X with BO REVCO at 63


All of the recent world events that seem unreal or at least hard to believe are occurring because the tide in America is turning aginst Obama and he knows it.

What today’s American Thinker author states is “right on the money”. African American preacher, Rev. James David Manning, Ph.D., is ALSO saying the same thing as is in this article.

“What Does ‘Racial Socialism’ Sound Like to You?”
http://www.americanthinker.com/2010/02/what_does_racial_socialism_sou.html

http://msunderestimated.com/2009/07/rev-manning-on-obamas-get-whitey-movement-video/
James David manning, Ph.D.
The Manning Report Mon-Fri 12-3
www.atlah.org
Author: The Oblation Hour

Still, the REAL problem is even larger than mere racial socialism. There is a theory that is building steam of very recently which is as follows: for power and domination purposes, many of the world’s Black men are in league with radical Muslim extremists to bring down white society, most specifically white males.

Before you dismiss this as a racial rant please read the rest of my comment.

Much of what follows revolves around the fact that Malcom X took the manifesto of the Black Panther Party (that became the Black Liberation Army) and the plight of the repressed African American male in need of vast reparations abroad. Malcolm X accomplished this by completing THREE extensive (multiple months long) tours of the more powerful African nations during which he met with the nations’ PRESIDENTS and other power elites.

Malcom X met with Kenyan President Jomo Kenyatta on a trip he took to AFRICA in 1964 on which he visited Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania. These three AFRICAN countries happen to be nations in which the AFRICAN OBAMA/ODINGA Luo tribe has its greatest representation

Malcom X’s visit to Kenya in 1964 occurred when Obama’s Uncle (on his mother’s side) Jaramogi Ajuma Oginga Odinga was Vice President of Kenya (1964-1966) and Obama’s father Barack Hussein Obama Sr. was a top economist for Kenya’s Finance Ministry (1965-1966).

The President of Kenya at the time was Jomo Kenyatta who today is attributed with running the most corrupt administration in Kenyan history. Kenyatta and Odinga took orders from and their administration was directly financed by the Soviet Communist government. Odinga and Obama Sr. were Cummunist Kenyan government officials when Malcolm X shared his message wth the leaders of Africa.

The story is better fleshed out in the posting cited below:

“Obama, the Black Panther Party (BPP), Black Liberation Army (BLA), Weather Underground (WU), global Muslim Brotherhood (MB) network, Al Qaeda, and Kenyan and American Politics are All Interconnected”

http://obamashiddenagenda.blogtownhall.com/2010/02/18/obama,_the_black_panther_party_bpp,_black_liberation_army_bla,_weather_underground_wu,_global_muslim_brotherhood_mb_network,_al_qaeda,_and_kenyan_and_american_politics_are_all_interconnected.thtml

Detail on Malcolm X’s Travels to Africa:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Malcolm_X#Early_years

Malcolm X visited Africa on three separate occasions, once in 1959 and twice in 1964. During his visits, he met officials, gave interviews to newspapers, and spoke on television and radio in Egypt, Ethiopia, Tanganyika (now Tanzania), Nigeria, Ghana, Guinea, Sudan, Senegal, Liberia, Algeria, and Morocco. Kwame Nkrumah of Ghana, Gamal Abdel Nasser of Egypt, and Ahmed Ben Bella of Algeria invited Malcolm X to serve in their governments.

In 1959, Malcolm X traveled to Egypt (then known as the United Arab Republic), Sudan, Nigeria, and Ghana to arrange a tour for Elijah Muhammad.The first of the two trips Malcolm X made to Africa in 1964 lasted from April 13 until May 21, before and after his Hajj. On May 8, following his speech at the University of Ibadan, Malcolm X was made an honorary member of the Nigerian Muslim Students’ Association. During this reception the students bestowed upon him the name “Omowale”, which means “the son who has come home” in the Yoruba language.Malcolm X wrote in his autobiography that he “had never received a more treasured honor.”

On July 9, 1964, Malcolm X returned to Africa. On July 17, he was welcomed to the second meeting of the Organization of African Unity in Cairo, Egypt (OAU Summit 17–21 July 1964) as a representative of the Organization of Afro-American Unity. By the time he returned to the United States on November 24, 1964, Malcolm had met with every prominent African leader and established an international connection between Africans on the continent and those in the diaspora.

In the 45 years that have passed since Malcom X’s assasination (Feb. 21, 1965), the Black Panther Party, the Black Liberation Army, the nation of Islam, and the Black Muslim Brotherhood have continued to spread Malcolm X’s message abroad.

2,969 posted on Saturday, February 20, 2010 2:13:03 AM by BIOCHEMKY


594 posted on 02/20/2010 4:50:08 AM PST by hoosiermama (ONLY DEAD FISH GO WITH THE FLOW.......I am swimming with Sarahcudah! Sarah has read the tealeaves.)
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To: BIOCHEMKY

PLEASE ADD :Rashid Khalidi’s vast terrorist connections
HERE with links. TY

GOOD TIMELINE:


Some info I have re: Resko and those times in Chicago:

1992 The far-leftist New Party is founded, a Marxist political coalition whose objective was to endorse and elect leftist officials, mostly Democrats. Their objective is to move the Democratic Party leftward.

1993-2004 Obama works as an associate in the Chicago Law firm of Davis, Miner, Barnhill & Galland. In time, this job would bring him support from slum landlords like convicted felon Tony Rezco.

In 1995, Anne Hallett of the Cross City Campaign for Urban School Reform, Bill Ayers of the University of Illinois at Chicago, and Warren Chapman of the Joyce Foundation proposed the Chicago Annenberg Challenge.

1995-1999 Obama serves as the Chairman of Chicago Annenberg Challenge (CAC), a position he receives due to Bill Ayers.
1995-2000, Ayers serves as Co-chair of the Chicago Annenberg Challenge’s Chicago School Reform Collaborative (CSRC), a second operating entity of the CAC.

1995-2000, Ayers serves as Co-chair of the Chicago Annenberg Challenge’s Consortium of Chicago Schools Research (CCSR), a third operating entity of the CAC.

1995-2002 through foundations Obama directs, Bill Ayers receives nearly 49 million dollars to fuel his socio-politically destructive radical school reform projects.

1995 Obama, along with Rev. Wright and controversial catholic priest Michael Pfleger help to organize Louis Farrakhan’s famous Million Man March in DC. It is evident that the black liberationist preachers are also Obama’s valued political allies.

2001-2002, Woods Fund with directors Ayers and Obama, made grants of $40,000 and $35,000 to the Arab American Action Network, founded by radical Rashid Khalidi. Rashid is a professor at Columbia. He was strongly identified with the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO). Khalidi hosted a fundraiser for Obama in 2000.

2005 Obama purchases land at a price hundreds of thousands of dollars below the appraised price from his next-door neighbor and top political fundraiser Antoin “Tony” Rezko who is now a convicted felon and at the center of a federal investigation.

2008 The racist leader Louis Farrakhan who earlier lavished praise on Obama, “this young man is the hope of the entire world”, “America will change and be made better.” Latest remarks at Nation of Islam rally (on U-tube), says “When Obama talks the Messiah is absolutely speaking.” and “I love my BROTHER and I want to see that brother successful. I don’t want to say anything that would hurt that brother, and I don’t want them to use me or the Nation of Islam.”

April 25, 2008 (Judicial Watch) “The chairman of an Islamic “charity” shut down by the U.S. government for funding Middle Eastern terrorists has dedicated himself to raising money for … Obama.”

June 2008 Mohamed Salim Al-Churbaji - a Syrian University student serves as a fundraiser and organizer for Obama’s campaign. His father, Mohammed Al-Churbaji, is a member of the Muslim Brotherhood with close ties to such terrorists as Abu Amatallah; leading mujahideen fighters Abu Rawdha; and Bassam Ahmad, the latter fought for Osama Bin Laden!

2008 Obama is forced to cut ties with Robert Malley, his foreign policy advisor after the latter told the Times of London that he had been in regular contact with Hamas.

2008 Valerie Jarrett, Michele Obama’s boss, becomes Obama’s chief advisor. Obama doesn’t make any major decisions without first talking to her. She was born in Shiraz, Iran.

September 23, 2008 – After pouring through thousands of pages of newly released documents from archives of the Chicago Annenberg Challenge, they reveal that Obama and Ayers were “partners” in a radical education program.

Rezko was an Obama fundraising front man for the powers that be at the Arab American Action Network:

The Arab American Action Network is a Chicago community center founded in 1995, the brainchild of Columbia University historian and Professor of Arab Studies Rashid Khalidi and Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs Assistant Dean Mona Khalidi.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arab_American_Action_Network

You know about Rashid Khalidi’s vast terrorist connections


595 posted on 02/20/2010 5:00:05 AM PST by hoosiermama (ONLY DEAD FISH GO WITH THE FLOW.......I am swimming with Sarahcudah! Sarah has read the tealeaves.)
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To: JustPiper

You can connect these dots with the other Chicago connections from this, William Daley was heavily mentioned

PRESIDENTIAL TREASON 101-105

(The Clinton Administration – 1999)

Creating Conditions for Presidential Treason Connecting the Dots

http://theoptiontrader.com/pt/PT_101.htm


596 posted on 02/20/2010 5:23:09 AM PST by hoosiermama (ONLY DEAD FISH GO WITH THE FLOW.......I am swimming with Sarahcudah! Sarah has read the tealeaves.)
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To: hoosiermama; Alamo-Girl

Oh yah. You also can probably dig into Alamo Girl’s Legacy & find oodles of connections

THE DOWNSIDE LEGACY ARCHIVES

http://www.alamo-girl.com/


597 posted on 02/20/2010 12:22:30 PM PST by JustPiper (I AM NOT A (LIBERAL )TEABAGGIN' BIRTHER! But I want to see that BC as I'm sipping a spot of tea!!!)
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To: MestaMachine; STARWISE

THanks MM FYI Star


http://talismangate.blogspot.com/2008/06/pro-obama-iraqi-american-ex-convict.html
Sunday, June 15, 2008
Pro-Obama Iraqi-American Ex-Convict Supports Increased Attacks on U.S. Troops

There’s so much vileness here that I really don’t know what to mop up first.

Ayham Alsammarae, Iraq’s slimy ex-Minister of Electricity under the Bremer and Allawi administrations, who had escaped from an Iraqi prison by hiring an American security company to break him out back in December 2006, has resurfaced in the Jordanian capital Amman where he gave a press conference today saying, among other things, that he hoped that the insurgency in Iraq “would continue [against U.S. occupation] and avenges the Iraqi people.”

Alsammarae, an Iraqi-American Chicagoan, added during remarks carried by Radio Sawa (Arabic link) that he had contributed the maximum allowable of $2,300 to Barack Obama’s campaign. But there’s another Obama link to Alsammarae: while serving as electricity minister Alsammarae had been involved in brokering deals in the Iraqi electricity sector for Antoin Rezko, Obama’s long-term friend and patron. Rezko is the Syrian-American hustler who was convicted of fraud in an Illinois court on the day that Obama secured the Democratic nomination.

Alsammarae had been appointed minister under the Coalition Provisional Authority upon the recommendation of senior State Department officials who were involved in Iraqi affairs at the time. After leaving office upon Allawi’s election loss, Alsammarae reinvented himself as a mediator between insurgent groups and the U.S. ambassador to Iraq at the time Zalmay Khalilzad, who in turn arranged for Alsammarae, a onetime Republican Party fundraiser and activist in Arab-American circles, to meet with senior Bush administration officials. He was arrested by Iraqi police in Baghdad soon afterwards, an act that Alsammarae, a Sunni Arab, claimed was motivated by sectarian animosity.

Alsammarae escaped from prison after facing multiple corruption charges brought against him by Iraq’s Public Commission for Integrity; he was sprung from jail by hired U.S. mercenaries and left Iraq on a forged Chinese passport, he flew out to Amman on a private jet almost certainly with the knowledge and connivance of some U.S. intelligence officials. He returned to his multi-million dollar mansion in Chicago and, save for a few press interviews here and there, stayed under the radar. But Alsammarae seems to have been a beneficiary of the Amnesty Law that was recently passed by the Iraqi parliament, which was a benchmark for progress actively pushed for by Senate Democrats in Washington DC, and he’s eagerly touting his return to Iraqi politics, as he did in today’s press conference.

In an astounding and blatantly treasonous assertion for a U.S. citizenship holder, he stated that “the [insurgency] in Iraq is a legitimate resistance [movement] and it is against occupation and any resistance in the world against occupation is considered legitimate, and I hope that the [insurgency] continues and avenges the Iraqi people and I look forward to expanding its political agenda.”

I know there’s free speech and all, but isn’t calling for more attacks on U.S. troops a violation of sorts? Isn’t it ethically reprehensible? If Alsammarae’s citizenship can’t be revoked, can’t he be prosecuted on something else?

I’ve heard that Alsammarae allegedly fled Chicago because the authorities were going to get him on tax evasion. I guess his resemblances to Al Capone’s lifestyle—something that Alsammarae once boasted of in a press interview—go all the way.

Now, he wants more insurgent attacks on U.S. troops. What a slime-bucket, but he’s the same slime-bucket that I’ve always thought he was, from the days before the war when he opportunistically hopped onto the anti-Saddam bandwagon when it began revving up for real.

I had seen part of Alsammarrae’s General Intelligence Directorate file back in Baghdad, and he’s identified as a snitch that had worked for the Saddam regime while he was a student in the 1970s, reporting on the political activities and utterances of fellow Iraqi students then pursuing their degrees in the UK.

In another vein, Alsammarrae also tells Radio Sawa that he’s contributed money to the Obama campaign. I wonder how Obama would react to a paycheck and an endorsement from ex-con buddy of Rezko’s who is now braying for more American soldiers to be killed.

Alsammarrae claimed that he was on his way back to Iraq after being let off the legal hook under the amnesty law, and that he is set to re-join Ayad Allawi’s political coalition.

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http://michellemalkin.com/2008/06/17/former-republican-tied-to-rezko-swtiches-sides-backs-obama-terrorists-in-iraq/

Not only do Alsammarae and Obama share a connection with Tony Rezko, they also share a taste in movies. Here he is explaining his improbable escape from an Iraqi prison (where he was held on corruption charges) in 2006:

When asked how he could have pulled off such an escape, Mr. Alsammarae, who moved to Chicago in 1976 but returned to Iraq just after the invasion, laughed uproariously for 20 seconds. Then, recycling a famous line from an exchange about Al Capone in “The Untouchables,” Mr. Alsammarae said with undisguised glee: “The Chicago way.”
http://www.nytimes.com/2006/12/20/world/middleeast/20minister.html?_r=2&oref=slogin
Escaped Minister Says He Fled Iraqi Jail ‘the Chicago Way’
(Radio Sawa is a 24-hour Arabic-language radio network that originates in Dubai, the United Arab Emirates and Washington and receives support from the U.S. government.)

By JAMES GLANZ
Published: December 20, 2006
BAGHDAD, Dec. 19 — In a lengthy phone conversation on Tuesday, the former Iraqi electricity minister who escaped from a Baghdad jail on Sunday ridiculed American and Iraqi officials and said he fled because he did not trust the police and had received a tip that he would be assassinated within days.

Forum: The Transition in Iraq
The official, Aiham Alsammarae, who telephoned this reporter, said, without offering proof, that he was already outside Iraq after finagling his way aboard a flight at the Baghdad International Airport.

Incredulous Iraqi security and justice officials disputed parts of his account, saying that a figure as recognizable as Mr. Alsammarae could not possibly have slipped onto a flight when he was the subject of a manhunt.

Mr. Alsammarae, who holds dual American and Iraqi citizenship, scoffed at those assertions and said they were made by officials who spent too much time inside the protected Green Zone in central Baghdad and did not understand how the country really worked.

“Those suckers who are sitting in the Green Zone, they cannot go out and see the people they are governing?” asked Mr. Alsammarae, whose unmistakable speech patterns in English reflect his Iraqi and American backgrounds. “This is a joke.

“So why I cannot take the airport? It’s not because I am a smart cookie. Any Iraqi can do it, even if they have 10,000 court orders against him. This is Iraq.”

One fact Iraqi officials could not dispute: Mr. Alsammarae, who had been jailed four months ago on corruption charges stemming from deals made when he was the electricity minister from August 2003 to May 2005, was still free.

If correct, Mr. Alsammarae’s tale of escape would mean that he not only worked his way free of the Iraqi police guarding the jail but also eluded the thousands of Western and Iraqi security forces stationed in the dense maze of checkpoints and blast walls in the Green Zone, which is the fortified heart of the American occupation and the Iraqi government.

When asked how he could have pulled off such an escape, Mr. Alsammarae, who moved to Chicago in 1976 but returned to Iraq just after the invasion, laughed uproariously for 20 seconds. Then, recycling a famous line from an exchange about Al Capone in “The Untouchables,” Mr. Alsammarae said with undisguised glee: “The Chicago way.”

Mr. Alsammarae was the most senior Iraqi official of the post-Saddam Hussein era to be arrested and jailed. His career over the past three years has had a meteoric trajectory, from his meeting with President Bush at the White House in September 2003 to his arrest in August.

Although an appeals court overturned his only conviction last week, he faced additional charges and it was unclear whether he could be freed on bail under Iraqi law.

His escape is a serious embarrassment for the Interior Ministry and the American-led forces that are guarding the Green Zone and struggling to shape the Iraqi police into an effective security force. Iraqi officials expressed consternation when informed that Mr. Alsammarae had telephoned a reporter while on the lam.

“I have no information,” said Brigadier Abdul Karim Khalif, a spokesman for the Interior Ministry. “He escaped from us.”

Mr. Khalif did say that the police chief and his assistant at the station where Mr. Alsammarae had been held were under arrest and that they were being questioned on the escape.

“We are not just embarrassed by that, but we are very angry with our employees and this thing should not happen again,” Mr. Khalif said.

Mr. Khalif said that a jailbreak was a crime under Iraqi law and that Mr. Alsammarae would be pursued on those grounds as well.

“Now, he is a fugitive from justice,” said Rathi al-Rathi, head of the Iraqi Commission on Public Integrity, whose investigation led to Mr. Alsammarae’s prosecution. “He will be on the run, and he will be pursued by Interpol for the rest of his life.”

But Mr. Rathi said he did not believe Mr. Alsammarae had left Iraq yet because the borders had been sealed. When informed of that assertion in an e-mail message, Mr. Alsammarae could scarcely contain his disdain of Mr. Rathi, whose investigations Mr. Alsammarae believes are politically motivated.

“Ask him if he wants me to stop and pick him up tomorrow and show him the way out!!!” Mr. Alsammarae wrote in response.

In a measure of just how murky the matter has become, Mr. Rathi himself has recently been accused of corruption in the finances of his own office. He has in turn dismissed those charges as political.

Mr. Alsammarae shed little direct light on the two leading theories of how he escaped: either with the help of a mysterious Western private security firm that appeared at the station on Sunday, or with the complicity of the Iraqi police.

“I don’t like to harm these people who helped me,” he said.

Despite the charges against him, Mr. Alsammarae said he did not believe that the American authorities would arrest him in Chicago. “I hope they are smarter than that,” he said.
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http://www.suntimes.com/news/metro/rezko/917388,CST-NWS-rezko27.article

Ex-fugitive put up homes to spring Rezko
FEDERAL COURT | Ex-Iraq fugitive, a longtime pal, covers a third of his $8.5M bail

April 27, 2008

BY NATASHA KORECKI, TIM NOVAK AND CHRIS FUSCO Staff Reporters
A former Iraqi official and ex-international fugitive helped spring Tony Rezko from jail earlier this month, putting up homes that comprise nearly one-third of the $8.5 million in property and cash securing Rezko’s bail, the Chicago Sun-Times has learned.

The three homes belonging to former Iraqi Electricity Minister Aiham Alsammarae — a dual U.S.-Iraqi citizen who broke out of a Baghdad jail in 2006 — are part of a long list made public in Rezko’s case Friday following a Sun-Times request. Six other individuals who pledged property to get Rezko out of the Metropolitan Correctional Center on April 18 are current or former state employees.

Who helped bail him out
Tony Rezko’s $8.5 million bail is being secured by properties and cash linked to friends and family. Here are many of those people and what they’d forfeit if Rezko flees:

* Former Iraqi Electricity Minister Aiham Alsammarae and his wife, Amura: an Oak Brook mansion and two South Loop condominiums

* Illinois Department of Central Management Services employee Mustafa Abdalla: house in Libertyville

* Shant and Layla Avakian: house in Morton Grove

* Ali M. Bagdadi and Darlene Bagdadi: two-story retail building in Chicago

* Abir Dawli: property in Emerson, N.J.

* Frederick Dawli: property in Paramus, N.J.

* Basim Dihu: house in Des Plaines

* Former Illinois Department of Central Management Services employee Ferras Elshair: house in Darien

* Illinois Public Health Department Employee Rosemarie Karim: house in Chicago

* Illinois Department of Central Management Services employee Donald J. Lynch: house in Deerfield

* Dr. George and Inam Malki: property in Heathrow, Fla.

* Roger Malki: condo in South Loop

* Illinois secretary of state employee Sue Merjan and her husband, George: a house in Orland Park and a North Side condo

* Sahar A. Nammari: home in Bartlett

* Theodora A. Ohanis: condo in Chicago

* Karam Razko: house in Hinsdale

* Burt R. Rezko: house on South Side

* Kinda Rezko: house on Northwest Side

* Rezekalla Rezko: house in Orland Hills

* Illinois Department of Central Management Services employee Jenan S. Shamoun: house in Elk Grove Village

SOURCE: Court records
Alsammarae put up $1.9 million in equity in his Oak Brook mansion, along with $840,000 in equity from two South Loop condominiums, according to court records. In recent days, he appeared in the downtown federal courthouse to pledge his property and signed papers related to Rezko’s bail. That proceeding, however, was conducted in a private session with U.S. District Judge Amy J. St. Eve and lawyers. Records from the proceeding weren’t immediately released.

Iraqi high court cleared charges

International intrigue surrounds Alsammarae, who dramatically fled Iraq in late 2006 after being held on a corruption conviction that he maintains was groundless. Documents obtained by the Sun-Times indicate that an Iraqi high court cleared his charges. A letter dated April 8 from the High Judicial Council, Central Criminal Court, was recently sent to Interpol stating: “The decision of his conviction in absentia has been revoked by the Union Cessation Court.” However, an Interpol warrant remains active, and officials Friday would not say why.

Alsammarae and Rezko have been friends since they were classmates at the Illinois Institute of Technology in the late 1970s and early 1980s.

U.S. court papers recently revealed that the feds once accused Rezko, a native of Syria, of paying Alsammarae a $1.5 million bribe when Alsammarae was electricity minister.

Alsammarae allegedly helped a firm Rezko owned, Companion Security, win a $50 million contract to train Iraqi power plant security guards, but the deal was left in limbo a month later because of a change in Iraq’s leadership.

Rezko’s lawyers have called the bribe accusation “baseless.” Attempts to reach Alsammarae were unsuccessful.

The State Department declined to comment about why Alsammarae remains listed as a fugitive by Interpol. Randall Samborn, a spokesman for the U.S. attorney’s office in Chicago, also declined to comment.

Prosecutors, however, strongly opposed Rezko’s release from jail, saying he was a flight risk.

“He has quite literally taken millions of dollars from people whom he considered his closest friends,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Carolyn McNiven said at Rezko’s bond hearing.

Defense lawyers countered that Rezko never belonged behind bars and has no intention of fleeing. They pointed out that Rezko was overseas when he was indicted and still returned to face charges.

Judge cites community ties

Rezko was arrested Jan. 28 after he failed to disclose a $3.8 million overseas wire transfer from Iraqi-born billionaire Nadhmi Auchi. But St. Eve said Rezko and his lawyers have, under oath, accounted for where the money was directed. St. Eve said she released Rezko in part because she was impressed by the community backing for him at trial every day.

St. Eve said that showed Rezko has ties to the community and an interest in staying in the country.

Rezko, 52, is on trial on charges that he solicited kickbacks from companies seeking state business under Gov. Blagojevich.

Sources previously told the Sun-Times that the feds are investigating Rezko’s dealings in Iraq, where Rezko also once had a contract with Alsammarae’s agency to build a power plant. As was the case with the security contract, the power plant deal never materialized.
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http://www.swamppolitics.com/news/politics/blog/2008/04/obamas_rezkoauchi_recollection.html
Obama’s Rezko-Auchi recollection
Posted April 28, 2008 8:00 AM

by Rick Pearson and John McCormick

Late last week, Sen. Barack Obama said he didn’t recall meeting a controversial Iraqi-born billionaire at a party held at the home of his former friend and fundraiser, Antoin “Tony” Rezko, on April 3, 2004, because it was in the midst of his campaign for the U.S. Senate seat from Illinois.

Obama didn’t deny the assertion of Stuart Levine, a key witness in Rezko’s federal fraud trial, that the now-Democratic presidential contender attended the party held on behalf of Nadhmi Auchi, a British citizen appealing a fraud conviction in France. Rezko was allegedly trying to partner up with Auchi and may have been using an Obama appearance to demonstrate clout.

“I just don’t have a recollection of the event,” Obama said Friday. “As I said, I was in the middle of running a U.S. Senate race. So, you know, I was speaking all the time, probably six, seven, eight times a day.”

Obama may not recall Rezko’s party for Auchi, but he was not in the “middle” of a U.S. Senate race or speaking all the time. The Saturday party was held less than three weeks after Obama had won the March 16 Democratic primary nomination and, as is tradition, the candidates slow their immediate post-primary campaign schedules considerably before reheating the fall general election contest in late summer.

Indeed, an archived copy of an Obama “upcoming events” schedule on his old Senate campaign web site shows that on a Saturday two weeks later, he had no personal campaign activities. On Friday, April 13, the web site shows Obama touring Illinois coal-country at four morning events with the state’s senior senator, Dick Durbin.

On March 31, 2004, and Thursday, April 1, 2004, just a few days before Rezko’s April 3 party for Auchi, Obama wasn’t engaged in full day campaigning. Instead, he was on the floor of the Illinois Senate, where he advanced a measure to override a federal proposal to restrict overtime pay. On Friday, April 2, the day before the party, Obama taped a Chicago news radio interview program. And on Saturday, along with the Rezko party, Obama was among the glitterati who attended a Ritz-Carlton wedding reception.

On Sunday, April 4, Obama was on the South Side of Chicago, listening to a Palm Sunday homily at St. Sabina Catholic Church delivered by South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu. Also in attendance in the overflow crowd were Rev. Jesse Jackson and Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan, as the day also marked the anniversary of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination.

Questions for and answers from Obama, on Rezko:

“I have to say that I just don’t recall it. I mean this has been, I guess, four years ago. My understanding, through his lawyer, Mr. Auchi doesn’t recall meeting me and you know, I can’t speak for other people’s recollections. But I’ve said publicly, on many occasions, that I had a social relationship with Mr. Rezko.”

Would you remember a toast?

“I’m fairly certain I would remember giving a specific toast to somebody. Keep in mind, though, that this was right in the midst of my U.S. Senate campaign, so I was doing three or four events a day. So, I mean, there were very few events where I wasn’t speaking on anything. But I have no recollection of this particular event.”

Do you think Rezko may have been using you to kind of impress potential investors?

“As I say, I just don’t have a recollection of the event. As I said, I was in the middle of running a U.S. Senate race, so, you know, I was speaking all the time, probably six, seven, eight times a day.”

Right, but why go to this event that was specifically designed for Rezko investors?

“As I said, I have no recollection of the event. Alright?”


598 posted on 02/20/2010 5:02:36 PM PST by hoosiermama (ONLY DEAD FISH GO WITH THE FLOW.......I am swimming with Sarahcudah! Sarah has read the tealeaves.)
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To: JustPiper

Thank you for remembering the DSL!


599 posted on 02/20/2010 10:07:19 PM PST by Alamo-Girl
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To: Alamo-Girl

Always my friend!


600 posted on 02/20/2010 11:06:33 PM PST by JustPiper (WARNING PUBS: WE WILL BE WATCHING YOUR EVERY WORD NEXT WEEK!!!)
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