Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Obama's Kenya Connection, Part II

We've seen how Obama's political colleague, Muslim-backed Kenyan extremist, Raila Odinga, used violence and massacres to force his way into the Prime Minister's post after he lost last year's presidential election to Mwai Kibaki.

Meanwhile, American writer Jerome Corsi, who's just published a book critical of barack Obama, was forcibly detained last week in Kenya, held incommunicado for many hours, and thrown out of the country under extremely suspicious circumstances. It now appears that Kenyan officials detained Corsi at gunpoint so as to forestall Corsi revealing at a news conference what he’d learned of “Barack Obama's unexplored political connections with a repressive regime.” ("Kenya's Corsi caper").

The revelations are believed to have included facts about now-Prime Minister Odinga.

According to Joseph Farah at WorldNet Daily, (where Corsi is a senior staff reporter), there was no justifiable reason to accuse Coris of violating immigration laws during his visit:

Corsi made no secret of his mission in Kenya. He announced his intentions upon arriving in the country. He disclosed on his customs forms the purpose of his business trip. He met with some of the nation's top officials, sharing with them his objectives. He didn't travel around the country covertly. His every move was watched. Operating in a potentially unsafe environment, he understood there was more safety in the light than in the shadows.

Everything went just fine until it was time to announce his findings at a press conference. That's when Kenyan authorities determined it would be just too much for their prime minister to be implicated in wrongdoing on Kenyan soil.

I'm not sure what their intentions were when they grabbed Corsi on Tuesday. I'm not sure if they expected to release him a few hours later. I'm not even sure if they were thinking that far ahead. The important thing, it seems, was to stop him from holding that press conference.

I can tell you that
many thousands of dollars in bribes had to be paid to officials to get them to release Corsi and his traveling partner and publicist, Tim Bueler. What would have happened if that money had not changed hands? We'll never know.

I can also tell you that all of the major media accounts of the critical events leading up to Corsi's release were inaccurate and biased in ways that were astonishing to me as a journalist.

By way of example of this weak reporting, the AP reported Corsi’s detention this way on October 7th:

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — The American author of a best-selling book attacking Barack Obama as unfit for the presidency was being deported from Kenya on Tuesday, a criminal investigations official said.

Jerome Corsi, who wrote "The Obama Nation: Leftist Politics and the Cult of Personality," was picked up by police Tuesday for not having a work permit, said Carlos Maluta, a senior immigration official in charge of investigations.

He was briefly detained at immigration headquarters before being brought to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport for deportation, said Joseph Mumira, head of criminal investigations at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport.
(“Kenya deporting US author of anti-Obama book”).

Note how easy the AP goes on such reporting fundamentals as “how” and “why?” It seems enough for the AP to merely point out that Corsi had written a book critical of Obama, and was therefore detained and deported after a criminal investigation. Hey, the crime of criticizing Obama in Kenya speaks for itself, right?

According to Corsi’s own account of it, which he told to Farah by cell phone as soon as he was let go, he was “held without food, stripped of his passport and cell phone and denied the opportunity to make any calls or talk to the press.”

Nor, apparently, was he allowed to talk to anyone from the American Consul. No visit from the Consul or comment by them is mentioned in any of the stories, though Corsi's detention was being reported almost as it was happening, so someone at the consulate had to have had notice of it. I’d like to know where they were in all this?

Nonetheless, it appears that law-enforcement based Barack Obama Truth Squads are active on at least two continents. (So far no detentions reported in Missouri).

Much as I hate to say it, it is looking increasingly possible that Obama is going to be our next President. If Odinga and his thugs are a sample of the kind of friends he’s been promising to make for us around the world, then God save us all.

And what are Obama and Odinga so worried about coming to light?

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