Posted by: rshalomw | October 31, 2008


Barack Obama and the people who want him in power have done a masterful job in disguising his radical-left friendships and acquaintances he has.  The groups that are a threat to America are salivating at the thought of him becoming President. The America that the majority of Americans know and love is in terminal danger if Obama were to become President.  Read the Schwarz Report to learn of the evil that wants to squash out truth and light.

Barack Obama’s Chicago Connection
Part II
by Cliff Kincaid
continued on following page
“After hearing about Barack Obama’s ties to the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, Bill
Ayers, Bernardine Dohrn, Fr. Michael Pfleger, and militant activists of ACORN
(the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now), it should
be clear to everyone that his extremist roots run deep. But the presumptive
Democratic presidential nominee has yet another connection with the world of
far-Left radicalism. Obama has long been linked—through foundation grants,
shared polticial activism, collaboration on legislation and tactics, and mutual
praise and support—with the Chicago-based Gamaliel Foundation, one of the
least known yet most influential national umbrella groups for church-based
“community organizers.”
—Stanley Kurtz, National Review, September 1, 2008, p. 32
“The same separatist, anti-American theology of liberation that was so
boldly and bitterly proclaimed by Obama’s pastor is shared, if more quietly, by
Obama’s Gamaliel colleagues. The operative word here is “quietly.” Gamliel
specializes in ideological stealth, and Obama, a master student of Gamaliel
strategy, shows disturbing signs of being a sub rosa radical himself. Obama’s
legislative tactics, as well as his persistent profession of non-ideological pragmatism,
appear to be inspired by his radical mentors’ most sophisticated tactics.
Not only has Obama studied, taught and apparently absorbed stealth techniques
from racidal groups like Gamaliel and ACORN, but in his position as a board
member of Chicago’s supposedly nonpartisan Woods Fund, he quietly funneled
money to his radial allies—at the very moment he most needed their support to
boost his political career. It’s high time for these shadowy, perhaps improper,
ties to receive a dose of sunlight.
The connections are numerous, Gregory Galluzzo, Gamaliel’s co-founder
and executive director, served as a trainer and mentor during Obama’s mid-1980s
organizing days in Chicago. The Developing Communites Project, which first
hired Obama, is part of the Gamaliel network. Obama became a consultant and
eventually a trainer of community organizers for Gamaliel. (He also served as
a trainer for ACORN.) And he has kept up his ties with Gamaliel during his
time in the U.S. Sentate.
—Stanley Kurtz, National Review, September 1, 2008, p. 32
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Barack Obama’s Chicago
Connection, Part II
by Cliff Kincaid
Provding a modern example of the “Red diaper baby”
syndrome, Chesa Boudin, the son of Kathy Boudin and
David Gilbert, was raised by Dohrn and Ayers because his
parents had gone to prison. Chesa Boudin went to Yale,
where he was a leader of the Yale Coalition for Peace. He
was selected as a Rhodes Scholar and is a big fan of “The
Venezuelan Revolution,” which just happens to be in the
title of a book that he co-authored that is sympathetic to the
brand of communism being promoted by Hugo Chavez.
He reportedly lived in Venezuela so he could support the
Chavez government. “To our fathers and mothers, who
brought politics to our lives,” says the acknowledgements.
They sure did.
Computer documents seized from the Revolutionary
Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) and authenticated by
INTERPOL demonstrate that the communist narco-terrorist
group has been receiving support from Chavez. The
documents also show that an agent of the FARC referred
to “the proposal of the gringos,” explained by FARC
foreign minister Raul Reyes as a reference to the “new
president of their country” being Obama, who opposes a
free trade agreement with Colombia and the U.S. military
aid program for its anti-communist government.
One has to wonder who those “gringos” are. More
investigations have to be conducted into this serious
We do know that on the wall outside of Ayers’ university
office is a big poster advertising Ayers’ appearance
at a conference in Venezuela. This is apparently a reference
to the “World Education Forum” in Venezuela, in
which Ayers delivered a talk that was translated by Chesa
Boudin. Ayers told the group: “This is my fourth visit
to Venezuela, each time at the invitiation of my comrade
and friend Luis Bonilla, a brilliant eductor and inspiring
fighter for justice. Luis has taught me a great deal about
the Bolivarian Revolution and about the profound educational
reforms underway here in Venezuela under the
leadership of President Chavez. We share the belief that
education is the motor-force of revolution, and I’ve come
to appreciate Luis as a major asset in both the Venezuelan
and the international struggle—I look forward to seeing
how he and all of you continue to overcome the failings
of capitalist education as you seek to create something
truly new and deeply humane.”
Chesa Boudin is an editor of Letters from Young Activists,
a 2005 book about a new “movement” for “progressive
social change” that includes a preface from Bernardine
Dohrn, who praises the “young militants” for trying
to change the world. The book includes an endorsement
from convicted cop-killer Mumia Abu-Jamal and gives
thanks to “lifelong activist and educator Bill Ayers.”
“Dear Dad,” writes Chesa Boudin in a letter published
in the book. He tells his father, convicted and incarcerated
terrorist David Gilbert, that “Che Guevara would have
described your revolutionary spirit as guided by love.”
Before they became members of the Weather Underground,
Ayers and Dohrn were officials of the Students
for a Democratic Society (SDS), an openly communist
group that engaged in anti-police violence on the streets
of Chicago in 1968 and 1969 and on college campuses.
During the “Days of Rage” in October of 1969 on the
streets of Chicago, 287 arrests were reported on charges
ranging from resisting arrest to disorderly conduct and
aggravated battery and 59 police officers were injured.
Ayers and Dohrn were indicted on federal riot charges.
Examples of SDS pamphlets and literature demonstrate
its communist orientation.
The Weather Underground Organization (WUO),
which was spawned by the SDS, was openly dedicated
to world communism and had links to hostile foreign
powers. An FBI report noted the “foreign influences”
on the WUO and said the organization was “carrying out
the policies and purposes” of the communist Vietnamese
and Cuban governments. The FBI said that the “Venceremos
Brigade” trips to Cuba were organized by the WUO
“with the encouragement and instructions of the Cuban
In short, there was Cuban direction of this communist
terrorist group.
“We’re revolutionary communists,” Ayers himself
said in 1969. That same year, Ayers was a presenter at
an “Experimental Education Seminar” at the Washington,
D.C. headquarters of the controversial Institute for Policy
Studies (IPS), the pro-Marxist think tank that supported
CIA defector Philip Agee and Communist regimes such
as Cuba and North Vietnam.
The IPS was the subject of the 1988 book, Covert
Cadre, by S. Steven Powell, with an introduction by David
Horowitz, the reformed far leftist. AIM editor Reed
Irvine described Horowitz’s introduction as almost worth
the price of the book itself because he explained how
the IPS is “populated by people who are laying siege to
democracy’s defenses and crippling its resistance to the
totalitarian advance.”
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Perhaps the most controversial figure ever associated
with IPS, next to Ayers, was Orlando Letelier, the former
top official of the Marxist Salvador Allende government
in Chile. He was an associate fellow of IPS and director
of the IPS international branch, the Transnational Institute.
He was exposed by papers found in his briefcase
after his murder in 1976 to have been secretly promoting
communist goals, with the assistance of Cuba.
Very little has been said by Obama and his campaign
about the relationship with Ayers. “This is a guy who
lives in my neighborhood, who’s a professor of English
in Chicago who I know and who I have not received some
official endorsement from,” Obama said. “He’s not somebody
who I exchange ideas from on a regular basis. And
the notion that somehow as a consequence of me knowing
somebody who engaged in detestable acts 40 years ago,
when I was 8 years old, somehow reflects on me and my
values doesn’t make much sense.”
Obama campaign strategist David Axelrod told Politico’s
Ben Smith, “Bill Ayers lives in his neighborhood.
Their kids attend the same school. …They’re certainly
friendly, they know each other, as anyone whose kids go
to school together.”
There has been no explanation of why Ayers et al.
played a role in launching Obama’s political career.
In fact, as Obama surely knows, Ayers is a “Distinguished
Professor of Education” and “Senior University
Scholar” at the University of Illinois at Chicago in the
College of Education. He’s not a professor of English.
Not so coincidentally, members of the SDS such as
Ayers and Dohrn were becoming members of the Weather
Underground and engaging in numerous bombings and
other violence as the case of Charles Manson and his
“family” emerged in 1969. Manson had taken a group
of young people, subjected them to heavy drug use, and
ordered them to commit mass murder. On the Weather
Underground and their drug use, Ayers writes in his own
book, Fugitive Days, “Marijuana was available everywhere—
every party, every gathering, every meeting.’
Dohrn went further, praising the psychopath Manson as
a true “revolutionary,” adding, “First they killed those pigs
[i.e. the victims, including a pregnant movie actress],then
they ate dinner in the same room with them. Then they
even shoved a fork into one’s stomach. Wild.”
In her “Declaration of a State War,” Dohrn said, “We
fight in many ways. Dope is one of our weapons. The
laws against marijuana mean that millions of us are outlaws
long before we actually split. Guns and grass are
united in the youth underground.”
The pro-Manson comments were delivered by Dohrn
at a national SDS “War Council” in December of 1969.
Those in attendance included SDS leader Mark Rudd, who
also gave a speech. Rudd was the subject of an April 27,
2008, sympathetic article in the Washington Post about
a Columbia ’68 “reunion” of SDS members and student
radicals who had taken over campus buildings. Lee Bollinger,
president of Columbia and a board member of the
Post, delivered a welcoming address and participated in
a panel discussion.
The Post article about the event neglected to mention
that Rudd had been to Communist Cuba before he led
the riots and the takeover of Columbia University. Rudd
wrote an SDS pamphlet, titled simply Columbia, which
declared that during the “occupation” of Columbia University,
“It was no accident that we hung up pictures of Karl
Marx and Malcom X and Che Guevara and flew red flags
from the tops of two buildings.” The pamphlet concluded
with a quotation from Communist Chinese mass murderer
Mao Tse-Tung, “Dare to struggle, dare to win.”
In this context, FBI information shows that the Weathermen
sent a letter to Anna Louise Strong in China in
1969. It was from Strong, Ayers says in his book, that
they received a huge German printing press that the Black
Panthers used to print their newspapers and posters.
Not surprisingly, Strong was extremely pro-communist.
“Anna Louise Strong was an American radical
who went to the Soviet Union in 1921,” the AIM Report
pointed out. “For the next 29 years she served as a faithful
flack for the Soviet regime. She was one of Stalin’s most
faithful foreign sycophants, zigging when he zigged and
zagging when he zagged. In 1949, Stalin grew weary of
her, and she was jailed briefly as a spy. She was expelled
from the ‘workers’ paradise’ and had to return to the land
of her birth. She suffered in this ‘exile,’ because the
Stalinists treated her as a traitor to the cause.” She later
went to China.
Strangely, Rudd claims on his web page that he spoke
to a terrorism class at the FBI Training Academy during
the summer of 2005 at the invitation of a top FBI official.
“My Talk at the FBI Training Academy in Quantico, VA”
is the headline over Rudd’s entry on his website. He says
he was invited by FBI Special Agent Andrew Bringuel.
This was confirmed by Kurt Crawford of the FBI Academy
Public Affairs Office.
Another former SDS official, Paul Booth, contributed
financially to Obama’s Senate campaign and serves
as executive assistant to the president of the American
Federation of State, Country and Municipal Employees
(AFSCME) and “organizing director” of the union. Federal
Election Commission records also show contributions
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to the Democratic National Committee, the Democratic
Senatorial Campaign Committee, the Democratic Congressional
Campaign Committee, and various Democratic
candidates, including John Kerry for President in 2004.
His wife, Heather Booth, founded a Chicago-based organization,
the Midwest Academy, in 1973, which is dedicated
to training “progressive” activists.
Dohrn is now a Clinical Associate Professor in the
Bluhm Legal Clinic at Northwestern School of Law and
an adjunct faculty member of the University of Illinois/
Chicago in the Department of Criminal Justice. Her curriculum
vitae shows participation in several American
Bar Association (ABA) events and even a Department of
Justice conference. She was involved in a “Peace Studies
Program” at Colgate University and served on the board
of the “Peace Museum” in Chicago, an entity currently
funded by the Playboy Foundation.
Most interesting, however, are her appearances at
events sponsored by the Open Society Institute (OSI) of
billionaire leftist George Soros. The Baltimore, Maryland,
branch of the OSI on May 12, 2004, hosted Dohrn at a
forum on criminal justice issues and discipline in schools.
In 1999, Dohrn participated in an OSI event at New York
University on “families in a free society,” with a focus on
welfare reform and child welfare. (Another WUO member,
Linda Evans, was given a Soros grant to “increase
civic participation of former prisoners.”)
An objective observer might conclude that Ayers,
Dohrn and their comrades are now dedicated to creating
a new student and youth movement, like the one they participated
in which eventually developed into a full-blown
terrorist organization that killed our fellow citizens and
tried to eliminate the “Thin Blue Line” of police separating
us from the criminals. In this new crusade, they not
only have an inspiring leader, Barack Obama, who attracts
young people with his promise of “change,” but a moneybags
names Soros, who has funded causes such as rights
for convicted felons and legalization of dope.
“I have very high regard for Hillary Clinton, but I think
Obama has the charisma and the vision to radically reorient
America in the world,” Soros recently told Judy Woodruff
of Bloomberg Television. “I think that he has shown
to be a really unusual person.” On April 8, according to
Politico’s Ben Smith, Soros hosted a dinner that spawned
a new group, Progressive Media USA, which plans on
spending $40 million to defeat Senator John McCain’s
presidential bid and ensure the election of the Democratic
candidate, which Soros hopes will be Obama.
The Dohrn connection should be even more controversial
than that of Ayers. From 1984-1988, Dorhn worked at
Sidley & Austin, a law firm, which is also where Obama
and his wife Michelle worked and met. “For three years
after law school, Michelle worked as an associate in the
area of marketing and intellectual property at Chicago
law firm Sidley & Austin, where she met Barack Obama,”
the official Obama campaign website reports. But it says
nothing about meeting or knowing Dohrn.
Many members of the WUO, including Dohrn, traveled
to Cuba, sometimes to meet with the Vietnamese
communists, and others went directly to Hanoi, North
Vietnam. One of their stated objectives was to prevent
the U.S. from stopping a communist takeover of Vietnam.
They succeeded, with the acquiescence of a liberal
Congress, which cut off U.S. aid to the South Vietnamese
government, and more than 58,000 American soldiers
died in vain. The collapse of the South Vietnamese government
paved the way for communist “re-education”
campus housing hundreds of thousands of people, with
many more thousands escaping as “boat people.” The
communist Khmer Rouge proceeded to take control of
neighboring Cambodia and 1-2 million were slaughtered
or forced to die there.
All of this had been predicted. The Human Cost of
Communism in Vietnam, a hearing conducted by the Senate
Subcommittee on Internal Security in 1972, included
predictions of a bloodbath if the Communists won. A
government report submitted to a Congressional committee
in 1974 had documented the brutality of the Khmer
Rouge in areas of the country under its control. But the
report received little media attention.
“I’m not so much against the war as I am for a Vietnamese
victory,” say Ayers in his book. “I’m not so much
for peace as for a U.S. defeat.” They got their wish.
From the start, communism, even communist money,
was part of the SDS.
Investigations into financing for the SDS determined
that Howard (Jeff) Melish was the “accountant” for the
SDS and that his father, William Howard Melish, had
been identified as a member of the CPUSA. The New
York Times noted that William Howard Melish oversaw
the awarding of the Stalin Peace Prize, described as the
communists’ alternative to the Nobel Peace Prize, in 1953.
He had also been a member of the board of the National
Council of American-Soviet Friendship.
An FBI memorandum from the time of the planned
SDS demonstrations in connection with the August 1968
Democratic National Convention described a working
relationship, including a financial connection, between the
CPUSA and the “new left,” defined as including the SDS
and the National Mobilization Committee to End the War
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in Vietnam. The CPUSA was funded from Moscow.
The House Committee on Un-American Activities conducted
a hearing, “Subversive Involvement in Disruption
of 1968 Democratic Party National Convention,” which
featured Obama friend and supporter Dr. Quentin Young as
a witness.
Young had served with the “Medical Committee for
Human Rights,” the organization that provided treatment for
anti-Vietnam War protesters injured in the demonstrations in
Chicago in August 1968, and was asked if he had paid $1000
of $1500 due for the rent of the National Mobilization Committee.
This group was described by staff counsel as “the
principal organizer and coordinating agency for the disruptions
which took place in Chicago during the Democratic
Convention.” Young said he had lent $1000 “to somebody
which was promptly paid back in cash over a 2-day period.”
The “somebody” was identified as Rennie Davis of the National
Mobilization Committee and the SDS.
Asked directly if he were a member of the CPUSA,
he refused to answer, saying it was “irrelevant.” Later,
the counsel for the committee declared, “Dr. Young, the
committee had received information that you have been a
member of the Communist Party, specifically, a member of
the doctors’ club of the party on the North Side of Chicago,
a club that was called the Bethune Club.” Again, Young
refused to answer, saying only that he would exercise his
“First Amendment” and “other protections.” Staff Counsel
Chester Smith went on to ask whether Young served as a
member of the governing council of the Medical Committee
for Human Rights “pursuant to a plan or directive of
the Communist Party.” Eventually, he replied, “No.”
Young was identified as a participant in a 1969
Washington, D.C. conference of the National Coalition
to Abolish the House Committee on Un-American Activities/
House Internal Security Committee. Young was also
identified as a plaintiff in a constitutional challenge of the
committee’s authority. The featured speakers at the event
included Frank Wilkinson, a CPUSA member who served
a term in federal prison for contempt of the House Committee
on Un-American Activities, SDS member Mike
Klonsk, and David Dellinger of the National Mobilization
Committee to End the War in Vietnam.
Young’s participation in the coronation of Obama at
the Ayers/Dohrn house was no accident. An FBI report
on the Weather Underground described Young as “a Chicago
physician and avowed radical who knew Bernardine
[Dohrn] and other Weathermen both as doctor and
friend…” Young met with Dohrn after her return from
Havana, Cuba, where she met with Communist Vietnamese
officials. Young is quoted as saying about her, “Bernardine
went down there already influenced by Cuba and in
a state of romantic anticipation. She was at the top of her
thermometer going down. I talked to her, sort of debriefed
her, when she came back. There is no doubt that her views
were buttressed by what she saw and heard down there.”
The report went on to say that, “Other Weathermen
were similarly keyed up, said Young, who is proud that two
of his children have journeyed to Cuba to cut cane or pick
Tom Hayden, another major figure in the SDS, is today
one of four principal initiators of the “Progressives for
Obama” movement.
In 1970, the House Committee on Internal Security
reproduced a June 4, 1968, letter that Hayden had sent to a
North Vietnam Communist official by the name of “Col.
Lao” informing him that a “Mr. Robert Greenblatt” was the
coordinator of the National Mobilization to End the War in
Vietnam and that he “works closely with myself and Dave
Dellinger, and has just returned from Hanoi.” The letter
from Hayden was signed, “Good fortune! Victory!”
In the words of the chairman, Rep. Richard H. Ichord,
the report identified how the New Mobilization Committee
had “operated from its inception with significant domestic
and international communist support.”
The report said that a “large percentage” of the delegates
to the founding conference of the New Mobilization Committee
were “members of the Communist Party USA; the
Trotskyist communist Socialist Workers Party; the Young
Socialist Alliance, youth and training section of the SWP;
and the Student Mobilization Committee to end the War in
Vietnam, an organization controlled by the YSA.”
Another leading SDS member, Carl Davidson, is another
Obama supporter. He is a member of “Progressives
for Obama.” As noted by Trevor Loudon, a New Zealand
blogger, “Around 1992 Davidson joined hundreds of former
Maoists, Trotskyists and about a third of the Communist
Party USA in a new Marxist coalition—the Committee
of Correspondence [for Democracy and Socialism].” He
adds, “Davidson was an ardent supporter of Obama for
several years and helped organize the famous peace rally
in Chicago in where Obama pinned his colors to the anti-
Iraq war cause.” Todd Gitlin, another SDS leader who is
now a Professor of Journalism and Sociology at Columbia
University, is also with “Progressives for Obama.”
Mark Solomon of the Committees of Correspondence
for Democracy and Socialism (CCDS), who served as the
former national chairperson of the U.S. Peace Council
and a Presidential Committee member of the World Peace
Council, declared: “The most important element in the
rise of Barack Obama is that his candidacy is built upon
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a potentially powerful new movement capable of forging
a progressive majority in the nation’s politics. … While
neither Clinton nor Obama comes close to challenging US
imperialism, Obama has signaled willingness to meet with
US opponents and has voiced an openness to take major
steps toward nuclear disarmament. Despite the fact that
neither candidate has offered a coherent vision of their
foreign policies, it is nevertheless in that realm that the
differences between Clinton and Obama are sharpest, with
Obama calling for an end to the outrages of Abu Ghraib
and Guantanamo and the restoration of multilateral cooperation
in seeking to stabilize a dangerous world.”
One of the co-chairs of the CCDS is Leslie Cagan,
whose bio still identifies her as having served for 7 years
as Director of the Cuba Information Project, where she
coordinated the largest U.S. Delegation to Cuba for the
World Festival of Youth and Students in 1997. It notes
that her current position is chairperson of “United for
Peace and Justice,” a “peace organization” that organizes
demonstrations against U.S. involvement in the war in
Iraq. The bio does not mention that she was on one of
the first “Venceremos Brigades” to Cuba.
Former congressional investigator Herbert Romerstein,
an expert on communist activities, said most of the
members of the Committees of Correspondence came
out of the CPUSA, where they functioned as stooges of
the Soviet Union until the fall of that dictatorship. He
said it has “a close working relationship with the Stalinist
remnants in the former East Germany, now called the
Party of Democratic Socialism…” Romerstein said these
were the people who ran the concentration camps and the
Communist Party apparatus in East Germany. Romerstein
said that after the 9/11 terrorist attacks Cagan organized
the first meeting to plan opposition to any United States
military action against those responsible.
Still another SDS official, Robert Avakian, became the
leader of the Revolutionary Communist Party (RCP). His
bio declares: “A veteran of the Free Speech Movement
and the revolutionary upsurges of the 1960s and early
1970s, he worked closely with the Black Panther Party.
By the mid-1970s, he emerged as the foremost Maoist
revolutionary in the United States. He has guided the
RCP since its formation in 1975 and is a major leader of
the international communist movement. Over the last 25
years, Avakian has produced a highly significant body of
work, and he approaches Marxism as a living, developing
science that must be constantly interrogating itself.”
In addition to their sympathy for communism, the SDS
and the WUO had sympathies for Arab terrorist groups.
According to Larry Grathwohl, the FBI informer inside the
organization, the Weathermen started a newpaper called
The First Next Time, which ran an article “on the Arab
guerillas’ fight against the Zionist Jews for Palestine.”
The article described Israel as a “colonial-type creature
imposed by forces outside the area” and the Jewish masses
“being led by Zionism toward another disaster.”
Ayers’ book Fugitive Days includes an endorsement
on the book flap from the late Edward W. Said, a figure
who came under surveillance by the FBI because of his
involvement with U.S.-based Palestinian political and pro-
Arab organizations. Said praised the Ayers book, saying,
“What makes Fugitive Days unique is its unsparing detail
and its marvelous human coherence and integrity. Bill
Ayers’s America and his family background, his education,
his political awakening, his anger and involvement,
his anguished re-emergence from the shadows: all these
are rendered in their truth without a trace of nostalgia or
‘second thinking.’ For anyone who cares about the sorry
mess we are in, this book is essential, indeed necessary,
Said was an associate of Barack Obama as well.
The website called “Electronic Intifada” includes photos
of Obama and his wife with Said at a dinner in May 1998.
The author of a posted article, Ali Abunimah, says
that he knew Obama personally before he started running
for national office and became pro-Israel. He says:
“Over the years since I first saw Obama speak I met him
about half a dozen times, often at Palestinian and Arab-
American community events in Chicago including a May
1998 communist fundraiser at which Edward Said was
the keynote speaker. In 2000, when Obama unsuccessfully
ran for Congress I heard him speak at a campaign
fundraiser hosted by a University of Chicago professor.
On that occasion and others Obama was forthright in his
criticism of US policy and his call for an even-handed
approach to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.
“The last time I spoke to Obama was in the winter of
2004 at a gathering in Chicago’s Hyde Park neighborhood.
He was in the midst of a primary campaign to secure the
Democratic nomination for the United States Senate seat he
now occupies. But at that time polls showed him trailing.
“As he came in from the cold and took off his coat,
I went up to greet him. He responded warmly, and
volunteered, ‘Hey, I’m sorry I haven’t said more about
Palestine right now, but we are in a tough primary race.
I’m hoping when things calm down I can be more up
front.’ He referred to my activism, including columns I
was contributing to the The Chicago Tribune critical of
Israeli and US policy, ‘Keep up the good work!’”
Ayers’ office door and wall feature various pieces of
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leftist propaganda, including a picture of Palestinians
said to be at risk of being killed by an American-made
missile supplied to Israel. Rob Malley, a Middle East
policy advisor to Obama, resigned after news surfaced
that he had been meeting with the terrorist group Hamas.
And Obama’s ties to Rashid Khalidi, the pro-Palestinian
Edward Said Professor of Arab Studies at Columbia
University, have also been controversial.
Ayers and Dohrn and other WUO figures were not
prosecuted because of alleged FBI misconduct in trying
to apprehend the fugitives. In fact, FBI officials W. Mark
Felt and Edward S. Miller were indicted and convicted
for trying to capture them. However, on April 15, 1981,
President Ronald Reagan granted full and unconditional
pardons, saying, in part: “Messrs. Felt and Miller followed
procedures they believed essential to keep the Director
of the FBI, the Attorney General, and the President
of the United States advised of the activities of hostile
foreign powers and their collaborators in this country.”
Questions naturally persist about the State Senator
Alice Palmer’s links to foreign powers. But Obama would
go on to receive another important endorsement with international
implications. New Ground, the newsletter of
the Chicago Democratic Socialists of America (DSA), said
that Obama deserved the Democratic nomination for the
Illinois Senate 13th District. DSA describes itself as the
largest socialist organization in the United States and the
principal U.S. affiliate of the Socialist International. The
Socialist International (SI) has what is called “consultant
status” with the United Nations. In other words, it works
hand-in-glove with the world body.
Chicago DSA described Obama this way: “Mr. Obama
graduated from Columbia University and promptly went
into community organizing for the Developing Communities
Project in Roseland and Altgeld Gardens on the far
south side of Chicago. He went on to Harvard University,
where he was editor of the Harvard Law Review. He graduated
with a law degree. In 1992, he was Director of Illinois
Project Vote, a voter registration campaign that made Carol
Moseley Braun’s election to the U.S. Senate much easier
than it would have been. At present, he practices law in
Judson Miner’s law firm and is President of the board of
the Annenburg Challenge Grant which is distributing some
$50 million in grants to public school reform efforts.”
On his curriculum vitae, Ayers identifies himself as the
co-founder and grant writer of the Annenberg Challenge
Grant of $49,200,000 and the one who obtained this and
other grants for “the support of the Small Schools Workshop
and/or the Chicago forum for School Change at the
University of Illinois at Chicago…” Ayers also says that
he obtained grants from the Chicago-based MacArthur
foundation, the Joyce Foundation, and the Woods Fund,
on whose board he sat with Obama.
In light of these facts, the question has been raised
as to whether or not Obama was working for Ayers. This
would help explain why the communist terrorist had
become a member of the Chicago establishment and so
important to Obama’s political career. More investigation
is needed into this.
The director of the Small School Workshop is another
former member of SDS, Michael Klonsky, who now
describes himself as “an education writer, teacher and
researcher.” Both Ayers and Klonsky were consultants
to Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley’s public school
educational reform agenda.
During a talk at the Movement for a Democratic
Society conference at Loyola University in Chicago
on November 10, 2007, Klonsky said that his parents
had been members of the CPUSA. “I was born into the
Communist Party,” he said. He said his father, Robert
Klonsky, had joined the communist-sponsored Abraham
Lincoln Brigades in the Spanish civil war. “You do what
the party says,” he explained. His parents admired Soviet
dictator Joseph Stalin until Soviet ruler Nikita Khrushchev
delivered his speech about Stalin’s crimes and the picture
of “Uncle Joe” was removed from his home.
His brother, Fred Klonsky, another former SDS official,
is a member of Progressives for Obama and identifies
himself as being with the Illinois affiliate of the National
Education Association. Michael, Fred and Susan Klonsky,
an “education writer,” wrote an article praising the work of
former CPUSA member Dorothy Healey after her passing
which declared: “For us red-diaper babies and SDS activists
coming of age in the radical movement in L.A. in the 60s,
Dorothy was at once a revolutionary role model, a leader,
teacher, critical friend, and a member of the family.”
The DSA is a controversial organization whose members
have included John Sweeney, head of AFL-CIO,
Washington Post columnist Harold Meyerson, and Kurt
Stand, convicted of conspiracy to commit espionage
for communist East Germany and now serving time in
prison. A DSA member by the name of Bill Mosley of
Washington, D.C. runs the “Friends of Kurt Stand” organization.
By his own admission, Stand began his political
career in the Young Workers League, a communist youth
Obama’s stint as a “community organizer” in Chicago
has gotten some attention, but his relationship with the
DSA socialists, who groomed and backed him, has been
generally ignored.
The Schwarz Report / October 2008
Blogger Steve Bartin, who has been following Obama’s
career and involvement with the Chicago socialists, uncovered
a fascinating video showing Obama campaigning for
openly socialist Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont. Interestingly,
Sanders, who won his seat in 2006, called Obama
“one of the great leaders of the United States Senate,” even
though Obama had only been in the body for about two
years. In 2007, the National Journal said that Obama had
established himself as “the most liberal Senator.”
It is clear that Obama valued his relationship with the
DSA and its support. This was demonstrated in 1998, when,
as a State Senator, Obama delivered a remembrance at a
memorial service in Chicago for Saul Mendelson, a socialist
activist and major figure in the Chicago DSA.
This journalist attended the April 25, 2008, “Eugene V.
Debs—Norman Thomas—Michael Harrington Dinner,”
sponsored by the Chicago DSA. One of the honorees was
Les Orear, founder of the Illinois Labor History Society,
who told the audience that he tried to live by the Marxist
saying, “From each according to his ability, to each according
to his need.” One of the presenters was Jessica Aranda,
director of the Latino Union, which organizes “immigrant
workers” and establishes “worker’s center” for them.
The dinner booklet and the speakers included several
sympathetic references to the late Carl Shier, who had also
spoken at the Mendelson memorial service. His name was
spelled as “Karl Marx Shier” in the booklet, a reference to
the fact that “Carl Marx Shier” was named by his parents
in honor of Karl Marx and the Soviet revolution.
A memorial service for Shier was held on May 18, 2007,
and included Rep. Jan Schakowsky as a speaker.
Schakowsky has endorsed Obama and endorsed Howard
Dean for president in 2004. She was herself honored in
2000 at the “Debs dinner” sponsored by the Chicago chapter
of the DSA. Her husband, Robert Creamer, emerged from
federal prison in November 2006 after serving five months
for financial crimes. He pleaded guilty to ripping off financial
institutions while running a non-profit group. Before he
was convicted but under indictment, Creamer was hired by
the Soros-funded Open Society Policy Center to sabotage
John Bolton’s nomination as Ambassador to the U.N.
After his release from prison, Creamer released a book,
Listen to Your Mother: Stand up Straight: How Progressives
Can Win, described by one blogger as the book that
was “penned in the pen.” A blurb for the book declares,
“Some people think that in order to win, Democrats need
to move to the political center by adopting conservative
values and splitting the difference between progressive and
conservative positions. History shows they are wrong. To
win the next election and to win in the long term, we need
to redefine the political center.”
In addition to writing the book, Creamer is back in
business, running his firm, Strategic Consulting Group,
and advertising himself as “a consultant to the campaigns
to end the war in Iraq, pass universal health care, change
America’s budget priorities, and enact comprehensive immigration
reform.” His clients have included the AFL-CIO
and In fact, his client list is a virtual who’s
who of the Democratic Party, organized labor, and Democratic
Party constituency groups.
Creamer’s list of testimonials comes from such figures
as Democratic Senators Dick Durbin (Ill.) and Sherrod
Brown (Ohio), Harold Meyerson (of the DSA), MoveOn.
org founder Wes Boyd, Heather Booth of the Midwest
Academy, Lynn Sweet of the Chicago Sun-Times, Arianna
Huffington of the Huffington Post, Jesse L. Jackson, Tom
Hayden, and David Axelrod, a “Democratic political consultant.”
Axelrod, of course, is much more than just a “Democratic
political consultant.” A former reporter for the Chicago
Tribune, he helped State Senator Barack Obama win his
U.S. Senate seat in 2004 and currently serves as strategist
and media advisor to Obama’s presidential campaign.
Axelrod is also the media advisor to Chicago Mayor
Daley, who issued the following statement designed to play
down Obama’s relationship with Ayers:
“There are a lot of reasons that Americans are angry
about Washington politics. And one more example is the
way Senator Obama’s opponents are playing guilt-by-association,
tarring him because he happens to know Bill Ayers,
“I also know Bill Ayers. He worked with me in shaping our
now nationally-renowned school reform program. He is a
nationally-recognized distinguished professor of education
at the University of Illinois-Chicago and a valued member
of the Chicago community.
“I don’t condone what he did 40 years ago but I remember
that period well. It was a difficult time, but those days
are long over. I believe we have too many challenges in
Chicago and our country to keep re-fighting 40-year-old
On April 25, the same day that Obama friend and
associate Dr. Quentin Young attend the “Debs Dinner”
of the Chicago DSA, Illinois Lt. Governor Pat Quinn
declared “Quentin Young Day” throughout the state and
appeared with him at an event. Among other things,
Quinn, another Axelrod client, said about him: “Time
has consistently shown Quentin Young to be on the right
side of history…”


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