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More Details for the Obama Files by John Batchelor
HumanEvents.com ^ | 02/26/2008 | John Batchelor

Posted on 02/26/2008 6:37:31 AM PST by K-oneTexas

More Details for the Obama Files by John Batchelor

The handshake heard round the world took place in April, 2004, at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Chicago between Barack Obama and a mysterious London billionaire named Nadhmi Auchi.

Until James Bone and Dominic Kennedy asserted the handshake took place in their February 25, 2008, Times Online article, "Barack Obama embarassed by billionaire link to home deal," the meeting between these two political actors was unconfirmed. However now that the report has been published in London, where the libel laws are draconian enough that the Mr. Auchi and his esteemed media lawyer Alisdair Pepper have the power and means to severely damage the Rupert Murdoch News Corp empire by going after the Times if this report is false, it is safe to assume that the handshake is useful fact.

What does the handshake mean? It places Mr. Obama, then a state senator from the 13th District who had just won his party's nomination to run for the U.S. Senate in the fall, in the same critical meeting between Mr. Auchi and his Chicago-based partner, Antoin "Tony" Rezko, along with Mr. Rezko's patron, Governor Rod Blagojevich, as well Mr. Obama's mentor in the Illinois State senate, Emile Jones. Jr. It places Mr. Obama in association with Mr. Auchi, who is now, because of three particular wire transfers of cash, one in 2005 and another two in 2007, the latter two most suspicious to the prosecutors, a weighty figure in the trial about to begin into the felonious graft around Governor Rod Blagojevich these last years.

And this means that Mr. Obama's association requires much more in the way of the explanation from the Obama campaign than has so far been the case. The most an unnamed aide for Mr. Obama who was present that evening has told the Times about the handshake was, "We do not remember individual people," which is possible but is not a sound response when the question concerns a billionaire investor in the room with the governor of the state and the hot new U.S. Senate contender.

Why was Mr. Auchi in the luxury room? Mr. Auchi is known as the Donald Trump of Great Britain, one of the richest men in the world, and he was present in Chicago that night to discuss his partnership with the under-capitalized Mr. Rezko in developing a sixty-two-acre vacant lot along the Chicago River not far from the hotel. At the same time, Mr. Auchi that night was well known as a 2003 convicted felon in France for colluding with French oilmen and government officials in Middle Eastern oil deals. Mr. Auchi was also linked at the time with Mr. Rezko's project, in partnership with a longtime Chicago resident and Rezko classmate, Aihman Alsammarae, who may have been in the room that evening, in building a troubled and eventually failed power plant in the liberated Iraq that left Mr. Alsammarae, as the Paul Bremer appointed Minister of Electricity of Iraq, in an Iraqi jail until he fled the country back to Chicago. Mr. Auchi was also at the time linked with a U.S. investigation into the awarding of a mobile telephone contract in Iraq -- an investigation that failed and required major newspapers in Britain to apologize to the scrupulously litigious Mr. Auchi, who nevertheless remains known in Baghdad as a "Saddam guy."

And yet the handshake by Mr. Obama, a vivid opponent of the Iraq war, did more than look away from the fact that Mr. Auchi had a Baathist party past in Iraq that was associated with Saddam Hussein and a present that was associated with felony in France and unusual schemes in free Iraq. Mr. Obama's handshake also meant that the candidate was willing to entangle himself in the strange connection between Mr. Auchi and Mr. Obama's long time supporter and fund-raiser Mr. Rezko.

That entanglement, assert Bone and Kennedy, began immediately the next year when Mr. Auchi lent Mr. Rezko $3.5 million on May 25, 2005. In the article, these veteran investigative reporters raise the possibility that Mr. Rezko's wife, Rita Rezko, used some of that cash to help Mr. Obama buy his home in the Hyde Park Kenwood section of Chicago, when she, with no credible income or savings of her own, found the means to secure a $500,000 loan and provide another $125,000 in cash to purchase the yard of the estate, and to carry that debt burden at least until December, 2006. This is an explosive assertion by the Times and requires keen confirmation or a full volume refutation by the Obama campaign.

Also, according to the Times, there was more cash coming from Mr. Auchi to Mr. Rezko: another $11 million in September 2005, two months before Mr. Rezko and other “Illinois government officials" wrote letters to the State Department attempting unsuccessfully to gain another visit by Mr. Auchi to Chicago. And then in 2007 came the two most troubling Mr. Auchi cash transfers so far, $3.49 million in April, and another $200,000 in July, both passed to Mr. Rezko via a Beirut bank in a manner surreptitious enough for the Federal re-arrest of the accused Mr. Rezko. Puzzlingly, Mr. Auchi, a man with a reputation as a modest penny-pincher, is said to have transferred in all up to $27.9 million by June of 2007 into the hands of a man whom he first heard of in 2003 and who is now without means of income and with limited prospects.

In sum, Mr. Obama shook hands with a shadowy billionaire who is suspect of making it possible for Mr. Rezko to perform duties that won him the title of "fixer," by the Chicago media. Mr. Auchi's cash in Mr. Rezko's hands may have fixed Mr. Obama's estate in 2005. Mr. Auchi's cash in Mr Rezko's hands may have built the suspect's defense case or sustained it in 2007, a case to refute the government's sweeping charges, brought by U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald of the North District of Illinois, of graft in high places in Illinois politics. And Mr. Auchi's cash in Mr. Rezko's hands could have led, in the U.S. court's opinion as of January 28, 2008, to Mr. Rezko fixing his problem by flight from prosecution to Middle Eastern countries without extradition treaties with the United States.

At this point, if there was an easy explanation for Mr. Obama's handshake and what questions it raises about the candidate's past associations and arrangements, the Obama campaign would already have issued it widely. Mr. Auchi is as high a profile Iraqi-born entrepreneur as may exist, a man who has enjoyed the hand-shakes of U.S. presidents over many years, though not recently, and not right now with the Rezko trial beginning March 3. The next step is to await the not easy explanation, a tale that will prove most fertile in the coming presidential election.

Mr. Batchelor is a veteran novelist, author of seven political romances and a short history of the Republican Party, and host of The John Batchelor Show, now on hiatus.


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: auchi; johnbatchelor; obama

1 posted on 02/26/2008 6:37:34 AM PST by K-oneTexas
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To: K-oneTexas

OBAMAMANIA!


2 posted on 02/26/2008 6:40:00 AM PST by petercooper (Sure, Americans don't want Muslims running a couple U.S. ports, but they're fine with a Muslim Prez.)
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To: K-oneTexas

Follow the money..............


3 posted on 02/26/2008 6:40:14 AM PST by GQuagmire (Giggety,Giggety,Giggety)
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To: K-oneTexas

Why isn’t the New York Times looking into this slime?

Because it is comfortable with slime which has a “D” in front of it. Rather than an “R”.


4 posted on 02/26/2008 6:41:51 AM PST by LowTaxesEqualProsperity
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To: K-oneTexas

It’s no Keating five


5 posted on 02/26/2008 6:43:49 AM PST by SShultz460 (If peace is the answer; it must be a stupid question.)
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To: K-oneTexas

Thanks for the posting on BO’s shady partners in crime.
At least P. Fitzgerald may redeem a bit of his rep if he will take on the Chicago Political Mob...what a nest of snakes there with shades of JFK’s lucky Presidential bid.


6 posted on 02/26/2008 6:46:38 AM PST by iopscusa (El Vaquero. (SC Lowcountry Cowboy))
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To: SShultz460

No, it’s worse


7 posted on 02/26/2008 6:59:12 AM PST by JaneNC (I)
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To: K-oneTexas

The MSM is starting to report on it.

Link to Times article courtesy of Fox

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/us_and_americas/us_elections/article3433485.ece


8 posted on 02/26/2008 6:59:31 AM PST by tobyhill (The media lies so much the truth is the exception)
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To: JaneNC

No it’s not lol. No one will see this, nor care. Prove me wrong, please.


9 posted on 02/26/2008 7:05:55 AM PST by SShultz460 (If peace is the answer; it must be a stupid question.)
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To: K-oneTexas

Obama looks a little glum on TV, even while Dodd is endorsing him.


10 posted on 02/26/2008 7:06:49 AM PST by syriacus (When NIU prof M Falkoff speaks, mayhem follows.. like the riots after his Koran-abuse tales)
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To: K-oneTexas

11 posted on 02/26/2008 7:09:14 AM PST by bmwcyle (I am the watchman on the tower sounding the alarm.)
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To: AliVeritas; holdonnow

PING


12 posted on 02/26/2008 7:12:45 AM PST by sono (The Future Ain't What It Used To Be - Yogi Berra)
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To: K-oneTexas

Obama is leading by winning 10 states , but he hasn’t given Voters anything concrete as to how he is going to improve the economy.

Clinton and Obama are yelling at one another back and forth over issues that have little relevance, Obama looks worse than Clinton while childishly arguing with her.

DemocRATS are incapable of defining their campaigns.

Their attempts are all Anti-Bush Policy Campaign, and now arguing amongst themselves demonstrates what they would do after winning the White House. The campaign has reached its most despicable when puke-faced Ralph Nadar now enters the Presidential Race, after he has demonstrated no concern for the Voters, only himself.

Unfortunately for America McCain is the best Candidate so far unless something close to a miracle occurs and a strong, conservative candidate emerges.


13 posted on 02/26/2008 7:30:31 AM PST by fweingart (Obama-Clinton (A ticket that will change our lives forever!))
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To: GQuagmire
Found this site and just thought I'd pass it along:

Rezko Watch

at http://rezkowatch.blogspot.com/2008/02/follow-money-auchis-money-rezkos-lot.html

 

14 posted on 02/26/2008 8:38:17 AM PST by K-oneTexas (I'm not a judge and there ain't enough of me to be a jury. (Zell Miller, A National Party No More))
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To: K-oneTexas

15 posted on 02/26/2008 8:39:19 AM PST by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: K-oneTexas

Bookmarked.


16 posted on 02/26/2008 8:45:38 AM PST by GQuagmire (Giggety,Giggety,Giggety)
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To: petercooper
Careful there. Cam I get you a glass of water?

An American Expat in Southeast Asia

17 posted on 02/26/2008 8:47:04 AM PST by expatguy ("An American Expat in Southeast Asia" - New & Improved - Now with Search)
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To: dead; potlatch; devolve; NormsRevenge; Grampa Dave; SierraWasp; Marine_Uncle; Gritty; blam; ...

ROFLMAO!!!


18 posted on 02/26/2008 11:54:26 AM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach (No Burkas for my Grandaughters!)
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To: dead

Very well done.


19 posted on 02/26/2008 12:15:43 PM PST by doug from upland (Stopping Hillary should be a FreeRepublic Manhattan Project)
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To: petercooper
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20 posted on 02/26/2008 12:20:52 PM PST by newheart (The Truth? You can't handle the Truth. But He can handle you.)
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To: K-oneTexas

Too complicated for the average American dummy to understand. The media will never run with it and it can’t be reduced to a 10-second sound bite.


21 posted on 02/26/2008 12:21:18 PM PST by gesully (gesully)
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To: petercooper

Obams is a security risk. Not only is he financed by a Baathist, but he wants to derail our national defense.


22 posted on 02/26/2008 12:33:28 PM PST by Pinetop
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To: K-oneTexas
Related link....

Did Saddam Figure's Millions Influence Obama? (There's more to Rezko than just slumlording...)

23 posted on 02/26/2008 12:35:42 PM PST by mewzilla (In politics the middle way is none at all. John Adams)
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To: K-oneTexas

OBAMA PING.


24 posted on 02/26/2008 1:57:41 PM PST by WOSG (The 4-fold path to save America - Think right, act right, speak right, vote right!)
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To: newheart; pookie18

25 posted on 02/26/2008 1:59:32 PM PST by reagan_fanatic (Obama and Hillary - it's right there in black and white)
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http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/1975585/posts?page=5#5

DNC to file FEC complaint against McCain[Public Financing]
The Hill | 24 Feb 2008 | Sam Youngman
Posted on 02/24/2008 3:54:03 PM EST by BGHater
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1975597/posts

Democrats seek FEC probe of McCain
AP/Yahoo | 2-24-08 | Jim Kuhnhenn
Posted on 02/25/2008 1:43:51 AM EST by STARWISE
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1975779/posts

Dean says McCain skirts election law with campaign loan
CNN | Feb. 24, 2008 | by Alex Mooney
Posted on 02/25/2008 4:13:24 AM EST by jdm
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1975799/posts

Democrats to Seek FEC Investigation of McCain Financing
Associated Press via Fox News | February 25, 2008
Posted on 02/25/2008 6:14:07 AM EST by Kaslin
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1975823/posts

Democrats file complaint against McCain
(One small snag - FEC cannot convene a quorum)
TV7-4 | 2/25/08
Posted on 02/25/2008 6:24:45 PM EST by Libloather
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1976146/posts

Barack Obama’s Glass House
IBD | February 25, 2008
Posted on 02/25/2008 8:17:41 PM EST by Kaslin
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1976215/posts

Obama’s Chicago-style Politics [FEC fiasco]
NRO | 2/25/08 | Patrick Ruffini
Posted on 02/26/2008 11:23:37 AM EST by Slings and Arrows
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1976504/posts

Typical Chicago Politics Will Come Back To Haunt Obama
(New Revelations from London)
Flopping Aces | Feb 26, 2008 9:24 am | Curt
Posted on 02/26/2008 2:59:34 PM EST by Ernest_at_the_Beach
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1976626/posts


26 posted on 02/27/2008 8:11:15 AM PST by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/___________________Profile updated Tuesday, February 19, 2008)
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To: pookie18

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/1976445/posts?page=15#15
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/1976445/posts?page=20#20
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/1976445/posts?page=25#25


27 posted on 02/27/2008 8:14:52 AM PST by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/___________________Profile updated Tuesday, February 19, 2008)
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To: SunkenCiv

Thanks...didn’t have the middle one.


28 posted on 02/27/2008 8:26:36 AM PST by pookie18 (Of course I'm voting for the Republican nominee!)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Regardless of what is brought out about Obama’s dealings with questionable or proven criminal activities, he will be protected. Can’t upset the apple cart this late in the game.


29 posted on 02/27/2008 10:36:38 AM PST by Marine_Uncle (Duncan Hunter was our best choice...)
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To: SunkenCiv

Typical Chicago Politics Will Come Back To Haunt Obama
(New Revelations from London)
Flopping Aces | Feb 26, 2008 9:24 am | Curt
Posted on 02/26/2008 2:59:34 PM EST by Ernest_at_the_Beach
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1976626/posts

Thank-you SunkenCiv and Ernest_at_the_Beach,I thought the thread ‘Typical Chicago Politics Will Come Back To Haunt Obama ( New Revelations from London )’was so crucial to what is being suppressed in the US media, I copied it to this thread.
The link you supplied from www.freedomsenemies.com so succintly says what I have been preaching for almost a year,I felt it needed to be posted again!

**********EXCERPT*********
Barack Hussein Obama is an African-American who has not shared the black American experience and was, by birth and blood, a Muslim for at least 27 years. His politics are rooted in Marx, socialism and Alinsky. He is a master at shaping his own mythology and completely unqualified to be Commander in Chief.

Thanks to both SunkenCiv and Ernest_at_the_Beach!


30 posted on 02/27/2008 3:23:40 PM PST by MaggieMay (A blank tag is a terrible thing to waste)
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To: K-oneTexas

Bookmarked.


31 posted on 02/27/2008 3:26:40 PM PST by Stentor
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To: GQuagmire

The Media is sure not shy in looking into McCains fund raising and past so called favors ,WHERE IS THE SAME SCRUTINY FOR BARACK HUSSEIN OBAMA?


32 posted on 02/27/2008 3:35:16 PM PST by ballplayer
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach; dead

Ernest, thanks so much for pinging me to ‘dead’s’ animation in post #15. It is a fantastic gif!!


33 posted on 02/27/2008 6:38:54 PM PST by potlatch
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To: K-oneTexas

Please wait to pick on Obama until HRC is over.


34 posted on 02/27/2008 6:40:00 PM PST by Jim Noble (I've got a home in Glory Land that outshines the sun)
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To: gesully

It’s not that hard

Obama: Bought and Paid for by Dead Dictator’s Bag Man.


35 posted on 02/27/2008 7:17:10 PM PST by bioqubit
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To: bioqubit

more complicated would be the equally accurate title...

The spirit of Saddam Hussein lives on in Barak Hussein Osama. Just took a little money to make the connection. Instead of spiritual mediumship, it’s political mediumship.


36 posted on 02/27/2008 7:23:06 PM PST by bioqubit
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
I have thought about this article in the Washington Post many times,here is a quote: "Still, the mostly conservative retired officers, industry executives and current defense officials interviewed by The Washington Times cite Mr. Obama’s lack of experience in national security. “We’re very concerned about his apparent lack of understanding on the threat of radical Islam to the United States,” said retired Air Force Lt. Gen. Thomas McInerney, who is pro-Iraq war and a Fox News analyst. “A lot of retired senior officers feel the same way."”

Mr. Obama also has stirred concern in national security circles by pledging to talk to the leaders of rogue nations, such as Iran and North Korea, without preconditions.

http://www.washingtontimes.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080226/NATION/476716884/1001

When I look at Obama and think of the patriots in the Pentagon,I worry what crisis's he will foist on our national security. You know history is littered with likes of cult figures like Obama who have spawned military coups in unstable governments. I apologize for my rather alarmist post but for over a year I have preached that Obama just cannot be our commander in chief. And it seems my nightmare is coming true.JMO

37 posted on 02/28/2008 6:50:55 AM PST by MaggieMay (A blank tag is a terrible thing to waste)
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