Obama and His Family Tied to CIA for Years

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by Sherwood Ross: The
CIA: Beyond Redemption and Should BeTerminated



President Obama – as well as his mother, father, step-father
and grandmother – all were connected to the Central Intelligence
Agency – possibly explaining why the President praises the “Agency”
and declines to prosecute its officials for their crimes.

According to a published report in the September Rock Creek
Free Press of Washington, D.C., investigative reporter Wayne
Madsen says Obama’s mother Ann Dunham worked “on behalf
of a number of CIA front operations, including the East-West Center
at the University of Hawaii, the U.S. Agency for International Development
(USAID), and the Ford Foundation.” The East-West Center had
long been affiliated with CIA activities in the Asia-Pacific region,
Madsen says.

What’s more, Obama’s father, Barack Obama Sr., arrived
in Hawaii from Kenya as part of a CIA program to identify and train
Africans who would be useful to the Agency in its Cold War operations
against the Soviets, Madsen says. Obama Sr. divorced Ms. Dunham
in 1964.

Ms. Dunham married Lolo Soetoro the following year, a man Madsen
says assisted in the violent CIA coup against Indonesian President
Sukarno that claimed a million lives. Obama’s mother taught
English for USAID, “which was a major cover for CIA activities
in Indonesia and throughout Southeast Asia,” Madsen reports.
That USAID was a cover for CIA covert operations in Laos was admitted
by its administrator Dr. John Hannah on Metromedia News. Madsen
says the organization was also a cover for the CIA in Indonesia.

Ms. Dunham worked in Indonesia at a time when Midwest Universities
Consortium for International Activities(MUCIA) – a group that
included the University of Illinois, Wisconsin, Michigan State,
Minnesota and Indiana – was accused of being a front for CIA
activities in Indonesia and elsewhere. Ms. Dunham traveled to Ghana,
Nepal, Bangladesh, India and Thailand “working on micro-financing
projects” for the CIA, Madsen reports.

And Ms. Dunham’s mother, Madelyn Dunham – who raised Obama
while his mother was on assignment in Indonesia – acted as vice
president of the Bank of Hawaii in Honolulu, which Madsen says was
used by various CIA front entities. She handled escrow accounts
used to make CIA payments “to U.S.-supported Asian dictators”
including Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos, South Vietnamese
President Nguyen van Thieu, and President Suharto in Indonesia,
Madsen says.

“In effect, the bank was engaged in money laundering for the
CIA to prop up covertly its favored leaders in the Asia-Pacific
region,” Madsen writes. “It is clear that Dunham Soetoro
and her Indonesian husband, President Obama’s step-father,
were closely involved in the CIA’s operations to steer Indonesia
away from the Sino-Soviet orbit after the overthrow of Sukarno.”

“President Obama’s own work in 1983 for Business International
Corporation, a CIA front that conducted seminars with the world’s
most powerful leaders and used journalists as agents abroad, dovetails
with CIA espionage activities conducted by his mother,” Madsen
says. “There are volumes of written material on the CIA backgrounds
of George H.W. Bush and CIA-related activities by his father and
children, including former President George W. Bush. Barack Obama,
on the other hand, cleverly masked his own CIA connections as well
as those of his mother, father, step-father, and grandmother,”
Madsen points out.

A review of the influence on the Oval Office by the CIA, particularly
since the presidency of Bush Sr., a former director of the Agency,
it becomes apparent the Agency has played a major role in the shaping
of U.S. foreign policy – a role that has been largely kept secret
from the American public and one which most Americans would not
have approved. The CIA’s overthrow of the democratic government
of Iran in 1953 is an example. The overthrow occurred after the
Iranian government nationalized the oil industry following alleged
cheating on payments by contractor British Petroleum, then known
as Anglo-Iranian Oil Co. For another, the CIA’s widespread
use of illegal rendition and torture of suspects is repugnant to
Americans who still believe in their Constitution.

6, 2010

Ross [send him mail]
has worked for major dailies and wire services and served in an
executive capacity in the U.S. civil rights movement. He currently
is active in the anti-war movement and operates a public relations
firm for good causes.

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